Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama or McCain?

With the presidential election just around the country, we are asking ourselves who will be the next leader of our country? Who will be the right choice and who will prove to be the best guide into the future?

As a mom, wife, and a network marketing professional, I feel it is my responsibility to design my future. I'm not relying on the next President, the government or anyone else to secure my journey.

By having a plan and taking consistent action each day, we can all blaze a trail for our future.

Have you read Robert Kiyosaki's 'Rich Dad's Prophecy' yet?

If not, do so. It's a must read.

Are you designing your life or are you waiting for someone to do that for you?

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How to build a Network Marketing team

Team stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. As a network marketing coach and trainer, I often here the question, How do you build a Network Marketing team? My answer… being a leader.

Building a team begins with leadership. And people aren’t born leaders, they are developed. Leaders are readers and are students of the business. Did you know the average millionaire reads one book per month? If you want to become a master in the network marketing industry do this for one year. If you want to be “the top dog” do it for the next five years. And never stop learning.

Leaders lead each and every day. They are masters of recognition and blaze the way for others. They face and handle confrontation and never lose their vision. It’s okay to lose focus. We all have done it. But never ever lose your vision.

So how do you become a leader? Declare it! Act like it! Commit to personal development. Your business growth will be a direct reflection of your personal growth.

Develop your leadership skills. Learn to communicate effectively and always remember, it’s not about you. It’s about your prospects and your team members.

Commit to your leaders. Let them know you are committed to their success. Be real, be authentic and be passionate. Learn as much about them as possible. Find out about their family, their concerns, their strengths and weaknesses, their goals, their wants and their commitment.

Remember, partnership is a two way street. Make sure they are committed to their success. And let them know you are committed also. Work with those that are working the business and not just talking about it. Build your business in depth. Get to know those leaders that are further down in your organization. Help your leaders develop a business plan and action plan. Participate in conference calls and in meetings.

Be available to your team. Answer the phone and pick up the phone. Be a constant source of information. Always take the higher road and never complain about your upline.

Make a commitment to yourself and to your team. And never, ever quit!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Three reasons your business isn't growing

Why isn’t your business growing? It’s a good question and one most home business owners face at one point or another. So, let’s take a look at the three reasons that could keep your business from growing to the next level.

1. The marketing for your product or service isn’t clear. Your marketing needs clarity. Can you explain in 30 seconds what it is you do? If it’s hard to explain your business, then your potential partner or customer is going to be clueless too. You won’t sell much or anything or recruit others until you can articulate exactly what you can do for potential partners and customers.

2. Your marketing lacks consistency. Do you have a marketing plan? What about a budget? Do you follow up with customers, prospects, and partners? Developing a marketing plan is key. You must have one and daily actions are required.

3. Is your marketing congruent? What about your VIP customer plan? Do you even have one? Does it all fit together? What about your identity? Do you use the same slogans and sayings on all of your pieces of information? What if Nike decided to use “Get up and go for it” on their next advertising campaign. Doesn’t make much sense does it?

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How do you build a business online?

That’s a great question and one I get often. How do you start? What is your strategy? What kind of business is best for online? Let’s go through these and answer each of them.

For me, building online is about putting myself out there to be found. It’s about handing someone a business card online vs. offline. It’s about building relationships and friendships that eventually lead to partnerships. I’ve detailed my steps at

Feel free to leave your comments and your feedback. If you have any questions, I will answer those too.

Question 2 - What is your strategy?

Business building is about relationships, so I enjoy connecting with others. It’s like going to a party. Just like a party, you have to show up. It’s not about throwing your business on everyone, instead is about getting to know others. One of my favorite methods is social networking. Facebook, Myspace, and Ning are just a few of the social networking communities out there today. Check out my profile at Myspace and let me know what you think. You can get a good idea of how I network online.

If you have a Myspace page, request me as a friend and mention my blog so I know how you found me. I look forward to connecting with you.

Another method I use is writing about things other than business. I create content around things I’m passionate about…… my home town or cooking. This is a great opportunity to meet other people. You never know who you will come into contact with.

Visit my lens about my home town. You might just need to come visit.

You may be wondering….How much time should I devote. I believe with 10 hours per week, you can build a solid online presence and team. Staying focused, committed and taking action is key.

What type of a business is a fit with the Internet? This is a question I also hear frequently. Do you really know how to evaluate a business and what to look for? It’s sometimes difficult for people to move beyond the hype. Look for some great tips here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Magnetic Sponsoring

Are you tired of the old school network marketing techniques? You know the 3 foot rule, hanging flyers, bugging your family and friends, and holding hotel meetings.

Making a list of 100 people is usually one of the first activities you are encouraged to do. When beginning a network marketing business.

And there is nothing wrong with that if this method is how you choose to begin your business. But what about other options? Choices are good. I did write a “business introduction” letter to my family and friends. And to this day, many are still customers. But the fact is, none were interested in the business at all.

So, I knew there had to be a better way to build my business. The more research I did, the more it led me to the Internet and learning how to attract an endless stream of prospects to me.

