How to Max-imize Your Business – Max Takes Me for a Walk

Today Max and I walked past a neighbor who asked, “Who’s walking who?”

“Oh definitely, Max is taking me for a walk!”

 

 

It is true. Max pulls me along. It is a good thing he is not a big dog breed or I’d be in trouble.

I’m not complaining though. He keeps me moving at a healthy pace. Max even keeps me walking every day – even on the days that I don’t want to walk.

After our brief conversation with the neighbor, Max and I kept walking. I got to thinking how true it was that Max was responsible for my walking every day. In fact, it was one of the reasons I justified getting a dog. I knew that I would need to walk a dog; and even more, I knew I needed to walk.

Max has been a better motivator to get me active than any of the various fitness machines and devices I have purchased. Some were as good as new when I sold them. I still have the last two that I bought. One is buried under boxes. The other sits in the living room practically unnoticed, certainly unused.

The difference with Max as an exercise device is that Max demands attention. On days when weather or my schedule cancel his walk, Max gets scrappy. I have learned to make time for a walk.

In other words, Max has become my “why” for walking.

Every successful network marketer has a “why.”

A “why” – a reason for doing what you find scary,  hard,  impossible.

She who has a strong enough why, can bear almost any how.

What is your “why?”

Is it to take dream vacations? Or buy a dream house?

Is it to send your children to college? Or to bring your husband home from the corporate job?

Is it to just be able to pay the bills?

It had better be something compelling.

It needs to be something that will haunt you like Max haunts me if he doesn’t get his walk.

Your -why-It should be something that makes you lie awake because you didn’t make your calls.

On the cold winter mornings, I take Max for a walk because I know that he will not leave me alone if he doesn’t get his walk.

I want to let you in on a little secret.

I heard that dogs don’t really care how long their walk is. It is true of Max. On the days that I am short of time, our walk may only be half a block. Max is good.

I really need more of a walk for maintaining my physical well being; but I have, at least, maintained my habit of daily walks. Most of our walks are longer; maybe I have gone a block and think we could start back; but I push forward.

My habit is to get even a short walk in while striving for a longer walk.

To Max-imize your business you need to have a similar mind set.

You need to have a daily minimum while maintaining a higher standard on a typical day.

Years ago I attended a Bible conference. The speaker challenged us to commit to reading the Bible for at least five minutes a day.

Was the speaker saying that five minutes a day is enough time in the Bible? I didn’t think that at all when I made the commitment. I realized that five minutes a day established a routine and a daily minimum. Most days I spend more than five minutes, but the minimum five minutes keeps me from getting out of the habit of reading the Bible daily.

So here is my challenge for you:

  • First, if you don’t have a compelling reason, your “why,” you need to spend time finding it. Talk with your spouse, your sponsor, a trusted up line, or message me. Talk to them. Let them ask you questions that will lead you to find the motivation that will drive you to daily action that will Max-imize your business.
  • Second, decide what your daily minimum should be. Make it the equivalent of a half block walk or five minutes of reading the Bible.
  • Third, decide what your daily higher standard will be. Make it something that will stretch you and be enough to achieve the results you want to see. Again, talk with someone as you decide what your daily minimum and daily higher standard need to be.
  • Fourth, have an accountability partner. Let someone monitor how you are doing.

It is all pretty simple. Yet so vital. I did not walk regularly until I got Max. Max has become both my “why” and my accountability partner. He is a faithful motivator. I hope and pray that you find one as effective. You won’t find one more adorable.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

 

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Our Amazing Bodies

We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

What do you suppose made King David say that in Psalm 139?

He didn’t have access to the science we do today. Sure, you don’t need to know the details of how our bodies function to see that our bodies function amazingly. Still, I happen to love learning about the science of our bodies.

What about you? Do you like to learn science facts? Are you fascinated by how our bodies work?

Here are some facts that I learned from the video below:

  • Microbes outnumber human cells in our body by a factor of 10:1 [That was news to me.]
  • The medical paradigm for the last 70 years can work to disrupt the way microbes work in our body [I knew that. Bet you do too.]
  • Restoring the balance of microbes in our body is possible through the use of prebiotics and probiotics
  • Not all probiotics are effective

What do you think? Who knew we were more microbial than human?

Click on this link to learn more.

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Wait With Confidence

Commuters waiting for bus

How well do you wait?

I can wait a long time if I have something to keep me busy.

Young woman with pad in the waiting room

Give me my computer and I can sit in a waiting room for hours.

 

But put me in a waiting mode for my business to grow and sometimes I get frantic.

How about you? Is your business growing the way you expected? Or do you feel stuck, blocked, stalled?

There is an affirmation for that!

What do you think of this verse?

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Wait!?

You don’t want to wait for your business to grow. You may even need for more income to start coming your way.

I know the feeling.

I had applied for the director position with a nonprofit ministry. I had a burning desire to do that job. Every time that the tasks involved with the job were mentioned, I longed to get started doing them.

But it was taking time for the board to make a decision. One Friday morning a friend called me with a poem to encourage me. She knew it was hard as I waited to learn if I would be the director or not. The poem was titled, Sit Still, My Daughter. The theme of the poem was waiting.

Some encouragement, right?

I took it to heart though. I understood it as a message for me from God. The message clearly was to patiently wait.

So, I continued to wait as patiently as I could.

Here is the poem:

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days–these waiting days–as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, ’tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart’s deep love.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord’s will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could’st thou for Him fill?
‘Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
‘Tis hard, ’tis true! But then–He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
–J. D. Smith

(Originally from Streams in the Desert)

Guess how long I had to wait to finally hear that I was indeed to be the new director?

It wasn’t a matter of months or weeks or even days!

That afternoon I got the call telling me that I would be the new director of the nonprofit ministry.

It was only a matter of hours.

My lesson from that event is that waiting for the Lord isn’t easy; but it isn’t to make us miserable.

Waiting that comes from God is good and has a great purpose; but it will never be easy and may always make us miserable.

Unless we have a good prayer and affirmation to focus on.

Here are three Bible passages to consider.

17 A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
    you will all flee away,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner on a hill.”

18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
    Blessed are all who wait for him!

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:17-19 NIV

I have quoted this verse in its context and emphasized the verse that shows God’s heart.

Verse 17 depicts how it feels to wait without results. It may even feel like thousands are against you and you are surrounded, alone, on a windy, deserted mountain top.

