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The program and the delivery were excellent. Each month participants received a 25-minute video which explained the key issues around the topic. I also created a 5 – 10 question PDF which helped them to think about how the issues raised related to their situation.The starting point was different for all of them. E.g. they had never realised the connection between themselves and their business. Throughout the year in our 3-hour group session, the participants were continually challenged and informed and found valuable things to implement in their business.My lessons learned:
- Group mentoring programs are hard to sell, even with greatly reduced fees compared to my one-on-one mentoring. I was hoping for 5 – 10 participants. Others looked at it but decided they could not afford the time or the money to do the program. My marketing will need to improve a lot for me to do this again.
- The program confirmed my hunch that many business owners do not spend much time thinking about how to do business better. They are busy with all the things they deem to be important, mostly responding to urgent demands of clients. There is very little time or focus working on the business. These are hard-working people who really have a very busy job. The idea that they could have a business that works for them was not in their thinking.
- They all struggled to implement more than about 30% of the information given. These guys were so caught up doing the minutia of day to day business. They struggled to invest more than an hour per week beyond our group time to implement changes into their business. This surprised me at first, but it did not seem to trouble them. I’m not sure if I should have pushed them harder. My expectations changed over the 10 months, and a couple of them began to do more as the program went on.
The good news is that everyone finished the program. We did not have any dropouts. And the feedback sheets at the final session were all very encouraging. They have valued the program, the learning, the group interaction, and the business support. All have had some very good wins throughout the year.
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