Why I love my Prize Draw (and that dog again)

Prize Draw recordHere’s what people in Network Marketing say:  They say: “How could you do a prize draw in the street? How could you approach strangers? I would never be able to do that… Imagine all those people who are going to say No… You must have a hide like a rhinoceros! Most people could never do that…”

Here’s what I say: “I love my prize draw.”

Here’s why I love my prize draw. Today I had an appointment. It was one I had made through a Written Invitation but the prospect did not know her cell-phone number. This meant I had been unable to schedule a reminder SMS message. Also I had forgotten to call to confirm. In other words I arrived somewhat unannounced.

“Oh there you are!” she came to the door all in a fluster. “I’ve been trying to get in touch with you. I’ve called and I’ve left messages…”

Well, of course, all of this was a mystery to me. I had received no calls and no messages. What transpired is that she had written down my number and had been unable to read her writing. Anyway what she had been trying to tell me was that today she was having a new garage door fitted and when she couldn’t get hold of me – and here she apologized – she was afraid to say that she had rather written me off – and then for good measure she had gone and made a hairdresser’s appointment. Then she thought “what the heck” – and signed up to a one-year telephony deal with our competitors…

So within about two minutes of arriving, there was not much for me to do but smile graciously and leave – and, of course, put her back in the diary for another eleven months.

The smile faded slightly as I got into the car. It was my own fault, of course – and one of the things I have done since is to create some appointment slips with the wording from the SMS reminder and, most importantly, my phone number.

Now you might be thinking “Why didn’t he leave a card?” Graduates of Cold Market Academy (see above) will know the answer to that. But it still left me with an empty hour in the middle of the day – and what do you do with a fading smile and empty hour?

If you’re in Network Marketing or Direct Sales of MLM and it’s all gone pear-shaped, I can tell you the answer to that: You cheer yourself up with half an hour of prize draw.

Because the prize draw will never let you down. The Prize Draw will always put things right. Because the Prize Draw relies on your eternal ally The Law of Averages and the Law of Averages will always rescue you if you have faith and you trust in it.

And sure enough, within half an hour of arriving at my favorite spot I had another appointment. This one is for Friday morning and yes, this time I do have a cell number…


Date Venue Time Minutes People Entries Appointments Callbacks
10.11.15 Car Park 1248 – 1303 15 23 1 1
1303- 1315 12 3 1 1
1315 – 1317 3 8 0
Totals 30 34 2 1 1

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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.

If you're thinking of getting into Network Marketing - or already in it but not making enough money - contact me at info@networkmarketingblog.org.uk

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.