Business Networking for Network Marketers

I have been attending business to business networking events since 2009 and I have met many other network marketers at my meetings over the years.  Some who totally get business networking and others who you can see just don’t get it.

In fact, when I started networking back them I wasn’t a network marketer myself, I was promoting my bookkeeping and IT business Silicon Bullet. I met a Forever Living distributor and tried their products and fell in love with them so decided to join.  Then I learned about the business behind the products.  It’s a slow conversion but a comfortable one, and I am proof that Business to Business networking works for a Network Marketer.

Don’t go in for the hard sell

We are often taught in Network Marketing to introduce the opportunity to everyone we meet, get names on our who do you know list, and it’s a numbers game, to get people to attend our presentations so they can then make an informed decision about if the opportunity is for them.

Business networking though is different.  People do not necessarily attend networking groups to buy. Everyone is there with their own business and won’t take kindly to a hard sell, or to an invitation to a coffee or ‘one to one’ where you whip out your presentation if they have not expressed an interest in your company previously.  Don’t meet people and be the one to do all the talking.  You will make a far better impression if you are the one doing the listening.

How can you make  Networking work for you if you are a Network Marketer?

  • Go with the mindset of getting to know the people in the room.  Listen to them and see how you can help them.
  • Take your products along and talk about the benefits of using them, but don’t take too much, focus on one thing at a time.  Have samples for people to try, taste or rub on, whatever is appropriate.
  • If it’s possible, get involved with running the meetings. I now attend 4 Networking where the meetings are run by members who take on a team role.  It increases your visibility in the group and enables you to show off your organisational or other skills to members.  It also brings you closer to the other team members at the meetings.
  • Try and do something memorable in your 40 second or one minute pitch (I quite often sing as that’s my hobby).
  • Be a product of your products and a shining example of your company.
  • If the networking group allows it – offer to give a talk about something related to your business or an area you are knowledgeable about.

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Don’t give up !

Give it time.  Don’t expect quick results.  I was attending a group for over 6 months before I started to get any sales.

If you follow these simple tips you are bound to make connections with people who will become your customers first and may go on to be team members later, or who might refer people to you who could join your team.  When you start to make sales then always ask for recommendations within the networking community to use in your social media.

When I think back to the lady I met all those years ago who did Forever Living at my first networking group, I think at least 50% of the people in the room are now her customers or team members so I can see from example how it really works.

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I joined 4 Networking in 2017 and quickly joined a team to help run the local meetings.  In 2018 I was promoted to being a Regional Leader for the network, overseeing a number of meetings in my local area.

If you would like to find out more about this business networking organisation, which prides itself on it’s relaxed but still business-like meetings then do get in touch I can share the details of local meetings.  You can take a look at the 4 Networking Website yourself to see where the nearest meetings are to you, they are spread all over the UK, but not yet available in other countries.

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Why do YOU want to join Forever Living?

People have many reasons for joining Forever Living products.  Some see the income opportunities and want to build a big business, others want a little extra each month and just want to do a bit of retail, some just want an occupation or a business they can call their own as they are stuck at home and are lonely, and others just want to get the products for themselves at a discount.

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What are your goals?

And do you know what?  Whatever your reason is. That’s ok!   The majority of revenue earned by Forever Living products is from those business owners who just place a small order every now and then, as it all adds up and makes Forever Living a successful business.

Now I joined Forever Living in June 2012 mainly because I had tried the products and benefited from them, and I am VERY careful with my money.  I wanted to get the products at a discount, and my good friend Frances had just joined the business, so I bought my business owner box and joined Frances’ team, but planned to just be buying products for myself. I was definitely not interested in building a Forever Living business when I first joined.

However I’m a chatterbox, I love to talk, and I’ll talk to anybody, those who have met me will have noticed, and I also like to share with others too.  Whether that’s a book I have enjoyed reading, a film that has captured my imagination, a networking meeting I love or a product I’ve used.  I just like to share, so I actually found that without really wanting to be a ‘sales person’ I was building up a retail business which brought in extra money each month and also covered the cost of the products I wanted for myself and my family.  It was a win-win situation, instead of my products being cheaper, they are actually in effect free!

I have also actually enjoyed building a team too, and coaching and helping others who have joined Forever Living to build their own business. Something I never expected to take to.  The only thing I do find frustrating is when people won’t be honest with you about why they want to join the business.  I know everyone is different and what has worked for me might not necessarily work for you too, so tell me what YOU want to get from Forever Living, not what you think I want you to say.

