Do you remember this clever piece of advice from the Jefferson Airplane song? We all know how crucial it is to expose ourselves to words, images and sounds that help us along towards where we want to go. In this new column, we will highlight personal and professional development tools—books, audiovisual programs, movies, podcasts or any other media—that have been circulating among networkers.

And while we’re being taught, why not also be moved and entertained? Do you have a must-see or must-hear recommendation? Simply email dormouse@networkingtimes.com.

VISION BOARD
The LifeBoard™
Follow Your Vision. Realize Your Dreams

By Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, Linda Blum Huntington and Eva Adrienne Anderson (2011) Recommended by Donna Johnson


As featured on Fox News, this powerful tool provides everything you need to create a vision board or treasure map to your dreams. The boxed set includes:

  • a full-color, hangable board based on the ancient principles of Feng Shui;
  • an 80-page how-to book that provides a history of the law of attraction and guided journaling techniques;
  • affirmation stickers and “secret wish” envelopes to help you focus on your special dreams. 

After identifying and prioritizing your goals through journaling, it’s time to get crafty! Dig through photo albums, mementos and magazine pictures; collect favorite quotes, affirmations and poems; place the images, objects and words that represent your dreams on the key areas most people are interested in enhancing (health, wealth, marriage, children, travel, creativity, etc.).

After decorating your LifeBoard and soaking in the visual effects, the creators say it is important to continue the journaling process to help uncover hidden blocks that stop you from achieving your goals.

“Building a dream board is something all networkers should do,” says Donna Johnson. “I’ve enjoyed watching these dreams become realities, not only for myself, but also for my team.

“When I was introduced to The LifeBoard, I couldn’t get over how beautifully organized it was, but what amazed me the most was the extremely low price for a tool that offers so much substance! I highly recommend you share this with your organization. Plan a dream-boarding party where everyone can work together on making their dreams come true-and have fun doing it.”


Available at NetworkingTimes.com

BOOK
License to Dream
Every Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom through Network Marketing

By Judy O’Higgins, Kristi Lee and Karen Palmer (2010)


“So many women postpone their dreams indefinitely,” say the authors of License to Dream. Three women at different stages in their lives, they represent three different age groups: Karen, in her mid-thirties, is a stay-at-home mom with young children; Kristi, in her mid-forties, is a mid-career professional; and Judy, approaching sixty, is a baby boomer. What their stories have in coming is that they decided to stop putting their dreams on hold, to get in the driver’s seat of their lives and make a course correction. They are now all driving down the road to financial freedom in their vehicle of choice: network marketing.

Interweaving insights and learning experiences gleaned from these three stories of transformation, License to Dream uses the road trip metaphor all throughout, with chapter headings such as:

  • The Superhighway to Financial Freedom
  • Set Your Internal GPS
  • Create a Road Map
  • Wear Your Seat Belt
  • Read the Manual
  • Creating a Caravan

Besides being a how-to guide, this book is unique in that it covers “detours and bumps in the road” that can sabotage women in particular, and how to overcome these issues. For instance, it includes an appendix with resources for dealing with abusive relationships and how to develop healthy partnerships.

The stories of Karen, Kristi and Judy are enlightening, encouraging, inspiring and heartwarming. Use this book as a prospecting tool as well as a training tool if you want to empower women to achieve their dreams through network marketing and show them exactly how to get there.

Available at NetworkingTimes.com

MOVIE
The Living Matrix
A film on the New Science of Healing

Featuring Lynne McTaggart, Bruce Lipton, Edgar Mitchell, Arielle Essex, Marilyn Schlitz, Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin, Howard Martin, Deborah Rozman and many more (2010)


Available in DVD format as well as for online viewing, this 83-minute film documents scientific breakthroughs that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well.

A group of dedicated scientists, psychologists, bio-energetic researchers and holistic practitioners are finding healing potential in new places and pondering what it means for the future of medicine.

Leaders in science are examining the body through the lens of quantum physics and discovering that we’re far more than biochemical machines. Instead, our cells are senders and receivers of information, controlling our health in ways we never imagined.

In this film, researchers and patients who faced health challenges put science in perspective when they tell their stories:

1. The family of a young Greek boy with cerebral palsy tries to improve his quality of life through “reconnective healing.”

2. A British woman, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, immerses herself in neuro-linguistic programming.

3. An American woman runs out of options to treat her chronic fatigue syndrome, and as a last resort begins using an information-based therapy.

All three make remarkable recoveries. How can we account for these cases, and many others like them?

Conventional biochemical medicine has no framework for explaining these events, often dismissing them as spontaneous remissions or the result of some kind of placebo effect. But what if we had the scientific basis to explain not only the phenomenon, but also the means to deliberately initiate these “miracle cures”?

This riveting film brings the most expansive minds in alternative medicine into your living room and helps you understand the power of your mind in determining your health and longevity.

Available at NetworkingTimes.com

BOOK
Be a Party Plan Superstar
Build a $100,000-a-Year Direct Selling Business from Home

By Mary Christensen (2010)


Mary Christensen stumbled into network marketing as a young mom juggling her job as an elementary school teacher with raising a baby son and two-year-old daughter—and often dropping the ball. Her courageous decision to say goodbye to her teacher’s salary paid off. As a party-plan entrepreneur, she became a stay-at-home mom rapidly working her way up to a six-figure annual income.

In this book, Mary shares the strategies that accelerated her success. Self-starters with the drive to earn big and sparkle in the party plan arena will discover step-by-step how to:

  • Build confidence by starting with their family and friends;
  • Expand their comfort zone to build a growing and profitable customer base;
  • Sponsor and coach new hosts;
  • Create the perfect party atmosphere and sell while having fun;
  • Overcome objections with ease and close sales naturally;
  • Generate ongoing bookings, business leads and sales;
  • Gain recognition and tangible rewards for their results;
  • Cultivate a team of party planners to build residual income.

“This wonderful book has all the answers you need to build a profitable party plan business from home,” says Brian Tracy.

Inspiring, empowering and practical, this book is the ultimate how-to guide for anyone considering a party plan business.

BOOK
What Your Body Says (and How to Master the Message)
Inspire, Influence, Build Trust, and Create Lasting Business Relationships

By Sharon Saylor (2010)


When preparing to give a talk or record a video, most of us focus on our words and our appearance. But have you ever wondered if how you move and use your body enhances your message or detracts from it? If you want your verbal and nonverbal signals working together seamlessly for maximum impact, What Your Body Says provides tools to fully master this process.

Laying out simple methods that are easy to remember, this guide offers a proven approach based on the author’s years of research and practice. You’ll get an array of techniques you can use in a variety of situations, allowing you to communicate with more clarity, inspiration and influence.

You will learn to:

  • Become aware of the signals you are sending—intentionally and unintentionally—and their effects;
  • Understand and use your hands, eyes, tone of voice and other nonverbal cues to convey intention, information, influence and expectations;
  • Combine the different tools to unify what you say with what you do, allowing you to more powerfully connect with others and reach your full leadership potential.

“True communication goes beyond words,” says Sharon, “and great communicators use every tool they have to deliver their message.”

Apply the concepts in this helpful guide, and the results—stronger relationships, influential leadership and enthusiastic responses—will start coming in loud and clear!