Feedback from Randy Gage

I read with interest Glenn Head's latest column on financial discipline [see March/April 2008, p. 9]. This is seriously lacking in our profession. It never ceases to amaze me how many networkers—many who have made fortunes—are broke.

I also would like to see the magazine move from so much on goals and general business to more specific network marketing content.—R.G.

Thank you for your message, and for your enthusiasm about helping to bring financial literacy to the networking profession. We couldn't agree more with your point.

While we don't shy away from network-marketing-specific articles, we also cover more general personal and professional growth topics because not all our readers are network marketers. Many are in direct sales, party plan or other entrepreneurial ventures, but what they all have in common is they practice relationship marketing.

It has been our goal since we founded the journal to appeal to this wider audience of professionals who understand that besides selling a product or a service, they are also in the people business. Our focus is to help networkers build the right mindset as well as acquiring the practical skills to be successful in business and in life.—Ed.

I hear what you are saying about including direct selling and party plan, and I'm all for that. However, I don't see much of that lately, either. It seems like we're getting sidetracked with content that is addressed in other publications. I'm just not sure Networking Times is the place for articles on the translucent nature of the duality of the oneness in the space between thoughts...

I'm hoping to see more on recruiting, developing leadership on the team, building volume, increasing bonus checks, increasing retail sales, etc. So I will walk my talk and submit some more articles.—R.G.

Much appreciated, Randy. We always welcome fresh content from been-there-done-that networkers such as yourself who teach from their own experience the practical nuts and bolts that help networkers in the day-to-day running of their businesses [see Randy's article “Why's Everyone Broke,” p. 20 in this issue].—Ed.

Ed. Note: This fall Randy Gage is conducting his first generic network marketing training in over five years, called Mega-MLM. It's a one-time-only advanced training program where he will teach participants the leadership skills necessary to develop exponentially-growing organizations. Randy will be revealing his wealth-building secrets to a select group of highly committed network marketing professionals at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, October 3-5, 2008. (This event is sponsored by Networking University: participants will receive a one-year NU scholarship and twelve NU credits.)


Thumbs up for Barbara Marx Hubbard Interview

I love your interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard [“Networking Humanity's Next Chapter,” May/June 2008]. What fascinates me is the way this article weaves networking into the fabric of a new world view.

I have been a Realtor for a number of years after being a newspaper owner and manager, when I was the one leading thoughts through the position we took in the media. I have watched, with disgust, the way Realtors carve each other up to make a buck. And how the media operates is an entire discussion in itself.

My wife and I have been members of BNI—Business Network International—for eight years which is where we first started learning how to network. Now we are moving into network marketing for the first time.

We long held the belief that network marketing companies were a joke. We no longer do. We are finding people hungry for positive relationships. We find people with a spiritual inclination who are seeking to connect and do business with others who are like-minded.

The most successful leaders and motivational speakers of our time are openly Christian or at least come from a spiritual context. As this article points out, we are all connected. There is a growing tension and fear of others because of the self-preservation way of thinking. There is a glimmer of hope and we believe network marketing can help change things for the better.

I am going to pass this article on to the people I believe get it so maybe we can start changing the fear-based thoughts we find most people have these days.

—Doug Morgan
Wenatchee, Washington

I just want to express how pleased I am with the job you are doing with Networking Times. It has become such an important resource for me. I am constantly trying to get my group to elevate their concept of network marketing as a business model.

Having someone like Barbara Marx Hubbard identify the potential of network marketing to form more beneficial occupational structures provides exactly the right perspective.

You do an excellent job of highlighting the unique aspects of network marketing that make it a better option in today's world. I know a lot of people who present network marketing as just another option. What I try to help my team do is present our business as not just any alternative but the best alternative in our current global business climate.

The interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard is a perfect illustration. She didn't just say network marketing is an alternative to traditional business. Instead, she said that network marketing is a better alternative because it does not operate through a hierarchical structure. I have already begun to contrast the “tribe” dynamic of network marketing with the hierarchy found in traditional business.

I don't think many realize just how much work it takes to provide such an excellent resource each issue.


—Tom Butler
Bonney Lake, Washington