I’m opening the doors to my private Creative Shift Mastermind, which runs from July 1st to September 30th, 2018.
If you want to gain greater creative clarity, establish routines to create more, and understand how to better reach your audience, consider joining us.
Making a creative shift in your life requires these key elements:
- Total clarity on what you create and why.
- Strong habits around your creative work — your writing, art, or other craft.
- A plan to ensure that your work truly connects authentically with those who will love it.
- A support system to ensure you stay accountable and on track.
This is a practice of living your creative work, not just talking about it. It is about creating every day, mastering your craft, and making an impact in the world.
This is about creating, connecting, and ensuring that your writing and art changes the lives of others.
Will you join me to do exactly this? We will work together to tackle your biggest challenges, and truly push your creative work forward. The goal: finish what you create, and ensure it reaches an audience in a meaningful way.
Stop struggling alone with your creative work.
Experience the creative clarity to be productive, and the true connection to your audience you dream about.
Let me take you through the purpose of the Creative Shift Mastermind:
This is like having a personal CREATIVE trainer show up at your door every single day.
I invite you to join me in a virtual Mastermind where:
- You join a small group of 10 writers and artists with goals similar to yours. They become your support system, your brainstorming partners, and the team of creative collaborators you have always dreamed of.
- I guide you through a step-by-step program helping you make your creative shift. We attack one step each week.
- You receive short daily videos — you see me and hear from me every single weekday.
- You get access to me each day, and direct feedback on how you can move through your challenges to attain your creative goals.
This is a 12-week Mastermind program, where we work together to achieve the following goals:
We begin by developing total clarity in your creative work, your challenges, and your goals. This is about digging into creating the work that matters most to you, living day to day with inspiration, and identifying the impact you want your work to have on the lives of others. We work through the process I have developed after working for years with writers and artists in the trenches. Planning begins with the right questions, and we focus on getting super clear about your voice, instead of creating a muffled copy of what others are doing.
AUGUST: CREATE EVERY DAY
Everything begins with your craft. With actually creating. Here we don’t just identify how to find the time and energy to create, but we double down on the identity of being someone who creates. Do you feel stuck in roles that don’t reflect who you are inside? That is a thing of the past after this month. This month is all about the transformation that creative work brings to you.
SEPTEMBER: CHANGE SOMEONE’S WORLD
Yep, this month we are going to change the world. One person’s world. Because if you can do that with your writing or art, you can do it for hundreds, or even thousands of people. You are going to start the summer not just with a rock solid plan (we will do that), but you will have PROVEN that you can actually get results with it. I want you to connect your creative vision to the lives of others.
Oh, and we are going to have fun doing it all!
Our goals are simple: I want you to wake up on October 1, 2018 and be able to say this:
“I know exactly what I need to do. I have committed to myself and my creative work. I have a plan. I have a team of people I can ask for help when that plan goes off the rails. This year is going to be a banner year for me, and I will fight for that. I have made my creative shift, and now I’m going to live up to it.”
Who This is For
This is for the writer, artist, or creative professional who is ready to commit to themselves and their work — who desperately wants their work to create an impact in the lives of others.
THIS IS A COMMITMENT TO ENGAGE WITH ME DIRECTLY
This is NOT a course. You aren’t going to receive a bazillion modules with dozens of pre-recorded videos for you to wade through on your own. And you are not going to be shoved into some Facebook group where you will be overwhelmed by all the voices that sound more extroverted than you.
Instead: you will engage directly with me every day. I’m going to repeat that because it’s important: you are going to engage directly with me. Every day, or at least, the days you feel like it. Because I will be there waiting. If you have a question, I answer it immediately. If you have a follow-up question, I dig into it with you. I get in the trenches with you. I’m ready to have mud on my boots, and do the hard work that all the “gurus” tend to avoid.
THIS IS A COMMITMENT TO BE SUPPORTED BY OTHERS
When you join, you are admitting that you want to work with me and others. This is not you sitting back quietly assessing from the sidelines. This is about you getting in the game and taking action. This is about us working together. If you aren’t open to collaborating, to working with a group of people who wants to support you, then don’t sign up.
I have seen such super-tight friendships and professional collaborations form in the Creative Shift Mastermind, it is almost magical.
This is a Commitment to Yourself
There is no refund policy on this program. When you sign up, you are making a 3-month commitment not only to me, but more importantly, to yourself. Take action or lose your investment. This is a no-excuses program.
If you have creative work that is deeply meaningful to you, whether it is full-time or part-time, I’m challenging you to stop treating your creative vision as the lowest priority hobby.
Yet, this is how people “show up” for their creative vision.
How This Works
Are you wondering how on earth you can fit a commitment like this into your already busy life? Don’t worry, I have created a system so that participation is easy.
On a day to day basis, we will focus on:
- Breaking down big milestones and goals into smaller steps you can begin taking right now.
- Keeping you accountable to the work that matters most to you, but in a way that is filled with caring and support.
- Providing guidance on how to develop your work and find your audience.
