Want to win, get a mentor…

I love how to books. They are the closest thing you can get to having the author as a mentor. But they aren’t the same as actually having a mentor. The reason they fall short is books can’t look at where you are and answer the question “What’s next?” Books also can’t do three-way calls with you, they can’t do 2 on 1’s with you, books can’t help you build your team.

A mentor can though. A mentor can also give you a kick in the butt when you make stupid mistakes, and you will. The fact is, you will always be the single biggest reason that you experience failure. We all get in our own way from time to time. A mentor can dramatically reduce your mistakes.

So, don’t try to go it alone, if you want to win, get a mentor.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Teams, companies, products are not always forever; the skills you develop and the relationships you protect are…

I’ve been fortunate enough to have built four MLM/Network Marketing teams that numbered in the thousands. Yes the income was great, the lifestyle terrific. Pattie and I have been on 14 cruises together, we’ve lived on St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ve had nice cars and nice homes. We went from a back yard that was a 10 acre lake with the mountains as a backdrop to a wonderful view of the Caribbean each morning.

Our life style has been wonderful most of the time, even though we had to rebuild our business a couple times. The reason we were able to do it was; while teams, companies and products are not always forever, the skills you develop and the relationships you protect are…

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Fail forward a lot…

New MLM/Network Marketing distributors ask me all the time what is the most important thing they could do in their first year as a marketer?

My response always seems to throw them for a loop; Fail fast, fail often, and learn from your valuable experiences.

As humans we hate failure, we vilify failures, yet we don’t learn any other way. Show me a man that faces his failures head on, embraces them and learns from the experience and I will show you someone who is destined to succeed in a very big way.

Want to be a highly successful Network Marketer? Start failing! I know that you’re afraid. I know that the NO’s kill you inside. But they get easier to handle as you experience more of them. If you can bring yourself to collect more NO’s then anyone you know, I promise, you’ll be more successful then anyone you know.

If you haven’t done this yet in you MLM career, it’s time to go back to day one and fail fast, fail often, and learn from your valuable experiences.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Facebook Groups

I am a member of several Facebook groups.  I use them to stay informed about certain subjects and to interact with other members.  At least those were all of my reasons until yesterday.

The company that I work with has a group of very excited brand partners that are very active in the group.  They post progress, events, videos, congratulations, promotions and help with asked for information.

For me it has become like reading an ongoing newsletter that’s motivating to be a part of.  If you don’t have or aren’t participating in a group like this with your own company, I’d find one.  It adds a lot to your day.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

It’s the culture stupid…

greg_cartoon_headHave you ever joined a MLM/Network Marketing home based business and you never quite fit in? Did you find yourself not liking how they did things, maybe you wanted to change the pay plan and everything else about them to suit your needs?

Have you done this more than once? Twice? Half a dozen times? Win much?

One of the hardest things we do as humans/distributors is look for all the ways we can fit in before we look for things to change. All companies have their own culture. You may like the products, you may like your sponsor or you may like the owner. The first thing you need to work on, however, is immersing yourself in the culture. Until you become a part of the stew, you’re always going to leave a funny taste in people’s mouths.

Learn to love it. Learn to love everything about it. Tell yourself this is perfect for you. Sell out to the business model of the company that you choose. By doing this, you have a genuine opportunity for success. Without it, you’re just passing through.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Seven Steps To Mega MLM Success

I remember a few years ago when I felt stirred when someone said “How would you like to have been one of the first people in Amway?” as they were speaking of the ground floor opportunity they were promoting. At the time that sounded pretty powerful. But frankly, the first several thousand in Amway didn’t make much of anything. Amway exploded on to the scene with the arrival of Dexter Yeager 8 years after they opened.

Truthfully, most people who were there at the beginning of Amway simply didn’t position themselves to take advantage of the growth when it happened. The ones that did, reaped huge rewards.

I don’t know how old or how big your Network Marketing company is, but chances are, you can still have a huge impact on it’s future growth. How can you make sure that you are in position to take advantage of this growth? Follow these 7 steps exactly. Remember, if you are left out in the cold, you were given the opportunity right here, right now, to change your entire life!

1. Get on an autoship for at least 100 points in your company’s products. Leaders lead the way. Huge volumes are built on autoship. If you aren’t on it, don’t expect to have anyone believe you when you tell them what a great opportunity this is or how wonderful the products are.

2. Show the opportunity and products to at least five new people each week. Prospecting is the life blood of your business. You can’t build a business by talking to one person every two or three months. Hand “First Look Packs” (a company CD or a book or some other information pack) to at least 5 new people each week to show them the plan. Consistency and persistence pays off in a very big way.

3. Attend every company convention, team function and event. Socialize with your fellow team members. Get training, learn to win, sharpen your axe, powerfully build your team through event promotion, get lots of it on you. Stay excited! The masters build in and explode out of events. Become a master at using events to grow your business.

4. Read motivational books and listen to motivational audios. Get a positive-on. You can’t change what you’ll be until you change how you think. Books and audios let you converse with the best of the best.

