Job – Treat Network Marketing as One Because It Is

In Network Marketing You Do Have a  Job

Today is one of those days when I am angered by the attitudes and conduct of some people! How on earth does one expect positive results when they put zero effort? It truly boggles the mind!

When people work for someone else they call it a job and they are proud of it.

When people fork out thousands or millions of dollars to set up a conventional brick and motor business, they show up seriously and proudly and treat the venture with the same respect they would a job.

When people become network marketers, they sign up, sit back and expect miracles to start happening. For some reason they expect money to flow into their bank account without any effort on their part.

Are you that kind of network marketer?

Act Employed Because You Are in a Job

As a network marketer you employ yourself. So start acting like you are employed. Treat your business like a job from the onset, especially when you start! How do you treat a job?

  • Show up when you must, not whenever you feel like it.

    Define your working hours. Are you putting in 2, 3 or however many hours after your regular job into your business? How many days a week are you working those hours? If you are full time, how many hours a day are your official working hours? At your job you do not rock up when you feel like it. You show up when the boss says you show up. Act like you will be fired if you do not show up.

  • Have structure for your working hours.

    Be clear on the activities that constitute your work routine. If you do not know what to do you will do nothing. Define your KRAs, Key Result Areas and hold yourself accountable for delivering specific timely results in those KRAs.

  • Do not drift and allow anything to distract you.

    In a job it is possible to apply for time off and be denied and you accept it. Yet for some reason as a network marketer any and every situation that calls you away from your work is important and warrants time off. Why? Because you are doing a “thing”, not a business or a job. Revisit your company’s compensation plan to remind yourself how much potential income awaits those who put in the work.

  • Have a Defined Work Area.

    Your home is a dangerous work environment. It can easily pull you away from your planned work into what is going on in it. That is why it is important to define your dedicated and sacred working space. Seal a deal with your family to not defile your time and space once you close n that door. Just like they cannot casually walk into your office at the job, they should not do that into your home office.

  • Respect the Office Hierarchy.

    You are all corporate roles rolled into one and each one of them have their place and they must shine! As the CEO, set the vision of where the business is going in the short, medium and long term. As the section manager fill up the calender with activities and appointments and work with your team of other Independent Managers. As the floor worker obey the calendar, dig the trenches and deliver results, with your calendar being your direct supervisor. In the earlier days of your business, trench digging forms the bulk of your roles and that’s what urks many new Network Marketers.

  • Respect the Value of Work.

    Pay checks go to those who work, not to those who hang out in network marketing. Money is a commodity try that requires your b time and effort before it can land into your bank account. Never forget that. Work Hard. Do not be lazy. Avoid the entitlement syndrome. Never check your bank balance without working for the money that you expect to find in it.

It is certainly your job to make your network marketing business pay you the full potential that your company’s compensation plan has. Now get to work or get fired!

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Inviting – The Rate Determining Step in Network Marketing Business Growth

Today I am talking to you about inviting and its pivotal role in determining how fast your Network Marketing business grows.

I know that at some point or other, we all come​ to a slump in business growth. You start asking or trying to think: How can I make things start happening? How can I pick up the pace all over again? Remember the most important skill.

Let me talk to you like the chemist that I am. When we talk about a chemical reaction or process, there is step, a very critical step in the whole process of a chemical reaction that we call the Rate Determining Step. Now that rate determining step, no matter what you do, unless you optimize that step, the reaction is going to be only as fast as that step is. So, there is need to optimize it and speed it up and make sure that it is fast enough within the boundaries of safety of that reaction.

Now looking at what it is that we have to do to grow our network marketing businesses, I would say when I look at the entire process, the rate determining step is INVITING. Unless you can invite people and get them to sit down, and look at your presentation or look at your opportunity or sample your product, there is no way that they are going to know that your product or opportunity exist.

So, I would say sharpen your skills of inviting. It is very important to know how to invite properly and do it fast, frequently.

