It seems like the idea of having a place to go and meet with a small select group (maybe people with similar occupations, or ...) resonates, especially if it isn`t completely in the public domain. It makes sense, and I`m aware of a couple of sites where that is all they do. It would be nice to balance that with the knowledge that so many others could gain from the discussion.
In deference to Cookie Monster, he`s right on that the forums try to offer that today, and I`ve been thinking about ways we could develop a useful recommended reading list. The StartupNation Book Club started down the path of reviewing books, so maybe this is something that could be additive. We`ll see.
Please keep the ideas coming.
I`m starting this forum topic to get some community insights into the needs/pros/cons of mentorship. I`ve read a number of forums that ask about this, and in some sense the entire forum system has a mentoring aspect. What I`d like to learn more about are suggestions to make mentoring a prominent and successful component of StartupNation.
Maybe it requires small peer groups or some formalized process. Maybe it can be grown organically. I`d sure like thoughts, ideas, and technologies anyone as seen.
1 to few was meant to indicate there is 1 coach for the course, but since there are only 20 attendees that coach can give personalized attention. They will also be avaialable for some 1 on 1 within the 12 week period. As we pilot this program, we have chosen to leave it pretty open as far as specific target audiences based on location or demographics. As far as objectives, it will be focused on those that are looking to start up their business ideas. Coaches will be experienced enough to handle varying objectives within that context, but it would not be a good fit if someone is looking for a "life coach" for example.
On the pricing, we`ve looked at other pricing structures in this industry, and I say industry somewhat loosely. There are thousands of coaches out there and many are exceptionally talented, while others are less so. There`s no formal requirement, such as passing the bar for lawyers that monitors the industry. For that reason, we`ve purposely partnered with successful and professional coaches as it is so important that the experience to the audience meets our standards. That`s why we`ll also be offering a money back guarantee. And that`s also the reason that it can seem expensive to get quality coaching. Of course, we believe it`s a tremendous value and the return more than makes up for the costs.
Hope this helps.
I`m a behind the scenes kind of guy, leaving to Rich, Joel and others the spotlight. But we knew it was important to get some additional resources out there for some in the StartupNation Community and I took on the job of getting a personalized coaching program started. We all believe it will be worth it. I hope some of you will try it out .
As for the ladies, all I`ll say is it`s been a great 12 years with the one wearing the StartupNation hat, and we enjoy occasional vacations in Hilton Head with her sister.
We are working to get the full registration and information live in the next week, but here`s a little inside info.
The program will provide 1 to few business coaching from experienced coaches (we`ve partnered with 2 of the best). The class size will be maximum of 20, and will run for 12 weeks with one class per week. Coaching will be interactive both online and via phone. There will also be class specific forums that augment the class time. The structure will follow StartupNation`s 10 Steps to Open For Business as the basis for the class topics.
We`ve priced the coaching after reviewing other programs that provide similar hand`s on coaching, and that price will be $995, though we`ll also offer ability to pay monthly in lieu of one time. I hope you`ve added your email to the info list so we can let you know when more information becomes available. But also let me know if there are other questions I can answer.