Pyramids, Network Marketing and Cults

As a fitness professional and entrepreneur, I notice that I’m getting more sales pitches coming my way. I understand that everybody is trying to earn a living these days, as am I. I just believe that it should be done with some integrity. Especially if you offer a service, I think it’s critical to believe in what you are selling. I believe in what I do and understand the benefits of exercise, when executed properly. Additionally, I can see value in nutritional supplements that will help people to stay in shape and live healthier. Does that mean I’m going to try to up-sell them on useless merchandise and supplements that are destructive to the body? No, it does not.

There are plenty of supplements and companies out there that are marketed as healthy and when I read the labels, I don’t see anything healthy about them. There are artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners and other items that are red flags for me. I personally wouldn’t take any of these products, nor would I recommend them to anyone. That said, I wouldn’t try to recruit anyone to sell them either. It seems that one of the marketing strategies is to recruit people to sell products in order to earn more commission. Dare I say pyramid. It seems as if everything is a pyramid scheme these days. Don’t get me wrong, there is basically a pyramid structure to every company and government, which is another story entirely. The part where it becomes tricky is when it comes down to recruiting more people to sell that same product or service.

You become a contractor for this company and still have to purchase products from them, attend meetings without compensation and possibly even chant the company name. You may become distant from family and friends since your main goal is trying to get them to join your team. They may think you are in a cult but you will vehemently defend those allegations since you are a “free thinker”. I’ve experienced many sales tactics from different companies and some are creative in a sense but most are flat out annoying.

I recently got a call from an internet radio station show to be a guest for the fitness segment of the show. I accepted the invitation and was scheduled to have a phone interview with the host of the show. We had the call at the time we scheduled. I completed the segment, then we ended the call. I got a call back from the station telling me that the host rated my segment 9.5 out of 10 and that the phones were ringing off the hook with callers asking about me. At this time, they told me I could purchase five thirty minute segments of air time for $5,000. I asked them to sent me more info through email and I was told that he can answer all my questions and they don’t have anything to send me. Then the representative started offering drastic price reductions. At this point I ended the call. I had no interest in purchasing radio time and even less after that call.

Is it possible to go a day without having someone ask me to join their team? It is if I avoid human interaction and don’t answer my phone or check social media. Is it possible to post on Instagram without getting an automated message about becoming a sponsored athlete? I don’t think so. I keep blocking them and they keep creating more pages. Looking into a company like dreaming elegance, you have to pay for their merchandise, which is not how sponsorship works. They also have an F rating with the better business bureau. Is it possible to find a fitness or martial arts class that doesn’t feel like a cult? Yes it is possible as I have experienced both. If the instructor seems to be possessive and there are chants during the class, that’s reason enough for me not to go back.

So look out for these sales tactics and do your research before making any purchases. I only stand behind products and services I believe. I would not recommend any supplement that I would not personally take. Beware of companies that recruiting involves giving them money. So avoid pyramid schemes, shady sales tactics and cults. You’ll find your way to longevity with all the money and time you will be saving. Then you can invest in something that works like a good exercise program and eating healthy.

3 Tips to Become a Better MLM Recruiter

Do you ever see people that make it look effortless when they are recruiting? In this article, I am going to talk with you about 3 tips to become a better MLM recruiter.

Everyone knows when they want to win big in network marketing, it is required to become a better recruiter. The bigger your team is and the more your team produces, the bigger and better your income is going to be. Let’s get into the tips below.

#1 – Learn to Listen

Most of us have a difficult time listening. We have so much to share and so much to tell but we forget that the person on the other side of the conversation has a lot to share and tell as well. When we learn to listen, this gives us insight into what these people want and need, and this leads us to tip #2.

#2 – Focus on What They Want

When we get that we need to focus on what our prospect wants, we are thinking in a whole other way than when we are focused on what we want. We may be money motivated, but our prospect only wants more time with their family. We need to learn how to tailor the conversation to the people we are talking to.

#3 – Paint the Picture

Once we have listened and focused on what these people want, we need to learn how to paint the picture. We must be able to show how the opportunity is going to help them achieve what it is that they want. When you can paint the picture properly, it is going to help us recruit more people and help more people.

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Job Bashing and Shaming in Network Marketing

One of the things I see a lot in network marketing is job bashing and shaming. In this article, I am going to talk to you more about job bashing and shaming in network marketing and how it is hurting your MLM business.

J.O.B.

There are a couple of saying I have heard in network marketing that I have never used because I thought it was distasteful.

J.O.B. – Just over broke
J.O.B. – Journey of the broke

I understand. The presenter is trying to convince the prospect that they need to come on board with the network marketing opportunity because the job is not giving them what they want. How bad do you think this makes the prospect feel though? They may like their job. They may be proud of their job. They may want to create additional income to go along with their job.

If someone insults something you commit at least 40 hours of your week to, how likely are you to want to come on board with them? Not very likely at all.

The network marketing profession is good enough to show the benefits of without bashing or shaming another means of bringing income into their household. I have seen many people prematurely quit their jobs due to job shaming and this has resulted in the loss of homes and even divorces so when you are doing this, make sure you think of the long-term effects it could have on you and your team. While it may get them to do more activity for a short time, it is not going to be a good way to continue to motivate your team.

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How Facebook Groups Can Give a Boost to Your Business

Not understanding Facebook groups and how they can help you build your business can hurt your business. In this article, I am going to talk to you about how Facebook groups can give a boost to your business.

When you ask someone to add them to a Facebook group and they say yes, you know they are at least somewhat interested in what you are doing. Also, when you add them to the group, they are going to get notifications when you post updates. This is going to keep you top of mind and you are more likely to hit them when they are in the purchasing mood.

Besides for helping your prospects stay in touch with you and your products and get more comfortable with the thoughts of buying, you can also use Facebook groups to keep your team together.

Making sure your team is connected and seeing other people have success is highly important. This is one of the most important things you can do when you are working on your team retention. If you’ve already brought people onto your team, why would you want to let them go because you are not able to keep them connected? You’ve already done the work to recruit them and bring them through the process so do the work to keep them.

Facebook groups are not difficult to maintain when you have an active group of people. You can enlist people to help you with the group and make sure everyone is playing by the rules and keep the group for what it is meant for.

Conclusion

When you create your Facebook group, make sure you are clear on what you are creating it for so everyone knows how they are supposed to act in the group. This is going to make things much easier for you to monitor and it will help people as they are working with you in the group.

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