Inviting Etiquette

What’s important when you are inviting is to leverage the relationship. You don’t just meet someone and straight away invite them to look at b your opportunity. First build a relationship. Listen as you are talking and chatting to each other until you get to a point where it is appropriate for you to put across the invite.

When you are inviting, invite them in such a way that you don’t present while you are inviting. Invite them so that they will create the time to sit and watch or listen to n your entire presentation. The minute you start telling them even a little bit about what you want them to see, they are going to prejudge already. People have got so much prejudice.

I know there are people who are prejudiced against going/coming to see information that they do not know anything about. Those are the people that you do not want or need on your team. For somebody who believes in you, with whom you have a credible relationship, and you are telling them about an opportunity to have a look at, they should trust you enough to go.

Quick pointer, in fact, do not use the word opportunity, because the minute you’re ​inviting them to have a look at an opportunity, the barriers start to come down. They will be like “I am not looking for an opportunity.” They will miss out on other aspects of m your product or opportunity that they would have understood had they seen the whole presentation in one sitting.

Inviting Properly

So how do you invite them? You have an idea that you want to run by them. You have a concept that you want them to have a look at. For somebody who is really a normal, balanced individual, who is on the lookout for things that are happening around them, when you tell them about an idea or concept that b you want them to n evaluate for themselves, they would be open-minded enough to come and have a look.

If somebody still insists on you telling them what it b is, then they don’t have enough faith in you or you do not need them on your team. Chances are they will bring that attitude with them into the business and they will find it difficult to invite people the correct way.

In the video below, I give you how to do inviting properly and sharpen you to speed up the rate at which your​ business grows.

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Price to Pay for Your Dreams Is Real

There is always a Price to pay!

Never be caught off guard. Always count the cost of any venture that you go into. That way you will be prepared for the inevitable price to pay.

When you start out as network marketer, the obvious cost to you as a new rep is the start-up money. This can be anything between $100 and $500 depending on your opportunity. Once you have paid that start-up money the real action begins.

You need to understand that the investment that will build you a successful business is bigger than the money that you pay to get started. If you had not done the exercise of calculating the full price to pay for you to succeed in your home business, then now is a good time. It is never too late to do a cost/benefit analysis of any venture that you are in. Taking that kind of stock enables you to make necessary adjustments going forward.

I will endeavour to highlight for you the major hard and soft costs that you must be prepared to pay if you are to be successful network marketer.

  1. The First Price To Pay – Your Dignity and Status

Network Marketing is still considered an abstract way of making a living by a lot of mainstream thinkers. So what it means is that 98%, if not all of the people you know will not understand you for taking the route of building a career in this industry. You are going to meet ridicule, resistance, well-meaning advice and even outright disrespect for your choice. Coming from a conventional professional background as a water scientist myself, I know what I am talking about.

Best practice as a new rep is to share your product with your hot or warm market first. Starting out without a success story of your own, the professional colleagues, friends and family members who constitute that first stream of potential customers for you can be the worst people to talk to. The sad thing is that many of them are not brave enough to tell you to your face what they think but will instead send out these innuendos and vibes that say “You have lost it. Shame.” This is when self-doubt sets in. You start questioning your decision to be a network marketing entrepreneur. If you do not prepare yourself mentally to pay the price, you will quit and I do not wish that for you. Be mentally and emotionally geared for it by resolving to stick to your dream no matter what other people say or think.

Now before any red flags start flying and you vow never to tell your warm market about you product and opportunity, read this article I wrote on How To Correctly Engage Your Warm Market

  1. The Second Price To Pay – Time Constraints

My assumption is that you are doing network marketing on a part-time basis for a start. That is how I started as well. This comes with its own challenges. Obviously, you had a life before becoming an entrepreneur. Juggling all the roles that you had before with your business venture will be a challenge. There are time sacrifices that you will have to make to accommodate your business and meet your goals. What kind of time sacrifices will these be? Obviously, if you are in full time employment, those 8-9 hours at work are not available for your business. You have the few hours outside of work to do everything else and then be rested enough to be functional at the office every day. So, where will the sacrifices need to be made? It is in the amount of time you spend socially and with family.

