Business is different than it was 10 or 15 years ago, and the way we do business has also changed. I remember as a little girl watching my dad work. He was the best salesman I knew. I aspired to grow up and be a salesperson like him, which I did. However, the methods he used, although effective, look nothing like the methods I use today.
We are in the time of the Millennial. On the next few pages you will see some of the top leaders in our company who are on my team. Together we have built a sales organization of over 105,000 distributors (we like to call them sisters) in less than three years, and the way we did it was with the power of technology.
Technology has grown so important in today’s network marketing world. There’s no way my dad could have had a face-to-face conversation with someone in Hong Kong from here in the U.S. before social media. Now we can, with the help of Skype! There was no way to talk to and prospect several individuals all at once.
I love how technology has opened the doors to the entire world, however as Millennials we should never forget the “old school” methods, because they are still vital today. Let me explain.
I love social media, but I also see network marketers doing it poorly, actually pushing people away with how they are working their business on social media.
For instance, the other day I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and seeing several distributors posting things like, “Looking for a few good people to join my team” and “50% off Sale www.postmywebsite.com”
If you’ve found yourself posting this kind of business ads on your timeline, it’s okay—you can still turn it around. The way I go about using social media for my business is just like my dad would work with people back in the 90s. Except, I do it online.
Our business is still about people. Unless you connect with people, you don’t have a business. Instead of posting random, directed-at-nobody posts on your timeline, use technology to reach out and get to know some new folks; talk to them, find out what their hobbies are, find out what their needs are… Don’t shove your business in their face. Instead, be a friend.
I can assure you, most of the time people will tell you about a challenge they are having. At that time, you can offer a solution to their problem with either your product or opportunity.
Instead of posting “Join my team,” share something positive about your life. For example, my biggest recruiting post was a photo of my son at the park with the caption, “I love creating my own work view.” I said nothing about my business, yet got my biggest response.
Another common social media mistake I see people make is venting. Many people let off steam on social media, as if it was their personal journal. Please refrain from doing that. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back. (Even if you delete it, it could still be out there… gotta love screenshots!)
You must be positive at all times on social media. People are attracted to positive people. Also, you’re now the CEO of your own business. Think before you post. Ask yourself, “Would this be something a CEO of a successful company would share?”
Another great technology tool my team and I use is Zoom. You can download the Zoom app on your phone and have a phone live video conference with several people all over the world. It’s been extremely helpful in training out-of-state or even out-of-country team members.
My dad recently joined a network marketing company and he is now learning to utilize the technology ways of the Millennials. The other day I was showing him some tips on attraction marketing, and he said, “Amber, if only we had the power of social media back in the 90s, things would have been so much easier!”
I told him, “We have it now, and it’s never too late to get onboard. I don’t care about your age, your computer skills, or how long you’ve been in your company, you can build your business using today’s tools and learn to master them. There are countless trainings out there showing you how. Go study them, use them, and most importantly, have fun meeting new friends from all over the world!”
“No matter what, no matter how, provide value every single day, and you will be successful.”
“Surround yourself with positivity and with people who lift you higher.”
Sarah Elizabeth Crawford
“Embrace the power of your mind, your thoughts, and your words. They can change not only yourself, but the world around you.”
“Make sure your why is bigger than your why not.”
Lianne Amanda Anderson
“It’s not easy to make lasting positive change, but when you decide it’s time... do it willingly. Jump in with both feet, burn your boats, and give it your all! You’ll be surprised by what you can achieve if you just believe in yourself.”
“Don’t compare your journey in this business with anyone else’s. There’s no right way or wrong way... just do it your way.”
Cindy Foreman Brancato
“Feel the fear and do it anyway! You have one life to live, so don’t let fear hold you back from the awesomeness within you.”
Darius J Ward
“Commit. Make the decision and do not stop. It will be tough, but you will have more freedom than you can ever imagine!
“Never let anyone else determine your success.”
Leanne Emma Murphy
“The greatest secret to success is helping others become successful and happy.”
“Beware of multitasking. Be present in what you are doing. When your children need you, be present. When your business needs you, be present. Set aside time for both.”
“Always remember you have a gift. It would be selfish to keep it to yourself. Get out there and share it. Help as many people as possible to take that step towards freedom.”
“If you know you were destined to do something big, do everything BIG!”
“You didn’t come this far, only to come this far. You are worthy of your dreams. Stay focused.”
Helen Jayne Wright
“Stop trying to ‘get’ people. Focus on building relationships and supporting others. Your needs are irrelevant to them. Your success depends on your ability to help others, even when it doesn’t benefit you.”