Verse 18 tells us what God is feeling. God wants to bless you. He “longs to be gracious to you.” You will be blessed if you “wait for him.”

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Waiting for the Lord is a command important enough to repeat in this verse. The key is to be strong and take heart. And then to wait.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

King David wrote Psalm 37; it is a favorite of mine. Lots of goodness in it. I am sharing verse 7 with you because it addresses the issue that any network marketer deals with when watching others rank advance. I am not implying that those who you watch succeed have cheated. But sometimes it feels like it just isn’t fair.

Plus it is even more frustrating when you see someone doing exactly what you are doing but they are seeing results and you aren’t. You have heard your up line say to be patient. In other words, “be still”, “wait patiently” as you continue to move forward; perhaps with course adjustments. But don’t get discouraged and quit.

Be still, wait patiently. Use this prayer and affirmation to get you through the wait.

Prayer

Father God, here I am. I am sitting still. I am waiting for You. Waiting for You to direct and work. Waiting for You to be gracious and bless me. I have sought your direction in this path and now it feels like I have waited for too long. I understand that your timing is perfect and so I will sit still and wait for You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Affirmation

I am waiting for God to work as I continue to work. I have sought His direction and now I wait for Him. I take my strength from focusing on God. Knowing that I am in the right place, doing the right thing, I confidently wait to see the results. Even though the last person said “no”, the next person will say “yes.” Even though someone else rank advanced, I am confident that God is working to bless me.

Prayers are directed to God and help you to see God’s truth. Affirmations are directed to your brain to help it believe and act on God’s truth. Repeat the prayer and affirmation daily for best results.
God bless you, 
Connie Suarez 

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How to Determine Your “Unique Selling Proposition” (Even if You’re Brand New!)

What makes your business unique?

If you’re not sure, then you might not be setting yourself apart from the competition.

Which means you could be missing out on quite a few leads and sales, because other marketers (with a more defined voice) are likely dominating the conversation and monopolizing your potential prospects’ limited attention.

So what should you do?800-3115-18-120

Well, you need to decide on your “unique selling proposition!”

And – you should read the rest of this blog from Ferny Ceballos:

Now, you might not know the concept of having a “USP,” yet it’s vitally important.

In fact, it’s actually one of the most important things you can develop for your business.

Basically, it’s what separates you from the ‘other guys.’

How you develop your USP will be a little different depending on whether you have a large company, or just a brand new distributorship in network marketing, affiliate marketing, or direct selling.

Let’s dive into the details…

Unique selling proposition, defined

Here’s the question…

What do you offer, which sets you apart from everybody else in the marketplace?

Now, you may think that your company provided you with a ready-made USP already…

Such as your ‘unique’ comp plan, or your ‘unique’ products or services, or whatever the case may be.

But there’s something wrong with this logic, because while those may very well be the USP for your company or their products…

The question remains:

What’s your unique selling proposition?

What will make people want to do business with YOU over somebody else, even in your own company (much less a different company or the entire market)?

Now, the fundamental definition of unique selling proposition is your position in the market.

But let’s dig a little deeper.

When you do a Google search for “unique selling proposition,” the top two results are from Entrepreneur.com and Kissmetrics.com.

And guess what, these competing definitions don’t agree.

Two unique USP definitions…

In fact, the Kissmetrics definition actually calls out the Entrepreneur definition and says it’s not adequate enough.

Which is clever marketing, btw, writing an article referencing the result that’s right above it in the Google search terms—it’s a great way to get noticed.

Entrepreneur.com’s definition is as follows…

“The factor or consideration presented by a seller as the reason that one product or service is different from, or better than, that of the competition.”

Basically what makes you different from the competition is what Entrepreneur.com is saying.

And it’s true that this is traditionally what a unique selling proposition is all about.

However, I actually like the Kissmetrics definition of USP better, because it’s more relevant and more clear.

And more importantly, it’s also something that, especially in recent history, is a more contemporary definition for a unique selling proposition.

Kissmetrics.com’s definition is as such…

A unique selling proposition is what your business stands for. It’s what sets your business apart from others because of what your business makes a stand about.

What they’re saying is if you try to stand for everything, you’ll actually stand for nothing.

For instance, you can’t be known for having the highest quality AND the lowest prices, or the best food AND the most inexpensive menu.

It doesn’t work.

You’ve got to plant your flag on a certain concept.

So the question actually is…

What do you stand for?

To explore this idea, Let’s take a look at…

Two great USP examples

Starbucks stands for premium coffee, but NOT premium coffee and cheap prices.

They want to give you the best coffee and overall experience that they can.

If you walk into the store, it’s laid out very nicely and Starbucks wants to give you a high quality coffee drinking atmosphere.

Zappos started off as a shoe company, but obviously selling shoes is not unique.

So what they stand for is the highest quality customer service in the world.

Literally, Zappos customer care people are willing to do just about anything for you!

You can basically call them up and tell them that you need different shoes because your current ones don’t fit.

They’ll not only send you new shoes, but they’ll even let you keep the old ones if you ask.

I’ve even heard people call Zappos and order a pizza, which actually shows up!

It’s kind of crazy, but Zappos has the best customer care.

Hands down.

So what about our unique selling proposition?

Elite Marketing Pro’s USP

When the company started, our unique selling proposition was fluid, but it really zeroed in recently.

Our USP is that we are willing to teach online recruiting strategies and methods that your upline isn’t.

That’s what we stand for.

We stand for teaching network marketers the most cutting edge digital networking and digital marketing strategies that exist today, from the people who are actually building their businesses using these strategies.

And these strategies are not something the ‘orthodoxy’ in the industry are willing to teach you.

That’s the message we deliver and that’s how we’re attracting networkers from across the world.

Our anti-orthodoxy stance is attracting top earners

Because there are six- and seven- figure earners who are getting frustrated and fed up with the network marketing orthodoxy who only want to follow “old school,” offline methods.

There are even seven-figure earners in network marketing right now that don’t even have Facebook accounts!

And, I mean, honestly…

How can you be relevant in today’s age if you don’t even have a Facebook account?

Well, that is essentially what we’re up against here at EMP.

Obviously not everyone’s like that, but networkers without Facebook accounts push back against going online, because they don’t understand it.

But the pages are turning as far as this industry is concerned…

…and we’re in a great position to help people discover digital marketing strategies for the network marketing, direct selling, and affiliate marketing space.

