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Be, Do, and Have More
Presley Swagerty

Here is what I have discovered: you don't have to have amazing abilities to succeed. You can be a common person, and do something uncommon with your life. I have found some principles to winning that worked for people like me, people who have a big heart and a burning desire to be "somebody."

Presley Swagerty - Be, Do, and Have More video

I want to share what I've found with those of you that are like I was a short time ago, wanting to change your life and not knowing how or where to start. If you want to change your financial picture and be successful, then there are three steps to massive success that I want to teach you... see more

The Resilience Factor
Stanley Greene

When struggling with adversity, what enables some business people to snap back while others falter? The answer is resilience, a buzzword in business these days, often mentioned alongside core leadership qualities such as education, intelligence, analytic ability, and integrity.

Of the four qualities above, two are directly impacted by resilience: analytic ability and integrity. Thirty years of research indicate that more than any other factor, including intelligence and education, it's resilience that determines success. Steven Covey has shown how essential integrity is to business, and integrity begins with self-awareness and knowledge of your core values.

Resilience is a vast concept that plays out in all domains of our lives. Research has shown that it is actually made up of seven factors, or inner strengths—Emotion Regulation, Impulse Control, Causal Analysis, Self-efficacy, Realistic Optimism, Empathy, and Reaching Out... read more

8 Tips to Grow Followers and Skyrocket Engagement on Instagram
Tarlese Rideaux

Visual and mobile Marketing are HOT right now, and the best part about it is that they're nothing new. "A picture is worth a thousand words" has never rung more true.

Do you remember Show and Tell when you were younger? You couldn't wait to go to the front of the class and share whatever was new, fun, and exciting, right? I bet all the other children ooh'ed and aah'ed over it. This is exactly what Instagram is now offering.

I began marketing on Instagram as a complete accident, but in just a few short months, it turned into a personal goldmine; I currently manage six separate Instagram accounts with a following of just under 20,000 targeted followers.

I've realized as my account has grown and I continue to help others succeed with Instagram, there are a few crucial steps everyone needs to follow in order to be successful with this exciting new tool... read more

Why Owning a Business Is a Must to Prosper in the New Economy
Harry Dent

In this short video, Harry Dent offers a refreshingly positive view of our economic future and the network marketing profession. He helps you understand the changes ahead and chart a course to achieve the financial security and prosperity you desire. Harry's purpose is to help entrepreneurs save money and become wealthy by accurately forecasting major economic events over the years.

Harry Dent - Your Boom Ahead video

Your Brain on Hope
Dana Wilde

Have you ever met that network marketer who is brand new to their business and just bursting with enthusiasm? The one who is SO filled with excitement that everything he or she touches seems to turn to gold? Do you ever remember feeling like that yourself?

I remember hearing the president of my direct sales company call it, "ignorance on fire." We don't know what we're doing, but we're doing it with such gusto that we meet with success after success.

The reason for this phenomenon actually has its roots in brain science. When your brain is in a positive emotional state, it's more resourceful. You literally get better ideas... read more

The Neurology of Success
Dr. Steve Taubman

Kim came to me about a year ago a broken woman. She had been a successful direct seller, a leader of some repute, and a top earner in her company. A few years back, she had a falling out with one of her top people; someone with a substantial team in her own rite.

That falling out led to a mutiny of sorts, and Kim watched as a sizable part of her business dissolved before her eyes. The financial hit was considerable, but the psychological hit was infinitely more profound.

When I met Kim, she was a woman without hope. She'd lost her confidence and replaced it with a sense of dread. She had become convinced that her team didn't respect her, that she was an outcast, and that the best thing she could do for all concerned was to disappear from their lives... read more

The Cycle of Life
Carlos Marin

Most people are frustrated with the negative results they have in life—their relationships, their bodies, being in debt and not making enough money to have what they want or retire with the lifestyle they are accustomed to. This is a result of the beliefs we adopted early in life, but these are just ideas we've bought into and which are keeping us from accessing our true potential. Make sure you watch this short video to understand the formula that has helped me build the life of my dreams, including a large network marketing business, then sign up for my upcoming webinar! ... view the video

Carlos Marin - The Cycle of Life video

The Art of Network Marketing Communication
Doug Firebaugh

In reality, most folks in network marketing don't understand that we are in the business of NETWORKING!

We all need to get "out there" and become more visible to the public and even strangers. Hermits don't do very well in this business.

What would happen to your business if you would came across someone who could explode your business, and when you talked to him or her…you blew it by saying and asking the wrong things? The answer would be: nothing.

You would have no change to your home business, and no change to your future. Another waste-filled conversation dropped in the recruiting abyss of "could have been's." ... read more

Should You Form a Corporation or an LLC?
Scott Burnett, Esq.

Whether you are full-time or only a part-time network marketer, everyone in our business can benefit from forming a Corporation or an LLC. There are two basic reasons why I say this: taxes and growth.

First, no matter what your level of involvement is in network marketing, you are going to make income. Your goal, as a business owner, is to have that money taxed at the lowest rate allowed by law. If you are doing this business as a sole proprietor, you are going to pay more in taxes. Period... read more

How I Got There
Sarah Fairless Robbins

I'm a formerly shy kindergarten teacher by trade, who was living in one of the more depressed economic areas in the country. I had just moved, just gotten married, just gotten my brand new job as a kindergarten teacher. I was in my twenties and broke—like most of my friends.

I loved teaching, but due to the economy I was facing job insecurity. This caused me to look for extra income, and my search led me to network marketing. From the outside, it may not have appeared we would have a high success rate. I certainly wouldn't have made someone's top-ten candidate list. But I was coachable, committed, and I was hungry for change... read more

How Women Become Top Leaders in Network Marketing
Sonia Stringer

Women and network marketing seem to fit together as perfectly as chocolate and peanut butter. Perhaps it's because success in this business is so dependent on factors like teamwork, collaboration, coaching and connection – generally traits that come naturally to women.

Or perhaps the great income opportunity (paired with time flexibility) is what attracts women of all ages offering a perfect solution for moms who want to be home with their kids, or college kids/baby boomers who want to work part time around other commitments.

Whatever the reason, women obviously love the direct sales model (as indicated in a recent report from the DSA showing over 80% of this profession is made up of women). This brings up an important question; if this business opportunity is so perfect for women, why then are men still dominating the top levels of leadership/income across the profession? ... read more

Social Networking Online: How to Attract and Sponsor Using Web 2.0
Jackie Ulmer

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of Social Media Marketing? Tweet this? What is a Twitter? Getting FACED on Facebook? Video Marketing? Are you kidding? What does all of this mean for you?

Relax, we are going to cover some specifics you will need to know and break it down into bite-size chunks for you to explore and master!

How would your business change if you had people coming to you, pre-qualified and already interested in your business? What if you were "hunted" instead of the "hunter"?... read more

How to Find Prospects and Get Leads on the Internet WITHOUT Disrupting Your Network Marketing Business and Income
Ferny Ceballos

Have you ever wondered how lead companies get the leads they sell to network marketers?

Is someone high up in your upline getting a ton of leads online, but not sharing how she or he is doing it?

Have you ever searched for a more leveraged way to find prospects for your business, without having to cold prospect?

In my upcoming webinar, I will reveal how the pros in network marketing are getting an endless flow of leads with internet marketing and how you can generate leads for your business without disrupting your existing business and income.

Ferny Ceballos - Best Way to Build Network Marketing Online video

Why Having a Home Business Makes So Much Dollars and Sense!
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

In my upcoming webinar, I will show you why having a part-time home business is much better tax-wise than getting a second job. In fact, I will demonstrate why a home based business can be worth as much as $1.3 million over a person's lifetime just based on the potential tax savings alone! Watch this short video as a sample of what you will learn.

The home office is one of the best deductions available in the US and Canada for network marketing professionals! Come join me and I will show you how it can put tens-of-thousands of dollars in your pocket every couple of years!

Then sign up for my upcoming webinar for more ways to improve your tax knowledge so you can use this when you prospect for business partners.

Sandy Botkin - Home Office

ANMP Special Webinar: Interview with Sarah Robbins
Garrett McGrath

ANMP Special Webinar: Interview with Sarah Robbins

As part of our new Webinar Series offered by the Association for Network Marketing Professionals called Conversations with the Masters, ANMP President Garrett McGrath will conduct a 45-minute live interview with Master Networker Sarah Robbins, followed by a 15-min live Q&A where you will be able to ask directly to this top leader.

Sign up TODAY for this exclusive Webinar

Sarah Robbins is considered one of today's top network marketing professionals and trainers in the USA... read more

How to Get to Know Your Customers so They'll Love You Even More
Jennifer Fitzgerald

Heart Happy Valentine's Day! Do Your Customers Heart You?

Everyone knows that when you feel connected to someone, you buy more and refer them!

One way I love to reach out to my past and new customers is through surveys. I love asking fun questions to get to know them and use that info to reach out to them in personal ways.

Surveys are a great way to grow your business because if you use them to get to know your customers on a more personal level, then they are more likely to respond to you and feel more connected to you.

In the video below I tell you all about surveys and how to do them so they work in your favor. Just click below to watch it.

Client Angel TV - Creating Surveys That Work

What Would One New Recruit Each Week Do to Your Business?
Steve Wiltshire

Imagine an effortless way to share your business opportunity that is authentic, engaging, and has impact. Take a few minutes to learn more about my recruiting blueprint that has placed many of my clients in the top 10 recruiting positions within their company.

8 Recruits in 8 Weeks

Take Your Visualization to a Whole New Level
Sandy Gallagher

by Bob Proctor about Sandy Gallagher's Webinar

Take Your Visualization to a Whole New Level

What If You Could Add Two Recruits a Month?
Ray Higdon

If you're like most network marketers, adding two new business partners to your business each month would make a substantial difference in reaching your income. In my upcoming webinar, I will show you exactly how anyone can do this, as long as you learn to follow a system and manage your energy. Check out this short video and sign up now for my webinar of January 15th.

Ray Higdon - Two Recruits video

Today's Networkers Face New Challenges
Mark Yarnell

Today's networkers face an entirely new set of challenges. These challenges require a serious shift in strategies.

For a decade now, the entire technology sector has promoted the infantile trinity of easy, simple and fast calculated to attach emotions and quasi-gratification to products and services whose functional benefits are completely irrelevant.

People must learn to turn off all technology for a couple of hours each day and focus on relationship building through face-to-face and verbal interaction or they are destined to fail in today's network marketing environment.

Networkers must realize that their best target age group is individuals born before 1964. Why? Because boomers are the most desperate for opportunity and the least distracted by technology.

People must start... read more

Four Simple Tips for Networking Outside the Box
Todd Falcone

Box. What box? I do not live in a box! What are you talking about?

I am talking about that little square we live in every day. No... not our home, not our room, nor our office. It is where we reside in our minds and how we go about living our lives. The box represents our actions and our thoughts that bring about different results in the things that we do.

You have probably heard the phrase, "Find out what everybody else is doing and do the exact opposite" if you want to be successful, right? That is certainly the beginning of living outside the box in one dimension.

To obtain better results... read more

Fail Your Way to the Top
Mark Fournier

Have you ever wondered why some people consistently succeed in spite of obstacles, while others (perhaps even you), can't seem to get a break no matter what they do? Is there really a secret to success and if so, why has it eluded so many for so long?

Chances are, you've not only wondered about the secrets to success, you've read dozens of books, articles and seminars on this very topic. However, you are STILL likely searching for answers. Even those who achieve success on many levels, typically admit that they have never reached their true potential.

Like most entrepreneurs, I eagerly began my career brimming with hope and passion. There were days when I felt like nothing could stop me, yet there were also times when my confidence gave way to the weight of a thousand challenges and uncertainties. Still, I always managed to succeed just enough to keep from giving up, and just enough to offset the suffocating fear that crept into my psyche during many a sleepless night... read more

Creating Your Relationship with Money Is Essential to Achieving Your Financial Goals
Dianne Collins & Alan Collins

How do you align your intent with your monetary goals? Money plays a central role in daily life, yet many of us are reluctant to admit to our financial desires because we have been taught it is not spiritual or virtuous to have money as a priority in our lives. To live a life of conscious creation, it really is essential to develop a healthy and harmonious relationship with money, consciously. When you relate to money in a multidimensional way, you experience that money at its source represents the creative essence of each one of us that we are here to offer and exchange with one another, represented symbolically by financial instruments.

Author and Creator of QuantumThink®, Dianne Collins, and Master QuantumThink Coach, Alan Collins invite you to their upcoming webinar at Networking University on November 6th, 2013 where they will discuss this important relationship with money. In this free webinar you will transform your relationship with money and experience the freedom and certainty that you can naturally align your intent with your monetary goals.

Dianne Collins and Alan Collins - Your Relationship with Money

I'm a Network Marketer - Why Do I Need a Blog?
Jackie Ulmer

Sometimes people say to me - why do I need a blog? I'm a network marketer and I have a company website already, what is a blog going to do for me?

Great question and there are so many reasons why a blog can set you apart tremendously as a marketer, a go-to resource, and a leader in your company/business.

While many of us are also busy on Facebook creating notes, shooting YouTube videos and more, a blog is really the center piece of all of your marketing efforts. This is the place you want to bring people back to in order to really do business... read more

What Is Leadership in Network Marketing?
Doug Firebaugh

What part of Leadership plays into your network marketing home business?

How do you lead your work-at-home team?

What really is leadership in your MLM business Better yet, let's ask a MILLION Dollar Question:

What Exactly IS this Thing Called Leadership?

It has been said that leadership is influence. It is said that Leadership is persuasion. It has been said that leadership is vision plus action. There are many definitions out there.

But in network marketing, there is one definition of leadership that MUST be used and embraced... read more

The Challenge of Incongruence
Dr. Steve Taubman

Lots of network marketers—I dare say most—suffer from a disease called incongruence.

Incongruence happens when your behavior doesn't match your beliefs...and it shows. Here are the symptoms.

  • You feel "funny" or slightly uncomfortable approaching a prospect.
  • You're "in your head" while talking to them, trying to work out what to say next.
  • You fear that you're being inauthentic in social situations, as if you have a secret agenda... read more

Become the Leader You Would Like to Follow
Karen Phelps

Many direct selling leaders arrive accidentally at a new position and aren't sure how they got there or what to do next. It may have happened to you or someone you know in direct selling. Being a leader is a fun and rewarding part of the direct selling industry and when you know and implement these simple skills it will make the position even more FUN and REWARDING!

  • Change yourself first! If there are things that need changing in your life and business start there first. It's easy for leaders to find things that aren't right with their team members, but what we fail to realize is we are often guilty of doing the same things, we've just put our blinders on when it comes to taking a good look at ourselves! Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, worry about what you are doing and what positive changes you can make in your life... read more

7 Easy Steps to Recruit More Reps into Your MLM
Ray Higdon

Make sure you watch this detailed video by Ray Higdon on his 7-Step MLM Recruiting Formula. This formula has helped Ray and his wife Jessica recruit hundreds of people into their network marketing business, where they are million dollar earners and have been the number one earners for over three years. Watch this video now, then sign up for his upcoming webinar!

7 Step MLM Recruiting Formula

Creating a Magnetic Mindset
Carlos Marin

What is reality? Your reality is whatever you believe to be true.

What creates your reality is what you pay attention to most of the time.

What you direct your attention to grows in your life and what you take it away from withers and dies.

Some people believe success is hard, that it can be gained only by some gargantuan, super human effort that few can ever perform or sustain. They focus their attention on the effort instead of the result they desire. If you give your power (belief) to the effort then you make things harder than they need to be... read more

Learn to Do the Basics Well
Katrina Sawa

Many entrepreneurs get distracted with so many ideas and options for marketing their business that they either do nothing or do too many things at once, but none of them very well. Katrina Sawa will teach you only what you need to know now to start consistently attracting hundreds of leads every month. She will also teach you how to manage those leads in order to convert more of them to paying customers or distributors...

Learn to Do the Basics Well

The Magic Words
Jackie Ulmer

The Magic Words

Don't you love how every great truth in life is a paradox? Mark Yarnell is famous for saying, "You can't say the wrong thing to the right person, and can't you say the right thing to the wrong person."

While I believe this to be true, here is the other part of the truth:

  • What you SAY to people about your business really does make a difference;
  • By simply adjusting some of the words you use and how you engage your prospect, you can increase your success ratio of getting someone to take a look by up to 75 percent... read more

Three Secrets for Recruiting with Pinterest
Doug Firebaugh

Are you using the new social networking site Pinterest for sponsoring and recruiting in your network marketing business? How would you even know how to do that, if you have never used Pinterest for your home based business? Would you like to know three little secrets to help you in your efforts?

Here is an astonishing fact: Many distributors and consultants are still not on Pinterest and most who are have no clue on how to recruit or sponsor using this amazing social media site... read more

The Power of Self-Talk
Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D.

(Excerpted from What to Say When You Talk to Your Self)

If you had to pick one thing that would guarantee your success in network marketing, what would it be? Some people would point to products, pricing, promotions, support, or a super-active network. All important, but not the most important.

The most important part of your network marketing success starts with, and ends with, what goes on in your head. You can have the best product or service in the world, with the best marketing program, but if your mind is off, so is your business... read more

Get Leads, Get Fans, Get Paid: How to Market Your Business on Facebook
Michelle and Bill Pescosolido

In this article I am going to introduce you to the 7 key components to building your business online using Facebook.

1. Your Facebook Fan Page - This should consist of a recognizable brand that your business uses across all social media channels for easy recognition. The Facebook Fan Page should consist of a cover photo, profile image, "about me" section with keywords, and utilization of the application tabs for your offers.

2. Offers - Your offer should be an irresistible offer—one that your audience will be inclined to exchange their name, email, and phone number for. Studies have shown that if you want to build a list of subscribers you can turn into buyers, then consider creating a free offer such as a free video, free webinar, or a free report delivering valuable information geared towards your niche... read more

What Is the ANMP and Why Should You Care?
Garrett McGrath

By Garrett McGrath with Dr. Josephine Gross

Are you a member of the Association of Network Marketing Professionals? Given the recent success and continuing reverberation of the biggest international ANMP convention since the association's inception, we interviewed its president to help our readers understand what the ANMP is, who is involved, and why network marketing professionals from all over the world are excited to join. - J.G.

How did the idea of forming an association for network marketers originate?

The ANMP is a true grass-roots organization. Founded in 2004 by distributors and for distributors, it gradually expanded to include company owners and executives as well as other strategic partners of the global network marketing community.

The ANMP's goals have always been to ensure that all members of this community are served and supported. Over its nine-year history the association has focused on establishing professional standards and a code of conduct, educating companies and distributors about their responsibilities and rights, and teaching best practices. In addition to asking the question, "What does it mean to be a network marketing professional?" the ANMP has worked to help prevent or amend legislation that would be harmful to our businesses. It has drafted publications on these topics and has continually provided educational resources for anyone who is building a career in or generates an income from network marketing... read more

What to Answer When Your Prospect Says...
Eric Lofholm

One of the biggest challenges network marketers face is how to respond when the prospect says "I need to think about it," "I don't have the time" or "I don't have the money."

This is a challenge for every network marketer and most everyone on their team. We know that at the end of a presentation the prospect is going to say one of four things.

  1. I am ready to sign up.
  2. I am not interested.
  3. I have some questions.
  4. I need to think about it, I don't have the time, or I don't have the money (or they raise some other concern).

Prediction is a form of power. When we know what prospects are going to say, we can... read more

The Success Formula of Champions
Scott Pullan

There are five birds sitting on a tree limb. Three of the birds decide to fly off. How many birds are there left on the limb?

I say there are still five, because the decision to fly off is very different from the action of flying off! How many people do you have in your downline that made a decision to do this business, yet still have not sponsored anyone?

People simply do not do what they are told. If they did, duplication would not be the problem it is in Network Marketing. You would simply have a top income earner say, "This is how you do the business," and everyone would run out and be successful. In fact, that's the limit of many companies' training programs.

People do not do what they know is good for them. People know they have to be organized, pick up the phone, talk to people. People only act--and thus produce results--in accordance with their fundamental beliefs about life. These beliefs include who they think they are, how they think life works, what they view responsibility to be, and all their assumptions around commitment, communication, loyalty, etc.

Until a person's fundamental viewpoints shift, working with them puts you in the realm of motivation. Motivation is good as a short-term fix, but it always wears off sooner or later--usually sooner. That's why for long-term change you want to do an inside out approach that truly alters how you view things... read more

The Problem with Procrastination
Dr. Steve Taubman

About twenty five years ago, I let procrastination cause a permanent and irreparable wound to my soul.

