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.


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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.

I’d love to join Forever Living, but I don’t know anyone!

Following on with my theme of looking at reasons for not starting a new business with Forever Living, I thought I would look at “I don’t know anyone”, which is common response that I hear from people looking at joining my business.

One of the first steps when you start any network marketing or direct selling business is making a list of everyone who you think might be interested in hearing about your new business opportunity, or finding out about the wonderful new products you are selling.  The training we offer at Forever Living is excellent at helping you to create a list of possible contacts: we call it your Who Do You Know List (WDYKL).  When you  just stop and think of everyone in your life, you will find that you know far more people than you think you do.

The easy ones first are family and friends.  Hopefully they will be excited about your new business and keen to support you.  My Mum is my best customer, and my sister has joined the business with me, so for me family have been great for my business.  What I like about choosing Forever Living as my network marketing business is that I can see how much the products can help people – so I am helping the people I value most in life.

Do you go to group classes?

Do you go to group classes?

Next, look one step further away from home.  Maybe you already have a day job, you go to a gym, zumba class or have some other hobby.  You will find that you can share your wonderful new products with these people who you meet day-to-day in your life already.  These are people who you already know and who you see and talk to on a daily basis, so you can easily tell people about the new business you are excited about.

Talk to your waitress or checkout operator.

Talk to your waitress or checkout operator.

One step further removed are the people you meet every day going about your daily business.  The lady on the checkout in the supermarket, your dentist, hairdresser, bus driver, etc.  The beauty of the products we offer at Forever Living is that the product range is so huge that there are products for everyone.  These are the sort of people you might naturally pass the time of day with, so ask questions about how much they enjoy their job, or any health issues they have, and you can then talk about your new business and the products you offer, and offer to help.

The last stage, maybe not for the faint-hearted, is people shopping or contact marketing.  Just approach people when you are out shopping or in a public place and strike up a conversation with them, offering them your card or some literature.  Many people build up fantastic teams and successful businesses with this method of approaching people. It isn’t for everyone, and I admit that I am not very good at this myself, but my sister Kate has become a fantastic people shopper and can share her techniques with the rest of the team.

So, when you sit and think about how you don’t know anyone, just think about how many people you have had the opportunity to pass the time of day with in the last week – and you will realise that you know more people than you think.