Example EMP affiliate’s USP

Now, let’s say you’re a member of Elite Marketing Pro and you’re promoting our blog posts (such as the one you’re reading right now), so you can use EMP’s content and offers to practice your new digital marketing skills.

That’s great!

But there’s also a catch…

Unfortunately, you’re gonna be doing the same thing as every other EMP member who’s also promoting our blog posts.

And that means sameness.

So what’s gonna set you apart?

Well, one of our members, for example, is doing something that most people aren’t willing to do.

She talks to her prospects straight from her ads!

You can learn more about her strategy right here:

How to Recruit with Facebook Sponsored Posts

But the short version is this: her ads include a call to action that say…

“Hey, you can click on the link in the description and you’ll learn more. Or if you’d like to speak directly with me and get some more information through private messaging, comment ‘More info’ below.”

And guess what happens?

People start commenting “more info,” because they’d rather TALK to somebody directly than go through an impersonal website or sales funnel.

Now don’t get me wrong, such automated strategies work, and they work great!

After all, we get hundreds of leads every single day from our websites and funnels.

But some people would rather just hop on the phone and ask…

“Okay, what’s this all about?”

And hey, you may be that type of person too.

So make no mistake…

Being willing to pick up the phone and talk to your prospects straight from your ads is a huge differentiator.

And it’s where I recommend most people in this industry start to produce quick results.

The one USP that will never go out of style is…

The willingness to hop on the phone and serve somebody, based on where they’re at, without pitching them your network marketing business.

This means you make recommendations based on what they need and what they tell you…

Not based on your agenda to funnel as many people into your networking business as possible.

That may be difficult for the new networker to fully understand, and especially old school networkers who have been around for a while (because they always walk around with an agenda to recruit everyone).

But what you’ll discover is that if you switch your mindset to service and truly listen to people, you’ll actually end up recruiting MORE people.

The “non-agenda approach” is much easier

Once you get your prospect on the phone, you’ll benefit from being able to listen to them talk about what they’re struggling with, so you can then make recommendations based on those exact struggles.

That’s gonna set you apart from most people in this industry.

There are a lot of marketers running ads on Facebook…

But how many are actually willing to hop on a private chat?

My guess is very few.

Now that’s a unique selling proposition that will never go out of style and will always be in high demand, because, again, people will always want to cut through the BS and just ask…

“Okay, what’s this about? Can you explain what’s going on?”

In fact, being willing to hop on the phone with somebody was the USP I personally used when I first got started.

So if I didn’t already hammer it in enough, when you’re brand new, even through your first year…

You don’t need to develop a crazy unique selling proposition

You just need to be the person who’s willing to stand for the needs of other people first.

And to be the person who’s willing to hop on the phone and actually listen to people.

Because guess what?

Even though there are other networkers using this strategy…

  1. There aren’t many willing to hop on the phone, who are building online
  2. You’ll very likely be the first person who’s ever hopped on the phone with your prospects, so you’ll automatically be different from everyone else in their mind

Again, being willing to talk to people on the phone, through video chat, or through private messaging is what’s gonna help you stand out more than anything else.

In a crowded, noisy online space…

Your willingness to directly connect with people is rare!

Believe me, it is.

It may seem like a lot of people are doing it, but only select leaders are doing it.

The majority are not!

And even the leaders are too busy to talk to everybody, which gives all of us an opportunity if we’re willing to pick up the phone.

Did you know that at EMP, every single customer gets three free coaching calls with our mentorship team?

So even at Elite Marketing Pro, this big multimillion dollar company, we are also willing to hop on the phone and talk to people at every stage of their journey with us.

That should give you a clue as to what you should be doing as well!

Now, hopefully you’re fired up and ready to implement this strategy.

So the next question is, do you…

Need people to talk to?

Because let’s face it, before you can start calling your prospects, you need prospects to call in the first place!

Unfortunately, this is an area where a lot of business owners initially struggle.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, in just 10 days, you can easily implement a lead generation strategy that will bring you fresh leads daily, like clockwork.

So if you’re having any trouble generating leads for your business or finding enough prospects to talk to…

Then I highly recommend signing up for my free online recruiting bootcamp.

You’ll see the exact online business building strategies I use to generate 300–500 leads per day, 30–50 customers per day, and recruit 70–100 new serious business builders into my business each month!

So if you’re ready to get started…

Simply click here and I’ll gladly give you access to my 10-day bootcamp.

And if you found this content helpful, I would love to read your comments below!

Sincerely,
Ferny Ceballos
Chief Marketing Officer
Elite Marketing Pro

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God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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What I Learned About Attraction Marketing in Los Cabos – Make People Feel Special

The Gran Faro Resort had the obligatory gift shop.

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In spite of being unfamiliar with “selfies,” Nimpha posed with me.

Nimpha did not see her job working there as obligatory.

I guess I don’t really know how she saw it; but I do know that she made visits to that gift shop a treat.

 

My first visit included the truly obligatory bottled water.

Nimpha spoke fairly good English. I spoke fair Spanish and wanted to use it. She graciously allowed me, encouraged me, to pull out my rusty language skills and use them.

Nimpha had a disarming smile and I returned often, partly because I needed more water. But I liked visiting with Nimpha. And she never made me feel like I was wasting her time.

I believe that Nimpha represents the best in selling.

The best of the best understand that people do business with people they like. People do business with people they trust, and people do business with those who make them feel special. Robin S. Sharma

Nimpha demonstrated this quote from Robin S. Sharma.

When my trip was coming to an end, I considered where I wanted to buy souvenirs.

Souvenir comes from the French and literally means the act of remembering. I wanted to have the items I took back home with me to have significance.

That meant that who I purchased from was as important as what I purchased. The resort gift shop where Nimpha worked was, of course, my choice.

Nimpha represented the best of my Attraction Marketing lesson from Los Cabos.

Nimpha acted the way you and I need to if we want to attract people to us and our business.

How do you do that?

Here are my thoughts from observing Nimpha.

Focus on the need of the other person.

I cannot guess whether Nimpha was paid based upon how much she sold or not. If she was, her need to earn money did not control her manner with customers.

She was helpful; but she did not pressure me to buy.

She was committed to serving me with what I wanted, which included letting me converse with her in my faltering Spanish. She didn’t make me feel that I was wasting her time.

When I was looking at items to purchase she didn’t try to influence my decisions. She was ready to answer all my questions and didn’t show frustration when I decided to wait.

Nimpha went so far as to agree to have her picture taken with me.

