When you join a multi-level marketing or network marketing company you are generally taking steps to quickly grow your team and your customer base within the first 30 or 45 days. Some companies offer incentives whether it’s payment, earning your kit for free, or other prizes to help motivate you into adding as many new people as you possibly can.
Without formal training on how to do this, many new consultants discover that growing their network leads is difficult and exhausting. Most MLM or network marketing teams have you start off by putting together a list of your 100 closest friends and family. They have you do this by filling out a worksheet that has you go through everyone you’ve ever met and write their name down on your active leads list. This post will help you expand from that initial list and help you grow your list using organic methodologies.
It’s important to remember that to truly grow your list, you need to be consistent and seek out people every day. Some companies suggest you add 2 to 5 people a day. The number isn’t as important as being consistent, even when you don’t feel like doing the work.
Grit, is what separates those that have wild success and those that do not.
Finally, put down the phone. When you are checking your notifications every 5 minutes, you’re taking out valuable time from your day to make the organic connections that are going to help you build your business. Social media is a great tool, but your best tool is your conversation and personality that you share with others in an in-person manner.
Step 1: Be present and aware in your daily activities to grow your social circle
What do I mean by being present and aware? Simply that you interact with others on a personal level. For example, when you go shopping, have a conversation with the cashier that is ringing up your items. Ask them how they are. What’s the best part of their day. If they’re wearing a name tag, address them by name. Be personable, and genuine.
Step 2: Expand your network by creating new ways to meet people
Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people and expand your network. Social groups like book clubs, cooking classes, or arts & crafts groups are great examples of expanding your network and meet new people. If you want to have more business minded individuals, join a mastermind, or the Chamber of Commerce. Where would you find these groups? Meetup.com, Craigslist, checking your local paper for organizations that support your community are different ways you can find groups that are interesting to you. If one isn’t available due to being in a small rural community, consider staring one yourself!
Step 3: Reach out to others by sharing your expertise through events (online and offline)
Here is where you can use social media to expand your network. With Facebook’s LIVE feature, you can share our tips with the people that are already part of your business page. Some ideas on what types of videos you can do:
• Q&A on products, new developments in the company
• Share your favorite products, or demonstrate how to properly use a product or service that your company offers
• Interview your customers that love the products and ask them why they choose to work with you
• Get product reviews from customers
Offline you can create small events in your community with many of the same ideas you use online. You can choose to do more formal events by sharing the product or opportunity, but make sure you personalize the event to fit your audience.
I hope these 3 steps gave you some new and helpful ideas on how to organically grow your network! If you like this post, please leave a comment or share it with others.