Renew Your Network Marketing Relationships this Spring
Spring is the time for growth and renewal. Look around and you’ll see signs that spring is just around the corner. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that enjoys temperate winters, the change is subtle. And, if you live in an area that has seen foot upon foot of snow, don’t worry; spring really will arrive and bring beautiful blooms with it. While mother nature sets about renewing her bounty upon the earth, many people are inspired to take a page from her book and renew parts of their lives as well.
“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.” -James Russell Lowell
Renew your relationships
For network marketers, this renewal extends to our relationships, particularly with those in our networks. Although you may have started your year motivated as ever and eager to check in with your network, you may have lost some motivation as the year progressed (unless you participated in Elite Business Bootcamp, where you learned to keep your motivation – and productivity – high). Sure, you started out connecting with your network daily, but one too many rainy and cold days may have zapped your motivation.
Or, perhaps you’ve been connecting with most of the people in your network, but there are a few folks that you’ve been avoiding. Maybe you feel you burned them by coming on too strong when you first started your network marketing business or maybe you’re concerned that if you check in with them too often, you’ll annoy them. Either way, you want to reach out and connect, but you’re just not sure how.
Tip: If you want to build a thriving network marketing business, it’s essential to keep adding people to your network. While you’re renewing existing relationships with your network, you’ll want to also add new ones to your growing network.
Whether you want to get back on track to connecting with your network or you want to strengthen the relationships with everyone in your database, the time to connect is now. Take a cue from the springtime, and renew your relationships.
Connect with your network
This may go without saying but you’d be surprised how often it needs reminding – you have to connect with your network. And, you have to do so consistently.
First, it’s crucial to connect with your top people in your network. These are the folks who are your biggest advocates. Perhaps they’re your biggest spenders; however, often they’re the ones who are singing your praises to everyone they know and recommending you and your products like crazy. You’ll want to give them most of your attention and check in with them most often. This is not only to ensure you stay top of mind but also to show how much you appreciate them for supporting you so much.
Next, you’ll want to follow up with everyone else in your network. The thing is, you never know who your next big advocate will be. It could be the person that you only follow up with a couple of times a year, who appreciates your style of business and goes on to recommend you to everyone they know. The Teamzy dashboard is there to let you know who to contact and how often so that you don’t miss out on these potential super advocates.
Renew contact if you’ve fallen off course
If you’ve not been on track with your daily connects, now is the perfect time to check-in! The winter is not the easiest season to stay motivated – the weather tends to be awful and chillier than you’re comfortable with, and it tends to be dark by dinnertime. It’s tough to stay on track with your ambitious goals when it’s far more tempting to cuddle up under a warm blanket on the sofa. However, as spring approaches, daylight begins to extend past dinner and the temperatures warm up. It’s much easier to find your motivation!
Aim to carve out an hour of your day to work on your business – a Power Hour. During this time, you’ll log into Teamzy and use your time to connect with the customers, prospects, and distributors on your list. Unless your network is huge, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes or so to connect with all the people you need to. Now, you could stop there… or you can use the time remaining to organize your business, work on personal development (e.g., reading a chapter or two of a business-related book, journaling, etc.). If you don’t have an hour to spare, you can divide your time up to suit. For example, if you have 15 minutes in the morning, use it to connect with your network and then spend 15 minutes on it in the afternoon. It doesn’t matter when you do it; the important part is that you’re spending time on your business to connect with your network. It’s about making your business a priority in your busy, and often hectic, life.
Make new connections
A thriving business depends on growth; not only personal growth but also the growth of your network. In an ideal world, your biggest advocates would recommend your business to everyone they know and meet. While their recommendations may add a few new folks to your network, in reality, you’ll also have to make it a point to go out and make new connections as well.
Many network marketers who live in small communities may feel as if they can’t expand their networks anymore. There simply aren’t enough people in the community, they often say. However, the truth is there are always ways to add more people to your network. It’s a matter of leaning into the people who are already in your network. Ask them to introduce you to the people they know. They may live in the next town or the next county. The point is to find new people to serve and help.
If your community is bigger, it’s a matter of introducing yourself to the people you meet in your daily life. This could be while you’re running errands, at your children’s activities, or when pursuing your own activities. Start conversations with people around you and get to know them. Ask them about themselves and, if you can, bring the conversation to your business. Then, ask to add them to your network. You’ll follow up and connect with them according to the Teamzy algorithm. As you get to know them and as they become more familiar with your business, they may begin to recommend you to the people they know as well.
Tip: Make it a goal to connect with a set amount of new people each week. If you’re shy, add one or two new people each week. If you’re more gregarious, have a more ambitious goal of three to five new people. The point is to grow your network and build your business.
Give your network the gift of your attention
Your attention is the best gift there is. It shows that you truly care about the person you’re speaking with and connecting to. As you renew your relationships with your network and connect with people, focus your attention on them. Ask them questions about their lives, their families, their current challenges, their jobs, etc. Get to know them and you’ll learn more about how you can serve them better.
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
You may find that “service” means different things. It could involve recommending one of your products or services to help them, and that would be ideal because you’d gain a new customer. However, more often than not, service may take the form of connecting them with someone you know who can help them better or recommending a book, etc. Although this form of service may not directly add to your bottom line, it does contribute to building the relationship. They may become loyal customers, prospective team members, or strong advocates of your business.
Let Teamzy help you renew contact with your people this spring
Teamzy makes it easy to connect with everyone in your network. It also makes it easier to connect with new people. Just tap into the conversation starters to get the conversation rolling, especially if you’re feeling shy, and watch the short training videos included in your membership. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to building a thriving network marketing business. Click here to learn more.