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Have Fun With Your Network Marketing Business

This week I am going to talk about having more fun in your business! Thanks to smartphones, tablets and unlimited internet access, we are always connected and can always be working. It is hard to go out to a nice dinner with friends without getting an urgent email or a business call. It’s almost impossible to ignore those tiny notifications lighting up your screen at every hour of the day, but sometimes you absolutely need to. Hard work is the key to success, but in this blog post, I want to remind you and encourage you to have lots of fun with your business, too.

It’s easy to tell yourself you simply don’t have time to have fun or to play more, especially if you are driven and hardworking. (like someone I know…) But, taking time to have fun in your business and life is not just an option – it is critically important. We daydream about the life we will live when we have more money, but do you really want to live your life for “Someday”?

Have Fun with Your Business, It Will Pay Off.

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If you are a happy person, then it will be easier to create success in all aspects of your life. It will also make people more excited to work with you. After all, who would want to work with someone that is constantly stressed and burned out? To create the best team possible, you need to make sure that people see you having fun in both your business and your life. Here are some tips on how to have fun with your business:

 

  1. Be sure you start the day in a happy place. Start the day by listing all of the things that you are happy about. For example, you are your own boss and can choose your own hours or list the 5 things that you are grateful for that day.  If you are your own boss, that is something that most people only dream about. Chances are, you are living a life that is better than ¾ of the people on this planet and we want to be grateful for that. So write it down and remember what you are grateful for. Then take that optimism to work with you and start to have fun with your business.  Don’t take everything so seriously.  If someone annoys you, walk away and be glad you aren’t them. When you are on conference calls, be the person that interjects some humor and fun too.  One thing I know for sure – gratitude changes everything.

 

  1. Find ways to make the people around you laugh! That’s right. It is the best way to have fun in business. This is especially important when you find yourself slipping into a bad mood (we all get there!). Rather than creating a ripple of tension around you, create a ripple of giggles! Just remember that you don’t need to take everything so personally. If you find yourself stuck in that mindset, maybe you should diffuse tensions by making a joke or something light hearted. Just be silly sometimes!  My Mom is one of the funniest people I know.  She raised 9 kids and has had her share of ups and downs for sure but she always finds something to laugh about.  We were very lucky to be raised by her and I try to remember to be light and to find the humor in things like she does.  You don’t have to be the life of the party all the time, but it is fun to make people laugh!

 

  1. Remember to DO something FUN! I know it takes a lot of time and work to build our businesses. But you need to understand that you will NEVER do everything that you need to do.  There is just not enough time in the day. So, don’t let your to-do list run your life. Some mornings, you just have to wake up and think about what you WANT to do rather than what you HAVE to do. To have fun in business, you need to take time to do things out of enjoyment rather than necessity. Even if you just take the time to do ONE fun thing a day, you will notice a difference in your mental health and will have more fun with your business!  I have a journal practice where I ask myself what am I going to do today just for the fun of it?  I can work a lot.  My goal for this year is to play more which means I have to schedule the play.  Just booked a night to go watch my friend perform Flamenco next week!

 

  1. Make every effort to add some FUN to your work related tasks. To do that, you must consciously decide to add the energy of fun to whatever you need to do. It may help to listen to some of your favorite music while you work or to change up your environment by working in the garden or a local coffee shop.  I like to take breaks with my computer at the coffee shop around the corner in my San Francisco neighborhood.  Listening to music always lifts my spirits and have to remind myself to turn the music on.

Have fun with your business!

  1. Last but not least, remember to dream! I for one love dream boards. I look at mine as I drink my morning cup of tea and think about my plans for the future. It also helps me to start my day off with a sense of fun, peace and success. Dream boards are a great way to get very specific about what you would like to create in your life. There are so many things that have come true from my dream boards!  Even my husband and our 3 kids.  I have a picture of a very oddly shaped palm tree on a beach on my dream board and when Mark and I were in Tahiti on the beach last year, I looked over at this palm tree near us and it was exactly like the picture on my dream board.   There are so many areas of my life that have manifested from my dream boards. Plus, a dream board party is a great way to have some fun, get together with teammates and relax!

So if you want to have more fun in your business, keep up the hard work, but also, remember to relax, let loose and enjoy life! Laugh more. When people see how much fun you are having, more people will want to be a part of your team.  Hope you are having a great January and your year is off to a great start!

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P.S. I hope my network marketing tips are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on my best network marketing tips from 2015!

My Best Network Marketing Tips from 2015

Welcome to 2016! The past year has been a whirlwind; it was full of so many amazing events. From traveling the world to building an amazing team, my schedule was packed tight. In this special blog post, I am going to highlight some of my biggest moments in 2015 and the lessons I learned that you can apply to 2016. These network marketing tips and insights will help you take your business to the next level in the new year.  Happiest of New Years to all of you!

