That is a crazy question but I ask it because so many people are fearful of network marketing. This fear happens on both sides of the equation. If you are the person in an MLM business, you are afraid to talk to your friends or family about your products. If you are the friends or family, you run when someone mentions a network marketing product to you.
Why is that? Network marketing has gotten such a bad rap over the years and yet it remains the only industry that produces more millionaires than any other in the world!
It’s the only business model where any person can succeed if they want to. Yet, people are “fearful of network marketing”.
In this article, I will explain why this is ridiculous and show you that everyone is a network marketer, even if they don’t have a business.
Video – MLM Success: How to Overcome Fear
Are You Fearful of Network Marketing and Failing Miserably?
Every person does network marketing every day. What is it really? It’s relationship marketing or word or mouth marketing. Here’s an example. I was having dinner with my Dad last night when I got a text from my hairdresser, Melissa.
She knows how much I love Lucky Brand clothes and she sent me a text to let me know they were having a one day sale at the store! Her text had some urgency to it. So guess what I did? After dinner, I went to my favorite store and got some great clothes.
Let’s look at this situation. Melissa told me, her client and friend, about some great clothes on sale. I went and purchased lots of them. Did Melissa make money? NO WAY! Did the store make money? Absolutely. Am I happy? YES!
Melissa did exactly what you should be doing in your network marketing business. That is, sharing information about high quality products with your friends and family. Only she did not get paid and you will. So why are you fearful of network marketing?
Here’s another example. Look at your Facebook newsfeed. All day long people are posting links and recommendations about their favorite products. They are even providing testimonials! Sound familiar?
Get this book, do this fitness program, drink that health shake, get that handbag, try this food, check out this blender, use this skin care, and so on. You get the idea.
They recommend stuff every day to Facebook friends and family. Now, if I take their recommendation and buy the item, do they make money? NO!
So I ask you, why are people so comfortable recommending and even pushing products that they make NO income from, but are uncomfortable recommending a great product where they can earn extra money?
Why are people so comfortable buying stuff on a recommendation when they know the person does not get paid but if they know the person will make money, they won’t do it?
Can you see why I am so confused?
Mark Walden says
Great post Lisa! Everything in life revolves around sales to an extent. Once people realize this as your article illustrates, the fear should be gone. Something else that may help others with their network marketing business is understanding that while facts tell, STORIES sell. I make a living telling a story every night as a broadcast meteorologist. However if you look at the most successful people in any industry they are usually excellent story tellers. I hope I didn’t get too long winded, but I really appreciate your blog Lisa and wanted to share my thoughts with your audience. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I agree with you – facts tell, stories sell. The person who tells the most stories wins! I look forward to more insights from you.
Your career as a broadcast meteorologist sounds very interesting too! What a unique way to earn a living.
Take care and have a great day 🙂
Joan Harrington says
You are right on with this post! There is definately some confusion like you said when it comes to recommending products that don’t make someone a commission to one that does lol funny how that happens more often than not. Silly thing this FEAR thing is isn’t it? lol
Great post and awesome share!!
Lisa J says
Thanks Joan! It sure is silly especially when thinking about how many people recommed products etc every moment of the day! Thanks for stopping by!
Always enjoy reading your stuff especially since I have just started on a network marketing business.
Lisa J says
Thank you Palesa! So appreciate you stopping by! I wish you much success with your business!
Steve Krivda says
We need to get over ourselves and start helping people
Dereco Cherry says
Nice post Lisa! Network marketing has produced the most millionaires. You are right everyone does network marketing everyday and does not even realize it. They are quick to recommend a product but are not getting paid for it. It’s strange how things work and people think sometime.
Lisa J says
Thanks Dereco! Yes indeed, it is strange how things work!
Love your video! I was so fearful mentioning network marketing in the early days and yet I loved being part of it. Through time, working on myself and learning about our industry, I’m now very proud to be a professional network marketing. You’re so right about everyone doing it already without realizing it.
Lisa J says
Thanks Rosa! I know exactly what you mean. I was fearful as well and it took some time to overcome that. As I look back, I realize that we all recommend stuff everyday to anyone that will listen!
I appreciate your comment!
Best to you and your biz.
Ron Deering says
It’s amazing how readily we will recommend everything else in our lives, but when it comes to Network Marketing we just don’t get it…. great post Lisa… thanks for sharing.
Jenni Ryan says
I think the biggest problem is people’s fear and their insecurity about their own worth. They think they don’t deserve to benefit by sharing something. Too many people are afraid of what others think of them.
Lisa J says
Good point Jenni! Working on our mindset with personal development is one way to help conquer that. Thanks for stopping by!
Great points Lisa … many people have given NM such a bad name over the years … I may have been one of those in the past 😛