from Christine Lane’s (Country Singer & Entrepreneur) Blog 6/09 “Here are a few tips based on my experiences, both as a creator of – and participant in – Mastermind Groups”. (enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz)
Tip #3: Give it a Name. Clarity wins. Not just some of the time. ALL of the time.
Consider if someone approaches you and says, “Hey, I’m thinking of putting together some people to get together and talk about – you know – being more successful. I got the idea from this woman whose blog I read.” Then, think about this: “I’ve begun an exclusive success circle called “The Big and Bold Creative Success Master-Mind. I’m in the process of choosing members who are go-getters and really want to commit to making big shifts in their lives and living more positively. Wanna come to the first meeting?” You will also be able to pre-qualify people with your clarity. If your clarity and your purpose threatens people (& believe me, it will), then they will run far away from you. Let them go (and revisit Tip #1). You’ll find the perfect people in time. Just stick with your clarity of purpose.
Tip #4: Schedule Meetings in advance.
At the first meeting, schedule at least three (3) months of meetings in advance. A few weeks before the last of these meetings, schedule a “Review Meeting” – and during that meeting, schedule out the next three months, as well as review to determine if most everyone is happy with the content & focus of the group. When you schedule your meetings in advance, you are not counting on “inspiration” and whim. Let’s face it. Sometimes you won’t “feel” like going to your group meetings – but those are often the best times to go. And when they’re in your calendar, then you’re more likely to show up.
Tip #5: Allow for Fun, too.Mix it up a bit. Every now & then, have a dinner meeting and do some fun sharing activities. I discovered a Vision Board, because one of the two women in my mastermind had us both over to her house to do one. She had just learned about them and gotten great results. We played music, chatted, and just enjoyed each other’s company. It’s easy to get all strung out by your goal-oriented thinking. But you need to connect and enjoy the people in your group on occasion, too. And, by the way, try a Vision Board and see how it works for you.
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