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

 

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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

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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!

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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.

7 Steps to Help Deal With Life When It Throws You a Curveball

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Has life thrown you a curveball? Have you had one today?  Yesterday.  They happen all the time don’t they?  It is just life and they happen to everyone. One minute you may be going through the motions, meeting with team members or hanging out with friends when – whammo – something happens that ruins your day. I don’t mean a devastating, life changing event, but those small misfortunes that ruin your mood and waste your time.  I just spent the last day and a half doing paperwork for taxes, accounting, invoices…  My least favorite chore to do.  And sometimes piecing the financial puzzle together is daunting.  I hung in there though and made some progress!

What may come your way may be a minor problem, (especially when you think about the big things that could go wrong) but it still wastes your time and may make you mad or anxious. Here are seven steps to help deal with life when it throws you a curveball:

1. First of all, take time to acknowledge that whatever happened is no fun. Don’t be afraid to say, “This sucks!” You can even throw a temper tantrum! Work out all that negative energy: flail your arms and jump up and down (although if you are in public, I would advise finding a quiet and private place to do this!).

2. Next, take a few deep breaths and count backwards. You will feel your blood pressure jumping. Then take a few more. You can also visualize, meditate or listen to calming music.  Try to do something quickly to rest your body’s reaction to the stressful situation.

3. Then, ask yourself: Will this event kill you or anyone you love? Will it bankrupt you or forever change your life? No? Then it is just not that big a deal. You may be annoyed, but you will be fine. My family has experienced some terrible tragedies.  Life altering events.  Sometimes when I get upset about something, I remind myself – really, no one is in the hospital?  You can do this!  If you still feel anxious or upset, sit down and make a list of all the good things that happened in the last week or so. Then you will see that whatever happened is really just a minor issue.

Curveball 101

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4. Don’t waste time sitting there and obsessing about it. To get your mind off things, go on a walk, get together with friends, read a book or watch your favorite television show. Just go out and do something that you enjoy! Obsessing does no good, so every time you catch yourself thinking about it, just redirect your mind. As time goes by, you will laugh about it!  Hard to imagine at the moment but it is true.  Sometimes I ask myself the question, is this going to matter a month from now?  How about a year from now?  It is almost always – No, it won’t matter.

5. Always remember to think about it in terms of the big picture. Will this problem matter in the long run? I doubt it. It may take more time out of your day, but in a few months time, you probably won’t even remember what happened. Therefore, there is no point wasting time worrying about it now. When it comes down to it, you just have to let it go. Take time to relax and get a good night’s sleep and start fresh tomorrow.  Sometimes I ask myself the question, is this going to matter a month from now?  How about a year from now?  It is almost always – No, it won’t matter.

6. Be sure to take care of something else that needs to be accomplished. Even if it is minor, as long as you take care of it you won’t feel that the day was a total waste. It will also help you get your mind off it.  Exercise is key for me.  As long as I exercise, I feel a sense of accomplishment for the rest of the day.  Do something on that list that will take your mind off the annoying thing and get that feeling of “I did something today” back.

7. Finally, think about what you can do to change the problem. Then do it! Stop wasting time worrying about what happened and simply move on. As the saying goes, there is no point crying over spilt milk. As long as you do all these steps and deal with the issues, you will be fine. If anything, the more you have to deal with curveballs, the stronger you will be. I read a great article the other day about changing the way we look at stress.  Instead of thinking it is hurting us, shift to thinking that some stress actually energizes us, inspires us, even excites us.  So stress can actually be a really good thing.  The article was written by a Doctor that had researched that just by thinking that stress was more positive, she noticed that peoples internal processes started working better.  It is all in our mind.  Pretty cool!  The truth is, there is so much power in experience and after you handle a few of these with efficiency and maturity, they won’t bother you so much in the future.  You will be saying – I’ve got this!

Next time life throws you that curveball, take a deep breath, chill and read these 7 tips. Cheers!

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P.S. I hope my tips on dealing with life when it throws you a curveball are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on 5 Tips For Actually Working From Home!