HTB #019 – How to Start and Run a Mastermind Group – An Interview with Trina Holden

If there is a cornerstone to blogging, mastermind groups are it. Today we’re talking to Trina Holden about how to ask people to be part of a mastermind group, why they’re important, and how mastermind groups will help your blog excel. Get ready to listen with your “brave ears” on!

(FYI – if you’re here to take the survey I mention in the podcast, thank you SO much, but I had some issues with the survey and have not been able to post it yet. Stay tuned!)

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Today’s Blogging Wisdom

Tip #1: What is a Mastermind Group & why do you need one?

Mastermind groups often look like a small group of bloggers who have intentionally banded together to invest in one another, share their skills, provide feedback, and promote one another.

Tweet to Inspire: “I came home determined to invest in relationship with other bloggers.” – @TrinaHolden on @HowTheyBlog –> http://wp.me/p2X9YP-SS

Mastermind groups are especially great for smaller bloggers or bloggers just getting started – the group will provide just the feedback you need.

Tweet to Inspire: “Mastermind groups are YOUR blogging team.” – @TrinaHolden on @HowTheyBlog –> http://wp.me/p2X9YP-SS

Tip #2: How to start a Mastermind Group

Tweet to Inspire: “The more intentional you are, the more impact you will have.” – @TrinaHolden on @HowTheyBlog –> http://wp.me/p2X9YP-SS

  1. Make a list of the people you would like in your group and look for people who are asking the same questions
  2. Consider your season of life and how many people make sense to invite
  3. Be confident & send invitations!
  4. Create a plan & guidelines that work for you and your group – whether it’s an intentional, scheduled time to meet every week, or a more fluid, relaxed check-in
  5. Think about the lifestyle of the bloggers in your group and find an online solution that works for you:
  • Facebook  groups
  • Google Plus  groups
  • Hashtags
  • Conference calls
  • Voxer

Tweet to Inspire: “You get as much out of the group as you put into it.” – @TrinaHolden on @HowTheyBlog –> http://wp.me/p2X9YP-SS

Quick Links

  1. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey — > Click here
  2. Declare Conference (I’d love to meet you!)
  3. Allume
  4. Ladder Bloggers – Trina Holden
  5. How to Start a Mastermind Group – Trina Holden
  6. Why You Should Be In A Mastermind Group – Amy Lynn Andrews
  7. Millionaires & Mastermind Groups – Pat Flynn Podcast

Take Action Now

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How to Listen to This Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click through to the site and click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, but I like one called Downcast. It allows me to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.

You can also listen via a free app (IOS and Android) called Stitcher.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – just click here to access the podcast in iTunes. You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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Comments

  1. Oh I had so much fun listening to this and remembering how our mastermind group got started! It was totally God. But I’m so thankful you listened to His nudging, Trina, and invited each of us. The Ladder Bloggers are a precious group to me, and I’ll be forever thankful for the growth and encouragement I’ve received through our mastermind group.

  2. Your podcasts always make my time folding laundry and doing dishes more enjoyable and productive. Your hard work, encouragement, and dedication are viral: I leave feeling refreshed and ready to inspire my own readers a little bit more each and every time.

  3. Thank you for so many practical tips! Trina, I know you said your group is from all different locations and also different blog niches… Do you think there is a benefit to either being from the same area or same niche OR is a diverse group more beneficial? Thanks again!

  4. What a treat to hear Trina (I’m a reader of hers, but didn’t realize she would be here until you announced her!). This was a great podcast- they always are. 🙂 Thanks for making my time cleaning the floors and getting to household chores more fun (and more productive, too).

  5. Thanks so much for this podcast. I took a long break from blogging last summer because I was in a difficult place in my life and was very discouraged with my blogging as well. I can see that if I had had a group like this I may have been able to work through the discouragement without giving up. I am just considering getting going again and know that this is a huge key for me.

  6. Great podcast. I did form my own mastermind group a couple months ago. This podcast really encourages me to be more intentional with the group. I love our group, but I think I could do a little better as a group leader.

  7. Hey Kat! I’ve been loving this podcast! Just discovered it a couple of weeks ago and have been listening in my car and while doing the dishes–so much good stuff.
    I also just wanted to mention another way Android users can listen to the podcast on the go. I was one of those that had iTunes on my computer with a playlist of music and podcasts I was subscribed to but had an Android phone, and last year I found out that Google Play (available if you have gmail/google account) will import your iTunes library (you just have to download the “music manager” from Google Play on your computer and it will walk you through it). So now I have the Google Play app on my phone, and I can stream any of the music or podcasts I’ve imported. The only downside (as compared to Stitcher) is that I have to go in on my computer and import every time I want to add the new podcasts from iTunes to Google Play (it doesn’t do it automatically)…the process isn’t difficult, but it’s just an extra step.

  8. I’m definitely on the lookout!

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