Are You Tired of Fake Bookings?

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Are you one of the direct selling consultants who are sick and tired of having a “fake business?” Does your business exist on a hope and a promise. You know what I mean, your future host promises you she’ll have a party on a certain date and YOU HOPE she keeps her promise. Maybe I can help you out!

If you’ve followed me at all you know that I am a stickler for having good systems in place that produce results. Why? Because “good systems” work. Now you may already have a system but let’s face it, if you took time to examine it, it’s not so hot. Some people have told me, “I’m too old-fashioned.” I resemble that remark! Why, because old-fashioned works. New stuff works too! And the good news is when you marry the two together you can have a magical business that provides you with an extra-ordinary income and life-style freedom. You’d like those things, wouldn’t you?

So, if you want a little old-fashioned advice by all means, keep reading and you’ll discover some simple ways to have your business running like a well-oiled machine.

1. Stop allowing other people to run your business. Who’s the boss? You or your hostess? If you allow everyone to book parties when it’s convenient for them rather than when it’s convenient for you, you’ll soon become bitter about the business and end up in the “land of discontent.” It’s a simple as using the “Open Date Card” which you can download here and working days when it’s convenient for YOU and your family! If you don’t know how to use it properly, I explain it in detail in the It’s a Party Out There program as well as on my monthly booking teleseminar. Simple suggestion, don’t list all the days you can work in one month on the open date card, only lists dates available in a calendar week.

2. Stop offering too many options for guest inviting. You have someone who wants to book a party and you coach her something like this, “Now it’s really important to have lots of people in attendance at your parties so make sure you invite a lot (so far so good). Now how would you like to invite the people? If you want you can send me a list and I’ll mail invites for you or you can mail the invitations yourself. Oh, you know what, Facebook events are really cool, and we can just invite everyone through Facebook (now here’s a recipe for failure) and you can send emails to everyone to let them know the date (last count only 14% of emails get opened within 48 hours). Call me old-fashioned but if someone sets a date with me I WANT TO KNOW I’M GOING TO BE WORKING! If you would like to My recipe for success would be to get a guest list from her in 3 -4 days (YES, it can be done…lots of consultants are doing it with no problem). Then mail her invitations out 10 -14 days before the party. Have the hostess send text reminders to her friends a couple times. She can do a “save the date” text after she books and then send another a few days before the party. 91% of texts get opened vs only 14% of emails getting opened within the first 24 hours. You still can send an email invitation but make sure your hostess calls everyone a few days before the party to remind everyone to come and bring a friend. Facebook events can actually prevent people from showing up if they see no one else is coming so make sure your hostess invites other ways too!

3. Hostess Coach as Soon as she books. I’ve had many consultants tell me they have someone who says she will book and then they call her the next day to set a date, hostess coach and then mail her the hostess pack. I’m not sure why anyone would waste that much time when you have a captive audience right then. My suggestion, take a minimum of 6 hostess packs with you (you’ll need them when you play the booking game from the It’s a Party Out There” program. Then use the Open Date Card immediately and have her set a date. Review the entire contents of the hostess packet with her. Focus on how to invite guests,  getting outside orders and getting pre-party bookings. Don’t forget to have some information about the business opportunity in your hostess pack so you can invite each new host to join you in the business. Provide her with a “wish list” of what she would like to earn from her party so you can help her set a party sales and booking goal.

4. Send a Thank You for Booking Note. This seems like such a little thing and yet if you take a few minutes out the day after you book a host it will go a long way to secure the date for you. My note was personally hand-written by me (NO E-Mail) and I thanked her for booking, reminded her of her date and also to make sure she had the guest list to me within 3 days. I mailed it the following day so she would receive it about 3 days after she booked. If she procrastinated on getting me the guest list this simple thank-you reminder along with a call the following day and the guest list would be in my hands. With all this new technology it’s easy for you to send her an address label template which she can complete and email to you, if your company does not offer guest lists.

