MLM Woman Issue 114
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Welcome to the 114th issue of the MLM Woman Newsletter and
Happy Fourth of July to all our U.S subscribers! This month we
bring you 6 articles to help you on your own path to personal
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Linda Locke, Editor MLM Woman
For the many people new to the MLM business, or
for veterans who have yet to realize success in the industry,
recognizing and correcting four detrimental yet commonly made
mistakes can make all the difference. Today, we will look at some
of the mistakes many in the MLM business make and what you can
do about them.
The first mistake practically everyone makes in this industry
is trying to sell. We are in the teaching and mentoring business.
If we are doing this right, we are building relationships, not
trying to get people into our deals. People can feel the difference
when you're talking to them and trying to sell them. They don't
like it. Neither do you! You don't like to be sold, and you don't
like the feeling you get when you're trying to sell something.
It doesn't sit right deep down inside. So stop it! Build relationships,
and success will follow. That is key!
Not checking the background of your company leadership to make
sure that they have MLM experience, with integrity, is another
mistake. Why does this matter, you ask? Well, do you want to build
this once, build it big, and build it for your children's children?
Then you better make sure that the people running it know what
they're doing and respect the guys and gals in the field who are
building it. The best way to do this is to read your company's
policies and procedures. Some of the things you will find there
will make you scream! When you read them, you'll realize who you
are really building the business for and it's not you! Please,
please, read the policies and procedures!
Not knowing how many people it takes to earn the income you want
is a huge blunder. Do you want to make $10,000 every month? Okay,
then how many people in your organization does it take, on the
back end, to make your goal? How doable is that? Are you having
trouble just keeping 10, 20, or 30?
In most comp plans to make $10,000 a month, you need anywhere
from 1,600 to 5,000 people, depending on how your plan is set
up. How doable is that when you can't even keep 30? I know of
a comp plan out there that requires less than 400 people to make
$10,000 monthly. How much easier do you think it is to keep people
in that plan? Pretty easy, I'd say. So make sure you know the
numbers, then crunch them to see how doable it is for you.
Another big mistake that many MLM distributors make is going
after their friends and families. Unfortunately, a large majority
of companies out there employ this "technique" as their
primary source of lead generation. Ouch! Let me just tell you
from personal experience that your "warm market" is
the coldest out there! If you're in a company where this is the
primary source of lead generation, you are in for a hard time,
my friend! This technique does not work. The best leads are the
ones you generate yourself, and if your company, team, or upline
doesn't have a system in place to do that, it's going to be very
These are just a few of the mistakes many people make in a MLM
business, but with some basic skills and a good system in place,
these mistakes are avoidable. If you are having difficulties,
take a good look at these mistakes and see if you're not making
one of them in your own MLM business.
About the Author
Suzanne Fulford is a successful network marketer and stay
at home mother of two. Suzanne believes everyone with the desire
to become successful in network marketing can do so with the proper
skills, mentoring and support. It is her goal to help as many
people as possible attain the proper skills and mentor them to
success. Download her free eBook at http://www.TheMLMmom.com
or visit http://www.NetworkMarketingHotspot.com
for more free tips and training.
It Time for Repotting
In Your Life?
by Angela Thompson
gardener or even houseplant enthusiast knows that
eventually all plants need repotting. They become
pot-bound and outgrow their current environment.
Their roots starting poking out the bottom of
the pot, their leaves start to wilt, lose their
color and eventually fall off. They are starving
for more oxygen, more room, and space to breathe
Do you know when you have become
potbound and need to stretch your boundaries or
move to a new environment for continued growth?
Our lives, like a plant, can become stagnant if
we stay "rooted" in the same place.
We need change from time to time, and to enlarge
our space so we have room to breathe, think and
grow. Do you need to do some repotting in your
life? Lets examine a few areas to see if
you have outgrown them and need to do some grooming
of your own.
Personally Maybe you
have outgrown your current home, are no longer
challenged in your job or are in a relationship
that is not healthy or stale. You dont have
to leave your marriage, or quit your job. It may
just mean you need to try something new in your
life. Start with one area that feels most important
to you and take a step towards changing it.
Have you always wanted to visit
Italy? Learn to speak Italian. If youve
always dreamed of being a photographer for a magazine,
take a photography course. Maybe you regret never
having gone to college. This may be the time to
start. Whether its learning to dance, taking
singing lessons, a painting class, or starting
a new business; the point is to ask yourself if
you are you ready to pull up some roots, move
to a bigger environment, expand your surroundings
and grow a little.
Physically Do you
need to lose weight, gain more energy, treat some
health problems or just feel in need of an overall
makeover? What are you waiting for? What are the
consequences of doing nothing? You lose confidence,
continue to have health challenges, feel tired
What if you make a change? You could
have that body youve always wanted. Youll
feel better, look better, have more energy and
maybe even have the confidence to go after that
guy you never felt worthy of. Would it be worth
stretching and getting out of your comfort zone
to achieve this?
