Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Motivate your direct sales team through communication

    from Steve Martin's LA Story

Do you have a direct sales team working with you? Perhaps this will help.

Motivate Your Team Through Communication

It's almost impossible to build a successful direct sales team without communicating with your team members. Communication is key to building a good team of sales consultants who are motivated to build their own businesses, and who will build yours by doing so.

There are three aspects to communication that every team builder should recognize and use if they want to build and motivate their team:

1) Commitment to communicate

For the best results when you begin building a group of quality team members, you need to determine that you will communicate with your team on a regular basis. Once you've made that commitment, make it a part of your daily routine.

Jot down notes to yourself on your planner or set up an automated system on your computer so you will remember to send out birthday or anniversary cards to team members. Call your consultants to congratulate them on their first party, sales goal, recruit, or any other important milestone.

Email your entire team every morning. You can send success quotes, motivational thoughts, contest news, or deadline reminders. It doesn't have to be long, but the idea is to stay in touch so your team knows you're available and are committed to communicating with them.

2) Communicate clearly

If your communications are hard to understand, poorly written, sloppy or simply disorganized, they won't be nearly effective as clear, concise communication with your team.

Keep your sentences short when writing. Use spelling and grammar checkers. And proofread your writing before sending it out. These simple task will take only minutes, but will pay off greatly in building rapport with your team. If writing and grammar are not your strong points, enlist the help of a proof reader.

Team members need to know that you have valuable information to share with them, and that you can help them succeed. This is much simpler when you can express yourself well and communicate your message clearly, whether on the phone or in writing.

3) Communicate consistently

Consistent communication might be the most important aspect of building a good team. Even poorly written communication is better than no communication at all. Never let your team feel you just signed them on and forgot about them. Communicate with them on a regular basis for the best results. Never let the words “sorry I've been out of touch lately” ever be said by you!

Consistent communication might include a weekly newsletter, a blog that is updated regularly, note cards, text messages, email updates, telephone calls, or anything else you can use to encourage team members and let them know how important they are to you, as well as how much you appreciate them.

Communication truly is key if you want to build a successful sales team. In today's age of speedy emails and texting, there is no reason not to communicate with your team on a regular basis. Doing so will motivate them to build their own businesses, which will build yours as well.

Greg Cryns
Work At Home Profiles  - an inexpensive direct sales club - Join Us!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Quality Website Content is Back

The Death and Resurrection of Quality Content
Copyright (c) 2011 Bill Platt
the Phantom Writers

No matter where you go online, you are bound to find someone
complaining about the quality of content available online. When
we want to find information that answers our questions for us,
the last thing we want to do is to land on a MFA (Made For
Adsense) website with questionable content. And yet, many of the
people who complain about this state of affairs also contribute
to the problem.

Believe it or not, you have the ability to become part of the
solution, rather than to continue being part of the problem. Keep
reading to learn how...

As the people who create the content that the world consumes,
through the World Wide Web, we are in a very unique position. We
have the power to change the future of the Internet... We have
the power to change the world for the better...

We have the power to turn the Internet into something our
children and grandchildren could value...

People who do not market goods and services online wonder why the
Internet has become a cesspool or irrelevant and badly written
content... They wonder why the information they find online is
littered with so much junk and garbage... They wonder why
marketers are willing to ruin the Internet in a quest to make a
few extra dollars...

Google, more than any other website, understands the battle that
they must win... They must devise systems that will conquer and
destroy the wealth of junk content online... It is a battle that
that Google must win, in order to ensure the longevity of its
value in the marketplace...

Over the last year, Bing has been eating into Google's market
share, in its effort to capture more eyeballs and more
advertising dollars...

The wizards behind the curtain at Google understand that Google
needs to change to survive. They know that Bing is winning market
share, because Google's search results are littered with a vast
empire of junk content, masquerading as quality content.
Information consumers have begun to take notice the heaps of junk
in Google's search results... And they are starting to notice in
large numbers...

Google must adapt or die...

As a result, Google is becoming somewhat more aggressive to weed
out the kinds of content that people are afraid that they cannot

There are still vast opportunities for marketers to take
advantage of Google, in order to convince Google's search
algorithms that a filthy, stinking piece of dog poo is good
quality content... So if this has been your business model until
now, you will still have opportunities to play that game into the

But the reality is that the dog poo method of creating content
for the Internet is one that can only promise short-term gains...
Up until Google figures out how to recognize the dog poo on the

As online marketers, we are in a unique position of power... If
we are willing to make a commitment to raise the bar on the
quality of content we provide to the global community, we can
start cleaning up our own corner of the Internet, one day at a

And if we are willing to make a commitment to better quality
information, we can ensure a more long-term viability for our
online businesses, because our content will be at a level where
Google does not feel a need to whack our brand of Internet

When the Google Spam Team looks out on the vastness of the
Internet and sees our content as an example of the kind of
Internet they want to endorse, we will find Google technicians
making a commitment not to cleanse our websites from its search

As web content creators, we have the power to raise the bar... We
have the power to create the kind of content that our children
and grandchildren will be happy to share with their

We have the power through the words that we choose to improve the
quality of the Internet, and to make it a community more people
are happy to participate...

We have the power, and our power begins with a simple idea:

If we make a commitment to using less automation and investing
more personal time into our topics, with more regard for building
an audience and less focus on trying to snatch another link, then
we could position ourselves to ride the wave of great content to
personal financial success...

Yes, it really is that easy...

We only need to make a decision to do the right thing, lead by
example, and take action to bring the dream to life...

This simple guide will teach you how to create good-quality,
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Greg Cryns

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