I explained to her that I planned to write a blog about her and wanted a picture. She agreed although I am not sure she really understood what a blog is.

But even her willingness to be photographed is impressive to me.

How willing are you to help the other person even if it doesn't help you- How willing are you to help the other person even if it doesn’t help you? That is the level that you need to reach.

That means listening first to learn of a need.

How do you do that?

 

You can take a cue from a friend of mine who shared with me that she could always get someone engaged in conversation. Her secret was to ask questions until she found out what interested them. In other words, she was focused on them and their interests. Once she had done that a conversation was ensured.

I find that it makes all the difference when I don’t start a conversation with a goal in mind.

You can make it a game. You win if you connect enough to learn what their need is.

For instance, a cashier at the grocery store is an easy opportunity to practice.

You have a few minutes to visit while they process your purchases. They are trained to greet you and be personable. So you ask questions. You can start with something as simple as, “How long have you worked here?” Maybe you can try, “How do like working here?” Or “How long before you can go home today?”  Their reply to one of those questions usually provides you with something else to ask.

There is no script because that would mean that you have a goal. Just pick a question you like. Where the conversation goes is up to the cashier. If you can have a conversation until it is time to pay for your groceries you win the game. Then if you feel like you would like to keep in touch, ask if you can friend them on Facebook.

Practically everyone is on Facebook, except Nimpha. Almost no one objects to having another person friend them.

Once you are friends, just keep in touch and then suppose they indicate that they could use extra money, message them. Say something like, “I saw that you are thinking about a part time job. Are you open to looking at what I do to earn extra money?”

Julie Burke used Facebook to build a large team and then trained her team to do the same. I love her approach. You can check it out by getting her Social Media Frenzy Guide. It’s free and introduces you to her Social Media Recruiter.

To be successful in marketing you need to be motivated and action oriented without pressure.

Nimpha was motivated and action oriented.

She showed up for work. She was dressed to impress. She was friendly and helpful.

You need to be sharing with numbers of people every day. And it is totally possible to share with numbers of people and still remain focused on their needs. I have been learning from a group of like minded people at Elite Marketing Pro. Here is a link to one of their blog posts on the #1 Network Marketing Skill for 2017. 

By all means, the list of people you need to contact needs to be large and growing. Your list has to include at least 50 people when you initially start; but it needs to be growing.

How many people you invite everyday will depend upon how much money you want to make and how fast you want to see your results. But it makes sense that you have to be adding more names than you are contacting, doesn’t it? That is where using the internet is vital in growing your business while allowing you not to pressure the people on your list.

Calling your list, continuing to grow it, that's showing up for work.Calling your list, continuing to grow it, that’s showing up for work.

You have lots of help in increasing your numbers. I have used the technique taught in the Attraction Marketing Formula by Ferny Ceballos.

I find an unexpected benefit from using the internet.

Because I have that resource, I don’t feel like I need to sign up anyone.

I feel free to talk to people about what they are interested in. As I do that, I can truly focus on what they need without being influenced by my need.

The fact is the bigger your list is, the more you are free to focus on the needs of the people you talk to. The more you focus on their needs, the more likely you are to find the people who need to join you.

Are you open to talking to me about what you need? Feel free to message me.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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Max-imize Your Business: How Picky Should You Be?

 

Mas's dish of dog food has many colors. (2)

Max’s dog food has many colors. There are bright colors and bland colors. Max picks through the food and eats the colored bits first.

Max will eat all of his dog food – eventually; but he picks out certain colors first. I suppose he is picking certain flavors.

Max has picked out most of the greens, yellows and reds. What is left are the browns.

After the food has been in his dish for an hour or so, Max has picked out most of the reds, greens and yellows.

I don’t really care because he will eventually eat it all.

Of course, he won’t eat dried dog food as long as there is real meat available.

Max’s eating habits reminds me of the conversations network marketers have about who to recruit.

I confess, there have been times when I would have signed anyone up.

Then there have been times when I might have not been open enough.

We had this discussion with one of our up line when he was training our team.

I said, “There are some people I just couldn’t work with.” His response was, “That is what your up line is for.”

He went on to explain that when you are starting out, you can’t afford to be picky. Sign up everyone  and then help them find the right person to help them get going.

You can do that if you are with a company that encourages an atmosphere of support throughout the company. Then you can work with cross line.

And, by the way, I think that even if you would love working with your new distributor, you need to help them find the person who will be the best fit for them. As network marketing evolves, it is clear that there is more than one way to build an organization. What works for you may not work for your sister or best friends. What works for your up line may not work for you. So make it a habit to introduce your new recruits to different folks on your team and in your company. Let them know that it is their business and they get to build it in the way that works best for them.

The point of being picky is that individuals that you invite to associate with you and your business should complement your business not detract from it.

What do I mean? Well let me illustrate with two lists. One list is those who you should be inviting. The other is a list of people that you maybe should leave off of your list.

Your Do Invite List Should Include:

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    • Successful business people
    • Unsuccessful business people
    • People you do business with
    • Members of Chamber of Commerce
    • People who sell things they make
    • Small business owners
    • Your accountant
    • Your attorney
  • Employment
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    • Ex-bosses
    • People who are out of a job
    • Retired people
    • People who talk about wanting a different job
  • Friends
    • People you know in neighborhood
    • People you meet walking your dog
    • Friends you have’t seen in years
    • Old classmates
    • Friends on Facebook
    • Parents of your children’s friends
    • Friends from church
  • Family
    • Parentsbeautiful hipster young women sisters friends
    • Siblings
    • Cousins
    • Aunts, Uncles
    • Spouses family
  • Community
    • Youth sports coaches
    • Youth sports parents
    • Recreational sports league participants and spectators
    • Community organization volunteers and leaders
    • Local music organizations
    • Local theater groups
    • Your server at restaurantwoman-paying-for-groceries-at-supermarket-checkout_HtEx0CHi.jpg
    • Mail carrier
    • News carrier
    • Door to door sales people
    • Teachers
    • PTA/PTO leaders and volunteers
    • People who need extra cash
  • Your company/product line interests
    • People who are interested in health if your company sells heath and wellness products
    • People who like to travel if your company sells travel related products or services
    • People in business if your company sells products that help businesses serve more effectively or profitably
  • Everyone on your phone contact list
  • Everyone who is your friend on Facebook
  • Everyone you are afraid to call
  • Everyone in the phone book – I have used the phone book as a reminder of folks I know. I haven’t ever called strangers.
  • Every new person you meet in the grocery story check out line and on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Whatever.

