1. Know and love your product
Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness – Frank Tyger
If you love what you sell, selling it will come naturally. A sincere enthusiasm is the best tool for getting people interested in you and your product. Sharing your positive experiences about how you use your product can make your business relatable to others. Think about what aspects of your company have the most to offer, and share them often. Let your dedication and sincerity shine through. Your excitement is infectious to those you meet, so share it!
Knowledge is the best tool for keeping people interested in your product and opportunities. With knowledge, you can educate and problem solve accurately and efficiently. Knowing the “ins and outs” of your business will allow you to avoid common pitfalls, and be prepared for any circumstance as well as answer any questions.
2. Know your tools.
Building requires tools and the right tools when wielded knowledgably, can create incredible things. To create your own toolbox, the first step is to research what tools your company offers, and learn how best to utilize them. Ask your leaders about what tools are working for them, and find a way to implement them in your own business. The more you use your tools, the more productive they will be. You will be able to discover which are the most effective for you, and create strategies accordingly.
3. Find your Support system
“It’s amazing how far you are willing to go when someone believes in you.” – Katie Kacvinsky
Developing a solid support system is fundamental to success. Surrounding yourself with supportive people provides you with a cheering squad when you succeed, and someone to cheer when you need it most. In addition, having a support system that understands the challenges and rewards of the direct selling industry can help in a variety of ways. These include:
- Confidence Building
- Inspiration and Brainstorming
- Problem Solving and Receiving Feedback
- Maintaining Perspective
4. Play your strengths, and work on your weak areas
- Identify your strengths: Create a list of your strengths, and explore how each of those strengths can be best utilized in building your business. Ask others what they think your strengths are. Often times, their answer may differ from your own.
- Identify your Weaknesses: Think about the traits that would be beneficial to building your business, specifically ones that you think you could improve upon. Find ways to work on improving those traits.
- Accept all your strengths: Sometimes things that you think are weaknesses are in fact strengths. Some examples are: an introvert is often a better listener and observer; a person who is impatient is more likely to stay motivated; and someone who is perceived as over-talkative can simply be outgoing.
5. Remember that strong leadership is important at every level
“A leader is one that knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” – John C. Maxwell
Communication, Confidence, Commitment, Honesty, Enthusiasm, Positivity, Creativity, and Courage: These are the skills of a leader, but they are also critical for a person growing a direct selling business. Define a clear vision for your business, define your goals, maintain a positive attitude, improve yourself, and learn from your failures. In turn you will serve as a role model to others. The direct selling business model thrives with strong leaders, and honing these traits will not only serve to help you in your business, but will serve others as well.