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 #1: Let Desire Trump Ego. [That’s not Donald Trump]
If you want to create a successful MasterMind group, the first thing you have to do is let go of the fear of looking like an idiot to people who don’t know you. I’ve created two MasterMind groups from scratch in my life and both times I had to suck it up, then put the word out there. I had to be the one to make it happen. Most people aren’t willing to step out and tell the world they want to create a “Success Circle”. Because, after all, if you’re so great, why aren’t people just showing up and forming a circle around you?
The 1st Group I created was a Life Makeover Group – at the encouragement of Cheryl Richardson [Author]. At the time, I was already successful as a performer & musician. Only problem? I was tired of the isolation. People can clap at you all day long – but you still need people to listen to your ideas, to support you in your growth, and to pick you up when you get a bad review. So, I swallowed my big star pride and posted signs all over my town. On the sign, I wrote down Exactly what I wanted. I wrote down the kind of people, what we would focus on, and of course, my phone number. I thought they’d come beating down my door because I loved this idea so much. But, after several weeks, only two women joined me. It was a good start. We made it last a longer time than most impromptu groups like this. They were both proud of me for getting over myself and making the group happen! (Me too!)
Tip #2: Get Perfectly Clear.
Before you create the MM group, get clear about what you’d like it to be. You’ll want to do this at the first meeting, of course. But it helps if you see yourself as the Creator. As such, you have to get some of the details in order. Here are some things you’ll want to get clear about:
– How often will you meet and for how long? (My recommendation is once a month, or every other week. And I’d keep it to two hours tops.)
– How many people will be in the circle? (My recommendation is no less than 3. No more than six.)
– Do you want a Core Focus for the group? (Creating a new business, improving small businesses, work/life balance, creating wealth – you can choose!)
– Other things to consider: How long will each person have to speak and share? Will there be a whining limit? (Yes, you can set a timer – and let the speaker have at it!) Will there be food? Who will bring the food? Will you meet at houses of the members? Or at a café?
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