Growing up, the most influential person in my life was my Grandma Flo. She was funny, kind, loving, and wise. She helped me through the sea of painful emotions I was navigating as a result of living in an unhappy home. She taught me tolerance, patience, humor, and how to make really good chicken soup.

As her health began to fail, I saw the writing on the wall, and began to prepare for it emotionally. It was then that I had a brilliant idea. Why not interview Grandma Flo on tape? Why not preserve her memory for all time, capturing her with, wisdom, recipes and stories? Why not create a memento to which I could always turn if I ever wanted to hear her unique voice again? ... read more

The Art of Listening and Asking Questions
Michael Oliver

We all have our own perspective on what's true for us. This reality can hinder communication, especially in prospecting conversations, except if you know how to ask the right questions.

Below is a dialogue that took place at one of my recent Natural Selling mini-workshop. I will show you how to help people question their assumptions and beliefs - especially if you detect from what they are saying that there might be another truth they might not be aware of.

It's possible to do this without having to resort to objection-handling techniques... read more

How to Build a Strong Belief System
Keith Halls

Over the years, I have watched hundreds of distributors plan and deliver wonderful presentations. Many captured my attention with an excellent presentation. Yet at the moment of truth, the time to ask for the sale or ask someone to sign an application, often the presenter stalls. Why do so many presenters lack confidence and finish without asking for the sale?

It usually is because they don't believe in the product, in the company, or possibly in themselves. You can't sell someone something you don't believe in.

If you want to succeed, if you want to make the sale, if you want to sign up a new distributor, you must have a strong belief system. Why is this important? Because if you truly believe in something, it will spur you on to actions, and your actions will be filled with excitement and enthusiasm so contagious that others will want to join you. Here are four key areas in which you must develop a belief system in order to succeed in network marketing... read more

Intro to Life WRx with Marydale

In this short video, Marydale shows how the simple act of connecting with your Source—That which created you—can help you clear mental, emotional and physical obstacles to open the path to greater health, energy, prosperity, and fulfillment.

Intro to Life WRx with Marydale

The More You Know, the Less You Owe
Scott Burnett, Esq.

One of the best things about being a network marketer is that you are in business for yourself. You may work with a large organization, but you are an independent associate. As a result, because you operate a business, you have many opportunities to lower your taxes. Our tax system really supports businesses. Unfortunately, most small business owners just don't invest the time to discover these benefits.

As an advocate of better tax education, I hear a lot of reasons why people do not think this is important. They will tell me the tax code is too complicated or that they don't make enough to worry about it; or worse, they think it is the responsibility of their CPA. All these responses rob you of the fruits of your efforts and profits.

Without tax knowledge you will always overpay your taxes each, year after year. Further, until this problem is fixed, as you make more money you will just pay more taxes. It will never stop or get better without you taking a little bit of time to educate yourself... read more

The Magic Words to Selling and Sponsoring
Sonia Stringer

How many times has this happened to you? You approach someone who could truly benefit from using your products, but when you share a few details, it's obvious she just doesn't get it (and spouts off excuses like "it's too expensive" or "I don't need this right now" and quickly changes the subject).

Or, you meet people every day who complain about their jobs or low income, but when you bring up your business opportunity, it's obvious they just don't see the true value in what you're offering.

How frustrated do you feel when you know your products and business can make such a difference in people's lives, but it's obvious they just don't see what YOU see? If this happens to you, please know you are not alone. Perhaps the most common and painful aspect of our business is knowing we have products and a business opportunity that can literally change people's lives, and yet it can be such a struggle to get others to take a serious look.

There's something very important I want you to know. If you aren't generating sales or recruiting strong leaders in your business, it's not because of what you are DOING…it's because of what you are SAYING!... read more

Is Your Abundance Gene Turned On?
Margaret Ruby

Each cell of your body contains a mastermind within its nucleus: DNA, the blueprint of life. Just as significant, but much less known, is ground-breaking research indicating that our DNA is not a fixed code and that our genes can be affected and even altered by our emotions and experiences.

Genes determine much more than whether we inherit our mother's curls or our father's eyes. The way we react to others, the way we communicate, the way we think and express our emotions, even the patterns of our relationships, finances are all shaped by our genes.... read more

Stepping into Leadership
Leslie Zann

Did you know that a vast majority of new consultants and distributors unintentionally limit their success? With their enthusiasm and focus revolving solely around product and product sales, they overlook the potential of a leadership role and may not recognize the optimal time and best opportunity to step into leadership.

Let's see if the following story rings true for you or someone on your team.

Jeanne wasn't thinking about leadership. As a newer consultant, she was becoming very skilled at talking about and selling her products. Retailing was easy and comfortable for her because she had enjoyed terrific personal results with her products—and those results inspired her to develop her business. Instead of thinking about leadership, she was thinking about sales! ... read more

How to Become Effective at Prospecting
Todd Falcone

Over the past few years I have a large number of people ask me, " do I become better at prospecting?" Or, "Todd, what is it that you are doing that allows you to sponsor so many new people into your business every month, while I struggle to get in one or two people every now and then?"

The answer is relatively simple. First of all, I have called literally thousands of people over the past ten years. I've had plenty of practice. And today, I still call hundreds of people every week. However, that is not the complete answer. Here's a more detailed answer as to how to become more effective at prospecting.

How do we define an effective prospector?? Or, what are the character traits of someone who we would describe as an effective "recruiting machine"?

Becoming an effective prospecting machine begins with... read more

T'is the Season to Connect: Four Ways to Up Your Networking Ante at Holiday Parties
Maribeth Kuzmeski

The holidays are here, and that means plenty of opportunities to meet new and interesting people. Here are four easy tips for maximizing your interactions at holiday parties this year:

  1. Have a plan of action before you leave. First, think about which contacts are the most important to you, and make a point to speak to each of them during the event (instead of hiding behind the dessert bar the entire night). Find out who will be attending the event. Do some research online or on social networking sites like LinkedIn to learn about attendees. You may even want to consider asking the host for a guest list. Pick five people with whom you definitely want to speak while you are there, and dont avoid the big names.

  2. Let others do the talking (you ask the questions!). Theres nothing worse than coming away from a great networking opportunity realizing that you didnt capitalize on the situation. Coming up with a list of questions to ask your fellow holiday party guests. Here are a few great ice breakers to get the ball rolling... read more

Network Marketing on a Budget of Absolute Zero
Dan Hollings

You're a network marketer, right? And certainly you seek to maximize your lead generation on the Internet, on mobile, and through social media, correct? If you're like most, you constantly seek traffic, customers and business. Whether you are promoting online, offline, or on mobile, the key is to seek leads whenever and wherever your time and budget permits.

We've all heard that setting up landing pages, building a lead generation site, posting to a blog, pinning on Pinterest, and a little search engine optimization (SEO) can be good.... read more

The Ten Commandments of Networking a Mixer
Dr. Ivan Misner

Do you suffer from "Butterfly-itis" at the very mention of networking at business functions? If you answered yes, you are not alone! Many business people and entrepreneurs get a bit uncomfortable when it comes right down to walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Many others are concerned about getting effective results from the time they spend networking. The process doesn't have to be traumatic, scary, or a waste of time. When done properly, it can truly make a difference in the amount of business your company generates. With the right approach, you can use it to build a wealth of resources and contacts that will help to make your business very successful... read more

How Much Could You Achieve in the Next 365 Days—If You Really Had to?
Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

We all operate with the belief that there is always tomorrow, always enough time. It becomes the perfect excuse to never really start or fully commit. We have a natural tendency to avoid pain, avoid doing the hard work required in building a business. We put off experiencing that initial pain and discomfort.

Of course, as the years pass, or when something happens, whether it is as serious as an illness or as simple as a flat tire, the pain we avoided now looks easy compared to the money we wish we had in the bank, the residual we could use, or the time flexibility we now need... read more

Why Every Employee Should Consider Having a Side Business
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

As a network marketer, you probably already know about this, but here is a succinct and convincing way to present this idea to a prospect:

Why you should have a business: We have two tax systems: one for employees designed to take your wealth and one for business, which is designed to create economic growth... read more

Why I Wrote Plan C
Glenn Head

(From the Foreword of Plan C: A Proven Plan to Financial Freedom.)

Description:  Plan C: A Proven Path to Financial Freedom - E-Book

In 1995 when my wife Marian began her network marketing business I initially said, "No way am I doing this!" It wasn\'t long before I saw network marketing as the most brilliant business strategy to build personal economic security... read more

Your Perfect Prospects Are in Y. O. B.
Jackie Ulmer

Let's face it: at some point in your network marketing career, you are going to reach that point where you feel your warm market is tapped out, and you are struggling to find those "two a day" (or more) to talk to about your business. That's what it takes to be successful, right?

So, who are you going to talk to and where are you going to find them? Here's the good news: your perfect prospects are in Your Own Backyard—and now, through the power of social media, it is easier than ever to tap into that market... read more

Crack the Personality Code and Take It to the Bank
Cheri Tree

What if you could find a way to increase your sales closing ratio up to 300 percent? That is exactly what happened for me by a applying a simple system.

According to the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association, the best salesperson outsells the average salesperson 57 to 1. Have you ever been on the wrong side of this equation? I have … My first year income in network marketing was a mere $700. Although I thought about calling it quits, I don't give up that easily. Five years later, I had moved my income up to a respectable $72,000, however, I wasn't even close to making six figures and becoming a seven-figure earner seemed next to impossible... read more

Are You Marketing to Generation Y?
Jennifer Fitzgerald

My gut tells me that the way people live their lives and the way they want to work is about to change as Generation Y gets older. These are the people born about 1980-1994—and they are growing up fast!!

These young entrepreneurs are on the rise and the perfect place for them is network marketing. They want their own business with low startup costs and they are eager to hit the ground running. They use a ton of social media and they are masters at networking. They love technology and you need to be up to speed with how to market to them and follow-up with them... read more

Authentic Sales: The Key to Easily and Naturally Increase Your Sales
Lynn Pierce

There's a lot of resistance when it comes to the word "sales" both in your mind and your prospect’s. Some of it comes from the perception that you have to be aggressive and a different person than you would normally be. Many people feel like they have to be in some kind of magical altered state to deliver a sales presentation, when really, it should be a natural conversation.

What happens during the rapport building phase is you'll be having a normal conversation, and then it's like a switch is flipped, and you go into sales mode when you start talking about your product or business opportunity. That can come from the fact that you may have scripted out talking points or an entire presentation you want to deliver. If either of those things have occurred it can end up going from a normal conversation to sounding, and feeling, very salesy... read more

Face Your Inner Demons
Dr. Steve Taubman

Not all that long ago, I was spending most of my professional career performing hypnosis shows throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. One of my great pleasures was performing for MTV Spring Break in Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas. I know, you're thinking, "You poor soul!" Yes, it was tough...but someone had to do it!

As part of my show, I had volunteers believe they were rock stars, dancers, and Martians. I'd have them think they were watching the funniest movie they'd ever seen, and then suddenly it would change into the saddest. The audience would howl watching their peers go from hysterical laughter to sobs in a matter of seconds. I even had one guy think he was pregnant, while another thought he was the father. Crazy, hilarious, complete mayhem!

One day, in the midst of my show, I decided to try a new routine.... read more

Creating a Solid Thirty-Day Launch Story
Jackie Ulmer

I know how you feel: You're so excited! You've joined a network marketing company and you are ready to skyrocket right to the top of the pay plan; ready to walk the beaches of the world with the top income earners, and win all of those exciting incentive trips.

But, something is missing. You have the company manual; you've been told to make your list; and you've been told to start calling people and sharing your business. You're staring at the phone with something that feels like a watermelon in your stomach. You feel nervous; what if they laugh, or reject you; or worse, say no? How are you going to make this work for you?

Let's talk about some key factors that you can get started with right away.... read more

The #1 Success Essential — Connection
Dianne Collins
When I talk to professional networkers, a few familiar themes always come up: How do I generate more leads? How do I manage my team? What are the best strategies for making more money? Those are the standards.

Another "theme" sometimes crops up that is a little bit different, one that is especially important right now: Is the business changing (it certainly seems to be), and how do I fit myself in to the way it's changing?... read more

Seven Commonly Missed Tax Deductions for Homeowners
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA
Divorce Problem - This problem can result in a major mistake for homeowners. No one should ever get divorced without first understanding this issue... read more

The Power of "Giving Goals"
Dr. Steve Taubman
(This article was excerpted from UnHypnosis: How to Wake Up, Start Over, and Create the Life You're Meant to Live, by Dr. Steve Taubman.)

Most people, when contemplating their goals, immediately fill their minds with a list of things they want. I call these "getting goals." It's important to have many, many getting goals, objectives for what we want to attain, whether material, spiritual, or psychological.

However, it's rare for anyone to discuss "giving goals," or objectives for what we intend to contribute to the world. I believe that these are the far superior goals to have. While seeking attainment of any kind is natural and normal, and even stimulates an important, deep psychological transformation into possibility thinking, it doesn't feed the soul in the same way as putting one's attention on being of service to more

Top 10 Reasons Professional Women Are Choosing Network Marketing - and How to Attract Them to Your Team!
Sonia Stringer

In the last ten years, more and more women are leaving the corporate world to start their own businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 44 percent between 1997 and 2007—twice as fast as men-owned firms. Given the state of today's economy and the numbers of women who've been laid off, more women than ever are leaving traditional careers and starting their own businesses from home.

Professional women have plenty of options when deciding to go into business for themselves—but more of them are taking a serious look at network marketing and direct selling companies as their new career path. What's the appeal?

There are plenty of reasons, and if you'd like to recruit these aces into your team... read more

How to Create Magnetic Value in Your Social Media Marketing
Doug Firebaugh
What kind of VALUE do you expect when you are thinking of buying something? Do you offer that kind of value in your network marketing business? What if you would add that kind of value to your social media efforts? What would happen to your social networking results?

The power of value in your social networking for home business is beyond words. Value is THE most powerful word you can focus on in your network marketing business. Value is the nuclear CORE of social media marketing and multilevel marketing. There is no more powerful recruiting MAGNET to PULL people towards you, and to keep them beside you.

If you do not bring some kind of value to the social conversation, you have missed the more.

Follow Your Vision, Realize Your Dreams
Sue Cassidy

Why is it that some people you know could fall backwards out of a window and land on a feather bed while in other cases, helpers could be standing below holding a giant mattress and somehow the person would end up on the sidewalk?

What is it about some people that makes others want to be around them, touch them and emulate them?  The simple answer is ENERGY. Energy is real. It is measurable and we can feel it. We can walk into a room and know whether it has good vibes or bad vibes. We can pass someone in the street and instinctively know that it would be a big mistake to make eye contact with them.

What kind of energy are YOU putting out? more

The "Get Some New, Hot Leads" Scam
Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

You have talked to all your relatives and they said "no." You talked to all of your friends and they weren't interested. What do you do next?

You look for some hot leads: you run an ad, you befriend new contacts on Facebook and you buy leads. What happens next?

The people who answered your ad were actually looking for a job. Your new Facebook contacts just want you to join their program. And those exclusive hot leads you bought? They hung up because you were the fifteenth person who pitched them this week.

You've been scammed!

Your sponsor never told you the real truth about network marketing: ... read more

Work Less to Achieve More
Joelle Jay, Ph.D.

It seems today everyone is busier than ever. Higher standards, innovation, day-to-day operations, future planning, business travel, competition, family obligations and the details of daily life all combine to create the kind of pressure that, as one business leader put it, makes it hard to breathe. Anyone who suffers a scarcity of time must learn to be more effective in their use of time or risk becoming victims of their own success.

The solution? Stop trying to go faster, and instead maximize the time you have so you’re more productive. Yes, it is possible, and the benefit is that as you gain productivity, you actually work less.... read more

Discovering Your Network Marketing Blueprint
Kody Bateman

The idea of an MLM Blueprint™ took form in my mind a few years ago, during a coaching call with one of my network marketing company's distributors. This distributor's success had plateaued, causing him anxiety and frustration and leaving him with the feeling of wanting to abandon his network marketing business.

Through a series of questions, I was able to help him discover his block, and in the process, uncover the framework for a study, which became my new book, MLM Blueprint™, and the accompanying MLM Blueprint Workshop™.

Our profession is referred to as "network marketing" or "MLM," and they're often interchangeable. I purposely chose to title my new book MLM Blueprint because so many people assign negativity to references to MLM.... read more

RESOLVED: Living Your Resolutions
Orrin Woodward

In the early eighteenth century, three young colonial Americans resolved to build lives of virtue by studying and applying daily resolutions. Each of these three men made his life count, creating a legacy of selfless thoughts, words, and deeds.

  • The first, through tireless sacrificial leadership, and against indescribable odds, defeated the mighty British Empire with his ragtag group of colonial volunteers.
  • The second, through his growing international fame, sterling character, and endless tact, became America's leading diplomat, forming international alliances that secured war funding, without which, the colonials' cause would have been doomed.
  • The third, through his overwhelming intellectual and spiritual gifts, became colonial America's greatest minister, who, by preaching and writing, fanned the flames of the spiritual renewal called the Great Awakening, which led to further political and economic freedoms on the heels of the American Revolution.... read more

Reconciling Entrepreneurial Success and Family Responsibilities
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

It is amazing to think that women have been working outside the home for more than half a century! And yet, if we are really honest, we have not come much closer to helping women create success in their business and careers without sacrificing happiness in their marriage and family life than we were when women first hung up their apron strings over fifty years ago.

Do you know one woman who has actually achieved work/life balance as described in the media? Really, do you know even one woman? I don't—and I know plenty of smart savvy women.... read more

Market like a Pro Using Content Marketing and Publishing
Khai Ng

The Internet has drastically changed the way we do network marketing. Gone are the days where the only ways of meeting new prospects were cold calling, hotel opportunity meetings and sending flyers. Today, the network marketing landscape is dotted with blogs, social media publishing, landing pages, killer sales letters and viral content spreading its unstoppable reach across the Internet.

One of the most valuable currencies of today is content marketing and publishing. Anyone who wields the power of the written word proficiently effectively dominates the Internet as traffic pours in from Google, Facebook, Twitter and thousands of promotional emails by large mailing list owners. This skill can be easily mastered by anyone, even if they can barely write their way out of an 8th  grade English exam... read more

Save Taxes by Deducting Your Home Office
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

Have you been told that because you have an office outside your home that you may not have an office in the home and are thus unable to deduct home office expenses?

That's wrong! You can have multiple locations for a business. The key is that you must meet two rules in order to deduct a home office for a business.... read more

5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life
Dr. Laura Aridgides

In today's fast-paced world, we are often over scheduled, and this can lead to a feeling of overwhelm. When people are feeling overwhelmed, this often leads to a loss of desire to do anything, because the to-do list is just too long. So they procrastinate, veg out in front of the TV or computer, or get lost reading a good book - anything to avoid doing what needs to be done.

However, there are some simple ways to feel less overwhelmed and simplify your life. Here's five of my favorite strategies.... read more

The Longest Relationship of Your Life
David Krueger M.D.

You're writing a story that you may not know how to fully tell. It's a very personal story with its own history and language. It's highly visible to others but often not to you. When I spoke with a well-known self-help guru, his response was, "You know, Dave, I don't know how to tell this story to myself in order to know what to change."

It's a story that you talk about every day, and think about several times a day. It is remarkably simple yet intricately complex. This story has an internal and external dialogue, a secret language, and encrypted messages.

It's complicated because some important aspects are emotional, unspoken, and even unconscious.

This story is about the longest relationship you'll have in your life.... read more

Empowered Inside Out: How to Upgrade the Operating System Inside Your Head
DeeAnn Lensen

Are you satisfied with your life, or do you see glimpses of your dream life just out of reach?

Many powerful human gifts that could be used to bring extraordinary joy to the user and those in contact with that user are squandered, lost forever, as millions opt to just get through life, rather than LIVE, REACH and CONTRIBUTE with every cell they have been entrusted with on this earth. ... read more

Influence and Positive Expectation
Bob Burg

"Expecting someone to be helpful doesn't change them, it changes you. And that is what changes them."

Influencers - whether leading a huge team or eliciting cooperation from one person - influence. What does that mean? They can, without force or manipulation, cause people to take a certain action. A huge part of becoming an influencer is mastering people skills. And, part of mastering people mastering oneself.

