By Karyn Greenstreet
Posted in:Mastermind Group Facilitation
How does it feel for the mastermind group Facilitator while running the Hot Seats? What are they thinking and feeling?
Depending on your experience level, it can range from “uncomfortable” to “confident.” Some Facilitators report that they feel constrained — they want to jump in and give advice right away, especially if they have a background as a trainer or consultant.
Because a mastermind group is a balanced process where everyone should be participating in the discussion, people like you and I who are consultants/teachers have to change our normal communication style to allow group discussions to flow.
We can’t be the person with all the answers. We have to switch from a consultant, coach or trainer role to a Facilitator role. It took me a long time to master this and adapt my coaching and consulting style to a new style!
I was so used to giving advice and being seen as “the teacher,” that I had to shift my mindset to “the answer is in the room but it doesn’t have to come from me.” Once I absorbed that, it was incredibly freeing to not have to be the only one with the answer.
In some mastermind groups, the Facilitator is the expert (and that’s why your members want to join your group).
Being a Facilitator doesn’t mean you never speak during the Hot Seats, it just means you encourage the answers to come from the group first. Then, if the group misses something crucial, you can join in to add the missing pieces.
One amazing role of the Facilitator is what I call “the integrator.” You’re paying attention to the entire theme of the Hot Seat, and everything that’s being said. As the integrator, you’re looking for threads and commonalities that tie it all together.
Usually, the group members are so focused on Hot Seats that they’re not paying attention to the bigger picture of the meeting or the overall group progress. These types of insights which come from the Facilitator are priceless; they really open the members’ eyes.