Here’s a fun fact about me: I hate networking events and I (almost) never go to professional conferences.
I love meeting new people and devoting big chunks of time to deep-n-meaningful conversations about life/work/money/creativity. But I don’t want to have those conversations in hotel conference rooms and I don’t want to drop $1,200 on a ‘Mastermind Group’ full of people I don’t know.
In February, I coordinated my very own retreat with Kathleen, Sarah, Kyla, and Katie. If you’d like a step-by-step plan for how to do that yourself, I wrote you this free guide.
If you need a bit more convincing, here are 6 reasons why you should DIY a creative mastermind retreat:
You should DIY a creative mastermind retreat because you can’t beat meeting people face-to-face
Yes, you can totally develop real, meaningful friendships over social media. Supportive, important conversations can be had through Facebook comments and perfectly chosen gifs. But those can’t compare to the magic that happens when you’re on the same sunny patio, sharing a bottle of wine, comparing notes on your favorite Instagram animals. (raccoon_house 4eva)
When you hang out in person, conversations get deeper and more vulnerable. You can ask follow up questions or seek clarification. You can say “How did it make you feel when that happened?” Or “Was it worth it?” You can beyond conversion rates and analytics, past the ‘hows’ and into the ‘whys.’ You can chew on something your friend said and then come back to it at breakfast the next morning.
You can’t really do that in Facebook comments. 😉
You should DIY a creative mastermind retreat because you’ll strengthen your relationships
If we’ve shared a condo in Mexico, we’re pretty much blood brothers now. You’ve seen me politely complain to the front desk 17 times? We’ve discussed the merits of buying Retin-A for $10 at a Mexican pharmacy? Obviously, I’m happy to look over your sales page. OF COURSE you can write a guest post. Yes, I’d love to jump on the phone for a two-hour, co-brain picking session.
IRL hangout time nudges Online Friendships into Real Friendships. These friendships are no longer just about retweeting each other’s stuff, now they’re about workout routines, which liquid eyeliner is best, and Netflix recs. (Kathleen, you were right about Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner. I immediately threw away my other stuff.)
You should DIY a creative mastermind retreat because most mastermind groups are car-razy expensive
Why not join a professionally-organized, already-formed mastermind group? Well, you certainly can, if you want to drop $500 – $2,000. But if the group uses its collective knowledge and resources to help each other, why are you paying for the honor of helping other people? Presumably, you’re bringing a lot to the table, so why should you pay for access to other, equally skilled people?
You should DIY a creative mastermind retreat because you don’t have any say in who’s in a pre-formed group
It’s rare that mastermind groups make their member list public; they might publicize who their group targets, but they probably won’t get into specifics. It’s not unusual to see mastermind groups for online marketers, writers, or bloggers but do you know the people in the group? Will you connect with them? Are they at a similar place in their career?
It’d be a pity to spend $700 on a mastermind group only to discover all the other online marketers are 20-something tech guys from Silicon Valley and they don’t have much time for your ecourse on body-positive fashion.
You should DIY a creative mastermind retreat because you get to choose where it is!
You don’t have to go to New York or L.A. or Chicago if you don’t want to! You don’t have to paste on a name tag and sit in a windowless Radisson conference room! You can use this mastermind retreat as your excuse to finally visit Santa Fe or Vermont or Iceland. You can look through Airbnb’s best-of’s. You can go somewhere with a good exchange rate or amazing food.
When you’re organizing a retreat, you get to make it exactly as awesome as you want.
You should DIY a creative mastermind retreat because it’s tax deductible!
It’s a fact. If you’re talking about business with professional peers, you’re working and what you’re doing is tax deductible. Even if you’re doing it while drinking margaritas next to the pool. And if you’re deducting your trip, don’t forget about per diem deductions for meals and incidentals and deductions for personal vehicle use!
Have I convinced you? If you’re curious how to do this yourself, I broke down eeeeeeverything I did here – including the emails I sent, how to choose who to invite, how to share information, all of it! Download and share away!