Your list or database is your inventory. If it isn’t long you will be out of business soon. So keep it growing.

Your Probably Shouldn’t Invite List:caution-alert_fJDhDLLO_L

  • Beware of those who are “drama” addicts. Their posts are almost always about the drama in their life. They seem even to enjoy that misery. Do you want them bringing the “drama” to your business?
  • Those with no picture of themselves, at all. I don’t even accept Friend requests if there is no picture. Sometimes it may just be shyness, but other times no picture indicates that not all is right.
  • Those with extreme language and political posts.
  • Those who only have game posts

Building a business is hard enough without the baggage some people have. Certainly, there are heart warming stories of network marketing transforming people; you may want to cut someone slack if you see a diamond in the rough. Just keep in mind that you are the one who will have to work with them through the process.

Your Don’t Invite List – Your list should NEVER include:thumbs-down-color_zJiL88I__L

  • The occasional person who you know will not be honest in the business.
    • If you have a business associate who is loose with the truth both you and your company could be jeopardized. You don’t need their volume to build your business!

At the end of the day, Max’s bowl in almost empty. I fill it back up and the process starts over.

You too need to replenish your list frequently. Here are suggestions of ways to keep your list growing:

  • Go grocery shopping or to the restaurant or mall, etc.
    • Chat either with the cashier/server or folks in line with you.
    • Ask the cashier how long they have worked there, how they like their job, what they do in their free time, comment on their name, ask if they have family, etc. Go with the conversation. Make it about them.
    • When you feel like you have connected in someway, find a way to stay connected. My preferred way right now is Facebook. It seems less intrusive than asking for phone number. Plus, you can go to their Facebook page and post a comment and be reasonably sure they see it. They are even likely to respond. If you call them on the phone, you most likely get voice mail and may never hear from them.
    • Don’t rush to give them your sales pitch. Keep the conversation going back and forth naturally.
    • Wait to share about a way to make extra cash or a product that will solve their problem until it is really appropriate to the level of your newly formed friendship.
  • Go to networking events.
    • Join the local chamber of commerce.men-1979261.jpg
    • Join a meetup.com group. Google it and find what is available in your area. The strategy is to collect as many business cards as you can. Then call the individuals and ask them if they are open to a side project. If they say no, thank them. If they say yes, respecting their time, set up a phone call, zoom meeting or a meeting at a coffee shop.
  • Attend local sporting events. Get acquainted with spectators. Connect with them and follow through as you would if meeting in grocery store.
  • Visit Facebook pages where you will find people who share your interests.
    • Comment on and share their posts.
    • When they respond, move forward learning more about them, making it about them.
    • Continue to build relationships until an opportunity to share about your business or product presents itself.
    • Julie Burke is a master of using Facebook. Check out her Social Media Recruiting Frenzy Guide. It is free and offers you a chance to sign up for her Social Media Recruiting course.
  • Start a Facebook Fan Page and use it to attract people you can identify as interested in your business or product.
    • This will mean learning new skills which may or may not fit your personality. But many network marketers are turning to Attraction Marketing Formula to learn the skills.
    • Want to learn more? You can register for a free 10 Day Boot Camp which will give you enough information to decide. It will give you information that will help you build your business.

There is an endless list of people in the world. You just need to keep meeting them. Care more about what they need than you need and you will connect with them. The bonus is that most people will return the favor and care about what you care about.

At the end of the day, Max has eaten a health diet. He chooses which bits of dog food he wants to eat first.

You can do the same. Talk to people you are most comfortable with first. Or not. What matters is that you keep talking to new people every day. Don’t quit until you have all you need.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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An Affirmation for a New Challenge

girl-1186895Are you preparing to start a new project? Are you daunted by a challenging new beginning? Or maybe you still feel challenged by what you started in the past?

Here is an affirmation for you that was given to a man from his revered mentor, his nation and his God.

“Be strong and courageous.”

Joshua had served as the aide to Moses for over forty years. He had witnessed the greatness of Moses.

Moses had raised his staff over the Red Sea and God had parted the waters. Before that, Moses had stood up to Pharoah and been the deliverer of God’s twelve plagues on Egypt.

Moses had gone up the mountain and met with God face to face to receive the Ten Commandments.

Moses had led a rebellious people for forty years of wandering in the wilderness.

Now Moses was about to die and Joshua was to lead Israel in Moses’ place.

How was Joshua feeling about this new challenge? Joshua had successfully led Israel in battle. He had observed how Moses had led the nation.

Joshua was prepared for this job. He had been groomed for this job!

Still, Joshua must have felt hesitant.

And he was about to undertake a challenge that demanded courage. Joshua needed to know that he was the right man for the job.

Joshua got the affirmation he needed.

  • Moses told him to be strong and courageous. Deuteronomy 31:7
  • God told him to be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:6, 7, 9
  • The nation of Israel told Joshua to be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:18

I admit that it sounds more like a command and not an affirmation. Still if you hear that kind of a command enough, it becomes an affirmation, don’t you agree?

Repetition is the power of affirmations.

An affirmation said only once has no power.

A repeated affirmation basically reprograms your mind to think the way it should.

How would Joshua have proceeded if he had not had the repetition of this command, Be strong and courageous? I think he would have failed.

Be strong and courageous. It is one of my favorites.

Consider this. Be strong and courageous has been spoken to people taking on a huge challenge over and over.

Joshua_and_MosesMoses said it to Joshua as he was handing over command of the nation of Israel. Deuteronomy 31: 6, 7; Deuteronomy 31:23

God said it to Joshua as he was taking command of Israel. Joshua 1:6, 7, 9

The leaders of Israel said it to Joshua as he was taking command of Israel. Joshua 1:18

Joshua said it to military leaders after they had defeated five enemy kings and were facing the future challenge to gain the promised land. Joshua 10:25

David said it to Solomon when he was about to become king of Israel. 1 Chronicles 22:15; 28:20

King Hezekiah said it to military leaders when the Assyrian army attacked the nation of Israel. 2 Chronicles 32:7

How would you like someone to encourage you with such a historic command and affirmation?

You are appointed. You meditate on these verses given to Joshua. You use the key words as your prayer and affirmation to become strong and courageous.

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsakeyou. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

10 So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

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Joshua was called to accomplish his purpose. So are you. Be strong and courageous and you will be prosperous and successful.

