“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” –Robert Kiyosaki
I have been blessed with becoming a student of the industry. About two month’s ago while making friends on Facebook and shortly after the church had prayed for me to find a J.O.B., I came across Josh Coffy’s profile. Now part of making these friends on Facebook is to find those who are also in the same niche. If you want to get better, you have to be open-minded and teachable. I had to humble myself and let go of my pride and seek help for becoming a better marketer online. I mean heck, I have been in the industry for as long as he has been alive! However, due to other issues, I just wasn’t making it in the industry. You can find out a bit more of that in my about me section.
After a few minutes, 30 or so, chatting on Facebook. Josh was excited to teach me even more about finding a method of operation. He said he wanted to show me what he does to generate leads for blogging. Little did I know he was going to be showing me a power point presentation that he created while I took a few minutes to get a cup of coffee so that we could continue via Skype. I didn’t even have a mic but yet he called me up. He spoke while I typed back in response. Where there is a will, one will find the way to get the education, right? Needless to say, we have become a team of leaders working together to help and find others who want to succeed.
You see, even though I might be older and have some wisdom in the industry. I am not updated when it comes to marketing on the internet. I had to find someone else smarter than me in that department! Again, learning to let go of pride and ego, I had to remain teachable. I had to become that sponge and absorb the new skills of marketing.
One such skill, was learning how to develop Twitter Followers. Josh suggested that I sign up for his Twitter Boot Camp. I did as suggested and have found that my followers have increased over the past thirty days! I was averaging anywhere from two to ten followers a day at the time. Today, I am reaching about sixty people! Now that is just insane! I never thought that I could be having so many new people wanting to become friends on Twitter!
Josh is truly passionate about what he does and knows how to get results! He has become my coach and mentor for internet marketing. He continues to inspire me to become a better marketer. I look forward to the years to come as we continue to both grow as leaders in the industry. As long as we remain humbled and aren’t afraid of making those mistakes, then we will always continue to be working towards our goals.
To find out more about Josh. Go to his website. http://www.JoshCoffy.com
This video is made by my friend Dave Savula who is one of the top leaders in the industry with Pre Paid Legal. At the time, he had been with the company for about 14 years and was always the first trainer on Sunday mornings at our leadership conventions. He is a true coach and isn’t afraid to tell you what your doing wrong! However, this video is showing the softer side of him. Even though this video is about teaching other Pre Paid Legal Associates how to get started, the concepts still work with your business today. Even though we have the internet, we shouldn’t forget what its like to still do a face to face approach with people which is known today as offline marketing.
The example that Dave uses here is while flying because he flies all over the nation for different events in the different market areas being a corporate trainer. However, with the Holiday coming up this weekend some of you might be stuck in super market lines, doing some more school shopping for your children, maybe even taking a last family vacation to close out the summer. We are constantly around new people. Heck, don’t throw up over people while talking to them. Just make the initial introduction and get their information. Build that trust and when you get home send them a video link through email, call them up and 3 way them into your corporate call then get them on the phone with your upline expert. Honestly, your expert doesn’t even have to be an upline, it can anyone else in the business who is willing to help you succeed. The key is that it has to be someone other than you that shows credibility with the company. If you have someone who is a single parent, find someone in your organization who is also a single parent. The key is to find someone who can relate to your prospect. Let them build that trust and you just sit on the phone and take notes because one day you will become that EXPERT for your team!
Another approach to use when someone asks you about your job, try using ” I teach others how to get that extra comma in their paychecks. And just leave it at that. Lead the conversation back to them. Let them truly do all the talking. Don’t become that sales person and make it all about “you.” Why? You would be most remembered by giving them the opportunity to talk about themselves. You aren’t interested in dollar signs. You genuinely care about this new friend you just made.
Remember those who are successful in this industry are those who work through the numbers and those who learn to build that trust with the prospect. People buy from those that they know, like and trust.
I wish you all a great a safe holiday weekend! Remember business doesn’t stop on weekends or holidays for us. In fact, with Christmas already around the corner, this is the busiest time of year for us in the industry. I wish you all success and look forward to seeing you at the top.