5. Call 3 days before the party to remind hostess of her party goal.  This personal call from you will help remind her to call her friends she has not heard from and work on outside orders and bookings from those who can’t attend. Many parties have been saved at the last minute when a hostess spends a little extra time on her calls. I remember a party I had a few years ago that I almost canceled because I hadn’t heard from very many and only had 2 people coming. I got on the phone, made some quick calls while I was making dinner and ended up with 12 people in attendance and a $1000 party. I was ready to call it quits but I’m sure glad I didn’t. Your hostess often feels the same way when she doesn’t have much response from her guests. Cheer her on and let her know you’ll be there no matter what so she might as well get on the phone to boost her attendance.

6. Don’t be afraid to book someone else if necessary. Hey, sometimes hostesses disappear into a black hole never to be heard from again. If you book a hostess and you cannot connect with her by phone, email or text and she is totally avoiding you, do yourself a favor and give the date to someone who is serious about earning free and discounted products. Your booking offer is too good to mess around with someone who isn’t serious and who will just waste your time!

7. Work your business like a business. If a party does cancel or postpone and you don’t have time to fill the date make sure you do something that will bring in more income. Take the time you set aside for business to make phone calls for more bookings and customer service calls.

Try these simple, old-fashioned techniques and watch your bookings, sales and income soar!

 

 

24 Simple Ways to Grow Your Direct Selling Business and Move You Closer to Your Financial Independence!

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Part Two:

Would you like to have more guests in attendance at your parties? Here are a few things you can do to increase attendance.

13. Don’t leave the inviting of guests to chance. Your Hostesses are very busy during the summer and phone calls may never get done. Make sure you use the Hostess Triplicate 2 Guest List to insure guests are invited to your party.

14. Offer the Hostess a small gift ($3 maximum) to return the Guest List to you within 3 days.

15. Make sure you mail invitations, send e-mail invitations and have your Hostess make follow-up phone calls. Using all 3 of these methods will dramatically increase the attendance at your parties. With today’s technology I would even add texting into the mix as well as Facebook Event pages.

16. Remind your Hostess to call everyone a few days before the party so they don’t forget! The more contact your Hostess has with the invited guests the more she will have in attendance.

Have you been finding it impossible to find anyone who wants to join your company?

17. Stop TALKING and start listening. If you notice that most of the noise in the room is coming from you then it’s time to begin asking more questions and then LISTEN and DON’T INTERRUPT as they are giving their answer.

18. Ask “who do you know, that may be interested in earning an extra $600 to $1000 per month? Sometimes it’s easier to get someone interested by coming in the back door.

19. Remember, people are looking for opportunities to make extra income working a business alongside their family and full-time jobs. Don’t pre-judge because you have nothing to gain and everything to lose if you do!
Do you have leads that have been sitting on the “back burner” for months just waiting for the perfect time to join?

20. Call them now and put some “heat” on them. Learn how to ask questions that will create an uncomfortable feeling to compel people to move ahead and join today. The more you share information and the less questions you ask each prospect the greater your chance of “NEVER GETTING A RECRUIT.” Understand your prospects will only act when they feel that there is much to lose by not acting.

21. Play the Sponsoring Game at every party and get excited to make your follow-up phone calls, asking questions based on the answers provided in part 2 of the Sponsoring Game. (Part of the It’s a Party Out There program)
Do you need help with bookings, Hostess Coaching, sponsoring and mentoring your new recruits?

The step-by-step systems that are taught in the many products that are part of the “Ultimate Success Bundle” just may be the answer for your!

Are your recruits “stuck in muck” in their business? Are they struggling to get their business started? Would you like to increase the average sales your new recruits have in their first few months in the business? Try these simple techniques.

22. Make sure you ask enough questions during the interview to discover what your prospect would like to get from the business, before you show her how to join.

23. Give your new recruit homework at the interview. Schedule her launch or Grand Opening Party, give her dates to observe one or two parties and let her know when the scheduled training is.

24. Coach your new recruits for their first 6 weeks in the business as taught in the Master the Mechanics of Mentoring program. Make sure you have your new recruit call you after EVERY PARTY for the first 6 weeks and ask her specific questions to help her improve her bookings, sales and recruit leads every time she has another party!

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I’m absolutely certain that if you implement at least 10 of these simple ideas you will increase your Direct Selling business. Invest in yourself by purchasing and implementing the simple techniques taught in these training programs and watch your business and earnings explode!

