When I first started a Mastermind group, it was messy. My first Mastermind group had about 12 people show up to a coffee shop, and I was nervous as hell, but I learned some things – mainly, what works and what doesn’t. I was so nervous because I naturally don’t enjoy running meetings, it’s just not my comfort zone. I had to really push myself to make it work, since it was my passion, I pushed through, and I am glad I did. Here’s how I run a successful Mastermind group.
First, you need to plan. You have to make sure that you have a plan for your members, and they know what’s coming up each week or month, depending on your Mastermind group schedule. (To know more on scheduling, click here) (add link to scheduling page)
TYPES OF GROUPS:
- Hot Seat
- Round Table discussion
- 30-day Challenge
It’s best Mastermind members know up front what is happening. I let my group know the schedule a month out. Then, after each weekly meeting, I let them know what to expect the next week to mentally prepare them.
Another thing I do is send out an email reminder the day before our group. Be sure to put some flavor into your emails, make it exciting! Say:
“Hey, tomorrow, John is in the hot seat. He wants to learn how to get BETTER leads. He’s struggling with some marketing ideas and getting the word out for his new business. Everybody show up and support him. I’m super excited because I think his business is a gold mine, and here are the reasons…”
Make it personal. Make it fun. Just don’t be boring. Let the group know they are there to support John and remind them they believe in his business.
Next, is to have structure. DON’T WING IT! I’ve done it before and it doesn’t work. Now, there is a time and place for an unstructured group, but for the most part stick to a schedule and let people know the monthly rotation. I’ve been told multiple times that people love the fact my group is structured. People operate best with clear lines of communication and structure – especially entrepreneurs. Every week we do the same thing in our Mastermind. Each person gets a timed minute to discuss a big win, a challenge they faced the week prior, and whether or not they are on or off-track with their 30-day challenge with simple yes or no.
Every Mastermind member has a 30-day challenge – something they’ve committed to as either a professional or personal challenge. If you’re 80% or above, you’re on track. If you’re 80% and below, you’re off track. This is where the group comes in and says, “Hey, what can we do to help you get back on track?” or, “Is this the wrong challenge for you this month?” It’s not a big scary shameful experience. It’s, “Hey, how can we help?”
Mastermind is all about – accountability and problem solving.
Mastermind fosters a feeling of help. We’re here to support and help you. Actually if you think about it, a Mastermind is kind of like a Support group for entrepreneurs.
Most people don’t realize how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur. But if you are a true entrepreneur, it’s something you have to do. Even if it’s hard, even when no one else understands, even when it sucks 90% of the time. There is just something inside us that says, “We have to do this. We have to run this business. We have to provide this. I have to have this lifestyle. I can’t have a boss.”
There’s all different reasons why people become entrepreneurs. And it’s tough! Only 3% of the population have the DNA to be a true entrepreneur. THREE PERCENT! Out of every hundred people around you, three of you have the DNA to become an entrepreneur.And probably one or two are not even following that DNA. Why?
The reality is, only one out of a hundred people are really running a business, running it successfully.
“One out of every 100 people have the DNA to become an entrepreneur.”
And I’m going to tell you what, that 1%, that one person out of a hundred, is probably involved in a peer support system. Whether they call it a Mastermind or they just have an awesome group of friends, they have a group of people they meet with regularly.
“You become who you spend time with.”
- Tony Robbins
When you are running a successful Mastermind, you’re going to see people change, and you will change too. It really takes a lot to be a facilitator for a Mastermind group because essentially, you are leading leaders.
If you’re not currently part of a Mastermind community, and if you like what Mastermind offers, or if you want to someday run your own group, I invite you to our Mastermind group. If not our group, be sure the group you choose is:
- GETS PEOPLE MOTIVATED
Click on the link below for a free invite to our Mastermind group. Then, if you decide to join, it’s very affordable. Check out the costs of a Mastermind group here. Remember, this is for new business owners or struggling solopreneurs working from home and feel isolated. That’s who this is for. That’s who our Mastermind group caters to. If that sounds like you, click on the link below to sign up. We can even jump on a phone call and talk. See if it’s something you really want to do, or I can just answer some questions for you.
Why do I do this for free? Because this is my passion project. I’ve got my own marketing business where I make my money, where I make my living, where I feed my children. But this, my Mastermind group, is my passion project. I keep the cost low because I want new people to come in.
I’m passionate about helping new people take it to the next level, new business owners and people struggling on their own, I know because I’ve been there.