Fun Summer Holidays in 2017

Did you know that today, August 26, 2017, is National Uncle and Aunt Day?  There are a lot of super fun summer holidays to celebrate just about anything.  My daughter is excited about August 11, 12 and 13 because they celebrate her family.  She’s a daughter, I’m a middle child, and her dad is left-handed.

July 26 – Uncle and Aunt Day
July 27 – Take your Pants for a Walk Day
July 28 – Milk Chocolate Day
July 29 – Lasagne Day
July 30 – National Cheesecake Day

Let Your BFF know how much she means to you on Girlfriends Day.

Let Your BFF know how much she means to you on August 1st, Girlfriends Day.

August 1 – Girlfriends Day
August 2 – Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3 – Watermelon Day
August 4 – International Beer Day
August 5 – Work Like a Dog Day
August 6 – Fresh Breath Day

Send a card to celebrate Lighthouse Day.

Send a card to celebrate Lighthouse Day on August 7th.

August 7 – Lighthouse Day
August 8 – Happiness Happens Day
August 9 – Book Lovers Day
August 10 – Lazy Day
August 11 – Son and Daughter Day
August 12 – Middle Child Day
August 13 – Left-Handers Day

Strawberry Cheesecake, Creamsicle, Cookies 'N Cream, and Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge

Send some Gourmet Novelty Strawberry Cheesecake, Creamsicle, Cookies ‘N Cream, and Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge on August 14th.

August 14 – Creamsicle Day
August 15 – Pythagorean Theorem Day

Which days make YOU feel like celebrating?

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Improve Your Happiness Level by 14.1%

According to Randall Bell of Landmark Research and psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, sending a heart-felt greeting card can give you a 14.1% improved chance of being happy.  I send real paper greeting cards everyday, from an app on my phone, and I’m a pretty happy chick, so I think they are on to something.

Bell and Lombardo also to share 5 other surprisingly simple and inexpensive ways to increase happiness in this July 2017 segment on the Today Show.

 

Source: TODAY.com

3 Icons in Real Estate Share Their Top Relationship Marketing Tips

Creating a competitive edge is the key to standing out in a crowded market.  Real estate, especially in the Greater Houston, Texas area where I live, is an extremely crowded market.  There are 70,000 agents for 7 million residents.  Relationship marketing is your competitive edge.

Using relationship marketing principles, Jim McCord took his average transaction from $200,000 to $1 million.

Jay McHugh used an agent appreciation system to grow his brokerage to $1 billion a year in sales.

Over a four-year period, Gayle Zientek tripled her business 99% by referral.  She has already received 99 referrals this year.

Sounds like three people you might want to learn from, eh?  Watch this Facebook Live replay:

 

You can use the same powerful relationship marketing tool these real icons in real estate use in your own business for as little as $5 per customer per year.  I can show you how.

30 Years in Business with Nothing to Show for It

Big day today.

We turned over the keys to the warehouse that served as our furniture studio for over 16 years, to the landlord.   My husband spent the past 30 years as full-time professional furniture maker. When we married, we became business partners, as well as, spouses.

Shane made beautiful custom furniture for the homes of movie stars, country music superstars, Fortune 500 executives across the United States plus a few exotic locations like the Bahamas and Panama.  Our clients will enjoy their handcrafted furniture for years to come, as it was built to last for generations.

We, however, have nothing to show for the decades of hard work we put in to building our brand and our product line.  Once we finish liquidating our assets, we will never receive another penny from all that work.

We also own a network marketing company and today we hit a milestone in that business.  I told you it was a big day.

For the past several weeks we have packed and purged and moved out of the furniture studio.  We haven’t had a lot of time for other things.  I have helped my network marketing team in small pockets of time, mostly via text message. However, I have not been working that business all that much.  And yet, we hit this financial milestone today.

With our custom furniture business, if I wasn’t hustling sales and Shane wasn’t crafting furniture, we weren’t making money.

Our network marketing business keeps sending us checks, every month (or week) because we did the work 5 years ago, or 5 weeks ago.  We did the work once, we keep getting paid.  That’s called residual income.

Now that we are (almost) done closing the furniture studio, I can spend more time teaching folks how to earn residual income, because it is rewarding.

Today I also realized just how much our furniture business owned our lives.  Our networking marketing business makes our lives fun.

Today was a big day.

Networking Follow-Up Do’s and Dont’s

Let this sink in: 80% of sales happen after the 4th follow-up. Yet, only 12% of people follow-up more than 3 times.  You don’t have to be good at math to figure out the magic follow-up formula.

4 Follow Ups = More Sales

The folks over at Cassius Blue Consulting put together this fantastic info-graphic on the do’s and don’t of networking follow up that really speaks for itself. But, you know me, I always like to add my two cents.

Be Authentic

Not everyone is going to be your client. In fact, that’s the last thing you want!  You want to be doing business with people who know, like and trust. Just like you want them to know, like and trust you. Rapport. The word for that know, like and trust factor is rapport. Be who you a really are and you will attract the kind of clients with whom you love to work.

