• Mastermind Group

    What is a Mastermind Group and Why you NEED to Find One

    One of the biggest things that I find helps with going for any sort of goal, personal or professional, is a Mastermind Group. If you haven’t heard of them already, they are a consistent factor of success and have been around for along time. “The Vagabonds,” for example, were a mastermind group that included Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding and Harvey Firestone. The evidence of their success still influences our world today. 

    What exactly is a Mastermind Group?At its core, it's a group of people that meet on a regular basis (either in person or online), hold each other accountable, and give each other input. Imagine being part of a group of successful people that you can present your problems to and get advice from.  

    I have never attended a motivational class or seminar where the speaker didn’t recommend them. I have been a part of a few myself and can speak to their effectiveness in keeping you focused and giving you fresh insight, IF they are run correctly.

    Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding and Harvey Firestone.

    What an Organized Mastermind Group Might Look Like

    1. Invocation: This sets the space and tone of the meeting. Some call on a higher power to direct and influence the group. 
    2. A round of “What is New and Good”: Each person takes 1 minute to share a brief success story of what has happened since the last time you spoke.
    3. Negotiate for Time: An opportunity for those who may require more time to get it. For example, someone may be launching something new or have an unexpected personal situation, while others may not have much happening and are willing to give up some of their time. The goal is to make sure everybody’s needs are met.
    4. The Main Round: Individual members speak while the group brainstorms and shares ideas or solutions. Bring up whatever it is you need help with from the group. This part is rapid and reminds me a bit of popcorn. People start giving ideas in quick, short sentences. You want as many ideas as possible. If you need to continue talking more about this, you can arrange with that person to talk at length on your own time. Can be personal or professional. You usually have only 7-10 min for your allowed time since it depends on how many people are in the group. The person who takes on the role of the Timer keeps track of this and indicates when it's done.
    5. Commitment: A round where everyone makes a commitment (30 seconds) of what they are committing to do over the next two weeks. It should be a stretch, something that challenges you.
    6. End with Gratitude: This may be a group prayer expressing gratitude or a quick round where everyone at the table expresses gratitude for something. 
    7. Be prepared to report on your commitment at the next mastermind meeting. 

    Things I have Found Vital to a Successful Mastermind

    1. The roles of Invocator, Timer and Leader are all filled. Each role is vital to the success and focus of the group.
    2. Having a Timer that is on top of things is very important. Once a meeting starts going over time, people start resenting and dropping out. It is the number one thing that torpedos a good group.
    3. Having an experienced leader is a huge asset. This brings a level of focus and experience that you don’t find with masterminds without leaders. They aren’t there for themselves, so they can focus on making sure everyone else is getting what they need from it. 
    4. Rotating the Invocator role. Everyone has different beliefs and world views, so switching it up promotes a diverse, open environment. Everyone needs to feel comfortable sharing their goals. It requires a certain level of vulnerability.
    5. Ideal size is 5-7 participants. Not too small and not too big. Too big, and the call will last forever. Too small, you limit the creative input.
    6. Must be regularly scheduled. I have found bi-weekly works the best for me. 
    7. Lasts no more than 60-90 minutes.

    Where to Find a Good Mastermind Group

    I have always found that going to motivational seminars puts me in contact with people who know where to find the best mastermind groups. You can meet people who run their own Masterminds (for a price) and get recommendations from other attendees. 

    If you are an author, or considering publishing, I have a Mastermind Group starting in January 2020. This mastermind group has extra benefits in that you will also have your book published within the year. It is a package deal that includes publishing your book, the mastermind group and expert one-on-one advice along the way. It is only for authors looking to publish children’s books. Accepting book idea submissions now.   

    If you have more questions, I would be happy to chat with you. Email me to book a call.

    Hugs,

    Miriam

  • Publishing Mastermind Partnership

    Why I decided to start publishing other people's books.

    I have been writing and working as an author for over seven years now, and one of the things I love is when people ask to “pick my brain.” It is awesome to meet others with a story or message they want to share, and I want to help them avoid a lot of the mistakes I made in the beginning. 

