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MLM Woman Issue 111
April 2006


From the Desk of the Editor

Welcome to the 111th issue of the MLM Woman Newsletter. This month we feature articles by five fabulous women who share their experience, knowledge and wisdom with you.

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Also, if you have comments, questions or something to share after reading this month's issue, please visit our MLMTalk Discussion Forum and join in the lively conversation!

Enjoy!

Linda Locke, Editor MLM Woman


Running a MLM Business
as a Full-time College Student
by AnnaLaura Brown

As a full time student pursuing a masters degree in library science while running my MLM business I face some unique challenges. These challenges are further compounded by the fact that I chose to start my business the same day that I moved half away across the US to a new city, in a new state and in a completely unfamiliar environment.

Because I didn't grow up in the city where I live and because I have only lived there a short time, I know almost no one and I am still becoming familiar with the city. It is also a challenge because I don't have a warm market or any contacts that live in the state where I am located. This creates a problem when attempting to do fundraisers, and home parties. Furthermore, I am very busy with my studies as well as a few part time jobs thus my time is extremely limited. I have therefore, brainstormed and developed some creative and unusual ideas as to how I can promote my business given my limited time and unique circumstances.

1. Try to use the phone and direct mail whenever possible. I have had to face the fact that I simply can't run all over town all the time and therefore if I can avoid going in person then I need to. At the same time certain aspects of my business are more effective when done in person. Knowing when I must go in person and when I can use mail and the phone is a constant battle and one that I am still learning and fighting.

2. I wear buttons with catchy expressions on them on all my clothing to attract attention and encourage conversations with strangers.

3. I always carry business cards and brochures with me and when possible samples of my products to give away or sell.

4. Leverage your time. I have gone to yard sales and offered a free product in exchange for collecting leads and passing out business cards. I have also done something similar in hair salons, fitness centers, massage therapy centers, and other businesses.

5. I have a sign posted on my apartment door.

6. I put business cards in all of my outgoing mail including junk mail with a prepaid envelope.

7. Pick up the phone and call everyone possible. I have called nonprofits, schools, groups, convention centers, and anyone else I could think of to gain information about retailing my products, doing fundraisers and shows etc.

8. Realize that the Internet is your best friend. I have hosted online parties, used instant messaging, written articles and posted them online and a host of other online activities in order to increase my out of town business.

9. If you have a special talent or knowledge of a certain subject, you can create free worksheets or a free e-book, include your ad and post these on the Internet. In my case, I have masters in French Literature and I have taught French and created learning activities and so I have posted these on the web to generate interest and create credibility and familiarity with my name and person.

10. I think of new ideas on a daily basis. I don't always act upon all of them but at least I keep my mind active and searching for new ways to promote my products.

11. Who do reps in other companies know? Why not do joint parties and open houses with them? You will meet local people you wouldn't otherwise meet.

I have also had to force myself to face certain facts of life given my circumstances:

- I will never have the time I would like, so I must take full advantage of the time I do have. Because I'm a student I have to accept the fact that I will not be able to grow my business at the same pace that someone who works the business full time will be able to.

- Because my money is extremely limited, there are certain things I can't do but there are many opportunities which are either free or almost free.

- Organization is at a premium. If I am to accomplish anything with my business I must practice good organization skills.

- Many people especially other students will think that I am crazy or that I don't know what I am doing but I can't let their opinions bother me. I know what I want and I will get it.

About the Author
AnnaLaura Brown is currently working on a Masters degree in Library Science at Indiana University, working on building her team and promoting a thriving business. Her passions include learning languages, ice skating, reading, dogs especially golden retrievers, web design and helping others succeed. She can be contacted via her website http://www.annalaurascandlesandscents.com

Fear, Focus, and Then Some
by Sue Urda
Would you like to change something in your life?
There's an easy way to change… it's a five letter word.

Change is inevitable. Change is Life. Change is Good. These are the things that come to mind when I hear the word change. Even as I sit here on this beautiful, slightly overcast morning listening to the birds chirping and sipping my coffee, I know that today will be different than every day before this and every day after this.

I especially know that what I choose to do today will affect everyday that comes after this day. My thoughts, words and actions, like a stone thrown into a pond, will create ripples in this world for years to come. So, what do I choose to do this day? And perhaps more important, what do I choose to change this day?

There is a saying that goes "If you keep on doing the things you've always done, you'll keep on getting the things you've always got". We all know this to be true, and yet sometimes we just can't seem to make the change we know is necessary to get to the outcome we desire. Why is this? Why do we get "stuck"?

