Don’t take the title to literally! 🙂 What this means is ‘what happens when someone approaches you to discuss their business?’
The approach may be different from person to person, company to company, but inevitably you discover that it is a MLM. What do you do?
If you’re anything like me some 7 years ago, I would literally ‘slam the door in their faces’ because I wasn’t interested. I knew it was one of those ‘get rich quick schemes’ and I didn’t want anything to do with it.
If you’ve never been involved in network marketing, you’re quite likely to say ‘not interested’ and slam the door or walk just like I did.
What changed my mind? The sub-prime lending fiasco! My mortgage went up by $1500/month! I cried for days trying to figure out how I was going to pay $4000 a month for my little house!
That’s when I got into network marketing. I knew enough about network marketing that many people had made a lot of money. I knew no more than that.
Long story short…after crying and ‘whoa-ing is me’ I got my head on straight and started investigating MLMs.
I didn’t want the typical Avon, Mary Kay, Juices and such. If I planned to do this I needed a good company with products I could get into, great compensation plan and good leaders. That’s all I knew about it at that point and God was listening! 🙂
Shortly after, a friend asked me to come to her house for a quick meeting. I watched the presentation and decided it was something I could do.
I started to work – going to networking meetings, hosting events & meeting people, but knowing nothing about network marketing other than to sell and get people to join.
I had good leaders willing to actually invest money in me to get me to trainings so I could be effective. No lie, they paid for me to go to Las Vegas – twice!
They supported and called me and worked with me – top people in the company! It was pretty amazing and I felt good about what I was doing.
My first check was only $100 but I was so encouraged I carried that check around with me for 3 months! Why? Because it reminded me that network marketing actually works.
It encouraged me and made me a believer. Yes I know it was only $100, but remember I never had done network marketing or truly believed in it until I received that first little check.
Although I only made about $1500 that year, it taught me something about network marketing. It made me interested in finding the secret ingredient to success like my first leaders and mentors.
Now over the years, I consider myself a network marketer and a leader. Am I with the same company? No, but it was a great company. Have I learned the business of network marketing? Yes.
I’ve learned enough in the network marketing arena that people I’ve previously worked come to me to evaluate compensation plans of potential companies. I’ve become very good at that.
I give them an honest opinion on their compensation plan. You see, many people really don’t know what they’re getting into. Is it a binary, a matrix, a unilevel or any of what does that mean?
How good are their products? How excited are you about the products? Can you be an actual user yourself and excitedly share info without being a pain in the pa-tootie? 🙂
Each company is different and purport to have different strategies that work. Different ‘recruiting’ techniques can work differently depending on the company an yes, guess what…the personality of the recruiter (but that’s another eBook!) :).
‘People learning‘ is important. Understanding customer needs and searching out that customer who needs what you’ve got is critical. We, bloggers, call it the ‘niche market.’
- You may find some wonderful leaders willing to invest time and money in you to get you to a level you want. You may feel appreciated and learn how to run a business as I did.
- You may make a little or a lot of money (both are good)! 🙂 You may obtain personal and business development that you can take with you for the rest of your life.
- You may make fabulous friends and comrades who will follow you anywhere or who may be your friends for life, even when you’re not in immediate contact with them anymore.
- You may learn about business and how to be good at network marketing and building relationships (which I have taken to my Internet Marketing now – 7-8 years later!)
Yes, you’re going to meet the bad. I once met a woman who said she had great products and could she talk to me. I said yes, I’m willing to listen, if you’ll listen to my opportunity as well and then we can discuss.
I met with her. She talked about her company, compensation plan, her presentation and her products. I said ‘interesting.’ Now let me tell you about mine.
She said ‘nope…I’m not interested.’ Wow! I said but we agreed to ‘discuss’ both companies and plans. She said ‘nope…not interested…when can you sign up?’ Me – ‘dumfounded.’ When I finished picking my teeth up off the floor, I asked her to leave.
I’ve been disappointed too…sometimes in the company, sometimes in the people, but I evaluate everything and see what is the benefit to me if I remain. Evaluate pros and cons when things don’t go the way you want before you make a decision to change.
For me – good news in this is that for over 8 years, I’ve been in 4 network marketing companies. I’ve evaluated over 20.
So many people hear about the downs to network marketing. My experiences have been phenomenal in that I have learned so much and made so many friends all over the world.
I have made great money, not crazy amounts, but enough to quit a job I once. My life has been enriched by the people I’ve met along my MLM travels.
So What To Do When A Network Marketer Comes Calling?
Do you blow them off? If you feel you should, is it their approach, their products, or are you just not sure how you can make money?
The answer is simple.
- All you have to do is LISTEN! Don’t turn them away. You never know what’s in store for you.
I listen to each opportunity, if I’m approached respectfully; if it’s presented carefully; if it’s interesting. (I don’t listen to crazy people spouting I’ll make thousands of dollars in 3 months, or they’ve got the next best products since ‘moon travel!’)
- Honestly valuate the opportunity’s prospective future, compensation plan, leaders and training.
- Find someone who is quietly doing the business and talk to them. Don’t listen to hype coming from hypsters!
- Learn the successful ‘Soft Sell Approach.’ (sign up for my upcoming eBook – ‘Soft Sell Your Way to Success in Network Marketing.’)
- Learn proper Internet Marketing. Stop dropping spamming links to your website in emails, to people and groups on Facebook, etc.
People who join my team learn my ‘soft sell approach’ and have been very successful. What’s a soft sell approach? Look to the right and sign up for my upcoming free eBook ‘Soft Sell Your Way to Success in Your Network Marketing Company.’ Learn what it is and how it worked for me! It can work for you too.
Have you had bad experiences when you’re approached by a network marketer? Have you run away as soon as you’ve determined who they are? Yeah…been there, done that! LOL! So what do YOU do when a network marketer comes calling?