My Best Network Marketing Tips


This year my life changed and the lives of my team members all because of one little magical vial of anti-wrinkle cream called Instantly Ageless. When Instantly Ageless hit the market, we knew it was powerful because we could see the results, but no one could predict what happened next. Bekki Hurley – my amazing friend and a Jeunesse Diamond – made a two and half minute video of herself applying Instantly Ageless and posted it on Facebook. In the video Bekki applies the cream and by the end of the video, the bags under her eyes disappear. The video started to take off immediately once it was posted to Facebook. Then the views just kept rolling in! Thousands and thousands of people watched the video, generating hundreds of leads. But then things got even better. Bekki’s video started reaching into the MILLIONS. Imagine how many leads that brought in. In a short amount of time, our team exploded with new team members. Many team members jumped through the ranks. It was a spectacular time in our career and to be in the network marketing industry.  So what did we learn from this?

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One of the most important things I learned in 2015 was the power of video. Videos allow viewers to take in so much more information and get a glimpse of your personality. They also get higher engagement on social media channels, help your SEO standings and increase traffic to your website. In 2016, take advantage of video. Your videos don’t have to have a perfect production value. Just grab an iPhone, stand in good lighting and be natural. Then share, share, share!  Bekki’s video that went viral like no other network marketing video has ever done before was done in her bathroom with mediocre lighting, no makeup and no script.  Look what happened!

P.s. Making a video like the one above is also a great tool to get your team excited about their achievements over the past year.

 Traveling the World

Network Marketing TipsMy passport really filled up in 2015! I went to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tahiti, Riviera Maya, the UK, Singapore, Turkey, and Israel – all to build my network marketing business. Well, and maybe for a little fun too 😉 Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I was able to see so many new places and create memories that will last a lifetime. I made sure to share my adventures with my team, friends and fans by taking photos and posting them to my social media platforms. I even got a little blogging done along the way. I also made a lot of new friends and new networking connections. It was amazing to meet some of the people that I have been working with remotely.

The best part about all of these trips is that almost all of them were paid for by my network marketing business. Hard work pays off!

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So what did I take away from my travels besides a nice tan? I learned that sharing your travels is a HUGE recruiting and community building tool. If you want to encourage your team to reach higher ranks, show them what life is like when you do! Show them what beaches they will get to relax on, the delicious food they can eat and the epic sights they can see. It can be hard to focus on sharing your trip online when you are having so much fun being unplugged from the internet, but I highly recommend it. Taking trips with your team is also a great bonding experience.  Share your personal travel pictures for sure!

Public speaking…hint: it’s not that bad.

One of the highlights of my year was speaking at Eric Worre’s Go Pro Recruiting Mastery event. Eric Worre has been a great influence in my career and in the network marketing industry as a whole. His network marketing tips have helped hundreds of thousands of people build better business. When I was asked to present not once, but twice, I was over the moon. The topic I chose to discuss was financial literacy for network marketers –  something I am very passionate about.  It was a dream to walk the same stage as some of the brightest stars in the network marketing industry.

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So what did I learn from speaking at these events?   It reinforced for me how important it is to be comfortable telling your story and speaking from the stage.  When I say speaking from the stage, that could be a real stage, your living room or your local coffee shop.  The “stage” just means you as the presenter. Many of us shy away from this.  Many of us don’t like to hold the microphone.  Trust me, if you really want the lifestyle that goes with being a successful network marketer, you need to get more and more comfortable talking in front of people.  You need to get good at sharing your story and what it is about your business that you are passionate about.  Stepping out of our comfort zone isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.  You will even get to the point where you enjoy and even love public speaking!

My 2015 was amazing and thank you all for being a part of it. I hope that we can all learn from each other’s successes and make 2016 even better!  I wish you all the best in 2016.  I appreciate each of you!

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NETWORK-MARKETING-ROCKSTAR

P.S. I hope my network marketing tips are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on how and why to make a video for your business! You also may enjoy this additional training about Success Secrets From Top Team Builders from Ray Higdon.

 

Read this Before You Hire a Business Coach

Hire a business coach.

It is the end of the year and when we start thinking about our next year goals, resolutions and hopefully dreams too!  Sometimes we start to think about who else do we need on our team.  Here is the question of the day: Do you need to hire a business coach? Or do you need to take advantage of the mentorship and leadership already available for you in your home based business?  A great coach CAN be a great way to boost your network marketing skills and take your business to the next level. They may help you recruit more reps, get more leads or help your team to even become top earners for the company. However, a business coach is not for every situation or everyone. Over the past few years, I have worked with a couple of extremely talented people that taught me things that have literally translated into many thousands of dollars.  Not to mention, making my life and my team’s lives easier and more productive.  I have also always created great relationships with the leaders in my company, my upline, my sponsor and the corporate executive team.  All of these relationships will lead you to more success and create value in your life.  And more friends too!

Working with a coach has been one of the biggest learning tools I could ask for. You may be an avid reader and resourceful, but being able to ask questions and get advice is so valuable in this industry. Think of coaching as an investment to your business and your life. What I love about our business is you don’t always have to “hire” this.  Our business has a built in coaching system so make sure you aren’t spending money you don’t need to but if you find that you do need to or want to, then by all means take that leap.  We can always afford to learn more!  Think about how much more money you will be able to make because of what you learned!

