Woman Issue 141
From the Desk of the Editor
Welcome to the 141th edition of the MLM Woman Newsletter with
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Build a Team
in Network Marketing
By Lisa Willard
stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. As a network
marketing coach and trainer, I often here the question,
How do you build a Network Marketing team? My answer
being a leader.
Building a team begins with leadership. And
people aren't born leaders, they are developed. Leaders
are readers and are students of the business. Did you know
the average millionaire reads one book per month? If you
want to become a master in the network marketing industry
do this for one year. If you want to be "the top dog"
do it for the next five years. And never stop learning.
Leaders lead each and every day. They are
masters of recognition and blaze the way for others. They
face and handle confrontation and never lose their vision.
It's okay to lose focus. We all have done it. But never
ever lose your vision.
So how do you become a leader? Declare it!
Act like it! Commit to personal development. Your business
growth will be a direct reflection of your personal growth.
Develop your leadership skills. Learn to communicate
effectively and always remember, it's not about you. It's
about your prospects and your team members.
Commit to your leaders. Let them know you
are committed to their success. Be real, be authentic and
be passionate. Learn as much about them as possible. Find
out about their family, their concerns, their strengths
and weaknesses, their goals, their wants and their commitment.
Remember, partnership is a two way street.
Make sure they are committed to their success. And let them
know you are committed also. Work with those that are working
the business and not just talking about it. Build your business
in depth. Get to know those leaders that are further down
in your organization. Help your leaders develop a business
plan and action plan. Participate in conference calls and
Be available to your team. Answer the phone
and pick up the phone. Be a constant source of information.
Always take the higher road and never complain about your
Make a commitment to yourself and to your
team. And never, ever quit!
About the Author
Lisa Willard is a wife, mom and Network Marketing
coach. She is proof you can begin your home business part
time around a Corporate job, small children and a very busy
life. The keys are focus, consistency, and a burning desire.
Her passion is utilizing the Internet and
empowering others to strive for their goals and dreams.
Get to know Lisa better and sign up for her free report
Ways to Add More
Hours to Your Day
By Vicky White
Would you like more than 24 hours in your day?
Me too, but alas all we get are those same 24 hours everyone else
gets. They can be 24 hours that flow with effective actions and
time for whats most important to you, or they can be 24 hours
of mad scramble where lots of things fall through the cracks and
you feel burnt out and frazzled at the end of the day.
Had any of those frazzled days lately?
When Im not achieving as much as Id like - or achieving
way too many non-essential tasks on my to-do list and getting burnt
out - this is the list I check in with to get back on track - doing
more in less time and designing my life to work for ME.
1. Take time for YOU first thing in the morning: which usually
means getting up earlier. When I have this quiet time to journal,
meditate and set my intention for the day, I start my day feeling
centered and calm.
2. Declutter your to-do list: I love lists and mine can get pretty
big. And what I know is that I can regularly delete things from
that list and it makes no noticable difference in my life. I feel
way better when I see lots of things crossed off - whether Ive
done them or not.
3. Decide on the three most important tasks for the day and complete
those first. When those are done youll have made progress
towards your bigger goals and youll feel great. Then you can
get to the smaller, less important things - or take some time off
knowing youve been productive.
4. Take breaks: yes, youll get more done. Take breaks between
tasks - even just 10 minutes. Take a lunch break, take a cafe break,
take a whole day off! I know, its a challenge when youre
feeling stretched, but honestly - this is one of the best things
you can do. It means you have a chance to renew your spirit, refresh
your mind and when you take a cafe break youll often find
inspiration away from your computer and your office. And everyone
needs time for inspiration - in your life and your business. It
needs to be part of your life plan and your business plan.
And while youre at it - schedule one whole day off each week.
Schedule your vacation time - even if you dont know the details
now. Schedule your breaks and everything else fits in around them.
