Archive for June, 2014

Cruise Wear

I have my cruise wear. I have my green shirt (eau de nil tending towards peppermint, according to my personal shopper). I have a pair of blue shorts (pale torquoise). I have much else besides – including a casual jacket in a sort of grey (you won’t wear it but it’s a lovely cut).

All of this is necessary because at the weekend a niece arrives to look after the children and we will setting off to the Eastern Mediterranean for a six star holiday courtesy of my Network Marketing business – and my fellow distributors will be appalled to see that the new wardrobe comes from Next.

Next – for those not familiar with the British High Street – is a clothes and homeware chain – and it does not give CashBack.

It’s a big thing, CashBack. Members of our Discount Club get it for shopping in selected stores – and as distributors it makes sense for us to demonstrate just how much you can get. In our household this amounted to £719 over the past year. But we’re not going to do that again if we go shopping in Next…

“It’s nearer.” said the Personal Shopper. “And you can park outside.” I was still grumbling when we reached the counter and I had to pay the £286 without any prospect of getting any of it back. This was why I nearly missed what the young salesman said as he carefully folded the eau de nil shorts: “Going somewhere nice?”

“A cruise,” said the Personal Shopper. “Venice, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Epehesus, Istambul…”

“That’s nice.”

Snapping back into character, I said: “D’you want to come with us next time?”

“I certainly would!” He reached for a French blue shirt with a tiny pattern that I’m not too sure about.

At this point I always find it best to create a long and significant pause. Everything stops then. The French blue shirt is half-way into the bag.

“Really? Because you could…You seem a really cheerful person. I expect you’re really sociable too…If you’re serious about coming with us next time…but I think you have another customer (there was a rather diffident man with a primrose yellow polo shirt and a triumphant-looking wife).

“Only one,” said the salesman. I’ve got a minute and Julie’s here.” Julie was handing a bag across the counter.

“All right, ” I relented. “If I sent you a link to a three-minute video would you watch it?”

– Yes

I pulled out my clever phone and started punching his details into it. His email address was so long he had to do that part himself. “Right, when I get home I’ll send you an email with a link to a three-minute video. Now, how soon are you going to be able to watch that for sure?”

He could watch that when he got home.

“Well I’m out tonight but if I ring you tomorrow morning, you’ll have seen that for sure and you’ll be able to tell me what you like best?”

He certainly would.

“So this is the number I should call is it? And you’ll have watched it by then, no question?”

Oh absolutely.

And we shook hands – and this is the email I sent him when I got home:

Hi xxx,

it was good to talk to you today and it made me feel a lot better about not getting CashBack from M&S or Debenhams. I told Tamsin that if you join us and you become a Superstar, I will forgive her!
Have a look at www.... and I look forward to talking to you again tomorrow.
With best regards…
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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.
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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.