24 Simple Ways to Grow Your Direct Selling Business and Move You Closer to Your Financial Independence!

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PART ONE

If you are in Direct Selling because you want to become financially independent, you are likely to be the type of person who will do anything they need to do and invest anything they need to invest to grow their business. You are probably very open-minded to new ideas and love to listen and learn from people who have walked the talk.

You want to walk across the stage at your company's convention! You want to earn the company award trip and you set your goal for the top prize in every contest your company announces! YOU ARE A WINNER!
You hang out with winners, you create more winners on your team, everyone wants to know your secret! You swear there is "no secret", you just work your business every day and implement the simple techniques you've learned from Karen Phelps!

That's it! You don't make excuses that there isn't enough time in the day to make phone calls. You understand the importance of creating consistency in your business and more importantly you understand the importance of helping your down line create consistency in their schedule.

CONSISTENCY = CONSISTENT INCOME = INDEPENDENCE!!!

If you don't have consistency you don't have a business you can count on! The good news is "It's easy to develop consistency in your business." Yes, it really is easier than you think, the trouble is, if you don't think it's easy you'll struggle the whole time you are in the business. So, get it out of your head right now, YES, I MEAN RIGHT NOW, that something is hard. You do realize, everything is as "easy as you make it."
I'm going to help you with these quick and easy ways to grow your business and make it easier to develop consistency. I know how to hold 3 -4 parties per week because I DID IT for 22 years! It's really not hard to get new recruits and move them up to leader within their first few months in the business. You can make excuses why your business isn't growing or find ways to make it grow. It's entirely up to you!

Do you have a tough time staying motivated to work your business? Try one or two of these simple tips.
1. Review why you joined the business. Think back to why it was important that you join and what you wanted to accomplish.
2. Set new goals. People often get stuck if they have set an unrealistic goal and not achieved it or if they have achieved a previous goal and not taken the time to set a new one. No matter what…you need something to work on.
3. Ask your leader to hold you accountable to report to her each week with the "income producing activities" you have done to increase your business. It's a lot like "weight loss", it's easier to lose when someone else is seeing the scale too!

If you are you ready to break through the boundaries of your mind, learn how to control your thoughts and manage your time and energy wisely to get more done than ever before, you'll want the  "Whole Enchilada.

Could you use more dated bookings on your calendar? Here are a few things your could do to get bookings right now.

4. Call past Hostesses to get them to rebook. Have a Special Offer for dates on your Open Date Card and offer to use a copy from their previous guest list to make it easy on the Hostess.
5. Call guests who have been placed on the "Maybe Later List" and have a special offer to select a date from your Open Date Card.
6. Increase the attendance at your parties using tips in the Increase Your Party Attendance CD. The more people in attendance the more you have to book from.
7. Ask your Hostess to help you identify potential bookers by offering a bonus for having "2 bookings before you arrive."
8. Make sure you have Hostess Packets with you at all your parties and be prepared to book 3 parties and give away the Hostess Packs that evening. Don't let a potential Hostess leave without a Hostess Pack.
9. Use the proven simple techniques which are part of the "Never Run Out of Bookings" package.
10. Play one of the booking games that are part of the "It's a Party Out There" program.   (Yes you really can get 3 bookings from every party if you want to.) The emails I receive from consultants who have gotten 5 and 6 bookings from a party prove if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone you can get as many bookings as you want.
11. Get off the computer and out of the house. You can't meet people if you are sitting home on the computer! Enough said!
12. Network everywhere you go. If you are at a ball game with your kids, have catalogs, samples and whatever you can fit in your purse or tote bag with you ready to share with other moms.

That "Awful Sucking Sound" is the money you are losing with every booking you "fail to get." I kept track of one booking for over 2 years and as the result of "1 new booking" I booked 121 more parties in the next 2 years!
YIKES…ARE YOU WILLING TO THROW AWAY THE COMMISSION ON 121 PARTIES?

Try some of the simple and easy steps taught in the many programs in the "Never Run Out of Bookings Package".

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Revive Your Direct Selling Business

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Spring is here and it's getting pretty close to summer in Michigan. The trees are in full bloom, the flowers are preparing for their brilliant display of color and I am so excited to begin enjoying my gardens, pond and serene landscape after the extremely long hard winter. Those who live in the middle and southern states don't experience the complete loss of vegetation during the winter like we do in the north. Trees and flowers may go dormant but it sure isn't like it is up North and at least you still have some green to look at during the winter. Then there is Paradise, the places you can go to like Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and other tropical destinations. There everything grows all year long. The tropical foliage grows to be enormous and plants that we grow indoors in Michigan are found in abundance in outdoor landscaping and our 4 foot plants are 10 trees! Wow, what a difference climate can make!

