Team Building Tips

Network Marketing is a people business. So, when you’re ready to build your business beyond yourself, you’ll want to keep these 5, basic team-building tips in mind …

  1. MEET YOUR TEAM WHERE THEY’RE AT

When you’re working with and counting on other, independent people to build and grow your business, things can sometimes get frustrating. To limit those frustrations, you need to manage your expectations, as most frustrations result from unmet expectations.

As a leader, we of course always have high expectations for our team. We want them to be successful. They say they want to be successful. But, their actions don’t always match their words or the goals they say they want to achieve. Save yourself from unnecessary frustration by meeting each person on your team “where they’re at.” Unfortunately, that may not be where you want or need them to be, but it’s where they need to be. Learn to recognize and accept that fact, and you’ll save yourself a ton of unnecessary frustration down the road.

  1. DEDICATE 30 DAYS

Set each new person up for success by dedicating 30-days to helping them learn the ropes. Teach each new person you add to your team the basics for running their business. Be available to answer questions or to jump on a phone call with a prospective new Client or Consultant. Help them with their launch event. Show them how, than let them show you how.

By dedicating time to each new person you add to your team, you’re not only teaching them how to get off to their best start possible, but you are also showing them how to set the people they sponsor up for success too by doing the same with each person they add to their team.

  1. DON’T DO IT FOR THEM

Teach your Consultants how to do their business, but don’t do it for them. You can show them how, but stop at that. Save yourself from the frustration of having someone always relying on you to do what they need to do, by showing them the ropes, then letting them take the reins and running from there.

  1. WORK WITH THOSE WHO WORK

Similarly to #1 above, manage expectations by working closely with those who show you their motivation with action. Actions speak louder than words, so pay attention to what people on your team do, not what they say they are going to do. Work with the people that show that they are motivated to grow with business-building actions, and limit your time and energy away from those who don’t.

  1. HELP YOUR TEAM GROW

You add to your team to grow your business, but the true key to growing your business is to help your team grow … personally and financially. Network marketing is also a people “building” business. Personal development will play a key role in your success. Help those on your team who want to help themselves. Recommend books to read, podcasts to listen to … anything that you think will help someone on your team grow past the things that might be keeping them from reaching their potential. Honesty plays a key role here too. Being honest and open with positive feedback will help your team learn what it takes to become the success they want to be.

Personal growth will lead to business growth, which will lead to financial growth. Helping others achieve their definition of success will inevitably help you achieve yours!

 

 

Power Builder – Lisa Adam

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

L.AdamLisa Adam | Manager from New York
Joined: February 2013
Total Downline: 31
Front Line Consultants: 19

You hold the power to turn things around

It’s amazing how my Apriori Beauty business in January turned out considering how it began. From the first of the month, I was sick for three straight weeks, disabling me from giving attention to my Consultants and Clients. I had goals I planned on accomplishing, but with everything going on, it didn’t look like that was going to be happening. There was a certain point where I decided I wasn’t going to let January go wrong – I couldn’t control my health, but I could control what type of month my business was going to have. It was time to make something good come out of the month. With a week left before the start of February, I started reaching out to people I had given samples to but hadn’t followed-up with. Just by making a few calls and reconnecting with others, I was able to drum up business, gain new Clients (and orders), and turn a sluggish month into a successful one. I needed to have one thing in my life I could control and that one thing was my Apriori Beauty business. I started off January sick and unproductive, and left it healthy and accomplished. It goes to show that no matter what, you can turn things around – even if you have less than 7 days till the close of the month.

