Network Marketing Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth
I was sixty-four and planning an early retirement because I needed to be home with my 85-year-old mother.
I knew that my retirement funds were not going to be sufficient; but I also knew that God would take care of me. He had for sixty-four years and I wasn’t starving.
So, when my daughter asked me to watch a video, I watched because I loved her. It wasn’t because I was interested in building a business.
I most certainly did not want to become a network marketer.
But . . . I did.
I was impressed with the product. I was totally interested in doing something with my daughter. It wasn’t hard to join her in network marketing.
What was hard was following the system.
The system was old style network marketing. The instructions were don’t mention network marketing, the product, or the company. Get them to watch the video. Then get them on a three-way call.
I am a by the book kind of person. So, I did it by the book.
But I felt dirty.
When I joined, I heard two prime directives:
- Don’t quit.
- Go to every meeting.
I faithfully followed those. As I kept learning I heard a few variations on the old network marketing system that I successfully implemented and slowly my business grew.
I experienced moderate success but still the disconnect was real. In my job as a nonprofit director, I had trained people to be peer counselors; and my belief was that you best helped people by listening to them. A good peer counselor leaves their agenda out of the conversation.
I wondered if maybe a good network marketer would also help people by listening and leaving their agenda out of the conversation.
I realized that network marketing gave me an agenda that did not serve me well. To be successful I had to find business partners and help them find business partners. With the limited number of people I knew and could share with, there was tremendous pressure to “sell”.
I found myself looking at each new person I met as a “prospect”.
And I allowed that to control how I talked to them.
I didn’t like me when I did that.
Fortunately, there are some network marketing leaders who teach a different approach.
They teach an approach which considers the needs of the other person.
I was drawn to those leaders and started copying what they were doing.
It was working; and, for the first time, I was liking myself as a network marketer.
I liked what I was doing and was excited to share with those who were open to it.
But my list of people I knew was dwindling. I had asked most of my list. Some of them more times that I want to admit.
Conventional wisdom required that I keep trying.
But I was committed to only doing that as I sensed that it was their need to hear again not my need.
So, I turned to cold market prospecting. I soon got good at engaging and inviting strangers.
My new plan was to go to local businesses, malls, restaurants, and networking events.
And then my mom needed hip replacement surgery.
Our house and lives were turned upside down as we prepared for her surgery and recovery.
And my plan to work the cold market virtually ended.
Mom was in a skilled nursing center for a month and a half. I stayed with her most of that time.
Even when she came home I felt tied down and not free to leave for extended periods.
I needed to find a better plan for building my network marketing business.
I was desperate.
I looked to the internet.
The internet is full of information on “better plans”.
Some are better. Most are not. I know that from experience.
I tried several different approaches to making money.
I paid money for training and technology that made sense as it was presented; but I soon learned it wasn’t a fit for me.
Then I clicked on an ad that offered a way to use the internet to build my network marketing company without feeling salesy.
It even offered a way to monetize those who said no.
That seemed a bit hard to believe but I still wanted to build my network marketing business.
I still believed in the product line.
I still believed the company was the best in the industry.
And I still wanted to work with my daughter.
My decision to check it out has transformed my life!
Today I am building two streams of income – my network marketing business and my business with a company that offers the best training and strategies for network marketers.
Through them I have been exposed to others who are innovators that pay it forward by sharing what they have learned. And I in turn am paying it forward on my Facebook page and blog.
If you are curious, click here to message me and I’ll show you my network marketing strategy and plan.
Network marketing no longer leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
As soon as the pressure was released from sharing with all my family and friends, because I have an unlimited untapped market in the internet, I could relax.
Now, I do share with my warm market – only when the time is appropriate for them.
I don’t see every server, cashier and neighbor as a prospect.
When I engage in conversation with someone I know or a stranger, I can focus on them and what is important to them.
When I share, it is because I know that it is with their interest in mind not my own. I love that!
Does that ring a bell with you?
How do you feel about prospecting family and friends?
Would you like a proven way of reaching out to a targeted internet market?
How does having another stream of income sound to you?
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