Designed for veteran communicators, these groups are considered cohort learning, peer coaching, or professional and leadership round-tables. Mastermind groups were defined by Napoleon Hill, wealth expert and author of Think and Grow Rich, as “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
IABC Minnesota’s Mastermind groups are comprised of six to eight veteran communicators (defined as having more than ten years of experience) who come together to discuss work and career-related topics, and challenge one another to create and achieve goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other in career and professional development. Participants can turn to fellow group members for guidance in career decisions, corporate dynamics, professional challenges and to receive career support that may not be available elsewhere. Meetings are generally held once a month, via conference call, face-to-face or a combination of both, for about two hours.
Regardless of your title and whether you are a one-person shop or one in a department of many, IABC Minnesota’s Mastermind Groups are a great way to connect with peers that can help you navigate professional opportunities and challenges.
Members who participate in Masterminds find great value in it. Below are two members who describe their experience.
“Being in a Masterminds keeps me in regular contact with other IABC members who are doing work which is similar to my own. I’m able to bounce ideas off of my professional peers, and get candid input and feedback on projects I’m working on.” – Tom Schierholz
“In 2013 we formed a group focused on corporate-side communications professionals and the experience has been invaluable. Because the content is focused on issues I directly deal with, we are able to learn from each other’s experiences and develop plans to overcome some of the specific challenges we face.” – Randy Fordice
“We use our monthly meeting to cover a featured topic we decide in advance. Members gather relevant work samples, suggest resources or share stories. The small group size makes it easy for everyone to contribute and fosters more meaningful relationships.” – Tammy Nienaber
Mastermind Groups are open to any IABC Minnesota member with 10 or more years of experience. Members will be asked to pay a one-time fee of $25. If you’re interested in learning more or joining a Mastermind group, please contact Masterminds leader, Susan Otten.
The groups will be dependent upon the number of registrants and compatibility. Once you’ve been placed in a group, you will be invited to register and pay your one-time fee.