Spiritually Have you
lost faith in life, the world and its injustices?
Do you feel a need to make a connection with a
higher power? Would you like to feel a sense of
peace and comfort? First, define what spirituality
means to you. Everyones definition is different.
You may not have a particular affiliation or feel
comfortable in church. Thats OK. You can
feel spiritual in other ways and places. Maybe
you get comfort by reading the Bible; or you pray
or feel at peace being in nature, listening to
a wonderful piece of music or looking at beautiful
art. This is all Gods work. Whatever it
is that gives you a sense of peace and comfort
is what is right for you.
As a plant needs to get adjusted
to its new pot, so you too must take time to adjust
to the changes youve made in your life.
Shake loose the old soil from your roots. Let
the rain wash over you and cleanse the remains
of your potbound life. Step into the sunshine,
feel its warmth, and begin again to grow.
Angela Thompson is the owner of a cleaning company,
has a Realtors License and has been involved
in several home-based businesses. She and her
daughter are currently independent distributors
for Mia Bella Gourmet Candles. Her desire is to
help people realize their potential and fulfill
their goals. Visit her at www.SmellingIsBelieving.com
to learn more about her and her goals.
I Hate To Sell!
by Donna Davis
you serious about wanting to earn extra money with network
marketing, but you hate the thought of selling? You're not
For many, the thought of selling brings images
of talking nervously about your product, while secretly
hoping and praying that someone will help you out by buying
anything. So you get that first sale, but
the next time isn't much easier. It still feels as if you're
pressuring or begging.
Every business has products or services which
someone needs or wants but most people don't like the process
leading up to the sale. So what's the key to being successful?
Instead of rattling off all the benefits of
your products in the first 60 seconds, step back and focus
on the other person. Start a conversation and listen for
needs. Most people are unhappy with one of four things:
their finances, the amount of free time they have, their
jobs or their health. Listen for dissatisfaction and then
you can offer to help.
For example, if someone complains about always
being tired, and you're in the nutrition industry, first
learn more about them. After genuinely listening and asking
questions about them, you can ask a key question. "If
I could show you how to increase your energy, would you
like to learn more?" You're offering to help them and
then asking if they want information.
Don't start telling them that you have the
answer. Put yourself in the other person's shoes. Telling
them your product is what they need feels like they're being
But when you listen and find a problem, then
you can offer something that could help. You ask permission
to see if they even want information (some people prefer
to stay stuck). Then proceed.
Let's say that someone is frustrated with
their job and you have a solid business where people can
create a good income. Learn more about how long they've
been doing that line of work, what they like about it, what
they don't like about it. Listen for their "hot buttons."
Then ask "If I could show you an alternative to your
stressful job, would you be interested?"
Know your product or service. Know your company's
compensation plan so you can show people the possibilities.
Don't glamorize your product or business. Give facts based
on what you know to be true. Share your story and why you
believe in that product or that business.
Stop "selling." Start listening.
If you can solve a need, you will feel completely different
about what you do.
Most people enjoy helping others. Most hate
to sell. Make the shift to genuinely helping others and
you'll start enjoying what you do.
And that enjoyment can grow into a passion
for your business because you know you are making a difference.
When you are working from a caring, passionate perspective,
you cannot help but attract customers and distributors to
About the Author
Davis has successfully built several businesses from a local
accounting service to a large online network marketing team.
Request info on how to market successfully online at www.donnadavis.ws
Make Your Business
with Business Cards
© Terri Seymour
With new innovative marketing strategies, business
cards are not like they used to be. Remember when
a business card would have name, address, phone number
and that's it? Well today's business cards have so
Because of its cost, size and versatility, a business
card can be a powerful marketing tool. Design this
tool wisely. Your business card is a reflection of
you and your business. Don't just have the standard
name, phone and address.
- Add your company logo, use clear and easy to read
text, a picture of yourself smiling, texture, etc.
- Have the card double as a coupon or gift certificate.
Be sure and clearly explain what your company does.
- Have all your contact info including email and
url if applicable.
Don't forget to utilize the space on the back of
the card. Ideas for the back of the card:
Special sale or discount
Business or other tip
Your newest products/services
Your business motto
Write a personal message
Ask for referrals
An entertaining (clean) joke
Use your imagination!
Have your business cards with you always. Leave them
at restaurants. Send them with your monthly bills.
Post them on bulletin boards in laundromats, grocery
stores, banks, etc. Hand them out to people you talk
to. Give people more than one to pass on to a friend
Ask banks, stores, and other businesses if you can
display them by the cash register or counter. Add
them to all your mailings. Send them with orders.
Try leaving them in library books for other people
Be sure and put one in every mailing you send out.
