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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!

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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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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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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!