Selecting the right Mastermind Group Facilitator for your group is extremely important. This person ensures time in the group is well spent and every member is receiving value from his/her membership. He or she makes sure group standards are upheld, educational elements are in place and the group’s agenda is being met, and when needed, revised.
In many cases, a trained consultant is retained to facilitate each meeting, set the agenda and act as mediator. [The Kelley Group provide certified facilitators for this purpose.] If you don’t employ the services of a trained facilitator, you will need to determine if the role will be shared among members on a rotating basis, or if only one member will take on that responsibility.
Following are additional tasks the group leader is responsible for:
- Keeping the conversation aligned with the agenda, and ensuring the exploration of deeper topics.
- Setting the location, date and time of each meeting, and ensuring the meetings start and stop on time.
- Making sure each person is given an equal amount of time to speak/contribute at each meeting. Encouraging less-vocal members to join in on conversations, and more-vocal members to allow others to contribute.
- Acting as mediator and managing problems that may occur between members.
- Creating trust and rapport between members.
You can see why it’s so important for the leader to be capable of handling the role in a professional manner. It’s the reason many Mastermind Groups choose to retain the services of a trained and certified facilitator.
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