Get one of those card holders for your car and display
them on your car for the taking. Leave a few in your
motel and/or hotel room when you leave. Ask about
leaving them in hair salons, nail salons, spas, gyms,
Put a couple in your catalogs when handing them out.
Leave them in rest rooms. Leave a couple at public
rest areas. The possibilities are endless. Always
be aware of an opportunity.
Make your card stand out from the rest. Make it unforgettable.
Have some red on it. Cards with red on them stand
out more. Add a picture of you or one of your products.
Make the background a different color such as black.
This will really stand out.
Make your card plastic or laminate it so it will
last much longer. Make magnetic biz cards. People
will stick you on the fridge for more exposure. Try
different designs and code them so you can track the
results. Offer an additional discount if they mention
the code. Be sure and record all codes in a notebook.
Staple a sample (if possible) to your card. Your business
card can be one of your most valuable marketing tools
if used as more than just an address card.
About the Author
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Strategies to Create an Abundant Life
by Lisa Martin, The Working Mothers
Each of us has many things to be grateful
for in our lives. But sometimes we take them for granted
or, even worse, we forget them in the midst of our crowded
daily schedules. Working moms tell me that when they are
really busy they find themselves focusing on what they
don't have instead of treasuring what they do.
Returning home from a particularly stressful
day at work, you might find yourself complaining that
your house isn't clean, big or modern enough. When you've
woken late and are rushing yourself and two school-age
children out the door, your offspring's behavior may lead
you to think (or say out loud) that they are wild and
uncooperative. And if you are experiencing mounting deadlines
and unreasonable demands at the office, it may be difficult
for you to muster a positive attitude about your career.
If you find yourself thinking more about
what is lacking in your life than reveling in its abundance,
you may be unintentionally fostering an attitude of scarcity
(there's just not and never will be enough). Life is not
always perfect (it's not supposed to be) nor does it always
go our way. But when you acknowledge what is working,
when you are grateful for the simple joys of life, like
a hug from your child, you become more aware of the goodness
and abundance that surrounds you each day. Use these three
strategies to help you create a more abundant life.
1. Acknowledge the Positives
You are what you focus on. Pay attention to all the positives
in your life each day. Instead of concentrating on your
messy house, be grateful that you have a safe and comfortable
home. Make an effort to be really aware during your precious
moments with your children rather than obsessing about
the times they are exuberant and wily.
2. Practice Daily Gratitude
Begin by practicing gratitude on a daily basis. List mentally
(or in a journal) five things you are thankful for each
day. On challenging days you may only be able to cite
the basics, like "I'm still breathing." On other
days you may be able to articulate some very joyful moments
and gifts. Review this list before you fall asleep. This
practice of daily gratitude slows life down and makes
it much more joyful.
3. Draft Your Abundance Statement
If you are ready to take things a step further, write
your own abundance statement of twenty words or less.
What does abundance mean to you? One of my clients adopted
a personal abundance statement that she could turn to
when she was feeling overwhelmed. It read: "There
is enough. There will be enough. I am enough." Simple.
© Copyright 2006. Lisa
Martin. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Lisa Martin is a certified coach who inspires working
mothers to achieve success thats balanced. Author
of Briefcase Moms: 10 Proven Practices to Balance Working
Mothers Lives, Lisa is a sought-after expert
and speaker on work-life balance issues. Known for her
very personal and practical approach, Lisa coaches working
mothers to know what they want and get what they want.
A mother herself, Lisas powerful presentations and
programs have helped thousands of women define success
and balance on their own terms. www.briefcasemoms.com
You Lost Your Focus?
by Michael Angier
easy to do, isn't it?
We get distracted. Something captures our interest
and diverts our attention away from our chosen objective.
We suffer setbacks. Things don't work out as planned. Someone
lets us down. Circumstances change and good plans go bad.
We get interrupted. An important matter takes
precedence--sometimes for long periods of time.
We, or members of our team, get sick or hurt.
We don't have the energy we had before and often find it slow
to get back in the game.
These things happen to everyone. And we have
to be careful we don't think we're being singled out. The
"Why is this happening to me?" question gets us
We must first recognize that we've lost focus.
And at the earliest opportuníty, we must recommit.
We have to get back on the horse we fell off from and ride
And this is what separates the winners from
The loser says it's too hard. She says it's
not worth the effort. She thinks it's just "not in the
cards" and she quits.
But the winner doesn't take the setback personally.
She dusts herself off and recommits to the plan. She sees
the setback as just that--a setback--not a sign that it's
not to be.
What do YOU need to refocus upon? Is it a positive
habit? A goal? A toleration you said you'd eliminate?
Revisit your reasons why. Focus on the results
you will produce and not on what's not worked well. Because
what you focus on expands. Today's a new day. The past is
just as historic as if it had happened a thousand years ago.
You can't change what's happened or not happened. But you
CAN recommit. You CAN refocus.
You can start anew.
So do it today. Remember the power of TNT--Today,
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