It all comes down to a matter of Focus.

Let's say we desire to have a better relationship with a specific person in our life - our partner, our boss, a child, a friend. We decide we would like more openness, a greater level of intimacy, more fun and more time together.

In order for these new, enhanced, different feelings to exist, we must DO something different. We must CHANGE. We must either change what we do, what we say, or how we respond. And first - we must change our Focus. Where does our Focus come from? Our Focus comes from our thoughts.

Nothing in this world happens and no feelings exist without first being a thought in someone's mind. The Golden Gate Bridge was first created in someone's mind. There is no other place for it to begin.

Our thoughts lead to our actions, and our actions create the circumstances of our lives. Therefore, if we desire a positive, loving, fun, joyous relationship with someone, perhaps we have to risk being viewed as silly, crazy, weak and perhaps even vulnerable. Thoughts race through our minds. What if they don't like me? What if I screw it up? What if the relationship gets worse instead of better?

These questions provoke thoughts of fear. They frighten us and immobilize us. They cause anxiety and grief. They keep us from taking action, and they keep us from what we desire.

The key to change without fear is focus.

It is asking empowering, positive questions. It is keeping your goal, the desired outcome at the front of your thoughts at all times without fail. It is never losing sight of your dreams. It is being vigilant. It is in expecting change, instigating change, and in fact, learning to love change that allows us to grow toward and become that which we desire.

To change without fear, we must recognize that fear is a thought that focuses on something that hasn't happened yet and something that may never happen at all. Fear isn't real. Fear is in our minds. Fear is a thought that we can control. To change without fear we must control our thoughts and our focus. We must release fear. In doing this, we can change and grow with ease.

Change is inevitable. Change is Life. Change is Good.

Now, that's Powerful!

About the Author
Sue Urda is the Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women's Network and a two-time Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies honoree. Her vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to expand Powerful You! by creating chapters and Tele-Networks™ around the US and beyond. Sue's mission is to create venues for women to grow their businesses, nurture relationships and to foster empowerment, gratitude and self-development. www.powerfulyou.com

Blog Your Way to
More Traffic & Sales

© Terri Seymour


Blog is short for web log. A web log is a journal of sorts that is updated frequently to keep your visitors’ interest. Blogs are generally of a personal nature and express the opinions and thoughts of the webmaster. Blogs also contain links and other resources. Many people think of blogs as “online diaries.” Blogging is becoming a very popular method of publishing as it does not require any technical knowledge and it can greatly increase the popularity of your site. Some blogs allow the visitors to post and enter there thoughts and opinions as well.

A blog keeps people coming back to your site and a blog is also very helpful with the search engines because of the ever changing content. Search engines love new content!

Starting a blog is not hard. There are sites that provide this service for free.

First step is to take a look at some other blogs to get a feel of how they are done. Simply pick your favorite search engines, do a search for blogs and spend sometime reading and studying them. Get familiar with different styles, formats and content until you feel like you know what you would want to do with your blog.

You can then get started on your own blog. There are lots of sites where you can start your own blog for free:

BlogDrive.com
Blogger.com/start
LiveJournal.com/

Take some time to design your blog. Decide what color scheme you want to use and the type of layout you want. Some sites will have pre-designed layouts and templates to choose from or you can edit your own.

After you get your blog designed and set up, test it out with a few posts. Make any necessary changes you feel it needs. Once you have it tweaked, it is time to get started with your new blog.

Once you start your blog, be sure and promote it heavily. Post it in blog directories, announce it in groups and on boards. Put it in your sigtag.

Blog Directories:

BlogWise.com
BlogCatalog.com
BlogHub.com


Do a search for blog directory or submit your blog and you will find many more places to post your new blog!

Be sure and update your blog frequently and make it interesting. Give it some personality! DO NOT neglect your blog!

Don't get discouraged if your blog is not an overnight sensation. As with any marketing, it takes time to get noticed. Keep it fresh and new and interesting and before long, you will be a master blogger!

About the Author
Find lots more tips, articles, and resources at http://www.SeymourProducts.com Seymour Products also offers you a chance to own your own successful home business with unlimited support. Start your own ebook store - huge selection of ebooks & software only $1.00 each. http://www.seymourproducts.com/ebooks-resell

Nine Steps to FAST Success
by Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler
© 2005 All Rights Reserved.

How many times have you smashed up against a road block when you were after a goal, and wondered if you would EVER get there? There really are only two types of goal seekers -- those who "get it" and achieve their goals, and those who spend their lives wondering WHY they keep smashing up against those road blocks.

