I’m enthusiastic about the products and the results I’ve experienced

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Connie Johnson | Founder & Executive Director

I began my journey with Apriori Beauty in February of 2009 when I made the decision to support the concept of developing pure, safe skincare by becoming a founding member. It was then that I made the commitment to support Apriori Beauty and am every bit as dedicated today as I was six years ago.

Apriori Beauty offers the opportunity of using and loving the products and also sharing them. That is exactly what I do every day and is the reason behind my thriving business success. I’m enthusiastic about the products and the results I’ve experienced. When I share with new people, they’re not always listening to the words coming out of my mouth but rather looking at my face as my skin is proof that these products work. I’ll be 67 this coming January and if you ask me I look and feel years younger and it’s all due to Apriori Beauty. This has definitely been a benefit when introducing Apriori Beauty. When people see that you are the walking example of what our products can do for you, they want to know more. Know that being a walking advertisement for your business doesn’t just pertain to your skin and appearance. Attitude is everything. People aren’t naive – they can tell when you’re trying to “sell” something and are likely to shut down to anything you’re saying. Passion speaks louder than words and it helps that I exude happiness whenever I talk about Apriori Beauty. Others hear the enthusiasm in my voice as I relay how the products have changed the way I look and feel. Their excitement only grows and soon they’re intrigued when they hear about the successful business I’ve created simply by using, loving, and sharing these incredible products. They also notice how I’m able to put God and my family first and still be able to run a profitable business. How many people are able to make a sustainable income by sharing products they genuinely use and love? It’s rare, trust me.

I have been able to persevere my business through various obstacles in my life. Right after becoming a Founder with Apriori Beauty, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then, I’ve had numerous surgeries, yet my business continues to remain strong. There were times where I was on bed rest or my energy was at extreme low, but it never stopped me from sharing Apriori Beauty. Whether it was a phone call, text message, or email, this business has given me the flexibility to work it from anywhere (including a hospital bed!) and prove to myself that nothing can keep me or my business down. Regardless of the health situations I’ve been faced with, I’ve remained positive and passionate throughout. People notice when you are passionate about what you believe in and represent, which has been the core reason for my business’ growth and ability to remain strong.

You may hear me talk about passion quite frequently and that’s because it plays a fundamental role in my business. Passionate and positive people attract others. People hear and see us and want to know what we’re doing that’s making us so happy. As Apriori Beauty Consultants, we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share with others. If you reach out and introduce Apriori Beauty to like-minded people, you’re likely to build a stable business full of Consultants who are just as excited and eager about the business as you are. Apriori Beauty has become an avenue for men and women to achieve their dreams and obtain success. This has motivated me in working my business, whether I’m obtaining retail sales or introducing the business opportunity to potential Consultants. This Company has not only brought me healthy skin and financial success, it’s also connected (and re-connected) me with friends who have been supportive in so many ways. I love my Apriori Beauty Team; they Make Life Beautiful.

Right Now Retailer – Elizabeth Contreras

Recognizing outstanding retailing results!

ElizabethContrerasElizabeth Contreras | Sr. Consultant from California
Joined: August 2013
Personal Clients: 32
Top 5 Weekly Retailer: 2 times
Top 10 Monthly Retailer: July 2015

My journey with Apriori Beauty began in 2013 when I was a Business Consultant. I was at a networking event when I met one of the most beautiful woman I’ve ever come across before. Her name was Jami Taguchi and she was presenting Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Derma Firm Illuminator. After years of being involved in the holistic health care industry, I knew the use of the ultra-sound was an effective anti-aging device that held no competition. We became friends and I was left with an impression of Apriori Beauty. Months later, I decided to become an Apriori Beauty Consultant with only having used the samples Jami had given me. I loved the natural skincare, saw the results first-hand in Jami, and knew being a Consultant would impact my life somehow. I was going through a difficult time and kept feeling as if God was telling me to call Jami and sign up as a Consultant. So, I listened and reached out to Jami. I was upfront with Jami and told her how I felt compelled to become a Consultant. When I mentioned that feeling, she said she had just prayed for leaders to join her team. This was intriguing because I didn’t want to sell another direct sales line, much less another skincare line, yet I knew there was something else meant for me when I became a Consultant. I wasn’t ready to push or follow any other guidance for quite some time. For nearly two years, my business was dormant. I would occasionally give out samples but my follow-up was often inconsistent. Instead of stressing and getting down on myself, I acted in complete faith and friendship.

