How to Find (or Design) a Mastermind
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Focus on the Facilitator
As the mastermind group’s gatekeeper and de facto leader, the often-paid facilitator acts as a sort of business therapist. Look for business coaches or larger organizations in your area, and ask whether they facilitate groups. “While the facilitator doesn’t have to have run a business, I think you get more out of it when he or she has accomplished what you want to accomplish,” says Rose.
Rely on Word of Mouth
Peer mentoring can feel as personal as marriage counseling, and your odds of finding a good group fit are infinitely better if you rely on personal recommendations rather than on a search engine, says Blansett-Cummins. Higgins’s route to her group? Someone suggested she meet with another punk rock–loving entrepreneur, and when the duo hit it off, that entrepreneur plugged Higgins into her group.
Act Like an Entrepreneur
If you can’t find what you need, build it yourself. “It’s like launching a company—you want to talk through mission, vision, and values as a group,” says Blansett-Cummins. Can people step out for pressing calls? What happens if someone can’t make a meeting at the last minute? Establishing those dynamics together makes everyone more invested.