Hire a Business Coach, But First…

Here are some of my suggestions you should consider before you actually hire a business coach:

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1. If you don’t know what you want, then you should spend some time thinking about it before you hire a coach. It may be smart to make a list of goals you would like them to help you with. If you don’t have goals, that is a recipe for failure. Never hire anyone if you do not have goals! Otherwise you may just become one of those clients that just complain about not getting the results they expected. Having a list will give both of you a clear understanding of what you are working towards. I would also suggest including a time frame so that you know when these goals will be achieved.

2. Think about what you expect to get from a business coach. Perhaps what you really need is a therapist? LOL. That was a joke…  sort of….A business coach is there to help your business, not work through your personal issues. Making the move into full time network marketing can be a hard choice for some to make. Many people haven’t started their own business and there is a lot of responsibility – and a lot of reward! Your business coach is there to guide you on how to build your team. It isn’t their responsibility to guide you through your life choices. Before you decide to hire a business coach, you should make sure that the work you are currently doing is something you would want to do a year from now or even five years from now. Let your business coach accentuate the work you are already doing.

3. Are you happy with the results you are getting, but know that they could be better? That is the BEST time to hire a business coach! A coach should not be hired to motivate you. Motivation comes from within and if you don’t feel motivated, odds are good it is because you haven’t really defined your goals and dreams.  A coach should be hired to improve your work performance. They may do this by asking the right questions to help you learn ways to boost your performance and answer your questions to help you more quickly learn what you want to learn. Also think about their talents. You will get the most out of their expertise by learning what you can on your own and really focusing in on their best talents. If they are having to school you in network marketing 101, you aren’t getting to the good stuff!

If you feel like you do need more training and whether you can afford a coach right now or not….READ! I cannot stress this enough. I am an avid reader and their is a plethora of knowledge online right at your fingertips. Read a lot and read often.  There is so much available online now.  I love watching youtube videos several times a week both for inspiration and for helping me to think about a new way to do something in our business.  I am not saying you need a coach or should hire a coach.  That will depend on where you are, what skillsets you bring to the table, your finances and your network marketing team.  Some people can get everything they need within their own team and company.  Others need more.  Just wanted to give you my 2 cents on what to consider.

Thanks so much for reading!  Always remember to reach up!  Hiring a business coach can be a great investment if it is the right time for you.  Working with a great coach can vastly improve your business and help you make the income you have always dreamed.  Here is to an amazing 2016!

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P.S. I hope my tips on hiring a coach 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!

Best Alternatives to Cold Calling

Best Alternatives to Cold Calling

Have you noticed that phone calls are not winning the popularity contest this year? People are starting to respond less and less to phone calls, and I can’t blame them. How many telemarketers call you? How much easier is it to just send a text? No one wants to talk on the phone anymore, let alone strike a conversation with a complete stranger! This makes cold calling even harder. Fortunately, we no longer have to use the phone like in years past to grow our network marketing businesses. In this post, I will share the best alternatives to cold calling I have found over the past few years – this is valuable information folks!

Move Over Cold Calling

Cold Calling Alternatives

Thanks to the advent of social media and emails, we now have a new way to do business. We can speak directly to our leads through email, social media and text messaging. Everyone is happy. The lead is happy because they can respond to a message with less effort or ignore easily if they choose. The network marketer is jumping for joy because it’s way faster to send out 20 text messages or Facebook messages than make 20 phone calls.  I am not saying don’t make any calls.  Phone calls are still important and should be a part of your marketing efforts AND you want to add texting and FB messages/LinkedIn messages.  Phone calls still work for warm market calls and follow ups.

One of the most important ways to build up your company is to pay attention to where customers want to get their information. We have to recognize that customers no longer really want to talk on the phone – so try not to to rely on cold calling as your main source of lead generation. If someone will not answer a call when it’s their Aunt calling, why would they answer the phone if they don’t know who is calling? Therefore, it is important for network marketers to figure out what type of system will allow the customer to contact the business in a way that they feel comfortable. In the year 2015, it is obvious that the best platform to reach customers or potential customers is through social media and texting via our smart phones.

You want to keep a phone line open so that people can reach you during normal business hours. However, you will soon find that most of your leads will want to reach back to you through email,texting or social media.  I think it is easier and preferable to get the word out about your products and business via social media, texting or emails, rather than cold calling. The leads will be much more accepting if you build a relationship with them online first. It gives them a chance to learn more about you and warm up your proposal. They can look at your website, blog, Facebook page, Instagram – you get the point. They will feel like they know you.  People like purchasing from people they have a connection with.

Social Media is the New Cold Calling

Social Media: Best Alternatives to Cold Calling

Then you will not only be welcomed if you decide to call, they may even call you first. In other words, you should use social media like Facebook or Twitter, or email to “warm up” your potential lead. For example, if you have an email list for potential leads, make sure to ask all the right questions to get a response. You can even use the Internet to hold online classes, info summits and meetings to get your potential customer’s attention. Remember that social media, texting and email are how most people prefer to communicate now.  They will talk to you when they are really interested.  You get them interested via all the great tools we have available today.  I personally don’t care for cold calls.  That doesn’t mean it can’t still work and some people love cold calling.  Just making the point that in todays world, it is a good idea to go to where your leads are and speak their ideal language to get them interested.  Social media is a game changer for network marketers.  We can never again say we have run out of people.  Make 5 new social media connections a day (choose your favorite platform – mine is Facebook) and build rapport with them and if you do that for 30 days in a row, you will be amazed at the number of new prospects, customers, and potential for both you will have.