- Developing the habits that lead to productive creative work, but also a sense of fulfillment.
- Creating a sense of momentum with your creative vision.
You don’t have to show up anywhere on any particular day or time (I understand you are too busy to add another meeting to your calendar), but you will have constant access to the group (and myself) via these powerful collaboration tools.
- We Are Together Every Day.
You receive access to a private Slack chat group. This is basically a 24/7 instant messaging system for small teams. This is where you can brainstorm ideas, share insights, cry for help, and feel a sense of collaboration in what can be an otherwise lonely process.
You will be placed into a group with approximately 10 other people who will become your colleagues in the Mastermind. They will be people you can learn from, share ideas with, and forge meaningful relationships as colleagues. It is incredible to see how quickly this happens in the Mastermind!
- I Am With You Every Day.
I post (mostly) daily video updates where I take you through key steps to be taking, and expand upon conversations we are having in Slack. These videos are only for the Creative Shift Mastermind group, are recorded (nearly) every day, and give you an inside look into how to truly make progress. I will not talk in theory, but in terms of practical steps, sharing with you how I am doing this myself. I will look you in the eye and directly answer your questions.
- This is a Virtual Co-Working Space.
A separate channel in Slack is meant to be a virtual co-working space. Beyond the tips, the advice, the strategies that we share in Slack, the co-working channel is where we say hello each day and get the benefits of being collaborators.
Imagine this as a real-world co-working space. Every day you show up to our huge loft, with big rustic wooden tables filled with iMacs. There is good music playing, amazing coffee, huge windows, and each of us shows up at our desks to work on our projects, while getting to know each other. You are a part of a community that is special — and this is where we say hello and motivate each other every day.
Are you worried about how to use these tools? Don’t be. These are things my team and I use every single day, and are a core way that collaborative groups work. They are easy to get the hang of, and we are here to help you out along the way!
That is the real value here: collaboration. You will have me and others in the Mastermind providing feedback on your goals, helping provide direction, giving feedback, and pulling you out of the hole when you feel stuck and lost.
Each day I am in the group with you, providing feedback on your tasks, your progress, and your direction. And I will also tell you when you are losing focus or biting off more than you can chew. So much of this process is about clarity and focus. Taking simple actions consistently, not getting bogged down.
Take Action Now
If you are interested in joining me for the Creative Shift Mastermind, I encourage you to take the next step.
The cost is $297 a month for three months.
I know this is a big commitment for you, so I want to be certain that you make real progress in 2018. If you are considering joining, but unsure, email me. I’m happy to hop on the phone and chat to ensure that the Mastermind is right for you.
After you register you will receive a questionnaire that gives us both a clear picture of where you are and what the best next steps are for you. We are as invested in your success as you are, and we’re eager to help you take the next turns on your road to meaningful creative work.
Make this year the year that you commit to your best creative life!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MASTERMIND
The Mastermind is one of the most powerful things I have ever offered — the feedback from folks who joined me have been off the charts amazing. They have found renewed clarity in their creative work, and a solid roadmap for moving forward.
“I’m telling you, these Masterminders are a generous and creative and supportive group. And that Dan Blank is generous and helpful beyond the beyond.”
–– Judy Reeves
“There are so many layers of emotional and creative spirit in this group. I can feel positive momentum building.”
— Mary McFarland
“Dan promised me collaboration when I signed up for this group. I had my doubts, but not anymore. Being a part of the the Mastermind group has brought so much clarity (and simplicity) to my creative work.”
–– Jack Schaeffer
“Dan’s Mastermind group is a safe haven for creators and writers. Dan and my fellow Mastermind participants helped me define the direction for my writing and reach more readers through my website, blog and social media. I recommend this group to anyone looking for support and direction in their creative projects.”
-— Rupert Davies-Cooke
“WOW. I’m really blown away (seriously, not exaggerating) by the kind, helpful responses in this group. When I signed up, I had wondered if I was doing the right thing by joining this Mastermind –– I was afraid I wasn’t really ready for the step. But now I see that this is exactly what I needed.”
—- Maya Rushing Walker
“I believe that Dan Blank has created MAGIC here. This group has held me accountable to making a positive change in my creative work — I have never been a part of something this powerful before!”
—- Cathey Nickell
“This Mastermind has given me a sense of direction with the business side of my writing that I’ve never had before.”
—- Dawn Downey
“This Mastermind is building camaraderie with like-minded people for the first time in my life. I have never felt so alive. I can’t even explain it. Even with all my past successes nothing has brought me as much fulfillment as this group and each individual in it.”
— Cari Flory
“Dan Blank heads the best Mastermind I’ve ever attended. That’s why I’ve participated in three of them! Dan knows what it’s like to dig deep into the creative trenches. He’s also kind and wise and real with a great sense of humor. I loved knowing I could sit with him for 10 minutes daily while drinking my cup of coffee and come away clear about goals and inspired about my work. Often, it was the only 10 minutes that I was feeding myself instead of expending energy. You have a question, he’s got the answer. In the Mastermind, I’ve also connected with many other amazing artists and writers that I know will be part of my life for a long time. Dan has taken me from the beginning of a publishing process to the end of my publicity tour. Thank you, Dan!”