As I was pondering the effects of nature on different climates I couldn't help but think about direct sellers and their businesses. Many direct sellers allow their business to completely die off at various times of the year. They develop cyclical patterns of stopping and starting their business and their business often dies off completely so they must start all over again. Their booking schedule is non-existent, their team has died and it's not a pretty picture. Their business is much like the winter season in the Northern states, totally dormant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring. Unfortunately some of them will be much like the plants that just couldn't survive the long hard winter and their business will die completely.

Now you have the second group of direct sellers who are mostly consistent but tend to have slowdowns rather than complete stops in their business. They may have a week or two with inactivity but it's usually easier to get going again because they have not had a complete stop. They are much more like the Southern states whose plants are dormant but in Spring can easily bounce back and don't have to wait for the ground to thaw before they begin to pop up again. They will have times their business isn't consistent but they are survivors and don't give up.

The third group of direct sellers understand the importance of having systems and creating consistency in all areas of their business. They do not stop holding parties because it's time to recruit and they don't stop recruiting and building a team because their personal business is booming. They are Superstars! They are the tropical paradise where everything is in bloom all the time! Just like the plants have the right amount of rain, sunshine and the perfect temperature these direct sellers have the perfect conditions for having a successful business. They have a great attitude and a desire to share their products, host program and business opportunity with others. Nothing prevents them from relentlessly pursuing their goals.

We often don't have a choice in the selection of the climate in which we live but we can choose the climate we create for our business. If  "you are in it to win it" you need to choose a tropical climate that is constantly thriving. Here are a few tips on creating the "perfect climate" for direct selling success.

  • Have Goals. I know it's been said over and over again but those who are aimlessly working their business with no specific goals will most likely be gone within a year or so!  WHAT do you want? WHY do you want it? WHAT are you willing to do to get it? Once you reach a goal SET A NEW ONE! Many people fail because of their failure to stay one step ahead of the game. It's important to reach your goal and then have a new one in place ready to stretch you to the limit again!!! My "Blueprint for Success and Prosperity" is perfect for those who want a simple start to finish system for accomplishing what you want in life.
  • Work your business as if your life depended on it! OMG, I can't believe the little distractions that direct sellers allow to get in the way. The dog is sick…really, your whole business has to be put on hold. Do "INCOME PRODUCING" activities every day. Phone calls, interviews, parties, customer service calls, customer emails, team coaching calls, training new recruits. These are income producing activities. Get them done! Which leads me to the next tip…
  • Schedule Everything. Those who are the most productive are the ones who create a schedule and stick to it! Schedule personal time for exercise and motivation. Schedule family time (I mean quality family time not just sitting in front of the TV.) Schedule party nights, coaching calls, follow-up calls, interview time, training time and of course monthly meetings if you are a leader.
  • Build a BIG Team. If you want big bucks in direct selling you need to be smart and build a team immediately. Then you need to work with everyone you bring into the business and encourage as many as possible to move into leadership. The more leaders you develop the larger your team will grow and the added bonus is you can make a positive impact on so many people's lives!
  • Keep Learning. If you want to be successful you need to learn from people who are successful. As one of my mentors is fond of saying, "Don't take advice from people driving broken down Pintos." Learn from the Pros who have walked in your shoes. Watch and emulate the top people in your company. Chances are if you do what they are doing you'll soon begin to earn what they are earning!
  • Don't Stop Doing What Works. Many direct sellers work hard to get to a certain title or to earn a company trip and then once it happens they slack off, back off and pretty much quit working the system that got them there! It is necessary to have a system for your parties that helps you identify business prospects, get 3 new bookings and lots of sales. You need a system for identifying business prospects, interviewing them, signing them, training and mentoring them and moving them into leadership. You need to work systems and the systems will work for you. The BEST leadership system out there is "Blueprint for Mastering Direct Selling Leadership"

Signing with a direct selling company is easy. Having a thriving, prosperous business can be easy too as long as you stay focused and don't let obstacles get in your way! Remember…EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE, I hope you CHOOSE SUCCESS!

