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Diet Products vs Health Supplements, what is the better business for your bank account?

A business case for Health Products vs Diet Products

 

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Recently, I heard of a company who represents a new “magic pill” for diet products.  Take one of these in the morning, one in the afternoon and you can lose 12 lbs in a short period of time.  Sounds great doesn’t it!

Here’s the problem with that as a business. Once the customer has lost those 12lbs, if that is all that they have to lose, they will figure they don’t need your product anymore, and go back to doing what they were doing before.  And likely in 3-4 months, will have gained some of that weight back, and maybe come back to your product, but more than likely, they will think that that “magic pill” didn’t work, and go and try something different.

As a business, you will get 1 maybe 2 months of that customer on your product.  They may refer some friends to you, but likely, they will keep it secret, because they really don’t want their friends to know they had that weight to lose in the first place.

With a business such as Youngevity, they are promoting HEALTH not just weight loss.  Weight loss is a small part of the product offering, but the key focus is on getting your body working for you.

Recently, a large number of the people in the company took on a 21 Day eating challenge.  This challenge did not specifically have any products tied to the 21 days.  Many of the people in the challenge were already on some of the products, but the healthier eating was the key focus of time period.  Yes, many (and most) of the people on the challenge did lose weight, but that was an added bonus.

The other issue with diet products, is there is always a bit of a fad associated with them, and eventually, that fad – like a 80’s shoulder pad – will end.  Healthy living will continue to grow as our population ages, and as the available farm land shrinks and is over harvested!

One of the best stories I have heard since joining Youngevity in early 2016, was a dear friend of mine who suffers from chronic pain.  She is a young woman, with a young son, and many of the chores that we take for granted having to do, are things that she would LOVE to feel that she could.  Well, back in the spring, she realized that the lawn needed cutting.  Because of the pain, she had never been able to cut the grass, and if she attempted it, she would be in agony afterwards.  So, on this faithful day, she decided to try.  Not only did she cut the entire lawn (they live in Rural Saskatchewan, so it is a big yard), but afterwards, she was able to enjoy the rest of her day.  No, she is not pain free – but what she has now is a quality of life that she didn’t have before starting with Youngevity.  If she was using a “magic diet pill” that would not have helped her.  Has she lost some weight on the Youngevity products – yes! And so have I, but I want to work for a company, and represent a product that is about being healthy.

So, while diet pills may work for your weight, they will not create customers that will stay with you for long periods of time.  So, that won’t be healthy for your bank account either.  Find a company that is about promoting a healthy life style.  Not only will you be helping people in many ways, but it will create a healthier bank account for you!

If you are interested in hearing more about the Youngevity advantages, send me a message – and we can chat about your long term health of your body and bank account!

 

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Book Review: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus is not just a book for people who are in business for themselves.  This book is a great, quick read (at least the first time through) that really helps you focus on those people who have the right energy for you to be around.

My Youngevity BusinessFrom the Author’s Website about The Energy Bus

“It’s Monday morning and George walks out the front door to his car and a flat tire. But this is the least of his problems. His home life is in shambles and his team at work is in disarray. With a big new product launch coming up in 2 weeks for the NRG-2000 he has to find a way to get it together or risk losing his marriage and job. Forced to take the bus to work, George meets a unique kind of bus driver and an interesting set of characters (passengers) that over the course of 2 weeks share the 10 rules for the ride of his life… and attempt to help him turn around his work and team and save his job and marriage from an almost inevitable destruction.” source The Energy Bus Website

This book travels with George as he gets on and off the bus for two weeks.  He meets a whole host of crazy characters along the way, many people who are on your OWN (or my) energy bus.  What is shows you is that there is way more to the energy that we surround yourself with, then you may first think.  The first time I read this book, my business was going great, my life seemed great.  Well, over the transition the last 6 months, I have really realized who is truly on my bus, and who was just filling up space.  I found this book as we begin packing to re-locate.  So, I sat down and re-read it.  And as I did, I purposely took the time to meditate on the people who were now on my bus.  I have discovered a whole host of new characters – many of whom I had no idea existed 6 months ago – and these amazing people are hoping on my bus, so willingly – to truly help me on my journey.  But I have also found that some of the people who were sitting on my bus, who I thought were positive passengers, were really just hiding there, waiting.  I am so glad that I took the time to re-read this book.  I have my little bus images that I got from Staples, on it – I have placed the names of the people that I know are on my bus, and I hope they know that I am on theirs.  This industry is all about supporting and helping others.  I am blessed every day to be surrounding by such amazing people!