    When I first decided to publish I CAN Believe in Myself, there were really only two options available: landing a publishing deal (traditional publishing), or publishing myself (self-publishing). I was on a deadline and wanted to be fully involved in the process, so I decided to self-publish. 

    Self- publishing cost me SO much money. I had no idea, going in! Of course, it was worth it. My first book became a best-selling award winner, including a Guinness World Record™ and so much success followed after that, but more than anything, I wish I would have had someone to guide me through the process. 

    I would have paid anything to find a coach who had done it before and could help me avoid costly mistakes. 

    Now, I have self-published three books and have a new book, The Big, Bad Bully, coming out this fall that I co-authored with Jack Canfield. It is being published through HCI Books!

    While landing a traditional publishing deal is AMAZING in that now my books will be in stores  everywhere, it was extremely difficult to get. Even with a well known author as a partner, who once had seven New York Times Best-Sellers all at the same time, we had a hard time finding a publisher who would take the book on. 

    That’s ridiculous! I mean, I know it is hard to break into the market, but, come on!

    So, knowing what I know of the publishing options available, I keep asking myself “what is the best advice I could give to all these people, who ask me “how do I publish my book?” The truth is, there is so much I have learned that it would take forever to impart that knowledge. 

    The answer? Offer a publishing option combined with the help I so desperately wanted when I was starting out! 

    I present The Publishing Mastermind Partnership! Ta Dah! It’s a ten month mentorship where I help you go from having a story idea to a finished product. My company, Laundry Books, publishes your book within the year, and you get access to everything I have learned to help you along the way. I will take care of the editing and make sure your book looks amazing. You retain all the rights to your book, and all the profits, AND you join five other authors in a Mastermind Group for support. It’s everything I wanted when I was starting out. 

    Submission Deadline November 20, 2019.

  • Breakthrough to Success with Teens

    I just came back from spending an amazing week assisting Jack Canfield at Breakthrough to Success (BTS) in Arizona. This year I was so happy to bring my two teenage daughters with me. I have learned so much from Jack over the years, I have always had it in mind to bring my children as soon as they were old enough. 

    Alissa, at 14 years old, was the youngest participant.

    My girls learned a LOT. I barely got to see them between my responsibilities in assisting and their friends, but some of the things they were absorbing were:

    • practicing self-love with the mirror exercise
    • how to reject rejection – don't take no for an answer
    • take 100% responsibility for your life
    • letting go of limiting beliefs that have been stopping you
    • how to do affirmations and visualizations
    • the importance of keeping agreements to others and to yourself
    • setting goals in all areas of life

    So, what were the highlights? I asked them what they really loved about the trip.
    For Sarina, meeting a music producer who gave her great tips on how to pursue a music career. Of course! One of the really great things about attending is meeting other people who you can help and who can also help you!
    For Alissa, besides meeting the other teens attending, she said she got a lot out of the goal setting portion. 

    My highlight was something Alissa said after Jack interviewed me on stage about past successes and our new book, The Big, Bad Bully. (After attending BTS in 2012 I wrote the first draft to my book on the flight back. So many good things came out of that like my Guinness World Record, subsequent award-winning books, and so much more.)

    Afterwards, Alissa said “I didn’t know you were successful!” Up until that point I am sure she only ever saw me as her unpaid Uber Driver. She even said I was “kinda cool.” 

    We had an amazing week. Sarina is pumped to go back next year, and it was clear that Alissa made strong connections with the new friendships. If you get the chance, I would definitely recommend taking your teens to one of Jack’s events.

    Hugs, 

    Miriam

    P.S.  Jack is coming to Toronto October 26th! If you get a chance, he is a must! AND if you are a teacher, there is a teacher workshop with Jack on October 25th. More info to follow. 
    The Big, Bad Bully comes out in October! Get a freelive Virtual Book Reading with Jack Canfield and myself for you and your children or students when you pre-order two copies of The Big, Bad Bully.