How To Build A Personal Advisory Board

| Apr 21, 2017

When I wrote the LifeMap book, I consulted with my advisory board often. They gave me expert advice, honest feedback, and great encouragement and support. The thing is, I don’t have a large business or some room to sit in with these people. We never all met at the same time. In fact, they don’t even live in the same states. But they were extremely helpful through the process.

Without their advice, feedback, and criticism I would not have finished the book. And this book is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life.

When I began writing the book I consulted with several trusted people. Each of them cast their vote (opinion) on what I should do with the book, how to write it, how to publish it, etc. But if you asked any of these board members they wouldn’t have a clue what I’m talking about. Here’s why. They didn’t even know they were on my board.
Here’s the deal, you need a personal board of advisors too. Let’s learn how.

Why You Need An Advisory Board

You can’t accomplish a thing without other people. You especially can’t accomplish anything great without other people. If you have any desire, big or small, to accomplish things in your life, to venture into the unknown, you need a board.

As mentioned above, without this team I wouldn’t have completed the book and it would be nowhere near the quality that it is. Since you need a great team or board for your next project, why not pick an ideal one?

Who Should Be On Your Board

The ideal board members are experts in their field, will be honest with you, and will support you along the way. The great thing about this board is they don’t need to know they are on it or that you’ve kicked them off.

When I was writing my board included my wife, my old boss, a marketing expert, a couple Amazon consultants, Michael Hyatt, Darren Rouse, my mom, my dad, and my pastor.

With the expertise that Darren Rouse and Michael Hyatt brought, via the internet, I got the writing and blogging advice I needed. With my boss, I received some out of the box ideas and great support. With the marketing expert and Amazon consultants, they shaped the website, cover, and my publishing plan. Finally, my wife and parents provided the continuing encouragement and personal support none of the others could.

If this type of support sounds helpful for your next project, let’s talk about where you can find your board.

Where To Find Your Advisory Board Members

Start by making a list of your ideal candidates. You can begin searching for them using the list below.

  • Find friends and family that fit your need.
  • Find coworkers that fit your need.
  • Find online experts.
  • Seek out old relationships that would be helpful for a season.
  • Use Facebook or LinkedIn
  • Connect with an old boss.

The beauty of this type of board is people don’t need to know they are on the board. Second, hardly anyone, regardless of how well you know them, will resist giving their opinion or advice. Third, you can kick people off anytime you want if they aren’t helping.

With these things in mind, as long as you approach people in the right way, you’re going to get the helpful advice you are seeking. Here’s how you connect.

How Do You Connect?

One on One. You can connect in person in whatever context makes the most sense. This is obviously the first choice, but not always possible.

Digitally. With technology, it is easy to connect via video, phone, email, text, or some other digital medium.

Vicariously. The third way is how I was able to put Michael Hyatt and Darren Rouse on my board. I connected with them via their blog posts, podcasts, and e-books. Through these connections, I was able to get expert advice and helpful encouragement.

Go Find Your Team

In order to build an amazing board look for expertise, honest feedback, and consistent support. Don’t limit yourself to those you know and don’t be afraid to kick people off your board. They don’t even know they are on it.

Even experts that you don’t know will give you advice, don’t be afraid to ask. You can reach out to almost anyone in today’s world and get advice. Use the tools you have available to you to connect with your board. Connect one on one, digitally, and vicariously.

Next time you begin a big project, start with building a great team to help you make it happen. Start making your list today.

Comment below on your next big project and who you think should be on your advisory board.

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