So if you are looking to join Forever Living just to get the products a bit cheaper, then just let me know, and I can help you with that, but I won’t try and coach and mentor you if you don’t want to build a business yourself.  Just tell me honestly what your reason for joining Forever is and I’ll leave you alone if that is what you want.  Forever Living business owners have sometimes come over as pushy and unable to take no for an answer, but with better company training I’m finding this to be less and less the case with us now.

Of course if like me you join for that reason but then change your mind, that’s ok too.  We have so many fabulous resources and pieces of training available that when you change your mind we are ready to help you build that bigger business.  Just tell us again that you are ready to make a change.

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Make new friends with Forever Living.

You just need to think about why you want to join Forever Living and be honest about it.  Get in touch via the Contact Me link at the top of the page for more information, or if you are ready to join you can see how on my previous post about joining online.


UK Trading Standards Statutory Warning

”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”

Where to meet new people in Network Marketing

Following on from my previous post about building your Who Do You Know List in network marketing, many people are put off starting a new business as they feel they don’t know enough people who could become customers or team members.  After you have approached everyone in your immediate circle of friends and family then where do you go from there?

What you need to remember is there are literally thousands of people our there who have never heard of network marketing at all, let alone your particular business, and what you need to work on is strategies to open a conversation with these people in order to make a connection with them.

Where to Meet People

It is no good joining a network marketing business if you want to stay in all the time and be by yourself, burying your head in a good book or playing online games.  You need to get out and be social.  Is there a hobby you fancy having a go at that you have never tried?  Could you volunteer locally ? Are there social organisations locally you have never visited?  All these are excellent ways to get our and meet people.

You also will come across people in your daily life who you just pass the time of day with.  Your bus driver who always looks miserable, the checkout operator at your local supermarket, the server when you go out for a meal or receptionists and staff at your hairdresser, doctor or dentist.

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You can meet people all around you.

How to open a conversation

It doesn’t need to be a hard sell once you have gone out and found more people to meet . I am not suggesting you go along to a new group or class and immediately try plugging products and business opportunities to the people there, as you will soon get people’s backs up and become very unpopular.  To be successful in network marketing first you need to make connections and just get to know people with no mention of your home based business at all.

Sometimes a simple complement to someone you see in your day to day life can open a conversation and create a link with them which can naturally lead to more.  In the health and wellness industries, like with my business in Forever Living, a simple “How Are You?” then listening to the reply carefully can open doors for you to talk about your products.  The secret is always to be open and ask questions and listen to the answers before rushing to tell people all about yourself.  If you are a product of your products the rest will come in time.

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Listen first, talk later!

With those you pass in day to day life you need to be a bit more forward as you may not meet that person again.  Have some business cards or similar available with your details on to pass to people with a simple comment such as “you’ve given me really great service today and you are just the sort of person I’m looking for to join my business, can I take your details and give you a call about it at a more convenient time?”. Take their number or email address if they will give it to you and pass them a card with your details.  You never know if this might be just the right time for the person you are talking to.

Where will this get you?

Don’t even think about the promotion and the money you want to make from your business, just think about meeting people, talking to people, and giving your customers and anyone interested really good service and the rest will come with time.

Interested in joining Forever Living ?

We offer support in the form of training courses and videos to help you with all aspects of network marketing to help you build your business with Forever Living.

If you would like to join my business and benefit from the coaching and mentoring I offer then get in touch for details.  I am currently recruiting allover the UK, and around the world with my most recent team members being from Eastern Europe.  I am particularly looking for people who would like to become team leaders in South Africa and Ireland at the moment due to the number of enquirers I am getting from those areas.

In the UK you can join easily online at https://application.foreverknowledge.info/ and if you wish to be coached and mentored by me then you need my details as your sponsor on the form which are  Alison Mead, ID no 440100686316.


UK Trading Standards Statutory Warning

”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”

Something had to change by Frances Woollard

This post is taken from a feature article in the Forever Living magazine in July 2016, following Frances’ promotion in the business in January this year.  It’s in Frances own words :


I did an engineering degree in the eighties and immediately went into the world of IT, working my way up to team leader. I loved my work, but my life completely changed when I had my children.

My children are both the result of IVF treatment, and so I knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum. Life was wonderful, but when my youngest turned two, money started to become an issue and I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I needed to be able to work from home so I set up my own IT business. I loved the flexibility this business gave me and I would often work late into the night so that I could spend quality time with the children during the day.

Unfortunately my business was hit by the recession, and in 2011 I was divorced after twenty-four years of marriage. My life fell apart. I was on anti-depressants and my health was getting worse. I knew I had to change something but I also knew that I didn’t want to work for anyone else. One day I heard a lady talking about a recent promotion in her Forever business; she looked so happy. We met up and I immediately saw an opportunity which meant I could continue to work from home around my children. I signed up in June 2012.

