The biggest and most powerful thing that happens in your network marketing company is the annual event. This is where it all comes together.
Have you ever heard your team marketing leaders use the phrase "Ready, Fire, Aim!" Of course the actual expression is "ready, aim, fire". The point is to get you to take action. No matter how you turn the phrase, the first word should always be "ready". Each year your priority should be to attend your annual network marketing event. That's the hub of your success. But if you are not ready, how will you "ever" go? Preparation is something that you do ahead of time.
You can prepare for your event well ahead of time because you know that it's coming up. Many corporate events happen each year around the same time. There are probably held in a couple of standard locations as well. Therefore you should have an idea of the cost to get there, hotels and the cost of attending the event. This is how you invest in your own company.
So let's discuss the expense. You obviously signed up with your networking company to earn income, right? But so far you may have shelled out some bills and probably haven't seen one dollar come back at you yet. Now you're being asked to spend more money to attend this big event.
For many of us at the start of our MLM careers, the first response about attending a big event is "where in the world am I gonna get the money to go to this event and why"? Sure enough, your trainer's typical comeback is "If you can afford it, then you really need to be there".
Now you are there contemplating your next move. One thought is that investing in your business is essential. But the flip side is that you are already living on a thin budget, you might be just scraping by on minimal income with no extra to spare. At any rate, spending money on a big event just seems to much to ask. So now what? Are you going to watch other people put it on the line while you sit home and play it safe?
There is a way to make it happen and I'm taking this from my own experience. You start out by planning for the event in advance saving some here and there each time you get a paycheck. You know it's coming! It happens like clockwork every year. So in one year, if you have been setting aside a c-note or two per month, you can have your trip almost paid off.
At one company event, I could only afford a one-way ticket and had to camp in my team leaders hotel room. My family back home managed to put together enough funds to get me home. If it weren't for them, I'd probably be living in the bus station today. However, when I got back, I was ready, aimed, and fired up!
That event experience created focus, momentum and results that could never have been measured or predicted. The sacrifices that each one of us on the team made to attend that event brought some unexpected success for us individually and as a team.
It took about 3 months for that investment to pay off. I personally made the company's top twenty-five list of marketers and won the team's third top producer and recruiter's award. The team leader who sacrificed her hotel room floor for about eight of us won a beautiful C-class Mercedes in a corporate wide team production contest. Had anyone told us what the results of attending that event would bring, we would never have believed it. Not while stacked in that hotel room. So hopefully, knowing that can give you incentive to be ready and go to your next big networking event. You have no idea what great results can come from it.
1. Save up early to cover the event expenses
2. Plan a team marketing campaign launch around your return from that event
3. Teach your team how to do the same. (If you have no team, pretend you have one
that fills the room)
Then sit back and enjoy the fireworks. Your business will never be the same.
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LD Grice is a network marketing strategist and Internet Author. Click on the link to learn more about MasterMind Team Strategies Inc. and receive access to the free training programThe New Network Marketer Attraction Marketing Video Series.
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