Networking Is Power

Posted on October 30, 2010. Filed under: Marketing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

            Webster’s dictionary defines networking as the exchange of information or services among individuals or groups; the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business. How do we network today?

           When attempting to find employment opportunities we network through others to first get the word out that we are looking for employment and let them know what types of skills, education and job description we are looking at obtaining. Tapping into that network is key and can be done through personal calls, face-to-face meetings, emails, facebook posts, tweets and other social connections we have in place online. Many people also look into networking events in their area to promote themselves in a setting that allows everyone to share their services, ideas, and strengths with others. At that point we hope that our networks begin to tap into their own networks either directly or indirectly, ultimately leading us to new connections that allow us to reach our desired goal of employment.

          Business owners and entrepreneurs are also constantly using the power of networks to increase sales, visibility, product information, company brand recognition and so on. As business owners we know that word of mouth is one of the most powerful of our networking tools. There is power in your businesses services or products being recommended from one person to another as these recommendations come from a trusted source to a new connection. Harnessing the power of the internet is key in today’s world to help maintain and drive new business and keep current clients and customers. Even when a companies network of followers, clients, customers share with a personal connection; the new contact almost immediately seeks out an online source to take a closer look at the business, thus validating the initial sources recommendation. We live in an instant gratification society and people want to check out the product or services or opportunity immediately before moving forward with becoming a new client, customer, employee or business builder for the company. Small and large businesses need to have an online presence to include facebook fan pages, twitter accounts, blogs, newsletters, email notifications, youtube accounts and many more. The more places they are, the larger their network can grow and the larger their business and profits will grow. Brand and company loyalty is being built not only on word of mouth, which is still the most powerful networking tool, but by connecting with social media.

         Businesses can also see the power of how networks can hurt your business. A few viral videos, posts, tweets can make your profits plunge. I actually read in Reader’s digest about unhappy customer’s that made youtube videos and sent them out via email, facebook and twitter and wound up getting so many hits that the companies took notice. Of course the companies immediately fixed the problem and asked for the videos and posts to be removed as they saw how powerful just one video was once it tapped into network after network after network.

          Students network. They network to get into good colleges. These days it is very competitive to get into schools, so using your network or parents’ network of friends, businesses colleagues, family members, and others can be the deciding factor between a big named college and a local small college. We know it works. Someone makes a call to someone else and promotes a student applicant and immediately their file is placed up at the top. This does not guarantee acceptance, but if you meet their criteria…because of your network or contact, you have that extra edge.

           If you have one or more friends you have networked. Somehow you have come into contact with someone and shared a mutual interest or just connected in some way to put you into a position of becoming friends. If you have many friends you are a true networker. A friend invites you to a party and you talk with their network of friends and with some time investment you begin making new friends from their friends…..and it continues. If you have a child they help you gain friends through their network of friends. As you go to school functions or sports games you meet your child’s friend’s parents and connect making new friends, thus expanding your own network of contacts. We meet people by connecting with others, who connect with others, who then introduce us and we become friends and acquaintances. Try it, write down people you know and would consider a friend or acquaintance….most people reach somewhere between 1000 to 1500 as you can include spouses, significant others and family you may know of those immediate connections. That is amazing because we all had to make our first friend and then it grew and grew and grew almost effortlessly.

        What about the power of networks in politics? I bet some candidates wish people would keep their mouths shut on who they are voting for and why. With the internet offering so many social media offering so much sharing power……a new story, a dirty little fact, a speech gone wrong can go viral instantly and sway public opinion.

          So why do people sometimes get hesitant about network marketing? Isn’t network marketing the same thing? It is a cultivation of relationships for business and the exchange of information and services among individuals. The word is network marketing….you market your business and products through networks…..this is no different than any other networking you do. You join a network marketing company and then you share with others(your network) about your products, services and business opportunity. Then whether they become product customers, business partners or even if it isn’t the right time or opportunity for them; they start to share with their network. As you bring on more business partners, they share and build through their networks. It is a lot of people doing a little bit for the greater good of everyone…..building power in networking to create financial freedoms! It just continues to grow as networks are limitless, especially since the internet allows us to connect with others all around the globe.

