Network Marketing are you a professional?

This blog post on being a network marketing professional has been done entirely by using Dragon Dictate.  Dragon Dictate is a piece of dictation software from Nuance software. This is my first attempt at using this software to create a blog post.

Many people enter into the network marketing  profession when they join a Direct Sales company as a distributor.  The majority of people don’t treat this profession as a true profession but more like a hobby. Many Professional People join Network Marketing Companies but do not always treat them like the profession they are from.  As an example a Doctor does not treat his network marketing business the same way as his doctors practice.

3 Categories of People in Network Marketing

In Eric Worre’s book Go Pro 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional he talks about the three types of people who go into direct sales. The posers, the amateurs and the professionals, so which one are you?

The Poser


What is the poser? The Poser is somebody who treats the profession like a lottery ticket. They hope to hit it big with one or two people and when this doesn’t happen they become disgruntled and unhappy with the profession. So if you’re a poser you want to get out of his mode as quick as possible. You are never going to succeed in the direct sales industry on the hopes of one of two prospects turning out to be big meal ticket.

The Amateur

The amateur is one step up from the poser, they focus on several different things, such as luck, timing, positioning and are always looking for some form of shortcut to make their business explode. So let’s look at these four things in a little more detail, firstly let’s look at Luck.

We all want a bit of luck, but running your network marketing business on the basis of luck and finding that big sign-up that is going to change your life is not a good strategy and is definitely not reproducible for others.

The next one on the list is timing, most people when they join a network marketing company become obsessed by timing, are they at the right level, joined early enough, to many other people in the area, did I miss the growth curve, to name  just a few things that people become obsessed about. None of which you are in control of, so why worry about them? Instead you should be focused on what you do have control over and what you can influence about your business.

The third item on my list is position, people become paranoid about that position in the company, are they in the right leg, do I have the right up-line, would I be better somewhere else? Again, once you have joined the company there’s nothing you can do about any of these points other than investing in yourself and become successful.

Finally, the fourth item is looking for that shortcut, you see all those emails and ads on Facebook that say you can make a zillion dollars in 10 minutes by using this wondrous system that prints money for you while you’re asleep. All these tactics end up distracting you from your overall goal of building your business. Like any business to be successful takes time and hard work.

 The Professional

The definition of a professional is “a person who is paid to undertake a specialist set of tasks and to complete them for fee”. To me if you are serious about working in the network marketing industry you want to be a professional as you want to be paid for the work that you do. Eric Worre in his book defined a network marketing professional as “a person who is an expert at the skills required to build a large and successful network marketing organization”

Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers  showed that in  in his research it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to reach the expert level in anything that you do.   So if you are new to network marketing and you spend four hours a day practicing your trade it is going to take you seven years to become an expert in network marketing. Lucky with network marketing you can earn while you learn, but don’t get complacent and stop learning while you are earning.

So to become that professional stop worrying about  luck, timing, position and shortcuts, just focus on gaining the skills you need and practice, practice, practice.  By being the inspiration to others you can help them grow their organizations getting them focus on skills that they need and making sure that they practice, practice, practice.

If  you are going to be serious in network marketing then you need to treat it like any other profession and by being a professional you will find network marketing is a great business to be in. If you stay a poser or an amateur you are going to be miserable and just flip from opportunity to opportunity blaming everybody for your lack of success.

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By Andy Lockhart

I am a marketer and social media consultant passionate about helping people development themselves and their business. I believe everybody has it in them to succeed at their passion regardless if that is through a Direct Sales Opportunity or a brick and mortar business. Either way I love to see people be successful and I like to take the mystery out of the social media and getting discovered on the internet.

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