You're about to share the business with a prospect who can be a real bear. ... read more

Plan for Your Direct Sales Success in 2012
Julie Anne Jones

"I'm completely overwhelmed!" This phrase is, hands down, the one I hear the most often in my coaching and training practice and from my friends, associates, fans on Facebook, pretty much everyone in my life or business.

Let's face it… we're all busy. Me included. Between being newly married and the mom to two teenage boys, creating products and programs for my business while managing my existing programs and my social media presence, traveling and training at least once a month, volunteering in my community, and keeping up with everything it takes on a daily basis to simply run my business, most of the hours in my day are spoken for. There's not much time left over.

That's why, four years ago when a member...

QuantumThink It - Reading the Energies of the Time
Dianne Collins

The world lives by trends called cycles - and cycles are all about timing and energy shifts. When times of transition are upon us, it is important to read not just the outer, obvious economic and political trends, it is imperative that we read the subtler energy trends. Why is this so important? Energy shapes action.

Millions of people from countries throughout the world are infused with enthusiasm for the new US President. Individual reasons are many yet there is something larger in the air and most of us know it. This is not only the beginning of a new kind of leadership, it is an official beginning of a new moment for humanity, a great awakening for all of us-if we pay attention, if we read the energies, and if we step into it. Optimism bears fruit from enlightened action.

Examine your own response to what is going on now. Are you worried and concerned? hopeful and optimistic? A little of all of the above? Conditioned by old world view thinking one tends to get swept up into the obviousness of the circumstances and outer chaos which can take your mind (if you let it) on a wild, frenzied ride.

However, when we QuantumThink-It we focus on the bigger picture, attentive to the context in which the changes are occurring. Energy trends are a form of intelligence with specific and useful information. With awakened thinking we can see beyond pundits and politicians cries of economic doom and gloom to grasp the subtleties of what this cycle of energy is guiding us to do.

Why is it so important to read the energies? Because when we look from the larger perspective we can move forward with more expansive knowledge and this means we act with confidence, conviction, and wisdom.

It does not take special talent or genius to see that our current systems have reached their limit of effectiveness. Anyone can see that restructuring is the order of the day, no longer an option but a...

You Can Do It! - From Procrastination to Productivity
Judy O'Higgins, Karen Palmer and Kristi Lee

As network marketers, we know we have the perfect vehicle for creating ongoing passive income that can change our lives forever. So why would anyone procrastinate in getting her business started, picking up the phone, or doing the daily activities that lead to success?

Many people who are avoiding these activities are actually facing hidden challenges around belief, time management, and systems that block their productivity. Here are some simple ideas that will help you create belief in your ability to succeed in network marketing, create a space in your life for taking actions that will supercharge your business, and build confidence in your system of working with prospects.

The Role of Belief

To be successful in network more

A Network Marketing Organization Is Built Between Your Ears
Dale Calvert
In the old days they would refer to network marketing as a "personal development program with a compensation plan attached to it." Today, we seem to be trying to take average people with a mindset of mediocrity and make them as they are, into network marketing professionals.

You can't send a duck to eagle school! They can get their eagle certificate, their eagle badge and their eagle cap. You can parade them across the stage and let them shake the CEO's hand, but all you really have is a dressed-up duck!

I am not trying to be harsh or cruel, just realistic...

Save Money by Understanding the Tax Reform Agenda
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA
As a result of our large deficits, every possible deduction and credit is being evaluated by the twelve-member, bipartisan panel appointed by Congress. You can bet that every code provision is up for debate. Although we don't know what tax reform revisions will emerge, here are a few of the more noteworthy that congressional spokesmen are talking about. Knowing these may enable you to plan for the more

How to Brand Yourself an Expert in Network Marketing
Todd Falcone
I want to start this off by asking you a few questions and I want you to seriously ponder them.

What is your objective as a network marketer?
Why did you get into network marketing in the first place?
Have things changed regarding what you want to do since you joined?

I ask those questions for good reason. From where I stand, I get a pretty good look at the profession at large. I'm on the road multiple weekends a month speaking all over the place for various network marketing companies, I spend my weeknights doing conference calls for different groups and spend my weekdays talking with the leading independent reps and company owners. That's my more

You Were Born for Happiness
Dr. Josephine Gross
Most of us were taught that if we work hard, we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. But recent scientific discoveries have shown that this formula is actually backward:

Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and more

Niche to Survive: 3 Important Things You Must Know and Do in Your Network Marketing Businesss
Susan Friedmann
Do a search on Google for the term "niche to survive" and you'll come up with advice from industry pundits and freelance journalists, to machine tool manufacturers, travel agents to wine makers, booksellers to banks, and many more. They all preach the same message-to make it in today's tough economy, it's a survival of the most niched!

But what does this really mean? It means that you can't afford to ramble around your network marketing business trying to be all things to all people, grabbing any customer that comes your way, simply because it pays more

Five Strategies to Generate Unlimited Leads
Eric Lofholm

Running out of leads is one of the biggest challenges I hear from network market-ers. There is no such thing as a lead problem. If you don't have enough leads, it is an idea problem. While many people feel they do not have enough leads, most have never set a lead inventory goal. To run an effective network marketing campaign, you need a minimum of 200 leads in inventory at all times. If you don't currently have 200 leads you can contact, set a goal to get 200 leads in the next thirty days. Goals act like magnets. You will begin to attract those 200 leads. Here is one reason why you need a minimum of 200 leads: if you have few leads, then there is a good possibility that you will procrastinate on making your calls. Let's say you have just thirty-seven leads to contact: you will tend to put off calling them, because those thirty-seven leads represent hope. If you contact all thirty-seven and no one is interested, then you have lost your hope. But if you have 200 leads, this will put you ...

The One Habit That Kills Women’s Business Growth
Sonia Stringer

If the majority of network marketing/direct selling professionals are women, why are the top levels of leadership in most companies still dominated by men? While the answer to this question is complex, I believe women have one habit that slows us down and keeps us from succeeding at higher levels in our business.

Men and women face similar challenges when building a business, but where we differ is how we relateto ourselves as we go through these challenges.  Men seem better able to remain objective about business issues; they don’t take the ups and downs of entrepreneurship more

Social Media Network Marketing
Doug Firebaugh

A lot has been written about social media networking over the past two years, but believe it or not, few home businesses are using this powerful business and marketing tool yet. Many people, because it is on the internet, shy away from it as if it were the plague.

I am not a geek, people tell me. Well, we have ungeeked the geek for many small and home business owners, and made social media make sense to them.

But there are exceptions.

I was talking with a business owner the other day and she made the comment, I do not go to those kinds of sites. I do not have time to do that as my business is struggling and I need to go and find more customers.

That says it all.

That shows a total lack of understanding of what social media/web 2.0 is really about, and what it can do for the average small business and home business -- even on a local basis. If people really understood social media marketing, they would be running to the social media zone and staying there.

There is a lot of talk that it is not proven as it is too new and the jury is still out on it being a viable marketing process.

I totally disagree. The social media network marketer more

How to Attract and Sponsor Serious Business Builders to Your Network Marketing Team
Sonia Stringer
I’ve noticed something interesting about my clients’ prospecting experiences. Many of them are savvy business people who have left their jobs in the corporate world...

Power Recruiting: How to Sponsor Your Dream Team
Jackie Ulmer

Recruiting is the lifeblood of your business. You have probably heard that phrase many times if you have been in network marketing or direct sales for any length of time. And, you may be feeling the same way as thousands of other would-be network marketing success stories&mdashstuck!

You see others in your company recruiting people with ease. Their name shows up in the company newsletter, month after month as a top recruiter. It seems to come effortlessly for them.

And here you are, month after month, afraid to pick up the phone, unsure of what to say if you do, wondering if your friends will think you have lost your mind when they find out you started your own business.

What is the secret of those top recruiters? read more

What Will You Do With Your 2,340 Minutes?
Dr. Laura Aridgides

As we move through each week, there is one area where we are all the same: time. We all have the same amount of time every week. 10,080 minutes every week to be exact. What are you doing with your minutes?

Let's assume that you get 8 hours of sleep each night, and that you choose not to do any work on Sundays. Let's also assume that you spend 2 hours a day preparing and eating your food for the day. For those who are working a traditional job along side your networking business, you can also cut out another 2,700 minutes (8-hour work day, plus 1-hour commute, 5 days a week). That leaves you with 2,340 minutes each week.

So what is the best way to use your 2,340 minutes? read more

Winners Take Responsibility—Whiners Play the Victim
Keith Cameron Smith

Lets face it: life does not always go according to plan. In fact, life is what happens while you are making other plans.To become a winner in the face of this unpredictability requires that you balance two seemingly contradictory ideas. The first is best expressed by the expression If it is going to be, it is up to me. The second is nearly the opposite: What will be, will be.

These two statements sound fine by themselves -- but when you put them side-by-side they contradict each other. And yet, taking either of these statements to the extreme produces negative results.

For example, lets look at the first statement: If it is going to be, it is up to me. Taking that philosophy to the extreme leads more

What to Blog about?
Dave Saunders

In today's online media world, a blog is essential in order to create a connection with your prospects and business partners. Whether your contacts are down the street or on the other side of the planet, your blog content will give them another way to get to know, like and trust you.

Creating a blog has never been easier. Free services such as,, or provide all you need to create an easy-to-use platform from which your voice can be more

The Two Ways to Approach Prospects...And When to Use Which!
Randy Gage

There is more to the business than just approaching the best prospects on your name list. The other important component is meeting people. Yet most people in the business will never reach even the beginning stages of the leadership ranks for one simple more

How to Succeed in MLM Without Being "Salesy"
Kim Klaver

Have you always wanted to build your MLM business without the need to be a super salesperson or a go-go recruiter? It probably sounded easy in the beginning. You know, the emphasis only on recruiting, the constant “selling” of the opportunity... at some point, you feel like you’ll never succeed if that’s the only way you’ll get to the top. It’s frustrating and you can end up alienating friends and family in the process. What if there were an approach to networking where you can be yourself, where you do not have to compromise your personal values? A program that can help you share your love of helping others while getting the financial success you desire and deserve. A program that shows you how to find the right audience, finally. Take a look at the story of Apple and what it means for more

What to Do When Things Go Wrong During Your Speech
Arvee Robinson

Murphy’s Law states that whatever can go wrong, does. This is true even when you speak. The good news is that knowing what might go wrong ahead of time will help you to know how to handle it.

If Murphy does shows up on the scene, never let your audience see you sweat! Never apologize when something goes wrong, and never make excuses.

On a recent episode of America’s Got Talent, one of the acts were two young children about ten or eleven years old. They started dancing on stairs, and guess what? The little girl fell. Seconds later she got up and performed as if nothing happened. At the end of their performance the judges asked her, “Are you okay, honey? Are you hurt?” At that moment she started to cry. Until then she was a trooper and never let anyone see her sweat.

This is a perfect example of what to do as a performer and speaker. Here are five possibilities of things that can go wrong, and how to handle them with grace and more

Invest in Personal Growth
Art Jonak


During a recent four-week trip to Europe I visited the Greek island of Rhodes. I was counseling one of my leaders when he said, “I really need to make $10,000 a month. Please help!”

Here’s what I shared:

You want a business that pays over $10,000 a month, right? You have two choices.

1. Purchase a business that pays you over $10,000 a month.

2. Create and build a business that pays you over $10,000 a month.

If you choose number 2, you will have to learn how to find prospects, enroll them, train and motivate them and how to market products or more

Uncover the Secret of How to Build a Team to Multiply Your Earnings
Karen Phelps

(Excerpted from Karen Phelps’s Ultimate Direct Selling Guide)

You can help your new recruit succeed in the business when you take time to find out her goals at the interview, or when she says, “Yes, I want to become a consultant.” The sooner you find out what your new recruit’s goals are, the easier it will be for you to work with the consultant and get her moving in the right direction.

Expect Your New Recruits to Succeed

Let your new recruit know what she needs to begin working on immediately. Assign homework at the interview, and inform her right away of the things she needs to do to get her business started on the fast track to success. It’s easy to get someone to do things as long as you also remind her that your purpose is to help her to succeed and reach her goals. I used to say, “Your first thirty days are going to be both busy and exciting. You’ll be learning how to do the business and holding your first parties. I’m going to help you begin earning right away.” more

The Mindfulness Process for Successful Network Marketing
Dr. Steve Taubman
It’s remarkable to me how often I hear comments from network marketers, even immediately after hearing motivational speakers and industry leaders explaining exactly how to succeed, that run along the lines of, “That was great, but I wish I could just stop sabotaging myself,” or “That was inspiring, but I wish I could motivate myself to stay on track.”

It’s a fascinating thing to contemplate. We hear the right words, believe ourselves to be gaining knowledge and drive, and yet we continue to simultaneously lament our inability to do anything with the words we hear.

Imagine teaching someone how to bake a cake. You tell them the exact ingredients, have them stand by your side as you mix them together, show them the proper baking temperature, and put the mixture in the oven. An hour goes by, and you remove a beautiful cake, placing it on the counter and looking expectantly at your student. She takes a look at the cake, looks at you, shakes her head, and says, “That’s incredible. I wish I knew how to bake a cake like that!” more

How Understanding Other Personalities Can Double Your Income
Lynn Pierce

Is it really necessary to have a complete working knowledge of personality styles to be successful in networking? Only if you’d like more income without increasing either your time or effort. It’s such a small thing when you think about it; learning how other people think, speak and make decisions.

It sounds like something you’d do naturally out of common courtesy, doesn’t it? And yet, for the most part, it’s either done superficially or incorrectly, it’s done at all. All you have to do is go to YouTube and catch any clip from a reality show to see people mis-communicating because they don’t understand who they are talking to or how to have real conversations with someone who is an opposite personality more

How to Distinquish Yourself in Network Marketing
Rosie Bank

There are three assumptions you should make as you build your network marketing business.

Assumption #1: There are lots of other people who are building network marketing businesses.

Assumption #2: People who are considering your products and services are probably also talking with your competitors.

Assumption #3: Your prospects are comparing your products and services on-line, reading reviews, and enabling themselves to be about a hundred times more educated than the average consumer was before the advent of the Internet, Yelp, Word press andFacebook.

Six Ways to Stand Out in the Crowd more

How to Grow Your Business Using Scripts
Eric Lofholm

One of the best ways to increase your results in network marketing is to create a powerful script. When I talk about the concept of scripting, most networking professionals frown upon the idea. The truth is, we all use scripts—including you. In this article you will discover how this often misunderstood concept can dramatically increase your results.

What is a script?

The definition of a script is words in sequence that have meaning. For example, the sentence you just read is a script. If you are not using a script, you are speaking in gibberish. So you are either using a script or you are speaking gibberish. Now that we agree you are using scripts, the important question is: more

Three Simple Ways to Add Hundreds of Leads to Your Email List
Sonia Stringer

Many network marketers are already using an email lists to stay connected with their prospects and customers and generate new business. Did you know there are simple ways to easily add hundreds and even thousands of qualified leads to your email list? As this list of email contacts grows, your business will also grow with it, allowing you to build your customer base in other cities and countries.

Growing your email list doesn't have to take a lot of time. In fact, there are 3 simple things you can do right now to expand your list and start connecting with new, qualified leads.

1. Collect Emails at Your Home Parties, Classes and Business Presentations

Many people set up home parties or classes with the primary goal of more

The Lotus Code: Timeless Wisdom for Accelerated Prosperity
Mark Yarnell

Two and a half centuries ago a system of thought became popularized because the most unlikely of all leaders adopted it and spent his life teaching it's value to others.

What made the body of thought so sensational was the simple fact that the young man who proposed it actually renounced a life of pleasure and luxury which was already his by birthright.

Instead of kicking back and enjoying a life of power and wealth, this young man gave up his prosperity and began a lecture tour which emphasized the fulfillment of effort rather than the end result. While he never denounced material prosperity and in fact advanced success as a worthy objective, he was essentially concerned with the process itself. The essence of his teaching was focus on the now.

What makes The Lotus Code so relevant in today is world is the fact that fragmentation and distractions have led so many people astray. The multi-tasking battle cry of technology has led millions of people to conclude that by dividing their thinking and multiplying their focus, they can achieve personal prosperity and therefore, fulfillment.

People pride themselves in activities which more

How to Lower Your Taxes (Legally)
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

Startling statistic: the average person spends 30 to 45 percent of their gross income on taxes, 25 percent on housing and utilities, 20 percent on food and 10 percent on transportation.

This means that high-income earners have between 5 to 10 percent of their gross income left for everything else such as retirements, education for kids, loans, insurance, entertainment gifts etc. Don't you find this alarming? No wonder Americans have a hard time getting ahead of the inflation curve...

1. Hire your kids and shift income, tax-free:

How would you like to deduct the equivalent of your kid's weddings, college costs, cars and books? There are a number of ways, but one of the best ways high-income individuals can accomplish this is by hiring their kids in their business.

Wages paid to your children under 18 in a non-corporate business are exempt from social security and federal unemployment tax. Even better... read more

Don't Wish this Business Was Easier, Wish You Were Better
Dale Calvert

How many times have you invited someone to an event and they tell you, "Yes, I will definitely try to make it." You KNOW when they tell you that, they have NO INTENTION OF COMING! But you tell them, "Great, I will save you a seat," and then go on your merry way telling yourself that you have a guest that will be coming to the event. When they don't show up, you are disappointed and of course you never see them again.


Have You Discovered Your Magic?
Lisa Marie Platske

As a kid, I loved Sesame Street. One of my favorite characters was Mumford the Magician. With the simple phrase, "A-la Peanut Butter Sandwiches" and the wave of his magic wand, everything was right with the world. Well, not quite. Mumford is great at magic, but not at predicting how his tricks will work out. Like many direct sellers I've worked with as clients, he's got the magic, but isn't sure how to use it to get tangible results.

We all bring a bit of magic to our businesses. It is our personal touch, our secret sauce that makes others say, — Lead the way — I am following!

Why did you get into network marketing?
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Are You Flying by the Seat of Your Pants?
Julie Anne Jones
One of the benefits to being a direct seller or network marketer is that you are self employed. That means you can really "do" your business any way you want to. In my experience, however, this can also be somewhat of a curse. Many of the direct sellers I work with as clients come to me with too many options and ideas and not enough direction. In essence, they are "flying by the seat of their pants." That is not a strong business plan. It is vital for you, as a direct seller, to set clear and realistic goals and create a plan that works with your lifestyle and will help you attain those goals.

The best network marketing and direct sales business plans break your activities into four very distinct and important areas:...

Preparing Your Mind for Success
Dr. Steve Taubman
Yesterday my friend, Sacha, was preparing a meal for her fiancée's birthday party. She was nervous and wanted very much to make a good impression on his family. The main course was a barbecued beef dish that was cooked in a bag for five hours. After that time, the meat was removed from the bag, and was supposed to pull apart easily.

The problem was that, after five hours, what emerged from the bag were two very firm chunks of beef, impervious to pulling. In her alarmed state, Sacha proceeded to take a fork to it, scraping the sides in the vain hope that it would disintegrate under her efforts. It was a pitiable sight. She vacillated between fruitless and anxiety-ridden action and the conviction that the whole thing would have to be scrapped for another meal choice.

Luckily, I was there, and I suggested that perhaps the meat just needed to cook longer. My contention was that, given enough time, the protein bonds in the meat would break, and the roast would fall apart. Given enough time, everything does, right?...

"I need help getting organized, but where do I start?"
Dr. Laura Aridgides
There is a common theme among many networkers. They start their businesses on the side, often working around a job and family obligations. They may put their initial starting materials in a corner or closet. There is no space dedicated to business. But then, their businesses grow. The networker is seeing more prospects. There are more appointments and more people to follow up with. Suddenly the corner or closet is no longer doing the job.

Everyone needs an actual space for their business, and yes, you can use a corner or a closet, as long as it is set up correctly to allow for expansion and organization of business contacts and other materials. Many times networkers have reached the point where they know that organization is needed, but they do not know where to start.

In my coaching business, I like to give visual results first. If someone can see progress, they are more likely to...

Wake Up and Get Paid to Play
Garrett J. White
I laid there in bed staring at my ceiling as my wife cried herself to sleep, almost in a state of shock at where my life had ended up. Everything was gone, and the one thing I seemed to be succeeding at was hurting everyone around me.

"How the hell did I end up here?" was the only thought crossing my mind.

Rewind seven months and I am speaking to over 2,000 of my peers at The Mortgage Planners Summit in Las Vegas. I was sharing the stage with Tony Robbins, who just happened to be one of my personal heroes in the world of speaking.

