Earlier this month, we talked about establishing a Mastermind group – a group of trusted advisors or board members that meets regularly to discuss all the major successes or concerns happening within your business. In my first article, I outlined six characteristics of a successful Mastermind group. Ready for seven more? Keep reading!
Tip No. 7: Be goal-oriented
The end of every meeting should focus on goals the members are willing to take on. These goals can then be re-visited at the beginning of the next meeting. Having a regular forum where you can hold members accountable for these goals is the best way to ensure they’re accomplished.
Tip No. 8: Stay focused
It’s easy to have the meeting cluttered with social niceties (which is nice) but don’t let it derail the meeting. Restrict the light social stuff to the first five minutes of the meeting — better yet, chat before or afterward.
Tip No. 9: Be equally needy
If you’re brand new to your role (or to business) and you’re in a group with seasoned and established folks, you’ll probably need them a heck of a lot more than they need you. Not a good fit, newbie! Make sure your board members complement each other in their level of contribution.
Tip No. 10: Be committed
To the meeting, that is. With few exceptions, the Mastermind meeting should be as important as a sales appointment or even a paid engagement. Otherwise, it simply won’t be an important meeting. If it’s scheduled way ahead of time (ideal), you’re less likely to face scheduling conflicts.