mlm prospecting

The typical schedule of a network marketer includes training, writing content, emailing the list, engaging in mindset and most importantly, prospecting. MLM prospecting is really the foundation of an MLM business because without prospecting, you have no one to talk to and as a result, no one to buy from you.

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Many network marketers struggle with this, the most important part of the work, for several reasons. One, they fear talking to people, they don’t know where to go to find people and they don’t know what to say to people once they find them. Here are some things to keep in mind about MLM prospecting.

What Stands In The Way Of MLM Prospecting

In many cases, what stands in the way of prospecting is the fear of prospecting itself, where to prospect and what to say to a prospect.  Let’s take a closer look.

The Fear

Most people fear prospecting because they are simply not sure of themselves, are afraid of what others will think of them or are afraid of being rejected. mlm businessThey lack confidence and they lack skill. In many cases, they don’t think they know enough about the product, service or opportunity to present it to someone else, and therefore avoid it for as long as possible.

You can tell if a person has fear by his behaviors such as making excuses, missing self-appointments, claiming that she is too busy, displays unorganization and hides the business from family and friends. Believe it or not, some people even fear success.  This way of thinking will get in the way of the business at hand – which is prospecting.

A way to remedy this is to think about what you want to accomplish. You have big dreams about the kind of life you want for yourself and your family. First, accept the fact that there will be people who may judge you and your business but let that roll off your back. To combat your lack of confidence, learn your product inside out. If you get rejected, it only means that that person didn’t have a need for what you had to offer. Move on!

The Where

Besides the home parties, the phone calls and trips to the mall, there are other places where your MLM prospecting can be done. The great thing about it 

prospecting techniquesis that these places are really designed for networking and connecting with people. Some of these places include networking events usually given by the local Chambers of Commerce.

Ribbon-cutting events are also great places to find and connect with people. It is at these events where you can usually find a variety of people from the community as well as local politicians and other people instrumental in the event itself.

Vending events offer lots of possibilities to talk to people. People naturally visit a table set up with information and are always looking to know more.

In addition, MLM prospecting can take place online. Reach out to people in your niche and strike up a friendly conversation. Friendly conversations can sometimes turn into business relationships. Just be sure not to bombard anyone with your product/service or opportunity before you get to know them.

The Talk

What do you say to prospects? Here are some prospecting techniques. It’s okay to begin with small talk like “where are you tips for prospectingfrom ” “how’s the weather there” “what did you think of that game last night” to break the ice. Afterward, you can ask what they do for a living. Show an interest. Chances are they will reciprocate and ask you similar questions.

Here’s where a lot of network marketers make their mistake – they talk too much. You have to be prepared to simply state in one sentence what you do. For example, I show stay at home moms how to make a extra $1000 a month. If the person seems interested and asks for more information, or ask for a website, they are now considered a prospect.

The next step is to get their contact information and set up a future time to sit down and talk further, perhaps give a presentation. There is no need to give a presentation at that time. Your goal was to get that lead so you can later meet and talk. This can be done on or offline. MLM prospecting can be done quite easily beginning with small talk and leading into more.

Additional MLM Prospecting Tips:

Remember everyone won’t want what you have to offer. Don’t make the mistake of letting that ruin your day. Those who are for you, will stay and those who aren’t, they’ll go their way.

When talking to someone, always be genuine. Let them know that you are really interested.

Overcome your fears by first admitting you have them and then letting them go, by talking to someone about the fears and by not talking negatively to yourself.

Always talk in the affirmative, letting yourself know and believing that you can move forward.

In addition, personal development helps strengthen your confidence as well as your competence.  It also builds up the courage needed to succeed in business.When you speak with assurance and confidence, your prospects will recognize this in you.

For effective prospecting in network marketing, you have lose your fear and gain confidence, go where people are and talk to people to see if they’re open to what yu have to offer.  

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  1. Chris Shouse
    Chris Shouse
    September 10, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Thank you for the great tips on overcoming fear. Talking to people can be daunting and very scary but your tips will help make it not so scary!

  2. Dereco Cherry
    Dereco Cherry
    September 10, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Mlm prospecting is the number one income producing activity you can do. Want to grow your business prospect more. Want to hit that new rank prospect more. People think they need to say some magical words to prospect when in fact just opening their mouth and saying Hi can do so much for their business. People are also afraid of what other people will think of them. Most people won’t even show up to your funeral (harsh I know) so why would you care what someone things of you?

    Keep prospecting simple and say less to more people and you will build an empire. Great training today thanks for putting this together.

    • Theresa Lovelace
      Theresa Lovelace
      September 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      So true, Dereco…say less and say it better! thanks! 🙂

  3. Nicolas Puegher
    Nicolas Puegher
    September 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing these tips! Most people don’t know about mlm marketing and some others think that is always a scam. Definitely there are a lot of scams out there but also you can find some cool mlm out there, good to see that you are helping people with every post you make 🙂

  4. Joy Healey
    Joy Healey
    September 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Theresa

    My first time on your blog, I think 🙂

    I regularly attend a local small business networking group. Most members aren’t in MLMs, but in ordinary businesses. However there are several MLMers who attend. Usually only one per company, although we do have clashes of type of business – mostly in the skincare ranges.

    It a great morning and we all enjoy sharing the highs and lows of small business.

    Occasionally I have bought people’s products even though I have no interest in joining their business. So offline meetings can be good for prospecting for product sales as well as distributors.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

  5. Jonna Lindawan
    Jonna Lindawan
    November 11, 2016 at 10:29 am

    This is great! Thank you for sharing MLM marketing.

    • Theresa Lovelace
      Theresa Lovelace
      November 11, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you, Jonna. So glad you got some value. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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