My presentation, The Mindset of an Investor, brought the house down with thunderous applause and cheers. As I worked my way off the back of the stage I can clearly remember thinking, "I have finally arrived."

My life experience at that moment felt like a drug. I was high 24/7 off of my own arrogant assumption that I was on my way to the top, wherever that is. But like any artificial high, it was about to come crashing down...

"Do Your Worst, for I Will Do Mine!"
David Blanchard
We are living in a most interesting time. Daily, waves of bad news pound against our already badly damaged economy shaking the fragile underpinnings of business and our personal lives. When we personally experience any of these very real, yet unwanted difficulties, we can easily be swept away into the depths of anxiety, frustration and despair.

It is difficult enough to swim against the tide, let go of the anxiety and climb up and out of these circumstances without adding the burden of destructive and unhealthy thought processes. When we engage in destructive thought processes, we engage in fantasy and attempt to put tomorrows gold in todays purse. We concern ourselves with...

Let Everyone Know You Are Open for Business
Karen Phelps

(Excerpted from Karen Phelps Ultimate Direct Selling Guide)

Once you have set your earnings goal, delegated time for your business, and participated in recommended training, the next step is to have an open-for-business party. This party will launch your new business. Or if you have been in business for a while and your business has stalled, you may want to re-launch. Imagine opening your business in a storefront on Main Street. What would you do to get customers? You would have a grand opening. You would invite people to come and check out your new store.

Even though you do not have a storefront you still must let everyone know you are open for business. Your open-for-business party, your grand opening, whatever your company calls it, should be scheduled anywhere within your first seven to ten days of joining your direct selling company. You need to let everyone know you have started...

Why You Should Be Out There Speaking Your Business
Arvee Robinson

Remember the last business meeting you attended? What drew you there? It wasnt the networking or the rubber chicken. It was the speaker. You wanted to learn the speakers insights into his or her topic.

And you already looked at that speaker as an expert before you ever walked in the door, didnt you? Think about it. What was going through your head when you read the announcement about the upcoming presenter? That the person is an authority, right?

You can do the same thing. When you give a talk to an organization, lets say your local chamber of commerce, theyll advertise the event in advance by sending a meeting notice announcing you as the speaker.

That announcement will include the title of your talk, a brief biography, your picture and the five to seven bullet points you want your audience to hear that will draw them like a magnet to your presentation. You are now considered the expert.

Voila! Youve gained instant credibility. Youre audience will see you...

Avoid Tax Scams to Make Your Life Less Taxing
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

You just attended a seminar in a nice room with plenty of expensive audio-visual equipment. Many of the seats are filled with folks who are well-dressed and quite courteous. Out comes a speaker who is well-dressed, polished and seems to be very competent, who oozes with success. He informs the group that they can eliminate paying taxes based on a number of legal arguments. He cites numerous cases that have supposedly supported his arguments. Before you blow your hard-earned cash on his training materials and documents, take a deep breath and read this article.

Introduction: This article will cover the following:

  • Phishing scams
  • Economic Stimulus scams
  • Frivolous tax arguments
  • Fuel Credit Scams
  • Hiding income offshore
  • Abusive retirement scams
  • Claiming zero wages
  • Filing false claims for refunds
  • Return preparer tax fraud
  • Disguised corporate ownership
  • Misuse of trusts
  • Abuse of charitable contributions and organizations
  • Slavery tax credits

There are a number of tax scams, not to mention other types of fraud that are being perpetrated upon the American public. It has become such as widespread phenomenon that many of the enforcement agencies are overwhelmed by these frequent occurrences.ďż˝ My purpose is to protect you from being another victim of the newest types of thefts.

Building Your Psychological Armor
Paula Pritchard
Rejection is the toughest obstacle we face in network marketing and yet how we handle it is the most critical part of our success. There is no question in my mind that some of our most talented people are lost each year to rejection. It is something we struggle with each day, not only for ourselves but for our people in order to keep them in the game...

The Art of Asking: What, When, Why and How
Todd Falcone
What do you ask someone when prospecting? People often get confused about the probing process in prospecting for new business. There are rules…

Three Explosive Ways to Grab Your Audience's Attention—and Keep It!
Arvee Robinson
Speakers can open their presentation many different ways. Why do most non-professional speakers begin their speech with, "Ah, I am so-in-so,"?

Beginning your speech with filler words such as "ah" or "um" immediately tells your audience that you are an untrained speaker. In a flash, you have lost credibility as a speaker—or worse, as an expert in your field—and your audience has taken a mental exit. You now might as well be talking to an empty room.

Why do speakers self-sabotage their speeches by beginning this way? It is simple: it is because...

Sales People Close - Network Marketers Develop Leaders
Dale Calvert

As I look back on the last 30 years in the network marketing profession, a paradigm shift that really took my business to a new level was realizing that I was not in the sales business but the leadership development business.

It is very important that you understand this as it relates to recruiting new team members. Sales people close, but not network marketing leaders.

If you have to close them into your business, you will have to continue to sell them to do anything after they join. Nobody has time for that.

You are looking for people who are looking for opportunity.

A person convinced against their will is of the same opinion still.

When I first got involved in network marketing I read all the classic sales books and made the mistake of thinking I should attempt to close people in the business. The bottom line is, long term this does not work. You may be able to talk them into the business but network marketing is about more than a one-time up front commission.

If you want to learn to...

The Recipe for Success
Maureen G. Mulvaney

The American Dream represents hope for people around the world. Many great-grandparents and grandparents blazed the trail to the shores of America to give the gift of possibilities to their children. This ability to make the impossible possible has an exact success recipe.

Follow the Recipe

Have you ever prepared a dish that did not turn out well? Perhaps an ingredient was left out or improperly substituted for another ingredient. Perhaps you followed the steps of the recipe in the incorrect order. Like any recipe, the Recipe for Success has a specific order and number of ingredients that must be used. The recipe can only be enhanced when the basics are included.

People generally want immediate results. They want get-rich-quick short cuts. Television shows document the everyday lives of...

Power Prospecting
Randy Gage

Well, it happened again today. I got a message from a friend I havent heard from in a couple years who wants to catch up. So I call him back and what does he really want? To ask me if I want to join his new MLM program. (Sigh.)

You have to wonder...will these people ever learn?

I often ask these people if they do not remember that I am already in a network marketing company -- the same one they were in and never did anything with. Inevitably they ask if I am still in it.

Um, yeah, I reply. made about $150,000 last month, so I am kind of satisfied with it.

Then they usually sheepishly ask if I would give them the names and phone numbers of my friends or family who could buy their products. (Double sigh.)

It is much like the calls I get at my office. They tell Lornette that they have an urgent consulting or training project, and must speak to me right away. I call them back, only to hear something like, Hi, Randy, my name is so and so. We met a few years ago at the MLMIA convention. (I have never been to an MLMIA Convention.) I am working with XYZ Company, and I just wanted to touch base with you and blah, blah, blah...

And it is always the same. The consulting project or business venture they want...

If My Product's So Great, How Come I Can't Sell It?
Kim Klaver
In every other business, customers are sacred. Companies do everything they can to woo and keep them. But, how often have you heard, especially from people at the top of your heap, that it's a waste of time to go after customers? That the money is in recruiting business builders? Hmm.

Blah Blah Blah
Terri Langhans
Its only natural. Youre looking for people to join your network or buy your products or services, so you put your marketing hat on and go for it. Youre passionate, excited and believe in your business and what it can do for others. You go to meetings, send emails, post, tweet and start talking, perhaps even following a handy dandy sales script. You describe your products or services, spotlight the benefits and share a personal story or two. You ask open ended questions and still, way too often, your prospect looks at you as if your entire message boiled down to three words:  blah, blah, blah.

Youre not alone. Virtually all marketing, whether its network marketing, whether youre a big business, small business or independent professional, you run the risk of making three critical mistakes that can make your marketing less effective or downright repelling. Before you put your marketing hat back on, take a look at...

Social Media Strategies for Networking Professionals
Sonia Stringer and Jeff Price
By now you have likely heard the buzz about Facebook and Twitter, and how many networking professionals are using these and other social media tools to grow their businesses. With millions of people plugging into these websites every day, its easier than ever to find qualified leads, sell your products and recruit savvy professionals into your team.

No matter where you live in the world (or how much you may have struggled in the past to keep your appointment calendar full) you can now easily connect with hundreds (even thousands) of ideal prospects DAILY, without leaving the comfort of your home office!

But be forewarned - there are a few caveats when using social media tools, or you risk wasting a lot of time (and generating few results) online. In coaching our clients through the social media curve, we help them ...

Booking Parties Is Easy!
Karen Phelps
(This article is excerpted from the Ultimate Direct Selling Guide by Karen Phelps.)

If you want to build your business through home parties, you must decide if you want to become an order taker or a booker. An order taker will continually have a lack of bookings, whereas a booker will always have an abundance of them!

In direct sales and network marketing, there are several ways to earn money. One of them is selling your products or taking orders and earning a commission on your sales. You most likely do this very well.

However, if this is all you do, you will always be looking for creative bookings because youll leave many parties without any. You will continually be prospecting because...

Why Should I Start a Blog?
Dave Saunders

The most frequently asked questions I get about social media have to do with blogging. People constantly ask me questions about what they should be blogging about and almost everyone wants to know when its the right time to start blogging.

The answer to that second question is very easy to answer: right now.

A great real-world example of the benefits of starting your blog where ever you are can be seen in the movie Julie & Julia, which recounts the real-life story of Julia Child and Julie Powell.

The Lotus Code: Hopelessly Addicted to Wealth
Mark Yarnell
Over the years I have spent a great deal of time working with addicts. What I learned has been repeatedly verified by medical research: an addiction is nothing more than a habitual behavior which results in a mental or physical condition, the withdrawal from which incurs adverse effects.

There are positive and negative addictions, and human beings are easily seduced into addictive behaviors by the reward centers in our brains. Often times the only difference between successful people and total failures is...

I Just Don’t Have Time!
Dr. Laura Aridgides
If I received a dollar for every time I heard, I just dont have time! in my coaching career, I would be very rich. Time management, or more accurately, the lack of time management holds many back from achieving the success they know they could achieve... if only there was more time! Life moves quickly and while there is truth to the saying that, You make time for what is important, there are also things that you can do to help leverage your time.

In networking, you must allot time to...

Natural Prospecting
Todd Falcone
“No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to sponsor anyone!” exclaims Joe, the frustrated network marketer. This is a sentiment I hear all too often in this business. Obviously, there could be many reasons why this might be the case, but let’s look at one simple (and very common) cause...

The Art of Authentic Listening
Julie Anne Jones
Just be yourself! Has anyone ever said that to you? I heard it all the time when I was a kid, followed by assurances from my mother that everyone would like me if I could (just be myself).

And you know what? She was right! What Im told over and over again in my travels as a trainer and as I interact through social media is that people love my authenticity. I show up as who I am, whether Im on stage or off. Im honest about...

Learn How to Get Paid to Play
Garrett J. White
Have the daily activities in your business and life become work? Does it feel like making money in your business is a burden and just way too hard?

What If I told you it is possible to not only love what you do but that you can stop working and start playing -- and get paid for it?

Everyone can relate to the typical situation of waking up, working hard, collapsing at the end of the day, going to sleep, waking up and doing it all over again. For most folks, life has become a function of working to live instead of living to play. That is right: I said living to play.

As children we had no issue with the idea of playing: everything we did was a game and we lived in constant...

Social Media Network Marketing
Doug Firebaugh
Social media networking has been a very popular topic over the past two years, but believe it or not, few home businesses are using this powerful business and marketing tool effectively, if at all.

I am not a geek, people tell me. Well, we have ungeeked the geek for many home business owners and made social media make sense to them. But there are exceptions.

I was talking with a business owner the other day and she made the comment, I dont go to those kinds of sites. I dont have time to do that as my business is struggling and I need to go and find more customers.

This kind of reasoning shows a total lack of understanding of what social media is about and what it can do for the average home business -- even on a local basis. If people really understood social media marketing, they would be...

The Self-Conscious Networker
Steve McCann
A few years ago, I was contracted to provide training to a group of twenty-two government research and litigation attorneys. Their responsibility was to review every lawsuit filed by a government employee.

I was brought in to address some of the issues that they were having through a full-day motivational training program covering, among other things, the psychology of optimism. Things werent exactly peachy in our nations capital. Little did I know I was to receive a gift, albeit wrapped in barbed wire, but nonetheless a very powerful gift from this gut check experience. Fear gripped me when I began projecting how I would be received by this group of critical thinkers. As I started my presentation the mood was silent and a bit stoic. Thirty minutes later...

YES Is the Destination, NO Is How You Get There
Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
What happens when two professional speakers find themselves with too much time on their hands? After some serious brainstorming, we decided on our next big Go for No project: We decided to make a movie!

Were not talking about a big-budget Hollywood movie, or even a movie like The Secret. We decided to make a personal development, documentary-style video, starring 58 top performers in a variety of industries, sharing their thoughts, beliefs and strategies when it comes to hearing NO and dealing with failure and rejection.

We wanted to create an up-close-and-personal documentary that captured top performers in casual settings (for example, we interviewed...

Sequential and Systematic Learning for Network Marketers
Dale Calvert
Human beings learn two ways: through repetition and emotion.

Can you finish these sentences? Where is the ________? Who shot __________? I shot _____________? I can not believe I ate the whole ___________.

Depending on your age, many of you would answer: Where is the BEEF? Who shot JR? I shot the SHERIFF. I can not believe I ate the whole THING.

The above statements are advertising slogans, a song and a TV promotion that were pounded into the subconscious mind of America during their time.

How many times have you been driving down the road hearing a song you have not heard in years, but you know every note, every word, every beat?

Why does this happen? Because through repetition that song was programmed into your mind. You will remember it for the rest of your life and it will never...

Looking into a Crystal Ball
Ramin Mesgarlou
(Excerpted from Chapter 1 of the Forensic Networker book)

What if you could fast forward your life and see where you would be in your business three years down the road? Would that be of value to you? Would that make a difference in your belief in yourself, in your company and in the networking profession?

I believe network marketing is the greatest form of free enterprise still in existence. Its simple systems have allowed hundreds of thousands to overcome poverty and escape mediocrity and thousands more to become millionaires. It is the last chance for the average person to accomplish...

The Psychology of Booking Parties
Karen Phelps
Booking parties becomes so easy once you understand both the "how" and the "why". I've never seen anyone who, once they learned the "Psychology of Booking" couldn't keep their calendar full.

Is there a "Psychology of Booking"? You bet! Some consultants understand it right away but some never learn it! I've seen consultants quit after a few years because they were tired of their constant battle to get bookings. They obviously never got it.

I've observed people begin a direct selling business by asking others to have parties to help them get started and never explain to the host "what's in it for them". I've listened to consultants saying they feel as if they are begging people when asking someone to host a party.

Truth is, I wouldn't have lasted for over twenty two years if I had to spend my time begging. What is the secret that...

Can You Pass the Leverage Test?
Todd Falcone

We talk about leverage every day in network marketing. Its the basis of why we can earn the kind of money we do. Earning income on the efforts of lots of other people is certainly being leveraged.

But, can you actually pass the leverage test in all that you do in your business?

Throughout a normal day of being a network marketer, there are many things that you are probably doing, including sending and responding to emails, spending time for personal development, prospecting, running ads, conducting meetings, doing 3-way calls, training, and so on.

Everyone has 24 hours in a given day. Bill Gates, Oprah, Warren Buffet, Richard Branson, me, you...everyone has 24 hours each day. Human beings need to sleep. one can work all 24 hours.

The Lotus Code Bans New Year's Resolutions
Mark Yarnell
In a few days millions of people will engage in their favorite annual exercise in futility known to us all as the New Years Resolution.

In my first fifty years of life, I never accomplished one. I set countless objectives using the beginning of a new year as a starting point, and never failed to abandon each noble cause well before it came to fruition.

But youll be happy to know that Lotus Code practitioners can expect to achieve every single New Years desire by replacing resolutions with habits. Thats what I figured out several years ago and since that revelation, no objective has gone unfulfilled.

Think of habits as actions that are nearly impossible to break and resolutions as thoughts nearly impossible to implement.

"Ollin" - To Move and Act with All Your Heart
Kevin Hall
When an earthquake or great storm shook the earth, the ancient Aztecs described such power with a single word:


It is a word that can be found on the Aztec calendar and on many of the instruments used in sacred pre-Columbian ceremonies. Pronounced ALL-in, it is an expression of immense depth that conveys intense and immediate movement. Stemming from the ancient Nahuatl language, Ollin is derived from "yollotl," meaning heart, and "yolistli," meaning life. Ollin means to move and act now with all your heart. It means to follow your path in life wholeheartedly. To experience Ollin, we have to get "All in."

When an earthquake occurs, it signals its now time to move and act with full purpose of heart.

From "Met" to "Net"
Dean Lindsay
There is this unassuming little word you often find in the biographies of famous people. The word is met. William R. Hewlett met David Packard. Dean Martin met Jerry Lewis. Sid met Nancy. Siegfried met Roy.

Meeting people is one of the fundamental steps to building relationships, in business as in life. But it is not the only step.

There is a big difference between meeting someone and building a lasting relationship with them. There is a long way from met to net (as in networking), and because people misjudge this distance, the term networking has gotten a bum rap.

I consistently ask professionals to share with me what they think of when they hear the word networking. Far too often, they say it conjures up images of manipulative, self-serving, insincere and predatory individuals who are on the prowl for someone they can pounce on, try to sell something to, or solicit an unearned favor from.

Five Counterintuitive Ways to Trump a Tough Economy
Garrett B. Gunderson
Hard economic times provide excellent strategic opportunities for entrepreneurs who are willing to buck conventional wisdom. Here are five strategies to consider:

1. Spend More

Some great bargains are available now, for those who have the courage to nab them. Many assets are undervalued and can be acquired at discounted prices, be they inventory, fresh hires, office supplies or even real estate for future expansion. It is far more conducive to wealth creation to focus on increasing your production, rather than on slicing your expenses. Spend where your money will have the most impact...

The Top 10 Distinctions for Fulfilling Your Dreams
Keith Cameron Smith
As I write this, it is October 2009. I am going to share something with you about 10-10-10. Your life can be measurably better by October 10, 2010 or 10-10-10. Where do want to be a year from now? What do you want to have done? What is important to you? To help you gain some clarity with your answers to those questions, let me share a few thoughts from distinction 10 in my book The Top 10 Distinctions between Millionaires and the Middle Class, and something from distinction 10 in The Top 10 Distinctions between Winners and Whiners and something from distinction 10 in The Top 10 Distinctions between Dream Fulfillers and Dream Killers. Distinction 10 in The Top 10 Distinctions between Millionaires and the Middle Class is:

Millionaires think long term, the middle class thinks short term.
In this distinction I break society down into five groups of people. They are the very poor, the poor, the middle class, the rich and the very rich. Each group of people thinks very differently about money. For example, very poor people think day to day, poor people think week to week, middle class people think month to month, rich people think year to year and very rich people think decade to decade...

Net-WORK-ing Says It All
Andrea Nierenberg

I often say that the word networking is a misunderstood word. It means many things to all of us. I look at the word as three-pronged:

  1. Sometimes it is structured and strategic when you are going to an event, hosting a party or working with your downline and prospects at any group together.
  2. Often networking is serendipitous-you can connect with someone anywhere, anytime in life who could be someone interested in getting into your business and learning about the opportunity. Most of the great networking happens for me this way and I call it turning serendipitous accidents into unbelievable opportunities.
  3. It can be unconscious-we are engaging in the process of building relationships and alliances and we just do not call it networking-yet it is-the small world effect or a friend put me in touch with someone and then the following happened.

Networking is many things to all of us. We engage in the process to build and develop our teams and downlines and we have many...

Kevin Hall

In old Hungary, along the Danube River between Budapest and Vienna, there was a village by the name of Kocs that produced the world's finest horse-drawn vehicles. Skilled wheelwrights fashioned these conveyances with spring suspension to comfortably carry royalty over the bumpy river road that connected the two great cities. These carriages borrowed their name from the small township where they were skillfully designed and came to be known as "coaches."

Originally crafted for aristocracy, coaches carried important people to their desired destinations in luxury and ease. Their compact, sturdy, and elegant design far surpassed any mode of transportation that had come before, and coaches soon became the rage of fifteenth-century Europe.