I hope this post helps you get more leads by focusing on the best ways to communicate with them. Most people don’t want to make cold calls and most aren’t that good at cold calls, best to start becoming a social media superstar and your business will thank you for those efforts.  Remember it takes time to develop a system and a following.  It is oh so worth it!  Hope you are enjoying the Holidays!  Merry Merry and Happy Happy!

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NETWORK-MARKETING-ROCKSTAR

P.S. I hope my tips on cold calling and social media are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on changing your daily routine to become a top earner!

10 Christmas Gifts For Network Marketers

10 Christmas Gifts for Network Marketers

Happy holidays! Tis the season time again and I have teamed up with Santa’s helpers to bring you the BEST gifts for network marketers. Whether you are buying for your team, a friend, or a family member, these gifts are sure to be a hit.

10. Eric Worre Go Pro

Eric Worre Go Pro

Books make excellent Christmas gifts. This book is absolutely amazing for a network marketer. I have learned so much from Eric Worre over the years and was fortunate to speak at some of his events! Everyone will learn something from this book.

9. Tea Bag Holder

Tea Bag Holder

I LOVE tea! Drinking tea throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated and keep your energy up when working from home. One of my pet peeves is when the bag and string slip into my tea cup. I love these fun teabag holders – they keep my tea bag in place and make me smile every time.

8. Toodledo Subscription

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This is a great Christmas gift for your network marketing superstar! I use Toodledo to keep track of all the tasks I have on my plate. You can also set reminders and recurring tasks which makes organizing your MLM business much easier.  Your calendar isn’t where you want to stash all the to do’s.   Once I started using toodledo, my calendar became so clear and so clean – just appointments and calls!  Plus toodledo captures all those sticky notes and the running commentary we have going on in our heads all the time trying to remember too much stuff.  I LOVE Toodledo!  My assistant, Anne Perry introduced me to it years ago.

7. Dream Board

Dream Board

This fun cork board is the perfect place to pin your dreams. Focusing and manifesting your goals and dreams is very important in the network marketing world. I have a few boards at home and on Pinterest that give me daily inspiration.  What you see on a regular basis will become much more real to you.  Dream Boards are incredibly powerful.  It is almost spooky how some of my dreams have come true – to the degree that I just stare at the dream board and shake my head at the reality of what has shown up in my life that mirrors the dream board exactly!  Even my engagement ring!

6. Book of Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

I love posting inspirational quotes in my newsletters and on my social media accounts. I always have a few books like this around so I can easily find new quotes to keep everyone motivated, including myself 😉  It is a nice pick-me-up for a few quiet moments a day.  It is so important to fill our minds and hearts with great messages.  Mindset makes a huge difference.  We think it is all about the technique, the how to’s and those are important but without a great mindset to put the how to’s to work, it won’t matter.  Stay inspired!

Christmas Gifts for Network Marketers!

5. Adult Coloring Book

Coloring Book

Sometimes you just need to take a break and clear your mind…and coloring is a great way to do it! You wouldn’t believe how relaxing it is to pick up a few pens and color. I recommend pairing with a nice cup of tea.  🙂  Coloring books have become quite popular for adults lately.  Another type of mediation.  My sister in law, Kath has colored in her journal for years!  It is very soothing.  Remember how much you loved it as a child.  You still do – you have just forgotten.  I rediscovered coloring books at a spiritual retreat last year.

4. Laptop Travel Bag

Laptop Travel Bag

Network marketers travel a lot! We are also constantly giving presentations, sending emails, hosting webinars and posting on our social media accounts so we need our computers with us whenever possible. This bag is a great Christmas gift because it protects your gadgets AND slides nicely over your suitcase.  And odds are good, if you have a travel bag, it is probably looking shabby or you have had it awhile.  Time to upgrade and I love that this one fits on top of the suitcase.  Easier to get around the airports.

 

3. Fitbit

Fitbit

Having a daily exercise is vital when you are working from home or traveling a lot. I love the Fitbit because it helps me calculate my activity and connects online so I can read my stats anywhere I go!  It is inspiring to see how you are doing throughout the day.  My goal is to step at least 10,000 steps a day and this helps me to reach that goal many more days than if I didn’t have this tracker.  It is easy to sit at the desk for hours and to talk on the phone in our business.  We need to get up and move!  I know I do.  This is a big 2016 goal for me!

2. iPhone Photography and Video Kit

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Video marketing is a powerful tool in building your MLM business. I love this kit because it let’s me turn my smartphone into a mobile video studio. It also has a remote control so you don’t have to move your phone every time you start and stop. Pro tip: make sure you have great lighting or the video will look grainy. And….always shoot your video in a horizontal format.  This is a great and very easy to use gadget.  And the final product is much more professional because your hand isn’t shaking the camera!

