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Some Questions you may have in regards to how these groups run.

INDEX of Common Questions –

(see answers below)

  • What is a Connexions Unlimited MasterMind Group?
  • Confidentiality … can I feel secure to talk about what my IP and bottom line?
  • What Will I Get From a MasterMind Group?
  • Who Should Attend?
  • How Does It Work?
  • How Do You Screen Applicants?
  • What the Business MasterMind Group is NOT ….
  • What will I get from belonging to a Business MasterMind Group?
  • What is expected from a participant in a Business MasterMind Group?
  • At the end of the six month, what happens?
  • Do I get written general information and handouts?
  • Accountability & Strategy
  • Goal Setting
  • What would you expect to get from the Business MasterMind Groups?
  • How and Where Do We Meet?
  • Who decides who can join a group?
  • Why should I be chosen to participate in this group?
  • What are the Business MasterMind Groups Guidelines that I need to be aware of?

What are the Group Etiquette Guidelines when being part of a Business MasterMind Group?

 

Q: What is a Connexions Unlimited MasterMind Group?

The main agenda in a MasterMind group is the brainstorming and support members give each other as they act as a board of directors to keep each other accountable, if necessary.

There are now three types of mastermind groups … as no one size fits all.

  • Accountability Group – for business owners who are needs to be kept on track
  • Elite Strategy Group – for business owners who are already accountable who are looking for a ‘board of directors’
  • On Purpose Awareness – this is for those looking for personal development to move themselves and their life forward.

Q: Confidentiality … can I feel secure to talk about what my IP and bottom line?

Business MasterMind Groups run by Connexions Unlimited has everyone participating fill out a Confidentiality Form prior to the start of any group commencing. If someone breaches this confidentiality they will automatically be removed from the group, with no refund of moneys paid.

Q: What Will I Get From a MasterMind Group?

  • Experience, skill and confidence
  • Real progress in your business and personal life
  • An instant and valuable support network
  • A sense of shared endeavour – there are others out there!
  • Design things to be the way you want them to be, not as you’ve been told they “should” be
  • Support and mentoring from like-minded people.

Q: Who Should Attend?

Any business person who wishes to expand their business and take it to the next level. Having an accountability factor to the programme will support participants to achieve their outcomes.

People who:

  • want their business to excel to a level greater than it is now;
  • have a similar skill and/or success level;
  • have the desire and inspiration to make 2016 extraordinary;
  • want a supportive team of business partners;
  • can keep you accountable to reach or exceed your goals;
  • are passionate about life and work and want to overcome their fear of change
  • have a similar interest (such as a group for self-employed people, or a group of people in a certain corporation or industry, or a group for spiritual thinkers;
  • have a similar skill and/or success level;
  • have the desire and inspiration to make this year extraordinary;
  • want a supportive team of Mastermind partners;
  • want to reach or exceed their goals;
  • are ready to let their desire to be passionate about their life and work overcome their fear of change.

Q: How Does It Work?

A Business MasterMind Group meets as a group fortnightly for six months. After that time, they can continue if the group wishes that to happen. These meetings must be in person with the accountability being one-on-one, on the telephone or via skype.

Because of the group nature, a commitment is required, this being the reason in having highly-motivated people who are willing to ask for — and give –help and support to each other.

Q: How Do You Screen Applicants?

Applicants into this group will be screened initially to get a correct fit into a group and that their commitment level is high. This group will be made up of six (6) participants only and no new members will be brought into the group without the unanimous consent of everyone in the group.

Here are some questions that you may wish to ask yourself.

  • Do I have a personal or business mission or vision statement?
  • Do I have 90 Day goals?
  • What are my five-year goals?
  • Where will I find time to participate in the Business MasterMind Group?
  • What is my commitment to moving forward in my business and personal life?
  • Do I need to be kept accountable?
  • Who do i need support from?
  • Am I aware of my own innate skills and where my skills are lacking?
  • Why should I be chosen to participate in this group?

