We show up at a fuzzy time (between 4pm-5pm is generally the rule we follow), chat for a coupleof hours whilst writing some notes down occassionally, get the Thai food to eat, and then hang outdown at Manly Wharf for another 30-60 minutes.Doesn’t that sound awesome? Because it is.I’m not saying this to show how awesome we are though (okay, maybe a little), so here are somepractical tips gained from my experiences:
Smaller mastermind groups allow for more personal interactions
and are less likely tocause conﬂict.
Don’t focus meetings on any individual.
Everyone should get equal attention each timeyou get together. This means its less of a problem if a member doesn’t show up too much.
cool down period after the bulk of masterminding is done
. Go to a localrestaurant or just starting blabbing on about random things.
If you don’t look forward to a mastermind group you’re doing it wrong
A notebook is a handy tool to have with you even if you don’t plan to write anything down.
You should feel 100% comfortable with the people you’re masterminding with.
Ourmastermind group is made up of people I was at school with every day for 6 years. We’deven hang out at recess + lunch and just talk about this kind of stuff.
Bring your expertise to the table.
I’m the guy that can make websites (and damn goodones at that).
Work on making yourself useful to the group
as a whole - it’ll make youand other group members feel better.
Share your “secrets”. I
f you don’t trust your mastermind group enough to keep yoursecrets secret then you have a problem.
Sharing your secrets signiﬁes trust and will giveeveryone else the chance to help you.
Mix it up.
Don’t let meetings become monotonous.
We get Thai food and that addsdiversity. But we also randomly wandered around the beachfront whilst talking aboutbusiness stuff. Little things like that make it even more fun.
Have a rough idea of what you want to talk about, but
let ideas ﬂow freely
hold meetings at a time where no one has any committments for the rest of theday
. This gives everyone the chance to share their thoughts and ideas.
Summary? Mastermind groups rock.
If you don’t have friends who are suitable for a mastermind then consider heading over tomeetup.comto ﬁnd like minded individuals. A lot of those meet ups can be quite large, but if youﬁnd people that become good friends it’s easy enough to break off from the large meetings and meetup in smaller numbers.