TEI 1-10: Meeting format and expectations

Some insight into what the weekly group meetings are going to be like

Meeting Format & Expectations

  • I know some things that you don't about daily publication, and I've spent three years walking the hot coals you're about to, so I hope to serve as a resource. But...
  • I don't want this to be "the cult of Philip". There are some freaking amazing business owners in this pilot group. Just wait; you'll see what I mean. So I really hope there's a strong element of peer-to-peer connection and interaction both during and between our weekly meetings. I know it takes time for a group to gel--and some never do--but I really hope this one does.
  • So please know that you have my full encouragement to interact, offer support, and seek support from each other. If you need infrastructure for that like a Slack channel, forum, whatever, please let me know and I will add that to the mix. Let's start with the weekly calls and then add in more infrastructure as and if needed.
  • When you give feedback to others, I have a few suggestions: 
    • Before you do, take a beat and ask yourself: "Am I clear on what this person is trying to accomplish? Do I understand their goal here?". If not, make clarifying their goal, need, or intention your starting point, then frame your feedback in terms of that.
    • There's a time and a place for declarations, and there's a time and a place for open-ended questions. Consider starting your feedback with an open-ended question rather than a declaration. It might get both of you further into the good stuff :) These kind of questions almost always begin with what, why, how, when, who, or where.
  • Our general meeting format will be: 
    • A moment of small talk while the group comes online
    • Brief check-ins on progress and blockers with each person, facilitated by me
    • Open discussion, driven by your questions or needs, moderated by me
  • As we go, I'll be desperate for your input on the meeting format, program, and any other ideas you have for how I could help you get the most out of this experience.

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