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"It's a Party Out There" has literally changed the lives of tens of thousands of direct sellers. This is a complete system for getting more bookings, sales and recruit leads from every single party! I've done monthly booking teleseminars and webinars and thousands of you have increased your bookings just by implementing the simple phone scripts you hear on the call. If you didn't catch the "Secrets to Summer Scheduling" Webinar there is still one week left to watch the replay.

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Then, you get to the party with NO PLAN OF ACTION to intentionally get BIGGER SALES, 3 BOOKINGS and 2 -3 Good prospect leads for the business opportunity. What if you could change that? What if you went into each party with a "perfect system" to help you maximize bookings, sales and recruit leads? You'd definitely want to use it, wouldn't you? If you want to take the next step up the ladder, here it is: http://attitudetools.com/specials/

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Secrets to Summer Scheduling Booking Webinar Replay

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Feedback from the Webinar

5 Calls = 2 Bookings!

"I attended a “live” seminar you did in the Kansas City Mo area  – It’s a party out there a couple of years ago now.  I have listened to a couple of your calls and done a couple of webinars since.Of course the “live” version is always the best but the other afternoon’s webinar was really a good seminar with lots of meat and useful ideas that I will take back to my business.
As a matter of fact , I got on the phone yesterday for 20 minutes, made 5 calls, reached two people to talk to and booked two shows using ideas and words I had learned at the webinar and from the other experiences with you. I am learning to be more consistent and going outside my box so that I can have the money I want for me and my family. Thanks for the opportunities you provide and the gift of your knowledge of the direct selling business." ~ Christina
 

Open- Date Card De-Mystified

"I love your webinar–it was exactly what I needed to hear.  Even though I had the Open Date Card I did not know how to use it.  Now I know how–and it has totally de-mystified how to set up your calendar.  Looking at the entire month totally overwhelmed me and I think that was  coming through when I tried to book parties.  Now I have just a few dates to offer, feel very positive in what I am saying and the parties are getting booked." ~ Natalie

If I hadn't found YOU I would have Given UP!

"This was Awesome as Always Karen so much I will Implement right away.  I'm so glad I was on the call again this evening.  You were Awesome as Always and Can't wait to receive my Blueprint for Success & Prosperity and so EXCITED for Leadership Bootcamp next week!! Love You Karen! You and your work ALWAYS ReMotivate Me Every day and If I Hadn't found you and heard of you I would have already GIVEN UP!!!  Thank You so much for New HOPE!!" ~ Lisa Kahre

PLUS SOME MORE FEEDBACK

"Informative,fun, exciting, wonderful, many thanks. Best 1 and 1/2 hrs I have spent in a long  time." Heather

"Have listened to MANY different webinars to motivate myself to get past my fears…. none pumped me up like you just did!!!!!! AWESOME" Lisa

"Thank you very much!  I can't wait to put some of this into practice.  I am excited to book some summer shows now after this last hour and a half with you." ~ Melissa

"I could stay on all day and listen to you, but have to get ready for my 3rd party this week!  Thanks so much for the good info." Linda

"Karen thank you so much for the awesome and informative webinar. I can't wait to get the info about the Las Vegas Seminar. I hope I get to meet you in person. U really make it easy to follow thru if U just take action!" Christy Heal

"Thank you Karen… Now I must start to implement and get off my lazy bum." Samaria

"This is my first Karen Phelps webinar and I am hooked!  Thank you this is just what I needed to motivate my team and although I'm booked through August, I am motivated to do it bigger and better!  I needed this!" ~
Vanessa Sanders

Not so happy listener

"I have listened to your webinars, had you teach us at conventions, own ALL your materials…. And I have been debating whether to mention my thoughts about yesterdays webinar.  Then you sent the email asking for feedback so I decided I would. As I said, I have listened to you MANY times and have loved and gleened much.  HOWEVER, yesterday, after about the first 10 minutes I turned it off and did not finish.    After about the 50th time you said “GET OFF YOUR BUTT” I had had enough.  Very unprofessional language, used time and time and time again.  Just didn’t need to hear it.  There are other ways to motivate, and encourage…..  Once or twice would have driven the point…. But really I will be honest, that was ALL I was hearing. Sad as I really could have used the motivation this month." (name withheld)

WARNING! Harsh language "get off your butt" will be used so if this is offensive to you please don't watch this video

I'm sorry if I offended anyone and if you also tuned out early you missed some "business changing" information. In my defense I'm sure it wasn't 50 times and most of the testimonials above came from people on the SAME CALL, so if you are up to listening to someone who won't listen to your excuses and need some help getting motivated feel free to watch this webinar replay!