1. iPad

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iPads are a great Christmas gift for network marketers! You can use it for scheduling, communication, sharing tools and giving presentations. It is also great for working while traveling.  It feels different than your laptop or primary workstation at home too.  There is a bigger “fun” factor.  Presentations and videos look great on it too.  Prospects are impressed when you share your products and opportunity easily and casually on your iPad.

Figuring out the perfect Christmas and Holiday gifts for your loved ones can be stressful.  I hope this list helps give you some ideas for the holiday season. Santa is working around the clock to make all your gifts – and the elves too 😉 Happiest of holidays!

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P.S. I hope my tips on how to make a video are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on How to Find the Best Prospects!

 

5 Tips For Actually Working at Home!

5 tips for working from home!

As anyone who works from home knows, it can be quite difficult to stay organized while in your home office. Although there are many advantages (like avoiding rush-hour traffic or being able to go to work in your pajamas) there are some very real challenges. It can be quite strenuous to keep your home office organized and free of distractions, such as household chores, errands, TV, children,spouses and pets. Not necessarily in that order!  Here are some tips for working from home so you can stay on track!  Especially during the Holidays this can be really challenging, but on the best of days, getting done what you need to in your home based business from your home office is a feat!  I love it and I can’t imagine otherwise but it does take focus and discipline too.  I haven’t had to drive a commute for 10 years and I can tell you, I do not miss it!

Working From Home

1. Remove the distractions. After all, distractions are the number one reason for being unproductive while working at home. Are you tempted by all the wonderful shows you could watch on TV? Or maybe the washing machine and the dishwasher calls you?  And the kids can be a bit demanding too if they are front and center.  As much as possible, keep these distractions out of reach.  Also, I like to keep my office area clean when working from home, that way I am not distracted by the things that need to be cleaned up.  I am someone that needs some order so I often start the day just tidying up my office for a few minute so it “feels good” to me as I am working.

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2. Create your own dedicated office space.  It is very difficult to stay focused and motivated if you are working in your bedroom or on the couch. It is very important that you dedicate an area in your house to being your office space. Otherwise, it will be very difficult to keep your train of thought on track if you have a number of distractions staring you in the face because you are working on the living room couch or the kitchen table. If you don’t have an actual room for your home office with a door you can shut, then carve out a real space wherever it is and put a sign up for the family that when you are in work mode, they need to wait…Easier said than done, I know but we do train people (even family) how to treat us.  It is good for your family to see you focused and accomplishing too.   The best way to mentally get yourself into work mode is to create an area that is your dedicated office or space.  Make it feel good to you.  We spend a lot of time working so enjoy your surroundings whether that is a bouquet of fresh flowers, or your favorite music in the background, create an environment that you enjoy.  Simple things really do add up.

3. Keep your office stocked and ready to go. Make sure that you have all the supplies that you need so you don’t have to stop what you are doing to go grab them. I also like to have my favorite teas and healthy snacks stocked so I have something to keep me fueled.  Now that you are ready to go, practice setting aside 2 hours a day for dedicated focus time.  It is amazing how much you can get done when you power through 2 hours of serious focused time without distractions.

Are you working from home?

4. Set office hours that you will stick to. Just because you are working from home does not mean that you should work random hours. Or work all the time which I have been known to do…If you kind of work all the time, it isn’t dedicated or as focused.  Trust me, it is more fun when you can really dedicate the time to it versus being kind of paying attention to work and the family or other distractions at the same time.  This is a tough one for me but the experts say that you should come in at a set time each day and then leave at a set time.  I am laughing as I write that because that will definitely be a new discipline for me but I am willing to try!  If you have a family, it might be a good idea to keep a sign on the door with your office hours so that everyone in the house knows that your work time is off-limits. That will also serve as a visual reminder for you to keep on working 😉

5. Stay connected! Working from home does not mean you have to be isolated. Sometimes people will say they don’t like to work from home because they feel lonely or they miss the friendly banter with people at the office.  When we work from home, we need to work harder to create that.  Coffee dates and phone calls or quick walks outside can make a big difference.  Keeping in touch with your team on a regular basis can fulfill the personal touch we all need too.  All of these things will also help you remember that you are not alone on the job and keep you motivated.   There are so many advantages to working from home.  I love it and truly can’t imagine having to work in an office anymore but if you are new to this, there are some adjustments to make.  Whether you are new or not, I hope this article gave you some food for thought.  For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week, happiest of times with your family.  I am grateful for all of you and our community!

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P.S. I hope my tips on how to make a video are of value to you. If you liked this blog post, I think you will love my blog post on How to Find the Best Prospects! You also may enjoy this additional training about Success Secrets From Top Team Builders from Ray Higdon.

How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

How to Stay Focused During the Holidays!