 

If you wish to purchase this book – check it out here

Here’s hoping you have a fabulous week and are living the life you want!

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Using a Vision Board in a Direct Sales Business

WHAT IS VISION BOARD AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

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A vision board can be a very powerful tool in your business and your life. Many people go from day to day with dreams, but when you talk to the most successful people, they will say it is their vision that got them to where they are, or where they are going.

A dream is simply that, something that is in your head, that you would like, but many times, dreams simply don’t happen. Most times we don’t share those dreams with anyone, because we think that people will get the wrong impression of us.

A vision is a stronger “want”. And when you use a vision board you visualize those wants in a stronger way, and you place those desires out in the universe to help with the acquiring those desires.

Vision, and vision coaching has been used in athletics for years. Think about the baseball player who pays a Vision Coach THOUSANDS of dollars to help him visualize hitting a home run and winning a major game. A vision coach will talk him through every step of the way, from leaving the dug out to hitting the ball, to running the plates, to getting to home and the cheers.

So, lets talk about YOUR vision. On one of our recent Team Vitality calls, we were talking about vision boards and creating a vision for your life. On the call I asked each participant to tell me one thing they would have on their vision board. One of the lady’s wants a car. She has been talking public transit for a number of months now. So, here were her home work steps.

I asked her to decide on a brand and a type of car (she did – Toyota Rav). Her next job was to go to a deal and take one for a test drive. Make sure she likes it and it is what she wants. Next, she is to take a selfie of her IN the car. She is to email that picture to me, and to print a copy and either have it on a frame on her desk, or somewhere she is going to see it every day. Then I asked her to visualize what the freedom of having her own car will feel like. How that will change her life. What that independence will give her. Now, she has a VISION of that car, and a goal to earn it. It may take her a number of months, or even a year to get there, but she WILL be driving that car.

So, how do you decide what your vision is – that really is up to you. Your vision board should have visual representations of what you want in your life. If you want to have more time for yourself, find a picture of what you like to do with that time. If it is paying off debt so your life can be less stressful, then have a picture of dollar signs. Your vision board can be a small or as big as you want it but these are my tips for you.

– Make it real. Virtual vision boards are great, but having something that you can see every day helps you get over the hurdles.
– Involve the people in your life that you want included in your life. Maybe a spouse, maybe friends, maybe your children or siblings. One lady I know wanted to buy a home for her mom. So she needed to find out from her mom what type of house she wanted.
– Include words, phrases or quotes that speak to you and to the vision of your life.
– Don’t be afraid to change it. Like anything priorities and life changes, and so should the vision of your life.
– Make sure to re-visit it. I like take some time every 6 months and see if I am heading in the right direction, and if those visions still speak to me. Then once a year, I do an “overhaul”. I take off anything that I have accomplished, and I add, or move things around.
But the most important thing to do is to start!

I have started collecting some samples of vision boards on my pinterest page – feel free to check it out!

As always, follow me on social media for tips and trick on running your Direct Sales Business

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Here’s hoping you have a successful day,

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Direct Sales Business Tip: Referral Programs

How to use a referral program in your direct sales business?

So, let me tell you a story. Last night, our “meat guy” came over to do our re-order. See, my husband is a foodie, and he loves meat, and we want good quality food, for a reasonable price. So we found a great company that does 6 months at a time, frozen. We have them deliver, we like the food, we re-order.

Anyway, he reminded me of their referral program. Basically, for every family we refer, we will receive a certain amount of money back towards this order, and future orders. I have to admit, I forgot about it. So, right after he left, I went to the power of social media, posted a review, got 10 private messages to send more information, and about 8 messages on the site. I sent every one of those people a personalized message and answered a bunch of questions. Well, a couple of them have already booked appointments, a couple are thinking. HEY DIRECT SELLING.

Wait, did I call that Direct Selling – well, of course it is. I referred a bunch of my friends and they may buy, and I will be compensated for that. BUT wait, isn’t direct selling a pyramid scheme. This must be bad right, you referred your friends to a product you like and you were compensated….

