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You are part of a mastermind group.  You’re prepared to take notes and contribute.  Then it’s your turn in The Hot Seat.  You immediately think…

What is The Hot Seat and how do I get prepare for it?

Having 10 brilliant entrepreneurial minds focused on your travel business success is incredibly powerful, but most of us don’t get to take advantage of it.

I remember when I took part in my first mastermind.  I sat in The Hot Seat for 45 minutes.  I sat in the chair and shared what was on my mind.  It was powerful.  I rebranded my travel business, let go of my partner, and decided to niche to groups only. That was in 2012. Since then, I have taken part in 7 masterminds and led 2 myself.

I have a process I use to prepare for my time in The Hot Seat so I receive information I can use to take my travel business to the next level, whatever that is at the time.

Travel entrepreneurs’ inability to notice distraction and let go of dysfunction is in the top 5 reasons 80% of businesses fail in the first 18 months.  Mastermind groups and mentors are very helpful when it comes to detecting distraction and dysfunction for you.

What is a Hot Seat?

For most, the thought of a hot seat can fill them with fear.  But a hot seat is simply dedicated time during a mastermind meeting for the group to focus on your business.  During your time, you get to share the good, the bad, and the ugly about what’s going on with you, your brand, and your business.

The Hot Seat – Prepare to Share

The best way to make the most of the collective brilliance of your mastermind group and leader is to prepare, of course. 

I have to laugh as I write this because I went through 3 of them before it ever occurred to me to think through this, so I can strategically share with my group.

Create time to gather your thoughts before your hot seat. Following are the questions I use to guide my thoughts:

What could you use help with?
What has been working well in your business?
What has not been working well in your business?
Where have you struggled and succeeded in your business?
What have you tried, what has worked, what hasn’t?
What are you hoping to receive to move forward in your business?

The Hot Seat – Make the Most of Your Time

Share About You, Your Brand, and Your Business

If this is your first time in The Hot Seat, share about you, your brand, and your business. 

What do you do?
How do you make money?
Who do you work with?
How do you get clients?
What you need help with?
What do you want to do for your next level of success?

This will help your fellow mastermind members be of service to you in an impactful way.

Not Your First Time in The Hot Seat – Share This Too

If you’ve been in The Hot Seat before, your mastermind members may be familiar with you and your business. Create a list of 3 to 5 things that have happened in your business since the last time you were in The Hot Seat to make the most of your time and their guidance. 

Review your notes from your last mastermind.

Did you implement anything they suggested?
Did it work?

Share Where You Struggle Most

Again, to make the most of the collective brilliance of your mastermind group, prepare to share where you struggle in your business.  You may not have the perspective to see why something is not working, but your mastermind group can gain amazing perspective through what you share.

The unique perspectives each of your mastermind members shares is what makes masterminds powerful.

Share the Numbers

I know The Numbers are a very personal thing, but you need to let that go.  If you truly want your mastermind to be of service to you, you must come with all you’ve got. 

How many people are on your email marketing list?
How many clients do you have?  How many do you want?
How much revenue do you generate? How much do you want to generate?

Share the traffic to your website and landing pages, and your sales numbers.  If you’re using ads, share your conversion rates and cost per click.  Share your reach and marketing strategy. 

The Numbers that significantly impact your business and your marketing strategies are important to share so your mastermind members have context as you share your aspirations.

Share What Is Next

It is critically important to have a path you want to follow at the end of The Hot Seat.  If you have several ideas or paths you can take, but not sure which one will take you closer to the success you desire in your business, share your options with your mastermind members.

Before your time in The Hot Seat, write your ideas and the paths you can take.  Filter them for your top 3 to 5 options, then share those with your mastermind.

Share the Good Stuff Too

What is working well in your business?
Are you doing anything differently that has made a positive impact?

Allow your mastermind members to share in the joy of your success.  Unless all of your friends are entrepreneurs, no one will understand what a 1,000 new email subscribers could mean to your bottom line.

Too often we take a win in stride and keep moving through the work. It is important to celebrate your wins, so allow them to join you for the celebration of your achievements.

Your Work

Make the most of everything you do and every opportunity made available to you.  Go for it. Prepare for your time in The Hot Seat, it will help your mastermind group be of service to you and make the most of what you decided to invest your time and money into to create a travel business your life loves. 

Your Work to prepare for your time in The Hot Seat will help you see the progress you have made towards creating a travel business your life loves.

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Until next time, live with passion, purpose, and play.

With gratitude,

Carmen Xx 
The Wellbeing Messenger
Growth ~ Marketing ~ Performance
Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Mother, Wife, and Lover of Life

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