Someone in the Artist Conspiracy recently asked for the best way to find a mastermind partner (a.k.a. business buddy). This is a person with like-minded interests with whom you can brainstorm ideas, seek/give guidance, and get/provide support.
Without giving away everything I shared with my Conspirators, I wanted to share some quick tips.
Get Clear About What You Want
The most important step to finding a mastermind partner is to envision how you want the relationship to work.
Is one other business buddy enough or do you want a group of 3 or 4?
Do you want to meet monthly in person?
Or is Skyping every other week sufficient?
Maybe it’s a combination. What situation would make you happiest?
Describe your ideal situation.
Then write down all of the qualities you want in that person. Be as specific as possible.
The qualities I seek in a mastermind partner are:
- Ambition – above all
- Similar goals (e.g. “enhance your online presence” or “build sales of physical product”)
- Commitment to the process
- Skills that complement my own
Maybe it’s not even another artist. Maybe it’s a writer or a realtor.
The most important thing is that you have similar goals and are willing to support one another.
Let It Be Known
Let it be known that you’re looking for a mastermind partner.
Post something on your blog. Mention it in networking situations.
One of the things I love most about my online classes is that artists find other like-minded artists for masterminding. You might find someone similar on Facebook or a discussion forum.
I can’t say enough about the power of masterminding to build your art business and attain career goals. I encourage you to try it in whatever form is best for you.
Next week I’ll share tips on how you can run a mastermind meeting.