        Network marketing is multi-level marketing, but in no way a pyramid scheme. It is not a scheme, it only has a pyramid shape. So many say that it means that only those at the top make the money….not true, corporate America is the ultimate Pyramid “scheme” where a lot of people work really hard to make just a few at the top really wealthy. Think about all the companies you know, does the worker stocking, selling, filing, organizing, staffing………. for the company grow their income the harder they work? Maybe they get a raise, but can they truly have the same income earning potential of a senior level management position? Take a moment to think about where you work and how it is set up….is it a pyramid where people at the top prosper?

           The beautiful thing about network marketing is that it is the most fair business model to be created. It is like the democracy of business models where everyone has an equal opportunity. Today and tomorrow it will be known as The Business of the 21st Century. It is a business of relationships, of friendships, of freedoms, growth and future. Tap into your network and join us in realizing……networking is power, power to free, power to truly live, power to change lives, power to grow, power to succeed, power to help others and power to move forward into your dreams! We are looking for those individuals who enjoy networking, enjoy helping others, want a change in their lives to help change other lives for the better. Looking for those who want to not only lead, but share and join together, network together to build something larger than you could ever build alone. I challenge you to look at what network marketing truly is and offers and join us today!

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Donald Trump’s New Apprentice Show: Putting America back to work: What if you had the same opportunity?

Posted on September 14, 2010. Filed under: Entrepreneurship | Tags: , , , , , , , |

In Donald Trump’s new season of the Apprentice that will air on Thursdays starting September 16th at 10/9c…….will have a new twist: putting America back to work! Isn’t that what is on so many of our minds today? How do we find work? Where do we find work? Why can’t I find work when I am educated? Why did the recession have to tank my business? What will I do now?

I know personally those questions have crossed my mind. Owning our own general contracting company that was hard hit by the recession….not just us individually, but our whole industry. Or even more personally to me individually…..I have a degree, I have been successful but no one is hiring! How many resumes did I need to put out, how many contacts did I need to go to- ultimately finding nothing? Neighbors, family members, friends…….all being laid off or in fear of being laid off with no real hope for a future job in the marketplace….this is going on ACROSS AMERICA…..ACROSS THE GLOBE.  Donald Trump is recognizing this need in so many ways.

First let’s take a look at some of the candidates.

Alex; mechanical engineer that is now towing trucks to make ends meet for his family. David; went from a top account manager to not being able to pay his mortgage. James; a Duke grad with a Law degree from Georgetown that is now unemployed. Liza; has her master’s and started a business that fell victim to the recession. Clint; who has his doctorate in law was forced to sell his possessions and his family is living in friends’ rental properties. Kelly; who was ranked Atlanta’s “Power 30 Under 30” in global public relations that is now jobless was forced to move home with her parents. Poppy; Stanford grad with a master’s in sociology that can’t find a job after her schooling and is home too with her parents. And then there is Steurt; successful entrepreneur who had to close down two companies and lay off many employees.

Do any of these stories sound familiar? I look at these individuals and they are well educated, they have reached levels of success, yet due to our poor economy they are now all just as hard-hit by the economic downturn as many others that are flooding the still existing businesses/companies with resumes to no avail. Trump is giving them hope…he sees their potential and sees that they represent countless other Americans that may be at that point now or in the near future. These are qualified individuals who through no fault of their own are down on their luck and looking for hope. They know that there will be work involved and they are willing to take the chance, the chance at hope for a brighter financial future.

Only so many could make it on the Apprentice, but what if Trump could give you the same opportunity…..would you take it? Would you be willing to step out and work hard in order to achieve financial security and success? Stop and think about it a moment….if Trump came to you and said I have a way to possibly help you out of your current situation or a possible way to protect you from being without work in the future……..would you consider it? What if he said that the timing was right and that timing was everything….would you consider that?