— Kathryn Ramsperger
“To say I’m grateful to Dan for his guidance, insights and support would be an understatement! Joining Dan’s Mastermind was the best decision I could have made. He helped me break down my big creative goals into one small action step at a time.”
— Irene Buchine
“Dan puts his own advice into action and serves as a great example of what it looks like to live as a creative professional. He’s super passionate about this work and it’s obvious in the way he shows up. He’s got a lot of helpful information to share and does it in a clear, friendly, insightful way. He didn’t just spout best practices, but helped me get to the ‘why’ behind it all.”
— Tammy Letherer
“One of the best investments I’ve made in my creative business is participating in Dan’s Mastermind. He is open, accessible, and enthusiastically shares his wealth of knowledge and insights every day. If you’re ready to take your creative business to the next level, working with Dan is a fantastic way to do it.”
— Pam Laricchia
“The three months I spent with Dan Blank and other creatives in his Mastermind were inspiring and eye-opening. Because of Dan, I’ve shifted my thinking about creating, marketing, and prioritizing what’s important in my life. I looked forward to his daily videos because of their positive messages and valuable information. I highly recommend Dan’s Mastermind — it’s well-worth the investment.”
— Kristin Oakley
“Dan Blank is a skilled midwife for writers and artists with creative ideas growing inside that are pushing to be born. Yes, it feels scary. But Dan knows how to guide you through the birth process and share the joy of helping your new creation come to life.”
— Anne Grant
“Dan’s Mastermind has made reaching my dreams possible. I might not have taken action on writing my novel or selling my art if it weren’t for Dan showing me the way in both practical and inspiring ways, day in and day out. He leads by example. I’m in awe of how much I’ve accomplished under his guidance and gathering of creative individuals.”
— Heather Keyser
“Dan’s encouragement and insights helped me to change my approach to connecting with my readers and my community. He helped me stay true to my values and my self.”
— KJ Dell’Antonia
“Participating in Dan’s Mastermind gave me the time and focus I nedded to make my creative shift. Thanks, Dan.”
— Melinda Hammond
“The Mastermind is a unique participant-centered approach to pursuing your creative goals with honest, expert guidance from Dan and the other participants. Thoroughly recommended!”
— Brian Hetherington
“Dan’s Mastermind helped me look at the world, and my creative work, with an experimental mindset.”
— Jan O’Hara
“I keep coming back to the Mastermind because like a functional medicine doctor, Dan ‘treats’ the whole person! He’s the only ‘marketing’ guy I know who takes a wholistic approach to his clients. Dan understands that mental and physical health, as well as mindset, are critical underpinnings for any kind of success! In addition, he’s willing to constantly evolve his mindset and beliefs about how to reach an audience. His forward momentum fuels my own forward momentum! Not many creatives I know actually enjoy marketing. But now I do.”
– Anny Rusk
“Dan Blank’s knowledge and generosity are remarkable. I benefited from his insistence upon clarity and focus of mission. The Mastermind group moved forward by leaps and bounds, sharing progress and aiding each other.”
– Greta Holt
“The Mastermind with Dan was a great experience. I felt very supported not only by him but also by my fellow masterminders. I saw that we all go through similar ups and downs, successes and challenges, and I learned a lot about resilience and perseverance. Dan’s instance on clarity, goal-setting and weekly assessments was crucial to keep making gains. Dan tailored the videos to the ongoing conversations, which made the content feel fresh and alive. I came out of the Mastermind with much more clarity about the next step in my creative journey, and a better idea on how to create and maintain an authentic voice in social media. I also forged strong connections with other writers.”
– Isidra Mencos
“In each of the last two Mastermind sessions I have gone through profound creative growth. I learned new things about myself, making experiential, intellectual and emotional connections that surprised me and enriched me. That’s the secret power that Dan’s Mastermind unleashes. Of course, you need the right triggers and trusted collaborators for it to work, and Dan is a master weaver of collaboration. Magic occurs in the Mastermind.”
– Simon Maple
“I thought I’d signed up for the Mastermind to get my career back on track. Seems like we’ve delved into getting my whole life onto a better track.”
– Kimberli Bindschatel
“Through what I’ve learned in the Mastermind, I’ve stopped presuming that someone won’t be interested in my book. As a result, I’m finding potential readers all over the place. Perhaps the person holding me back all along has been me and my own fears about what people would think of me and my book.”
– Susan Davenport
“I am inspired by the amazing folks in this Mastermind. The adage that you become who you hang out with is true and I can become a better writer and creative person by spending time with this group. This Mastermind is far more than I imagined it could be.”
– Barbara Boyd
“The Mastermind has given me the opportunity to engage in meaningful collaboration, and has validated the importance of collaboration, asking for help, and feedback as being critical to us as artists and as human beings. I believe our greatest joy comes from working together and learning from each other!”
– Diane Gottlieb