The "YOU" Factor
Todd Falcone
If you've been in Network Marketing or direct sales for any length of time, or if you've had the opportunity of attending seminars from the likes of Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Tom Hopkins, or others, you have more than likely heard the old adage, "You need to work harder on you than you do in your job or occupation." Better yet, "In order to earn more, you must become more."

The Soft Economy Can Be Great for Business
Karen Phelps

Sometimes you have to address the elephant in the room before you can move forward in your business. Of course, the elephant no one can get away from right now is the economy. The exciting news is, if you are smart youll use the economy as a way to get better results from your direct selling business.

There is always two ways to look at every situation. You can think, This is awful, this economy is going to kill my business. Or you can be thinking, Wow, how can I help people who are having difficulties right now? Once you begin to look for solutions instead of problems you will see your business explode.

Every negative thought and reaction will create negative results. Continually focusing on whats wrong will prevent you from finding constructive ways to grow your business. Sometimes, it really is as easy as looking at a glass as half-empty or half-full.

Whats your natural instinct in challenging situations? Are you pessimistic about what is happening, feeling frustrated because things are out of control? Are you optimistic that you can still get the results you want from your business but realistic in knowing you will have to implement some different strategies and tactics to improve results?

How Hearing "No" Can Take Your Business to the Next Level!
Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
What if, starting today, the word "no" didn\'t stop you? What if every time you heard the word no, you became stronger, more powerful, and more resilient? What if the greatest success strategy in the world was not to go for yes, but to go for no?

For people who are discouraged by the failure and rejection that can come with building their business, here is a concept that can inspire them in a totally new way. It is true: the word no doesn\'t have to hinder you. In fact, it can empower you to achieve a whole new level of greatness you never dreamed possible.

In order to tap into the "power of no" the first thing...

Forensic Prospecting
Ramin Mesgarlou
(Excerpted from Chapter 5 of the Forensic Networker book)

In order to understand the concept of Forensic Networker, first you have to understand the constant changes in network marketing. I have seen the industry evolve tremendously since 1990 when MLM became my part-time profession.

Sadly there are way too many people in the MLM industry and not enough people in the MLM profession and there is a distinct difference. Being in the MLM industry is like joining a social club that does not require the participants to learn or become good at what they are involved in. However people generally do not want to be known as being unprofessional in their profession and are constantly seeking the latest information to keep up with the advancements of their trade and changes in their market.

One challenge our industry faces today is that most trainers have not kept up with the changes of network marketing. Can you imagine if car commercials today were the same as the car commercials back when model T Ford was created in 1905? Absurd, is not it? Yet in our profession we continue the same old inefficient marketing and prospecting techniques.

There was a time that you could hype your prospect in to joining your company with pure excitement. Not anymore. Although people today are far more interested than ever in creating residual income and having a home business, there are many options for the seeking entrepreneur to choose from.

In order to be a successful prospector, you must understand why your prospects accept or do not accept your product or business opportunity. There are three vital steps you can take that separate the 1 percent who earns millions from the 99 percent who have moderate to low success in their prospecting efforts.

The three vital steps are...

The Best Prospects
Randy Gage
A director on my front line called to ask if I would accompany him on a one-on-one presentation. I was kind of surprised, because he had a nice size group, and hadn't needed help with a presentation for months. I asked why...

Tax Scams
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

There are an ever increasing number of scams being investigated by the IRS. Some of these scams are so devious and clever that even the smartest of folks can be fooled. Every year IRS publishes a list of the dirty dozen tax scams. Following are some of the latest:

  1. Phishing scams: Folks are receiving letters or emails with the IRS / Treasury department logo informing them that they may be owed a refund. In order to obtain this refund, they have to prove that they are the right person by confirming certain personal information such as social security number, mothers maiden name, address etc. To date, IRS has identified as many as 1500 different phishing scams.
  2. Sandys Elaboration: IRS will NEVER call you or write you asking for this type of personal information. You should never provide it to anyone by phone, letter or email. If you get an email requesting this type of information allegedly from the IRS, forward the email to

  3. Economic Stimulus Scams: Some scam artists are trying to trick individuals into revealing personal financial information that can be used to access their financial accounts by making promises relating to the economic stimulus payment, often called a rebate. To obtain the payment, eligible individuals in most cases will

The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Home Business Today
Doug Firebaugh

There are many reasons why you need to have a home business today, but there are 10 major reasons I would like to share with you.

I started my own home business at the age of twenty-six and have found that it is one of the most amazing journeys anyone can take. I was fulltime for fourteen years in a networking company, and from that experience, I learned more than I can put in words, and made lifetime friends around the world.

The blessings I have received have been staggering, starting with being able to spend time with my beautiful daughter, and it just got better every day. Here are ten reasons I truly believe that you want to consider a home business:

1) A home business gives you OPTIONS - a LOT of them.

Most people have little if any financial options and a business from home can give you life options that most only dream of. Options are critical during a crisis, especially during a recession, when most do not have any.

2) A home business gives you

The Two-by-Three Inch $5,000 Bill
Andrea Nierenberg

Think about how you would handle every business card you received if each one was worth $5,000. Probably with greater care and attention. Unfortunately, too often we minimize the value of business cards that people give us. As entrepreneurs and network marketers - we must turn on our headlights to be aware that each person we meet could become a prospect, client, and friend or possibly knows someone who could be one of them and add to our organization. We need to realize and remember that 80% of our job is to create new opportunities and develop new business and sharing our products. One way we do that is by valuing and cultivating the different contacts we make.

Here are some steps to ensure that you always take a business card to its highest potential.

The Four Pillars of Standing Out Online
Dave Saunders

Using the Internet to gain exposure, position yourself, attract and maintain new business has never been easier. Thanks to the continued growth of the Internet, especially the explosive growth of new social media web sites, you can build relationships with people around the globe. You can share your passions and add value to the global community of the Internet by sharing what you know and what you are learning. Social media is not some new system merely for driving traffic to a landing page. It represents a collection of tools and resources which have been created to bring people together online. Collectively, this new media is known as Web 2.0. It does not replace, but rather adds to the existing capabilities of the Internet.

The number and variety of online social media sites already available is vast and growing almost daily. Joining and connecting with the people on only a handful of these sites can connect you to a bounty of people. No matter which of the many social media sites you use, there is one ingredient that is so important; to leave it out is like pulling out of the driveway without tires.

That essential ingredient of your online presence is you.

Also known as your personal brand, your presence online leaves an impression for others to...

Working Leads: Productivity versus Activity
Mark Helsel

I spoke with her on a cold January morning and she left me with an experience I will never forget. She was my first call of the morning. I was just getting started and still feeling a little sleepy. After a few sips of my morning brew I dialed her number. She answered and I said, Good morning, Mary. This is Mark Helsel and I am calling because you have expressed and interest in learning how to make money at home with your own business.

She quickly interrupted me. Hold on just a minute. Before you go in to your big pitch, does this business of yours require any time, money or effort? Caught completely off guard, I intuitively responded, Well, yes, of course. She quickly responded, Then I am not interested, and she hung up on me. That woke me up, in more ways than one.

Have you ever run in to a person like Mary? The truth is, they are everywhere, especially if you are working with leads. I paid hard earned dollars for Marys contact information and within 15 seconds...

The Keys to An Unstoppable Sales Drive
Steve McCann

Sometime back in 1995 I was invited to speak at a real estate conference. The opening speaker was a high-producing Realtor® who gave an inspiring presentation that was well received. He shared exactly what he did on a weekly basis to get the uncommon results he produced.

There were about 200 Realtors in attendance, many of whom were inspired by his ideas. And my guess is that many of the agents took action after that day because they wanted his results.

They probably started getting up earlier than normal started making the cold calls they normally werent making. But pretty soon, within a few days or weeks, most stopped doing it. Their activity levels went back to normal.

Why? Because their productivity rose above their self-image and their self-image squashed their productivity down within their comfort level - a level consistent with their self-image. Their actions were becoming inconsistent with their self-image which went into self-sabotage mode!

Has this ever happened to you?

You will always perform at a level equal to your self-image.

Our self-image is the portrait we have of ourselves. It is the picture weve created about ourselves and is commonly based on past experience. So if a new desire for improvement is introduced and it conflicts with our current self-image, it is doomed to fail.

Our actions, behaviors and discipline are all heavily influenced by our self-image. Even if you force yourself via will power to do things beyond your self-image, you wont be able to...

Self-HELP Me: Change your Habits, Change your Life
Mark Fournier

  • Do you ever have difficulty consistently reaching and sustaining your goals?
  • Do you allow procrastination, exception or excuses to interfere with any of your goals or commitment?
  • Would you like to know exactly which virtues, skills and systems must be mastered in order to be the best in your field or just be happier?
  • Do you ever feel alone or unsupported in your efforts, goals or dreams?

Do your still want to significantly improve your life or organization in spite of these challenges?

Have you ever experienced an inspiring book, CD, seminar or movie with a message so profound or stirring that you vowed to make a sweeping change in your life? For me personally it was in 1974 when I realized the enormous power I had over my own life and destiny while reading Viktor Frankls Mans Search for Meaning where this concentration camp survivor states Everything can be taken from a man but ...the last of the human freedoms - to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ones own way. And the immortal book As a Man Thinketh by James Allan where he explains, A man is literally what he thinks about, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass.

Knowledge is not Power... Only the consistent application of knowledge creates power.

GOING... Going... gone...
Journey forward to today and ask yourself what of that dream has become a reality? How many of these brilliant insights are now an automatic part of your basic nature? Are you consistently applying them and getting the results you expected, or have they gradually faded away? Have you ever allowed an empowering principle or passionate goal to slip through your fingers, unexpressed... never fully realized? What then is the missing link to LASTING change?

Wendy Weiss
A professional is someone who shows up, no matter what. A professional is someone who gets the job done, no matter what. A professional is someone who does what she needs to do, when she needs to do it, no matter what. An amateur is someone who lets circumstances, other people and emotions get in the way...

To Leave or Not Leave a Voice Mail - That Is the Question
MJ Durkin

Voice mail and caller ID have changed the landscape of telephone prospecting forever. It is not uncommon for a networker to make two dozen calls over a two hour time period and not reach even one person live. It is the world we live in now and the networkers who will take the time to learn the skills of leaving voice mail messages that get return calls will be the ones who succeed in the next several years.

Traditional sales training espoused the caveat that if you received someones voice mail that you should not leave a message - you should wait until the prospect answered the phone live! It is vital for you to realize that this is advice that was given in the 1970s and 80s when telephones were still attached to the wall by coaxial cable! This is outdated advice that does not work in todays Pentium-like environment. If you have the ability to sit at a phone all day long, every day and call your prospects at different time intervals you will eventually be able to reach them live. Most networkers do not have the luxury (or the tragedy) of having that kind of time to call that consistently. So the 21st century answer to the question of whether or not to leave a voice mail is this: always leave a voice mail every time you call. Yes, every time you call!

Todays prospect listens to their...

Newsflash: Networking Has Gotten a Bum Rap
Dean Lindsay

The term networking has gotten a bum rap. I consistently ask professionals who come to workshops and speeches based on my book, Cracking the Networking CODE, to share with me what they think of when they hear the word networking. Far too often, they say it conjures up images of manipulative, self-serving, insincere and predatory individuals who are on the prowl for someone they can pounce on, try to sell something to, or solicit an unearned favor from.

I wish I could say this style of networking was not out there, but it is, and it is a waste of time for ineffective networkers and the unfortunate people they corner. True networking is not about arm-twisting. It is not about trying to get someone to do something that does not make sense for them to do. It is not about scary old backslapping sales shenanigans.

There is a big difference between meeting someone and building a priceless business relationship with them. Networking is not about chance meetings. Even if...

Are You Sending Traffic to the Wrong Type of Website?
Dale Calvert

In 1994 I set up my first website, It is what is commonly called today a catalog site. I did not have a clue what I was doing, I violated virtually every rule of online marketing, but that site produced over $100,000 in sales the first year and it has never done less.

The one thing I did do correctly was add a monthly, No Fluff MLM Marketing, e-zine that visitors could subscribe to. Sometime in 1996 I ran across the Inside Secrets to Marketing on the Internet Course by the late Corey Rudl.

I thought it was awesome, so I included information about the course in my monthly e zine. 30 days later I received a call from Coreys office telling me I had set a record for the highest affiliate sales in one month in the history of the company and they were sending me a check for $17,000.00.

I am slow, and at that point I still did not get it. It took over two years before I ever sent out another promotional email. I built that list to over 90,000 subscribers and had a partner erase the entire data base. Experts tell us that you should earn about $1.00 per month per e-zine subscriber-Ouch!

I could go on and on with the success and failure I have experienced online over the past 15 years, however let me share a concept with you that I know can make a powerful impact on your business right now.

The number one mistake I see network marketers making right now, is they are sending traffic to the wrong kind of website. I am still shocked at the number of distributors who pay good money to create website traffic and then send those visitors to a corporate self-replicated site.

Understand there are basically a handful of website development companies that provide...

You'll Get More Bookings When You Make Your Parties Fun!
Karen Phelps

The Home Party Plan business is still booming! As new companies form each year consultants struggle to get their share of the bookings. Are you one of the consultants who struggle for bookings or do bookings fall into your lap? Getting bookings from your parties is easier than you think, however, it may require a change in your thinking.

When you began your Direct Selling business you probably began like most consultants by begging your friends and family to help you get started. Feeling insecure about yourself, you went and did the parties and may have gotten a few bookings but not enough to replace all of the parties you held.

You might have found yourself at a dead end and had to begin again by calling more prospects for new bookings only to repeat the cycle. Most consultants, even top sellers find themselves in an occasional dry spell, however...

Start Setting No-Goals Today ... See Amazing Results Tomorrow!
Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

It's 11:35 a .m. on Monday and Christine Wilkerson is smiling. Having completed her second meeting of the day, she finds herself two-for-two; two appointments, two sales! As she strides toward her car, having hit her goal for the day, she dials her cell phone to reserve a 1:00 p.m. appointment at the spa for an unexpected but well-deserved pedicure.

And in the blink of an eye, a great day begins to take a quick slide toward an average one, all because Christine started her process by setting the wrong goals.

The Problem with Traditional Goal Setting

Everyone knows the importance of setting goals. The problem is in the type of goals people set.

Many direct sales and network marketing professionals operate with what are commonly called, "Yes-Goals"... number-specific goals for the amount of times prospects say, "yes." This approach - while it's the one we've all been taught to use and follow - is significantly flawed for one main reason. Once we achieve the objective, we tend to divert our attention to other tasks or reward ourselves for our success. And how do we reward ourselves; by slowing down, taking a day off, shopping or catching up on paperwork.

There is a better approach that can dramatically increase the performance of anyone who employs it; that approach is...

Giving Your Way to Referral Success
Andrea Nierenberg

What are some ways to find new customers and distributors?

I believe the old maxim, It is better to give than receive, holds the key to our referral success. For centuries this has been sound advice for living. From the Bibles command to love your neighbor as yourself to sales trainer extraordinaire Zig Ziglers key principle that you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want, being a giving person brings success.

What are some practical things you can do to genuinely be more of a giver?

Give Away You Possessions

Sometimes it is appropriate to show appreciation with a gift. Sending a gift sets you apart and finding something that uniquely suites the individual helps build solid relationships. It says, I know you and care enough to think about what you might enjoy.

Sometimes it is appropriate to send a gift even when the sale does not close. If you appreciate the effort someone has made on your behalf, feel free to send a little something. You will keep them on your radar and prospect list. I often send flowers.

Sometimes they just mean...

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
Mark Fournier

Have you ever experienced an inspiring book, CD, seminar or movie with a message so profound or stirring that you vowed to make a sweeping or significant change in your life?

Try mentally returning to that period now... bringing to mind the feelings of hope, excitement and possibilities. Can you hear the music climaxing in Rocky as Stallone sprints to the top of those endless stairs, leaping into the air with his fist... or perhaps it happened while listening to Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or during a Chicken Soup for the Soul story.

For me, it happened in 1974 when I realized the enormous power I had over my own life and destiny while reading Viktor Frankls Mans Search for Meaning, where a concentration camp survivor states Everything can be taken from a man but the last of the human freedoms: to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ones own way.

Also as I read the immortal book As a Man Thinketh... by James Allan where he explains, A man is literally what he thinks about, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. [...] He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking glass. If you can recall a time like this when you experienced a new purpose or level of awareness...

What the Economic Stimulus Law Means to You!
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA

Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. -- Plato

As in Platos day, most people know that the government stimulus law (which is known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) is a giant bailout for some folks: namely large businesses. When I say giant, I was not kidding. The Act consists of thousands of pages. In fact, the entire text of the bill, and that of the previous economic stimulus act, is so huge that they might barely fit in a Winnebago! Congress must have purchased them, plus the vehicle to deliver such huge legislations, at either Wal-Mart of Costco.

Unknown too many people, however, is that there are a number of provisions that apply to both individuals and small businesses. I will try to summarize some of these provisions so you can see how this new law can apply to you.

Small Business Provisions:
  1. Automobile depreciation increased: In 2009, the maximum depreciation that you can take this year for a passenger automobile was going to be $3,160. This number was increased by $8,000 to $11,360 for the first year alone.
  2. 50% Bonus Depreciation: In addition to any depreciation taken on equipment, you can get an additional 50% bonus depreciation. This applies to any tangible equipment used in business and not to buildings. This is especially good for SUVs where business taxpayers can elect to write off only $25,000 of the business use of the SUV in the first year alone. Example: Sam buys a Cadillac Escalade for $54,000 and uses it about 92% for business. Thus, the business use is $50,000. Sam may elect to deduct the first $25,000 of the business use PLUS he would get 50% bonus depreciation of the remaining $25,000, which would be an additional $12,500 of depreciation. Moreover, he would get regular depreciation of the remaining $12,500 which would be taken over the forthcoming six years. The result is that you would be effectively deducting about 80% of the business use of a qualified SUV!
  3. $250,000 special expense rule: You know the old golden rule, he who has the gold, makes the rules. Since the government has the gold...or at least prints enough money to buy all of Fort Knox multiple times, they have limited depreciation of equipment. Usually equipment gets depreciated over 5-7 years depending on the equipment. However, now a small business can elect to deduct up to $250,000 worth of equipment in the year of purchase. However, Congress is an Indian giver. In order to take this deduction, the equipment must be new to you and purchased this year. Secondly, the equipment must be used over 50% for business. Finally, the total purchase of all equipment must be less than $800,000 or some of this $250,000 will be phased out.
  4. Transit pass exclusion increased to $230: In 2009, you can provide transit passes to your employees of up to...

Let It Shine!
MJ Durkin

The secret to becoming a natural networker is to let your authentic self shine through to everyone you pass by during your day.

Attracting the right people to you is actually much easier than you might think. First spend some time thinking about the kind of person you would like to meet or work with. Picture that person and get a feel for the specific qualities you are looking for.

Next, imagine yourself going through your day and see this kind of person being very open and receptive to meeting you. See your day filled with a limitless supply of prospects coming toward you in all kinds of ways.

As you go about your day be...

Wendy Weiss
What separates the people who are amazingly successful from those who struggle? Why is one person able to start a business or begin a new job in sales and succeed, while others with similar qualifications and abilities fail?

More and more I've come to realize that what makes the difference between those who succeed and those who do not comes down to thoughts and beliefs.

You see, whatever you believe affects your actions. If you believe that a certain action is negative, you will not want to take that action. If, on the other hand, you believe an action to be positive, why then it will be far easier to move forward with that action.

Taking action (or not taking action), gives you...

How Are You Leading Your Team?
Dale Calvert

What is your specific game plan to start your new distributors on the right track to success?

Unfortunately today in network marketing, far too many distributors are giving what I call the go sickem training program. They are brought into their program by a close friend or family member who has no experience or background in the networking profession.

Lets face it, the industry is full of the blind leading the blind. Is it any wonder the drop out rates are so high? Even worse, the internet is full of self proclaimed gurus trying to distract or steal members of your team, hiding behind the title of consultant or trainer.

In todays environment, more than ever, it is your job to lead your team. If you do not provide them a track to run on, somebody else will.

There are four dominant leadership styles...

How to Effectively Start Calling a Lead
Michael Oliver

Here is an interesting question from TD who asks, How do I establish an open discussion with new potential partners over the telephone?

My Answer: In order to answer you correctly I would need to know whether you are referring to calling leads, calling friends or associates, cold calling, referrals, etc.