If you answered yes, then I have some really exciting news. Donald Trump does have an opportunity in business for anyone willing to put forth some effort, take a step out into entrepreneurialism, and who is ready to lead others to do the same.  I am excited to be a part of a phenomenal team of leaders that has chosen to do just this; take Trump up on his offer at a chance for financial success! Did you know that Donald Trump now has a business that is open to you? It involves networking yourself with others to create a stream of residual income. The business model is phenomenal, the products are outstanding, the training is cutting edge and it can all be done in your own home and online! It is the Trump Network and it is in its premomentum phase as in if you get on board now and begin building your business, you can ride the wave of momentum as this business grows quickly and globally. I know why I wanted to get on board, why don’t you take a look and see why you would want to get on board this business built for success by success. Trump knew a lot about the timing in real estate and I know with his business skills and resources; he realized there was a new piece of “real estate” he wanted that he could share with anyone and everyone that was willing. It is the “real estate” of the business of the 21st Century; Network Marketing.

If you are interested I would love to hear from you. I am so glad I took on the opportunity as an independent marketer as it has been life changing and saving! We have a whole team that is ready to guide you as you get started and on track with your financial goals and dreams. We look forward to helping you begin to build your own business; a business that will be your vehicle for change and allow you to live the life free of fearing for your financial future. Today is your day!

As with anything, nothing is guaranteed, but it is truly an opportunity for success for those who want to put forth the effort……for those that put forth the effort and maintain there committment to building there business…..they are the ones who not only deserve the success, but earned it!

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Save Your Kids from Absent Parent Syndrome

Posted on September 7, 2010. Filed under: Entrepreneurship | Tags: , , , , |

      As I look around more and more of my friends are taking on new jobs. Many of these jobs are hourly due to the fact that although they hold degrees(many of the hold Master’s Degrees), most larger companies are not hiring. These parents are trading their precious hours, for minimal dollars. Why? Because in order to keep up with the rising cost of groceries, utilities, gas and all the must haves……..they are being forced into a depressed work industry. It is not that these parents want to go and take a position and lose all flexibility and time….they HAVE to! So many of the kids are being placed into after school programs, or become latch-key kids, and the schools are faced with a lack of parent volunteers at a time when they are facing budget-cuts themselves.

    What is the answer? entrepreneurship. Starting your own home-based, internet driven and social media pushed business. This can be a business that is of your own creation or you can find a reputable on-line company that follows a networking model to produce income. For me I know how difficult it can be to start your very own business and all the forms, marketing and etc. that goes along with doing so. My suggestions to parents that have stayed home……find a company that you are passionate about, that has a good reputation, strong brand, powerful and top of the line products, and constant online eduction/system that will help you reach your business income goals.

    The advantages of this plan are the fact that you don’t have to create your own product or services…..which can be costly and almost impossible because you are competing with larger companies with larger pocketbooks. Another advantage is the fact that you don’t have to go get a business license, insurance, logo creation and all that a new business requires. A huge advantage in my opinion is that you will still own your own business within this company, allowing you to be your own boss, make your own hours and work wherever you want- you are completely mobile with internet and phone. You also will now qualify for many tax write-offs such as office materials, gas, car, food(business lunches/dinners), phone, internet, and products you purchase to promote your business. Even your initial start-up fee into the business can be a write-off.  Personally I think this is the best of both worlds. You can build your business at your speed and ultimately make a very large income, but you still are available to your children and family.

I knew that I did not want to trade my time for minimal dollars or put myself out there to make someone else a lot of money. I wanted to have a way to help show others how they too could make money from home or anywhere. These are businesses of people helping people to be their best. I would love to show you how to be your best…..please check out my website at www.mentoringmomstosuccess.com. If you are not a mom….but want the freedom lifestyle of an online business please still visit my website and I will put you in touch with someone on my team that would be perfect mentor to meet your needs! Always here to help…..Shea

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