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What Do Your Direct Selling Customers Want?

Was at an awesome sales and marketing event this past weekend and the message that was coming through LOUD and CLEAR was…YOU MUST KNOW WHAT YOUR CUSTOMER WANTS in order to sell to them!

Now, you're probably thinking to yourself, "I already know what my customer wants! They WANT and NEED my product and or opportunity! This kind of thinking will get you into lots of trouble and even worse can cost you lots of sales.

Now to be honest with you, I've been guilty of this same thing! Example: I know I have the best direct selling success products on the market complete with step-by-step systems that will help you have more success than you ever dreamed possible. I know your investment in my products can help you!

 I KNOW YOU WANT TO SUCCEED! Or do I? Well, let's discuss this…I believe that everyone wants to succeed in everything they do and if truth be know that is most likely the case with many people but the truth is, I really don't know that is true about you! Maybe you just joined your direct selling company to earn an extra couple hundred dollars per year and you are perfectly content with what is happening (or not happening) in your business.

"I CAN'T ASSUME YOU WANT THE SUCCESS OTHERS HAVE!"

I have to discover what you really want and the only way I can do this is by asking FOCUSED QUESTIONS!

There is so much you can do to find out about the people you meet. All you have to do is ask the right questions.

Let's look at a couple situations where you can implement this. First of all there is your home party. Many consultants enter their home party with one objective in mind, to make a sale a quickly as possible and get the heck out of there!  It's all about how can this person help me? Now, what if you approached it from a different angle? What if you asked yourself, "how can I best serve these people in attendance tonight?" BUT, you can't just have a turn-around in your thinking you also need to have a turn around in your actions and everything you do at the party. 

1. You could begin with an introduction and have each guest tell a little bit about herself so you can get to know everyone. Watch each person intently and focus on processing the information you learn so you can help each individual later.

2. You can ask more questions during the party that are directly related to the products, the host opportunity or the business opportunity. Rule of thumb is you should have no more than 5-6 sentences and then follow up with a question. This will not only keep your guests engaged but it will also help you to identify their needs.

3. Use examples of certain situations where your product or service has helped other people and then ask the crowd, How many of you have ever found yourself in this situation?" or "How many of you would find this helpful?" Don't forget to raise your hand when you are asking a question that you want a response to.

4. When you are talking to the guest and taking her order keep asking questions to find out what her needs are and how you can help her? Ask a question, listen to her answer and then restate what she said and follow up with another question until you feel you have enough information to provide her with the best possible solution.

How much do you know your new recruit before you sign her? I'm hoping you know what makes her tick, what she wants from the business, why she wants it and what she is willing to do to get it! If  not you are seriously setting her up for failure and setting yourself up for lots of anguish when you try to motivate her to go out and book, sell and recruit! I'm a firm believer that it all begins with the interview and I know that was one of the reasons why my personal recruits sold 3 times the company average which put more money in their bank account as well as my leadership bonus check!

Now, let's talk about the Interview of a Potential Recruit. This is another area where it really helps to know lots of information. Do you know what makes your prospect tick? Do you know why she might be interested in the business opportunity, not just in getting a kit! Do you know how much she would like to earn each week and what she would like to do with her earnings? Do you know what she is willing to do in order to make it happen? Do you know if she is willing to receive the education she will need in order to help her be more successful? If you don't know the answers to these questions you are setting your new recruit up for failure and you are going to be beating your head against the wall every time you try to get her to go out and hold a party.

The "5 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your New Recruit's Success and How to Avoid Them" Webinar Replay can provide you with lots of things you can do to have BETTER RECRUITS so if you haven't watched it here is the link.

Watch 5 Mistakes Replay

Here's a few things  you can begin doing right away.