Prayer

Father God, you gave Joshua a purpose that is well known. You have given me a purpose just as surely. As I move forward I ask that I will hear from you as clearly as Joshua did. I will do my part by spending the time in Your Word so that I will hear from You. I have your promise that you will be with me where ever I go. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Affirmation

I am strong and very courageous. I am careful to obey all the Word of God teaches me to do; I will not turn from it to the right or to the left, I know then that I will be successful wherever I go.

Keep in mind that a prayer is to align your heart with God’s Truth. An affirmation is to align your mind and thinking with God’s Truth.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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The Best (Free) Workouts for People Who Don’t Have Time to Work Out

Is your routine giving you the workout you need? Are you like me and wondering if you should do more but not sure how to fit it into your schedule?

Check out this blog and let me know which one of the suggestions appeals to you.

2017-05-16_1527Look, we get it: just doing the bare essentials of living is enough to make you exhausted. Of course you want to be healthy, but there isn’t enough time to commit to a gym routine. So what’s the answer? Ditch the gym.

After your commute, work day, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, walking the dog, and maybe squeezing in a few loads of laundry, working out is the last thing you want to do. Getting to the gym just eats up more of your day: you’ve got to change, drive to the gym, do your workout, drive back, and then shower. We get how impossible and frustrating it may seem to squeeze in a workout routine, but luckily there are options. And they don’t involve the gym.

1. EXERCISE WHILE YOU NETFLIX

There’s a pretty big chance you make time for a few episodes every night. Guess what? That’s workout time. Pinterest has a giant collection of workouts to do during commercial breaks or during your favorite show. Take the Walking Dead workout, for example: every time a walker is killed, you do 5 crunches. Every time someone cries, you do 3 squats. It’ll add up quickly. From Harry Potter to Gossip Girl, if you have a favorite show, chances are there’s a workout to accompany it. No gym required.

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2. SUBSCRIBE TO POPSUGAR

There are loads of YouTube channels with high-quality, no-cost fitness videos. We happen to love POPSUGAR because there are dozens of fantastic, fun workouts updated regularly and totally free. Most of them are about a half hour long and they don’t require any special equipment, so you can click “play” when you get home from work, get your heart pumping for a half hour, and then get on with the rest of your night. Only have 15 minutes? No problem. They’ve got videos for that too.

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3. UTILIZE THAT LUNCH BREAK

You’re legally required to have a lunch break, so that’s a half hour to an hour available to work out away from the distractions at home. There are hundreds of suggestions for a lunch break workout online, but we really like this simple one from The Love Fit Life. Follow the infographic below for your first workout, then branch into some of the other suggestions online. Oh, think you can’t work out because you didn’t bring a change of clothes? Let me introduce you to the wonders of dress pant yoga pants. They exist and you need them. Problem solved.

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4. RUN FROM ZOMBIES

You’re on your phone all day anyway, so you may as well use it to get moving. If you hate running aimlessly around your neighborhood, Zombies, Run! is the answer, and it will both terrify and delight you. Set the workout to however long you have (15 minutes is fine), and a zombie story will start playing. When you hear the zombies start to come, you’ll need to start running even faster. The app relies on GPS to narrate a story based on what you’re seeing in real life. It’s way less terrifying than the gym changing room and a lot more fun.

5. DO A QUICK HIIT WORKOUT

Even ten minutes is better than not getting any exercise at all. With that in mind, Daily Burn has fantastic high intensity interval training routines that can be tailored to fit in your day, even if you only have ten minutes. Using nothing more than your own body strength and a chair, you’ll feel an intense burn that’s just as satisfying as a longer workout. Check out their free workouts here.

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There you go, five fun and free workouts that can absolutely fit into your day, no matter how busy you may be. Even if you only have 15 minutes, you can spend that time getting fit and feeling more prepared to handle the other 1,425 minutes in your day.

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How to Turbocharge Your Sales Through the Art & Science of Storytelling

Is the art of story telling dead?

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You might think so if you are looking for a stock photo of a story teller. But it just isn’t so. Andrew Draughon, Director of Content at Elite Marketing Pro, tells you how to make story telling real and real profitable in your business, in today’s blog.

Read on to learn how to become a masterful story teller and make money doing it.

There’s a boatload of dough to be made through the timeless art of spinnin’ a proverbial yarn.

Don’t believe it?

Hey, people still line up in droves to see stories on the silver screen.

In fact, did you know that total box office revenue in 2016 was $11.3 billion, domestically?

Likewise, 2.71 billion books were sold in 2016.

So yeah, people still read.

And don’t even get me started on how much TV people watch.

…which averages over 5 hours every single day in the U.S., in case you were curious.

So here’s the bottom line:

No matter how much technology evolves, people will always seek out new stories.

And importantly…

People are willing to PAY to consume compelling stories.

And guess what?

The same rules apply to you and your prospects.

After all, selling is nothing more than storytelling.

…where the moral is, “Buy my stuff!” of course! 😉

Don’t worry if this sounds outside your wheelhouse, because…

Everyone has a story to sell!

Skeptical?

Don’t blame you.

But think about it…

Think about the brands that you choose to support.

Take a moment to ponder the products you use day-in and day-out (often for decades).

The car in your garage?

There’s a story there.

Are you a Chevy, Ford, or maybe Dodge person?

Or maybe you drive Japanese or European wheels?

Your choice was intentional, no?

The tube of toothpaste in your medicine cabinet?

Yeah, there’s a story there too.

How many years have you been buying the exact same soap, toilet paper, or deodorant?

Well, I know I haven’t changed my preferences in YEARS.

So here’s the dealio…

All brands have a story, including yours.

And you know what?

People love stories.

People love hearing them.

And your prospects will love hearing yours, too.

Why storytelling (still) matters to modern marketers

Okay, so what does all of this have to do with marketing your business?

Let me ask you something…

Would it pique your interest to know that I used to work a downright miserable construction job and learned Internet marketing as a way to escape the utter misery that was my life and get going down another (climate controlled, Porta-Potty free, pants optional) path?

There might be a few good stories in there, right?

Same goes for all team members here at Elite Marketing Pro—despite diverse backgrounds, we all wanted something different from our lives.

And here’s the real thread that ties these narratives together…

Humans relate to stories, especially those of struggle.

Always have and they always will.

Storytelling not only creates an emotional connection between you and your prospects, but also gives them for a reason to get emotionally invested in you.