5. Never, never, never, never make excuses to your self or anyone else. Excuses don’t change the performance. Be personally accountable!

6. Never, never, never, never quit. It takes time to build a business. The foundation building part of your business takes the most time and is the most important part of assembling your championship team. The second you stop, you kill your momentum. Be committed to the process for the long haul.

7. Three-way your prospects into your leaders or locally take your leaders to the field with you to do 2 on 1 presentations with you prospects. Two on one sponsoring is powerful. If you aren’t doing it, you are missing out on taping into a huge power source!

That’s it. The more you are committed to these 7 fundamental steps of your business, the more likely it is you will be at or near the top when the dust settles. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? I guarantee you, when it’s all said and done, and you’ve grabbed your brass ring, it will be so good that you’ll feel like you would have paid ten times the price.

Position yourself for greatness, it’s worth it!

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Successful Network Marketing is exciting, freeing and it makes us happy…

Most people are miserable working for someone else. We were meant to be free. Having someone else control almost every aspect of our lives doesn’t promote happiness.

Successful Network Marketing is exciting, freeing and it makes us happy. But it’s very difficult to make that transition from corporate slave to owning our own life.

One of the reasons that I love Network Marketing is you can start part time…so you don’t have to give up all your misery at once.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

I started my own meet-up group…

A few months ago I started my own meet-up group. Actually I took over a defunct one; AllCity Chamber. I wanted it to be different in that I really wanted a small mastermind group rather than a large sock puppet show. Sock puppet show; where everyone stands around and talks at each other.

So a few months later, I have a group of 5-8 regulars who are all really sharp business people that sit around and discuss with each other what is on their minds about business. We seek and get good advice, we pass on our successes and our failures. We’re supposed to meet at 1:30 on Fridays for lunch, and it’s supposed to end at 3:pm. Often we are still there at 5:pm. This is a good group that really enjoy each other. Most of us are 50 and older.

A couple weeks ago I was talking about how my webpage (http://InhouseCapitalFunding.com) was starting to attract enough traffic that I was getting 2-3 calls per week from interested businesses, and producing a sale per week from it. Warren Whitlock asked why I wasn’t sending paid traffic to the site? I hadn’t thought about it. Yet another potentially great idea from my group.

I started sending paid traffic to my site a few days ago. So far, it’s costing me about $1.50 per phone call. Frankly it would be highly profitable if it were costing me $100 per phone call.

My message is, start a group, find a good group, get together with business people not in your field of expertise. Starting my own group has been very powerful for me. I have yet to walk away without at least one very good idea.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Tie a knot and hang on…

Tie a knot and hang on…

Yes I am with a networking company part-time. Never mind which one. I do 100% of my marketing over the internet, not face to face, not in social media. That said, Pattie and I tied a knot months ago. That was it. Short of them going away, for better or worse, we chose our horse to ride.

Here are things we have discovered on this journey; things the company does still piss us off, people still say no, it still costs money to market, things still don’t always go our way and I’m frustrated most of the time (my own fault). Funny all these things seem to be a constant with every company.

But when you aren’t going anywhere else and you know it; you always look for solutions rather than at problems. In finding those solutions, your business lurches forward. It’s always better for working through the problems.

Do you believe greener pastures solve your problems, or are you committed to tending your own garden? I think that if you are to enjoy the fruits of success, you’re probably going to have to learn how to garden.

Greg Arnold
http://www.greg-arnold.com

Your List or Your Own Personal Declaration Of Independence…

blog_list_declarationYou may be sitting there thinking that you don’t know enough about internet marketing to even fool with it.  You might be thinking that you have a brick and mortar retail storefront so you don’t need to develop an internet strategy or that it wouldn’t work for you.  There are a lot of reasons that entrepreneurs and business owners give for not taking the time and effort to develop a list, but every one of them are costing them a ton of money.

Even if you have a main street retail business, developing a local list and dripping on it properly can bring a lot more enthusiastic customers through your door.  Yes you can target people within a mile or two of your business.  You can have thousands of people that live very close to your business that are just waiting for you to give them a reason to buy from you.

Did you know that people do business with you firstly because they know, like and trust you and secondly because of your low prices.  Unfortunately you think that you may have to accept customer scraps because Walmart just opened a new store in your neighborhood.  That simply isn’t true.  The relationships you develop with your customers are more important to them then the prices offered by a huge box store.

Your list extends that relationship.  Your list dramatically expands your communication levels with your customers and potential customers.  Your list gives you the opportunity to ask your customers what they like about your business, service, etc., and what they don’t like.  You can use your list to get better at what you do.

And if you are thinking that this doesn’t apply to you because your storefront is a website, think again.  A website only expands your customer reach, it doesn’t replace the necessity for developing relationships with those customers and potential customers.  Communication is the key to your long term success.  Imaging having 10,000, 20,000 or even 100,000 people on your list that you can talk to any time you wish.

Your list is your own personal declaration of independence.  It’s worth learning the many ways to develop it.

Greg Arnold
Come work with me, I guarantee I can teach you how to do more business and make more money!