For this week, I will address how to start the approach of calling leads.

First though, if you want to establish an open discussion or dialogue, it is important to start correctly. The Connecting Stage, which is the first stage of five of the Natural Selling Dialogue Framework, is designed to do this.

It sets you up to be successful for the important second stage, The Discovering Stage which will determine what you present in your solution.

Unlike other sales approaches that concentrate on

The MLM Rule of Life
Doug Firebaugh
Here is a sad rule of life that all network marketers must accept:

"Most people resist change in their life."

You will find this out quickly in MLM.


Mainly, when change has entered a person's life in the past, it usually came in the form of a loss, not a gain.

It carried with it pain, not pleasure, so most people equate change to something negative instead of something positive.

Change then becomes "chains" that people carry around with them.

People who carry chains are:
   - chained to their past,
   - chained to how things are,
   - chained to fears,
   - chained to doubts,
   - chained to insecurities,
   - chained to other people's opinions,
   - chained to other people's patterns of life,
   - chained to other people's beliefs.

Chains are much too heavy to carry around with you, especially in network marketing.

Most people have a tendency...

How to Achieve over $100,000 per Month in 21st Century Networking
Mark Yarnell
Earning $100K a month in today's world requires the same laser focus as always, but there's just one catch: celebrity authors and technology mega-corporations are financially committed to keeping everyone distracted. Multi-tasking is just another way of saying "fragmented effort."

Multiple streams of income require multiple disciplinary wisdom and competitive expertise in a wide range of specialties. Unfortunately, American young people rank 24th out of 29 developed countries when it comes to competitive thinking skills according to The Organization for Economic Cooperation a nd Development test of problem solving skills demanded in today's workforce.

I could go on and on about the many distractions we face today, but I'd rather that you read Maggie Jackson's new bestseller Distractions. She's brilliant.

I must tell you that in my upcoming Webinar, I intend to hold nothing back. If the truth offends...

So Why's Everybody Broke?
Randy Gage
Back when I was doing lots of generic seminars for network marketers, I noticed a very disconcerting pattern. When many of the top income earners would buy my resources afterward, their credit card would decline. Yet these were people that bragged constantly about making $40,000, $60,000 or $80,000 a month.

And it seemed like several times a year I would get distressed calls from top distributors who had been terminated by their company, or their company had gone out of business. Invariably they would tell me that they were a month or two away from getting cars repossessed or losing their homes.

Something didn't add up...

I came to learn that many people in the business are broke. Even people that earn a lot of money. Which shouldn't be so shocking. The truth is, earning large amounts of money is fairly easy in this business. Learning how to create wealth is a completely different skill set. For many people (me included) network marketing is the first time we've ever made a lot of money, and we don't know how to handle this new wealth. This is important...

Where Does All My Money Go?
Eric Tippetts
"Where does my money go every month?"

This is a question most Americans are asking themselves these days. For the first time in quite awhile, the economic climate is forcing many of us to really start living within our means. The days of easy home equity loans and refinancing one's home to pay the bills are over.

Experts argue whether or not we are in an actual recession, but when you speak with people you hear all about gas prices going toward $5 per gallon (and maybe higher), food prices going "through the roof," healthcare and other costs skyrocketing, and the lack of security in the job market.

If you're like most people, money always seems to be tight. Between skyrocketing costs and never-ending bills, by the end of the month your bank account is empty and you have no idea where it all went. The good news is, we can change that!

What if we could find a proven system that is simple, quick and mobile, and offers guaranteed results?

We hear over and over again about people going to seminars to hear the big financial experts and motivational speakers... leaving very excited and motivated, with a lot of CD's and books (that quickly become lost or forgotten) but without a SYSTEM that allows them to do all the things that the speakers are telling them to do.

The #1 recommendation all Financial Experts have is: track your spending. If you don't know where your money is being spent, how can you ever manage or control it?

The problem with most expense tracking systems is that by the time a user sit down to become a data entry clerk at the end of the month... he or she has already overspent! Same with credit cards: by the time you receive the statement, you have already spent more than you wanted to and it is too late to do anything about it.

The key to getting a handle on your expenses is having...

How I got 2,000 Quality Prospects in Two Weeks
Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

So where are you going to get new leads for your networking business?

You prospected your family. Now you are banned from weddings and funerals.

You prospected your friends. They would not return your telephone calls.

You prospected your co-workers. When they see you coming, they walk on the other side of the street.

You are stuck. You have nuked your warm market.

And then you decide to find new prospects over the Internet. That sounds like an easy way to go. Just purchase a few thousand hot leads, send them an e-mail, and presto!

Nothing happens.

Why? There could be many reasons.

  1. These hot leads thought your e-mail was spam.
  2. These hot leads didn't know, like or trust you.
  3. You e-mail message was boring.
  4. These hot leads weren't so hot. They weren't good prospects.
  5. The web page you sent them to was boring.

Well, there are a lot of factors...

Networking Is an Art
Andrea Nierenberg

Although we know that the goal of networking is to discover new business opportunities, it's more than a "paint by the numbers" process. It takes time, patience, and creativity to cultivate people into our lives. The key is to make networking become a natural part of everyday life.

When I first started consulting businesspeople, networking was starting to get a bad reputation. People saw trade shows, business seminars, and community events as "targets" to pass out and collect as many business cards as possible. Ultimately, people networked when they needed something from someone. I agree that type of attitude can be detrimental to our sales success.

To make positive networking become a part of your everyday life, start with a strategy and...

But I Could Never Sell!
Bob Burg

As I took my seat in the crowded airplane, the woman in the next seat over smiled. "Headed home?" she asked.

I nodded. "Jupiter, Florida."

"My, you're a long way from home!" she exclaimed. We were on the tarmac in Regina, Saskatchewan. "What brought you to Regina?"

I told her I had been conducting a seminar for a direct selling organization. She wrinkled her nose. "Oh," she pronounced, "I could never sell."

Five Virtues for the Virtual World
Dianne Collins & Alan Collins

Think of new technologies as tools for being in relationship. It is vital to create and maintain an intimate and authentic connection to each person who "opts in" to your community. Here are five virtues for the virtual world.

Be Distinctive

The best thing you can do for your audience is distinguish yourself and your gifts uniquely -- through the way you write or speak, the graphics you use and the technologies you select. Opt-in technology means you attract people who sincerely resonate with you...

Your Money and Your Mind
Dianne Collins & Alan Collins

Anyone even faintly familiar with the law of attraction realizes that what you resonate you attract. If there were ever a time to gain command over your "money resonance," now is that time. In this economic atmosphere it is more important than ever to elevate your mastery with the habits of your very own mind.

Let me clarify what I mean by "mind." Mind is everything you hold in your awareness including your thoughts, your emotional states (that are evoked by the meaning you ascribe to your thoughts), your spiritual centeredness (or not), as well as your energetic essence or feeling tone. What fills your mind...

What Is Holding You Back?
Paula Pritchard

Success is taking inventory. You must be willing to identify your strengths and your weaknesses. It takes courage to work on your weaknesses, but the rewards are worth the journey. Once I decided to take inventory, I utilized my strengths and diligently worked on my weaknesses.

One of my biggest weaknesses was fear. An interesting thing---fear! You can't see it, but it's so real it can paralyze people and keep them from accomplishing all their goals in life.

My mentor once said that fear is "False Evidence Appearing Real." The more I thought about what he said, the more I realized that I was spending a great deal of time being afraid and worrying about things that were, most likely, never going to happen. In the process of worrying about the negatives that may happen tomorrow, I was missing out on all the positives that were going on today.

I'm Not Interested
Wendy Weiss
Whenever I conduct a workshop or Webinar, invariably someone asks the question:
"What should I say when the prospect says, 'I'm not interested?'"

My response invariably is: "It's probably too late."

Certainly you can try to recover from that "I'm not interested" response. You can ask, "Why do you say that?" (Say this gently, as though you are confused and really, really want the answer.) You can repeat back: "Not interested?" (Again, say this gently, as though you are confused.) This sometimes...

How to Get Your Master's Degree in Lead Generation
Dale Calvert
In today's marketing world most of my clients and customers suffer from the same thing: information overload. There is so much good marketing information available today that we can easily become distracted and take our eye off our ultimate goal.

Some of the best advise I have heard over the past couple of years has been "Say no to a lot of good ideas so you have time for the GREAT ones!"

If you want to build a large residual income with network marketing you cannot afford to let yourself get distracted by all the money-making methods and systems that consistently fill your email inbox and sometimes postal mail box.

A question you should always ask yourself:

"Does participating in this, or learning this, support my ultimate goal?"

Get clear about your reasons why you are doing what you are doing. It is easier to create a $1,000 monthly residual income ...

How to Attract World-Class Leaders
Steve Siebold
If you're going to become a Network Marketing millionaire, you must attract champions into your organization. Champions are found, not made. You can recognize champions instantly because they radiate success. These are the people you need to build a strong, profitable Networking empire in the new economy.

Three Ways to Stop Creating Resistance
Michael Oliver
While I was observing a recent opportunity meeting, I noted three things about the presentation that could be called "resistance creators."

Could you be doing something similar without realizing it?

First, the presenter included justifying statements such as "Network marketing isn't what you think it is" and "It's not a pyramid scheme." He proceeded to explain what he thought it was and why it wasn't a pyramid scheme.

He then continued to overcome some of the "perceived objections" that people supposedly have about network marketing, such as its legality, etc.

The presentation also made comparing statements that included how the company "has the best products... is the number one company in its field... has the best compensation plan... etc."

At the end of this, one of the guests turned to me and said, "I didn't think there was anything illegal about network marketing? And what's a pyramid scheme?"

"Also" He added, "I didn't know there were other companies doing the same thing. I'd like to check them out."

I later discovered...

Using the Power of Intention to Create a Better World -- and a Happier You
Howard Martin, HeartMath LLC
The ability to create things we want through directing our thoughts and intentions has been talked about by people in the field of personal development since the early 1900s.

For example, most wealth building processes have a component that focuses on creating a vision, setting goals, and then reinforcing them with the power of belief.

There are also many spiritual teachers, old and new, who talk about how interacting, consciously and unconsciously, with a universal field of energy determines the events in our lives, making us in a sense co-creators of our reality.

In his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein says in essence that everything is energy -- everything, including our thoughts and feelings. This understanding makes us wonder...

Do You Come from Gratitude, Love and Trust - or from Doubt and Fear?
Dr. Joe Rubino
As human beings, we often react emotionally to what others say or do. If our reactions are preceded by the emotions of fear, anger, or sadness, we forfeit our ability to act with personal power and effectiveness in lieu of a knee-jerk response.

This reaction is all too often sourced in fear and low self-esteem. We may focus on what's wrong with us and our lives, and fear being controlled, hurt, or taken advantage of.

We may overlook the many things we have in our lives for which we could be grateful, doubt our ability to...

Bridging the Gap between Offline, Online and Mobile Marketing
Dan Hollings

Mr. Online and Mr. Offline are sitting in a bar discussing their various marketing tactics when in walks the young, voluptuous Miss Mobile; after a few drinks they strike up a conversation.

"Hey, why not come over to MySpace and we can Google together," says Mr. Online. Immediately Mr. Offline pipes in, "Hey, forget that, I can get you on billboards or perhaps a magazine spread."

Totally unimpressed, Miss Mobile strolls to the door, turning to say, "Sorry guys, it sounds like neither of you are in to

When it comes to your business, when was the last time you used SMS text? Yet, can you think of anything that is more pervasive and more intimate with the majority of your potential clients and customers than the communication medium of mobile phones?

Here are the facts: 94% of SMS text messages are viewed, 62% are remembered and 22% of value-add messages are forwarded to friends. Roughly half of mobile subscribers use SMS in the U.S. today.

If those facts are not mind-blowing enough to pique your marketing interest, did you know that...

Bud Chapplain
Isn't it about time that you got serious about your business? Here it is June and half of the year is over... are you still struggling with keeping your records up to date?

Here is a great tip:

If you think that you have to wait until next January you are mistaken.


Now, in order to "just do it," you need to understand all the parameters involved and get clear on the following questions:

What should I do?
Why should I do it?
When should I do it?
How do I do it?

Why should I do it?

Here is a fact for you to ponder: every year...

Is Your Website a Billboard in the Desert?
Dale Calvert
It seems as though every week I have the same conversation with customers and coaching clients. It starts something like "Dale, I am not getting any results with my website, what can I do?"

There are two major factors for lack of good website results.

#1 Your site does not have a MWR (Most Wanted Response)

#2 You simply aren't getting enough numbers (traffic)

We will look at both of these challenges in this article. What is your Most Wanted Response? What is the purpose of your site?

Unfortunately many distributor websites are not designed to sell a particular product; they are nothing more than online catalogs with multiple product choices. This type of site is fine for distributors to place their personal product orders but extremely ineffective if you plan on marketing products online. One of the rules of any website should be "sell one thing and sell it well."

The more product choices you offer, the more likely that you will not sell anything. A confused mind does not take action.

I believe that every distributor...

What Is Your Prospect Feeling When You Are Talking?
Doug Firebaugh
Many network marketers today do a lot of talking when prospecting. They believe that they are keeping the attention of the prospect and think that the prospect is enthralled with their conversation.

They are wrong in many cases.

The prospect is not that interested in what you want to sell them or get them to do. They are more interested in how they are feeling about you as a person and distributor. Emotions determine much of the success in network marketing, and you need to make sure that they are feeling the right intentions and focus from you in your prospecting.

When a prospect is considering buying your product or maybe joining your company, that's a good thing. But the challenge is...

The Translucent Revolution
Arjuna Ardagh
Robert had it all: the beach house in Malibu, the latest SUV, designer clothes, the right connections. He also had a small drinking problem, and a few personal difficulties to resolve at home. He had made his money in California real estate, and when the market crashed in the late eighties, so did Robert. He went from a net worth of millions to bankruptcy. He lost the house, many of his friends, and his confidence. By 1992 he was thinking about killing himself. Late one evening, he was out taking a walk. He stopped and stood motionless, his mood blacker than the night. He had a thought, a simple thought. "I am finished," his mind announced. He still has trouble explaining what happened next. "I was overcome by a sense of relief," he reports. "A sudden feeling of inexpressible freedom. I even began to laugh out loud. My body was filled with happiness, as if I was suddenly getting a joke I'd been missing. For the first time I was feeling really good for no reason at all. I was totally here, in this moment. I could feel the trees around me, and hear the sounds without having to listen to thoughts telling me things needed to be...

Awakened Thinking – The Key to Mastering Results Part II
Dianne Collins
In last week's article, Part I of "Awakened Thinking," we addressed the fact that even though we are familiar with the basic principles of creation we have graciously been endowed with - thought creates reality, the law of attraction and the power of intent - we don't always experience getting the results we want using them.

Said another way: If your thinking creates your reality...

Awakened Thinking - The Key to Mastering Results Part I
Dianne Collins
Everyone tells you if you want to be successful in the network marketing business you have to change your mindset - think in the right way, have the right thoughts. Thought creates reality after all...we all know that, right?

If all you have to do is change your thoughts to change your reality - why aren't you achieving the level of success you want and know you deserve? Why do you sometimes...

Prospecting to Niche Markets -- Part I
Dr. Joe Rubino
Distributors often ask if it is more effective to lead with product or lead with the opportunity in their prospecting conversations. I believe that the most effective prospecting conversations lead with the relationship first.

It is only by creating a relationship first that your prospect will listen to what you have to offer with regard to your product or opportunity. The secret, then, is how do we best build rapport, create an opening to be heard and appreciated, and build the relationship?

As network marketers, we typically feel...

Use Online Social Networks to Make Yourself a Star
Paul Gillin
No one asked Reba Haas to become an expert on the Seattle area. No newspaper editor gave her a column and no TV station told her story. She doesn't have a radio show or even a book. Reba Haas created her own path to celebrity using a handful of carefully selected web sites and social networks. And after only five years in the business, she's become the number two Seattle realtor in the Re/Max network.

Reba Haas works hard at maintaining her visibility. Her name and photo are all over Seattle web sites. Her Team Reba blog guides homeowners and prospective purchasers through...

Is Your Business a "Magnificent Adventure"?
Dale Calvert
"Life is to be lived as a magnificent adventure, or not all." — Helen Keller. The sad truth is, most people live like sheep, following each other around: Go to work, get home, watch the electronic income reducer ... and continue the cycle day in and day out, living (as Emerson described it) "lives of quiet desperation" — and thinking this is normal simply because everyone else around them is doing the same thing! Ben Franklin said, "Most men die at age 25, but aren't buried until age 65!" What he was saying is that we quit dreaming. Sadly most people...

Insurmountable Opportunities
Mark Yarnell
The challenge in network marketing has never been a shortage of prospects. The challenge has always been the fact that everyone on planet earth wants to achieve big money and free time, and distributors are forced to make choices in an environment of insurmountable opportunities. Simply put, there are too many prospects and too little time. In fact, it’s so daunting that many people become overwhelmed and begin engaging in activities that are totally unproductive so that they can eventually defend their failure by pretending that they just didn’t have a good upline or no one taught them how to succeed. Others blame their companies, products or unsupportive families. Some decide to become full-time...

How to Evaluate Any Network Marketing Opportunity
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA
Walk into a hotel lobby, restaurant, or friend's living room almost any evening of the week, and you may find anywhere from 5 to 100 people listening attentively to enthusiastic speakers explain the benefits of becoming a distributor or representative for the products and services of network marketing company x, y or z. In a world where we have learned to tune out most marketing messages, friends selling to friends has become one of the most effective ways to get products distributed quickly.

Because of job insecurity or loss caused by corporate downsizing, many people are looking for part time opportunities that will...

Dr. Bill Toth
Looking at my calendar it's easy to see Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday....and now I'm confused...where is "Someday"? Everybody talks about it. Everybody has all kinds of great things that they're going to do or have accomplished on that day...Someday.

You've heard it before, "Someday I'll lose that last 10lbs. Someday I'll tell my boss what I really think. Someday I'll make enough so my spouse doesn't have to work. Someday I'll take the family on that vacation. Someday I'll be able to afford that car. Someday I'll start saving for my kid's college. Someday I'll start my own business. Someday I'll actually take the actions necessary to build my business. And Someday I'll actually do what I know.

As a physician...

Money & Me
John Alexandrov
Imagine a world with no scarcity, no lack or deprivation, no fear or unmet needs. Imagine a world where money flows easily, effortlessly and continuously to you and others in ever-increasing amounts. In this world, everything is within your reach spiritually, physically, and mentally. You can "deliberately create" the life you desire and deserve.

First and foremost, deliberate creation requires...

What Vibes Are You Sending about Your Business?
Michael Losier
How do things happen in our lives? Essentially we create our world by putting out vibrations or vibes, and in the vibrational world, there are only two kinds of vibrations-negative and positive. Law of Attraction (vibrational energy), is always responding to the vibes you are sending by giving you more of the same...

Transforming Your Tax Time Nightmare into a Sixty-Second Dream
Bud Chapplain
Well it's that time of year again. Christmas? New Year? Yes, you are correct but let's add one more date that comes with the passing of these joyous events.

Tax Time!

It never fails that as soon as I mention Tax Time, people's heart rate speeds, their palms begin to sweat, and they usually get glazed look in their eyes...sounds familiar?

Well, let me show you how to Transform Your Tax Time Nightmare into a Sixty-Second Dream.

No, I am not out of my mind. It is possible as I will show you.

The first thing we are going to touch on is building your dream.

You start work every day with...

Are We Selling?
Wendy Weiss
I looked up the word "sell" in the dictionary. Here is what it said:

"To persuade (another) to recognize the worth or desirability of something."

This definition assumes value. It assumes that you recognize the value of whatever it is that you are selling. Inherent in the definition is the concept of worth or desirability.

I also looked up "salesperson," "saleswoman," "salesman," "sales clerk," and my favorite, "sales talk." The definition for "sales talk" was, "a line of reasoning or argument intended to persuade someone to buy something."

Whenever I do a workshop or teleconference, I frequently ask participants...

An Exercise in Patience
Todd Falcone
I've been thinking lately about some of the other elements that separate big producers in this business from those that become statistics or simply produce nothing.

Obviously it takes consistent daily actions to create production. You've all heard me say that the only thing that really matters is prospecting. If you are consistently talking to new people every day about your business, you will produce results.

However, it happens at different paces for different individuals. And...if it isn't happening as fast as you thought it would or would like it to...

