When I went to Los Cabos my to do list did not include holding a couple of colorful parrots.
Even when I saw the parrots perched on their portable roost, I didn’t think, “I need to hold those birds.”
The young man who accompanied the birds wasn’t looking for me or anyone else at the pool to pay him to hold his birds.
He didn’t have too! All he needed to do was walk around with those exotic birds and he had me and others following him as he crossed to the other side of the pool.
I was on my way to the hotel room. But those plans had been forgotten. I was curious to see what would happen. Still, I had no plan to hold the birds.
I intended to be only an observer as others in my group, one by one, held the birds. The birds’ handler carefully instructed each one on how to make a fist and then placed the bird on the human perch that had just been formed.
Picture taking ensued. Then the young man re-positioned the birds; one was cradled in the arms of the bird’s newest friend and the other was placed on a shoulder. More pictures were taken.
Finally, the birds’ owner took them back to their wooden roost. He was gratefully given a tip.
The process began again with another eager bird lover.
What had started as a “No, thank you, I want nothing to do with that,” became a doable thing.
Then it became a “Yes, sir, I want to get my picture with those birds.”
To be honest, I was already beginning to get an idea for this blog and I wanted a good picture to share with you.
So, I was ready to experience the discomfort of bird claws digging into my fists for the sake of a photo. But guess what, it wasn’t uncomfortable. Instead of sharp claws, I felt a leathery, almost soft grasp of my fists. There was no pain or discomfort. It was fun, especially when I got to cradle one of the birds. I imagined how jealous my puppy Max would be.
I got my pictures. And I have a really good lesson for you and me in how to successfully attract people to our business.
First, you don’t have to be the dynamic, attractive leader to attract people to your business.
Perhaps, you have one of those in your up line and are held back because you think you can never be like him or her. You don’t have to be.
The young man with the birds is nameless in my story because I didn’t get it. His part was to help me handle the birds. His reward was tips. He didn’t go around with a sing saying, “Get your picture taken with two exotic parrots for 500 pesos.”
He just walked around the pool and beach area and all the other resorts in the area with two very attractive birds.
As he walked around with his parrots, he got people’s attention. He wasn’t the center of attention. His birds were.
In the kind of Attraction Marketing Julie Burke used to grow her network marketing business, she used similar attention grabbers.
Julie shares six of her techniques in Julie Burke’s Top Six Tips for Recruiting with Social Media Using Facebook.
These are doable methods that can help you attract people to your page and your business.
Just be yourself, find your attraction “Pair of Parrots,” and wait for people to line up waiting for their turn with you.
Your parrots can be stories of how your company and products are changing lives.
You can share about the single mom whose now has more time for her children.
You can share how someone is healthy since losing weight with your product.
You can tell what kind of difference the business is making in your life.
Just surround yourself with attractive stories.
As you attract folks with your parrots, the folks you attract will draw others to you.
Remember, I was not interested in holding a parrot at first. It definitely did not seem like something I wanted to do.
But as I saw others having a pleasant experience, it felt a lot more doable to me.
As people join you in your business, congratulate them on their successes.
People they relate to will see that it is doable for people like them. They will see that it is pleasant, even fun.
You have no idea how many people are watching you and deciding whether to join you by your reaction to the experience you are having.
I have seen network marketers complain about their company, the cost of traveling to events, of company management, of fellow team members.
Believe me, if one of my friends had flinched when the bird was placed on their fist, I would never have held a bird myself.
So, if you aren’t having a good time with your business, why will anyone join you.
If you can’t say anything good about your experience why are you still doing it?
Do you need a new company with better products and good up line? Or do you need to find a different business model?
Network marketing is an ideal business model for many but not all.
If you are convinced that you are in the right place doing the right thing but have concerns share them with people who can answer your concerns not the people you will drive away.
No company, no team is perfect. But if you, like me, find yourself with an opportunity of a lifetime enjoy it and let others see that.
And do surround yourself with your team and customers who love what you are sharing.
When I have a customer thank me I share that on Facebook. I consider it one of the best perks of what I do.
I have a customer who believes my product saved his life. Another thanks me for sharing it with her; she says she can do what she does to help others because of it.
Those kind of comments are every bit as good as the commissions.
So what you can learn from the parrot handler is to surround yourself with people who will attract the customers you want to help.
Want to learn more about how Julie Burke trains her team? Here is a link to her Social Media Frenzy.
As always, feel free to message me.