It happens. Lets talk about what to do when the level of your group commitments falls too low. Here are five things.
Don’t take it personally. People do not stick in a group for many different reasons. They were only available for six weeks for a group. Work or kids schedules change. The group was not the right group for them. I hear never few stories of someone leaving a group because of the leader. I know our tendency is to blame ourselves however I would strongly urge you to give yourself grace.
If someone chooses to leave during the first six weeks. When we start these new connection group, people have all the good intention to try a group a group for six weeks, but sometimes people are not able to fulfill that commitment. If this does happen to you, most of the time they will contact you personally outside the group either by phone or email. I would encourage you to share with that individual they always welcome back to your group and I would share with the rest of the group the individual decision in a way that is respectful to leave and helpful to the group as a whole.
Invite New People To Your Group If you have lost a couple of people in your group for whatever reason. Ask the group who else could we invite to be a part of our group. I would imagine a couple of people may know someone else who is not in a group that would love to be a part of a group.
Plan what’s next. It is ok when groups do not work out past the initial six weeks. If your group does not work out past the initial six weeks, it not an indicator of your leadership or the important role community plays in your life and group member lives. I would encourage you to sign for the next Group Connect, join another existing group or look for a Life Class starting in a couple of weeks.
Talk to your Coach. This is another great conversation to have with your coach. Remember they want to be your biggest cheerleader; they are not going to judge you. They will be able to give you perspective, encouragement, and wisdom you need to move forward.