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Approaching Your "Warm Market" About Your Business
michael oliver, anne long

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Your "warm market" is your group of closest associates... friends and family.

It has been my experience after 15 years in the network marketing industry that this is your "hardest sell". In the article that follows, you will pick up some pointers on the best ways to approach your warm market.

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Effectively Speaking With People You Know
By Michael Oliver

When I talk with Network Marketers, it’s surprising how many are reluctant to talk with friends and family about their business.

Actually, it’s not surprising considering many of them are still trained to blurt out what they are doing to every one within “3 Feet” of them when they start. (I’ve never liked that “3 Foot” expression – it’s so demeaning and impersonal).

The truth is, distributors don’t have a hammer and everyone is NOT a nail!

And distributors know from intuition or experience the pain of the rejection that comes from doing that to people.

It’s a shame really that they hold back especially when there is a much easier and more effective way of approaching people.

Perhaps even worse is, that they might need what you have and they’re missing out because you don’t know how to speak with them correctly about it.

So, what’s the solution so that everyone wins? Here are some suggestions.

First, always keep in mind the first principle of Natural Selling… The purpose of your business is to help people solve their problems. So start off by simply discovering if they have a problem you can help them with. That’s all.

Next, take time to prepare yourself. Think about everything you know about them. Write down everything you can about their family, their hobbies, their sports, their jobs, their relationships, and especially their likes, dislikes, passions, and so on.

Write down all the problems you might have heard them talk about, that your business opportunity might be able to solve. Things like health problems or tight finances, and think, if you can, how it’s affecting them.

When you do speak with someone keep in mind the following…

Respect the relationship that is already there. What’s more important? Your friendship or wanting them as a business partner?

Hold back from talking about your business opportunity. Your aim at this stage is to simply discover if they are looking for something that your solution can give them. If in the course of your dialogue your friend expresses a need to change their present situation, then you can offer them the opportunity to do so. If they don’t stay detached and move the conversation elsewhere.

If you adopt this approach, you won’t run the risk of upsetting people. You’ll be surprised at how many people will give an indication they are prepared to look at changing IF you give them the space and time to talk.

Talking with people is easy if you know how. Talking with people you know is one of the topics I cover in Chapter 11 of my book “How To Sell Network Marketing Without Fear, Anxiety or Losing Your Friends!“

It’s also the subject of my audio program “Talking With Friends“. This contains a number of role plays that demonstrate how to approach those close to you in a way that’s comfortable for both of you and also very effective in developing your business.

About the Author: Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver is an internationally recognized trainer, speaker and author and the founder of Natural Selling, the only sales training program designed to really eliminate rejection and objections. Visit his blog and signup free to get blog updates by email, along with the latest news, free advice, additional resources, and a lot more! Go now to  naturalsellingblog.com . While you're at it, check out  www.naturalselling.com .






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Daniel Ionel   712 day(s) ago
Excellent article Ann ! Thanks for share.
 
Sigurd Skeie   712 day(s) ago
Very interesting reading Anne. I recommand it and share it Sig
 


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