Can a YouTube Mastermind Group cure loneliness and make you a better Content Creator?  Well, I’ve tried all of the various flavors of these things and frankly … I was surprised after I tried them.

Whether it’s an “in-person” group of individuals that come together face to face (or via Zoom/Skype), or even something like a dedicated Facebook Page, Mastermind Groups help creators who would normally live inside their own bubbles interact with others who are also living inside their own bubbles.  

So the question of the day is … do they work?

Pete Rondeau

https://www.youtube.com/c/PeteRondeau

DIY Gene

https://www.youtube.com/c/DIYGene

Nick Lituanio

https://www.youtube.com/c/NickLituanio

YouTube Creators Over 50

https://www.facebook.com/groups/245170640432796

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Can a YouTube Mastermind Group cure loneliness and make you a better Content Creator?  Well, I’ve tried all of the various flavors of these things and frankly … I was surprised after I tried them.

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Whether it’s an “in-person” group of individuals that come together face to face (or via Zoom/Skype), or even something like a dedicated Facebook Page, Mastermind Groups help creators who would normally live inside their own bubbles interact with others who are also living inside their own bubbles.  

(spell out words do … they … work?)

So the question of the day is … do they work?

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📍  There are groups online that are part of established “YouTube Influencers”.  Like Tim Schmoyer’s Video Creators.  You sign up for some of their paid assistance programs and you also get to play in their online communities.  And there are also grass roots groups available like ‘YouTube Creators Over 50”, a Facebook group which I’m actually an admin for.

Link below.

These online offerings are pretty good at being helpful to us small and hopefully growing channels.  And we’ll take a look at some of the ups and downs of them in a second.

There are also face-to-face groups.  These are usually small and invite only.  Or you create your own.  And they allow a much more intimate confluence of creators, ideas, and feedback.

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A big drawback to online groups is both anonymity and with who you’re getting advice from.

For instance, I’m a member of YouTube Creators.  A private group where YouTubers can post questions and get responses.  The problem is, you’re asking people you don’t really know to answer questions that they themselves also are asking.  So a lot of the feedback comes from what other’s have found online, and not from their personal experiences.

Now having said that, there are occasionally really good back and forths, and some nifty ideas cam come from them.  But they always need to start with a really good question.

And that’s another drawback.  Take our Over 50 Creators group.  It’s comprised almost exclusively of consumers.  There are very few posts asking questions or providing information.  It’s almost like pulling teeth as an administrator trying to get people to play in the sandbox they joined.

And even if you do get responses from online communities, be aware they might be delayed.  Conversations online can span days or weeks.  Your question or problem may be overtaken by events by the time the discussion gets traction.

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📍  Which brings us to face-to-face.  Now I have no experience with “actual touching of others” kind of get-togethers because of covid, but I WAS invited to join a weekly Zoom call of content creators.  And that has been pretty fantastic.

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📍  There are currently four of us, and we’re kinda not the same.  Two of us are in similar niches … DIY and all things mechanical … and two of us are more cerebral.  

(Sorry Gene and Pete, no insult intended.  Maybe).  

📍  Two of us are well under 1000 subs, one is at 23k subscribers, and the fourth is somewhere in the middle.  The latter two being monetized and sponsored and the former two hoping to one day be.

But regardless of where we are in our journeys, we are indeed all kinda the same.  There are commonalities between all YouTubers that continually need mastering.  And these discussions have proved invaluable to me.  And not just because someone gave me the answer.  It’s usually because they didn’t.

A lot of times we’ll be taking about X, which one of the fellas is experiencing, and someone will ask a leading question.  And suddenly that question lights up something in my mind that is relevant to me.  I end each and every call with some small (and sometimes large) nugget that moves me one step closer to my goals.

There is something about “in person” that is so much better than online.  Sure, there are drawbacks as well, like when there are only four of you and two bail out during a certain week for whatever reason.  The the quality of the conversation naturally diminishes.

But having realtime interaction, following wherever the conversation leads.  Taking other’s experiences with other groups and in their own channels … it’s like a perfect storm of creativity.

So I would highly encourage each of you to participate in an in-person mastermind group.  If you can’t find an invite, create your own.  But … and there’s always a but … chose carefully.  The four of us in our “Boys Club” are of similar personalities.  We are respectful and we each want to learn, not preach.  Mostly.  LOL!  So having the right chemistry is really key.

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(a lonely wrap up)

If you’re a YouTuber, you know how lonely it can be.  It’s just you with a camera, pretending to talk to other human beings.  You may (or may not, which is also kinda depressing) interact through comments.  You may watch other people’s videos looking for a step up, but it’s still just you and a device.

A Mastermind group personalizes the experience.  I can honestly say that the moment I started interacting with others was a huge milestone, and my YouTube life changed completely … and all for the good.  I am a better YouTuber because of Gene, Pete, and Nick.  And yes, please check out their channels in the description below.   And I would highly encourage you to find your own tribe.  Get some diverse and like-minded people together and help each other grow strong.  Trust me, you’ll see the difference.

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How do I imagine the first video?  Basically the same as Break Free in style, but all “studio”.  Or if I’m filming in a cool place, use that cool place as the background for another video.  But that’s in the future.  This one …

Throw out a hook to catch folks attention, an open, and then an intro that keeps folks interested.  Obviously.  Part of that needs to be about how creation is lonely.  Then talk about what a MM group is.  Facebook?  Mention it’s limited.  In person/dedicated/Zoom?  mention it’s better.  Then dive into each.  What I’ve found that works and what doesn’t.  Be specific.  When doing the Boys, mention their channels and how we are diverse, in both niche and size.  Wrap up with a “this is a success” and quick chat about how the journey is better with people..

Overall, maybe 5-8 minutes.  Quick, but informative.

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