I’m a firm believer in launch parties to jumpstart your new Consultant’s business. There’s an excitement that ignites in your business and it spreads awareness to your friends and family. Unless you announce that you’re starting a new endeavor, it’s likely others won’t know about your business. When I did my launch party, it changed the way I looked at myself doing the business. I announced my business, and it forced me to be productive, and get things moving. This party provides the platform for you to not only share with friends, family, and acquaintances about your Apriori Beauty business, but potentially have them share with their friends and acquaintances. I’ve had guests come to parties of mine (as well as my Consultants’) who would have never tried Apriori Beauty unless they were at the party, hearing about the products and sampling them – and now they’re amazing Clients of mine, and some even became Consultants! You may have a huge turnout, you may just have one person. Either way, utilize that outcome to your advantage. If someone isn’t able to attend, reach out and ask if they’d like to meet one-on-one or try a sample. Chances are, they’re curious and want to know about the products. Not everyone has to host a launch party, but if you’re serious about your business, I encourage you to consider it.

I’m a fan of parties, can you tell? In addition to launch parties, I love hosting Beauty Bars. Presenting can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a newer Consultant and don’t know everything about the products; however, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I always tell my Consultants: keep it simple. Whether I’m hosting a party or talking to a friend, I speak from personal experience and reference Apriori Beauty’s product catalog and website when necessary. If you begin rattling off facts, people will zone out. They want to hear the results and what the products can do for them. Yes, there will be people with allergies who are interested in knowing the ingredients. When this situation occurs, I pull out my notebook, which includes a copy of every ingredient and which products they’re located in (courtesy of Apriori Beauty’s Science Center) and we go through the ingredients together. It’s become a major resource of mine and I’ve found that people appreciate that I’m prepared and have an answer for them directly from Apriori Beauty’s website. If we can’t locate that specific ingredient they’re inquiring about, it’s because it’s not found in any Apriori Beauty products (i.e. gluten). When you’re prepared, it adds trust to your relationship with that potential Client/Consultant. Remember, it’s about building relationships. Before a person buys the products or the business, they have to buy you first, and that requires trust.

Twenty-fifteen has already started off great and with Apriori Beauty’s Punta Cana Incentive Trip and the new $49 Starter Kit, my team and I are on fire! Living on the east coast with zero below temps and snow storms, all I can think about is laying on the beach in warm weather and relaxing in the sun with my Apriori sisters. I’m going to Punta Cana in November and I’ve declared I’m going there for free, which means between now and September, my team and I will be working together to grow our businesses and earning our way to that sandy beach. I’ll leave you with one question – where will you be in November?

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.

Apriori Beauty Radio – conversation with Robin Whitney

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AB_Radio_icon2When you open the door to opportunity, endless possibilities arise.  Just ask Robin Whitney, one of Apriori Beauty’s successful Executive Directors from California, whose open door policy has brought Consultants from different downlines together and formed true, authentic relationships.  Whether she’s hosting a brunch or offering a visiting Consultant a place to stay, Robin’s selfless and attentive business practices far exceed your typical entrepreneur’s.  Tune in to Apriori Beauty Radio as Robin shares with Susan Twellman how despite location differences, you can effectively sponsor and mentor Consultants, and why it’s important to be supportive and involved with your team.

To learn more about Apriori Beauty’s products and opportunity, visit www.aprioribeauty.com or www.useloveshare.com today!

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Message from the Heart

ShilaAprioriBeautyQueenEncouraging Your Team to Success

By Sheila Morrison, Sr. Consultant and 2013 Apriori Beauty Queen

“Appreciation is thanking, recognition is seeing, and encouragement is bringing hope for the future” – Unknown

Our message is counterintuitive to the Corporate message you receive daily from your job.

Try this. Go into your job tomorrow, approach your boss, supervisor, manager and say with confidence, “I will have your job by the end of 2014.” Then watch the facial expression on the person you are speaking to.

What did you see? Anger. Disbelief. Agreement. Encouragement.

Each of these will cue you how your commitment is being viewed and whether you are considered able to accomplish this goal.

I can say with almost 100% certainty that you will NOT receive encouragement from this person. You will have instilled fear in that person’s heart and mind, even if there should be none. You see, the corporate world operates on fear. Fear of success, yours versus mine. Fear of rejection, your acceptance over mine. Fear of losing, my job, my position, my salary. Fear of next level up. Fear of the boss. Your boss has a boss. Even the top boss has a boss.

