Monday, November 16, 2009

Leadership Equals Success For Your Online Business

I want you to stop right now and think of some people in your company who are successful leaders. Did you think of yourself? If so, congratulations. If not, why? This is a HUGE hurdle most people face when they begin to develop their careers in Direct Sales. It is what I call the..."When it happens, then I will" syndrome. I've got news for you if this is your mindset, you're always going to be waiting! The time is NOW and the person is YOU! The only thing standing in your way are the decisions you make and the actions you take. When it comes time for you to make a decision based on the growth of your company, make that decision as the successful leader that you ARE. The biggest mistake you can make is to wait until something happens first and then act. I promise you, the latter process will get you to where you are and where you have always been...looking to others as the successful leader. I'm going to give you a few tips to help get you on the right track.

1) Team Training: When some of you read that you immediately thought, "I already attend team trainings." That is not what I'm getting at. I want YOU to start holding team trainings for YOUR team. Don't sit back and simply invite your team to join a team training done by someone else, get your team together and start to rally the troops on your own! This one move will immediately position you as a leader. You will breath an air of confidence into your entire team and results will start to happen. This is something that should be scheduled every week. Same time same place every week. This will make you prepare and hold your entire team accountable. Imagine a new individual coming into your team and they immediately have a training schedule laid out in front of them. I promise your new individual stands a much greater chance of success this way. Don't wait, do it now! I don't care if you have to do this by yourself, DO IT!

2) Assertive: How many times have you been on the phone or in email conversation with a new prospect and you're trying to nail down a time to follow up? Conversations tend to go back and forth with no clear cut time or definitive answer. Those days are over! Along with your team training, you also have overview times and follow up schedules. Instead of saying weak statements like, "What time works best for you"...or "Whenever you're available I'll be there." Don't act like you haven't used one or both of these statements. Do yourself and your business a favor and take control. When scheduling a follow up or some sort of overview, your response is something like this, "I have time at 4:00 on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. Am I going to talk to you Tuesday at 4:00 or Thursday at noon?" That's it. No hemming or hawing. Your time is valuable. If you just tell people you'll be at their beckon call, you lose all control of the situation and have given up any leadership. Not to mention the fact you look like you have nothing else going on.

It's often said that people don't join companies, opportunities or products. People join people. So while your establishing yourself in Direct Sales and building your online business, make sure you are the person everyone wants to join in business. Take initiative to help others succeed and your success will simply be a bi-product of your efforts. You can begin to be the successful leader in your business today! I hope this helps you on your journey. Until next time, Happy Marketing!

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