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:
- 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.
- See if there are any local mastermind groups by checking Meetup.com. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!