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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals by Janet Callaway | The Natural Networker

How implementing these 7 habits can make you massively successful.

Best selling author Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold over 15 million copies. He took those same habits and applied them to the network marketing industry.

What I am going to do for you is give you more details on how those habits could work for you in your network marketing business.

Habit 1: Be Proactive. What this means is taking charge of your business. You are 100% responsible for what happens. If your business is not growing as you would like, you need to figure out why it is not growing and then take appropriate action. You may need to talk with more people, improve your skill set, do more 3 way calls or a combination of all of these items.

You do not let circumstances control you; you control them.

You do not blame others; you take 100% responsibility for what happens in your business.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. You must know where you want to go in order to get there. Whether you are planning a trip or building a house, you begin with the end result in mind. Your business is no different. Know what you want to accomplish.

Once you decide how much money you want to make and what you want your life to look like as a result of having that money, you can reverse engineer what you need to do to get there. Decide.

Habit 3: Put First Things First. Your goals and values will determine what goes first. You must focus your attention on those activities that will help you achieve your goal. Do not let yourself be distracted.

Time management is key to success. For most of us, it is all to easy to get caught up in busywork activities. Successful people never confuse mere motion with true action.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Network marketing is a people business; it's a relationship business. It is essential to develop a win-win consciousness or as Stephen Covey says, an “Abundance Mentality.”

Network marketing is a business of mutual success rather than a competition. The more we help others, the more we succeed.

It is my belief that every situation can have a win-win conclusion rather than a win-lose or lose-lose. We may have to invest extra time to find the solution that works for everyone, however, it is well worth the effort.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood. Far too often people are not listening to the person speaking, rather they are formulating their response and waiting to reply. That does not work for building relationships or building a network marketing business.

To understand what the other person is saying, listen to what they are saying, ask questions, seek clarification and rephrase content. The person will appreciate that you are giving them your full attention.

To be understood you need to present your ideas clearly. The more effectively you can paint word pictures or tell a story to illustrate a point, the more effective your communication will be with your listener.

Listening and communication are art forms that need to be developed if we want to build solid relationships.

Habit 6. Synergize. Synergy is defined as the whole being greater than the sum of its parts . To synergize a network marketing business means that the people involved, team members, sideline, company, working together create a synergy of stimulating each other to learn more, do more and be more. Each is feeding off the energy of the others to create more.

At a basic level, synergy means one plus one equals three or more. In network marketing, because of the leverage of duplication, one plus one equals a rapidly growing business and financial independence.

Leader synergize their teams for exponential growth.

Habit 7. Sharpen the Saw. Let's face it, the only person whom you have control of is yourself. Nurture your capabilities, talents ans stretch. You and you alone are the only one who can do this for you. Just as you can't benefit from hiring someone to do your sit-ups for you, you can't hire someone to develop the skills you need.

We need to follow the advice of Abraham Lincoln: “If I had six hours to cut down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the saw.”

Develop, hone, learn, grow and succeed.

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  1. Hello Janet!

    These are great must-do's/must-have's for anyone in business!

    I can understand the need for synergy. I think our marketing efforts needs synergy. Sometimes we go off in various directions, each strategy designed to do its own thing, and our brands end up losing significance that way.

    Great post!

  2. Thx so much for stopping by & commenting, Tia.

    You are right; it doesn't matter what business you are in, it makes a huge difference if you apply these principles.

  3. Hey Janet, love what you list here. The tip about being proactive is golden. No one is out there waiting for us, we have to fight our way to the top (maybe not fight but you know what I mean).

    I get distracted very easy so I hope I can change this habit and become more organized. Thanks so much :)

  4. Brankica, aloha. It seems it is easy for must of us to remember that we are 100% responsible for everything that happens in our lives--the good, the bad and the ugly. It is truly a good news/bad news situation.

    To me, I like knowing I can change things at any time by changing my actions yet by that same token I sure do wish I could put it off on others at certain times.

    Thx so much for stopping by and commenting. Enjoy a wonderful weekend. Aloha. Janet