During the Meeting: What to Expect from a Mastermind group
Welcome to your first mastermind group call. You're in a quiet space; you're fully dressed, technology is a go and faces have started appearing on your computer screen.
In the Beginning
Your facilitator will open the meeting and may begin with a brief description of the group itself and its purpose, followed by a brief explanation of who he or she is and why she's qualified to lead the group. Every Facilitator has their own style, but the focus is always on keeping the mastermind group meetings on track with the success of members as the #1 goal.
Next, it's time for introductions. Your intro should be longer than an Elevator Pitch but shorter than a documentary on BBC. Here's a template (another place where Facilitators may ask for something different. Go with the flow.):
• Current Responsibilities
• What challenges you're currently facing
• What you hope to get out of the group
Helpful hint: If you're in the "Hot Seat", keep your introduction even shorter. You'll have more time to share your story later.
The Hot Seat
Ahh, the dreaded Hot Seat. Rest assured, you won't be assaulted in a "bright light questioning" manner, nor will you be pelted by flaming coals. Your Hot Seat is the reason you're here. This is where the value of the mastermind group is. The Hot Seat is your time to explain (briefly!) what challenges you're facing now, ask for exactly the kind of help or support you need, and have 3-5 other people brainstorm a solution. You'll have a few minutes to talk uninterrupted, your fellow members will have time to ask clarifying questions, and then the magic begins.
Like your own little incubation tank, the brilliant ideas will begin pouring in.
Helpful hint: Whenever you think to yourself, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it," you won't. Have your handy dandy notepad ready to go.
At the end of your time, you'll be asked to commit to a goal for the next meeting. Hellooooo accountability! New to goal setting? Make sure goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound). Be prepared to report back at the next meeting.
There will likely be one or two more Hot Seats during this call. Remember to give everyone the same level of respect, support, and guidance they gave you. Being a newbie, you might feel like you have nothing to bring to the group. That couldn't be further from the truth. You've spent many years on this planet, quite a few of which have been in the workforce. You have just as much wisdom as the next person, and you would be doing your group a disservice if you don't share it. Don't be shy. Mastermind groups are not a spectator sport.
At the end of your Hot Seat, your facilitator will ask for any takeaways you might've come up with. Share your epiphanies; even something small might trigger further thought for you or one of your fellow members.
Congratulations! You've survived your first mastermind group meeting. Hopefully, you're walking away with a renewed vitality for life, and some actionable steps to take to improve your career and your relationships. Now, what do you do next?
NOTE: You may want to go back and read how to prepare for your first meeting.