Remember when you were a kid? You did chores like cleaning your room, sweeping the kitchen floor, or even washing the dishes? You got good at them because you knew your mom would give you a word of praise or even a shiny coin for your great work. You wanted that moment of meritorious approval from mom. What about those assignments you completed and the projects you did in school? One of the reasons you worked so hard on them is because you wanted a good grade but more importantly, you wanted your teacher’s approval. Your work displayed prominently in the classroom was like getting a pat on your back. In each case, that was positive feedback. And it felt good!
As a school administrator, I found this to be true even in the adults I supervised. When given a specific task to complete, whether with their class or administratively, teachers looked for my approval. They worked hard to get it right so I could give them a thumbs up. And the faces of satisfaction on them when they got the thumbs up? Priceless! In life, we are called to do many things and once we commit to doing something, we aim to complete it. We crave the positive feedback we’ll get after it’s completed.
Positive Feedback Is Important To A Network Marketer
As network marketers, we are always strategizing on how to get our service or product in front of people. We know the benefits of what we have to offer and how it can impact people’s lives. So, as part of our daily ritual, we “get it out there”. We get it out there through a variety of marketing strategies like social media, blogging, video and more. But sometimes, we don’t know how effective our efforts will be. We’re not always sure that what we put out there will strike a chord in someone – anyone – reading or viewing it. Personally, I spent quite of bit of time writing and rewriting and revising to make sure what I’m trying to say is what’s actually coming across. This morning someone left a comment and praised my website. Her positive feedback was invaluable to me because it tells me that my website was viewed and my blog posts were read. It tells me that someone found value in what I shared.
Positive feedback has a magical effect on people. Once they get it, they want more of it. It validates them and makes them feel confident enough to do and give more – just like that kid doing his chores or that student completing his assignment or even the teacher putting the finishing touches on her bulletin board so it will be ready for inspection.
It’s important to share your thoughts and comments on fellow networker marketers’ websites, blogs, Facebook posts, You Tube videos and other marketing strategies they have chosen to promote what they have to offer. This, in itself, is a strategy that could lend itself to your own content being viewed and shared as well. The added bonus is that your work is being recognized and given the stamp of approval by your peers. Positive feedback is a great motivator. Don’t use sparingly!
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