1. Play the "Sponsoring Game" just like I show you in "It's a Party Out There". You MUST play it with the 8 questions provided so your new recruits will duplicate what you do. You MUST play both part One and Part Two of the Sponsoring Game. If you leave your party and you don't know anything about the guests in attendance and why they might be interested in your business opportunity it's YOUR FAULT!
If you don't have "It's a Party Out There" you can learn more here.

2. Make sure you ask lots of questions when you are interviewing your prospect. Many people find it helpful to use the Interview Guide that is part of the Blueprint for Mastering Direct Selling Leadership.

3. Do performance reviews every 6 months with active team members to help them stay on track to achieve their goals. Make sure you ask questions to find out what they want to improve in their business along with their 6 month income goal. You can put together a list of questions to help your consultant raise her goals to avoid becoming stagnant in her business. There is a great form that I used that is also included in the Blueprint for Mastering Direct Selling Leadership.

Take time to review these simple strategies and implement them as soon as possible and watch how quickly and easily you begin to increase your sales, booking and recruit's success!

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Direct Selling Jump Into January Teleseminar

January used to be one of my favorite times of the year for booking parties and I often found myself with more bookings than I could handle. Anyone can have lots of successful parties in January! All it takes is some determination and preparation and you too can have as many bookings as you'd like in January.Teleseminars and events online

Join me on Wednesday, December 8'th at 1:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. Eastern for my annual Jump Into January Teleseminar that has helped tens of thousands of direct sellers fill their calendar with January parties!

You'll learn:

    * How to prepare a special offer for January Hosts
    * A simple script for making calls to get January bookings
    * How to create a partnership with your hostess to get more bookings
    * My secret weapon that helped me secure and hold 16 – 20 parties EVERY JANUARY!
    * Plus lots more…
      So, make sure you register for this spectacular call and get ready to have a great start in 2010. When you register you can join me for either call!
     

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Put the Fun Back into the “Fundamentals of Selling”

In this day and age everyone wants to be on the fast track! Salespeople often look for and take every short cut possible in order to reach their goals and objectives, often cutting corners or burning bridges that sooner or later will have to be dealt with. It seems like with over 30 successful years in sales and teaching sales I would have learned EVERYTHING by now but truth is I have invested in 5 sales books and 1 sales course this year that are opening my eyes to what's happening in the sales arena. Here are a few things I have gleaned from my studies so far! From Jeffrey Gitomer's "Little Red Book of Selling"

   1. "People don't like to be sold, but they love to buy."
      Your job as a master salesman is to create an atmosphere where people want to buy!
   2. Study and implement an application. It's no secret that those who become GREAT at selling apply and implement techniques they have learned. Anything you learn is useless unless you apply it!
   3. Don't WHINE if it doesn't work right the first time. Basic selling principles WORK time after time but they don't work EVERY time. Get over it!
   4. Hang around with the right people. Hang around with successful people. Get as far away from the Whiners as possible.
   5. Ask questions, but make sure they are smart questions not dumb ones. Instead of asking, "what type of skin care do you us?" you could ask, "What is the one thing you would improve about your skin care?" Let them tell you why the product they are using is lacking. :)

      Okay so I've given you a few tips from Jeffrey's book now here are a few from Joseph Sugarman's Book – "Triggers – 30 Sales Tools you can use to control the mind of your prospect to motivate, influence and Persuade.
   6. Have Consistency. Do the "right things" over and over again to persuade your prospect to buy!
   7. Tell Stories – Truth is stories sell. You can demonstrate and show a product or you can tell a story about a product. Whichever you choose to do the STORY wins every time!
   8. Keep it Simple. The more complicated you make your presentation, pricing, special offer, etc. the less likely someone is to act. This is true when doing parties. Sometimes guests are in a state of overwhelm because there is TOO MUCH ON DISPLAY and they can't make up their mind!
   9. Have a sense of Urgency. "Susie, My dates are going fast and I wanted to give you first chance to share the new catalog with your friends, before I call the others in your circle." (works great for re-booking hostesses)
  10. Create the Desire to Belong. Take a look at the I-phone and the I-pad. People go nuts because they want to identify with the group who has all the latest gadgets. Create your own clubs that people can belong to!
  11. Invest in Yourself. People who invest in themselves and their business BELIEVE they will be successful. When I come across a product that I know can help me or my business I get it. Not investing in myself is like telling my subconscious, "who are you fooling, you can't make money doing this?" I learned from Jim Rohn to work harder on myself than I do on my business so I don't let negative thoughts influence me when making buying decisions. If you BELIEVE you will succeed you'll make decisions with an abundance mentality rather than a lack mentality. I provide some of the best motivational and direct selling tools on the planet. Check them out including "The Blueprint for Success and Prosperity"

