Saturday, July 9, 2011
MLM Networking - You need more than knowledge to be successful!
It all seems to come down to relationships. If I write an article or this blog and just borrow other people's ideas, is that interesting to someone else, or more important, will that get someone to get to KNOW ME any better? People join people, and people follow people, so it stands to reason if there is not a lot of me in what I write, people reading will not feel anything. If they can't feel anything, why would they want to get to know me better by following me?
So this is what I have come up with. When you are 'prospecting'... an awful word that we use all the time for looking for PEOPLE to join us, you have to put some of you out there for someone to identify with, so they feel something that will make then want to know more about YOU and what you are doing! So instead of prospecting, try making FRIENDS. Try saying this is me and this is what I have learned, this is what I can teach you. This is where I am going and I want to bring you along and learn from you as well.
How many of you feel good when you can help someone, and are grateful when a FRIEND shows you a kindness or just seems to understand when you are facing a challenge. If someone is challenged. they generally feel comfort knowing that someone else has been there, and not necessarily want to be helped but just want some understanding at first. There are self help groups for losing weight, for alcoholics, for almost anything,
For us network marketers that have been through the ringer, our self help group is our mastermind group. To participate and really get something out of it you have to share some of yourself, something I have a hard time doing. I have worked in this industry off and on for probably 20 yrs. I have had a little success along the way but never anything really great. I continue to struggle and have been asking why, now that I have a group to help me?
I still have some grudges, I still judge on occasion but catch myself much more now than I ever did before. I am still struggling with my weight and get defensive when I hear other well meaning people tell me what I need to do to lose weight. They are right, but it hurts to hear it because I know they are right, and I haven't been able to do it. I am still scared... in spite of my fear, I have to do what I know is necessary. I just have to DO IT! (Take a look at the just 'do it' video) I know I have to decide what I am to do with my life and take action to make it happen, in spite of my fears... yes I have more than one!
In spite of me and because of me, I know I will get where I want to go. My belief may not be strong enough yet, yes I have doubts, but not in the system, in me. I know using network marketing I will have the financial wealth I want and Mentoring for Free will prepare me for it if I don't give up and I won't... I will own my life!