In case you missed last week’s blog, here is an explanation of what a Mastermind group is:
A Mastermind Group is a term for a group of people with something in common (for example – they are all small business owners) who meet up to learn from their peer group and share what they do. Many times this is a real world face to face group, however with new technology groups can becreated which meet virtually from anywhere in the world using Skype or programmes like ‘GoToWebinar’ or ‘Webinarjam’. Think of it as a ‘show and tell’ for people who are highly motivated and want to encourage each other to achieve their goals.
The idea is to share ideas, questions, triumphs and problems that occur. Members with questions get immediate feedback from the others, while everyone learns from everyone else’s experience and wisdom. So hopefully everybody comes out of it a little smarter and with actions to implement before the next meeting.
Ok, so we know what a Mastermind group is, but how do you get the most out of joining one?
Don’t be afraid to share your problems
If it is the first time you’ve ever attended a Mastermind group you may feel a little shy or awkward sharing things with a bunch of strangers, but don’t worry, that’s the whole point! Try not to just talk about your superficial business problems but your innermost doubts and fears. Be vulnerable! It’s all about relating to one another and to helping others (and yourself!)
Connect with other members of the group
A lot of people go to Mastermind groups and only communicate with the other members during the meeting and in a group conversation. But it can be very beneficial to have one-on-ones outside of initial meeting as you can go into more depth and also get to know the other person even better outside of the group setting. Things may pop up that you missed before, which is definitely an advantage.
Don’t hold back!
This relates to the first point. Remember, sharing is caring! People in your mastermind group will encounter problems in their business and they will ask the group for advice. If you have any idea on how to help the person, just say it. Even if you don’t have the answer but have something to say… say it! Your idea might spark an idea for the perfect solution in another members head. And even if it doesn’t, the other members will appreciate your input and they will be more likely to value you and therefore help you out in the future. Remember: you get out what you put in!