Have Fun

Make follow-up a game. Have fun. Connect with your prospective client on Facebook or LinkedIn. Send real paper greeting cards with fun photos from their Facebook feed. Most folks don’t have print copies of their favorite photos anymore, so they will treasure your greeting card for years, proudly displaying it on their desk. They will never forget you!  I use an app that allows me to send a real paper greeting card with real photos with a few taps and swipes for less than $2 per card including postage, you can check it out here.

Info-graphic:  Networking Follow-Up Do’s and Don’ts

Click Image to View the Do's and Don't of Networking Follow Up

Click Image to View the Do’s and Don’t of Networking Follow Up

Source: http://cassiusblueconsulting.com/2013/02/infographic-networking-follow/

Donny and Diamond Hunter

Showering a Mourning Family with a Card Flurry

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Tennessee Williams

A “Card Flurry™” is a movement and so far over a thousand people are participating.  The idea is to send a hero, or someone suffering from a great tragedy, a flurry of greeting cards filled with words of encouragement.

The Card Flurry™ movement is the brain-child of Jordan Adler.  Each month, Adler and his team are picking one family to receive a flurry.  The first, is the Hunter family of Iowa.

Just before the holidays this beautiful family lost 2 of their 3 children in a tragic auto accident. Molli and Brandon Hunter (parents) lost their daughter Diamond who was 8 and their son Donny who was 7.

 

My heart hurt as I watched this news report.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The family is in need of financial support as well, so if it’s in your budget, please send a $10 – $100 American Express Card.
Please send cards and prayers. God Bless this family.

 

LET’S SHOWER THIS FAMILY WITH LOVE – They are going to need it.

 

Peace,
 
Jordan

Just one day after announcing the flurry for the Hunter family, the movement has been covered in the Portage, Michigan news.

I sent the Hunter family a card and an American Express gift card with my SendOutCards phone app.  I urge you to join the movement at CardFlurry.com to receive the address of the Hunter family so you can send them a heart-felt greeting card, as well.

If you do not already have the SendOutCards app, use this link and I will cover the cost of your greeting card to the Hunter family.

How to Personally Sponsor 5 Distributors into Your Network Marketing Business in 4 Days

Growing a network marketing business requires filling empty seats at a presentation.  Until they see a presentation, a person can not decide, yes or no, about an opportunity.  Yes is great.  No is good, too.  We are all taught that it is a funneling process!  The more seats you fill, the more decisions made.

Recently, my business partner Susie Glennan, did a push to earn VIP status at our company’s annual convention this coming September. There were a couple of specific goals she needed to reach to earn VIP, and she worked her tail off.  As a result of her extraordinary effort, Susie was able to sponsor 5 distributors into her organization in just 4 days.

Susie’s Story

Here is Susie’s story in her own words:

Last Thursday one of my customers called and met me at Starbucks to see how to make money with (my opportunity). I showed him the (presentation). He upgraded to preferred customer and was considering signing up as a distributor. He thought his brother would also like (the business). WHILE AT Starbucks, a really friendly woman and her girlfriends started chatting with me, so I showed them the APP. I took a photo of all three of them and sent cards to all three of them.

In the meantime, my customer was at the next table and downloaded the APP. I bounced between tables showing everyone how it works.

Apparently…sending photos on cards and putting photos on bulk cards to sell was just what the ladies were talking about. My customer didn’t sign up, but by Friday, one of the ladies met with me again. Her name is LaVonda. We spent 3 hours chatting and she wanted to sign up!

Saturday we got back together to sign her up and while we were going over final details her church group came into Starbucks, so I showed some of them the APP and told them about LaVonda’s new biz. They LOVED it! LaVonda and I have plans for her first gathering…This woman made it happen! She’s a Preferred Customer and Distributor but hoping to upgrade to a bundle in the next week or so!!! AND her friend who was there the first day said she’s going to be her first customer.

Honestly, I started off last August re-learning how to network and get back in the game. I received good advice from my networking group and followed it. Recently, we had the first VIP contest and I got it in my mind that I had to win. It didn’t happen. When it came around a second time I had many customers on the fence or they kept waiting to raise the funds. So I asked everyone I could if they were ready to sign up or if they could do me a favor, sign up, and see if they like it to help me make VIP.

While I didn’t qualify for VIP or Sr. Mgr. because of volume, it started a flurry in my business and I’ve received several calls to help customers upgrade and/or learn to use the system better in just one day because of my phone calls the day before. Other things that happened because of my flurry of calls to everyone yesterday…Someone I don’t know contacted me to learn about SOC and some of my friends who are customers are now considering signing up.

It’s a numbers game people and the momentum changes how we appear to others because we’re on this forward flowing motion and people feel it.

Nuggets of Wisdom

There are three nuggets to take away from Susie’s story:

  1.  Planting seeds does not reap immediate results.  Seeds need nurturing to germinate and grow. When they bloom, it will be worth it.
  2. Listen to your peers.  Susie asked her networking group for advice, which she followed.
  3. Follow up.  Follow up.  Follow up.  These 5 distributors didn’t sign themselves up, Susie called them and asked if they were ready.

Okay, so really there are more than 3 nuggets.  Here is another:  Stay in forward flowing motion!

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