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Facebook Groups don’t work for accountability

I often see coaches and trainers claim that accountability is a major focus in their groups or classes.

But when I look at what kind of accountability methods they are using, I’m never impressed.

The most common claim is: “In my program, you will be held accountable in our special Facebook Group.”

Unless you run a tiny group and you are ultra diligent, your Facebook Group will not make your clients feel accountable at all!

In a Facebook Group, the members don’t think, “Oh, I’d better do that thing today, because someone will notice if I don’t.” I don’t know about you, but when I know that nobody will notice I haven’t done something, I’m less likely to do it.

To keep them feeling accountable, you may create a post asking people to post what they’ve accomplished. BUT, a very small percent will post anything in response.

How does the coach remember each person’s commitment and goals?

If people do post their progress, it’s not easy for you to remember what they committed to do in the first place.  This is important, because people tend to drift and not stick to the more difficult actions that they want to consistently do.

In order to hold someone truly accountable, you need to constantly have their goal in mind, and the specific actions they committed to taking.

The other group members will certainly not remember, so their support of that person will be hit or miss.

There’s no way for group members to visually track their progress.  The awareness that they can’t keep track and neither can anyone else, makes it feel like nobody cares.

What if some group members dominate the airwaves?

A common problem in Facebook groups is that the people with the most “wins” dominate the posts. It is rare, although usually quite welcome, that somebody opens up about their struggles and failures in a Facebook Group.
I’ve been in countless private Facebook groups that were especially set up for a course or coaching program. They were helpful and fun, but they were very poor at accountability. Heck, I’ve run accountability groups on my Academic Ladder Blog, and I got a couple dozen sign ups, but no follow through!

To summarize what makes real accountability almost impossible to achieve in a Facebook group:

  • It lacks an easy way for the coach to track each client’s actions, connect them with their commitments, and comment or keep them accountable.
  • It also doesn’t have an easy way for group members to do the same, so they have a harder time supporting their peers
  • It doesn’t have a visual system for tracking their progress
  • Facebook groups are dominated by the people doing well. It’s not a system where it is easy to be vulnerable and open about problems.


What’s your opinion about Facebook Groups and how well they work for accountability?  Let me know in the comments below!

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How FONK — Fear Of Not Knowing — is blocking your business success

Most coaches don’t succeed in growing a business. They don’t have enough clients, don’t make enough money, or don’t know how to expand from a practice to a business.

Why is this? What separates the successful from the less successful?
The answer is that the successful people take goal-oriented action, and the less successful don’t.
And here is a major reason that less successful people don’t take decisive action:


*Fear of Not Knowing

FONK results in the mistaken belief that if we only KNEW a little more, we’d DO a lot more.

It leads to:

  • The futile search for more important knowledge
  • The passive taking in of knowledge instead of more active goal-oriented steps
  • “Busy-Ness” instead of business-growth-oriented action


You just learned that by becoming a guest blogger, you will become better known and be able to add more people to your list.  Your first step would be to email or call the person that you’re hoping to blog for.
Suddenly, you’re not quite sure how to word the email. Also, you might not be a good match for this person, who might reject you.  
“Wait!” you exclaim. “Here’s another course on how to be a guest blogger! It’s bigger and more extensive than the last one I took! I don’t really know enough about doing guest blogs. I’m signing up right now!”


Because it’s always scary to take that next big step, and because you have Resistance to taking a risk (after all it could flop and make you feel like a fool), you never feel ready.

Never feeling ready leads to you seek ways to get ready, and to a belief that you just don’t know enough. If you only knew more, you could do a perfect job.



But as we all know, you learn more by taking imperfect action and making mistakes, than you do by learning and thinking and planning.  None of those things are bad, but they are NOT the same as taking action.

Mind you, I’m not against courses; after all, I teach courses and I’ve taken plenty of excellent courses!

But there’s a problem:  Most people never take a step unless the next step is to take a course.

The problem is, it doesn’t matter how much you have learned, if you never take action on what you learned.



If you think about it, most of us are saturated with too much information. We’re so overwhelmed with knowledge that it’s hard to think clearly!

That’s why I believe that

In other words, the most useful and valuable courses provide (wait for it)…. COACHING.

Real coaching involves discussing the plan with the client, and then the client goes out and implements.  Whether s/he learns from their action or not, it is reported to the coach so that further coaching can happen. Without action, there is no coaching.



That’s why I always provide coaching (through Finish Agent’s online accountability system) with my classes.

It’s also why I follow people like Danny Iny, of Course Builders Laboratories, who I will tell you more about later in the week. He teaches you how to create courses that work, and he provides coaching in his courses. As a matter of fact, his ebook, “Teach and Grow Rich” is available for FREE for 5 days starting Jan. 26, 2017.

I urge you to consider upping the coaching element in your own courses, and to take goal-oriented action in your own life.



How do you add more coaching to your courses?

I could write a book on this, but let me give you some ideas:
• Do more spoon feeding of tiny action steps
• Break down all the steps into small and smaller steps
• Make sure that ALL your students take those steps
• Find out why any of them didn’t take the steps and teach around that.
• Offer daily support and accountability

How do you take action yourself when you take a course?

• Only take courses that help you get it done/implement
• Make sure you focus on action steps
• If you are not sure what the next action step is, ask.
• Write down the reasons that you are not taking action.
• Think back to why you took the course in the beginning. Are you achieving your goal?



Do you have FONK? Have you taken more classes than you needed, and have you implemented them far less than you intended? Would some coaching along with these courses have made a difference? How do you get yourself to take business-growing action.

Tell us about your experiences or observations below!


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Online Group Coaching – Its Time Has Come!

In my discussions with people about the online group coaching that we do using our Finish Agent accountability software, they always ask instead, “But when do I do my phone coaching?” Of course, people who license our software can coach however and …
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Weekly Accountability is a Weak Technique

One of the main techniques that coaches in coaching groups, namely WEEKLY ACCOUNTABILITY, doesn’t work that well. If you’re new to my “campus,” then you may not know that I’m a big proponent of providing DAILY ACCOUNTABILITY to your coaching …
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