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Managing Expectations in your Network Marketing Business

Published on 4/23/2013
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This time of the year many network marketing companies experience an influx of new people. These people are looking for challenge and change in their lives and yes of course extra money. Seasoned marketers know this and plan accordingly. Welcome letters or videos are prepared. Training materials and tools are ready to go and expectations are high for all parties involved. All of that is wonderful but I think one thing is left out when assimilating the new business partner: That is the management of expectations. I heard a wonderful lesson yesterday from a multiple million dollar earner in the network marketing industry yesterday and he made some pretty persuasive points regarding expectations. He believes that there should be a meeting with the new business partner that specifically focuses upon what to expect. He believes for example that you should tell your new business partner that network marketing is a very emotional business. Some days he shares, you will be up and some days you will be down. Some days you will think that you have the best thing since sliced bread and other days you will think someone gave you a moldy piece. lol In other words you will want to give your business back. You will want to quit. He suggests asking them when that happens how do they want him to respond. Do you want me to encourage you? or do you want me to let you quit? Great advise I believe... This seasoned networker also said we should also help them set realistic goals. He suggests the following paraphrased dialog. "While there are record breakers and 1 day wonders, they are the exception and not the rule. Let's go with the rule and generally you can expect that it will take about a year to start seeing some profit in your business. Your goal should be to make enough money to cover your auto ship, your training/supplies and money for events. Why? Because this is a new profession and there is a learning curve." While I didn't agree with everything this gentleman shared because at times he came off as negative and some what pessimistic, I do agree that we hype people up too much and give them the impression that they will be rich tomorrow when the truth IS they won't be unless they already were when they signed their agreement. :) I love our profession of network marketing and I believe that if we all adopt an attitude of "keeping it real" with our new business partners. Tell them what to expect but also tell them if they work hard they CAN break some records and make some "noise" in the industry. Always the eternal optimist, I personally never like to tell someone what can or cannot be done. You never know how driven a person can be. BUT... on the other hand you also owe to a person that is brand new to network marketing to share with them that it can be challenging and that it is an art to making it work. It is after all work and it is a real business and it must or should be treated as such. I believe this is not only good advise for new people but for seasoned network marketers as well. Don't compare yourself to the 1 day wonders. Don't even compete with them. Instead focus upon being the best you can be by getting trained properly, learning and appreciating our industry and of course managing your expectations. For more information please get a free copy of "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business" at If you liked this article please like and share. Blessings...
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