Imagine for a moment that you’re facilitating a mastermind group meeting, and a member doesn’t have a Hot Seat topic or isn’t clear on where they want help.
You have a few courses of action:
Either way, it diminishes the value the individual member gets from the meeting. But there’s more to it than that. It diminishes the value all members get from that meeting, because they learn so much from other people’s Hot Seat discussions.
This is why you want peers in your mastermind group — so that they can get help both in their own personal Hot Seat and by participating in other peoples’ Hot Seat around topics of value to everyone.
Meeting preparation helps you, the Facilitator, in many ways!
I’m vigilant about each member doing some sort of preparation for the meeting, whether they fill out a prep form, post their topic on a message forum or Facebook group, or simply email the group. It provides greater value to everyone in the mastermind group.
As you’re designing your mastermind group, ask yourself: