By Karyn Greenstreet
Posted in:Mastermind Group Design Ideas
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.