Fast forward to November of 2014, I became an Esthetician and started a new career as an Independent Contractor at Body Wellness Spa in Orange, California, naming my business Swallowtail Skin Therapies, which is especially symbolic for me. Whether I’m giving facials or body treatments, I’m always introducing my spa clients to Apriori Beauty, with my favorites being the Celloxylin® Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub and Lifeoxylin® Cellular Defense Elixir. I’ve worked with numerous cosmetic lines and there is nothing as effective and reasonably priced as Apriori Beauty. I take each session as an opportunity to educate my clients on the benefits Apriori Beauty holds for their skin and health. For example, when speaking about the Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub, I relay to my clients that as sugar releases oxygen, a chemical reaction, the oxygen then kills the bacteria in the skin (i.e. black heads, white heads, and pimples). In addition, the granulated sugar is the perfect size and shape to effectively scrub off layers of dead skin cells, while the enzymes eat away the bacteria from the skin’s surface. Women will pay well over $100 for one exfoliating treatment when they can get three exfoliating treatments in one $38 product that will last them months!

Along with the Micro Scrub, I love recommending the Lifeoxylin® Cellular Defense Elixir because it creates an internal sunscreen. Topical sunscreens (besides the incredible Celloxylin® Day Defense Plus, Broad Spectrum SPF 25) are toxic and not nearly as effective as our skin needs them to be. So many people aren’t aware that topical sunscreens are toxic and must be reapplied every two hours for maximum effectiveness. As an Esthetician who sees the dangerous effects of skin damage on a daily basis, I’m constantly educating my clients on quick and simple ways they can prevent it. Here in Southern California, we’re constantly doing activities outside in the sun, exposing our skin to the harsh UVA and UVB rays. My clients (which consist of runners, cyclists, surfers, and moms who spend a lot of time outside playing with their kids), may be healthy internally, but the effects from the sun are harming their skin. I see excessive dark spots, premature fine lines, and dried skin lacking hydration. Just by drinking 1 ounce of the Cellular Defense Elixir daily, these skin issues can easily be prevented. We all know it’s no fun stopping a child from playing to reapply sunscreen, which is why I recommend the Elixir. It’s available for the whole family and a beneficial tool that supports a healthy lifestyle while preventing sun damage and possibly skin cancer.

If you asked me how I maintain consistent Client sales, I would tell you it requires consistent conversation. I network my business and set myself apart from other estheticians by being a Holistic Esthetician. I describe my holistic modalities, product lines, and why I chose the less popular holistic route instead of a higher-end brand. After each facial, every spa client of mine is gifted with Apriori Beauty samples and product recommendations for their skin type. I register my facial clients as Apriori Beauty Clients and send them a quick email, relaying again my recommendations and letting them know I’m available if they have any questions. For those who indicate finances are tight, I immediately share Apriori Beauty’s Opportunity, informing them about the rebates they can receive just by purchasing products for themselves. Plus, since the $49 Starter Kit comes with a free Celloxylin® Pure Detox, Purifying Masque (retail value of $44), I mention all the benefits the masque can provide for their skin. They’re not only treating their skin to safe and effective products, but they’re also staying within their budget too!

These are the actions I take as a business owner, but know that there is no perfect method for growing your business. As long as your intention is clear, you can find a hundred ways to make it happen. Some months I have more facial clients and fewer sales. Other months, I receive commission only on my own purchases, and sometimes I have great sales and fewer clients. Every month is different. Regardless, retailing offers so many benefits to my esthetic practice. Clients are available to listen and are open to sampling products because they’ve seen the results from our spa sessions. Layering the conversation, staying consistent with my services, and providing recommendations have all contributed to my successful clientele base. And, letting God be God has taken a lot of pressure off of me. Pressure can hinder sales, Clients, and financial goals. I’m able to do my part in sharing and taking responsibility for my business, and letting God do the rest. As I’m continuously transforming as a person and business owner, my Apriori Beauty business is always ever changing and thriving because that’s my intention. As you intend it, you will create it.