Until next time,
The above video is by Earl Nightingale, The Power From Within. It has been just over a week since my last blog. It has been a busy few weeks. One of the companies I was involved with had its founders walking away after a month going live! Even though it didn’t work out, it did give me the opportunity to meet more people and to learn once again. It is definitely a hard way to bounce back into production and to move forward. I just have to remember that this too is just another stepping stone into success.
I can’t always view my failures as being a negative situation. Once I learn to change my attitude and turn it into a positive stepping stone, then I know that I will always be moving forward towards success. I am actually happy with the team that I am working with today. I have learn to answer swallow my pride and find a few who actually know more about me when it comes to internet marketing. One of the hardest things for a man to accept! Yes, I had to ask for help.
But as I continue on my own journey of success as a leader and individual, I find that I am truly not the only one who has done this with their own teams in the industry. In order for us to get better, we must find those that we want to become and learn from them. As we all learn in the industry, start hanging out with people that you want to be like. I truly feel like I am back at school trying to learn and keep up with all the new tricks of the trade for the industry. However, I can only get better by taking the time and educating myself and taking suggestions by those who have been there before me.
We all have our own measures of success and while I am still learning about internet marketing and blogging. I have a few personal successes. I have celebrated 15 months of sobriety as of 8/29/11 and I have lost ten pounds through doing my morning walk five days a week and doing a weekly hike! To me these are huge successes! What we think about in life, is what we become. In a year, I plan to be backpacking once again in the High Sierra’s and will have a large enough team that would afford me to unplug and let go for that week underneath the stars.
What are your successes today? Feel free to leave a comment and maybe we can work together on keeping each other accountable in our walk into 2012.
The above video is an interview in a behind the scenes event with David Sprague and John Di Lemme. I discovered John a few years back and what a tremendous story this man has! You wouldn’t think that he had struggled with stuttering as he was growing up. His teachings in his book, Champions are Born and Losers are Made will give you a whole new outlook on life! I am a champion if I get myself out of the way and quit looking at my failures as a negative instead of a stepping stone to success.
Those who truly get ahead are those who are not afraid to make those mistakes along the way. As a recovering alcoholic, I had to learn that looking at that rear view mirror, I will never get better. Yes, I can’t forget who I have hurt along the way. I have amends to make to several people during my seventeen years of drinking. What is my “why” to stay sober?
Sometimes, I wonder that as well. I feel at times, that I am too old to start a new path. I had to go back to some of my original dreams that I had developed while trying the various network marketing businesses. What is it that I truly want to gain from life today? Will God even accept me for what I have done and help me along my journey in recovery and working a networking business again?
As most of you know, that in any business it takes a whole lot of time and money before you even see the fruits of your labor. In a sense, we are truly working for free because we don’t make anything unless we make a sale. More so in network marketing until you get smart and want to build a team to help you along the way. Although, depending on the business, some people just focus on the sale and not developing a team of associates. As some of you remember from our good friend, Hunter Gray, the business is about recruiting and developing leaders who just happen to sell a few products along the way.
So what do you do if your part of the “NFL club? You meet new people and learn how to market online. You change your philosophies and start investing on yourself as Jim Rohn tells us, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. Wages make you a living while profits will make you a fortune.”
Network marketing is a part time business when you first get started. Most of us always want the overnight success, but it doesn’t work that way. It takes time. How much time? As long as it takes for you to read the books that you need in order to become that successful person. So what happens when we are constantly told that we can’t accomplish our new dreams?
Wipe the dust off and continue on your path. As I am reminded in Genesis 39:21-22 stay committed no matter the circumstance. Today my why is not only to get out of debt but to help others to get out of their own depression and fear of being accepted for the person that they are becoming. We all have a past, but our past doesn’t determine our future as Mr. Les Brown points out. Are you ready to become a Champion in your business? I will leave you with a link to John’s website for you to find out more information. Make use of all the free resources that you can until you can afford it! http://www.lifestylefreedomclub.com/
To your Success,
The above video was put on by my friend Avram on requesting friends. I do apologize for the one word that he uses in this video. But he is making a point.
