I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of accountability, especially when it comes to achieving our goals and growing our businesses. One of the most effective tools I’ve discovered is participating in small group accountability calls. I want to share with you what they are, how they’ve helped me, and why they might just be the game-changer you’re looking for.
Small group accountability calls are essentially structured virtual meetings with a group of like-minded individuals, typically fellow entrepreneurs or professionals. The primary goal? To hold each other accountable for our goals and actions. Think of it as a support system where you commit to your goals and check in regularly on your progress.
Now, why are these calls so crucial for business growth? For starters, they create a sense of commitment. When you verbally commit your goals to a group, it adds a layer of responsibility that goes beyond self-imposed deadlines. There’s a kind of magic in stating your goals out loud to others – it makes them more real, more tangible.
I’ve found that holding these calls monthly or bi-weekly strikes the perfect balance. It gives everyone enough time to make significant progress on their commitments without losing momentum. Too frequent, and you might not have much to report; too sparse, and the sense of urgency fades.
While some people thrive in in-person meetings, I firmly believe that for accountability groups, virtual meetings are the way to go. Why? Because they need to be quick, efficient and focused on getting the most out of the time spent. Virtual meetings also offer greater flexibility – members can join from anywhere, which is crucial in our often busy, unpredictable lives.
Whether someone is traveling, feeling under the weather, or working remotely, they can still participate. Plus, the ability to record and transcribe these meetings is invaluable for tracking progress and revisiting discussions.
Here’s how a typical call might look: We start with the first five minutes for casual banter – a few jokes and some light chatter. It’s important to build rapport and maintain a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Then, we dive into the crux of the meeting. Each person takes about ten minutes to share what they committed to at the last meeting and whether they accomplished it. This part is key – it’s about being honest and receiving constructive, supportive feedback.
The bulk of the meeting is dedicated to discussing major challenges and brainstorming ideas. This is where the collective wisdom of the group really shines. We offer each other different perspectives, advice, and sometimes that tough love that’s needed to push through obstacles.
Finally, in the last ten minutes, we each commit to what we’ll achieve by the next meeting. This clear articulation of goals sets the stage for the next round of accountability.
In my experience, these calls have been a cornerstone of my growth. They provide structure, support, and a sense of community that’s hard to replicate.
If you’re looking to elevate your business or personal goals, I highly recommend giving small-group accountability calls a try. They could be just what you need to stay on track and achieve those big dreams. BTW, I offer these as part of my Extraordinary Entrepreneur program if you’re interested 😉 BOOK A CALL to learn more.