How to Grow Your MLM Tribe with Relationship Marketing | Coffee, Cards and Conversations Season 2 Episode 1

Coffee, Cards and Conversations, Season 2

Welcome to Season 2 of Coffee, Cards and Conversations!

Season 1 ended in April of 2014 due to a breast cancer diagnosis.  After a short 3.5 year break from filming we are back with seven all new interviews with business professionals sharing how they use greeting cards in their relationship marketing strategy.

A huge thank you to Abegail Navalta with Are U Kidding Me Productions for filming and producing this season of business interviews.

So let’s get on with episode one!

Grow Your MLM Tribe with Relationship Marketing

Jane Summa is a network marketer out of Spring, Texas.  Jane brilliantly uses relationship marketing to create a tribe of friends and business associates around the country.

“I joined my network marketing opportunity at the age of 40 when I realized my husband and I aren’t getting any younger and why was I working a J.O.B. the way I was, and only the owner was benefiting,” explains Jane.

Jane and I had a blast discussing relationship marketing best practices for network marketing, multi-level marketing and direct sales.  You will learn a lot from her wisdom in this interview:

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To learn more about the greeting card and gifting service mentioned in this interview, get back to the person who invited you to watch this video.

Renu Agrawal Shares 3 Lessons from Failure

Renu Agrawal, founder of ReNu Your Life, LLC, is an energy healer and certified holistic health coach.  Renu is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. 

We met several years ago when she visited my Toastmasters group.  Renu only attended one meeting, but we stayed in contact, and over time have developed a very strong friendship.  I very much admire her wit, and her willingness to learn, try new things, and grow.  She is generous, good-natured, and an amazing healer.

Learning from Failure

Renu has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years.  She shares how the Law of Attraction hindered her marketing efforts.


My biggest failure was in marketing when I opened a healing center in Connecticut in 2003 with a friend. We both were really good in our skills as healers but had no idea about marketing. We engaged a PR person, we gave out ads in local magazines (FB and social media were not as commonly used in 2003 – 2008), we participated in wellness fairs, etc. but we couldn’t even break even in 5 years.

What I learned as a result:

1. Stress pushes people away (the more we got desperate the more people didn’t show up)

2. We loved our “business” of healing and helping people but didn’t like sales and marketing. We were beating ourselves up for not being good in sales and marketing – now I know the Law of Attraction was fulfilling what we were thinking all the time.

3. The biggest thing I learned was what “not” to do in sales and marketing 🙂


Your Turn

What about you?  Have you ever failed?  What did you learn?

Glenna Griffin has a travel lifestyle

How to have a Travel Lifestyle with Glenna Griffin

Glenna Griffin is a travel consultant with WorldVentures who teaches ordinary people how to have a travel lifestyle.

Note:  Glenna and I go way back.  She was one of the first women I connected with when I left my home office and started networking.  Check out our networking tips video from 2013.

Describe your business:
My business is a travel club, not just club, it’s a travel lifestyle. We show people how they are able to take affordable vacations.  I am passionate about travel and the need for people to take vacations.  Vacations are about memories and memories have no price tag.

How did you get started in your business?
My sponsor was visiting Linen ‘n Things just before they closed in Katy. Met my son, he said he wasn’t interested but thought I would be. He gave me her card and I set up a time to meet. After looking at the concept I knew it was for me. I previously worked in the travel industry and loved to travel and this gave me the opportunity for a travel lifestyle.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My biggest hurdle I have had to overcome is learning how to network. I had never been part of a multilevel marketing company. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I have learned how to network and be comfortable talking to people I don’t know.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude for me is being grateful for all the people who have touched my life, I feel really blessed.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
Linda Ballesteros and Bonnie Karpay, they were there when I first started networking and taught me all I know about how to network.

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Travel with Glenna Griffn

Travel with Glenna Griffn

Carol Hackman

Carol Hackman Believes Everyone Deserves to Feel Beautiful

Carol Hackman is a Mary Kay Consultant in the Greater Houston, Texas area. She teaches skin care and color cosmetics while building relationships with her customers. She believes that she is not just in the beauty industry but also in a relationship business.

“Everyone deserves to feel beautiful!” – Carol Hackman

How did you get started in your business?
I wanted to make a positive impact on others.

How has your business made you better?
I am now able talk in front of groups of women whether it be teaching, motivating or inspiring other.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude is more than just saying thank you or showing appreciation. It is a way of living.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate Mary Kay Ash and her gumption to go after her dream despite the odds.

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Conversation with “Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew” Author Wytress Mitchell

Wytress Mitchell is the author of “Poised In Stilettos on the Front Pew” and founder of Poised Ministries.

Describe your work.
I was diagnosed with LUPUS several years ago.
Just authored my first book.
I unwrap the enigma of Lupus and tell how you can survive and be poised.

How did you get started?
By writing a book.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
People telling me it was not a good idea.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’ve done it now. I’ve accomplished my goal.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being thankful for waking up each day.and knowing God’s mercies are new every morning.

Who do you appreciate?
Everyone that helped me along the way.

