The past few weeks I’ve been working on my new mastermind program on Leading in Crises. I’m well through the research, organising, and preparation phase. It’s show time! But for some reason, I was nervous. For two specific reasons:
- I haven’t ever presented a mastermind workshop amidst a global crises such as this one
- Despite my experience and unique perspective on leadership, I didn’t feel like an authority
And you know how #2 goes — that seed of a doubt transforms into a monster that cripples your thinking and confidence. It’s funny how these things affect you after all the years of experience. Not that I’m “above and beyond” these things, but it was an interesting observation on human behaviour. More specifically, mine, as I craved for a “group” to lean on so I can feel confident again.
Naturally, I reached out to Toastmasters, but an online group. Not due to COVID-19 but I really didn’t want to taken an effort to drive to a place, attend a meeting, and drive back. That’s some solid investment of time that I don’t have right now.
This online groups was fantastic! I absolutely loved the energy and enthusiasm of each and every member. It brought back memories. And I guess, that was the problem — I didn’t want those old feelings to creep up. It took me a long time to let go of the organisation, which in retrospect, I’m so glad I did. There was no way I was going back even if it’s an international club that meets online. At its core, things haven’t changed a bit and while I have no qualms against the organisation’s mission, values, and practices, it’s not with alignment with my own.
Nonetheless, I’m glad I took the time to attend the meeting. It was a strong reminder that I need a little more faith in myself and I don’t need a support group to get started but just start to get going. I also realised that the main reason why I was feeling “not-so-confident” about the material was that it was brand new and I hadn’t presented it to an audience before! And that’s exactly how I felt when I presented something new the first time in 2015 and then again in 2016 and 2017.
So, here’s what I’m doing:
- Going ahead with the launch of my 6-week virtual mastermind group (with a closed-group)
- Leverage the participant’s feedback to make the program even better
- Launch it again in August 2020 with another set of closed-group
- Rinse and repeat
- By January 2021, the program will be ready for prime time
Note that the above strategy isn’t new. It’s exactly what I used to launch my previous mastermind programs. It’s a strong reminder as to why we don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time we face a new challenge.