Right Now Retailer – Susan Shaheen

Recognizing outstanding retailing results!

SusanShaheenSusan Shaheen | Platinum Director from South Carolina
Joined: February 2011
Personal Clients: 983
Top 5 Weekly Retailer: 16 times
Top 10 Monthly Retailer: 13 times

When I discovered Apriori Beauty, I had already been in skincare direct sales for many years and wasn’t looking to “start” a new business all over again. I was in the beginning process of building a career in real estate and was only interested in finding a new antiaging skincare line that worked. As the saying goes, “never say never” because after seeing the glowing difference in my skin right after sampling the products, I couldn’t keep quiet about this new skincare line – I had to share it with everyone I knew. Plus, with its rewarding business model, I knew there was no going back, I was going to be an Apriori Beauty Independent Consultant.

In order to successfully retail, you need clients. One common question I often hear is “how do I get clients?” One successful way to get out there and meet new people is networking. I attend as many networking and community events that I can get to. I joined a local BNI (Business Network International) group and even formed a Meetup.com group for women in business, where we meet monthly for lunch and networking. STP! As in “See the People” is important because you want to build a rapport with someone and gain their trust before introducing the products. When I first meet someone, I ask them what they do and inquire about how I can help them with their business. I invite them to other network marketing events and set up a time to meet for coffee where we can discusses our businesses (whether they be a realtor, an attorney, account, teacher, etc.) and ask to get their opinion on mine. Note, I don’t ask them to sample a product, instead I say, “Here is what I do, I’d love for you try out the products and let me know what you think.” Then I pull out a few different products and we discuss what they like, didn’t like, and more often than not, it can lead to a sale, right there in the coffee shop. If they don’t end up placing an order, I hand them a few samples to take home and try out. I never leave a coffee date without asking for referrals. Whether they’re interested in the products or not, it never hurts to ask if they know of anyone who is in the market for a new safe and effective antiaging skincare. The worst they can say is “no.”

It’s crucial you take advantage of the time you have with your perspective client and keep their excitement for the products going. Because it’s so easy for that excitement to fade once they go home, I make it a point to ask them if they’d be interested in inviting a few friends over to experience the products (aka a Beauty Bar). I quickly explain my hostess plan: each hosts receives a free Celloxylin® Pure Detox, Purifying Masque or an Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub, and if they purchase right now (while we’re setting a date), they can purchase the $145 Celloxylin® “In the Bag” set for only $116! Who doesn’t love saving 20%? Since I always carry an “In the Bag” set with me, she’s able to take home her new products that day and we have a Beauty Bar date set. It’s a win-win for everyone. Beauty Bars are beneficial for not only earning higher commissions, but for also gaining new clients. You have access to several prospective clients at once and if each person refers one friend, that’s double the new clients you have from only one event.

I may be a business builder, but I’m a retailer first. I love the right now money and getting paid weekly on my Apriori Beauty Visa card. Plus, happy and consistent clients often turn out to be incredible Consultants on my team, who go on to be successful retailers and business builders themselves.

Power Builder – Kathleen DeRango

Recognizing strong Team Leaders who have embraced the power of team building

KathyDeRango_2014Kathleen DeRango | Executive Director from Illinois
Joined: May 2011
Total Downline: 29
Front Line Consultants: 12

The less time you have to devote to your business, the smarter you have to be with that time.

