Pointers & Resources
How to set-up your #PIVOTmastermind:
Invite your group! Choose one or two other people whose skills or focus areas compliment each other. For groups of five or more: I recommend holding full group calls once a month, and set up smaller breakout groups for the weekly check-ins.
Set-up a recurring day/time for your call. I prefer 45 minutes every other week, though some mastermind groups do as many as 90 minutes.
Start the call by each doing a check-in: high, low and something you learned this week. Help celebrate each other’s wins!
Take turns with a focused brainstorm: succinctly share one challenge you’re facing, and brainstorm with the group for 10-15 minutes. Rotate as time allows.
Closing: each person identifies 1-2 key next steps they will take between now and the next call.
Conduct reviews: On a quarterly basis, review focus areas (tracker template here). Optional if you want to set (and check-in on) monthly focus areas as well.
A note on notes: Notes are optional, but I find them unnecessary. What I do love is having a shared spreadsheet or tracker. Notes are a transcript of what was said; I find it more helpful to create accountability structures (action items, ways of holding ourselves to what we say we’re going to do).
Conference Call Tools:
Tropical MBA's Mastermind Guide
How to Run your own DIY Mastermind Retreat (PDF by Sarah Von Bargen)
A Note on Notes
Notes (what we said) vs. Accountability Structure (holding ourselves to what we say we’re going to do)
Notes are optional, but I find them unnecessary. What I do love is having a shared accountability spreadsheet or tracker. When my friend Alexis Grant and I were writing books at the same time, we set-up a shared daily writing tracker. It was fun to see each other’s entries and cheer each other on.
When November rolled around, we made a similar spreadsheet public and invited people to join us for a “NaNoBlogMo” challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month (modeled after the popular National Novel Writing Month). Nearly 100 people joined and we wrote a combined 556,000 words, with four people hitting the target of 50,000! Knowing that my peers would see a goose egg if I didn’t write motivated me to at least get a little bit done each day. For the first time in my life (and eight years of bloggings) it I wrote consistently every day, even when I didn’t feel “struck with inspiration,” as I had been used to waiting for.