Lately, I have seen that there are still some people who haven’t been given the proper training on network marketing. We all have to go back to the basics every now and then. Just because we are online doesn’t mean that the rules that apply have changed. Meaning, introduce yourself when asking for a friend request. Take a look at the person’s profile. Find something in common that the two of you have. Do you belong to the same group on Facebook? Do you have the same friends? Do you belong to the same company?
While I was with Pre Paid Legal and while listening to one of my mentors, Mr. Michael Clouse, I was taught to meet at least 2 people a day for 10 people a week if you were working part time. Heck, I was petrified! How the heck am I going to go up to a stranger and introduce myself! Sometimes, I would just throw the magazine at them and run so that I didn’t have to talk. Eventually, I had to learn to become coachable and do what was suggested. It didn’t mean I had to like it, but I had to accept the process in order to see the results.
Now with this new technology it doesn’t mean that our jobs have changed. We are still in the people business, the promotions business, the marketing business, the relationship business. Are you getting my drift yet? The one who gets the most recruits is the one who gets out there and gets the most names. Thanks to the internet, it has become much easier to meet people. You can read their profile and find out what you have in common without having to ask first! Now how easy is it for me to say hello? Much easier, now with this new technology of Facebook, LinkedIN, Google+, BizOppers, ISMMagic, and many of the old networking sites, how many people should we be meetng a day on here? If you are truly serious about making a money online, then we should be meeting a minimum of at least five people a day. For some that takes at best 15 minutes.
Now, depending on the timing, you might actually be able to get by with asking up to 15 people to be friends with you through Facebook if you spread it out throughout the day. I would say 5 people first thing in the morning, 5 in the afternoon, and 5 in the late hours say around 11pm. Now sure not everyone is a night owl, but if you have a global company, then you want those people who are just getting up for their day so that you can truly connect with them.
I hope that I had made a little bit of sense and someone understands what it truly takes to be an online marketer. Become that friend, exchange a few emails, get to know each other, and find out what their needs are. You just might have the product that they are looking for and vice versa. We are truly in a new economy today. Network Marketers are eventually going to be buying from each other rather than using retail outlets. So go out there and get your 15 new friends!
Remember, it’s about relations. People buy from those that they know, like and trust. So get busy!
By the way, if you want to find out more about Avram Gonzales, please be sure to stop by his fan page on Facebook.
After a long hiatus, I have decided to come back with a new attitude and with a vengeance. I had started a blog a few years ago but then I became a salaried manager for a 24 hour gas station. Well needless to stay, I became too tired to do any type of blogging. I have always been aware of the network marketing industry but only recently have found something that will definitely add to my primary business. As most of you know, sometimes we have to go searching for coaches who are in the industry who might not even be part of our business. This is a business where yes, you are in business for yourself, but you truly never have to do this alone if you find the right people out there. Never be afraid to start investing time into learning and researching other people.
I recently came into contact with a young man, who is passionate about what he does and he has helped me get back on track after taking an hour and fifteen minutes out of his own time while he was on vacation with his family! Now, how many of our own “bosses” today will do that for you if there is something that you don’t understand at your job? Heck in five minutes, he even gave me a power point presentation as to what my schedule should be as a daily routine from this point forward. Now I don’t have a webcam as of yet, but he called me on skype and he did all the talking while I did some typing to communicate since I don’t have a mic just yet. Talk about going out of your element! We did our best with what we had to work with! As they say, don’t wait till you have what you need to get started, just get started and run! Now some of you might know of him and some might not, but my new friend Joshua Coffy can be found by going to http://www.joshcoffy.com. Sign up for his free 3 day twitter boot camp and learn how you can develop MASSIVE twitter traffic and turn those leads into sales!
I look forward in continuing my education and helping others who are looking to also grow as leaders in the industry. Remember, marketing is no longer just a belly to belly business. Although, offline marketing is still crucial to making sales, but so is the new technology of the internet. Learn how to build trust with your new friends online. People buy from those that they know, like and TRUST. Quit using the excuse of being part of the NFL club and get out there and do it! Remember you are responsible for your future. Get out of your own way and let God help you and guide you. As long as you do the footwork, God will provide! As I have learned from my Pre Paid Legal family, remember to keep God first, family second and work third.
Let me leave you with this video from one of my mentors, the late Mr. Jim Rohn.