Even with a screening process your group is likely to run across people who say that they’re committed but then don’t participate, or who say that they’re honest but then fail to keep the trust of the group.  If this happens, the member will be asked to leave the group if they are not participating up to the group standard. There will be no refunding of moneys paid. A “slacking” member will bring down the energy and fun level for the whole group.

MasterMind Groups create a win-win situation for all participants.  New friendships develop and everyone grows because of the support and encouragement of the Mastermind Group.

Q: What the Business MasterMind Group is NOT ….

  • It is not a class but a group of like-minded business people sharing their ideas even though at times they may have a speaker on a particular subject if the group wishes;
  • It is not a group coaching session;
  • It is not a networking or referral group, even though there will no doubt be business done between some of the members.

Q: What will I get from belonging to a Business MasterMind Group?

Please be aware that the group belongs to the participants, with a facilitator to keep the group moving forward. If you feel that what has been set out is not the way you want to go, please discuss this in a session so that we can make sure we are all on the same page and can accomplish what we want from the sessions.

Participation, commitment and trust are the three key things with Business MasterMind Groups.

The sessions are for everyone to get feedback, brainstorm new possibilities and set up accountability structures that keep everyone focused and on track.

It is important that everyone gets insights which will improve their own business. When one person’s business is brainstormed, there more than likely will be many light bulbs that go off, as we all have similar challenges at one time or another.

There will be a speaker attending on subjects relevant to the groups in the second part of the programme. These subjects will be at the request of participants.

Q: At the end of the six month, what happens?

A Certificate will be given to members of the group on completion of the six months.

I find that on completion of the 6 months members will have formed a good bonding as a result of the accountability measures put into practice. Some members decide to continue on with the next group so that they can have a continuation of the accountability created for their business.

The group usually continues to get together for lunches as well as individuals to support each other in the future.

Q: Do I get written general information and handouts?

All participants receive a Manual which they are to bring to all sessions with all necessary general information. This manual will contain information on other participants in the group, the session programme, rosters for accountability and sessions connected to each individual participant’s business challenges and brainstorming.

Q: What do you mean by Accountability?

Accountability is one of the most important factors to good Business MasterMinding. There is a system put into place to make this happen so that everyone is kept on track.  This is one of the things that makes this process work so well.  When participants stop masterminding they find that they miss the accountability as they are moved forward faster than ever before.  This what helps to move to that next level very fast.  Once we have accountability we can look at creating a strategy they will move your forward even faster.

Q: Goal Setting

A process is put into place to make sure that all participants get the best possible outcomes from being part of a Business MasterMind Group. This is incorporated through two 90 Day Plans, session fortnightly plans and will ensure that everyone keeps each other on track.

Q: What would you expect to get from the Business MasterMind Groups?

  • Renewed confidence, experience and skills;
  • Real growth in your business and personal life;
  • An instant and valuable support network;
  • A sense of shared endeavour in understanding that you are not alone;
  • Learn how to work ‘on’ your business, not ‘in’ it;
  • Designing and creating your business to be the way you want it to be.

Q:  How and Where Do We Meet?

The Business Mastermind Groups meet fortnightly for three (3) hours – always at this time from 9.30am-12.30pm. Days are dependent on the group joined.

During this time we discuss what successes we have had since our last meeting, what goals we wish to set for the short term future, a brainstorming activity for one of participants, a business challenge one of the participants are experiencing as well as a scrumptious meal!

A Group needs to have highly-motivated people who are willing to ask for what they need and be prepared to give help and support to each other.

The Business Mastermind Groups create a win-win situation for all participants.  New friendships develop and everyone grows because of the support and encouragement of this Group.

 Q: Who decides who can join a group?

To become a part of these groups an interview will be held to decide on the group that will best fit the applicant if accepted. It is important to have the correct synergy in each group so that the group can move forward.  Each person must be committed to maintaining the level of professionalism necessary for the group to be successful. No new members will be brought into the group once it has commenced its period of time, without the consent of the group.

