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6 Ways to Find a Mastermind Group

You want to join a mastermind group, but don’t know where to start looking for one, right?

Mastermind groups are everywhere; you just need to know where to find them.

Be sure you know what you’re looking for in a group before trying to find one to join. For instance:

  • Do you want to meet in person? Or is meeting by phone or video chat acceptable?
  • Do you need to meet in the evening, or is a day-time meeting better?
  • What topic areas do you want the group to focus on?
  • Do you want to be held accountable for getting actions done and reporting back to the group, or do you want something more casual?

Here are six tips to get you started:

  1. Start a group of your own. It’s easier than you think, and you can hand-select the people you want to brainstorm with. This way you get to choose the dates, times, locations and topic areas that work best for you. You’re bound to find friends and colleagues who are searching, too.
  2. See if there are any local mastermind groups by checking You can search within a radius of your zip code to find local mastermind groups on many topics. Then contact the group organizer and find out if the group is still meeting, and if they’re taking new members.
  3. Use my Find a Mastermind Group service, which lists people who have existing mastermind groups and are looking for new members. Read the descriptions to see which group is right for you, then email the facilitator to set up time to talk on the phone about their group.
  4. Talk with colleagues. Ask your connections via email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn if they know of any existing groups looking for new members, or any new groups that are forming. Telephone colleagues and friends and let them know you’re looking. Ask coworkers. They might be in a mastermind group right now and would know if the group is a good match for you. Or through their network of friends and colleagues, they can spread the word about what you’re looking for.
  5. Check with your favorite mentors, teachers and writers. They often have mastermind groups, and they don’t always advertise them. If they don’t have groups themselves, they may know of others who do.
  6. Check with  your local professional organizations, including trade groups, chambers of commerce, religious groups, networking groups, and schools. Anywhere that groups of people regularly meet together are the most likely to have mastermind groups.

Look around and you’ll be surprised how many groups there are. Then interview the facilitator and some of the other members of the group to determine if the group is a good match for you. Ask if you can attend one meeting to get a feel for the group and how it’s run.

You’ll love being part of a mastermind group!

Why Mastermind Group Guidelines Matter

When starting and running your own mastermind group, it’s imperative that you and your mastermind members come up with some rules about the purpose of the group and how members are expected to behave. These rules are often compiled into a document called Group Guidelines and each member signs it to show they agree to follow these rules and principles.

Here’s why rules and guidelines matter: initially, your group is getting a feel for each other, connecting (or not connecting) based on personality, goals and communication style.

Then comes the rocky part of any mastermind group (sort of like the “seven year itch” in marriage) where things can fall apart. Group members don’t honor each other’s boundaries, people don’t show up for meetings, and the energy of the group falls flat.

Group Guidelines help the Group Facilitator to bring the group back into alignment. Breaking the discussion pattern for one session and focusing on the group’s goals and purpose helps to solidify a group that’s faltering. It gets people to re-commit to the group process, and gives people who have been looking for an escape from the group the perfect opportunity to leave in a healthy way.

Facilitators can also use the Group Guidelines when speaking with a difficult member, one that the group hopes to retain, but only if he/she modifies their behavior to conform to the Guidelines.

Harmony and respect are the keywords to any successful mastermind group. Written Group Guidelines will help you keep harmony and respect flowing smoothly.

Handling Mastermind Group Membership Registrations

Before offering your group to the public, you’ll need to come up with a strategy for how you accept registrations. There are two things to consider:

Design a Registration Process

Decide whether group members can register online, over the telephone, or via mail or email.

  • If group members are allowed to register online, you’ll need to have a system in place to accept these registrations on your website, such as an online shopping cart system or email system. Typically online registrations are completed with a credit card for mastermind groups that charge a fee to register.
  • If you allow group members to register via email, it is wise that they do not email you their credit card information, as it is not safe to do so. Instead, offer them a safer way to give you credit card information, such as phoning it in or faxing it to you.
  • If you accept registrations by regular ground mail, you need to create a registration form that people can fill out and send along with their check or credit card information.

Check out or PayPal. These services offer merchant accounts to allow you to accept credit cards.

Create a Registration Form

Determine what information you must collect on the registration form. Whether you accept registrations online, via mail, email, phone, or fax, tell group members what information they need to give you. When your group members register, make sure you capture the following information from them:

  • Name
  • Email Address and Postal/Street Address
  • Home, business or cell phone number (in case email is not working)
  • Location (so you know what time zone they are in)
  • How they heard about your mastermind group (to check the success of each of your marketing techniques)

Payments by Credit Card

If you are running a business, you may be already accepting credit cards. Credit cards are a great way for people to pay for their mastermind group membership, for several reasons:

  • Members can sign up for your mastermind group and pay for it in installments (called “recurring payments”). This reduces your monthly administrative tasks.
  • Members can sign up for a your group immediately, when they first hear about it. Strike while the iron is hot!
  • Members from all over the world can participate, because they will be charged in their local currency (it is deposited in your bank in US Dollars or whatever your local currency is).
  • Members can enter their credit card information via a secure web page, which limits the number of phone or paper registrations you have to manually process.
  • You know immediately if a credit card is rejected; with checks, there is a delay before you know if the check bounced, and you may pay the bounced check fee.

Check with your bank about being allowed to accept credit cards, called a “merchant account.”  Or check out the many online merchant account processors that allow you to accept credit cards, often with lower fees than your bank charges. These merchant accounts allow you to accept credit cards online, by phone, or in person. Make sure your merchant account processor allows you to accept credit cards in all three of these ways, for maximum flexibility. For example, Practice Pay Solutions often works with small businesses and offer both credit card merchant accounts and online shopping carts systems that you can connect to your website.

If you choose to accept credit cards for mail-in or phone-in registrations, it is always wise to ask group members to fill out a credit card approval form so that you have their signature on file. These forms can be mailed or faxed to you, so include both your address and your fax number on the form. You can also have members sign your credit card form, scan it (or take a photo of it), and email it to you.

Payments by Check

You can also accept checks, but the payment cycle is a little different.  People will have to mail checks to you, and allowing time to clear means you have to set a deadline for when membership registrations and payments are due.  Also, check with your bank about fees for checks from other people that bounce.  With business accounts, usually your business is charged a fee if the member bounces a check (go figure!).

People sending payment from another country will have to send you a traveler’s check or international money order in your local currency, or wire money from their bank account to your bank account.

If you work from a home office, you may want to consider opening a local post office box for business and mastermind group registration purposes, rather than divulging your home address to strangers.


By being prepared in advance, you can easily begin your new mastermind group and take membership registrations without any hassles.