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Markham Mastermind Group with Caryma Sa'd Pages

Mastermind Group Information

Group Design, Meeting Format, About me, Guiding Principals & Best Practices
Mastermind Group Design:
• Initially, there is no fee to join. Your primary investment is of your time, energy and commitment. Meetings are attended weekly, in person, at a set time, agreed to by all members, and runs 60min (maximum).
• Members are all business owners and entrepreneurs, and (ideally) the head of their organization. This group is NOT well suited for MLMs or network based businesses as meetings are NOT about referring business to other members, (such as BNI or Le Tip), or finding new potential clients, but focuses instead on business and personal development. Members looking for networking meetings have PLENTY of other options.
• Group membership will be kept small (5-8) and once established (with a strong, committed, core membership), the group will be closed. This allows members to gel, trust, and grow together, and keeps meetings efficient. Ideally, there is very little turnover. After the group is closed, a waiting list will be created and new members will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if there is room, (e.g. when a member leaves). That said, as Masterminding is new to most, the first few meetings may be open to more people, just to allow potential members the opportunity to experience the format of the meeting, and judge the benefits for themselves.
•Although I am the organizer and have some (Mastermind and coaching) experience to draw on, there is not a leader per se. Decisions are made by consensus. Leading the meeting is often hosted by other members, and time is managed by the weekly host, ensuring all members are given the opportunity to participate fully.
Meeting Format - Typical flow of the meeting:
A) Meet and greet/food. (Note: Arrive EARLY for any mingling etc., as we will start the meeting portion (mentioned below) at exactly the start time posted) Members are welcome to arrive as much as 15 min. early.
B) Sequentially the host calls on each person to be "In the hot seat" and share:
i) A Personal/Professional "Win" - (Often the results of recent action taken)
ii) A Request for Individual Coaching: This can take the form of Problem Solving, Brainstorming, or a request for specific feedback or resources (Members then respond and offer feedback, suggestions and solutions, etc.)
iii) Goal Setting - Commitment/Accountability (for the week ahead)
C) Review, Wrap up, & Get out

About me (and my experience with Masterminding): My name is Mark MacLean, owner of Constant State of Change, and I have worked for myself (on and off) for over a decade. I have successfully lead/participated in a Mastermind Group (of the type described above) for over 3 years, and during that time, (as a direct result of my participation in the group), without reservation I can say it was the most productive period of growth that I have ever experienced in my business. Sadly, that group did eventually wind down, however I have now started and run a brand new one. . . .Here in Markham, for almost a year. Wow, the time flies! Over these years, I have learned many lessons about exactly what makes such a group work, and what hurts it and I have tried to convey as much of that information as I can to members upfront, so they know a) what to expect from this group, and b) how to get the most out of the group (immediately). To help you determine if this Mastermind Group would be the right fit for you and your business, I look forward to connecting with all new members either before or at the first meeting.
While there isn't an application process to join this Mastermind Group, members will be admitted to the group on a first-come, first-serve basis, (presuming they meet the basic criteria for being a good fit for the group). In my experience, because of the format and commitment structure of the group, members who don't have the same ideals as the rest of the group, tend not to stick around, so there is a nice self-selection process that tends to occur as the group builds/grows.
Before continuing, I should also offer a quick description about what types of people DO NOT do well in this type of group:

1) Business owners involved in MLMs or Network based businesses. (Unfortunately there are too many factors working against the members of these organizations to produce viable/successful business owners. There is too much effort and never enough return, and fellow members get frustrated (over time) as these people/members slowly burn out, or wash out of these organizations).

2) Business owners looking to find new clients at the Mastermind Group. There may be opportunities to work with one another on some project or another (at some point in the future) however this is NOT the goal of the group, or nor should it be a goal of its members. Instead, if you do NEED more clients, at the next meeting you may get 5 ideas for ways to find new clients and for week after that you may commit to making 15 cold calls, OR attending 4 networking events, OR asking for 7 current clients for referrals. This is an extremely important difference.

3) Business owners who are already extremely self motivated, well organized and sure of exactly what they need to do next. This group is for people who want to build the habit of working on their business on a consistent basis. Steady progress/growth week after week, and either have the problem of staying on track (as there is no one else in the business to be accountable to), or often don't know what to do next (as there is no one else in their business to bounce ideas off of).

4) Business owners who have other priorities, (and/or business people who are doing their business as a hobby). Of course we all have families and friends we care about and want to spend time with, however if getting up early one day a week to attend a 60 min. meeting that will help you generate ideas and focus on your business for the week ahead doesn't present enough value to you (at this time). . . then this group isn't for you. It's okay if other things come before your business, but it doesn't make for a good Mastermind Group Member.

Mastermind Group - Guiding Principles and Best Practices for Mastermind Group Members:
• Commitment is a key principle to the Mastermind Group. Members are expected to arrive on time, attend (almost) every meeting (rain or shine, without excuses), and also to participate fully, (both as a business owner, and as a coach to others).
• Come ready to play/participate. Show up in the condition to contribute your best. • Note: Members WILL fall down. The only expectation is that members get back up and get back on track ASAP.
• All benefits/results come down to the quality of each member's level of participation. If a member chooses to not show up, or lies to the group about their efforts/results, or doesn't really push themselves when setting their goals, they are hurting themselves far more than anyone else in the group, and yet, (from experience) other members will get annoyed because of this imbalance in contribution. . . Therefore, your integrity, honesty and commitment (to yourself) and the group as contributing member of the group are paramount.
• While occasionally personal issues and goals are acceptable topics for the group, the primary focus should be on entrepreneurship and business growth.
• While the group is (inherently) social, its meetings should move quickly and efficiently, and stay focused on the format and principals. If you like to socialize, arrive early, as meeting starts at the stated time, and ends exactly 60 minutes later.
• During meetings members have a responsibility to keep themselves, and each other, focused on business and personal development. There are all the other hours left in your life to devote to anything else you like, but the biggest impact from a meeting comes from when all members stay focused.
• Occasionally confidential (business related) information may be shared and of course if/when this happens, there is an expectation that this information will remain private.
Thanks for reading, but of course this overview isn't comprehensive, so feel free to call or message me with any questions.

Mark MacLean
Constant State of Change
(416) 992-MARK (6275)

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