Network Marketing - The hard work begins - (hopefully to be followed by “the hard work pays off”)
3 weeks have passed and I have gone from nervous and excited to driven and passionate. I have a million ideas racing around my head and I have download the app “Any do” (http://www.any.do/) to keep track of all the things that I want to put on my “to do list”. I’ve come up with a list of people that I would love to work with, people who can guide me, people who would love the product and people that will HATE the idea that I am doing network marketing and will be certain that it’s a scam…
Now my head is spinning. I want to share this with my friends and family, but my concern comes when I try to figure out how to do this without them feeling like I am “pitching” them. Do I believe in the product and want them to try it? Absolutely! Am I going to shove it down their throat during every conversation? NO! …but there is a fear on both sides that this will happen. We have all met that person who would literally sell their grandmother if it meant a commission and they have given everyone in the sales industry a terrible name. I want to be sure that I notify people without scaring any of them off. This could prove to be difficult!
So once I send a few emails, make a few Facebook posts to ensure that all my friends and family (my warm market) knows what I am selling, I start to think about my “cold market”. I have to figure out who that is, who it could be and of course how to approach them!
It’s at this time where it’s no longer about the product; the real product now is me! I now need to perfect my approach and my ability to intrigue. It’s important now for me to think about building a team of other “me’s”, as well as a team of clients and preferred clients and then to build it…and build it strong! I need to set aside time not only to build my strategy but also time to implement it. From the research I have done, I know that this is really where the network marketing companies pass or fail. In a great company, your upline (the person who asked you to join their team) will teach you about strategy. I know I am not alone in worrying about how to go after my lofty goals. I know where I want to go and I know I won’t stop until I get there… but now I need the road map!
Luckily for me, my upline is a very successful and driven person who is only too happy to meet with me one on one to help me develop my strengths and even flag my weaknesses so that I don’t get in my own way. For me, this is a scary process. As someone who always likes to win, always likes to come out on top and usually only counts on myself to do it, this kind of helping hand is very foreign to me, but I would be stupid not to utilize this support. The key to network marketing is DUPLICATION. All successful network marketing companies have 1 thing in common – a proven approach. So I will learn it, I will follow it and I will learn to execute it to perfection!