A brain group is one of the most powerful tools you can use to succeed. It is a group of people determined to achieve their personal goals, who share their knowledge and experience with each other and who help solve problems and develop ideas for success.
Mastermind groups can give you honest feedback, help you to be accountable and celebrate your success. They create synergy and help reduce the learning curve. Mastermind groups meet regularly and can meet in person or virtually. No matter who can create or join a group of brains.
In this article, we will share 9 tips to succeed your brain group.
- 1 1. Define the group and develop clear goals
- 2 2. Choose the members of the group with care
- 3 3. Keep the group at a manageable size
- 4 4. Get ready for the upcoming sessions
- 5 5. Create clear rules and session structure
- 6 6. Meet regularly in a place without distraction
- 7 7. Develop Strong Facilitator Skills
- 8 8. Consider charging a tax
- 9 9. Make the necessary changes
- 10 End of Thoughts
1. Define the group and develop clear goals
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Mastermind groups can be on anything but they should be focused on something specific. Is the group about business? Direction? Personal success? It can be as simple as giving it a title and writing a mission statement. Be sure to read this mission statement for the first meeting so that everyone is aware of the group's goal.
Explain clearly what the group is talking about and who they are serving. This will tell potential members why this group is worth their time and effort and that the group's goals are aligned with theirs. Members need a clear understanding of what is at stake and what is expected.
2. Choose the members of the group with care
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One of the points of failure of a group is that the members do not fit the ideals of the group. Choose group members that match the goals and objectives of the Mastermind group. It comes through good communication.
Create a dynamic team by recruiting members from diverse backgrounds, backgrounds, personalities, strengths, and experiences. Create a balanced team. You do not want a group that is full of ideas, but who does not want to question those ideas or take risks.
Even though group members come from the same field, you will need a variety of traits and personalities. If there is no variety, everyone will think the same way and there will be no real solutions to the problems. People outside of your industry might have ideas that you would not have thought of.
Look for a variety of traits such as: organized, disciplined, creative, positive, intuitive, practical, strategic, persistent, easy going, outgoing, decisive, risk taker, and patience.
Mastermind groups are mutual concessions. Choose group members who are willing to do both and who are fully engaged in the group. They should be committed to attending all meetings, be open to advice, give advice and support, and respect others and group rules.
Do not choose members who are direct competitors. It will be easier for members to share ideas if they are not competing with those with whom they share ideas.
Invite people you respect or have inspired.
Filter your candidates. Use an online survey or a short discussion to determine if potential members are in a good position. Ask questions such as:
Will you have time to participate in the Mastermind group?
What is your mission or vision statement?
What are your goals over three years?
Why should you be chosen to join this group?
3. Keep the group at a manageable size
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Keep the group size to a number that you can manage and where everyone gets the most out of the group. Most prefer to keep the waist around 5-8 people, but it is possible to have a group that succeeds with less or much more than that.
If your group is too big for everyone not to participate fully in the sessions, consider splitting the group into several groups. I recommend building a matrix with traits and planning groups for the best possible balance.
4. Get ready for the upcoming sessions
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Unprepared wastes precious session time. Provide everyone with a list of what to bring to the session. This can be a printed list that you give them at the end of each session, an e-mail that you send, or an online document that everyone has access to. If you use a shared document, everyone can place their own links and tips.
Set up a Facebook or LinkedIn group for communication (I do not recommend using Facebook for the meeting, as this can be a distraction), send an email, etc.
Have a group agenda for each meeting. Members should be ready to discuss topics such as:
One thing that works well.
One thing they struggle with
A resource that they found useful this week. It could be an article, a book, a podcast, a service, a tip, a website, etc.
Ask each person to share something they are proud of. It can be an accomplishment, a breakthrough, something good that has happened to them, etc.
5. Create clear rules and session structure
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There is no "right way" to hold a meeting. Try several formats and see what works best for your group. Develop meeting rules and read the rules of the first meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Keep to the agreed structure. If everyone is allowed 10 minutes, do not let anyone pass. Another option is to have each session focus on one person. It works best for small groups. Change who goes first from one meeting to the next. In this way, if people tend to get tired and move away towards the end of the meeting, the same people are not listening to each meeting.