I love a good challenge. Several years ago, my youngest daughter decided she wanted to take up Taekwondo. As I was sitting on the bench watching her during class, all I could think about was how I’d rather be out there on the mat instead of sitting on the sideline with the other moms. I didn’t just want to sit in a chair, so I decided to sign-up because I knew it would be a great workout. I wasn’t expecting to, but I quickly became addicted to Taekwondo, and even kept attending after my daughter lost interest. It took me about three years, but in December of 2008, I became a black belt in Taekwondo. It’s an extremely high honor to be presented a black belt. A ceremony is held in which the Grand Master presents you with the belt and takes a few moments to speak about your journey to this place. I’ll never forget what the Grand Master said about me: “When I first met Kathy, I thought she was such a girly-girl. And she is, but she’s a girly-girl who never gives up.” This comment still sticks with me today. He was right, I don’t give up. Earning that black belt took perseverance, self-control, and discipline. So, if I could practice such determination and strength in one area, why couldn’t I do it in every other area of my life? It took a lot of work to reach the ultimate goal of black belt, and quitting was never something my brain ever contemplated. That perseverance has transferred into many areas of my life, including my Apriori Beauty business. Why not reach the top of Apriori Beauty and promote to Platinum Director? There isn’t anything the Silver, Gold, and Platinum Directors are doing that the rest of us aren’t doing – they’re just doing it more.

Anyone can promote to Executive Director at Apriori Beauty and be where I’m at; it’s not an exclusive club. If you truly want to grow your business, it’s going to require your time, dedication, and most importantly, consistency. You can be successful with Apriori Beauty while working a full-time job and being a committed wife and/or mother, but you have to consistently make your business a priority. Let’s say your schedule permits you to dedicate only one hour, three days a week, to your business. That’s great, but never let those three days go by without working your Apriori Beauty business. Since you only have that one hour, you need to be spending that hour doing right-now, money-making activities. The less time you have to devote to your business, the smarter you have to be with that time. Don’t spend it organizing files. Instead, go out and share. Work on obtaining Clients and Consultants. And whatever you do, always ask yourself, “is this conducive to increasing my business right now?” People with outside obligations can have a successful Apriori Beauty business, your time spent on your business will just look differently than others.

If I want to maximize my paycheck (who doesn’t?), then it’s essential that I’m a business builder and set the example for my team. This means working closely with my Consultants and helping them meet their goals. I call and follow-up with them, send texts, and even distribute a monthly email blast touching base with my team and highlighting specifics from Apriori Beauty’s Consultant Newsletter. This past November, I put the word out to my entire team and asked who wanted to step up and join me in pushing beyond our normal comfort zones, and really focus on building larger and stronger businesses this year. In my case, that means pushing to promote at least two more levels this year. That’s a huge commitment to put out there. Those Consultants on my team who decided to make the commitment, are part of my “Building in 2015” challenge. I do monthly “Thinking BIG” calls where we have guest speakers and focus on training and tips to build our businesses. We hold challenges and I always make sure I have prizes to motivate those who achieve what they set out to do. The key is, your Consultants have to want it – you can’t force them to work and build their business if that’s not a priority of theirs. I make sure that whatever we’re doing, we’re staying informed and focused, setting goals, pushing past our limits, getting recognition, and have a goodtime while doing it. Have fun is a very important part of this business.

The more my business builds and I grow at Apriori Beauty, the more I want to expand and help other Consultants, regardless if they’re on my team or not. The success of Apriori Beauty is based on the ability of all us Consultants. I look at Leadership in Apriori Beauty as a vehicle to help others and encourage fellow Consultants to push past their comfort zones and accomplish what they once imagined “impossible.” The beauty of this Company is that we can all rise to the top and maximize our success – it’s just a question of if you’re willing to get a little dirty and rise to the occasion.

Right Now Retailer – Julia Cantu

Recognizing outstanding retailing results!

jcJulia Cantu | Consultant from California
Joined: May 2012
Personal Clients: 48
Top 5 Weekly Retailer: July and October 2014
Top 10 Monthly Retailer: July 2014

When I was first was introduced to Apriori Beauty, I became instantly aware of how extraordinary the products were due to my prior knowledge and experience of working with skincare in retail. Just one look at the ingredients and I knew I had to start using it! I don’t believe in sacrificing health for beauty, and Apriori Beauty’s commitment to being safe was impressive. Soon after, I was invited to a Consultant Training held at the corporate office, where I met co-owners Susan Twellman and Elizabeth Vervynck…I signed up that day. Despite having no experience in network marketing, I jumped right in because I fell in love with the company. For me, that is the key to success: love the products, and everything else will fall into place.

