Today’s topic of Mastermind Meetings was brought on as I have been working to build a local following here in my home town of Chandler, AZ. In doing so, I wanted to recreate a format of meetings that incorporates both professional and social components that I have attended and really felt would be an excellent opportunity to teach others.
Although my previous meetings did not incorporate the traditional Mastermind Meeting concept, I felt that I could incorporate it with this group. The challenge I found, was that many people were asking well what is a Mastermind Meeting? Or, worse yet, they had been involved in one but got no real value from the experience, which is a travesty! Some of my greatest growth has come from my associations with Mastermind Groups and my hope is to share that with others, while having the opportunity to network and find others that would be a good fit for a Mastermind Group.
So, let me first start with the definition of a Mastermind Group. A Mastermind Group is a collection of individuals usually between 4 to 6 people, who have some common connection. Whether that’s a business connection, social connection, area of expertise, etc. The idea is that there is some sense of commonality to the group. For myself, my 1st experience with a Mastermind Group was after attending my first full-immersion workshop with Jack Canfield called “Break Through to Success”, which you can find an explanation of and a link to Jack’s site for more information here: http://www.ericwhitmoyer.com/success-principles.html.
In that first Mastermind Group, we had the Canfield association and Success Principles as our common bond. The discussion, use, and implementation of the Success Principles into our lives was our topic, and how we reacclimated back to the real world, after having focused on these Principles for the better part of 6 days. As it turned out, our group lasted for over 18 months and it was a phenomenal experience for myself. We had 4 core people who held the group together with a few others who came and left at different times, but it was that core group that I learned the most from.
Although we started with the Success Principles, what it ultimately became was a business mastermind that we all shared concerns, frustrations, ideas, suggestions, successes, and the like. We had people challenge one another when they were sticking to their agreed upon goals for the week, as well as others who acted as cheer leaders who were there to motivate you to stay the course. We made commitments to one another and we taught one another. The whole experience was quite life changing for me and I saw some of the most significant personal and professional growth, from that seminar in 2013.
We had people who were in completely different businesses, able and willing to offer advice and suggestions to others and then take advice on their own businesses. We had people in similar businesses helping each other as well. One over-arching theme to that group was that 5 of the 6 people in our group was a published author, I was the lone exception at that time. Much of what I learned about the process and business of writing, publishing, and selling a book l learned with that group and have incorporated into my own book current book launch.
Since that initial Mastermind Group, I have been a part of 4 others, some concurrently, all having different focuses, but one common theme, which was to gain as much from one another as possible. A willingness to learn and help is a key ingredient for a successful Mastermind Group and finding people that you want to work with, respect, and may even want to play with makes these groups great! The topics used for an effective Mastermind group are less important than the willingness to be a builder and not a feeder, meaning you are there to help everyone, not to just get something from the group.
There are also a couple of key points for making a successful Mastermind Group and running effective meetings which I can share, but I will save that for another blog. Hope you appreciated the introduction to the value of a Mastermind Group. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.