Archive for August, 2013

Dog bags and AGAs

You have probably heard the advice that you should always look for the positive in any situation. I was wondering where I was going to find it today…


We’re on holiday in Southwold and in the rented cottage someone had left one of those extendable dog leads. Now I don’t approve of these things. They seem to have been invented for people who do not train their dogs and therefore dare not to let them off the lead – which means instead the wretched animal roams about at the end of ten metres of string tangling up anyone who can’t run out of the way fast enough.

However the children love the idea – so when they took it upon themselves to walk Meg this morning, it was on the extendable lead.
If I had been up and about and if I had known they were going, I would have said: “Don’t forget the dog bags.”
The dog bags – those discreet black plastic bags essential for responsible dog ownership – live in a handy dispenser attached to the regular dog lead…but not to the irresponsible, extendable one…
Sue enough the children returned to report that Meg had “done something” and they hadn’t been able to pick it up.
(This last, being reported in a plaintive whine which clearly demonstrated none of this was their fault).
Without delay – before anyone should step in it…before I could be hit for an £80 on-the-spot fine – the eldest child and I set off for the park to rescue the situation.
Actually “the park” turned put to be a euphemism for the playground. We passed through the gate (the one with the notice saying “dogs must be on a lead and keep to the path).
Eventually we found the evidence of Meg’s morning exertions in the middle of the football pitch. The child then stalked off in a huff leaving Meg and me to complete our walk at leisure – and I bet you’ve been waiting to see where Network Marketing and MLM comes into all this.
Well, on the way back we passed by the Adnam’s kitchen shop and they had an enormous mobile display outside advertising AGA cookers. I suspect that this particularly English institution has already crossed the Atlantic but If you haven’t heard of them in your country, an AGA is a caste iron cooker which weighs a ton, warms the whole house and is an indispensable part of a certain kind of romantic novel.
And I have always wanted one.
So, seeing that you can now get one with a fake oven door which opens to reveal an electronic touch-pad, I just had to have a look. The kindly demonstrator (also out of a certain type of romantic novel) gave me the full run through. In fact I came within an inch of buying one then and there.
But instead I stopped and said: “Wow, thank you so much. I’ll work on my wife. But now I’m here, may I ask you my fantastic question.”
And she said: “What question is that?”
And I said: “if there was a way you could earn a extra income using the skills you have and a little bit of spare time here and there, would you be interested?
And she said: “Yes.”


The delivery driver has just arrived with a box of training supplied. I went out to meet him, ready to ask him my fantastic question. He handed over the box and slammed the back door.

I was just about to open my mouth when he smacked his forehead with the palm of his hand and started stamping and swearing. It turned out that he had locked his keys in the back. This was not the moment for my fantastic question.

Then he asked me for a crowbar. This took some time because it turned out that he speaks hardly a word of English. Anyway I didn’t have one. It appears I don’t need one because he started going round the van banging on all the doors with his fists. He’s a big chap and he might get in this way. Meanwhile he is parked in our drive, blocking all access in and out.

I had been about to go out and get some appointments (fortunately I hadn’t been about to go out and do some appointments). Now I shall have to make some calls instead.

I have given up on the idea of asking him the fantastic question. I shall save it for the man with the keys instead….

What’s it all about?

This is the diary of a successful Multi-Level Marketer making money from home and fitting a part-time business into a busy life.
Over the years it has developed but the objective remains the same: To demonstrate how anyone can build a successful network marketing business in "the nooks and crannies of the day".
Eventually this spawned a training programme which I called The Cold Market Academy. This began as a seminar available only to MLM-ers working with my company. Then it went online as an e-learning course.
Now it is a book available through Amazon: MLM, Network Marketing and the Secret of the Free Prize Draw (you can see more about this on the "MLM Prize Draw" tab above.)
But at the heart of the Network Marketing Blog is the answer to the two most common questions people ask when they look at this business - and the two biggest challenges they face when they start:
1. I'm not a salesperson.
2. I don't have the time.
These are genuine concerns and all too often they get brushed aside: "Don't worry about that. We'll show you how..."
This blog is designed to show how it works in reality and in real time - how anyone, no matter how busy, can work their business consistently in small fragments of time. Because that's all you need; just a few seconds to find out if someone's interested.
And please bear in mind the entries here are only a tiny snapshot of the daily activity. Most of what goes on would make very dull reading indeed: Making calls from the list ... adding names to the list...making calls from the list...
As for being a salesperson: Have a look and decide for yourself.
Is it sales?
Let's say you call on a friend unexpectedly and find them up to their ankles in water and battling with a burst pipe.
Imagine it: There they are, soaked to the skin, trying to wrap a towel round the leak while they shout: "I rang the plumber but all I get is the Ansaphone..."
Honestly now, would you ignore their plight or would you volunteer the number of your own plumber.
Would you do what you could to help them or would you consider that going into "sales" on behalf of the plumber would be beneath you?
And what would your friend say when they realised you had deliberately chosen to leave them struggling to stem the flow and all because you felt embarrassed about "selling" something.
Network marketing is all about spreading good news and it's all about helping people.

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About Me

John Passmore,
United Kingdom.

For 25 years I was a newspaper reporter - ending up as Chief Correspondent for the London Evening Standard. Then I gave it all up and, with my wife, set out to live the simple life on a small boat while writing a column for the Daily Telegraph. Five years and two children later we moved ashore - and five years and another two children after that I ran out of money. Nobody wanted to give me a job and I couldn't afford to start a conventional business. Then at a craft fair in our local community hall, somebody showed me network marketing. It was described as a home-based business that would provide anyone with a second income if they were prepared to work for it. I was sceptical. There were claims of high earnings and something called a "residual income". But what if it did work? And besides what alternative did I have? So I threw myself into it wholeheartedly (which is the only way to succeed at anything). I'm not saying it was easy or there were never moments of doubt but if you're prepared to learn and determined never to give up, then there is a statistical certainty that you will make money. I started in April 2005. I was broke and embarrassed. Today I have no money worries whatsoever.