The message that we carry goes against most of the corporate message. We carry a message of encouragement. We admonish faith. Faith in yourself, faith in your chosen Company, faith in the products.

Have you ever been in a stadium or arena watching someone you love competing or playing on a team? Allow me to use football as an example. Each person has a number and/or their last name on the back of their jersey. That helps you identify YOUR person, the one you are there to watch. Once play has begun, it is easy to lose sight of your player in all the melee. Imagine for a moment that after the play is completed, there is an injured player on the field. Other players gather round the injured player lying on the ground and what do you do? The moment gets a little tense because you cannot find YOUR player. You search for your player by number, height, color of jersey, form of body, anything….to assure you that the injured player is someone other than the player you came to watch.

You have been known to cheer your player, encouraging him, even though we know the chances are slim that he can hear you. We know! But, we continue to yell, expending our energy for our player. When he makes a contribution to the game, we will bump the person sitting next to us, smile, and ask, “Did you see that? That’s my son. That’s my daughter.” We are proud!

We notice when the other team picks up momentum and how that affects OUR player and his teammates. The team loses heart and each one walks a little dejectedly to the huddle. What do we do? We yell, “Have faith!” “You can do this. Come on!” We’ve seen the hours of practice. We’ve seen the play in the backyard with whomever would throw the ball hour after hour. We’ve heard the stories, we’ve heard, “The coach says this, and the coach says that.” We’ve observed how the team is maturing. Each play is becoming accustomed to how each player works, how strong each one is mentally, how each one handles setbacks and victories.

There is NEVER success without defeat. Let me repeat that. There is NEVER success without defeat!!! Without failure we would never know how to measure success. When winning comes easily for us, we get accustomed to winning. Then, when the first roadblock shows up and…we get taken back by it. We are being tested. Now what? Quit, slow down, or keep plugging away at our goal. There is always a choice. What the choice is affects us forever! The choice affects us FOREVER!!! Not just today. It affects us tomorrow and all the tomorrows to come.

When our player from the football game loses and comes home after the loss, we can praise him for the part played, the one good play accomplished, pointing out all the good stuff, but the reality remains…his team lost! There is one thing that doesn’t change though, isn’t there? We love that person, the player, and nothing can change that at all!! When the conversation is coming to a close and your player is feeling pretty bad about the results of the game, remind him that you love him, no matter what!! Win or lose, I love you!!!

At your j-o-b where do you find encouragement? Do you have faith in the corporation that owns your company? Are the employees treated with love and respect? Is the love there when failure occurs? Do you feel used at times? The company has a goal. It almost always involves money. A certain percentage of increase over last year’s numbers, whatever it takes to make more. However, the statement about success without defeat isn’t a mantra they like to acknowledge, if at all!

Leading a team with Apriori Beauty, we have to know the message. We have to know that each one of our team members comes with a different mindset and we must be willing to acknowledge that and encourage personal development to help each one on the journey to his/her individual goal. Meanwhile, we experience success along with defeat as we travel together with our teammates.

In the arena of Apriori Beauty, there will be wins and there will be losses; however, our job, yours and mine, will always be to affirm to each person joining this business…have faith! Come on, you can do it! I love you!  This is the message from our heart.

Click here to read more about Sheila Morrison and her fellow Apriori Beauty Queens.

What Makes A Successful Leader?

By Susan Twellman, Co-Owner & Founder of Apriori Beauty, LLC

S.TwellmanThe term “leader” encompasses a broad description with vast and multiple components.  There’s historic and memorable leaders (both good and bad ones), as well as leaders in our personal and every-day lives that will never be mentioned in history or social media.  The fact of the matter is, you’re a leader.  The question is: are you an inefficient or successful leader?

