Since I announced my first mastermind group I have had so many people ask me things like, “What is a master mind group?”; “I have heard so much about mastermind groups but what happens at one?”; “So this mastermind group thing you are doing what is it exactly?”; “I have read heaps of business books and been to a lot of presentations that say you should be a member of a mastermind group if you want your business to grow but what is it and how does it help?”
What is a Master Mind Group?
Thinking about it, I realise that before I joined my first mastermind group I really didn’t know what happened either (I joined because my coach told me if I wanted to get ahead it was the best way and she was in a mastermind group and she was and is smashing it). It seems like it’s some secret clique with secret handshakes with the promise of death if you talk about it.
It is really a group of like-minded people who get together with the sole purpose of helping each other to problem solve and group think in order to help each other flourish. In this case it’s in business but it could be in just about any endeavour.
I don’t know if I can answer every question I have been asked, but the other day I was at an event that perfectly demonstrated the power of mastermind groups.
The perfect Master Mind example
The event was about learning to write a book in order to promote yourself and help you become a person of influence in your field. The facilitator asked for a volunteer to come up to the front of the room and tell the group about their business, and discuss what sort of book they would write.
She then asked the volunteer: “If you were to write a book what would one of the chapters be called do you think?” The volunteer then gave out a rough title and description of a chapter, to which the facilitator said to the group something along the lines of “although practical not very catchy to read,” and then asked the group to yell out, with the information provided from the volunteer, a more catchy “sexy” chapter title to which the volunteer would either say yay or nay to.
For the first few minutes I have to say not much was said and then all of a sudden one person said something and then another and another and pretty soon the volunteer had the name of the first chapter.
I’m guessing you can guess from here that the process was the same for the next eleven chapters.
The upshot: in less than half an hour the volunteer had 12 chapter titles for a book and along the way had also come up with a book title.
Could she have come up with 12 chapter titles herself? – yep could she have done it in half an hour perhaps, but the ideas that came out were amazing; in fact maybe enough ideas for another book and the support from the group was inspiring and motivating.