We are about to enter the holiday season once again and with that comes a new round of being busier than ever. There just is never enough time to bake holiday cookies, attend the parties and buy all those last minute gifts for your friends and family plus do all of the work you normally have to do. Many of my team members that work from home always ask me about tips on how to stay focused at work during the holidays so that is what this week’s blog is going to be about! Here are 10 tips for staying focused on your work during the holiday season:

How to Stay Focused in 10 Easy Steps

How to Stay Focused and Relaxed.

1. REMAIN CALM. I know your to do list may seem overwhelming as your time seems to be shrinking. But don’t let your personal stress affect your work performance or diminish your productivity. Remember to take some time off from work to spend holiday time with family or even get a little shopping out of the way. That way you can have a chance to refresh yourself during the busy holiday season.

2. Make a to-do list. Even though it may seem overwhelming, it will give you a chance to clear your mind and focus on the most important things that need to be. I like to create one giant list then prioritize by importance. I also love using a website called Toodledo.  Highlight the tasks you must have completed by the time your family arrives in town to celebrate the holidays. Or, if you have tasks that MUST be done during those days, prioritize what needs to be done, set a time and goal. Do the most important things first!

Use a To Do list: How to Stay Focused

3. Make a daily plan. If you have a plan for each day of the holiday season, it will help you be more organized. Create a plan so that you can assign work tasks to each day, as well as holiday shopping and travel time. If you have children, it may be a good idea to also think of activities to keep the kids busy and occupied.  You won’t be able to get everything done, so make sure you are focused on the top 5 things that will really make a difference.  Don’t get bogged down in the busy work.  Focus on the “A” level activities.

How to Stay Focused = To Do List

4. Get a jump on your to do list. Start working on all those year-end projects ahead of time. Even start your holiday shopping earlier than you did in the past. That way you can attend all of the holiday parties and family obligations later in the month, knowing that you have the time and that you are better organized.  Make sure you delegate too.  My husband always says I have learned the art of delegation.  Delegate with a smile and a please and thank you but make sure you are including the people who can help you with tasks.

5. Look out for distractions! They are everywhere during the busy holiday season. When you are setting aside time to work – do that! Let your family know that for the next 3 hours you are off limits.  Don’t get distracted by online shopping. That can wait until later. Remember, if you are trying to do too many things at once you will get overwhelmed. Sometimes going to a coffee shop or library can be helpful because there aren’t as many things to pull you away from productivity.  It can be a nice break in the day too.

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6. Create boundaries. If you set aside time to work, make sure that everyone in your family knows that it is your time and that you should not be disturbed unless it is an absolute emergency. Put your phone on silent so that you are not tempted to answer the phone. On the other hand, if you set aside time to spend with your children, parents or other loved ones – don’t get distracted by work! Family time is especially sacred during the holiday season and should be one of your major commitments.  Make sure to put the phone down during these times.  We are setting examples for our kids and loved ones.

7. Take care of yourself! Remember to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Try to exercise more this holiday season – don’t let your to do list take away from your normal routine. Also sleep more, not less so you have the energy to deal with everything you have to do during the day. Finally, watch what you eat and drink. Everyone eats more sugary foods and alcoholic beverages during the holiday season, but remember those will impact your next day at work, both mentally and physically. This one is hard, I know! Often we get sick in January because of how much we “overdid” in December.  If we take better care of ourselves in December, we can usually avoid the January blahs.

8. Don’t over commit yourself. It is all right if you cannot make every holiday party or function. Your friends will forgive you! Just be sure to prioritize and balance your holiday activities with your work obligations. In the long run it is better to keep focused and maintain a good work-life balance.

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9. Remind yourself each morning to stay focused at work. Forget about all you have to do and focus on each day’s obligations. Make sure that when you are working, you are focused on the tasks that have to be done, and not thinking about what you have to do in the near future. I like to wake up with a cup of tea and look over my to do list. This really gets me in the right mindset for productivity. When you are at the actual holiday function then you can focus on the holidays and having fun!

10. Remember what the holiday season is about – celebration and spending time with friends and family! It is one of the happiest times of the year and does not have to be chaotic, even though there are lots of pulls for it to be that  – it is what we make of it!  Enjoy the simple things.  Your decorated house or your kids happy faces when they find the perfect gift, baking, the first snow, the way the light changes at night….  The list goes on and on.  I love the holidays and have learned over the years, that less is more.  We don’t have to make the 30 kinds of cookies we did when we were kids.  Think about your holiday traditions and continue to do the ones you only really love!

I truly hope these tips on how to stay focused will make this season less stressful. You got this. Follow these tips and I am confident you will focus on your work during the busy holiday season!  The holiday gatherings are a perfect place to share your products and business with lots of people that you don’t see all the time too.  Just be sure to ask questions, provoke curiosity so that they are actually asking you what you are up to!  Most of all, enjoy this precious time with your family and friends.

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How to Deal With Negative People

As you are trying to expand your contacts through network marketing, you may run into people who just don’t like MLM. This is just a fact of life!  Don’t take it personally.  Lots of people don’t get lots of things.  This will happen to all of us at one point or another. I have found that there are certain ways to handle these situations that leave you in the best position. In the network marketing world, you don’t want to work with negative people anyway and they can poison the moral of your entire team. When you get rejected or deal with a negative person, keep that in mind above all. Grab a cup of coffee and take a minute to read some advice from a someone who has been in the industry for a long time!