Try to fit breaks into your busy life when youre already feeling
under pressure - and theres no time for them. Its funny
how it works like that. If you dont believe me, just watch
how productive you get the day before you go off on vacation!!
5. Focus on one thing at time: its really tempting to multi-task
when youre feeling under presssure. You might fool yourself
that youre getting two (or more) things done at the same time
- but really youre cheating yourself and everyone else. Talking
on the phone while reading emails - have you ever done that? You
cant be present, youre not giving the other person your
full attention, you even sound like youre not paying attention
- its not pleasant and its not productive. When you
do two things at once youre continually having to shift gears
between each one. Not only are you not being productive, youre
not even being present in your life.
6. Enroll your Higher Self to help you: Use the Order Book Process
to order up what you want. This is where you write what you want
as if its already happened. This is one of the most powerful
tools I know for creating your days and your life just as you want
them to be - if you remember to use it. Last night I put in my order
for an article for this newsletter today. I woke this morning with
the title in my head and I had to get out of bed and start writing
because it was all just coming to me - and not surprisingly, its
all about the reminder I got this week to pay attention to what
I know works - these 10 tips!
7. Schedule chunks of time for specific tasks: whatever size chunks
work for you. Two hour chunks work well for me. Yours may be longer
or shorter. And then batch similar things together. Perhaps in one
chunk you make your phone calls or answer emails. Perhaps another
is for doing one of your most important tasks for the day. When
you put similar things together its easier to get some momentum
going and get into the flow. One thing I know for sure: when I schedule
a chunk of time to do something specific, it usually gets done within
that time. When I dont
.. the same thing can take all
day. Scheduling certainly gets the mind focused.
8. Declutter your office: clutter is one of the biggest time wasters
and creativity blockers. One of the participants in a recent program
deluttered her desk and said her productivity at work went up 20%.
You can bet her employer was pretty happy with that. And she was
too - it made her feel much better about her work. And, if you work
for yourself your bottom line is directly related to your productivity
- make sure your office is supporting a flow of energy and prosperity.
9. Schedule email time: one thing designed to make me feel like
a crazy person is to be checking emails whenever they come in. When
Im in my groove, I unplug the internet connection so I can
still refer to emails in my Inbox if necessary, but theyre
not catching my attention and curiosity every couple of minutes.
And it actually feels good to see a whole lot of new ones all at
once (like Christmas) and to then zip through answering and deleting.
Way more satisfying - when I do it.
10. Enroll Helpful People: When I get into my busy stuff and start
to feel burnt out and non-productive, if I dont catch it fast
enough my Coach or one of my MasterMind buddies will remind me of
the obvious! Duh
sometimes we need a wack over the head to
see whats right under our noses.
Keep this list handy and check next time youre feeling like
there are not enough hours in the day and things are getting away
from you. At times like that its not usually just one of these
Ive stopped doing - its a whole lot of them. And its
pretty easy to get back on track when I see what Im doing.
Introduce a few of these into your life and youll find yourself
doing more in less time. And, having time for whats most important
How do you get more done in less time?
I'd love to hear from you. Come on over to my blog and let me know.
©2008 Vicky White - All Rights Reserved
About the Author
©2008 Vicky White, Inner Feng Shui Coach. Get Vicky Whites
FREE 5 Biggest Attraction Mistakes report and her FREE
articles to boost your passion, purpose and creativity at: : www.LifeDesignStrategies.com
Making a Name
In Direct Sales
By Audrey Okaneko
If you want to succeed in direct sales, youll need to make
a name for yourself. You will need to be different than everyone
else and youll need to be known.
Have you ever noticed that you tend to see some of the same names
over and over again? This is not by accident. Those names youre
seeing are people who have worked hard to get their names known.
When McDonalds first opened, no one knew who they were. Today,
its hard to find someone who doesnt know the name.
You can do this in network marketing also. I recently received
an email. In part it read, As I began looking, I kept seeing
your name over and over. This woman, a total stranger to me,
knew who I was and knew what I did.