Bombs Away
Mark Yarnell
When we first launched our Holy Grail of Network Marketing Collection, we made the very important decision to tell the truth no matter whom it might offend. Simply put, my job is to tell the truth no matter whom it offends so long as I am irrevocably convinced of its accuracy. That's the approach I take with respect to the numerous landmines in Networking.

I believe that new business builders deserve to know just how difficult prospects and team members can be so that they will be better prepared to cope with them. Many leaders disagree with me because they say they don't want new distributors to get discouraged by all the land mines in their paths. But the mines...

The Business of Heart-Based Living
Howard Martin, HeartMath LLC
In the last few years, more people than ever-from different backgrounds and walks of life-are talking about the heart. More company mission statements make a point to mention the importance of the heart in leadership and customer care. More speakers, articles and books, both spiritual and non-spiritual, are referring to the heart. Whether people mention speaking from the heart, listening to the heart, connecting with the heart, or following the heart...

Candlelight for the Soul
Dr. Fran DeLaCruz
Several winters ago, I received a humbling lesson about dedication from my business team. It happened at a point when there seemed to be nothing happening in our business-no matter how many people we spoke with, none of them joined. No matter how many people we showed our products, none of them became customers. This went on for nearly a month until the collective mind of all the members of my team decided enough was enough.

We were going to have a recruiting event to end all events. We were going to talk to so many people that everyone in our city (and possibly our state) knew that this event was going to happen. And then we would have people joining our business in droves, and hundreds of customers begging to buy our products. All we had to do was get a plan for the event (which we called The Big Event) and invite everyone we saw.

The plan was easy. We would put on a high tech multi-media event using introductory music, followed by a breathtaking video, capped off by the world's most impressive Power Point presentation. We put together all the materials, bought extra power cords, and designed every last detail of the presentation...

Step into the Web
Paul Gillin
For small business owners, the benefits of blogs, podcasts, online video and social networks are so compelling-at such low costs-that you owe it to yourself to look at the opportunities.

You don't have to be a technology geek or a professional writer to take advantage of these new tools. You do need to be passionate and informed about a topic and have the time and commitment to write frequently about it. For most small businesses, that means an hour or two a week. Here are some quick steps to get started.

Find out what others are already saying about your area of expertise. Sites like Technorati and Google Blog Search will get you started listening in on the conversation. Set up some Google Alerts about topics that interest you and start getting regular updates on what others are saying. While you're at it, set up an alert on your own name to see when others mention you.

Being "In the Zone"
Dr. Bill Toth
"Are you "Gellin?" asks the Dr Scholl's ad. The viewers are treated to images of actors smiling, dancing and "feeling crazy good." It's a feeling being portrayed and athletes call it "being in the zone." Are you? More importantly is your group? Or do you have a herd of cats in your business?

Remember the summer of the 1969 Mets? They were "gellin"! That was their summer; they owned it and everyone in the USA could feel it! Then there were the Boston Celtics in the 70's - they owned basketball and everyone in the USA knew it. Then the US Olympic Hockey team in the 80's, the Dallas Cowboys dynasty in the 90's, and the Chicago Bull's in the 90's. Great teams that still today give us much to strive for.

Movies like Miracle, Remember the Titans, We are Marshall, and Facing the Giants give a taste of what it means to be a winning team. They all contain scenes of the moment when the team "gells", when they become a TEAM and when they absolutely know that it's their time to win.

Are You Taking Accountability for What You're Attracting?
Michael Losier
Does the word accountability make your hair stand up on the back of your neck?

Often the word accountability is used in a scolding manner such as "You're not very accountable!" As a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner, I've learned about the impact of words and I particularly like...

When Your Lead Asks "What's This All About?"
Michael Oliver
When calling a lead, do you ever get asked the question, "So what's this all about?"
Have you been trained to have an answer already made up?
Are you sure you know what it is that your lead is really asking?
The answer is almost certainly no, you don't! And any assumption on your part will reduce any ground you may have gained so far in your communication...

Start Listening to Your Prospects
Dr. Joe Rubino
You are proud to be associated with your wonderful company. You believe in your products. They’re unique and everyone needs them. And your opportunity is simply life-changing! If your prospect knew what you know, he or she would jump in without hesitation...

Signing Up New Distributors Does You No Good if You Can’t Keep Them!
Dale Calvert
I frequently have the opportunity to speak at network marketing seminars around the country-generic events with people from various companies as well as corporate conventions.
When I ask the question, "What is your Retention System?" or "How do you keep people in your business after you recruit them?", the reaction from the public is always the same: they look like a deer staring into headlights...

"Is This a Pyramid?"
Todd Falcone
This is one of those questions that can cause a new person to shiver in their boots! In fact, even people I know who have been around the profession for a bit don't know how to respond to that question...

We Do!
Mark Yarnell
Recently a young man called to thank me for my new training program The Holy Grail. He was extremely excited because he had just recruited more prospects in one day than he had ever recruited in a previous month...

Running Your Own Business? If Were You
Michael Losier
Have you found yourself wondering if there's more you could be doing with Law of Attraction and your business? Do you even know if you're doing it right? I regularly hear from people who want to make sure they're doing all they can to tap into Law of Attraction to help their businesses grow...

How to Become a Master Internet Prospector
Max Steingart
People usually make changes to the way they do things out of inspiration or desperation. Whether this article inspires you to give the Internet a try, or you’re desperate enough to try something new, using Instant Messaging on social networking web sites can take your business to the next level and beyond by giving you access to the best prospects. Social networking online isn’t just for kids, it’s for everyone...

How Your Environment Influences The Law of Attraction
Marie Diamond
We live between Heaven and Earth. Feng Shui, a 4000-year-old science, is based on how the human experience is balanced between the laws of the universe and the planet we live on. By understanding the connection between you, your personal environment and the universe you can use the universal laws to its best advantage...

The Importance of Self-Esteem for Networking Professionals
Dr. Joe Rubino
Studies show that at least 85 percent of the world's people suffer from some degree of lacking self-esteem...

What's your cupcake?
Dale Calvert
I love this time of year, it brings back great childhood memories. March Madness wraps up and baseball season is here...

The Ethos of Infantilism
Mark Yarnell
According to Benjamin R. Barber, Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland, who consults political and civic leaders throughout the world on citizenship, culture and education...

Lessons from a Little Boat and the Big Sea
Dr. Fran DeLaCruz
My family and I were fortunate enough to buy some waterfront property on Puget Sound and suddenly it made sense that we should have a boat...

When Do You Lose Your Prospect? At the End of Your Presentation—or at the Beginning?
Troy Dooly
A few weeks ago, one of our field leaders called and said, “I lost a prospect today, he signed with another leader in our company. I just don’t understand why...

Balancing Family and Work
Andrea Frank Henkart and Journey Henkart
We all know communication is the key to successful relationships, but how much thought do we put into what we say and how we say it? Become aware of the way you speak to everyone around you, from members of your family to servers in restaurants...

Become Mentally Tough and Fire Your Boss!
Steve Siebold
Are you ready to fire your boss and become a full-time Networker? If so, read on. If you've already canned the clown, this information will virtually guarantee your freedom for life. The secret lies in the real estate between your ears...

How to Create an Immediate $200 MONTHLY Advertising Budget for Your Network Marketing Business
Dale Calvert
What is your annual advertising budget for your network marketing business? It is sad but true, that most network marketers can't answer that question. They have no game plan, no routine, no real system or plan for advertising their products and business...

Success Is in the Show
Paula Pritchard
Success is not how well you do a business presentation; it's not where you do the presentation; it's not how you do the presentation. Success is the fact that you do it numerous times. Success is in the show...

Maximizing Home Mortgage Interest
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA
For most Americans, their home is their single biggest portion of their net worth. Many Americans believe that you can deduct any interest, especially interest incurred on your home. This myth is partially true...

It's About Balance
Laura Kall
Financial freedom starts with defining what the term means to you; after all, it's hard to find something if you don't know what you’re looking for. To me, financial freedom means being able to afford doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. It’s about being able to enjoy life with a clear head—stress-free!

Follow the Reader
Mark Yarnell
The very factors in network marketing that propel common people to high velocity wealth are little understood and seldom discussed. House cleaners and anglers earn millions in our business, and everyone wonders why and how—especially when they see doctors and other professionals fail in the same company.

Appointment Setting
Wendy Weiss
Many people think they can just "wing it" or they "know what they want to say." On the telephone, however, you have 10 seconds to grab and hold your prospect's attention and frequently you don't get a second chance. Ten seconds goes by very quickly...

The Listening Test
Brian Klemmer
We all know how important listening is in the sponsoring process, but few people even know what it really means to listen. Here is a simple, fun exercise you can try with your group to drive home the point that just because we are hearing does not mean we are listening...

Diamonds Are You
Dr. Fran DeLaCruz
I recently read an article that detailed the process of how diamonds are formed. It was fascinating; I couldn't help but notice that the way diamonds are formed is strikingly similar to the way people become network marketers.

Share the Wealth through Sponsoring
Karen Phelps
The best feeling in the world is when you help someone else realize his or her dream. Are you sharing what you’ve found with everyone you know, or are you keeping a good thing to yourself? Direct sales and multilevel marketing are great ways to reach financial security. You discovered it when someone shared the opportunity with you.

Seven Commonly Missed Tax Deductions for Homeowners
Sandy Botkin, Esq., CPA
Read about seven common overlooked tax deductions, and how to save money if you're a homeowner...

The Perfect Time for the Perfect Profession
Mark Yarnell
It's time to drop all the excuses. It's time to end all the defenses, rationalizations, and justifications. Network marketing offers a better opportunity today than it ever has for those in search of radical wealth...

It's All about Customers
Mark Helsel
I found my friend's answer disturbing. I had asked him what strategy he was teaching his downline.

His answer spoke volumes. "Well, I'm not sure whether I want to teach them to 'do the business' - or just get customers."...

Networking Outside the Box
Todd Falcone
What box? I don't live in a box! What are you talking about?

I'm talking about that little square we live in every day. No.., not our home, not our room, nor our office. It's where we reside in our minds and how we go about living our lives. The box represents our actions and our thoughts that bring about the results we see in our lives...

The Power of Emotion
Howard Martin, HeartMath LLC
Think about this. What would it be like if you somehow managed to climb to the top of a beautiful mountain but couldn't feel the exhilarating rush of excitement? What if you spent time with family or close friends, but couldn't feel the love between you...

A "Warm Calling" vs."Cold Calling" Rant
Wendy Weiss
Recently I had a conversation with yet another entrepreneur who told me he does not "cold call", he only does "warm calls". I continue to be baffled...

How to Get Into (And Stay In) Massive Recruiting Mode
Laura Kall
I write this article for those of you who share a goal of developing a lifetime of residual income and a business that can eventually go on with or without you. I can tell you from first-hand experience that this can happen only if...

What’s Driving You?
Dr. Bill Toth
Have you ever heard stories about people who win the lottery and then a few months or years later are completely broke? Or about people who enter college and change their majors three, five or ten times...

The Mental Toughness Lessons of Oklahoma City
Steve Siebold
On April 19, 1995, at 9:02 am, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time: Oklahoma City, just a few blocks from the Alfred P. Murrah building. War-zone-like chaos erupted minutes after the blast...

Networking and Lily Pads
Mark Yarnell
It’s amazing how few people truly understand exponential growth. I do my best to explain the importance of short-term resilience, but it doesn’t always sink in...

Value Networking™: How to Be an Attraction Magnet
Mitch Axelrod
Are you ready to be an attraction magnet?
Here are seven ways to win the Value Networking game...

Master Your Traits
Bob Burg
When it comes to knowing ourselves and conquering those character traits and habits that don’t serve us – and actually work against us in terms of our personal effectiveness – we must first become aware before we can change them.

The Art of Communication
Brian Carruthers
In this candid interview, Brian Carruthers shares his path to success and the lessons he learned along the way.

The Dance of Teams
Chris Majer
Chris Majer's "think piece" may fly in the face of what you think you know about creating Network Marketing Organizations.

Conquer the Cold Market with Voice Mail Magic
Steve Siebold
Steve shares the two critical elements to developing a voice mail message that prospects can't resist.

More Stuff We Make Up About Our Prospects
Wendy Weiss
It is important to differentiate between the actual words your prospect says and what you think your prospect is saying.

Is Your Business a “Magnificent Adventure”?
Dale Calvert
"Life is to be lived as a magnificent adventure, or not all." — Helen Keller.

The sad truth is, most people live like sheep, following each other around...

Build a Pipeline With Developing Emerging Leaders and Reap the Benefits!
Barry Donalson
Developing the right people can produce many positive effects on your organization. Building with the right people can...

Follow the Reader
Mark Yarnell
The very factors in network marketing that propel common people to high velocity wealth are little understood and seldom discussed...

Paula Pritchard
Success is not how well you do a business presentation; it's not where you do the presentation; it's not how you do the presentation. Success is the fact that you do it numerous times. Success is in the show!

How to Win Consistently in Network Marketing
Troy Dooly
If you are ever faced with making leadership decisions based on how they affect you, you'll never grow a significant organization or become a great leader.

Recruiting Through the Power of Conversation...
Doug Firebaugh
The secret to this business IS conversation, and it is something we all have done for a long time, and many have even mastered. Why do people not use more conversation as a recruiting tool?

Win the NEW Game of Selling
Mitch Axelrod
YOU are an untapped gold mine. You are poised to make a serious jump into a new league of play. You are ready to become a game changer, and make a real difference...

Personal Development
Dr. Joe Rubino
A complete personal growth workshop - packed with 6 exercises for you and your team. These excercises were designed by Dr. Joe Rubino, a top network marketing distributor, established coach and author of "Been There Done That" and "The Power to Succeed" series.

The Top Ten Key Questions To Ask In A Recruiting Presentation
Hilton Johnson
Here are the key questions that will give you control of your presentation while completely honoring your prospects.

Ten Mind Munchies from the GoalsGuy
Gary Ryan Blair
1. "A goal is created three times. First as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. And third, when you...

Become Mentally Tough and Fire Your Boss!
Steve Siebold
Are you ready to fire your boss and become a full-time Networker? If so, read on. If you've already canned the clown, this information will virtually guarantee your freedom for life. The secret lies in the real estate between your ears.

How to Create an Immediate $200 monthly Advertising Budget for Your Network Marketing Business
Dale Calvert
What is your annual advertising budget for your network marketing business? It is sad but true, that most network marketers can't answer that question. Dale Calvert shares some proven tips to generate an advertising budget.

"Stuff We Make Up" About Our Prospects
Wendy Weiss
A free training article by Wendy Weiss on common misconceptions we hold about our prospects

4 Daily Motivations
Max Steingart
Day #1 - Love What You Do, or Do Something Else. You'll never achieve real success unless you like what you're doing. No one has ever succeeded in a line of endeavor which they did not like. Your chances of success are directly proportional to...

Partner With Your Hostess
Karen Phelps
OK, so you've booked a few what do you do? Do you find yourself screening your phone calls? Are you afraid to have contact with your Hostesses for fear...

The Five Worst Things You Can Say to Good Prospects
Kim Klaver
Each week on our big national conference calls, people from the 35 to 45 companies on the line tell us their biggest obstacle to success is this:
Finding good people to talk to and, when they finally have one, getting that person to even LISTEN to the opportunity...

Finding Success in Your Why
Todd Falcone
Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself these questions? Why am I doing this business? No, really - why am I investing the time to do this every day? What's the purpose? What reasons cause me to do this, versus not doing this?

The Challenge of Moving from a Mediocre Recruiter to a Legendary Sponsor
Troy Dooly
I receive calls and e-mails every day from members seeking advice on team building. My question is always the same: “Do you see yourself as a recruiter or a sponsor?” Most will say, “What’s the difference?”

Manipulative Questions Get Short-Term Results!
Michael Oliver
Manipulative questions can be very powerful at externally motivating others into action. However, their power is mostly short-term, because they have an inherent weakness...

It’s About Time!
Ron Marks
People get into sales for a myriad of reasons; one of the most common is a desire to have control of their time. Many quickly learn...

Is Your Business a 'Magnificent Adventure'?
Dale Calvert
"Life is to be lived as a magnificent adventure, or not all." — Helen Keller.
The sad truth is, most people live like sheep, following each other around: Go to work, get home...

The Art of Allure - For Entrepreneurs
Kim Klaver
allure. n. The power to attract; enticement. Do you typically get a glazed look when you tell someone what you do? Or when you tell someone what you market?

The Art of Networking
Laura Kall
The art of networking is becoming skillful at finding ways to meet people, and taking advantage of natural opportunities to get into conversations with people wherever you are.

'Tis the Season...
Wendy Weiss
The holidays loom... Office parties, family celebrations, religious celebrations, celebrations with friends… Meetings are cancelled. Decisions are postponed. Too much to do, no time to do it. The sales process turns to sludge.

Instant Messaging and the new 3 Foot Rule
Max Steingart
Finding someone to talk to about your business is a lot simpler than you think when you know how to use Instant Messaging on the Internet.

Shift Your Part-Timers to Business Builders
Karen Phelps
Have you sponsored someone in the business who you felt would set the world on fire—and they won’t leave the house?

Revolutionary Agreements For Network Marketers
Marian Head
As professional networkers, we cherish the idea of freedom, yet we often confine our definition of "freedom" to the dimensions of time and finance. Those who succeed in achieving time and financial freedom often find themselves still in search of something less tangible... of some other freedom

The Network Marketing Recruiting Test
Doug Firebaugh
Is it easy or difficult for you to sponsor people? Many people struggle needlessly in this business. And many people find it difficult to talk to other people about something that can change their lives. Are you one of those?

What Is Success?
Erica Combs
Success has no secrets. When questioned, those who have been successful are quick to tell their story of complete devotion to the attainment of their goals and dreams. They speak of the commitment to developing their craft with a passion and zest for complete fulfillment of their dreams. The theme is always the same: "They paid the price for their success."

"ZIG ZAG" Your Way to Success
T. Harv Eker
Although we'd prefer everything go perfectly straight from beginning to end, our journey to success seldom turns out that way. In fact the "straight" route is completely unnatural. Did you know there are no perfectly straight lines in the universe? Everything is energy, and energy travels in waves.

Profile of an Entrepreneur
Jeff Combs
What makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary, between average and exceptional, mediocre and superb? What is the difference between being an employee, a struggling business owner, and an exceptional entrepreneur?

Are You Being Productive or Just Being Busy?
Todd Falcone
Did you know that there is a gigantic difference between having a productive day versus simply having a busy day?

It All Comes Down to Execution!
Gary Ryan Blair
Here is a common flawed premise of success: that in the stew of success, the goal is the most important ingredient - that you win or lose based on the "merits" or "worthiness" of that goal. How wrong this is, and often it creates needless casualties!

Qualify For Success
Ron Marks
If I asked a room full of experienced salespeople how many of them qualify their clients, every hand would go up. If I asked that same group...

Finding Motivation: What To Do When You Don't Feel Like Doing Anything
Chris Widener
The measure of your success usually comes down to who wins the battle that rages between two versions of you: the "you" who wants to stop, give up, or take it easy, and the "you" who chooses to beat back that which would stand in the way of your success—complacency.

If Leads Works... how come I'm not sponsoring anyone??
Troy Dooly
Could it be that you're not treating your prospects the way you would want to be treated! Remember, your leads are people — just like you!

Long-Term Residual Income Stream or Quick-Hit Fast Money?
Dale Calvert
There is a question all successful network marketers must ask themselves eventually: "Am I after a long-term residual income stream-or quick-hit fast money?" Unfortunately, you can't have both...

Why "Virtual" beats the "Face to Face" approach to marketing
Max Steingart
Max shares his unique insights into why virtual prospecting is better.

Share the Wealth Through Sponsoring
Karen Phelps
The best feeling in the world is when you help someone else realize his or her dream. Just imagine you have just discovered a cure for cancer! Your discovery can free the whole world of this dreadful disease! What would be the first thing you would do

Win the NEW Game of Business!
Mitch Axelrod
Are You Ready to Be a Game Changer? How has the business game changed for you these past few years? For most of us, the answer is, “profoundly!” The old game is over. The new game is here. It requires new thinking, new strategies, new skills, a new game plan, new playbook and new plays. Here are 10 key distinctions of the new game of business!

Awareness Precedes Action
Ellie Drake
Even the most dedicated traveler will come across pitfalls on his journey. As you travel your path to success, here are some possible forms of resistance you may meet along the way. The crucial thing is not necessarily to avoid or resist them, but to be aware of them, to know that they may be there.