Do You Know How to Deal with Negative People?

Negative People

To deal with those negative nellies, you just have to learn what to say and what not to say. Most importantly, do not try to convince them to love MLM or act defensively. Those are the two worst things you can do but unfortunately it is the two ways that many people commonly react.

Instead you need to learn how to manage your energy. Do not be frightened if someone rejects you. Do not try to manage objections. Instead manage your energy and be sensitive of other’s energy. If you encounter someone with a crappy, cynical, skeptical, or negative energy then just remain calm and walk away.  You don’t need everybody and you definitely don’t need downer donna…

It is a very powerful thing to be able to learn to manage your energy. A lot of times, when you manage your posture and remain neutral, those very same people will then react positively as their negative energy melts away. Just remember: do not get defensive or try to convince them. Instead just say, “Oh, cool no problem. It’s not for everybody, but hey, let me ask you this. Do you know anyone that does want to make some extra money if I showed them how to do it?”  Or you could say, “No worries.  Looking healthier and having more money isn’t for everyone.”  Depending on who you are talking to, that last sentence could be said with a big smile on your face.  People will find that disarming.  I don’t intend for you to say that with sarcasm or anger.  Let it go.  At the end of the day, the last thing you want your business to do is to hurt or change your relationships.  Your business isn’t for everyone.  But just about everyone could probably benefit from your products.

How to Deal With Negative People

Another great technique is to do the take away.  You can say to a prospect, “This probably isn’t for you but I think you will love the products.”  Or “I know this business probably isn’t for you, but can I count on you to be one of my 10 customer testimonials?  That is all I am asking. ”  Remember, you are just looking for people who are open to learning more and then direct them to a tool.

The way you handle your energy when someone is negative towards you could potentially blow them away. All you have to do is remain calm and in charge of your emotions. Do not let anyone ruffle your feathers or upset you. Only then will you be anxiety free at the end of the day and excited to begin a new day of network marketing.  These are just objections you should expect to experience on a regular basis.  It isn’t a big deal and often isn’t even about you.  They just may not be ready for what you have to offer.  Many of these people will be watching from the sidelines to see if this something you really go for.  They will be watching to see if this is something you are really committed to.  So surprise them and really go for it.  All the best!

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How and Why to Make a Video for Your MLM Business

Videos are a great way to build a network marketing team, however, I like most of us struggle to do them! Very few of us like seeing ourselves on camera and we try to make things “perfect”.  However, sometimes you just have to push past what makes you uncomfortable and do what will reach the widest audience. After all, the field of video marketing is not going anywhere but up.  It’s necessary if you want to generate more leads in a shorter period of time. In this week’s blog, I will provide a few simple tips for generating more leads from videos. I will also show you how to make a video that is engaging and share some tools I use that make the process easier.

Why Are Videos So Important to Your Business? Videos are great for 3 main reasons.

First, they are a great way to reach new prospects. You can share benefits of your business or the product you are selling in a more personal way.  Videos uploaded directly to Facebook have very high view and engagement rates, so you are more likely to reach potential leads by sharing a great video. You can also post your videos to Youtube which is the second most used search engine in the world. Creating great content will naturally bring interested prospects.  And it is like with anything, the more you do videos, the more consistent you are, the more great content you provide – the more people will find you.  Videos more than any other tool help us to be seen as an “expert”.

Make a Video to attract prospects

Second, videos are a great way for people to get to know you. You want to ATTRACT people to you. People will get a glimpse of your personality and your enthusiasm for your business. People actually feel like they know us when they watch us on videos. This is great because you may have team members all over the world and you may not be able to do individual video chats all the time. Video allows you to share your message and energy with thousands and thousands of people.

Third, and most importantly, videos are great training tools for your team. Remember, duplication is key. Any time a tool can be reshared with a new prospect, helps them start building their business faster = more money in your wallet and theirs.  Start creating a library of videos that your team can refer and can use to train people they get to join.

Everyone Can Make a Video…Yes, Even YOU!

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I wouldn’t consider myself “tech-y”, but even I have managed to create lots of videos! I am going to walk you through my video-making process and at the end, I want you to try making your own video!

First off,  you will need a way to record yourself! I like to use my laptop. My favorite recording tool is Screenflow because it allows you to record anything happening on your computer screen, as well as the audio.  This is extremely valuable because you can record live webinars or meetings you are hosting online. You can also record right from the camera on your laptop. Screenflow is a great option for PC and Mac users, but if you have a Mac, you can also use Photo Booth. You can also use your smart phone. Use what is natural and easy for you, otherwise it will become a chore. If you do use your iPhone, I would suggest investing in a mini tripod so the video is not shaky.

Pro tip: make sure you have a well lit room! Otherwise the video will look grainy.

