Invest in the Power of a Mastermind Group

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Have you ever heard of a Mastermind Group?  Better yet, are you part of one?

In case you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, simply put, a mastermind group is a number of participants who come together to share ideas about a shared goal.  It’s usually business related, but in my humble opinion, it doesn’t have to be.  The key is that you all share a common goal.

Currently, I’m a member of a Mastermind group called Twainside.  Don’t ask me where the name came from – it was chosen long before I was invited to join.  But I have to tell you that it’s one of the most powerful Mastermind groups I have ever been involved in.

We are a group of professional speakers and we share tips on anything and everything to make our business more successful, more powerful, and of course, more fun.  We limit our membership to seven people.  That way everyone has time to share, learn and grow.  We are NOT a networking group or a support group – we are merely seven individuals who share the same questions, struggles and fears. 

What I love most about my Mastermind group is there’s no judging, no holding back, and no bragging.  Just an honest intent to share what is working for you and how it can help others in our group.  Last night I learned about a variety of books to read, apps to apply and programs to enhance my business.  Now I just have to go through all my notes and apply it before I forget all the great stuff I learned. 

When you work together with other people who have similar goals, an energy explodes.  You walk away excited and refreshed.  So, if you haven’t been part of a Mastermind group, think about trying one.  Search Google or Meetup for Mastermind groups in your area and see what comes up.  Try one and if you don’t like it, there’s always another one to check out.  Maybe you could even start one of your own.  The key is consistency.  Pick a specific date that your group will meet and stick to it.  Not everyone will be able to attend every meeting, but soon it will become habit.  Once you find the right group, the results are amazing!

And that is the power of a Mastermind group. 

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What is a Mastermind Group?

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In my last blog, I shared some thoughts on having an accountability partner. Just that one change alone can help you get closer to your end goal, whatever it may be.

Here’s another idea you might want to consider. What about joining a Mastermind Group?

Huh? Not sure what that is???

Well, it’s simply a small group of people who all share a common goal. You meet at a specific time each week or month to help each other. There are quite a few benefits:

~ You can get clarity on your specific goals
~ Your peers, whose opinion you trust, give you honest and valuable feedback
~ You have the opportunity to brainstorm new possibilities
~ You are supportive of one another – nothing judgmental here!
~ You all share valuable information

I just met with my Mastermind Group last night. We are all professional speakers, so we share a lot of the same challenges. We each get a chance to speak during the meeting, and just to give you an idea of how helpful this can be, these were the benefits I received last night:

At the end of the meeting, I walked away with specific names of publishers for my new book, I received detailed suggestions on how to improve my speech for the upcoming International Speech Contest, and someone loaned me a video camera that I can borrow to tape my upcoming presentation.

Not bad for one evenings work!!!

In return, I offered my expertise on marketing, sales, creating new workshops, and a whole lot more.

Let me put it this way – I am never disappointed or feel like I’ve wasted my time.

Do you belong to a Mastermind Group? What are your experiences? Do you find that it gets you closer to your goals? Just as important, do you actually follow through with what your learned during the meeting? I’d love to hear your story.

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