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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


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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!

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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 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!


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
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.



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.


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






Tax Tips and Organization for your Direct Sales Business

So, for both the US and Canada, Tax Time is over.  If you are like many people in the direct sales industry, you were rushing to find receipts, look for missing contact information, and overall just really stressed out.  Do you need some great tax tips? One of my New Year resolutions this year was to be more organized at tax time, so I created this very high tech document!

Simple Tax Tips to make your life easier!

Keeping track of your business expenses for tax tips
Keeping track of your business expenses

Yes, I am not use an app, or excel, or fancy computer software – I am using the old fashion method of paper and pen to keep track of my expenses.  I have found that I am really bad at throwing everything into the shoe box, then at the end of the year, I am hunting for computer print outs.  So, what I am doing is keeping a list beside my computer, just in a basic notebook of all the money that I spend.  Then I am throwing the receipts into my file folders (done monthly).  That way, every time I order something online, I just mark it down.  Every morning, I am taking my receipts out of my wallet from the day before and marking those down too!  Now, I will transfer this into my Freshbooks account, so that I can keep track of my expenses that way.  But by doing this basic step every day, year end will be much simpler.  I know what I am missing (if I am missing anything at all).  Tax tips are simply a way to keep yourself organized and simplified.

Also, by keeping track of your expenses, you can have a better idea at the end of the year for your RRSP (Canadian) contributions, and also – if you should be looking at capital purchases towards the end of the year (like buying that fancy new computer) OR as we get into the back end of the year, if you need to do a bit more work so that hubby doesn’t complain that your business is costing you too much money.

If you are looking for a list of items that you can write off for your business check this out:

For Canada – CRA list of expenses for small business
For USA – IRS list of expenses for small business

Bye for now!