After signing up my health started to improve and my confidence grew. But after getting to Assistant Manager I stopped believing in myself and my business stopped growing.

About a year ago I realised something had to change; I decided to work on my self-belief and my mindset and that’s when, in January 2016, I achieved Manager.

My life is getting more and more exciting every day, and my daughter (who is now eighteen and who has always believed I could do this) has also joined the business – she is now ready for when she goes to university in September! Forever has given me so much: I think it’s absolutely amazing that I’m able to set up my daughter with her own business at eighteen, and now I also have the freedom to spend time with my mum who is in her eighties.


I am so proud to call Frances a friend as well as my sponsor.  She supports me in my business, and helps all my team too.  We work together to help others build their Forever business.  If you would like to find out more about starting your own Forever Living business then please get in touch via the Contact Me link at the top of this page.

20 Ways to Raise the money to join Forever Living

I get contacted often by people keen to join Forever Living, but they can’t afford the £199.75 for the UK Business Owner Box (or BOB as we affectionately call it) and they want financial help in order to get started. Prices vary depending on which country you are from. See my previous post on How Much Does it Cost to Join Forever Living.

However when you join Forever Living you are starting your own business, and if you don’t make some sacrifices yourself to join, or actually invest your own effort and time into raising the funds for your box you may well not see the value in your new business. Also would you give another person who contacted you out of the blue via the internet £200 just like that?

I am very happy to give my time, expertise and support to help others start their own business, but you need to also commit your time and effort too or your business will never grow. Take a look at my previous post How Not to Grow your Network Marketing Team on more reasons why funding someone to join Forever Living is not a great idea.

So how can you earn enough to buy your BOB if you have no spare money – here are my top 20 tips….

  1. Collect £2 or £1 coins
  2. Ebay your surplus clothes
  3. Cash in the attic – sell those treasures you have forgotten about
  4. Sell your unwanted belongings
  5. Do some overtime
  6. Baby sit
  7. Clean for Someone
  8. Walk dogs
  9. Clean cars
  10. Have a garage or yard sale
  11. Ask your family
  12. Credit Card (but pay it back from your first orders)
  13. Ask 20 people for £10
  14. Ask 10 people for £20
  15. Give up alcohol or smoking
  16. Stop eating out
  17. Take your own coffee instead of buying from Costa/Starbucks
  18. Do someone else’s gardening
  19. Do someone else’s shopping
  20. Do someone else’s ironing

I appreciate that not all these options are available to everyone, but pick one or two from the list or find your own way to save up your pennies, and you will find the £1s will soon mount up.

Also while you are saving then contact me and I can share some fabulous resources and background reading to help you learn more about this fabulous business so when you have saved the money you are ready to get earning straight away.

So what are you waiting for – start saving today – and come and join my team.

 

 

Updating your Who Do You Know List

What is a Who Do You Know List?

If you are new to Network Marketing then one of the first tasks your sponsor will ask you to do is most likely starting a Who Do You Know List.
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On this list you should write down everyone you know, regardless of whether you think they might be interested in  your products or business.  You then use this list as your source for approaching people about the products and the business – but if you have been in Network Marketing for a while have you kept your list going adding new names as you think of them or as you meet people in your every day life and talk to them about your business?

My Story

I let my list go for a long while when I wasn’t totally focused on my business as life had got in the way, but last year when I decided to get serious about recruiting and building a team I printed out a load of template pages from our Forever Living First Steps to Manager book and every time I talked to someone about the business or the products I added them to my list with a short note on how I know them, or where they are based.
This is how I can keep track of how many people I have spoken to about my business.  Then I highlight a name in yellow when the person becomes a customer, and in pink when they become a team member.
This acts as a fantastic tool for me to see visually how well I am doing. I now have over 700 names on my list, and I have 21 (1 in 33) team members  of which 10 ( 1 in 70) are active (they place orders most months). I have also built up a database of 150 (1 in 5) customers over the last few years, so I can see how successful my business is by looking at the numbers, to get new customers or build my team I just need to talk to new people.
This means roughly if I want 1 new ACTIVE team member I need to speak to 70 people, and if I want a new customer I need to speak to 5 people. It really helps me to focus as if I’m not recruiting in any month, I can see immediately it’s because I’ve not spoken to enough people.  This isn’t an exact science, some pages on my list have loads of yellow and pink highlights on them, and other pages have none at all, but it’s a great guideline.

