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Help Your Students Retain and Use What You Teach Them

Teaching and Masterminding Combined

By Karyn Greenstreet

If you’ve ever taught a class, you know it’s challenging to ensure your students are actually using what you’re teaching them.

This is true if you’re a consultant, too. You work one-on-one with a client for months, but they keep bumping into problems as they implement, or they procrastinate and never reach their goals.

When they get value, you win, too

You want your customers to be highly satisfied with the information you share. While they might love the ideas they learn in your class, a customer only finds true and lasting value once they put it to use.

And a customer who finds huge value in what you’ve taught them tells other people about you. After all, passionate students become passionate customers and help you to get known as an expert in your field.

How can you ensure your customer is using their new-found wisdom?

You need to create tools and support systems for your students while they’re implementing. One of the best ways I know to support your students and customers is to offer them a mastermind group after you teach a class or after they work with you in some way. (Don’t know what a mastermind group is or how one works? Read my introductory blog post here.)

Here are three models to consider:

  1. Offer a live class first (in-person or virtual), so that everyone learns the same information at the same time. This steeps them in your methodology and ideas, and gives them a shared vocabulary. After the class ends, create an ongoing mastermind group where they share their experiences as they implement your ideas. It’s a place where they can talk about the problems that arise as they take action, make smart plans, and be held accountable for getting things done.
  2. Include both the mastermind group and training in the same meeting session. Start each meeting with a short training module and allow time in the meeting for brainstorming and accountability.
  3. Flip the classroom entirely by creating self-study training material they consume on their own, and use the live meeting time to do hands-on exercises and answer questions around the content. Allow some time during the meeting for masterminding when a student needs to solve a bigger problem.

Timing is everything

When designing your training-mastermind combination, start by considering how much time you’ll need to teach.

Let me give you an example: I have a nine-hour Facilitator Training class I typically teach over a six week period, 90 minutes per class session.

If I want to teach that entire set of lessons first, I’ll do six weekly training classes, then the mastermind group starts in week seven.

But if I choose to include the training inside the mastermind group meeting, I have two choices if I want 3-hour weekly meetings:

  • use the first 90 minutes of each weekly meeting for training and the second 90 minutes for masterminding, for a total of six weeks, or
  • extend the entire program by using only 30 minutes per weekly meeting for training, and the rest of each meeting for masterminding — and the entire program runs (at least) 18 weeks.

Remember, I have nine hours of training material to share – so whichever training time I allow, I must include all nine hours of material.

You can always do a longer set of meetings, say 6 or 12 months. Your students might need more time to implement their plans and see results. Having ongoing support and accountability over the long haul is hugely important to their success rate.

Grab a piece of paper and start mapping out possibilities. It will open your mind to new ideas and help you think through your new training-mastermind offer.

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