Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers, and Linchpins Kindle Edition
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"Dinners may be the most powerful way to build deep, authentic relationships quickly. And Jayson is the master at organizing them."
- John Corcoran, Former Clinton White House Writer; Attorney & Advisor to Entrepreneurs
From the Author
- Publication Date : December 22, 2014
- File Size : 974 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 104 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00RDAPXZ2
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #546,824 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book would be a lot better if it was just the few pages at the end around the dinner itself. Everything else feels like a bunch of random blog posts slapped together with only the vague idea that the author has made connections through their life that have allowed them to become successful. However these connections are made is never elaborated on. What is constantly emphasized though is that the author claims to have been very financially successful (we have to take his word for it), something happened leaving them $250,000 in debt (one of the few times actual numbers are given) and then thanks to friends and connections their even more successful now. How the author jumped from being in debt to not is an exercise left up to the read I presume.
The author talks about “social proof”which is the idea of showing others that you’re successful. I suppose that’s the point of this book. To talk about his success, get people to buy it, and then point to its popularity as proof of your success.
If you can borrow this book from someone or you can get it free, the bit at the end about organizing and structuring the dinner is interesting. The rest of it is just self congratulatory back patting and name dropping that can be skipped.
Here is the tl:dr version of the review: Buy this book. Read it. Put it into practice. It will change your life for the better in so many ways.
There are very few people who can capture the essence of a simple idea and then leverage its application to remake themselves and restart their lives. Jayson is one of those very few. His story is compelling and the methods he used to overcome a debilitating pre-midlife crisis and create a business of exceptional success and value are available to anyone willing to heed and learn.
The heart of the book is not unlike Keith Ferrazzi's "Never Eat Alone". But unlike Ferrazzi's excellent book, Jayson delivers a concise, practical formula for creating connections that is accessible to anyone who eats and happens to know more than one other human. That's a heck of a lot of people.
In the opening chapters, Jayson outlines his discovery of the power of connection and networking and tells the story of his recovery from his first, ultimately self-destructive and soul-destroying business. He then goes on to enumerate key principles of relationship building and its power. The real payday comes in the last third of the book where he outlines (in detail) his formula for creating and hosting "Mastermind" dinners.
What stands out about his approach is how selfless it is. Nowhere does Jayson say or even really imply that the value of the Mastermind dinner lies in what it can do for its host. Instead he is quite clear that when you host such an event, your only path to success lies in becoming a servant leader whose primary concern is that everyone who attends walks away with a powerful sense of value and connection to like minded people. In the same way that form follows fitness -- the benefit to you for embarking on the "Way of the Mastermind Host" lies in the value you bring to other people as they become a part of these dinners.
I am a serial entrepreneur of more than 15 years and a university professor before that. While I have grown and relied on my network of colleagues and friends for over two decades, I've never before seen such a concise and powerful idea put so elegantly. One small disclaimer -- I became aware of Jayson because his story of "recovery" from a business that was killing him was forwarded to me by a friend. He and I have messaged briefly and had one 20 minute phone chat in the last two years. So, he is an acquaintance of mine. With luck someday, I'll call him a friend... hmm... maybe I should ask him to dinner.
The Mastermind process is very popular but many people, I have found, become disappointed when they don't see the results they expected. There can be many reasons for that and one may simply be poor goal-setting or communication skills. Take Charge of Your Life: Dare to Pursue Your Dreams
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The dinner guest list was impressive and I should imagine expensive, so you need to know what you want to achieve. The author recommends using a restaurant which means his focus is on the meal rather than the bringing and taking away of plates. I believe it is possible to take the authors technique as a framework rather than a blueprint because your and my starting points and ability to attract the caliber of guests will clearly differ from that of the author, as will the desired outcome but certainly the concept is very sound. What the book could have built upon more is the power of masterminding. "Chicago six" etc. I would have also liked to have understood more of the outlay to benefit so in some important respects the author, although producing a powerful concept, could have delivered that little bit more.