Here are nine ABSOLUTELY PROVEN keys to immediately "get it," and finally make some fast and lasting progress:

Get CLEAR! That amazing 3-pound brain of yours is the ultimate goal-seeking machine! You have trained it from childhood to respond what you want. Vague wishes about “being more successful” will NOT get you anywhere. Get definite and precise. Decide once and for all EXACTLY what you want! Otherwise you are just wasting your time and energy!

Get FOCUSED! Set your sights on ONE major goal. Too many goals will trip you up, unless they fall in line toward one ultimate goal, and you take them one at a time! Learn to focus!

Get GOING! Any truly meaningful goal takes REAL EFFORT! It will not just happen and fall in your lap. Dreams are a good thing ­ but success comes when you wake up and go to work!

Get FLEXIBLE! If you have created a plan of action and it is NOT working, sit down and take a good look at what you’re doing. Do NOT hang in with a strategy that is obviously not working. Find another approach -- PERIOD!!!!

Get OPEN! Sometimes the best approach is to ask (or at least observe) other people who have already achieved what you are trying to achieve. But do remember to turn to truly qualified resources — not just any Tom, Dick or Mary. And if you are TRULY motivated -- considering getting a mentor!

Get POSITIVE! If your mind is filled with worry and frustration ­ your mental focus will just create more of the same. Positive results require positive expectations. Just hold an image that you WILL get where you want to go. Then hitting a bump in the road will just toughen up your resolve.

Get PASSIONATE! Passion is a great power for success. If you have true passion for your goal, you WILL achieve it. It you do not have a burning passion for your goal, ask yourself if it really represents your true desires.

Get PRESENT! Seek out and embrace personal change. Shake off your past and get present in the here and now. The present moment is your ONLY true personal point of power. Stop bringing past limitations into the present!

Get VISUALIZING! One of the most powerful (and often overlooked) tools for achieving success and building your belief in a goal is VIAUALIZATION. There is a very real reason it is recommended by so many super-successful people ­ because it works, and works well!

About the Author
Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler, Pioneer brain/mind researcher. Put the power of visualization to work in your life - today. Click here to find out how! OR, of course, you can just pass this off as just a "pitch" and never know what benefits you could have gained!! http://www.quantum-self.com/visualize.htm


Do You Deserve Success?
by Donna Davis

What's your first reaction to that question? Do you believe you deserve success, abundance, love and happiness? Or is there something inside that says you'll never get there?

Did you grow up with a positive, supportive family? Or did you receive many negative messages? Even well-meaning parents or teachers can say or do something that stays with us for decades.

If your initial response to this question was not a definite YES, then look at the reasons why. Is it because you feel you're not smart enough, pretty enough, skilled enough? I grew up with the repeated message that "we're not good enough" and it took many, many years to move past that conditioning.

To move into the successful state of mind, do the following:

- Write down all the great things about you. (Forget about all the things you want to change. For now, just focus on the great qualities.)

- Ask people you trust to tell you what they like best about you. Ask your kids, your partner, your best friend. Don't analyze what they say, just add it to your list.

- Be aware of things you do and notice the kindness, the skills and the joy you bring to others. If those aren't on your list yet, add them.

- Print this on fancy paper and at the top write "I DESERVE SUCCESS!" You can change the word "success" to anything that fits for you, i.e., happiness, prosperity, abundance, peace. Then post this where you can read it every morning and every night. Make a smaller copy and stick it in your briefcase or purse.

- Release the guilt. We all make mistakes, but that doesn't lessen the fact that we all deserve success, joy and happiness. Consciously focus on what goes right, not what went wrong.

- Start believing in yourself - one step at a time. Acknowledge your accomplishments and keep repeating "I deserve success."

- If you're still having problems accepting that you deserve abundance, think of all the children, animals, communities and organizations that you can help when you're successful instead of struggling. Focus on what you can do for others and this then takes on a much higher purpose.

When you do this process daily, you'll begin to experience a mind shift. Instead of focusing on everything you can't do, you'll see all the good you do. Those feelings start attracting more "good" things. There's power in our feelings and our thoughts.

Here's a wonderful quote by Marianne Williamson. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

You definitely deserve success. Go grab it and be the wonderful you that you were created to be.

About the Author
Donna Davis has successfully built several businesses from a local accounting service to a large online network marketing team. To learn more about Donna, her family, her current business and how she helps others achieve their dreams visit http://www.HotAZCandles.com For a free ebook "Entrepreneurial Spirits" email ebook1@aweber.com

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