What You Need to Know When Joining a Mastermind Group
Mastermind groups are on the rise and are popping up everywhere. Some are peer-led, while others are part of a program. Regardless of where you find a Mastermind group, there are some things you need to know when joining a group.
Do your research
You don’t have to participate in a Mastermind that’s comprised solely of wedding business owners. In fact, you might find more value in a group of creatives or other small business owners. The two groups I belong to have nothing to do with the wedding industry. The fresh perspective participants bring relate to any niche because at the end of the day, business is business.
Find a format that works for you
Not all Mastermind groups are created equal. Some have structure such as allotting a set amount of time for each participant to be in the “hot seat”. While others may be more of an open dialogue or free-form. There is no right or wrong way, you just need to find a group that suits your style.
Select a Mastermind group that fits with your schedule
Being a member of a Mastermind group means your participation is crucial to the success of the group. When you find a group you’re interested in, make sure your schedule can accommodate the date and time the group meets.
Be prepared to be present
Make sure you’re willing to be an active member of the group. This might mean you need to set aside a few minutes prior to the meeting to clear away distractions or brush off a bad day. You might be able to lurk on your social accounts, but a Mastermind group requires full participation. Don’t stay quiet because you’re worried your feedback has no importance or may be a “wrong answer”. That’s the joy of how groups work. It’s no-holds barred brainstorming.
You might be skeptical at first, but taking the time to find the right Mastermind group can help propel your business forward. You’ll not only reap the rewards professionally, but personally. They can give you the confidence boost you need to stay focused and can validate your struggles. You’ll realize you’re not alone in your business. You’ll have a trusted “board of directors” to help you work through road blocks and keep you on the road to success!
Lane’ Richards is a multidisciplinary entrepreneur and creative behind Something Borrowed Portland, an award-winning event design and specialty rental company based in Portland, OR. Her newest venture, Wedding Pro Coaching, offers mastermind business coaching and educational programs to wedding industry professionals who need help building, running, and growing their businesses in the crowded wedding industry.