Some questions that you may wish to ask yourself:

  • Do I have a personal or business mission or vision statement?
  • What are my short, medium and long term goals?
  • How will I find time to participate in the Mastermind Group?
  • What is my commitment to moving forward in your business and personal life?

Q: What are the Business MasterMind Group Guidelines that I need to be aware of?

Everyone is expected to attend all meetings, unless there is an emergency. This is the only way that the group can stay intact. As a participant you are expected to treat this as a business meeting, therefore it is something you do not need to miss!Participants are expected to follow all accountability requirements between meetings.Bringing your workbook to all meetings and be prepared if you have a segment relating to your business to be discussed. Confidentiality is important so everyone must please bring the Confidentiality Form signed to the first session.

Q: What are the Group Etiquette Guidelines when being part of a Business MasterMind Group?

Our MasterMind group will create a very positive energy that will allow each member to achieve more.

You are responsible for your own success, so listen with your intuition and remember that in the end you are the one to make the final decision for your business.

You firstly must have COMMITMENT to the group. You must participate and support other members. It is important that you give as much as you receive over the coming weeks.

Please state your goals clearly and have deadlines as to when you expect to achieve these goals.

Have short, medium and long term goals so that you can achieve as you go. No goal is too small in insignificance. It is what is appropriate to you and your business. This will vary with each member.

It is important that you be HONEST and AUTHENTIC with yourself and other members.

LISTENING is a skill that will be very important in this group as well as speaking your TRUTH. No one is wrong with any comment or decision they make.

For the group to move forward it is necessary for the group to avoid the NO-NO’s of discussions in the areas of politics, religion and any subject that may offend others.

CONFIDENTIALITY cannot be stressed enough. TRUST within the group must be maintained.

It is important that everyone feels comfortable with discussing their own points of view. So, please avoid arguing over points of view.

Members are asked not to put another member down for whatever reason.

Be THOUGHTFUL and OPEN to others. We all come from different backgrounds and education levels. Reflect prior to speaking. Sometimes another member who may know nothing about your business may be the person who can give you the best insights and fresh ideas to move you forward.

As a group you will be fortunate to have COLLECTIVE THINKING so please leave your ego at the door as this is not a ‘power’ session. Be aware that the group cannot solve your challenges, it can only to give suggestions that may enhance where you want to go. So, don’t be unrealistic as to what the group can pass onto you.

New members will not be brought into a group unless everyone in the group agrees. If after the original specified time of the group expires and new dates become available for a new start up group, new people can come into the group on the acceptance of the facilitator.

Be aware of :

  • How individual goals will be set and how accountability will work.
  • All members will be held responsible for their actions.
  • The group as a whole is responsible for a decision of another member being asked to leave the group.
  • You are asked to support other members with resources, information and support with challenges if you can.
  • Our purpose of the group is to share goals, success stories and obstacles to help each member move forward in their business.
  • Each member is asked to offer support and encouragement to each other.
  • We ask you to help each other with common and specific goals and to hold each other accountable.
  • Mutual growth is for all members both of the mind and spirit.
  • It will be an environment to test new strategies and sharing of ideas.
  • It MUST be a confidential and safe environment for all members.
  • All members are asked to share resources, books, tapes, websites, articles, and contacts as applicable.
  • We will have a CLOSED Facebook page set up for all members of the group to correspond and connect with other members as a group.

Q: Why should I be chosen to participate in this group?

Even with a screening process any group is likely to run across people who say that they’re committed but then don’t participate, or who say that they’re honest but then fail to keep the trust of the group.  If this happens, the member will be asked to leave the group if they are not participating up to the group standard.  There will be no refunding of moneys paid. A member who is not contributing to the group will bring down the energy and fun level for everyone

MasterMind Groups create a win-win situation for all participants.  New friendships develop and everyone grows because of the support and encouragement of the Mastermind Group.   This is also a wonderful opportunity to gain client referrals from each other not only within the group, but to outsiders too.

Connexions Unlimited through Business MasterMind Groups looks forward to sharing, participating, brainstorming and supporting everyone who comes into any of the groups.

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