  • You will need to reduce TV or sports watching. Do I hear a moan from the soap loving ladies and the sport-loving guys?
  • Time with family will need to be negotiated to accommodate your business goals. You need to make your family understand that they will see less of you but you will make it worth everybody’s while once you achieve what you set out to do. If You make that promise, discharge yourself well in your business, achieve the promised results and build your credibility with your loved ones.
  • There are chores that friends may have asked you to do for them in the past. It will become more difficult for you to carve out time for such commitments. You need to find a way of dealing with that.
  • Obviously, this list is not exhaustive. I would love to hear from you in the comments below what other time related sacrifices you have had to make to grow your business.
  1. The 3rd Price To Pay – Training Costs

Without a doubt, training (Team and Corporate) will play a significant role in growing your business. You will also need to purchase personal development books, audios and videos. Chances are when you saw the presentation and decided to become a rep, you really had not been looking to become a business owner that day. That means you probably have no experience as an entrepreneur. Team and Corporate training will help you with developing the skills that you need for success. Personal development training will build you up as an individual to have the mental capacity and emotional intelligence to grow your business into a flourishing entity. Training will cost you in money as well as time. With regards the money I love our profession because we get paid as we learn. It is possible for you to raise the money to cover training from initial product sales that you make on your way to greatness. With regards to time, see (2) above.

As you face the challenge of paying for the above 3 costs keep this in mind: Anything worth having has a high cost of acquisition. If you are willing to pay the price, the glorious benefits of becoming a successful network marketing entrepreneur will be all yours. Are you willing to pay the price?

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Prospecting Lessons From Handline Fishermen

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Yesterday someone on my team sent me a message sounding very frustrated about the fact that he was prospecting and not getting anyone to buy product from him or to join his sales team. As I read the message, I could not help but think of his prospecting problems in line with fishing.

You see prospecting is very similar to handline fishing. The world out there is a pond that is full of people (fish) that you would like to catch alive (buy from you or join your team). The way in which you engage with them and your marketing message are the bait that will either attract them or leave them nonchalant.

1.         Prospect Patiently by Taking Consistent Action

Out of a pond filled with thousands if not millions of fish, the handline fisherman will catch them one at a time. Targeted prospecting is like handline fishing. You catch them one at a time. Fishermen are patient to catch fish. They will cast the line in and wait for hours on end for the fish to bite. After they bite they then tug and roll in. A lot can happen even after the fish bites. If he does not tug quickly and hard enough, the fish that had bitten can escape. We will leave the tugging (closing) skills for another day and focus on patience and consistency for today.

Be patient. It takes time to build a solid business with a strong customer base. Be consistent. Keep throwing in the line and hook. That is the only way to catch fish for a handline fisherman. Keep on talking to people. It s the only way to have customers and reps in your business.

2.         Use The Correct Bait

One of my favourite fish to eat is Tiger fish. I understand it is also a sportsman’s favourite in the waters of the Kariba Dam. To catch Tiger Fish, you must use bait that will attract Tiger Fish. Fishermen use the right bait to catch the kind of fish they want. Not all bait works for all fish. It is vital as a business person for you to understand your target market and craft your marketing strategy to suit them and what they are looking for. Predefine your ideal client and create a prospecting strategy that will get you those kinds of clients.

3          It May Be Necessary To Move To Another Pond

I am not quick to recommend this to my team because in most cases it is impatience, inconsistency and poor quality bait that lead to thinking that the pond is void of any fish.