Keeping Good Records

If you are treating forever like a business and not a hobby then you need to track your activity and keep these kind of records, as otherwise you have no idea how successful your business is.  In Forever Living we have templates for keeping these lists which come in your First Steps to Manager booklet, as well as profile sheets to keep detailed information on who you have spoken to,  and an Activity Tracker to keep track of what information you have sent to prospects and when you have invited them to a Business Presentation and when they joined.
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When you start out in Network Marketing you are starting your own business and you are your own boss.  Make sure you keep good records, so you can effectively follow up on inquiries as often you will need to speak to prospects several times over a few years before it is the right time for them to join your business, and without good records that fabulous new team member may well end up joining someone else’s team.

Sound Interesting?

I am currently expanding my team in the UK and beyond.  My last 3 team members who joined are based in Cheshire, London and India and I currently have space for more team members to mentor.  I would particularly like to build a team in South Africa due to the huge growth the business is currently expanding there.

If you are looking to try something new and want more information then take a look at our business brochure then message me via the Contact Me link at the top of this page and I will send you more information.

Independent, but NOT alone

It can be a daunting experience working as an independent business owner, and knowing where to turn for support can often be a minefield. But it’s important to recognise that all the most successful people in life, at some stage, will have depended on others to help them along their journey; whether that’s through a mentor, guide books or something more personal.

As a Network Marketer, the likelihood is you will constantly be learning and developing both yourself and your business, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what is on offer, particularly if your upline is relatively new to the business as well. This post is designed to help you build up your confidence, not only by suggesting where to go to for support, but also through encouraging a pro-active approach; one that seeks to promote your independent status

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Be Brave and Network

Networking is absolutely something you need to adopt and become confident in since it enables you to both learn and progress. In fact, progression is reliant upon networking, and this means you need to look further than your immediate friendship group!

Company Events

Regularly attending events and trainings is a fantastic way to put your face out into the world, and you are also guaranteed to learn something new whilst you are there. Even if you avoid people the first few times, eventually others will begin to recognise you; plus regular attendance will help you to feel more comfortable, particularly as you become more familiar with other regular attendees.

With Forever Living we have Success Day, Company Trainings and Business Presentations which are all fabulous ways to mix with other Forever Living business owners and learn something new while you are there.

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Social Media

We appreciate that, for some people, initiating conversation can be terrifying. Sometimes taking that first step outside of your comfort zone is easier when done behind a screen. If that’s true for you, begin by utilising social media. Build your virtual network by messaging others in your business who you admire and asking for their advice, but whatever you do, don’t just start adding loads of people randomly. As a general rule, it’s usually more acceptable to follow people on Twitter randomly than adding them as friends on Facebook!

In Forever Living most teams and area leaders run Facebook groups, so it’s always worth joining your local group and initiating conversation here first.

YouTube is also an excellent tool that can help build your understanding of the business, but it also provides training videos that will enable you to learn from top people in your business  in the comfort of your own home. If you find a story you relate to, why don’t you see if you can find that person on social media and start by telling them how much you enjoyed hearing their story? It’s always a good idea to start with a compliment rather than a request!

Build your Confidence

If you feel confident in your business knowledge, you will feel more confident in yourself, and such confidence will make approaching prospects a whole lot easier. The most effective way to develop your business and product knowledge is through research. Attending events and conversing with other business owners is important
, but reading up on key areas shows initiative.

Forever living have company literature and  online resources you can access.  Some are open to anyone in the company and others are team specific, so if you haven’t joined a team yet it’s worth double checking the resources available with whoever you are thinking of joining in the business.  Training with Forever

Expand Your Horizons

Looking within your industry is fundamental when you need to brush up on product knowledge and company policy, but if it is motivation and general business-building skills you are after, it can be helpful to look further afield. Knowledge is King – A Forever Living approved supplier – provides a wonderful array of books that could help develop your approach to business. Advice books from top entrepreneurs, such as Jim Rohn and Darren Hardy, are worth investing in, particularly if you are looking to be inspired, but the Knowledge is King website – www.knowledgeisking.co.uk – also sells guides to business such as network marketing, prospecting and goal setting – all areas we encourage you to familiarise yourself with. If reading is not something you favour, Knowledge is King also offers audio books – perfect for the car as you journey to prospects or team meetings.

If all else fails…

If you still find you are struggling and you have already approached your sponsor and other business owners, Head Office may be able to help you. There are processes that can be set in motion that may be of help. However, these routes should only be utilised if you feel you have exhausted all other avenues.

Would you like  more information about Joining Forever Living?

If you fancy finding out more about Network Marketing with my chosen company, Forever Living, then please do Contact Me  via the form on my website, and I can tell you more about the specific support and help I can offer you if you join my team.


UK Trading Standards Statutory Warning

”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice.

It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme.

Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”