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MLM Shutdowns and How To Push Through (part 2)

Welcome back to part 2!  We’ve covered how to prepare for MLM Shutdowns by starting with a good foundation for your network marketing business. Now we are going to talk about what the shutdowns are and how to push through them to success.

Let’s jump right in!

Shutdown #1

Your Warm Market List shuts you down.  The warm market list usually consists of our friends and family. How do you respond and react when they aren’t interested? Or worse, how do you feel and react when they are negative about your new business endeavour and the worst, laugh at you? For some new distributors, this first “shutdown” could stop them before they even really get started. Darren Hardy calls this a landmine in his cd series Making The Shift . He also explains why this happens – why our friends and family would act negatively. But if you are aware of this “landmine” and are working on your strong foundation, then you will be ready and not let your warm market list shut you down. At first you may feel like they are rejecting YOU, but they really aren’t. They are just rejecting the opportunity. You will be able to act like a duck and let their rejection just roll right off your back! You will then say, “Next”!

Shutdown #2

The new distributor on your team who shuts down before he even gets started can be a real downer tempting you to shut down too.  Shutdowns can be a domino effect if we aren’t careful and on our guard. What do you do? You go out and find more!  Always keep adding new business builders to your team.

Shutdown #3

The duplication on your team shutsdown. Do you know why this can happen? There could be several reasons but 2 are:

  1. You may have become a “helicopter” leader, hoovering over your team, getting into management mode. Remember, there are no bosses in this business. Each of us owns our own business. Instead of trying to manage, encourage and inspire and lead by example!
  2. You spend too much time studying your back office to see who is doing anything.

So what should you do when duplication slows down or stops? First of all, be grateful for what you have and who you have on your team. Show them you appreciate them! Stop focusing on what others “should” be doing. Get back to work. Sponsor and train new leaders. As your team sees you working and sponsoring, they will follow.

Shutdown #4

Personal challenges can be a major cause for shutdown. Maybe you have a spouse that just doesn’t get it and is not very supportive of your mlm business. Maybe you are helping care for an ailing parent or you have a special needs child like me. There could be any number of personal challenges to keep us from staying focused in our business.

Keys to Success

To help get you back on track, follow these simple keys:

  1. Get back into action. You won’t have time to focus on these shutdowns!
  2. Get back to your why and your goals.
  3. Stay consistent with your Personal Development plan every day.
  4. Always put a positive spin on things. We can learn something positive in every situation.
  5. Develop your leadership skills.
  6. Strengthen your mlm mindset and belief.
  7. Stay close to the fire. Stay connected to your company and upline through events and conference calls.
  8. Make today count! See each day as the first day in your business!

Sometimes the first step to victory is understanding what could cause shutdowns. I hope these thoughts will inspire you to press on to freedom and and success in your network marketing business!

I would love to hear your comments! And if you are at a fork in the road and are looking for someone to partner up with and would like to join a fast growing and vibrant team, I would encourage you to go to Work With Dayna and get in touch with me!

To your success!

The Inspired Networker!

8 Crucial Qualities of A Good MLM Sponsor

In the 13 years I’ve been involved in Network Marketing I’ve had plenty of opportunity to observe and take note of what makes a good sponsor.  Many times, those  new to our industry have no idea how important it is to choose their MLM sponsor rather than sign up with the first person who comes along.  But if you have the opportunity to take your time and do a little research you will have the advantage of choosing your sponsor wisely.  Here are the top qualities you will want in a good mlm sponsor.

  1. Easily available to their team. One of the most frustrating situations is to be new in the business and not be able to reach your sponsor for help.  Of course no one is available 24/7.  But if they don’t return your emails or calls that is frustrating and leaves you with a feeling that they don’t really care about your success. So before you sign on the dotted line, make sure they will be there for you.
  2. Provides direction without “managing”. You are about to embark on your own business.  You don’t want someone who will try to micro-manage you and your business.
  3. Well connected to the company and up on all the “goings on”. Do they know and understand the new incentives for example and keep their team informed?
  4. Actively building their business with the company you are considering. Preferably, they aren’t in retirement with their business.
  5. A good connection. Be sure that when you talk to them or correspond with them you feel like they are really listening and you have a good rapport.
  6. Actively leading their team with recognition and training! This also means that they see relationships as very important to the life of the business because relationships are  the glue that holds the team together and keeps people in the game.
  7. Positive, upbeat and fun! You certainly don’t want  a sponsor who will drag you down!
  8. Strong integrity. What more can be said on this important point!

Since first writing this post, I’ve created a video on How to find a Good MLM Sponsor with a few more qualities as well.

I hope you enjoy!

So, take this to heart. Choose your sponsor wisely and you will have a much better chance of being extremely successful in Network Marketing! To gain a better understanding of how to build your business and how to be a good sponsor yourself, check out the “5 Lessons For A Successful Home Business” over in the right column!

To your success!

Dayna