The chicken leg

This is for Mark. Mark complains that I haven’t written this blog for a while. He says Network Marketers like to see that the Prize Draw in the street is still working. However, it’s a little difficult at the moment because I’m in Starbucks at Kuala Lumpur airport waiting for a connection to Auckland where my grown up son George is getting married to a lovely girl called Haley from Oregon – it’s going to be quite an international occasion and just at the moment I’m not thinking about Multi-Level Marketing.
The whole expedition been quite a rush because last week we were skiing in Alpe d’Huez which was booked a year ago and so with Hugo (the youngest at 14 and the only one not tied up with exams or a job), I dashed from Gatwick to Heathrow and we have just watched three films, eaten two meals and only got half way.
Do I really need someone saying “what about the blog?”
Well of course I do – because while in France I read Mail Men, the unauthorised history of the Daily Mail and it’s controversial editor Paul Dacre. I worked with Dacre pretty much consistently from 1979 through until I left newspapers in 1994.
Many of my old chums were interviewed for the book (and I’m pretty sure I recognise a few who insisted on hiding behind the author’s coy pseudonyms). Also, my Facebook page is alive with outraged comments about who was left out.
So the old hack’s urge to write something – anything – has surfaced again.
So this is about Sally (we’ll call her “Sally” – you’ll see why in a moment).
There we were; six of us at Gatwick in time for lunch and the vote was for Nando’s. Everyone voted for Nando’s except Tamsin – and wouldn’t you just know it but she got a leg instead of a breast which is tiny by comparison so that had to go back – which if you know anything about Nando’s means joining the queue at the counter all over again … or not, as I decided…
And that was how I met Sally. She was as rushed off her feet as the rest of the staff but she could see me holding this plate and the puny little chicken leg and she could see something was wrong. Now, she could have made me wait my turn. But no, she asked the person at the front of the queue to wait.
I knew there was going to be trouble: He was a belligerent-looking type who had been dividing his time between trying to stop his children fighting and pushing his way to the front.
But do you know what? Sally smiled and I can’t even remember what she said because it wasn’t even anything very special. It was just the smile – the body language… The whole, I don’t know, “people skill”…
But he just said: “Sure… OK…” as she took me to the end of the counter and swapped the leg for a breast.
“My God, you’re good with people,” I told her. “How’d you do that? I thought he was going to bite your head off!”
She flashed that smile again. “It’s a knack.” she said. “You have to learn it in this job.”
“Well, I’d like to see you in my business. I think you’d be brilliant. Have you ever thought of doing something part-time for some extra money – as long as it doesn’t interfere with your job of course…”
So, of course, she said what everyone says – which is: “What is it?”
And I did what every (seasoned) Network Marketer does – I made an excuse: “Look, my wife’s chicken is going to get cold. But I could give you a ring when we get back…”
And here was the really interesting thing: I didn’t have a pen and paper (I’d just got up from the table) and she didn’t have a pen and paper (because Nando’s is all digital) and that might have been the end of it.
But just as we were sitting over our empty plates and wondering about going to the departure gate, Sally came back with her name and contact details written on a scrap of paper. She was just finishing her shift but please would I get in touch when I got back?Well, now I’m back and so I will.
And the message for Mark and anyone else who follows this blog for the Prize Draw I the street: The message is that we don’t just do that. We do that as well as everything else – because in the end it’s all about talking to people – and there are a million ways of doing that

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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.
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.