It took some time for me to build my business because I needed to find potential Clients beyond my circle of friends and family. I became active in networking groups, which helped me build relationships with new people and expand my network. I learned that once people consistently saw and got to know me, they began to trust me, and curiosity in the products soon followed. After Apriori Beauty’s annual “Making Life Beautiful” Consultant conference in 2013, I was energized and ready to host my first Beauty Bar. It was a huge success because it allowed my guests to have fun and learn about the products in a relaxed environment. Instead of guests feeling pressured to purchase products, they were encouraged to sit back, learn about the products, and enjoy themselves. If you have the opportunity to host a Beauty Bar, whether that includes one person or ten guests, I highly recommend you do it because it’s what took my business to the next level.

With my business in a solid state, I find there is a never ending list of people who I feel confident I can talk about Apriori Beauty with. I always ask a lot of questions before I begin showing the products, such as their skin type and needs. This helps me tailor the presentation to what will help the Client most, and then I begin to share my story. I provide tips based on what they need and share how to use the products in order to get the maximum benefit. I love my Apriori Beauty business. I love my Clients. And, I love the referrals my wonderful Clients send my way. Apriori Beauty has opened so many doors for me, not only professionally but personally as well. Retailing has helped put me in touch with so many different women with skin issues. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to help them look and feel amazing!

Power Builder – Carolyn Glade

C.Glade_2014MARCH 2014  |  POWER BUILDER

Recognizing strong Team Leaders who have embraced the power of team building

Carolyn Glade | Manager from Arizona
Joined: April 2009
Total Downline: 36 – 3 Levels Deep
Front Line Consultants: 14

“A cookie-cutter approach to this business wouldn’t be rewarding.”

I love having a business that can be customized to anyone’s needs and lifestyle.  I was raised in rural Nebraska and appreciate the value of community I learned from being a small town girl.  When I joined Apriori Beauty as an Independent Consultant, I had just moved to Arizona and knew only one person in the state.  I learned I couldn’t build the business I wanted by picking up the phone and blindly making cold calls – I tried that.  Instead, I found several local organizations and became involved in my new community by attending meetings, volunteering, and even hosting events.  What happened first was friends were made, not just business leads.  Apriori Beauty may have been the motivation for joining several groups, but I am happy to say that quickly changed.  Friends supported my business early on with Client and business referrals and I did the same for their business.  My Apriori Beauty team was soon quickly growing.

The more experienced I became at networking, the more I saw that people were attending networking events in hopes of gaining new business right then and there; however, that’s rarely the case.  Rather than going in with the intention of conducting business at the event, the goal should be to meet two or three new people and spend your time getting to know them.  Make it a point to establish a reason to follow-up, and make sure you have their contact information so you can begin the relationship.  Any future business will probably come from a referral – someone they know who might love our products or business opportunity. I encourage everyone to get off the computer, go outside and into the real world, and act on the chances presented to meet new people.  This business will challenge, push and stretch you.  Embrace that and you will see your Apriori Beauty business develop.

It is important to remember there is a balance to what we do: helping people address their skin concerns while discussing the business opportunity when there is interest.  Apriori Beauty has raised the bar in the network marketing industry.  This is not a Company based on high-pressure pitches where only a few individuals have a true opportunity to create personal success.  Apriori Beauty’s Owners Susan Twellman and Elizabeth Vervynck have created a unique and healthy product line, and have paired it with a business model and compensation plan that supports everyone.  My team focuses on training to the $300-$500 a month additional income.  It’s realistic and an achievable amount to earn within just the first two levels of the Compensation Plan. If someone is interested in building a larger business, it can be attained from just increasing the same activity it takes to reach the $300-$500 goal.

I’m having a blast!  The products are warmly received and the results make Clients very happy!  I love working with my team and seeing their confidence grow as they build their business.  I am so fortunate to count the founders of Apriori Beauty as personal friends whose strong commitment and passion for helping so many individuals is something I greatly respect and admire.