10 questions you should ask you Mastermind Group Facilitator before you sign up.
1. Why did you start the group?
Be ready for a blast of warm ardent air as they enthusiastically tell you that a mastermind group is the best thing since sliced bread. More specifically the Mastermind Group Facilitator should be explaining to you that a Mastermind Group is made up of like minded people (IE they won’t be putting a start up with a long term established business that employs 10 people) who all share their expertise and advice and provide accountability for the betterment of everyone involved.
2. Why should I join a Mastermind Group?
Mastermind Groups support people to grow, both professionally and personally. This growth partly comes from the input from different points of view.
Ethical Project Co-ordinator Nina West says:
Rosie’s mastermind group helped me take action and grow professionally and personally. At every session, there was something I could take home to work on.
3. Why should I join YOUR mastermind?
You want your mastermind facilitator to be trained in mastermind facilitation. I’ve trained with Karen Greenstreet the Queen of Masterminds. She has been running mastermind groups for 20 + years. She knows what she is doing. The groups I have run post training compared to
the groups I ran pre-training are almost unrecognisable. The ones I ran before training were good, the ones I run now – well I’m going to say it – they’re great.
And Lisa Tomlin from Wild By Nature Therapies seems to agree:
“I have to say I was completely blown away by the amazing results I witnessed every week not only for myself but each of the other members. The enthusiasm and support generated for one another was truly remarkable.”
4. How many in the group and how often do you meet?
There are eight people in the group. Napoleon Hill – the founding father of mastermind group says “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.” Eight people in a group? You do the maths.
We meet once a fortnight. The initial sign up is for 3 months. The second sign up is for six months. You know what you are getting into so over a longer period you will really start to get traction. Real growth does take time.
5. Do I have to attend all the meetings?
Yes you do! You sign a commitment at the beginning agreeing to make the meetings your priority. You have the dates ahead and can put them in your diary. Why so strict? It’s the regular meeting of the whole group that builds the trust which enables people to share authentically. This leads to connection and growth.
6. How do you draw the line between facilitation and coaching?
Mastermind facilitation is all about the group input. Coaching is focused questions from the coach. In a Mastermind the facilitator goes last.
7. How do you create an environment of accountability and not just ideas?
Accountability is all about commitment. “The commitments we make to ourselves and to others and our integrity to those commitments is the essence and clearest manifestations of our pro-activity” wrote Stephen Covey. If we do what we say we are going to do, all sorts of things occur to help us along the way. The group support will help you stay committed and get this things done that you want to do.
Barbara Nathan from Inner Travels explains it this way:
“Rosie is expert at keeping everything on track, allowing ideas and talk to buzz, and then pulling the threads of it all into a structure of goals and accountability. She’s practical, has great ideas and can ground them into something concrete in a flash.”
8. How are the meetings structured
I did a whole newsletter on this which you can find here
9. Is there a guarantee of success?
No, you have to do the work, you have to follow up on the ideas and suggestions your fellow members offer you. If you do, you will forge ahead in the best way for you.
10. Is there a theme?
No. Everyone in your Mastermind Group does have to be going to the same place but they will all be moving in the same direction.