My network marketing presence is online. Ive made my name
known by joining a few very popular communities, by writing articles
and by placing ads consistently. I also always use my real name
and let others know who I am.
I recently ran across a woman online who runs weekly contests.
Every single week she is promoting her contests. Her name is very
well known as someone who gives products away on a regular basis.
She has a consistent flow of visitors to her website. They all know
her name and know what she sells. She has made a name for herself.
You can also make a name for yourself offline. My daughter buys
products from a woman who has some of the best customer service
weve ever seen. If we ever find others interested in this
company of course wed refer them to her. She notifies her
customers when she is going out of town. She always includes self
addressed envelopes with the orders in case you wish to mail her
versus calling her. She leaves orders on our porch. She mails us
catalogs. She too has made a name for herself.
These are just a few examples of how you can make a name for yourself
in direct sales. Find your niche and then make your own name. Your
business will grow and others will begin to know who you are.
About the Author
Audrey Okaneko has been working at home since 1983. She can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org or visited
Marketing Works So Well In The Internet Age
Copyright 2008 Bob Leduc
You may be surprised to know that postcards produce better results
today than they did before the development of the Internet. There
are 7 major reasons why this is happening.
1. Postcards Use A Modern Communication Style
A postcard delivers information the way people want to get it today.
It arrives open and ready to read. The message it contains is always
brief because there's not a lot of space for it. Therefore, a postcard
is quick to read and easy to comprehend.
2. Postcards Have High Impact
It's hard to ignore a postcard - even if the reader is sorting
their mail over a trashcan and discarding everything that looks
An attractive postcard with an eye-catching benefit statement will
be read by almost 100 percent of the people who get it ...and anyone
else who happens to see it.
3. Marketing With Postcards Saves Money
Postcards are small. Therefore, it doesn't cost much for printing.
You can even do the printing yourself with your own computer to
reduce the cost to about a penny each.
More importantly, you can send postcards by First Class Mail in
the US for 1/3 less than other types of First Class mail. Currently,
the First Class postage for postcards is 27 cents ...if you make
their size between 3 1/2 by 5 inches and 4 1/4 by 6 inches.
4. Marketing With Postcards Saves Time
Because postcards are small, it doesn't take much time to develop
a sales message for them, complete the printing and get them out
in the mail. It's not unusual to see results from postcards within
a week of deciding to use them.
5. Postcard Marketing Is Easy
You don't need any special knowledge or skill to develop a successful
postcard marketing campaign - even if you decide to do everything
yourself and print them with your own computer to save money.
Tip: Don't try to put a complete sales presentation on a
postcard. There's not enough space for that. Instead, just list
1 or 2 major benefits to arouse the reader's interest. Then direct
them to do something to get more information. For example, go to
your website where they can get more
details ...and where you can close the sale.
6. Postcards Are Versatile
Postcards are easily adaptable to any business. They work equally
as well for selling either products or services.
They're also adaptable to any kind of marketing activity. You can
use them to generate website traffic, develop sales leads, generate
visits to a store, promote repeat sales or additional sales to current
or previous customers, or ...well, you get the idea.
7. Postcards Are Personal
People are used to getting postcards from friends and relatives.
It's something they enjoy. Take advantage of this. Don't design
your postcard to look like a magazine ad. Instead, design it to
look at first glance like a message from a friend.
You're not doing this to deceive the reader. They will immediately
recognize your postcard as advertising. But they will give it the
same psychological reception they give to a personal message - and
that will produce significantly more replies for you.
You're missing out on a major competitive advantage if you don't
include postcards in your current marketing activity. Fortunately,
it is a disadvantage you can quickly overcome.
