Having a business coach or mentor can make a hugely positive difference to anyone in the business world but one-to-one support isn’t the only option.
In my professional and personal experience, being part of a mentoring group can have massive advantages for trainers.
1. Different perspectives
When you join a mentoring group rather than working with just one person, you have the benefit of being able to tap into different perspectives from within the group. Not only can the mentoring group act as a sounding board but a sounding board with a variety of skills, knowledge and experiences.
The chances are that whatever stage your business is at or whatever challenges you’re facing, someone in the room will have insights to share with you.
Within a mentoring group, mentees are usually encouraged to set measurable targets with deadlines so that they can keep track of their progress.
The group will encourage you to stop thinking and procrastinating and start taking action.
Having the support of a few different people gives you added accountability and a sense that you’re all on the journey together. This can be fantastic for keeping you on track – most people seem better at sticking at goals when they’re accountable to a group than when they’re going it alone.
Another benefit of joining a mentoring group is that with accountability comes focus. The group will help you come up with a plan of action so you know what needs to be done and by when.
In the Success Shapers mentoring groups that I offer, we have a Member in Focus session for 15 to 20 minutes within each group video call; this enables everyone to talk about the specific issues they’re facing – we then use the rest of the call to collectively discuss and agree on action points.
I find that by keeping mentees focused on specific points, they feel less overwhelmed, more focused and more able to take positive action.
4. Clear advice
Group mentoring sessions typically follow a fairly structured agenda to make the most of the available time. I know from my own groups that an hour-and-a-half session just flies by so the structure helps to keep everyone on track.
You will end each mentoring session with an action plan for the next fortnight, so it’s essential that the advice you’re given is clear, relevant and easy to turn into an action that you can report back on the next time you ‘meet’ as a group (even if that meeting takes place in a virtual space).
5. Your own cheer squad
There’s no better cure for procrastination than having a set of clear goals and a cheer squad to motivate you.
A mentoring group brings together a team of like-minded people – with Success Shapers, they’re all freelance trainers – who have a strong sense of being ‘in it’ together. The other mentors will cheer you on at every step, reminding you that you can do anything you set your mind to achieve. And you’ll do the same for them.
It’s incredibly empowering to know that there is always someone in your corner wanting you to succeed.
Want to work with me and four other like-minded freelance trainers in a supportive group environment for six months? The next Success Shapers programme starts on Thursday 6th September 2018 – get your name on the priority list here.
The mentoring sessions happen online using Zoom so you can be anywhere in the world to take part.