Thursday, April 9, 2009

Network Marketing | Atlantic Edge

Network Marketing and the Atlantic Edge - Fargoes, are related how?

It’s Good Friday, 10 April 2009, raining here in the Tropics of Australia, Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. My teenage boys have commandeered the computers – as they do – my darling husband is playing computer games on his, so I resorted to my much loved job of IRONING.

To make the time pass quicker I turned on the telly, watched this great half hour programme Atlantic Edge - Faroes, a documentary about Adam Nicolson, who sails the west coast of the British Isles from the Isles of Scilly through the Hebrides and beyond Orkney.

So, how does this relate to Network Marketing? Quite easily actually, Adam mortgaged his house, bought his sailboat The AUK and headed to sea, searching the why and to understand how the people of these inhospitable places survived. Adam had no sea / sailor experience, but like the likes of Henry Ford before him, he employed an experienced man, to sail his boat and to teach him how to sail his boat until he was proficient enough to skipper on his own, his experienced captain then became his crew / mentor in case he needed him.

Network Marketing is the same. Many people spend thousands on purchasing join up fees, advertising, monthly memberships, website fees etc, like Adam they don’t have any experience; they are hoping their upline Coach/Mentor will help, teach and train them. Unfortunately, there are a huge number of companies that once they have your money they want nothing more to do with you, or they just don’t have the training available within their system to help you in the way you need.

To do well in this industry you need to align yourself with a team of people that will coach, mentor and teach you, so you can learn the ‘ropes’ of marketing, advertising, branding yourself and teaching/coaching/mentoring you so that you can steer yourself through this ‘ocean’ until such time that you can skipper your own craft.

Adam, with no experience went out and did this. He had lots of pitfalls on the way – the most exhausting and awful for him was combating sea sickness. Network Marketing is the same – there are a few pitfalls to negotiate;
  1. Are you going to be a part-time networker? If so, how will you be paid?
  2. On-going support and training from beginning through to success and beyond?
  3. What are you marketing? Is it reasonably priced? Are you sure it's not a scam or pryamid scheme?
  4. Company management – do they have personal experience building their networking organisation and have they done it with Integrity?
  5. Have they passed the "early failure" Time Line, are they still growing and are the company's Products timed with the beginning of a massive trend of consumer demand?
I would recommend that prospective network marketers and current frustrated networkers develop a 'network marketing edge' and consider this to be part of your ‘due diligence’, before signing along the dotted line of the company’s agreement and handing over your credit card.

I'm here to help
Julie McClelland


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Melissa said...

This kind of marketing is not for me, but I know many people have been successful with it. Have a great weekend.

Femmepower said...

i admire you for your big heart to help other people. i have tried MLM once but when i struggled, i chose to quit. i don't think it's my cup of tea. i have friends though who have made millions of pesos from MLM by being persistent and resilient to objections. they were the reasons why i gave it a shot. unfortunately i wasn't good at it.

Julie McClelland said...

Femmepower, thank you for your honesty. Unfortunately I wish your story wasn't the 'norm'. What I have learned in this business, working with the people that I do - we are perfect just the way we are and it's not our fault that we haven't been successful. The problem lies with the company that these people joined. They didn't have in place appropriate support, training, compensation plans etc in place to help people succeed.

Should you ever change your mind again, just send me an email - I'm here to help.

Cheers :-)

donniednorton said...

Great post Julie, I love the "word pictures" Keep it up

Anonymous said...

What a meaningful message. I know there are a lot of people out there that want to succeed, but just don't know what to do. Julie, can certainly help you if you are one of these people, plug into what she has to offer and you'll be amazed. Thanks for all you do Julie!

Your friend for life.

Leroy Whitekiller

Betty said...

Love your blog - such a great story to show how Mentoring For Free can make the difference between failure and success.

EddieGarcia said...

Wonderful comparison between this sailor and the newbie just starting out in this great industry. It is a crying shame that the people that fail seem to blame themselves. It is not their fault that they didn't get the promised training. A Mastermind group is a necessity if success is to be had in network marketing/MLM.

Friends 4 Life!

Jessica Prince said...

It saddens me to hear of people who have given up on this wonderful thing we call MLM. Melissa and Femmepower, you need to look at what Julie's got, it will give you HOPE again. I know exactly how you feel because I was once right there with you!

Ashley said...


Your honesty and love always shines through. I know that you have and will continue to inspire other to greatness. Keep plugging away and your ship will soon sail the mighty ocean to see the most majestic sunrise.

Live Limitless,
Ashley Bolivar

betchai said...

I am not very familiar with network marketing, I know others are very successful with this, however, I know I am not good in marketing :(

nikhil said...

well marketin' this way can be a great boon for some.....but for some its not that great.....

jus' depends upon the representation .....

Mark said...

You bring up excellent points, Julie. You've given me a lot to think about. Thanks!

- Mark McCaslin

Bill Tessore said...

Hi Julie,

I've been in MLM for 20 + years & noticed one common problem: everyone starts with no skills, as with the man in your story, & about 95% are told to "sink or swim" with what little they know. No wonder so many are convinced they "can't succeed in MLM", or "MLM is not for them". Heck, without the skills no one can succeed at anything. Keep beating the drum!

I appreciate you,

Bill Tessore