Why Mastermind Group Preparation Is Important -- For Everyone
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Why Mastermind Group Preparation Is Important — For Everyone

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.

What’s a Facilitator to do?

You have a few courses of action:

  • You could try to work quickly with them to clarify a topic for their Hot Seat, live in the meeting.
  • You could ask them to give everyone an update about what they’re working on.
  • Or you could let them have a pass at the Hot Seat for that meeting.

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.

From the Facilitator’s point of view

Meeting preparation helps you, the Facilitator, in many ways!

  • You get a deeper sense of what your member is working towards and what’s holding them back.
  • You can track their progress towards their goals.
  • You can determine if this Hot Seat topic has been repeated in the past, signaling a deeper underlying problem.

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.

Homework for you

As you’re designing your mastermind group, ask yourself:

  • How do you do prep with your members?
  • How much lead time do you give them in advance of the meeting date?
  • Do you find preparation valuable as a Facilitator?
  • Do your members find it valuable?

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2 thoughts on “Why Mastermind Group Preparation Is Important — For Everyone”

  1. Daan says:

    Oh YES!! Absolutely!!

    We let them fill out a form, upload it 48hrs before the meeting, and then we comment on it to hone in on their Ultimate Question. Just the way Karyn taught us.

    And it works like magic! It takes some practice to get people to focus. The feedback is fabulous. People notice and feel a huge difference!

    1. Karyn Greenstreet says:

      I think that’s the key, Daan — the members have to practice doing their preparation several times before they master the skill. After a while, it becomes second nature to them. And it’s a skill they can use in all aspects of their lives.

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