Develop Your Persuasion and Selling Skills to Increase Sales & Bookings

How would you like to have an abundance of people saying YES to you and your offers? Would it be worthwhile for you if you could have more people say YES to booking a party? What would happen if more guests purchased at every party? It’s not as hard to get people to say YES as you might think and actually you probably already know several ways to do so BUT you may not be implementing what you know or you might be missing one element that makes your presentation less effective.

I’ve been avidly studying and practicing persuasion and sales techniques for thirty years. I have sales programs and books from Zig Ziglar, Tom Hopkins, Dan Kennedy, and numerous others and I have to confess even though what I hear or read is often a repetition there are also some BIG AH-HA moments when I read something or hear something and I think to myself, WOW, where has this idea been all my life! Now, you may be thinking to yourself, I know everything I need to know but when you really understand ALL OF LIFE IS A SALES TRANSACTION you might want to study to get things right. That’s right, whether you are trying to get your spouse to take out the garbage, or encouraging your kids to do their homework, or selling a tangible product for commission YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE SOMEONE TO ACCEPT YOUR IDEA which is nothing less than a SALES TRANSACTION! So are there some simple things you can do to get a better response? Absolutely! Here’s a few suggestions!

1. Clear Up Confusion in your prospects mind. When people are confused they seldom act and yet there are many times sales professionals have done this to a potential customer and then wonder why they didn’t get the sale, booking or signed agreement! On a recent call with a Gold Plus member we discovered that she is skeptical at first, doesn’t like deadlines and wants convenience and some type of guarantee before she makes a decision to invest in a product. This is valuable information for someone who is trying to sell her something to know and it will be difficult to close this person if you haven’t addressed these concerns. Before attempting to close someone like this you need to make sure she trusts you and the product and that you’ll do everything you can to simplify the process while at the same time reminding her that although she is free to make her decision at any time there are a few additional benefits if she acts soon. Most sales people DON’T ASK ENOUGH QUESTIONS to get to the RIGHT CLOSING QUESTION for each individual. It’s a process that can be developed over time.

2. Use Social Proof in your presentation. Even though we like to think it doesn’t matter to us what our neighbors are doing the truth is…it does! The phrase, keeping up with the Joneses hasn’t gone by the wayside and people buy what others buy. Ever noticed what happens at Christmas when all the kids want the same toy and parents are frantically searching for it to no avail??? You can implement social proof in a couple ways. First, you can browse through current magazines and find things that are similar to what your company carries and talk about them or show them at your parties. It validates your company’s knowledge of what’s current and happening now. Second, make sure to say things like, “this is one of our most popular items and our customers are raving about the compliments the have received on this item.” Do you know anyone that doesn’t like to get compliments??? They’ll do anything and purchase anything to get a compliment!

3. Smile . Several studies have been done on the importance of smiling and customer satisfaction and the more authentic your smile the more likely someone is to take action and BE Satisfied with their decision! I’m constantly telling consultants to “lighten up” at their parties. Have fun, smile and people will look for ways to stay connected to you like booking a party or becoming a consultant. No one likes to be around someone who is GRUMPY and frowning all the time but most people will go out of their way to be with someone who is HAPPY and smiling. Who knows, the smile you force yourself to put on today could easily come to your face tomorrow after the additional sales and bookings at tonight’s party. Smile…all the way to the bank!

These are just a few of the many factors you can include when making any type of presentation. There are hundreds more effective strategies for getting people to say YES to your offer. I’ll be sharing lots more strategies on the next Direct Selling Doctor monthly teleseminar on Monday, April 26′th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Direct Selling Doctor members can join me on the live call and/or listen to the replay on the website. If you aren’t a member yet check it out at www.directsellingdoctor.com