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Review for my friend and mentor Josh Coffy

“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

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How does one approach people about their business.

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,

Richard Ramirez
skype: newhorizons7210

How is success achieved?

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.

Does recruiting scare you? I was scared too!

Are you a new marketer into the industry and don’t understand the process of recruiting? When I first got introduced into the industry, I was told that I had to meet at least two people a day.   I found this process devastating!  How in the heck am I going to go up to a complete stranger and talk to them about an opportunity!  It was easier for me to just collect business cards from insurance agents, real estate brokers, and other professionals.  Did I ever call them back? Of course not!  The phone weighed 1,000 pounds!

What happens if I mess up? What happens if they start asking me questions that I don’t know the answers to? What this, what that?  I was too busy trying to study that I was never ready.  I was doing what we say in the industry, administrative duties and was never in the field.  I failed miserably in this vital skill which is  much needed to grow my business.

What changed over the past twenty years?  Technology changed.  We no longer have to try to continue to convince are friends and family. We have the internet to connect with other like minded individuals across the world!!! We have options in working with a global company or a company based in the United States only.  We have Social Networking today which allows us to meet more than two people a day if your a serious networker!

Another key ingredient that has helped is that I stopped drinking and can now focus on being coachable and can follow instructions given my other coaches who want to see me succeed.   I am being more aggessive online when it comes to talking to people.  I am no longer afraid to find someone who actually is smarter than me when it comes to building a business!  I had to let go of my own pride of wanting to do everything for myself and let others help me look good!  Hmmm isn’t that what employees do for managers?

However, in this industry, your upline works for you! A good leader will teach you what skills you need so that you are able to duplicate and help your team grow and develop others to do the same.  This is truly the only business in the world where you don’t need to know everything when you start.  Less is more.  It’s ok if you tell your prospect , ” I don’t know. Let me ask one of my business partners who knows 100% of the facts!”  This is your segway for a three way call and let your upline expert do all the work!  Get out of the way and don’t say a word after you edify and introduce your business leader.  Third party validation is key to this industry.

Recently, I met a young man who actually is the reason why I am blogging again.  I didn’t know if I should start a whole new blog or try to salvage the original one that I started over three years ago but has become a ghost town except for seeing my twitter feed.  I sure am glad that I was open to new ideas because I actually like my new look!  After getting to know this individual,  who lives halfway across the states,  we have become friends.  He joined one of my opportunities and has inspired others in the company and has already recruited over 7 people in his first 72 hours of being with us.   Thank you God and FACEBOOK!

You see, this young man is 18 years old and is more involved with technology and isn’t afraid to talk to people offline or online! He makes videos and trains people regardless of what business they are in! This is truly a leader who understands being a servant leader.  I see this man becoming a trainer on stage at a national event!

Had I not gotten out of my way of understanding the power of a third party expert and picking up the phone and calling on an expert who isn’t even part of my team and asking him to call my prospect because I can’t figure out how to do a three way call on my own phone yet!  I might have lost the opportunity of  bringing this young man into the business.  Did I forget to mention that this guy is also smarter than me?  So please, stop trying to learn the skill and just get out there and do it!  We truly learn by doing the deed by being in the field and talking to people.

I am going to leave you this video by Todd Falcone who is one of the coaches I follow on Facebook.  I am going to let him explain to you how to do a 3 way call.  Learn this and just get to work!

 

Until next time! Have a great week!

Richard

P.S. Don’t be afraid to find those who understand social media more than you.  They might actually be able to teach you and you can learn and grow together as leaders!

Network Marketing is About Recruiting and Developing Leadership

The above video is done by Mr. Hunter Gray from Pre Paid Legal at a Las Vegas Convention from 2008. I had the honor of meeting him and a few of his coaches while I was in the organization. Even though I was there at this particular convention, I don’t remember seeing him go across the stage and do this speech. Hmmm funny how several years later, I get the picture! I wasn’t a student of network marketing back then. I was just there to get away from my J.O.B!
As they say, when the STUDENT is ready, the “Teacher” appears. Over the past week, God has revealed a few coaches to me who have helped me also get back on track. I don’t have a Life Coach, but have a marketing coach, a recovery coach, a spiritual coach, and a fitness coach! Without any of them, I don’t think I would be having a balanced life today. What I have also learned is that we have to have accountability partners in all areas of life. Who do you have that is going to keep you on track? Who gets you out of your comfort zone and pushes you to hit your daily, weekly and monthly goals?
We all have sponsors when we get involved with network marketing, but are they properly training you or are they leaving hang to figure this out on your own? If they aren’t giving you the guidance that you need to get where you want to be, then don’t be afraid to find a coach who will do just that. Some might say that they aren’t in the babysitting business and to just get out there and do it. I have had a few of those as well. The problem was that I am a visual and audio learner. I have to physically see someone do the task and hear the words that they use. This is why, the way you recruit someone into the business is crucial! What you do as a recruiter is how your team will learn to recruit their team. It’s a process of duplication. You will also note that being in Network Marketing is also about Personal Development.
What books are you reading to help you improve? What are you listening to today? Who do you hang out with outside of work and school? Successful people do what others won’t. Find a mentor and do what they do in the business. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember, we were all new at one point in time. Some of us just get hooked on only talking to our immediate sponsor. If they aren’t teaching you about personal development, then ask for help. It can be someone else in the organization or a coach online who is in the industry. John Di Lemme, Todd Falcone, Brian Finale, Ted McGrath, Rory Valden, Doug Firebaugh and many others are available. Seek them out on youtube or Facebook. Some of these guys even have coaching calls that they do at night. One other resource on Facebook is Mentoring for Free by Coach John Wann.
A book that every marketer should read is also the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. In this book he also explains, the differences of living a life of responsibility and a life of blame. What type of life are you living today?

To your continued success,

Richard Ramirez

Adding Facebook Friends

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.

https://www.facebook.com/takeInspirACTION

After taking time off from marketing!

 

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.