In an era of incredibly crowded competition…

Telling your story will immediately set you apart from the pack

Storytelling is a subtle but invaluable skill for any and every marketer, (regardless of the industry) because without a compelling story, your brand is ultimately forgettable.

So if you want to survive in the saturated world of modern marketing, you’re going to need to figure out how to tell your story sooner rather than later.

Because if you’re a strong storyteller, people WILL listen to you.

And ultimately buy from you.

However, very few of us are “natural-born” storytellers.

And that’s a-okay.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to find your voice or make your story work.

In fact, telling your story is pretty simple, once you know a few key formulas.

Protip:

You don’t have to be Hemingway

I know, I know…

It seems like movie studios, authors, and brands alike have made billions through the art of storytelling; therefore, it must be pretty complicated and specialized, right?

Surely it can’t be learned without years of practice?

Here’s the thing, though:

You can tell (and sell) a pretty decent story without a creative bone in your body.

Well, okay…maybe that’s a bit of a stretch:

A little bit of creativity can go a long way, it’s true.

Connie’s two cents worth: You are made in God’s image and God is creative. You do have a creative bone in your body. Haven’t found it yet? Message me and let’s have a conversation. I’ll bet you with a few answers to my questions you will discover your creative bone. Message me.

That being said, if you can string a couple sentences together, chances are you have the chops to tell a compelling story that can and will effectively sell your prospects.

Think about it for a sec…

Have you ever…

  • Lost something?
  • Felt frustrated or hopeless?
  • Made a change, unsure of how it would go?
  • Overcome an obstacle or solved a problem in your adult life?

Yeah?

Then you have a story, period.

Then the question remains:

How are you going to go about telling it?

Understanding the “shapes” of stories

Perhaps the first step to telling your story is to stop thinking of storytelling as a “creative process” and start thinking of storytelling as a science.

You know, science as in formulas you can follow, and repeat, which produce quantifiable results.

In fact, that’s exactly what the late, great Kurt Vonnegut suggested to readers and writers like.

Vonnegut proposed that the most popular stories throughout time could be adapted into relatively simple “arcs.”

Simply put, Vonnegut noted that stories were essentially “shapes,” (think: like a curve on an X/Y axis) each with their varying ups and downs as the plot progresses.

The highest points on the curve represent wealth and happiness; meanwhile, the lowest points represent poverty, loss and defeat.

Here’s the quick version:

There are quite a few such arcs (look ’em up if you’re curious).

But the three most relevant examples for marketers include the following:

  • Man in Hole – In this story arc, a seemingly ordinary main character falls into a bad situation and eventually gets themselves out of it, learning a thing or two along the way.
  • Boy Meets Girl – Often applied to romance stories, our character stumbles upon something (or someone) that changes their lives, acquires it, loses it and finally gets it back for good.
  • The Cinderella Story – This arc sees our character experience a meteoric rise in status followed by a dramatic drop, but ultimately ending in a happily-ever-after scenario.

These storytelling strategies have been tried and tested for centuries, millennia even.

They work flawlessly whether you’re looking to tug at the heartstrings of an audience or simply make it appear as if you’ve been through hell and back.

Best of all, each of these arcs can be applied beautifully to any marketing strategy without fail.

Choosing your story

If you’re still sitting there thinking that you don’t have a story to tell, fear not.

You don’t have to hit rock bottom to tell a powerful story, nor do you have to pretend that you know some “billion-dollar” secret for the sake of grabbing your prospects’ attention.

For example, take my own “Man in Hole” example from earlier.

Almost every entrepreneur I’ve ever met has as “origin story” revolving around starting off at a soul-crushing 9-to-5 and ending up where they are today.

These sorts of “rags to riches” stories can be found just about everywhere in many different shapes and forms.

  • Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty prior to becoming a billionaire. Extreme example, sure, but compelling nonetheless.
  • Steve Jobs dropped out of college to found Apple; however, he essentially lost control of his own company prior to the eventual “i-Renaissance” that reestablished his legacy.

Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a sports fan, year after year “Cinderella stories” make headlines as underdog teams beat out their established competitors.

Remember that time Clemson beat ‘Bama?

People eat these stories up.

Each of these real-world examples follows Vonnegut’s shapes to a “T.”

Maybe your brand is an unlikely hero.

Or perhaps you’ve hit some bumps in the road on your journey as a marketer…

Maybe you’ve lost money.

Maybe you tried a few things and failed.

That’s great!

You’ve got some solid material.

Now use it.

People will relate, believe me.

Three things every story needs

If you have your story in mind, don’t start writing just yet.

Although you don’t have to be as prolific as Stephen King to tell you story, there are three elements every effective story implements, without fail…

Just as your audience is blasted with marketing messages day-in and day-out, your prospects can easily become blind to hearing the same stories again and again.

Therefore, you need to do everything in your power to make sure that your story packs a punch from the word “go.”

Whether it’s imagery of piling bills and no money in your bank account or the life of luxury you hope to promote to your audience, you should strive to paint a vivid picture first and foremost.

Throw them right into your story and don’t waste their time.

Need help?

Give this a read:

5 Tactics to “Hook” Your Prospects in 15 Seconds or Less!

Think about your audience and their struggles.

What keeps them up at night?

What holds them back from accomplishing their goals?

  • Is it money?
  • Temptation?
  • Lack of focus?

Your story should touch on such pain points to not only make yourself seem more human, but also let your audience know that you understand them.

Remember: while this may be your story, don’t forget what’s most important is the journey of your readers.

Every story has a climax.

That is, the highest point of tension that leads to the turning the point where everything changes.

Ideally, the turning point in your story should be your offer (whatever you’re selling), leaving your readers hungry for more.

It’s easy to get caught up in the storytelling process; however, it’s crucial to insert your product or service as the solution to the problems you present, as the means of actually selling via your story.

A word of warning…

Regardless of what direction you go with your tale, make sure that your story has a purpose.

Bear in mind that your story shouldn’t be fluff or hype, nor should it be an excuse to whine.

Nobody wants to hear that.

Likewise, droning on and on without a clear purpose will turn your readers off.

But always remember this…

You shouldn’t offer up a story that’s free of tension.

For example, I’m much more likely to listen to the guy who dug himself out of a hole versus the guy who’s never worked a day in his life.

While you don’t necessarily have to tug at the heartstrings as your audience (don’t take ’em too low)…

You must take your readers on a journey

Help them understand how you got from “Point A” to “Point B” and take them along for the ride.

