The Do’s and Don’ts When Having a Mastermind Meeting

The Do’s and Don’ts When Having a Mastermind Meeting.

When you find the right group where magic happens…

You need to protect mastermind group.

That means that you will have to turn down others who want to join your group.

Even if one of your members suggests a new member.

In order to deal with this…develop a plan

You will need to develop a plan in the beginning for accepting new mastermind members that includes the following:

  • How will you decide if someone is a good fit for your group?
  • What is the procedure for introducing a new member to the group?
  • Do you want to be able to accept new members once your group has been established?
  • Will you want to vote on new members coming into the group?
  • What happens if you accept a new member but they are messing up the entire group’s chemistry?

Address how you will handle these tough situations before they happen.

You will avoid a lot of hurt feelings in the group.

You will also save time and energy discussing it down the road.

Include the answers to these questions in your mastermind guidelines.

Stick to your guns with the group

Your mastermind group’s purpose and guidelines are sacred.

You must follow them or risk losing credibility.

If it says that you have to pay $1 for every minute you are late or when you don’t complete an assignment from the past week then you must hold members to that.

Give your members an easy way out of the mastermind groupeasy way out

No one knows how long your mastermind meetings are going to last.

It could be six months or it could be 10 years.

Really you should give your members the chance to opt-out after a certain amount of time.

If your members can see the light at the end of the tunnel then they are more likely to put more energy in the whole thing.

They won’t be worrying about having all their energy drained from them.

They won’t feel as if they just signed up for a lifetime commitment.

You could offer a trial period of 30 to 90 days or eight to ten meetings then at this point all members get the option to opt out with no hard feelings.

You must have a presence in your mastermind groupPresence

Every time you show up for a mastermind meeting you need to be prepared to show up in both body and mind.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have anything to share or if the meeting is focused on someone else that day.

You must be present…

Don’t think about your next deadline…

What you have to do after the call…

How you can rearrange your office so it gets more sunlight…

Or anything else that’s not directly related to the purpose of that group.

You can’t fake this.

If you’re not present then you might as well not show up.

Shut everything off and focus on the group.

Commit to giving it all your attention and effort for the time you are together.

I can’t emphasize how important this is.

If you do not hold your group to this standard it will fail.

How to keep the magic flowing in your mastermind group

There will come a time where it feels like your group is losing momentum.

Maybe every week is starting to be the same…

People keep on coming back to mastermind meetings without having done any of their commitments…

Even if just one person starts falling off of the bandwagon…

You have to address it immediately.

Usually it’s just because everyone needs to take a break.

Here are a few things you can do to keep the magic flowing in your group:

  • Offer breaks from meetings occasionally.

Maybe you can take one week off every four weeks to prevent them from burning out or to offer your members a chance to catch up and rest.

  • Address the problem of the one member who seems to be losing focus.

You can either address it directly or indirectly by having the group get together and do something for them that will give them a lift.

  • Do something that will be a quick to start building that momentum again.
  • Organize a three day personal retreat.
  • Do something unrelated that’s fun for your group.

Here’s a list of the most common reasons masterminds failmost common reasons

  1. Members are not committed.

They don’t show up for every meeting.

They make excuses why they didn’t achieve the actions and goals they set for themselves.

They don’t pay attention during meetings and/or don’t participate fully.

  1. The Group Facilitator does not have a good handle on how the groups function and doesn’t know how to build trust and communication in a group environment.

They are not trained to keep group conversations going, to deal with difficult members, or to keep energy levels high.

  1. The mastermind group is too large.

If the purpose of a mastermind group is that everyone gets a chance to bring their problem, decision or idea to the table, and that everyone gets to brainstorm with the person in the “hot seat.”

If the group is too large then people get left out of discussions.

This is why 3 to 5 people is often an ideal size.

  1. There is no mechanism for communication between meetings.

Mastermind meetings typically range from 90 minutes to a full weekend.

But what about all the time in between the meetings when life continues to happen?

  1. The Group Facilitator treats the mastermind group like a class, lecturing to the members instead of encouraging the members to work with each other as a peer advisory board.
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  2. The group hasn’t decided on the purpose of the group and the structure of the meetings, so everyone flounders.
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  3. The members fail to hold each other accountable.

They don’t hold people’s feet to the fire and they allow members to make excuses about why something didn’t get done.

  1. The group doesn’t meet often enough.

One of the benefits of a mastermind group is that each member selects a goal or action item to be completed by the next meeting.

If the meetings are too far apart then all momentum is lost.

  1. The members’ experience level or success level ranges too widely.

While having very successful people in a mastermind group is great for a new person.

The more seasoned person will feel that they are not getting as much value from the group.

  1. The group members don’t feel safe in the group environment.

People will not open up and talk about their problems and challenges if they fear ridicule or rejection.

They also will not open up if they feel their competitors are in the same room and listening to their problems or stealing their best ideas.

You need to take things into consideration for your mastermind meetings.

You can read my latest post on Mastermind Meetings And Your Members Roles

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Maria Barina is a mother and grandmother who worked for the NYC Board of Education as Laboratory Specialist Bio/GS for 26yrs till the age of 56. Her husband, after 37 of marriage, passed away from Lung Cancer. She came to myEmpirePRO to seek guidance on how to get freedom that an online business can provide. Freedom to her is being able to do what she wants, when she wants to and to show others they can do the same to. Since she done that she is able to do this by working anywhere she goes and became a mobile-prenuer

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