Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Time To Connect Is NOW!

When is the right time to make a connection with someone to share with them about your business and/or your products?

When is the right time to make the connection with people who find you through the internet and leads you generate from the Internet? What about just letting the "system" do it all for us?

What's the best time to call and introduce ourselves and make a connection with people?

There's no time like the present! The time to connect with people is always right NOW! Whether it's a lead from your website or someone you meet in town while at the post office, at the grocery store, at your kids sports events, or at your favorite restaurant. At some point you've got to pick up the phone and connect with people if you're going to be in business.

Introduce yourself, share your story and most importantly listen to their story! As you listen to people share their story, find out how you can help them.

Even if someone already has a business they may be happy with at the time, listen to why and make the connection anyway because you never know what will happen. Someday they just might be looking again. When they are they'll most likely connect with you because you took the time to connect with them and showed you cared by keeping in touch and connecting them with others who could help them.

Ask people how you can help them in their business. Who's a good client for them? Be on their side! Let them know you've got their back! Connect with them and they will connect with you!

Automation is great and it only takes this whole process so far to bring you people. Then it's up to you to take the connection a step further. Even with qualified people who actually may sign up right on your website before speaking with you, you're going to have to connect by speaking with them to start building a relationship if you plan to build a solid foundation in your business.

Wouldn’t you rather build your foundation on rock so it will last?

It's so important as you form alliances with people that you connect them to others within your inner circle of business leaders as well. Because the more people you connect together the more solid your business relationships become which will grow your business.

Stop sitting around waiting and wondering when the right time would be to make a connection with someone. You can always come up with a reason why it’s not the “right” time or why “not” to connect with people or even a certain person that you're too nervous to connect with because you feel they are more important than you.

Everyone loves to be connected with even the most important well connected person you may ever meet will want to connect with you! Why? Because they will love connecting you with others they know too! Just ask them for help or advice, you'll see. :)

You may have butterflies in your stomach or you’re feeling nervous, so what? That happens to everyone, even the most seasoned networkers!

There's never a wrong time to make a connection with people. Being nervous is natural. Never let anything stop you from making a connection because making connections with people are priceless when you keep their interest at heart!

Think about it this way, every person you connect with you have an opportunity to change their life in a very positive way! You have a chance to 'give' that person encouragement, hope, friendship and even possibly a partnership. These are all possibilities as you connect with people.

Some say we find the best fruit way out on a limb and you've got to take a risk to get it! I've got a photo of a beautiful beach with a Star Fish framed on my office wall that says 'Reach For The Stars They Are Closer Than You May Think!'.

So if you’ve got butterflies fluttering in your stomach, just jump in and as Nike says 'Just DO IT!' Go ahead and take the plunge! What’s the worse that can happen? By doing so you'll realize you've now become an entrepreneur! Entrepreneurs are always making connections! It’s how we survive!

Stop paralyzing yourself and your business by sitting like the dirt waiting for something to be put into it– pick up your phone or while you're out and about connect with someone! Even if it's just by 'giving' a stranger you see in the grocery store your smile! :) Send someone an uplifting card or email.

Encourage someone today! Give them hope! They are waiting for you to connect with them and to connect you with that special someone you may not have met otherwise!

Sue is an entrepreneur, author and Network Marketing coach who has been making connections online since 1996. She is a full time career earner in her profession and lives at Lake Travis in Austin Texas with her husband and two sons. If you would like to learn how to make better quality connections online and receive free tips, resources, coaching , MLM & online marketing training visit - ->

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Perfect Storm

Copyright © 2008 by Sue Seward. All Rights Reserved.

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Who saw the movie with George Clooney, The Perfect Storm?

I do not mean to be insensitive to the people who went through a storm like Katrina. Believe me I know about hurricanes and storms. We have lived in the coastal area of Texas for eleven years and had to evacuate during Rita!

Let me share with you though that even though that was hard we took advantage of the situation to spend quality time with our family! We had no choice, we were in a car for 19 hours together! It's an event we will never forget! Thanks to the career I have built in Network Marketing my two sons are I are up in Austin now away from storms like hurricane Ike which recently flew through our town wrecking havoc, throwing trees around like toothpicks and shutting down the power for weeks down near Houston!

Now is a perfect time to expose your home based business opportunity to friends, family and everyone you meet because you never know who might be looking for an income producing business to add to their bottom line and you just might have the answer they’ve been searching for which is the perfect storm of opportunity.

Yes, you could hear ‘ no thank’ you. Just think though, in today’s financial crunch you might be surprised to hear a lot more YES’S!

You will never know though unless you expose your home based business to a lot of people before someone else does first.

Think about this too. The next time you are speaking with a friend, family member, lead or potential recruit, don't forget to share the income tax-reduction strategy. I have never met one person who has said they are not looking to save money on their taxes! Just ask people, would you like to save more money on your taxes this year and for the years to come? What would happen if you got sick? What would happen if your spouse got sick and could not work or you had a sick child or parent to care for? What would happen if you lost your job?

Everyone is focused on financial issues. We cannot go anywhere without someone complaining about the economy. Just pick up a copy of AARP!

As direct sales and/or network marketing professionals, we have a solution and it's nothing to be ashamed about. We have a message to deliver to people who are hurting in todays economy. It's like the perfect storm and we are the perfect industry to deliver the message of freedom to help people take back the American dream.

There seem to be more and more people lately over the age of 50 working at Walmart, Target or McDonalds. These people are working part-time jobs or they’ve been downsized, replaced by a younger wiper snapper and many have lost their retirement! Now that's a perfect storm opportunity where we as an industry can help these people get out of that situation.

We have a solution for helping more families improve their financial situation and the current economy (perfect storm) is a terrific reason to start a home business right now.

Were you are now is because of decisions you made 5 years ago, decisions you make right now will determine where you’ll be within the next 5 years. Where do you plan to be? In the same situation or in a place where you’ve achieved your dreams? I know where I plan to be! How about you?

It’s all a matter of choice that each person has to make for themselves. If things are going to change you must change and do it right now while the timing is perfect because no household can survive on two incomes in this day and time, let alone one.

Direct sales/Network Marketing is an income generating solution that will provide two more streams of income into the home without adding another wage earner, or requiring a member of the family to get a second or third job working for Walmart or McDonalds! Use the home based business income tax-reduction strategy as a recruiting tool to get people thinking about their present and long term future.

With a direct sales/network marketing, home party or home based business people will generate income through their compensation plan, as well as through the ability to deduct expenses they are already paying for from their taxes.

The home office deduction is a legal system of deducting part of your home expenses as business expenses. This creates additional cash flow in the home by reducing tax liabilities while generating income through commissions from the marketing company. (Be sure to check with your CPA/Accountant and while you’re at it why not expose them to your business, because you never know until you ask right? Remember be the messenger!)

Are you going to take advantage of the perfect storm or wait until the waves calm down?

Sue Seward is an MLM Online Marketing coach and author who has been making connections online since 1996. She is a full time career earner in Network Marketing and lives at Lake Travis in Austin Texas with her husband and two sons. If you would like to learn how to make better quality connections online and receive free tips, resources, coaching , MLM online marketing training visit -