Once a week I meet with a few friends. These friends are not just personally buddies that I hang out with, these are my most powerful creative friends- The are my Creative Alliance.
What is a Creative Alliance?
A group of this kind isn't a new idea- Napoleon Hill the author of Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised called a group of this magnitude a Mastermind Group. He believed that a group of like minded, achievement-oriented individuals could dramatically leverage each other's success. It is like having your personal board of directors.
What does our Creative Alliance do?
1. Comment on each others artwork, designs, presentations, music, etc.
2. We suggest events, workshops, or business ventures that we feel would be of interest to the group.
3. If one of us blogs we ask for links to helpful sites that we can share with our readers, we share links to each other blogs, or we may tweet an event to a group of our followers.
4. We serve as guest speakers at their schools, events or workshops. If we have experienced a member's product/service a few of us will write testimonials on how the product/service has helped us.
5. We share services- I am a graphic designer, so I do most the design work for the group, another member is a fashion designer so she is responsible for styling us for special events.
6. Networking Events - One of the members is really big at putting together networking events. We are there to support them or we may purchase a table (at a discount) to showcase our work.
There are many more things we do, but these are just a few that come to mind. My advice is, if you don't have a Creative Alliance of your own- then start a small group. Begin slowly with a few members, meet monthly on a scheduled day in person, by phone, or online. There are no set rules on how the group should meet, the important thing is that you establish a group and a go to time to discuss creative ideas.
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