“Why Be A Member Of An Internet Marketing Mastermind” written by Mike Marko.
Have you heard of masterminds?
Where people come together to bounce ideas off each other, working together to achieve a common goal?
I have to admit a year ago I didn’t. It wasn’t until I heard about the book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill that I first learned about masterminding. That’s why today I’m going to talk about masterminds, particularly about having an internet marketing mastermind, and how they can help you.
What Is An Internet Marketing Mastermind?
Wait, before I talk specifically about an internet marketing mastermind, let’s first take a look at what a general mastermind is….
What Is A Mastermind…
Let’s start off with the definition from mastermind:
a person who originates or is primarily responsible for the execution of a particular idea, project, or the like:
the masterminds of company policy.
So what does that mean?
Well a mastermind is basically a group of people who offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. A mastermind helps mastermind group members achieve success.
The mastermind participants challenge each other to set powerful goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them. Belonging to a mastermind requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.
So What Is An Internet Marketing Mastermind…
An internet marketing mastermind is where there is a mastermind, or group of people, working towards internet marketing mastery. That is powerful, because it can be challenging to master internet marketing on your own because the internet is in constant flux… things are changing all the time.
For example, Google regularly changes its search criteria. Therefore to stay on top of the latest updates and have a high search ranking (and be found by searchers) you need to network or mastermind and stay ahead of the game.
An internet marketing mastermind doesn’t have to be limited to just one aspect of internet marketing. It can cover an number of aspects of the industry.
An internet marketing mastermind is the BEST way to take your internet marketing skills to the next level as quickly as possible. You get to bounce ideas off other internet marketers, and learn from others while you also contribute to their knowledge as well.
How to Participate In An Internet Marketing Mastermind
There are two ways to participate in an internet marketing mastermind: 1) to join an existing internet marketing mastermind; 2) create your own internet marketing mastermind.
Join An Existing Internet Marketing Mastermind
One way to participate in an internet marketing mastermind is to join an existing one, or join a mastermind retreat.
Finding existing masterminds can require effort. You may have to network around, and talk to people to see if they know of any that exist. Network with successful internet marketers because you want to join an existing internet marketing mastermind that is led by those that are successful. Otherwise… it will be like the blind leading the blind.
I try to be the “dumbest person in the room” and soak up information like a sponge because that is the best way to accelerate your success.
But don’t be too aggressive when trying to find a internet marketing mastermind. Take your time to build up relationships first. Don’t approach people as being needy. Instead try to build up trust and friendship before slipping the question… your chances of success will be much higher that way.
Create Your Own Internet Marketing Mastermind
If you can’t find a good internet marketing mastermind to join, then you should create one.
Again you have to network with people to find likely candidates, but this time you are going to try to find people that fit what you are looking for.
The challenge here is that if you are trying to find people that are your equal (or better if you can) then after the first person agrees to join your mastermind then you need to include them in future group decisions. A mastermind is not led by one person (unless you are trying to mentor people in which case it is something a bit different and often these you may charge entrance fees to participants). Instead you become a group that works together.
Add people to the group slowly. Give new members a trial period of a few weeks, or a couple months, before they become full members… and make sure that the new member is clearly told that there is a trial. You want to make sure that the personality of new members for your internet marketing mastermind mesh with the existing members. Once someone joins the group permanently, then they are a lot more difficult to remove since they become a full member.
Determine a regular meeting frequency, and how the internet marketing mastermind will communicate. The meetings can be either online or offline.
Final Thoughts On Joining An Internet Marketing Mastermind
Belonging to an internet marketing mastermind is of great benefit to anyone trying to quickly ramp of their success. Whether you create your own internet marketing mastermind, or join an existing one, you will find that there are a lot of benefits to participating in a group of like minded individuals.
Start networking today… and you will find that you too can be part of a successful internet marketing mastermind.
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