I am a huge fan of VPR. It’s my go-to station when I am in the car. I had a listener crush on Meghna Chakrabarti…until yesterday. They were blasting MLM’s on her program, On Point. Whoa! Hold on Meghna!
There were some valid criticisms, but she was over the top with the negatives. Where was the other side? I called in and left my feedback, but it wasn’t quoted on the air.
The show was a “bash” session of the direct selling industry. It was as if every site complaining about people’s bad experiences came to light on the show.
Some people in the industry promise the moon, and some use their success to proselytize. I will agree that both of those issues are annoying.
Is that enough reason to trash to entire industry? Absolutely not.
I’ve sat through hundreds of speeches in Mary Kay conventions; when a top director says “First, may I give the glory to God”; that is not my thing. I’m not sure there is a God.
It took a while to know where to put those speeches in my mind and in my heart. The woman speaking? Her beliefs motivate HER. She was sharing HER experience.
When I talk about my experience, I go in my direction, I address what inspires me, and it’s not anything to do with a “calling”. Sorry God, you didn’t make my phone calls and do the outreach, I did.
This is what I know from being involved with Mary Kay for thirty-two years.
- Pick a business model which is sound. Understand the commission checks. Understand how you will be paid and how you will make money.
- When picking a direct selling company or MLM, pick one with an excellent track record.
- Pick a company that stands for things in your value system. Are they philanthropic? Do they give to causes which you support? Are they a green company?
- How willing is the company to work with you to build your business?
- Who is your upline? Are you in alignment with their value system?
- Is there an exit plan if you decide to discontinue your business?
When starting a direct selling business, this is what you should know…This is #mymklife
- There is money to be made.
- People won’t flock to you, you have to find your market.
- Open your mouth. If you keep your business a secret, you are keeping your front door locked.
- Offer your services to everyone. It’s a kind offer.
- Go to work. Be consistent. When I had a brick-and-mortar business, I showed up every day…even when I didn’t feel like it.
- If you reach out consistently, you will become an expert marketer. Your offer will become unique to you; people are attracted to sincere offers.
- Reach up to those you admire. Ask for advice. Don’t take advice from one you wouldn’t want to trade places with.
- Plug in quickly. We are hard wired to do what we’ve done before. If business is new to you, you probably will be developing new thoughts and behaviors. Your brain likes to keep you safe and going on your well-worn paths.
- Success doesn’t lie within your comfort zone. Stretch yourself.