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Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew by Wytress Mitchell

Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew by Wytress Mitchell

One Bite at a Time | Conversation with Teresa Sisson

Teresa Sisson is the owner of Sisson Kitchen in New Caney, Texas.

Describe your business.
Sisson Kitchen is the culmination of all that I do and everything I do comes from the heart. I am a Tupperware consultant and with my husband, Ronn, I also have a food trailer. These two businesses allow me to combine my love of cooking and helping others.

How did you get started?
I started my Tupperware business because it was a great deal on amazing products, then I realized I could earn money & gifts too! The food trailer actually started as me trying to help fulfill my husbands dream of owning a baked potato business. My love of cooking kicked in and now we do gourmet potatoes and snack foods too.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My own procrastination combined with my need to over analyze & micro manage everything. I can get stuck on the small details very easily. That turns into self-doubt and fear.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I am learning to let go of the reins and ask for help when I need it. Recognizing these traits as hurdles has been a major step for me. I’ve always known that no one is successful on their own, but I’m taking steps to collaborate with those around me.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

  • The Bible. I know it may seem cliché but it is the foundation I stand on.
  • Fish! (Best business philosophy ever.)
  • Think and Grow Rich is good also.

What does gratitude mean to you?
To me gratitude is the ability to be thankful for all that I have even in the midst of strife. Ronn & I have seen a lot of hard times in the last 10 years, but we never lose sight of how truly blessed we are.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
There are too many people to list and I would probably forget someone so I’ll just list a few:

I appreciate my husband Ronn. He is a good man and he supports me 150% in everything I do. No matter how hair brained my idea is, he is right there to back me up.

My Daddy & Momma are my greatest blessings. They taught me that success was not a title or financial statement; it is knowing that you did your best (with your family, friends, community, and work) and being able to sleep peacefully at night.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Never let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. They may seem silly to everyone around you. They may seem impossible to accomplish. The journey is the important part, because it will change you.

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Teresa Sisson

Teresa Sisson

You Don’t Have to Run Your Business Alone | Conversation with Virtual Assistant Angela Campos

Angela Campos, founder of Virtual Assistant Services Team, provides traditional executive administrative services virtually.  Services are provided on project basis, one-time consult, or on retainer for when you need that “extra right hand”.

“Imagine the secretary or admin sitting behind a desk in a corporate office. That’s me, but I get to do what I love from the comfort of my home. I have experience with C-Level executives but don’t let that scare you away!” explains Campos.

How did you get started in your business?
My previous corporate job downsized the level of assistance it offered their executives thus laying off quite a number of us. My husband was soon to “retire” from the company he’s been with for 20 years. I didn’t want to be in a new position working my way up again and have to quit if relocating for my husband’s job required me to do so. Therefore, I chose to go into business for myself.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
The two biggest hurdles have been the amount of time I spent alone working from home and getting my name out there. Both reasons require motivation AND prioritization. Coming from the corporate level with a set schedule to creating your own schedule – even when there are no clients – can be quite daunting. Learning to network and to always be on the ready to give your business commercial is the only way to be able to build your business. So, you have to stay motivated and able to prioritize your days to make the most of them.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’m more aware of what it takes to run a business and all the little nuances of the day-to-day in business. I’ve been able to hone my skills in customer service because without that and impeccable skills in other areas, you have not business.

Top books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude means being grateful for each and every thing God has blessed you with. Every thing from your family, your job, your material possessions but also to be grateful for the trials and tribulations because that is when we grow.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I am blessed to know my Lord and Savior because without the family and friends He’s placed in my life, I would be sitting here today to enjoy and be grateful for what I have. I appreciate my husband for finding me when he did (God’s timing!) and for loving me through all that I am for supporting me in this business endeavor and having the confidence that I can do what I have set out to do even though it meant a huge financial change in our lives.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you Kandas for this opportunity! Women helping other women to grow and prosper in every walk of life is something I strive to do, too.

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Transforming Heart and Soul with Creative Play | Conversation with Natasha Botkin

Gifted with the divine wisdom of guiding and transforming heart and soul with passion, creative play and healing energies, Natasha Botkin created Magical Blessings Healing Center in Tacoma, Washington. Natasha works closely with all the elements (Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Spirit) from a multi-dimensional healing of energies releasing patterns and blocks by helping one to shine their light and empower them.

How did you get started in your business?
I have these gifts all of my life and am stepping into a whole new light and allowing myself to be seen.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Marketing this in a way that appeals to people with genuine sincerity that yes I am quirky, loving and real.

How has this hurdle made you better?
Sincerely genuine and true authenticity illuminate from with in and that I can show this to the world just as I am. They will either love me or dislike me; it is none of my business what they think, and to be the best me that I can be.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
I am grateful for the divine miracles that unfold to me.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate the divine unity of all beings and what this brings to you, to me, to we in a loving light of creative play and joyful wisdom in the most harmonious of manners.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you so much for this opportunity of the dear angel who brought this my direction. xoxo

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Natasha Botkin, Magical Blessings Healing Center

Natasha Botkin, Magical Blessings Healing Center