I personally don’t look at myself as a leader, but with 6 kids and several companies, I know I am one.  I mean, I have to be, right?  As a leader, you need PASSION.  You have to care about what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with because if you don’t, it will show, trust me!  How can you expect someone else to follow you if you’re not even enthusiastic about what you’re doing?  I take extremely good care of myself and am very selective about what I put into and on my body.  If I fall in love with a pair of jeans or skincare product (always Apriori Beauty of course!), I share and tell everyone about it.  Take for instance, Apriori Beauty’s motto “Use, Love, Share.”  It’s that simple; if you lead with passion, others will follow.

The next essential component of a successful leader is AUTHENTICITY.  Be who you are and be genuine all the time.  Otherwise, you’ll be scrambling trying to recall which “mask” to wear when confronted with a situation or individual.  Besides, people want to see the real you, not the fake persona you assume they want.  Maybe it’s my personality or the fact I have 6 kids and have no room in my brain to develop several personas, but I can assure you that I am myself 100% of the time.  If I’ve ever talked with you, I’m sure you’ve heard random tidbits and facts about my life.  It’s who I am and because I’m comfortable being myself (do I have a choice?), people know that no matter when or where they see me, they will be speaking with the one and only Susan Twellman.  Not mom Susan or Apriori Susan.  Just Susan.

CREDITABILTIY.  You must, I repeat, must be credible and true to your word.  As a leader, if you say you’re going to do something, do it.  Your success as a leader is dependent upon the trust of others.  If you’re consistently breaking commitments and dropping the ball, your team’s trust in you will quickly vanish.  Here’s where accountability comes into play.  Remember, you’re not alone, especially as a leader.  You have an entire team here, ready and willing to help you if you need it.  Make sure you have someone keeping you accountable, which will in turn maintain you as a credible leader.

We all make mistakes and will continue to do so until the day we die.  We’re human, it’s what we do.  However, as a successful leader, the trick is to LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES.  Go back and analyze the situation(s).  What went wrong?  Could it have been prevented?  What will you do differently the next time you’re presented with this situation?  Utilize the lessons you’ve gained through trial and error and turn them into examples when leading your team.  Your mistakes can prove to be valuable lessons and learning experiences.  The key is to admit your wrong doings and learn from them, not repeat them.

Your business will throw you curve balls, and when it does, your ATTITUDE will either make or break your team.  You can’t control others, but you can control yourself.  Whenever you’re feeling frustrated and reaching your breaking point, focus on maintaining a positive attitude.  The more positive your attitude is, the stronger your confidence will be.  The stronger your confidence is, the stronger your team will be.

The best thing you can do as a leader is GIVE.  Give your time, commitment, knowledge, assistance, guidance, and especially, patience!  Your team will not only appreciate your support, but will also gain and grow from it as well.  At Apriori Beauty, we’re all about sharing and helping one another.  Take for instance, the Facebook group “Team United.”  Every Monday, a different Consultant holds a conference call and shares ideas and tips on how to develop and expand your business.  How cool is that?  It doesn’t have to be “me” against “you” and it isn’t.  We’re all in this together and the more you learn and grow, I do as well.  Another great example, my weekly “Walk the Talk,” which we’re doing right now!  I love sharing and bonding with other women.  We have so many talented and diverse women in this group, who each bring something to the table.  I learn just as much from you as you learn from me.  Again, it’s a win/win situation!

I want to leave you with one last thought.  The most crucial and significant aspect of a successful leader is ETHICS.  As a leader, you will be tested LeadByExamplemore times than you can imagine.  It’s in these instances where your core values and beliefs will determine your actions and ultimately grow or weaken your team.  Some people are under the misconception that they have to sacrifice ethics for success.  Wrong!  Yes, you may lose a Client or even a Consultant over a disagreement, and if you do because you stayed true to your values, then that is what’s best for your team.  At the end of the day, it’s you who has to look in the mirror, no one else.  When confronted with a difficult situation, remember your passion and why you became a leader in the first place.  Seek guidance and support from team members and accountability partners.  And lastly, be yourself and no one else.