However, if you keep catching frogs when you have done all to be the best fisherman, maybe the pond from which you are fishing has no fish. Be aware of the prospecting statistics in Network Marketing and move to another market if you absolutely have to. Another market could mean one of three things:

i) Prospecting From A Different Social Level Of Clients

Most Network Marketers have a tendency of prospecting from their social peers. Within the same town or country, you can deliberately start fishing from a higher social level of clients. Be mindful of the company that you keep. That company is where your prospects are going to come from. I challenge you

to examine the five people you spend the most time with. Would you want them to be your business partners. If not, then you are fishing from the wrong pond. Do something about finding and moving to a circle that has the kind of people that you want in your business.

ii) Prospecting From A Different Country or Town

Sometimes it might be necessary for you to launch your business at a different location. The best way of doing that will require you moving to that location for not less than 3 months. They say a prophet has no credibility in his home town. Moving to a new place can boost your confidence as you will be now talking to an audience that does not know your past and can build trust in you starting on a clean slate.

iii) Prospecting From A Different Technological Segment

Go online as well instead of being exclusively offline. This can be very useful in building a team from a ‘cold market’ as well as for growing an international team without leaving your current city. You will of course need to develop long distance team building skills for this to be viable.

Remember you are running a business. Think about and study the trends. Make adjustments as you go in order to increase productivity. Document what you are doing and the results that your activities are giving you. Let your past mistakes be learning points. That is where the value of your failures is. Failure showing you what does not work. Learn and grow from your mistakes.

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Prospects Who Say They Have No Time

Leverage Unlocks Potential

Leverage Unlocks Potential Some of Your Prospects

Are Some of Your Prospects Low on Time?

Have you ever spoken to prospects, showing them your business opportunity and they have responded that they like the concept but they do not have the time. For some time while I was still in full time employment at the beginning of my network marketing career I used to buy that excuse.

Today’s video will teach you how to overcome that objection firstly for yourself and then for your prospects.

Why I Used To Buy The Time Excuse From Prospects

I would have been in the office 8am to 5pm, dashed off to pick up the kids from school, supervised homework. Only after that I’d start working on my network marketing business. On some days when I put in extra hours in the office, I did not have the time to do my business at all.

So when they said they had no time, I agreed with them because I too had no time. I empathized thinking that they were justified in their position. What I had not realized was the power of leverage that was at my disposal.

I was working by myself to bring in personal new members and customers. I did not tap into my sponsor who was now in the same city as I was to help me with exposures. Had I asked her to help me carry the load I would have not felt the burden of working alone. Just having someone else to do the presenting on a 2 on 1 exposure takes away so much pressure.

Show Prospects How Leverage Works

What I do now is to make myself available to those new team members who want to learn from observation for their first couple of weeks as reps. They make appointments with their prospects and we go together to present.

We have also worked out a system of communicating with prospects that allows me to meet with and present to them in the team member’s absence. The system opens opportunities for me to come into contact with local prospects on behalf of team members who are not in my local area.

There are people looking for an opportunity to use your product or to make money from your opportunity. The only way to get to those who are looking is to present to them. Your busy new team member could have such people in their network.

My advice is that if time is one of their limitations, ask them if they will ever be able to release time if they do not start working with you to build a side income. You see most people who do not have time, it is because they are working extra hours in an effort to make extra money. Sadly most of the income generating activities consuming their time are not generating a residual income for them.

Let them know that it is not about them having tonnes time. It is about them carving out just enough time for the  two of you to meet the people in their network together at a pace that they can handle. You would do the presentation while their role would be to schedule appointments and watch you present. Also by using an effective communication system, you could even meet a few of the prospects in the member’s absence (I mainly use this approach for out of town members).

Even if you show 2-3 people a week, based on your new rep’s schedule, it is possible for them to start growing a team. Organizing a business launch meeting at the new rep’s house as soon as possible will also allow exposure to several prospects in one sitting. Once they enroll their first personal business partner, you repeat the process with that new member as well. This is called duplication.

Systematically demonstrate to a prospect who wants to get started but says they have no time. Help them to understand the possibility that exists for them to leverage your support as their sponsor. Unlike the formal employment sector, growing a successful network marketing business depends on team work, not individual effort.

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