What Should I Say to Prospects So They Get the Vision?
Kim Klaver
What should you say to prospects so they get the vision? Not what you've learned to say in traditional network marketing training. There's an integrity crisis in the industry, a huge chasm between what reps are taught to offer prospects and what's true in their experience...

It's All About Customers
Mark Helsel
I found my friend’s answer disturbing. I had asked him what strategy he was teaching his downline. His answer spoke volumes...

Ten Tips for Terminating Telephone Terror
Wendy Weiss

  1. Sell something in which you believe—something that offers value and a benefit.
  2. Make telephone calls. No one will ever say “Yes” if they do not know of your existence.
  3. Stop making cold calls. (Too scary!) Instead, think of this process as making introductory calls. You are calling to introduce yourself, your company, your product or your service...

The Foolproof Success Method Revealed
John DiLemme
Every day, as I speak with people, train and do workshops, people are constantly asking me what is the secret to true success in life. I suggest that if you have...

Leaders Are Not Victim to What Others Think of Them
Brian Klemmer
Years ago, a gentleman by the name of Conrad Salas, who had been raised in the deserts of New Mexico, found himself in Galveston, Texas. As he passed through an open-air fish market, he saw a shallow pan of crabs outside a shopkeeper’s store...

The Recruiting Success Test
Doug Firebaugh
How good a network marketing recruiter are you? Honestly? Is it easy for you to sponsor people or a struggle? Or somewhere in between?

Success Myths - What Success Is and Is Not
Jeff Combs
Success will be different for every individual who desires it. Success is not about money, fame, fortune, wealth or toys. Success is an experience, a process and a challenge...

Testosterone-Free Marketing
Denise Michaels
Yes, women are starting businesses in the US and many other countries at twice the rate of men. But why are businesses owned by women still not taken seriously?

Benefits of Voice Communications
Paul Champaneria
For professionals who base success on managing high-value relationships requiring immediate attention and follow-up, the telephone will always be an indispensable business tool...

We Can Get the Product Cheaper Somewhere Else
Ron Marks
As I travel around the country with Tom Hopkins, speaking to sales professionals, the biggest challenge we hear is that clients claim they can "get it cheaper" somewhere else...

How to Improve Your Network Marketing Presentations & Your Bottom Line
Ross Arntson
Have you ever said to yourself, “I know my network marketing presentations could be more effective”? Sometimes we aren’t even aware why the presentation didn’t go as smoothly as it could have...

The Spirit of Network Marketing
Troy Dooly
It’s important that all networkers, full-time and part-time, pros and amateurs alike, always remember the principles and traditions our wonderful profession was founded upon. I believe we are unique in the world of business because it’s not only important that we win, it’s also important how we win.

Let the Internet Replace Your Warm Market
Max Steingart
Two weeks after I started my network marketing business, Frank, the person who introduced the business to me, came to my home to explain how it all worked...

If You’re Going To Ask A Question, Allow The Other Person To Answer It!
Michael Oliver
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where has someone asked you a question — and then immediately answered it for you?

Distribution: The Next New Game!
Mitch Axelrod
This is a wake-up call of historic proportions. The global marketplace is rapidly transforming the world economy. We are in the early stages of the Next New Game. Encourage everyone you know to get in the game, step on the field, and walk up to the plate.

Deserve Versus Desire
Erica Combs
Do you know at what temperature you hold “deserve” and “desire”? Most people, when they talk about their answer to the question...

Intuition, Intention, Creation
Ellie Drake
Do you allow yourself to be creative and intuitive? Creation and intuition nourish intention.

Practical Tips I Learned from My Kids and Pets
Mark Helsel
Mark Helsel says he has learned more about network marketing from his 3 children (and their pets) than from anything else he has read or heard. He's compiled these revelations into a new book (soon to be released). It's called "52 Practical Training Tips for Network Marketers". Here are two of Mark's personal favorities.

The Five Ways to Open a Conversation with People
Doug Firebaugh
Opening up conversation with people is for many an uncomfortable task. It shouldn’t be. Conversation is the secret to this business, and there are five very easy ways to open up a conversation with someone that you would like to meet...

The Power of the A-Z Presentation
John DiLemme
For the last decade, I have been a professional home-based networker and learned how to truly succeed in the industry of Network Marketing. So when someone asked me, "John, what is the #1 reason why people fail in their own Network Marketing business?", I said with 110% confidence, "It is because they..."

Perception is Reality
Wendy Weiss
I was never supposed to be a speaker, author and sales trainer. I was supposed to be a ballerina...

The Greatest Key to Reducing Turnover in Your Network Marketing Business (And Significantly Improving the Quality Of Your Life)
Brian Klemmer
Once upon a time a small boy and girl who were building a sand castle on the beach. They spent hours building towers, walls, and a moat. As they built the castle, the tide kept creeping slowly closer. Finally, after they had worked for most of the morning, a big wave came in and wiped it all away...

Success Is A Process
Jeff Combs
We all have a desire to achieve some level of success. Everyone wants to be successful but very few are really willing to pay that price—to do whatever it takes...

Live Outside Yourself!
Lisa Jimenez
Did you know that NASA, with all of its super computers and billion-dollar budget, cannot duplicate the flight pattern of a dragonfly or a bumble bee? Aerodynamically, neither the dragonfly nor the bumble bee should be able to fly...

Shortcut To Success
Paula Pritchard
I was teaching at Kent State University when I first got started in network marketing. Part of the challenge for me was that I kept trying to reinvent how to do the business. I kept trying to adapt my prior knowledge to this business instead of just...

Are Your Goals Holding You Back?
Hilton Johnson
All of this stuff about setting goals is not what it's cracked up to be. In fact, I believe that the idea of deciding on a large long-range goal can be detrimental to success. Let me explain...

Three Steps to an 85 Percent Sponsoring Rate
Beatty Carmichael
I want to show you how to sponsor 85 percent of the people to whom you present your business. This took me about ten years to learn; you can learn it in the two or three minutes...

Teamwork Begins at Home
Dr. Peter Pearson
Marriage is a challenge. Growing your business is a challenge. What happens when you try to combine the two...

Addressing the Things You Wished People Wouldn't Say!
Michael Oliver
Ever get asked, "Is this network marketing?" or, "Is this a pyramid?" Ever hear comments like these: "This is too expensive," or "I don't have the time"?

Erica Combs
Recently someone asked a very interesting question during a "Women In Power" conference call: "How do I get out of a lack or scarcity mode and get into abundance mode?" A related and equally interesting question I would pose is...

The Pipeline Theory
Ellie Drake
One of the most important aspects of your business is having a pipeline of people to whom you show the plan on a consistent basis. Let's talk about the pipeline theory...

The Three Focuses Of Working Network Marketing
Doug Firebaugh
There are three focuses you can have on working this great business, and each one will bring you success, but only one will truly create momentum. And in this Nugget, I want to share with you the way to ignite a fire of success in your business and drive it to the heights of any success you seek!!!!

It's Easy to Earn Money
Bob Proctor
Virtually anyone can be taught how to earn millions of dollars and yet the sad truth is that 97 out of every 100 people are born, live their entire lives, and die without ever learning how to earn money. Bob sheds light on how easy earning money is with the right prosperity consciousness.

The Name of the Game Is Sorting Through People
Dale Calvert
Sooner or later all successful network marketers come to this reality. The name of the game IS...

Let Family and Friends Support You, Not Defeat You!
Mitch Axelrod
It's estimated that more than 100 million people have invested time and money in a network marketing business. In the US, 13 million are currently in the game, yet only five percent of those playing the game are earning enough money to call it a living. In my forthcoming book, The NEW Game of Network Marketing, I call residual income...

The number one reason goals fail is TOO MUCH WILLPOWER!!!
Jim Bunch
The biggest mistake a business owner can make is to set a goal and then try to use will power alone to accomplish this goal. For many years, seminar leaders, experts and coaches have been teaching us to set goals and take action toward those goals every day. Great concept. The problem is...

The Wasted, Unproductive Follow Up Call
Wendy Weiss
I received a telephone call yesterday. It was someone I'd met at a networking group months ago. She reintroduced herself, mentioned the group where we'd met and said she was calling to follow up. She did not say about what...

The Ultimate Sales Formula
Brian Klemmer
What is your reaction when you hear the word sales? If you're like many of the people I encounter, you have a negative view of sales. But I think this is a strange attitude to have...

The Top 10 Strategies for Staging Successful One-On-One Presentations
Hilton Johnson
Suppose you were an actor on Broadway. Would you go on stage in front of your audience without knowing your lines? Would you begin your performance without all of the props being in place and the audience being seated properly? I didn't think so...

The Power of Focus!
Lisa Jimenez
Remember when the "experts" told us that one of the keys to success was multi-tasking? It was a lie!

Testosterone Free Marketing for Women in Business
Denise Michaels
Does the thought of marketing your business drive you to chocolate? If "getting the word out" makes you feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed, you're not alone. Denise explains the big differences between men and women and how they handle the challenges that marketing throws at every small business.

The Perfect Presentation
Paula Pritchard
If you would have asked me about the perfect presentation early in my network marketing career I certainly would have given it a higher priority in the success process than I do today.

5 + 5 = Your Dream
John DiLemme
How many times have you heard that you need to have a "long term" goal and be focused for the entire length of that "long term"? In this article, I am going to focus on a 5 year goal and explain how you will know if you are truly on track to achieve your 5 year goal in life.

Make Money Paying Bills & the Voicemail Drop
Beatty Carmichael
Don't you just hate bill-paying time? You have 10 bills and only enough money for seven of them? Let's look at a simple way to make money while paying your bills...

Top Ten Ways To Attract People To You
Hilton Johnson
Hilton Johnson is back with another Top Ten List! Hilton's coaching style is very practical and effective- he likes to draw a clear picture of succeeding in specific areas of your life and business. This week, Hilton teaches us about attraction - one of the key attributes to becoming a successful sales-person.

Leave Stress and Anxiety Behind . . . Destination Success
Dr. Peter Pearson
Elizabeth really didn’t believe she could get over a lifetime problem in minutes. And do it painlessly . . . let alone on the telephone in the privacy of her home office...

The Ideal Business
David Stewart
From a business perspective what could possibly be a more ideal business opportunity then Network Marketing? The structure of this industry is the entrepreneur's dream.

Beware of the Spirit-Draining, Energy-Zapping, Time-Wasting, Dream-Destroying, Emotion-Depleting Vampires!
Jerry Clark
I bet you thought vampires only existed in the movies. Nope. They're actually all around us. In fact, a good portion of our population are made up of them. Yep. Vampires.

A Natural Selling Phrase: "If There Were a Way You Could...?"
Michael Oliver
There is a standard "closing phrase" in conventional selling that goes like this: "If I could show you a way to . . ."-and you fill in the rest. If you've ever used this, you've probably discovered it will cause most people to shut down on you...

The Secret to Success in Network Marketing
Kathy Robbins
More than anything else, your ________ will be a major factor between career success and failure. Network marketing is no different than any other business: there are ups and there are downs, peaks and valleys. Whether or not you make it to the top in this industry...

Ten Irrefutable Laws of MLM Success
Richard Bliss Brooke
Although in order to build a large network you must focus on enrolling others in the opportunity, a large portion of your credibility and integrity in doing so will be your...

Building Trust, Admiration, and Respect
Richard Bliss Brooke
In today's world of over-selling, hype and fraud at the highest levels of our society, nothing could be more important to a sales person and business owner than building trust, admiration and respect with prospects, customers and associates. So how do we bridge the gap and shine some light on what we see in our chosen profession?

Building Relationships
Wendy Weiss
Recently I've had a number of conversations with sales professionals and entrepreneurs who tell me they do not cold call because they want to build relationships with prospects. I'm confused.

Master The Art of Listening
Jeff Combs
It is my opinion that listening is one of the most underdeveloped skills in sales and entrepreneurship. When I say listening, I mean really listening. "Talk and you lose, but listen and you learn" is a saying I coined recently.

The Importance of Improving your Reading Skills
Jeff Packard
Have you ever considered the role of reading in your personal and professional life? Even more, have you ever considered the cost of poor reading skills??

What Do You Say After You Say, "I Do"?
Dr. Peter Pearson
There are millions of people who get divorced from the field of network marketing. They started with high hopes. Rather like a marriage that starts with high hopes. Then like most marriages, a sobering reality sets in. Oops, this is going to take more work than I thought.

Top Five Situations For Asking the Basic Qualifying Question (BQQ)
Hilton Johnson
I'm flabbergasted! Why anyone in network marketing would want to give a presentation to a prospect before properly qualifying him/her is beyond me.

The Four Cornerstones of GET RICH SLOW
John Milton Fogg
The Four Cornerstones of Get Rich Slow are about business-building: The PROCESS of Building your Business, and... The STRUCTURE of your Business Building.

Recruiting Professionals and Executives With "The Voice Mail Drop"
Beatty Carmichael
As you grow your networking business, I'm sure that you've heard the concept of "Sponsoring Up". But what does that really mean? It means to sponsor prospects with your level of achievement and drive and beyond.

Surrounded By Quiet Courage
Dr. Thomas Barrett
Have you seen it? It’s everywhere. I hope you find it as noble and inspiring as I do. What is it? It's the quiet courage that surrounds us at this time of year. Where can you see it?

Liking It is Not a Requirement
Jerry Clark
One of the best parts about building a Network Marketing business is the fact that you don't have to like it to do it. Jerry explains.

You Will "Believe It" When You "See It" Over & Over!
Richard Bliss Brooke
One of the greatest mysteries around success, happiness and peace of mind is revealed to each of us when we understand the following: Desire, in and of itself, means little and moves nothing. It's not enough to want, wish and hope. It's not enough to "goal set". We must establish faith (belief without evidence) in our quest.

The "Who Cares!" principle of Network Marketing
Art Jonak
Sometimes I wonder if some Network Marketers give a single ounce of thought to the words coming out of their mouths. Because if they did, they'd realize prospects don't care about what they're saying!

The Question: To Confirm or Not to Confirm?
Wendy Weiss
Do you confirm every prospect appointment before you head out the door? -Or- Do you not confirm, believing that it gives your prospect an "out?"

More Heart than Talent
Jeff Combs
It is my belief that talent is one of the most overrated attributes when evaluating what is required to be successful. Although talent is very important when it comes to performing, it often times has little to do with how success is achieved and who becomes successful.

The Importance of Having a Mentor
Kathy Robbins
Webster's defines a mentor as a "wise advisor, a teacher or coach". How important is it to find a mentor? Can you be successful without one? I am sure that you can be successful without a mentor, but the importance of a mentor should not be discounted.

Michael Oliver
If you want to draw people to you and help them explore and discover alternatives, it's imperative you suspend your opinions. Instead, find out where the other person is coming from first.

How Do I Get My Contacts To Do Something Once They Get In?
Kathy Robbins
If I reviewed all the questions I have heard from distributors in my 17 years in the network marketing industry the two that are most often asked are, "How can I get people to join my business?" and "How do I get them to do something once they get in?"

Eighty Percent Of Success Is Showing Up
Wendy Weiss
The above quote, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." is from Woody Allen. Your prospects and customers want what they want when they want it. It is your job to deliver. If you do not, they will find another source.

Getting the Right Vision
Paula Pritchard
Most people come into network marketing with no prior experience in the industry. When people enter network marketing, they enter a whole new way of doing business, and sometimes it's difficult for them to comprehend what this industry is all about. One way to help them understand is to use analogies.

The Vacuum Law of Prosperity
Randy Gage
The universe cannot put good into your hand, until you let go of what you are holding in it. Nature abhors a vacuum. And since the inherent nature of the universe is good, a vacuum will always be filled with good. So one of the fastest ways to manifest prosperity in your life is to create vacuums.

Removing Negative Thoughts
Randy Gage
The question people often ask me is when their self-development work and personal growth finally "takes," is when will they stop having negative thoughts.

How to Dialogue with Large Groups
Michael Oliver
Michael's answer to the question: 'When we're talking with groups, and we have a lot of people there... how do you do all this?'

Be Willing to Be a Little Outrageous to Get What You Want!
Lisa Jimenez
Are you too cautious? Too safe? Too practical? Too boring? Your lack of courage is costing you - a lot! It is your lack of courage that keeps you from greater profits, more intimate relationships, and a life you love!

Appointment Setting
Wendy Weiss
Wendy shares a veteran's tips and tricks for writing that all-important initial cold calling script.

The $300 Solution
Randolph Byrd
How to create successful leaders by creating achievable milestones.

5 Pointers on Calling People You Know
Michael Oliver
"What do I say when I call my warm market?" Here are some points to consider, and then some pointers on what to say...

Hilton Johnson
If you are still prospecting with the language that has been taught for the last 50 years, you are probably using language that is overused and over hyped. When network marketers use trite language to approach a prospect, the prospect begins to consciously and subconsciously discount (and reject) what is being said. The reason is that it sounds like the same stuff they've heard before.

The Value of Coaching to Support Your Business and Your Life
Dr. Joe Rubino
Why would you want or even need a coach? Joe explains why it's important to have a coach to succeed in business and what to look for in a great coach.

How To Open Up A Closed End Question
Michael Oliver
Distributors are advised to steer away from Closed End questions because the reply is usually short, factual, and difficult to develop! Actually this is not true! You can take the answer to a Closed End question, open it up and continue to allow the dialogue to flow!

What Keeps You From Living Your Dreams?
Lisa Jimenez
Fear exists. But you can conquer fear and neutralize its power by cultivating your faith. Live your life like you've already won.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Recruiting
Doug Firebaugh
An article by Doug Firebaugh on the 7 things you must avoid when recruiting.

The 5 Types of MLM Recruiters...
Doug Firebaugh
Doug uses animals as an analogy for the different types of Networkers in our profession. What kind of animal category do you fall under?

The Fundamentals of How to Build Your Network Marketing Business with GET RICH SLOW...
John Milton Fogg
John shares his methods for creating a successful Network Marketing business based on building relationships.

What To Do When You Are About To Give Up
Sonia Stringer
If you are in network marketing, chances are your commitment gets tested everyday. Have you come close to throwing in the towel on your dreams or goals? Well, don't - Sonia shows you how to get through the hard times, motivate yourself, and tap into your infinite potential.

8 Habits 4 Success
John Milton Fogg
HABITS ARE A FACT OF LIFE AND WORK.  There are bad habits - ones that undermine and disable you, and there are supportive ones - habits that empower you and assure ongoing positive action and achievement.  Following is a list of eight habits you can do every day.

The One-Minute Networker
John David Mann
How to build your Network Marketing business in just one minute. Okay: in a series of "just one minutes."

Close Encounters of the Networking Kind
Dr. Joe Rubino
Success in Network Marketing depends on a distributor really getting a number of key distinctions. These distinctions go far beyond mere information, training and sales techniques. The truly successful networker actually becomes these distinctions.

Team Building
Brian Biro
Games are infinitely valuable for transforming your Network Marketing organization into a Network Marketing team. Over the years, I have come to view the "blind date" game as one of the most valuable exercises you could ever experience because we are almost always in a state of either being guides or blindfolded.

Becoming an Effective Coach
Sonia Stringer
Do you feel overwhelmed and burnt out trying to keep your entire downline in action? Do you have people in your team with the potential to be great business builders, but you can't seem to get them out of the gate? "Coaching" may be the anwser for you.

A Conversation with The Greatest Networker
John Milton Fogg
In this adaptation from the classic's sequel, "Conversations with The Greatest Networker in the World," The Greatest Networker walks you through exactly how to have a "values" conversation.

How to Become Super-Attractive to Prospects, Customers and Business Partners
Sonia Stringer
The Law Of Attraction states we attract people, situations and opportunities to us. Life doesn't necessarily happen randomly, but that at some level, we are influencing the experiences and results of our lives.

The Listening Test
Brian Klemmer
A greate excercise to try with your group from Brian Klemmer. If you think you're a good listener, put yourself to the test and find out where you really stand. It's all fun, but you might find out you have more to learn.

Moral Compensation
John Milton Fogg
"Network Marketing offers the most moral form of compensation I've ever seen." That's expert motivator Bob Proctor talking to John Fogg in an exclusive interview. Agree? Read on.

Networking Times
Frank Keefer
Why 3rd party endorsements works, and why Networking Times works even better.

Interviewing VS. Recruiting
Frank Keefer
The theory of achieving success in Network Marketing has always been numbers, but with the advent of technology, things are changing. Quality is replacing quantity.

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