The purpose of your story should be to entice your readers to know more about your brand and product whilst simultaneously keeping them on the edge of their seats.

But most importantly, your stories should serve to make you and your offer more attractive to your prospects.

Vonnegut recognized that writers could use these timeless shapes of compelling stories to quickly craft their own.

Thankfully, you can do the same and instantly create a real emotional connection with your prospects.

…a connection which will not only set you apart from the competition, but will also allow you to create a legion of followers that actually look forward to hearing from you.

And the more they hear from you, the more likely that are to buy from you.

Over and over again.

So, now you know the process for telling your story.

Need help finding and growing your audience?

Because successful selling is all about putting your story in front of the right audience, with shared struggles and interests, so they’ll actually want to stick around and hear you out.

You know, so you’re not trying to sell steak to a vegetarian, so to speak.

So if you’re ready to zero in on how to grow an audience that’s predisposed to be captivated by your story…

Tim Erway, our fearless leader and CEO here at Elite Marketing Pro, put together a point-for-point tutorial revealing our exact advertising process in a 100% FREE traffic workshop.

In just over an hour, you’ll discover how you can put together a profitable ad campaign in just 10 minutes a day with as little as $10 in initial ad spend.

In fact…

We’ve used the exact formula to turn a $10 test campaign into $141,246.30 in sales.

Tim will show exactly how we did it, so you can put your story in front of the perfect audience, every time.

So if you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?

Pick a time to attend Tim’s traffic workshop right here, right now!

 

Until next time,

Andrew Draughon
Director of Content
Elite Marketing Pro

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Andrew Draughon is the Director of Content at Elite Marketing Pro. Yet not long ago Andrew was hauling shingles and hanging drywall for paltry wages in the frigid winters of upstate Pennsylvania. Making the decision to never wake up before sunrise in sub-zero weather again, Andrew moved to Florida, discovered his passion for marketing, and has been working via his laptop ever since.

What I Learned About Attraction Marketing in Los Cabos – If You Aren’t Attractive, Hang Out with Those Who Are

When I went to Los Cabos my to do list did not include holding a couple of colorful parrots.

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Even when I saw the parrots perched on their portable roost, I didn’t think, “I need to hold those birds.”

The young man who accompanied the birds wasn’t looking for me or anyone else at the pool to pay him to hold his birds.

He didn’t have too! All he needed to do was walk around with those exotic birds and he had me and others following him as he crossed to the other side of the pool.

I was on my way to the hotel room. But those plans had been forgotten. I was curious to see what would happen. Still, I had no plan to hold the birds.

I intended to be only an observer as others in my group, one by one, held the birds. The birds’ handler carefully instructed each one on how to make a fist and then placed the bird on the human perch that had just been formed.

Picture taking ensued. Then the young man re-positioned the birds; one was cradled in the arms of the bird’s newest friend and the other was placed on a shoulder. More pictures were taken.

Finally, the birds’ owner took them back to their wooden roost. He was gratefully given a tip.

The process began again with another eager bird lover.

What had started as a “No, thank you, I want nothing to do with that,” became a doable thing.

Then it became a “Yes, sir, I want to get my picture with those birds.”

To be honest, I was already beginning to get an idea for this blog and I wanted a good picture to share with you.

So,  I was ready to experience the discomfort of bird claws digging into my fists for the sake of a photo. But guess what, it wasn’t uncomfortable. Instead of sharp claws, I felt a leathery, almost soft grasp of my fists. There was no pain or discomfort. It was fun, especially when I got to cradle one of the birds. I imagined how jealous my puppy Max would be.

I got my pictures. And I have a really good lesson for you and me in how to successfully attract people to our business.

First, you don’t have to be the dynamic, attractive leader to attract people to your business.

Perhaps, you have one of those in your up line and are held back because you think you can never be like him or her. You don’t have to be.

The young man with the birds is nameless in my story because I didn’t get it. His part was to help me handle the birds. His reward was tips. He didn’t go around with a sing saying, “Get your picture taken with two exotic parrots for 500 pesos.”

He just walked around the pool and beach area and all the other resorts in the area with two very attractive birds.

As he walked around with his parrots, he got people’s attention. He wasn’t the center of attention. His birds were.

In the kind of Attraction Marketing Julie Burke used to grow her network marketing business, she used similar attention grabbers.

Julie shares six of her techniques in Julie Burke’s Top Six Tips for Recruiting with Social Media Using Facebook.

These are doable methods that can help you attract people to your page and your business.

Just be yourself, find your attraction “Pair of Parrots,” and wait for people to line up waiting for their turn with you.

Your parrots can be stories of how your company and products are changing lives.

You can share about the single mom whose now has more time for her children.

You can share how someone is healthy since losing weight with your product.

You can tell what kind of difference the business is making in your life.

Just surround yourself with attractive stories.

As you attract folks with your parrots, the folks you attract will draw others to you.

Remember, I was not interested in holding a parrot at first. It definitely did not seem like something I wanted to do.

But as I saw others having a pleasant experience, it felt a lot more doable to me.

As people join you in your business, congratulate them on their successes.

People they relate to will see that it is doable for people like them. They will see that it is pleasant, even fun.

You have no idea how many people are watching you and deciding whether to join you by your reaction to the experience you are having.

I have seen network marketers complain about their company, the cost of traveling to events, of company management, of fellow team members.

Believe me, if one of my friends had flinched when the bird was placed on their fist, I would never have held a bird myself.

So, if you aren’t having a good time with your business, why will anyone join you.

If you can’t say anything good about your experience why are you still doing it?

Do you need a new company with better products and good up line? Or do you need to find a different business model?

Network marketing is an ideal business model for many but not all.

If you are convinced that you are in the right place doing the right thing but have concerns share them with people who can answer your concerns not the people you will drive away.

No company, no team is perfect. But if you, like me, find yourself with an opportunity of a lifetime enjoy it and let others see that.

And do surround yourself with your team and customers who love what you are sharing.

When I have a customer thank me I share that on Facebook. I consider it one of the best perks of what I do.

I have a customer who believes my product saved his life. Another thanks me for sharing it with her; she says she can do what she does to help others because of it.

Those kind of comments are every bit as good as the commissions.

So what you can learn from the parrot handler is to surround yourself with people who will attract the customers you want to help.

Want to learn more about how Julie Burke trains her team? Here is a link to her Social Media Frenzy.

As always, feel free to message me.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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