How to Successfully Work With Long Distance Team Members
If you want to build a BIG business in the network marketing world, you need to have a huge team. That means building teams all over the country and all over the world. There is truly only so many people we can bring on board in our immediate markets, so mastering the art of long distance team management is one sure fire way to accelerate your mlm business. However, working with people from every corner of the world has its challenges. Here are my best tips for successfully working with long distance team members.
Set Up Regular Check Ins
Setting up regular check ins with my team has been extremely helpful. A lack of communication in your business is going to cause major problems and will not make you more money. I like to give my regular check ins a set structure. We make a list of tasks, goals and objectives that we discuss during our phone calls. Then the following week, we go over that list and make new tasks and goals. This prevents things from falling through the cracks and gives your team the moral support and guidance they needs as they build their network marketing business.
Provide the Right Tools
Since you cannot be there in person to physically provide materials or advice, build a digital library of tools that can be easily shared. This will make your job SO MUCH EASIER. The more replication you can produce the better. That is key to building quickly. Your team is going to do what you do, not what you say. However you share the products and opportunity, always remember your prospect is thinking “So this is what I need to do.” The easier and quicker you make it the more people will also think “I can do this!”. That is why a digital library of tools for easy reference is so important! If every time you reach out to a prospect you have to search on what to send and where is that link, etc… Well, you can see how that would break down pretty quickly. Very important to remember you are just the messenger of the tools, not the message itself. Think about what this means – you are delivering the message meaning the tool, not the actual message. For example, your prospect wants to know about the comp plan. You deliver the tool – a quick overview of your company’s compensation plan and then answer questions after they have watched. Think about how much faster that is that you being the one to share over and over again what the actual compensation plan is. You have to think speed and efficiency.
Video Chat Regularly
It’s 2016, time to get hip with technology! I love using Google Hangouts and Skype to meet with my long distance team members. I am also checking out Zoom now. It’s so much more personal than a phone call and you can learn a lot more about their personality by seeing their expressions. What’s app is a great app that works really for long distance communications too. You can also record your video chats with your team and share them with teams in other locations. Again, regular communication is key. We are building relationships and even though we can’t see our long distance friends and teammates all the time in person, these tools will help them feel like you have seen them!
Encourage Your Team to Attend Events
The phrase in our business we say over and over again is that “We build our business from event to event.” Events are the BEST way to build belief in yourself, your business opportunity and the profession. And they are also great for team building and building rapport with each other. Events are a great opportunity to spend time with your long distance team. Going to your company and team events is one of the single best investments you can make! You need to become an incredible promoter of the events. Events build the community, culture and passion for your company. Events are the best way to be sure your team is constantly learning.
See you at the next event! Have fun with building your business all over the world. There is nothing like travel to broaden your broaden your perspective and to feed your soul! One of my favorite things about our profession is the places I have been to and the friendships I have met! Here is to your world travels and world teammates!
P.S. I hope my tips on successfully working with a long distance team are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on How to Stay Persistent and Reach Your Goals.