Keep conversations on the subject and make sure the conversations are focused on the person who is in the spotlight for that part of the meeting. Do not allow others to do this moment about them or have unrelated conversations. Keep meetings on target in time and scope. Members should give their full attention. Everyone is there to help each other and to be helped. They should listen and offer comments to everyone in the same way.
Use a projector if possible. This allows group members to bring tables, websites or other documents to the support. It also means that everyone looks forward and listens to the speaker rather than on a laptop or smartphone, which offer their own distractions.
Encourage everyone to put their ego aside. Do not worry about making mistakes, your ideas seem silly, and so on. Avoid negativity. Use an empowering language. Concentrate on the positive.
Make sure the advice given is clear. If someone gives advice and that is not clear, ask them to explain more and give examples. The objectives of the member must be noted and shared with the group. This can be done by email, in a Facebook or LinkedIn group, a Google shared document, etc.
Participation is the key. Each person should be held accountable for their commitments within the group. This includes participating in group meetings, carrying out actions to which you commit yourself, bringing to meetings what you have committed to doing, and helping others think about their problems.
The food is excellent for meetings. Allow yourself also to have fun.
6. Meet regularly in a place without distraction
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Have a clear and regular schedule. A regular meeting will help maintain momentum. Choose what works best for your group, depending on the types of ideas that need to be implemented from one session to the next. Weekly, biweekly or monthly are popular options.
Choose a location without distractions. A conference room, a cafe, a hotel lobby (for larger hotels), a library or even the house of a group member can be good choices for a meeting as long as it there are no interruptions.
Do not let the distance hinder you. Virtual meetings can work well for brain groups. Google Hangouts or any type of teleconference is a great choice. Just make sure all participants are able to participate without distraction and that everyone knows the online platform.
7. Develop Strong Facilitator Skills
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The group needs a facilitator who can conduct goal-oriented meetings, brainstorm to find the best solutions and hold the group accountable. The facilitator should take charge, send reminders, hold sessions, motivate group members, and enforce rules. It helps if you develop your leadership skills.
A brain facilitator is not a boss or a parent. They should build trust and rapport in order to get the group members to help others and guide the discussions. This helps to highlight the benefits of using the group and to remind everyone why they want to achieve their goals and achieve success.
Facilitate, it's encourage and offer advice, do not judge their decisions and monitor them. Use encouraging words when members do not perform the tasks to which they are committed. Recognize the efforts. Applaud others when milestones and goals are achieved. Help members divide larger goals into smaller milestones.
Follow the achievements of the members. Hold them responsible without being personal. Educate those who do not consistently reach their goals and encourage them to use the group to help solve these problems. Encourage them to get a partner of responsibility if necessary.
If someone does not participate as promised, be prepared to ask him to leave the group. This type of behavior can have a negative impact on the group.
8. Consider charging a tax
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This is not the best choice for each group, but it is possible to charge a membership fee. Members are more likely to participate and be more committed to something that they have paid for. This participation will help improve the value of the brain group. If it costs them nothing but the weather, it is more likely to be put aside if something comes up.
If you have developed the skills of a facilitator and can guide members, essentially coaching and consulting, the brain group is even more valuable and you can charge even more.
9. Make the necessary changes
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Take notes on the performance of the mastermind group as a whole to see what works and what does not. If something does not work, do not be afraid to change it. Have a suggestion box or schedule a review meeting to discuss issues where group members would like to see improvements and ask the group to make suggestions.
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A successful mastermind group is a winner / winner for all group members. They are a great way to create success in any subject. Every member of the group gets the support and encouragement they need, ideas are developed, and it even helps build friendships. Building a successful brain group is not easy, but these 9 tips can help develop your brain group and make it a success for everyone involved.
We want to hear from you Have you tried any of these tips with your brain group? Tell us about your experience in the comments.
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