About the Author
Bob Leduc spent 20 years helping businesses like yours find
new customers and increase sales. He just released a New Edition
of his manual, How To Build Your Small Business Fast
With Simple Postcards ...and launched BizTips from Bob, a
newsletter to help small businesses grow and prosper. You'll find
his low-cost marketing methods at: http://BobLeduc.com
or call: 702-658-1707 After 10 AM Pacific Time/Las Vegas, NV
What Leaders Do
By Tim Sales
Having trouble getting your downline to be motivated, productive
and follow your MLM training guidance and suggestions? Heres
29 proven actions successful MLM leaders do, written by
a leader with a downline of 56,000 people.
1. A network marketing leader doesnt wait until he/she
gets a large group before becoming a leader. It cant
work that way, because you would never get the large group
if youre waiting to be leader first! Nor does the
leader wait until they feel they possess the knowledge to
lead - rarely they do.
2. At events, the leader arrives early and reserves chairs
for their entire group on the front row. What Ive
found is that there are very rarely more than two leaders
in any room. Please understand what I mean by this. Once
a person gets to a certain level of success they will stop
doing these simple leadership things because of ego. They
suddenly become too knowledgeable to sit and
listen to a speaker that has less time in the MLM business
than them. If you remain humble and hungry the world is
yours. So is the front row, by the way.
3. A true leader realizes that there is a difference between
being a leader and being a leader of people. More on this
4. Network marketing works under many conditions,
but when those relationships between you and your organization
become tight and a esprit de corps is created,
theres nothing like it. I do mean nothing.
5. Appearance is impeccable. Even in jeans.
6. A leader appears organized, much like ducks
cruising smoothly across the water, however, no one sees
or knows how radical and out of control their feet are peddling.
7. Leaders of people treat their people with respect. Respect
means you have a good opinion of their character or ideas.
Simply put, you are interested in your people - their ideas,
their complaints, their fears, their successes - THEM!
8. As a leader you develop or find five Top Producers.
Devote yourself to them. Find three qualities that you like
about each person. Write those in your day planner. Review
them frequently, thinking of how you can help bolster one
of those attributes. Bolstering an attribute can be many
things - from a good verbal acknowledgement, to giving a
telephone headset to someone as a gift who is working hard
at making calls, to being their friend when they have a
9. New leaders are let down often by those they devote
themselves to. Why? Because you selected the wrong person
to devote yourself to. You only get good at character choosing
with experience. Track record is really the only place to
look first. What has the person been doing with their time
what does the person do with his or her time? Albeit controversial,
do not sink yourself if doing so wont save your mate.
Cut away when you feel youre being pulled under. If
you help able people, they will help more people.
If you try to help an unable person they may sink you on
their way down.
10. The network marketing leader organizes MLM training
sessions and gets the product or service specialist
in front of their group - whether its in person, on
a conference call or on an audio or video. Example: Your
company carries a nutrition line created by Dr. Whoever.
He specializes in human nutrition and created an ingredient
that is in your products that is truly unique. The leader
will somehow get that doctor on a conference call with his
or her group to raise their belief in the products.
11. A network marketing leader always gives back
more. Example: Lets say that theres a foul-up
in processing distributor agreements in your downline. You
get the distributors on the phone with a customer service
rep that handles the situation. You know that that customer
service rep really worked hard to help the situation. Yes,
its their job
BUT, the leader will send that
customer service rep a bag of M&Ms or flowers
or something to say thank you for going above the
call of duty. What do you think that customer service
rep will do for your group now? Just about anything.
12. The leader climbs the ladder and finds out who the
decision makers are at the company and gets to know them
but never bugs them. This is positioning yourself so that
opportunity can see you. This is different than you seeing
opportunity. Suddenly you find yourself speaking at the
hmm, I guess it was just luck. Yeah, right!
13. At the company conventions the leader will introduce
the corporate staff to their organization and vice-versa.
Even the order takers! Take the time to do this because
it creates a sense of belonging for both the corporate staff
as well as the distributors. Imagine the difference when
a biochemist for a company has met 100 real people with
dreams and passions about selling his/her product. Do you
think that creates a stronger passion for the biochemist
to create better products? Absolutely. All of this belonging
and passion was created because of your leadership.
