This blog probably won’t win me any friends but what good are friends if you cannot speak your truth?
Perhaps, I should start this blog with a disclaimer. Some of my very best friends are network marketers. I have also been involved in network marketing. I prefer to purchase and support my friends small businesses first. As I launch my new website, I am including a place to spotlight some of my favorite people, products, places, and things as a way to support my network marketing friends and small business owners.
Now with that being said…
Do not be THAT networker!
I sat in the chair at the beauty salon unable to escape the conversation taking place one chair over. Another client, who was able to hold her hair stylist hostage for the three hours it took to color her hair, gave the most nauseating, non-stop spiel trying to “recruit” her stylist into her chosen company. It was never ending! Everyone in the salon was ready for the customer to leave. If champagne had been available, I guarantee we would have all toasted upon her exit!
Do not be Elly May Clampett and “wrastle” everyone that walks by to the ground force feeding them your “vittles!”
There are those that get you on the phone and suddenly you are a part of their Jim Jones drinking the Kool-Aid attempt to hard sell you via the 3- way set up, getting their up line on the phone as they edify them attempting to make them sound like God so that you feel like it is a privilege to get to speak to them. Just the words “set-up” makes them sound like shysters to me. I do not want to be set-up by anyone! The example that comes to mind when I think about this scenario is going to buy a car and spending time with the salesperson only to later be joined by the finance manager who wants to hold you and your car keys hostage until he seals the deal. Whenever this happens, I guarantee the deal is sealed. I am leaving without the car, the cookware, the make-up or skin care set, the nutrition products, the wine, or the oils!
I do not care what kind of sales that you are in; you will get a lot further (at least with me) if you truly connect on a personal level. People know if they are merely a number or statistic to you and you prove it when you disappear from their lives the moment they do not buy what you are selling or if your “business” is all that comes out of your mouth when you do connect. Honestly, if that is how you are doing it, they probably prefer that you go on and disappear!
Don’t be the type of networker that goes into the home of someone that signs up under you and goes through their medicine cabinet laying out every non- company product on their counter for them to find when you leave. Yes, I have experienced this!
One last “don’t be” that I will address is the networker that is struggling to pay their bills, that states, “You won’t believe how much money I am making!” If you are, be prepared for me to ask, “Really that little?” It is quite obvious when you create a Go Fund Me account to buy a new fridge and then start dishing out motivational quotes and telling people how successful that you are.
It is also not very appealing when people post photos of themselves kissing money. I have deleted a few of those.
I am personally tired of being played, dishonored, and disrespected by people who have their eye on the golden ticket and could care less about me or others.
I am NOT saying that all networkers are like this. Remember, some of my very best friends are networkers and I have been known to dabble!
I AM saying that if you are like this, you probably won’t get too far and you are making others look bad.
Love your products. Express your love for them. Do not sell stuff that you would not personally use! If you are selling weight loss products and have not lost a pound, just saying! You must be a product of your product! Ask permission to share your love for your products or company with others. Ask if they want to try them. HONOR them no matter what their response or you just might find them avoiding you like I avoid carbs!
Be authentic. Be real. The speech that I heard coming out of the woman’s mouth at the salon, I have heard verbatim no less than 3 times. She was programmed like a robot and I wanted to unplug her. I could have taken over her presentation by skipping ahead a few lines.
Authenticity is endearing!
The truth is this rant does not just apply to networkers. It applies to us all. It comes down being in alignment with who we are and why we are here and that my friends is to bless others as we have been. It is NOT about what people have to offer us. It is about the VALUE that we bring to them.
Until Next Time,