Category Archives: Being in a Mastermind Group
You want to join a mastermind group, but don’t know where to start looking for one, right?
Mastermind groups are everywhere; you just need to know where to find them.
Be sure you know what you’re looking for in a group before trying to find one to join. For instance:
- Do you want to meet in person? Or is meeting by phone or video chat acceptable?
- Do you need to meet in the evening, or is a day-time meeting better?
- What topic areas do you want the group to focus on?
- Do you want to be held accountable for getting actions done and reporting back to the group, or do you want something more casual?
Here are six tips to get you started:
- Start a group of your own. It’s easier than you think, and you can hand-select the people you want to brainstorm with. This way you get to choose the dates, times, locations and topic areas that work best for you. You’re bound to find friends and colleagues who are searching, too.
- See if there are any local mastermind groups by checking Meetup.com. You can search within a radius of your zip code to find local mastermind groups on many topics. Then contact the group organizer and find out if the group is still meeting, and if they’re taking new members.
- Use my Find a Mastermind Group service, which lists people who have existing mastermind groups and are looking for new members. Read the descriptions to see which group is right for you, then email the facilitator to set up time to talk on the phone about their group.
- Talk with colleagues. Ask your connections via email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn if they know of any existing groups looking for new members, or any new groups that are forming. Telephone colleagues and friends and let them know you’re looking. Ask coworkers. They might be in a mastermind group right now and would know if the group is a good match for you. Or through their network of friends and colleagues, they can spread the word about what you’re looking for.
- Check with your favorite mentors, teachers and writers. They often have mastermind groups, and they don’t always advertise them. If they don’t have groups themselves, they may know of others who do.
- Check with your local professional organizations, including trade groups, chambers of commerce, religious groups, networking groups, and schools. Anywhere that groups of people regularly meet together are the most likely to have mastermind groups.
Look around and you’ll be surprised how many groups there are. Then interview the facilitator and some of the other members of the group to determine if the group is a good match for you. Ask if you can attend one meeting to get a feel for the group and how it’s run.
You’ll love being part of a mastermind group!
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Is a mastermind group all work and no play?
Nope! The social aspects of mastermind groups should not be overlooked, as they reap huge rewards for everyone involved.
As a mastermind group facilitator, one of your most important tasks is to foster bonding and rapport among your mastermind group members. Group members will certainly connect to each other during group Hot Seats and exercises, but planning time for social connections will balance out the conversation and allow people to know each other from several viewpoints.
Here are some ideas for social time in mastermind groups:
- In live meetings, take breaks often, allowing people to converse between Hot Seats
- Provide coffee and tea, which breaks the ice and encourages conversation
- Suggest the group meet for a meal before or after your mastermind meetings
- Consider holding an Annual Mastermind Retreat Weekend where members can do intense masterminding and have social time with others. This is especially a good idea for mastermind groups that meet virtually.
- Encourage members to choose a Mastermind Accountability Partner to do some one-on-one masterminding with
- During meetings, have members pair up to do a success exercise
Remember, your goal is a cohesive mastermind group that knows, likes and respects one another.
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Masterminding is all about being there for each other. It’s about showing up and participating deeply for every single meeting. Because of the nature of a mastermind group, a commitment is required. Your mastermind group members rely upon your participation, and you want to know that they are going to be around for you, too.
Often, new mastermind group memberships requires a commitment for a specific period of time, sometimes three months or more. Why? Because the best groups — the most effective and bonded and helpful groups, the groups that help each individual to move rapidly toward their dreams — are ones that stick together for at least three months.
In short, the more often you participate and the longer you participate, the more you will get out of the group.
Mastermind groups look for highly-motivated people who are both willing to ask for help and support, and are willing to give help and support to other people. Groups are looking for people who are ready to commit several hours per month to their own personal and business growth.
And it’s not just about showing up for meetings. True commitment means you will offer help — and ask for help — in a balanced way at every meeting. Sometimes I see group members who are great at giving advice and tips but when it comes to their own turn to be in the Hot Seat, they mumble, “I have nothing to brainstorm around for this meeting. You can skip me.” That’s not good! It’s the give-and-take among members that makes a group valuable to everyone.
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