14. A leader in network marketing is the switchboard of
information and communication. Theyre not in
the loop. They ARE the loop.
15. A leader can always be reached by fax, email and or
phone. Returned communication will occur in less than 24
hours. If thats not a possibility the message will
indicate that it might be longer.
16. A leader never exposes weakness and fear to their organization.
Some view me as being inhuman or robotic on
this. What I mean by this is that the leader must always
maintain their certainty about both the business opportunity
and the MLM training system. Ive never met a person
in my life that doesnt have fear and weaknesses. If
youve got fears or doubts about your company get over
them or get out. Fly to the company today and get your concerns
handled. Come back and be a rock for your group. I guarantee
theyll follow you. Conversely, share with them your
little uncertainties and theyll be so relieved that
youre human and
find another leader to follow.
17. Recognizing that everyone is growing, a leader never
invalidates the efforts of anyone in his or her organization.
One person brings six guests to a meeting, another brings
two, and the third brings none. The leader is able to notice
that person number three is there - which might have been
a major growth step for them. So instead of criticizing
them for not bringing a guest - they praise them for being
18. The leader is always searching for and praising something
about his or her people. Little babies love praise,
but grown men will die for it. Men in battle will
risk their lives for a 1¼ x 1½
ribbon they pin onto their shirt above their left chest
pocket. They wear this ribbon for the world to see. Forgo
praise and youve missed out on the most powerful tool
in your leadership arsenal. Praise for things theyve
yet to do, and youll create a person who withdraws
from the group because you made them a fake.
19. If you share this list with your group - share whose
content it is. If you dont you will also be guilty
of the last sentence of item #18. Seeking praise, respect,
fame, etc. for what you didnt do, makes you feel like
20. A leader uses and teaches new technologies in their
organization - but only if it truly works. Dont drive
your organization down dead ends.
21. Leaders are ethical examples. If you sneak
your people past the registration table youve just
ruined their perception of you. They can never trust you
and they shouldnt. Youve got one shot at doing
22. A leader creates alliances with needed national and
international (if applicable) groups to ensure their group
has support and representation. If no group exists, build
23. Leaders are more concerned about the growth of their
people than the growth of their bonus check. Focus on the
growth of your people, your bonus check will take care of
24. A leader never says what they can get others to say.
Example: My company calls and says, Wed like
you to speak at the company convention. I accept graciously,
and then ask Would it be possible for me to include
a new leader named _________? Theyre a good speaker
and I would love to share the stage with them. See,
a leader wants his or her people to be leaders.
25. A leader never, ever speaks ill of anyone - even if
they deserve it.
26. A leader acknowledges other leaders in the room. We
are honored to have in the room with us Mrs. 77. She conducts
business meetings in the 44 area.
27. A leader doesnt get bent out of shape because
they dont get a return phone call from the corporate
office - or the upline! More than once Ive sent pizza
to a department with special instructions to the delivery
person telling them to say, This pizza has already
been paid for by Tim Sales. He asks only that after enjoying
the pizza that you call him at 555-3797. Everyone
laughs and guess what? You get a phone call with the right
tone in their voice for getting something done. Anyone can
complain - theyre used to that. A leader finds amusement
in creating more effective forms of communication.
28. A leader has a crystal clear vision about their networking
marketing company and where theyre taking it. If the
company doesnt have something, they dont complain,
they figure out how to convince the company to get it.
29. A leader, after reviewing this list will print it out
and does at least one item every day.
I sincerely hope this MLM training article has inspired
you and given you some things to think about as you lead
and build your organization.
There are more, but this should get you started.
With growing respect and admiration for you,
About the Author
Tim Sales helps network marketers gain the confidence and
skills to be an MLM success. Learn how to become a true
network marketing professional. Sign up for his free MLM
training newsletter and listen to free training at www.FirstClassMLMTools.com.
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