Why you should join mastermind groups instead of attending conferences

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Greg Warner is CEO and Founder of MarketSmart, a revolutionary marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more for less. In 2012 Greg coined the phrase “Engagement Fundraising” to encapsulate his breakthrough fundraising formula for achieving extraordinary results. Using their own innovative strategies and technologies, MarketSmart helps fundraisers around the world zero in on the donors most ready to support their organizations and institutions with major and legacy gifts.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I don’t really like conferences that much. 
Sure, there are some good reasons to go to them. Mostly because they offer exceptional networking opportunities. So, if you are looking for a job or aiming to build your network, they’re terrific.
But if you want to learn how to improve in your role at your organization I think there’s a better, less expensive, more efficient way to go— with a mastermind group!
I’m not saying you should never go to conferences. Just think about this alternative.
Mastermind groups usually involve 2 to 5 participants with common interests meeting monthly. Together, these people help one another set goals, brainstorm, and work through challenges to achieve results with brutal honesty as a cornerstone for the groups success.
Here are 7 reasons to start such a group from Forbes.
Want to learn how to start one? Go here.
I’ve been part of anywhere from one to four at a time for over a decade and I believe these groups are now absolutely essential to my personal growth, achievement and success. I bet you’ll feel the same.
In the end, you’ll save a ton of money while building deep, meaningful relationships, achieving your goals and also expanding your network.


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