The best videos are conversational. It may take you a few tries, but just talk how you would to a friend you met for coffee. Write down key points you want to discuss in the video, but don’t read a full script. If you do, you will sound robotic. Your quirky personality traits really make a video shine, which almost seems counter intuitive at first. Just be yourself! If you find yourself getting nervous, just remember, it’s just a video and it won’t bite you 😉 We are often more critical of ourselves, especially our appearance, but other people are watching to hear what you have to say. They aren’t focusing on your mascara or hair cut.  Believe me, we are our own worst critics!  I have taken 10 takes to do a simple little video and then finally got to the point, where I said enough!  Good enough not perfect is good enough!

Once you have recorded your video, you can post it on Youtube or Facebook. If you want to create a more advanced video, you can add a title page and audio using a video editing program, like iMovie for Mac. You can also pay $5-$25 on Fiverr and have a professional help you add that to the video for you. If your business is well established, I would suggest adding these elements.  Here is an example below of what I mean by a title page.

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By using these tips and tools, even I have created great videos. Although it was hard to get over my fear of technology and recording myself, I pushed through it and it was worth it. In the past few months, the traffic to my website has increased exponentially. Now I am challenging you! Make your first or a new video and post a link in the comments section!

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How to Find the Best Prospects

How to Find the Best Prospects

Attracting better people is important for both your personal life and your professional life. And the way to do that is to improve yourself! You must learn how to grow if you want to find the best prospects.  A universal law is like attracts like.  And your business today is exactly where you are.  As  you grow, your business will keep up with you.

One of the best ways to improve yourself and become the best that you can be is to make sure that your valuable time is spent only with those that you think deserve it.  Do you think this person is   more successful and smarter than you?  This may not sound very nice but it is a business principle that works.  The saying in our business is to reach up.  It is easier to go the other way but if you want your business to grow faster and to be more solid, then reaching up is a good thing to do.  To do this, you must learn how to use a people filter to determine who deserves your time and who does not. Only decide to prospect those that will bring you up in the world and help you to grow. Self-development will help too, but nothing compares to how spending time with the right people will change and influence your life.  Have you heard the saying that we are the sum total of the 5 people we spend the most time with.  Who are you spending all your time with?  Who is influencing you?  Who do you let speak into your life?

Find the Best Prospects for Your Business

Spending time with the wrong people can have just as much of a negative effect on your life. For example, it is very important that you stay away from negative people because if you spend too much time with negative people, you will start to think like them. That will not help you grow, or achieve what you want from life. Negative people are miserable due to the way they think: they bring the misery upon themselves. They simply complain too much and focus only on their personal problems, which makes their lives even more miserable and hopeless.

It is also important to remember – you can’t change people! So if you want to find the best prospects, don’t waste your valuable time and only spend time with people that are worth it. It is more than okay to make a decision that this person is too negative or grumpy.  It is more than okay to say next.  We are in the sifting and sorting business.  The only person you can change is yourself. If you do that, then you will find that positive people are suddenly coming into your life!

Learn how to find the best prospects!

As entrepreneurs and network marketers, our time is very limited. It is important to use every second wisely and only spend time with people that are worth it because the biggest waste of time is to spend it with the wrong people. It is worse than scrolling for hours on Facebook or watching bad TV.  Wrong people do not just take time away from you; they also drain you mentally because they stress you out.

People Filter: Find the Best Prospect in 4 Steps

Using my people filter will help you find the best prospects. If you meet someone new, they should possess the traits listed below if you are going to spend time developing a relationship with them. Remember, it is OK to be picky when choosing whom you are going to spend your time with. Your time is actually your most valuable asset.  Use it wisely.  Here is a list of some traits they should possess:

1. Is the person a negative or positive person? Do they focus on problems or a solution to those problems? If they constantly complain or blame others for their own personal problems, they are not worth your time. Negative people will only drag you down into their black hole.

2. Is the person grateful for what he or she has? Most of us that are reading this blog have it better than 85% of the people in this world. We can eat when we are hungry and have shelter over our head. If a person does not display gratitude then he or she is most likely a negative person and just not worth your time.

3. Is the person a giver or taker? The most successful people are those that give and give. They are successful because they give so much that people love to work with them. It may not always seem like it, but it is true that the more you give, the more you will get back. People who just constantly take are never successful in the long term and are not worth your time.  I heard Tony Robbins say just last week – the secret to happiness is GIVING.

4. Does the person have integrity? Do they say what they mean and mean what they say? Integrity means one always tells the truth and never lies and is always consistent. It means that how they act in one situation is how they will act in all situations – no exceptions. If they lie or cheat to someone else, chances are they may lie or cheat you.  Have you heard the saying: How we do one thing is how we do everything?  Keep that in mind as you are making decisions too.

If a person does not have integrity then you can not trust them and they are just not worth your time.  If a person does not have the qualities outlined above they are not worth your investment. Remember you cannot change other people, you can only change yourself and one way to do so is to change the people you spend your valuable time with. By working on yourself, you will start to attract positive people into your life. I hope this helps you find the best prospects for your network marketing business! One great team member can really make a huge difference and one really bad team member can bring others down too.  Go for the great!  You deserve it!

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