My network marketing business reminds me of my years as an elementary school teacher! Remember those days when you were in school? Morning line ups in the yard, plans for the day written out on the board, math, science, social studies classes and more, taking exams to determine mastery, recess, class performances and a whole lot more. Those days may not be as far away a memory for me as they probably are for you. That’s because my 30-year career was in the elementary school and for all those 30 years, that was my life.
A Network Marketing Business and School
I was thinking about when I first became a teacher. It was scary being thrust into the unknown. Although I had gone to college, earned my degree and was graduated, I was clueless as to what to expect in the real public school setting. But when it was time to go in, I went in ready for my “real” education. I might have learned more than the students, now that I think back on those years. And I never would have thought at that time, that I was being prepared for another profession unbeknownst to me.
Network Marketer And Teacher Require The Same Activities
Here are some of the lessons that prepared me for my network marketing business:
- YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your personal life. You have to leave it at the door when it’s time to get to work. My students deserved my 100% and they always got it. In the business, it’s the same. You have to show up every day to complete whatever activities you have scheduled for that day. The only way to advance in your business is by being there and giving it your 100%.
- HAVE A WELL-THOUGHT OUT DAILY PLAN. One of the requirements of every classroom teacher was a clear plan for the day posted in a prominent place in the room. It was a living document that was made public. Everyone knew what was going to happen in my classroom each day. In business, it’s important that you have a plan, written and posted where you can see it. This lets you know what you have planned for each day and keeps you on track.
- IMMERSE YOURSELF IN MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION. With so many challenges in the teaching AND learning, the students, as well as the teacher, needed to be constantly fed a dose of something positive to keep them motivated and inspired. Charts and posters hung on the walls of my classroom to remind everyone that “we can do it.” In business, you have to have the same dose of motivation and inspiration. Vision boards, wake up calls, and daily mindset all serve that purpose. They play an instrumental role in keeping your mind “right” to deal with the many challenges you face as a network marketer.
- ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS. Just like in marketing, a teacher has to connect with her students if she wants to teach them or “deliver the goods”. When there is no connection, you can’t get to first base. Break down the barriers, talk to your customers, connect and build relationships. My students knew a lot about me. They were a big part of the time when I had 14 puppies and when I sang in a gospel choir. Some of them even joined the youth choir I directed. They even knew about my writing children’s books and often tried to give me ideas. Building positive relationships is critical if you are to be successful in network marketing.
- STUDY YOUR PRESENTATION. Teachers have to “know their stuff” if they are to deliver it to their students. When questions arise, they have to be ready to answer them. This only comes about by knowing the material really well. I always anticipated what questions would arise and had a response ready. The same applies in the business. If you’re selling a product or service, you had better know it inside out. People will be watching you and if they see that you’re stumbling or fumbling, they may lose interest.
- END OF DAY REFLECTION. After the day is over, a teacher takes time to reflect on the events of the day. I remember nights going over the day’s lessons, disruptions in the classroom, meetings with parents and other incidences to evaluate and modify, if necessary. Same practice should be part of what a marketer does. Always take time to reflect on the events of the day and see what could have been done better.
Although days in the school system are long gone, being a classroom teacher and assistant principal, has truly prepared me for my network marketing business. During my “training”, I never knew I would use these same skills in my new career as a network marketing professional. These are some of my tips to be successful in business.
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