By Karyn Greenstreet
Posted in:Mastermind Group Facilitation
I have strong beliefs about the role of a mastermind group facilitator, and the primary one is: It’s Not All About YOU.
The job of a mastermind group facilitator is to help the group coach, mentor and support each other. Your role is to teach them how to brainstorm effectively and hold each other accountable for taking action.
A skillful facilitator creates a harmonious group where everyone feels safe and respected, and everyone works towards their highest potential. You facilitate the discussion, bringing clarity to it and taking the conversation deeper.
You’re also the one making sure that everyone has set goals and action plans, and your members are implementing those plans regularly.
I’ve seen too many mastermind groups run by “gurus” where the focus is on the guru teaching and mentoring exclusively. When it’s someone’s turn to be in the Hot Seat, everyone is waiting for the guru to tell them what to do or how to think. That’s not true masterminding. The focus of a mastermind group should be on each other and brainstorming together, not on the guru or coach.
That’s not to say that the mastermind group facilitator can’t or shouldn’t be an expert in something. It helps if you are. It serves the entire group if you have knowledge, skill, and experience to share with your members. Often members will join your mastermind group specifically because they want to learn from you.
But the facilitator should be the last to speak during Hot Seats, not the first. Let the other members share their ideas and solutions, first. Then, add your own thoughts after the conversation is complete.
If your ego is bound up in “being the guru,” and having all eyes turn to you for answers during meetings, then don’t confuse people by calling your group a mastermind group. It’s more akin to a “mentoring group” if everyone is looking to the leader for the answer. I have nothing against mentoring programs and a Q+A format; just be clear that’s the structure of the group so that your prospective members aren’t baffled when they attend and it’s not what they expected.
I don’t know who first said this, but my hat’s off to whoever did: “You are the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.”
You might find this short video helpful: What’s the Difference between a Mastermind Group Facilitator, and a Coach or Consultant?