So, I began to study some of the industry’s leaders and what they did. And that is exactly how I came across Mike Dillard’s Magnetic Sponsoring.

It really changed how I do my business. And the best part, it can help you too.

Watch these videos here and let me know what you think.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What is wrong with Network Marketing?

What is wrong with Network Marketing?

Did that get your attention? I hope so.

My answer - Nothing is wrong with Network Marketing. However, there is plenty wrong with some network marketers. Some don’t tell the truth. Some make empty promises. And some claim you can really get rich over night.

Network Marketing is my career choice and as a professional network marketer, it’s something I take very serious and am very passionate about.

Most people go to college for four years (minimum) to receive a degree to prepare for their future. I know I did. Well, doesn’t it make sense to invest time in your Network Marketing journey also?

Going into Network Marketing I knew I was going to have to study, learn, and be open to learning before I could make a full time income.

Yes, it’s a journey. And one that will have challenges and obstacles along the way.

Network Marketing is an option for anyone looking to commit and stay focused. It won't always be easy. It probably won’t happen quick. But if you commit to pursuing it just like a degree and take it one step further to getting a higher degree, you can have anything you want.

Success in any endeavor does take time and money. The Network Marketing industry isn’t any different. So, know this going into it and tell others the same. My rule of thumb is building a relationship based business without the hype.

Commit to yourself and others. Put your blinders on and take action.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Monday, October 13, 2008

Building your home business on a budget

As a home business owner and coach, I hear the question “How can I build my home business on my budget.” It’s a great question and one that many people need the answer to.

The good news - You can build a business on a budget, even if you have little or no budget. It's important to get the word out quickly to start producing a revenue stream. And once you are, you can begin setting aside a percentage for your business for your advertising, marketing, etc.

Here is my no cost/ low cost suggestions to help you get started.

1. Word of mouth is a great tool. Talk to your friends and family and let them know what you are doing. Ask them for referrals. Lifestyle your business. This means to meet new people as you are going about your daily routine.

2. Hand out Business Cards. Business cards are powerful. Carry them with you always. Stick them in your out going mail. Any time you exchange money, hand them a business card too.

3. Go to trade shows and expos. Trade shows and expos are great events to network. Get to know people, network and begin building relationships with other vendors and with those in attendance.

4. Email signature should be used each time you send an email. Every time you send an email attach a signature that will lead people to your website, blog, etc. People will click on your links and become curious.

5. Watch this video series. There is some great information here. When I first started, I wasn’t’ sure where to start. It gave me some great ideas to begin with.

6. Write articles and press releases. This is such a powerful way to gain exposure and position yourself as an expert in your industry.

7. Join networking groups offline and online. Offline networking groups like chambers of commerce’s are great groups to connect with. You will meet other business oriented people and expand your network of contacts. If you are interested in networking online, there are lots of great social forums available today. The key is to form relationship, don’t pownce your business and company on others.

8. Put a web decal on your car. When driving down the road, people will see your information.

9. Follow up with an auto-responder. An auto-responder is a great tool to have. Design a newsletter, and/or a follow-up series. An auto responder keeps you in front of your prospects for months to follow. Once they opt in, you can provide them valuable information and when the timing is right, they will contact you.

10. Market online. Take your methods online. Get involved in social networks; make a point to meet two new people a day. Build relationships and partnerships will follow.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Monday, October 6, 2008

Is your MLM Business full of results or excuses?

Which do you do you create more of on a daily basis – results or excuses?

When your day doesn’t go right or your business isn’t moving as fast as you want it to, do you blame your company, your partners, or your upline?

Success in this business is up to YOU. Success is a choice. So instead of making excuses, take action. Every step you take and every step you don’t determines your success.

So, stop making excuses, take action and realize you are in control of your future. Your mlm business and your success is up to YOU.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Three keys to Network Marketing Success

Are you struggling in your network marketing business? If so, you could be missing one of the key factors.

So, what are they? What really leads to network marketing success? Good questions.

First and foremost is your personal development. This goes hand in hand with your belief, mindset and a positive attitude. Is your cup half full or half empty? That might sound a little silly, but we are programmed to be filled with negative thoughts vs. positive. It really does take some reprogramming and learning to have a positive mindset.

Always be developing your mind. Your business growth will reflect your personal growth. Ask your mentor for some reading suggestions. Continually feed your mind.

Next, you must have a marketing plan. There are so many ways to put your business out there. Writing articles, blogging, social content sharing, trade shows, and newspaper ads and social networking. Find out which ones are right for you and take consistent action. Put a plan of action into place. How many people are you going to talk to each day? How many follow up phone calls will you make? Commit to it and make it happen.

As you make contacts you will get new team members. Coaching and training in this business is important. Show your new distributors your “roadmap to success” and keep it simple. Teach them the above two steps and how it can be duplicated again and again.

As a Network Marketing coach and trainer, be willing to teach, train, and support your new partners. Network Marketing is really a fun and exciting business. And the best part, if you are willing to commit you really can achieve wild network marketing success.

BELIEVE Success!

Lisa Willard