Word-of-Mouth Marketers Need Breaks Too

“I don’t know where to start.” “I’m new at this. I’m not sure where to go.” “What if my upline leader is too busy?” These are some thoughts that may go through your head in the beginning. They are legit concerns. However, you don’t have to get paralyzed into inaction. If you find yourself stuck, alone or frustrated, venture online for help. I don’t mean heading over to Google and typing “Network Marketing” and searching through the 240 million results. Try mixing it up a little. • Search for topics you love and subscribe to interesting RSS feeds. • Try reading social networking expert, marketing, advertising and even copywriting blogs. • Watch YouTube videos that have more than 500,000 views and ask yourself, “Why?” • Search LinkedIn for groups that interest you. • Spend some time playing a Facebook game and then make a list of why you think millions of people spend hours a day on them. The point is to get your brain thinking about marketing from a different perspective so it won’t automatically cripple and shut down when you go to call your leads and other prospects. Set aside a few minutes a day to do this and you will get excited to try some of the things you’re reading and thinking about. Before long, you’ll have a vast store of knowledge and maybe even a growing and excited team that looks up to your unique approach to marketing. Finally, check out this great post on Mashable, one of my favorite websites on Social Networking trends. It’s a perfect list to get started on the road to building your own unique perspective in the Direct Sales...

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Friendship needs frequent expression to remain alive.

Napoleon Hill has some of the best quotes of all time. This one is a great reminder that our friends are worth our time. “We are all human, with frailties, foibles, and insecurities. We each need to be appreciated for the uniqueness that makes us individual, and we need to be told that we are appreciated. Maintaining friendships requires effort and persistent expression, both in word and deed. Tell your friends often how much you appreciate them. Remember occasions that are important to them. Congratulate them upon their achievements. Most important of all, let them know that you are there for them whenever they need you.” – Napoleon...

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I Take it Personally

I take the business of direct selling personally. This business is personal and I get it. It is a business of relationships and caring enough about those around us to share the best of what we have found for ourselves with others. It’s about learning and growing together to become better than we were yesterday. It’s about daring to dream and reach and stretch beyond ourselves and lifting each other to achieve those dreams. I’m serious about helping my teams, my clients and their independent distributors discover and reach their potential. I take those things seriously because I care. I know how important each individual’s journey is and, I know how hard the journey can be at times. That’s why I are focused on delivering the best tools and best user experience for my teams and my clients. I would love to share more of my vision with you and work together with you to provide your field members with the very best opportunity for their individual success. Because when distributors succeed, we all do. Tags: Advice, Business,...

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Essential Tools for Word-of-mouth Marketers

A few days ago I re-discovered a helpful article from Mashable, “the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture,” aimed at companies and organizations looking to improve their social media reach. First posted in 2009, there are still some great tips and resources for people in the Network Marketing industry and those independent word-of-mouth marketers who make it tick. The artcile features 18 websites and tools aimed at helping you improve your Social Media Listening and Monitoring, your Editorial, Publishing, and Content Syndication and, of course, measuring your Conversation and Content Sharing. Here’s the link: 18 Essential Tools for Every Word-of-Mouth Marketer Do you think social media tools like these can help your business flourish or are they more helpful for traditional products and services? Tags: Advice, Business,...

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Are You Waiting for Others to Be Successful?

In a word: don’t. Network Marketing isn’t about leaders or the company making you successful. Network Marketing is about improving yourself so you can make others successful. Sure, leaders are important. Yes, picking the right company to begin with is important. But if the basic criterion are met, the rest is up to you. But no leader is perfect and no company is immune to mistakes or criticism. However, most leaders and companies will present the opportunity like it is the “one and only” when what you really need to do is find what company matches your personality and goals. So, unless you really aren’t seeing results from the product (so you are unable to create your own success stories), you would be smart to “love the one you’re with” instead of hopping around. The real key will be to continue to grow in your own ability to present the opportunity. Use tools — like the ones I can direct you to — and get training, like any other professional would. Then, when you go out and do the work, let the people know you are an imperfect person working for an imperfect company that happens to have a product that you love and will use forever because of the results you get. This honesty will not only prepare them for a challenging road ahead but will earn you respect for telling it like it is upfront. No lies, no hype and no unrealistic expectations. If you both have a clear vision of what it will take to succeed, you can reach out together to shape your own financial futures. Tags: Advice, Business,...

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5 Relationship Tips to Keep Your Business Growing

1. Sponsor people that you like.Life is too short to waste time pretending…if you don’t want to spend time with someone, why would you want them in your business?2. Invest your time into your team.People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. This is the best way to differentiate yourself. Get to know your team members for who they are, and for who they want to become. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty…understand the circumstances, needs, and dreams of everyone you personally bring into the business.3. Set up a game plan—then follow through (focus and finish).Make sure you give your team a track to run on and then demonstrate your commitment to that duplication model by partnering with them to achieve their desired goals. 4. Stay Connected.Talk with those you sponsor every week. Successful business-builders talk with their team. They’re interested. And over time, this simple talking-with-your-team technique will have you doing business with those you know well.5. Be a real friend.Both inside and outside the business. People may leave a business, but nobody leaves a friend. Network Marketing is all about lifestyle, enjoy yours with those you sponsor along the way.Thanks to Michael Clouse for his article on heating up cold distributors www.nexera.com Tags: Advice, Business,...

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