Lets talk referral programs in direct sales and YOUR business. Any party plan company already has a referral program built in – it is hostess rewards. Someone (usually a woman) invites her friends over to have some tasty food, see a presentation, and if they buy, then the hostess will receive free or half priced items. That is a referral program. BUT, maybe you don’t have a host program, but you still want to create your own referral program. What do you need to know.

1. The “gift” needs to be in line with what the referral is worth. If you are selling a $100 piece of jewelry, you want to look at a gift that costs around $5-$10. Doesn’t have to be something that you sell. I love giving gift cards to local coffee shops.

2. You need to TELL your clients that you have a referral program. Having one and not sharing it, won’t do you any good. So make sure you are reminding your clients what they can receive. One makeup company that I know does a Refer 3 get one free – so if her clients refer 3 people, she receives a free eye shadow.!

3. (this is the biggie so hold on) You have to ASK people for that referral. I knew that the meat guy had a referral program. I hade the sheet mailed to me a few months ago, but I forgot. I got busy, but I tell you the minute he reminded me last night, I got right on it. Remind your customers about the program, ASK them to share the info, and follow up. This is a great way to grow your business.

PS. If you live in Ontario, Canada and like frozen food and saving money, call Tom at Chambers Food (tomchambersfoods at gmail.com) tell him Hope sent you! Then tell me and I will send you a gift card from Tim Hortons – we all win!

Do you have a referral style business?  Let me know what you sell and I would be happy to promote you too!

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Direct Sales Reading List

Want to get your Direct Sales Reading List Library up to date?

I love reading, I love reading books (or listening to audio books) is a great way to add value to my life and my direct sales business.  So, I am slowly creating a reading list of great books that I have loved, or plan to read.  Here is a starting guide to a network marketing and  direct sales reading list.

Here is a collection of books that I have read, or plan to read over the next year!

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

Building your Network Marketing Business by Jim Rohn
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Flip Flop CEO by Janine Finney, Lory Muirhead, Whitney Roberts

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down by Sonia Ricotti

No Guts, No Story by Barb Pitcock

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

The Four Year Career by Richard Bliss Brooke

The Go-Giver by Bob Berg and John David Mann

25 Ways to Win with People by John C. Maxwell

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

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Direct Sales for Dummies by Belinda Ellsworth

MLM: Network Marketing Recruiting: 50 Fun, Low Cost Ways To Find Local Recruits and Customers by Kim Thompson-Pinder

There are literally thousands of books that you could add to your reading list.  I also love some biorgraphies – the Mary Kay Ash story is amazing, and I will still reference that with my team and my clients! But the most important part is to keep learning and reading.

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Simplifying your Direct Sales Business

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Would you like to make your direct sales business, more simple?

Like anything in life, the longer you do something, the more complicated we can make it. And this is true with your own direct sales business.  One of the things that I coach my team on is going back to the basics every day.

BOOK – SHARE – BOOK – SHARE – Repeat

When I say BOOK – I mean book parties, presentations, one-on-ones, vendor events, just keep booking.  If you are able to do that, then you business will keep going.  One of my favourite styles of bookings is the – “Hostess, 3 friends, and me”.  This is when you talk to your hostess and suggest having just a couple of friends over for coffee, having a couple of co-workers meeting in the lunch room, have a couple of friends meet for drinks after work.  I meet them, do a short “presentation” that talks about the product and the opportunity, take the orders and my goal is to be “out” within about 60 to 90 minutes.  Simple

When talking to people about the opportunity, it is the same thing.  I always suggest that my guest brings a supportive friend.  Someone who has an open mind and is willing to learn more about the opportunity to make a little extra money.  Simple.  I do my presentation by asking simple questions about what they know about the opportunity, what they want to know about the product and what they know about direct sales in general.  Then, I answer all of the questions and finish off with a simple “did we cover everything”.  I want to make sure that everyone has all the information that they need to make an informed decision.  Many people have the wrong idea about the direct sales industry and about the opportunities available to them.

If you touch your business every day, even just a little bit, you will find that it keeps growing.  There is nothing harder then starting that stone moving again, but it can be done – if you BOOK – SHARE – BOOK – SHARE – you are booking to meeting and share the products and the opportunity.  Want to know more about the business that I am in – check out this Video!

Hope this helps, bye for now

 

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