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#ThisIsAPyramidScheme – John Oliver Attacks the MLM Industry

#ThisIsAPyramidScheme  is trending on Twitter as I type this.

I knew that would be the case though, because I watch HBO. I’m a HUGE fan of Game of Thrones. I love Veep, Silicon Valley, Bill Maher, Vice, and some of their new stuff like Westworld, and Insecure.

One of my personal Favorite shows however, is HBO’s Last Week Tonight hosted by comedian John Oliver. I’ve featured some of John Oliver’s commentary on the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry right here on this blog. I have also talked, at length about problems within the MLM (or network marketing) industry, right here on this blog. I’ve written about the Vemma issues that led to their being shut down by the FTC and how the Herbalife Investigations would have an impact on the rest of us – if we don’t change our approach to making money.

In 2012, Myself and a business partner rolled out The One MLM System, To rule them all. One of the taglines on that site, reads “A better approach to Network Marketing” – because it is. I’m following actual business principles that guide fortune 500 companies; lessons taught in books that we recommend through our bookstore. I don’t want this to sound like an ‘ad’ – I just want to point out, that I’ve been sounding the alarm, for quite some time. I’ve been showing my fellow industry mates ‘the way’ – but many have tuned me out. It’s not about ‘me’ though. They also tuned out my business partners who joined with me to show others a better way to do business.

The way we’ve been doing business, has led to John Oliver going absolutely ‘HAM’ on the MLMindustry in his latest monologue – and he encouraged his audience to basically, attack the MLM Industry with him, using the Hashtag #ThisIsAPyramidScheme – and yes; It’s already trending on Twitter. It’s unfortunate really.

#ThisIsAPyramidScheme starts out by diving into the cases of Herbalife and Vemma… then dives into several more companies and their claims. (Full Video below)

Again these are two companies I already spoke about.

He uses a ‘hidden video’ that pretty much shows a poor presentation being given. The person doing the presentation misrepresents the company, and how earnings go. So while bringing people in ‘improperly’ – that harms us ALL as an industry. But this is what happens with (there being) so many companies and so much Division within the industry of network marketing. It allows the companies to push ‘us’ around, and dismantles our power. The ‘training’ and the ‘education’ is being watered down. We’re begging to be Ridiculed and Regulated, at this rate!

Watch as John Oliver attacks the MLM Industry – #ThisIsAPyramidScheme (Official Video FROM last Week Tonight)

There is so much that he gets ‘wrong’ while talking about the industry. But, a lot of the criticism he’s lobbying is fair – including the over-inflated Ego’s of many CEO’s of MLM companies.

That being said, John Oliver Is a comedian.

Please keep in mind that, when the “CEO yelling at the headstone” is discussed in a ‘joking’ manner, most of you watching won’t understand what’s going on. Did he look crazy? Yes he did. The novice watching will actually not realize that the CEO is doing a training on why you should not try to ‘raise the dead’ – an old saying in the company. When a person quits your company, don’t go back to them and try to ‘get them’ …. they have ‘basically’ died. They no longer want to participate so, let them go.

When you think of that person in an MLM who pesters you all the time after you’ve said no, that is a network marketer who is Ignoring the Training in their company.  Most companies like that one, a very old school company, train people to go find people who WANT to be part of what’s going on.

You never want to “Get people” – and that’s what yelling at the headstone represents in that #ThisIsAPyramidScheme clip; which again, I must remind you, is comedy.

Even the clip of the lady from the health and wellness company, who DID say #ThisIsAPyramidScheme in her ‘talk’ – that too, is a clip, from a training taken ‘out of context’ for comedic purposes. Folks, please understand if you’ve lost money in Network Marketing, it could be for various reasons. I’ll get to those in just a moment. But, let me explain why she said #ThisIsAPyramidScheme ….

Because she was ‘telling a story’ of how you (a network marketer) will experience sarcasm. You will face people who say, your ‘business’ is NOT a business; that it is a scam; (she was not actually saying it IS a pyramid scheme … lol)

It very well ‘could be’ a scam though. If your network marketing company is pushing garbage, and if it is not really ‘worth’ the money people pay for it, it can absolutely fall under the scam category. This is one of many reasons that ‘service based companies’ is what we recommend at TopnetworkersGroup, over product based companies. Products are way too competitive. Weight loss products for example, can be found for much cheaper in stores than they can access at any time they want to. That’s a better option, usually, than ‘helping out a friend’, spending more on a product they can only get when that friend is available.  Also, the ‘garage-qualified’ topic in #ThisIsAPyramidScheme has to do with Autoships.

That also can become dangerous for all the reasons John Oliver mentioned.

It’s also important to pay attention to what He mentions about what makes an MLM legitimate vs what makes them not.

When the bulk of the money comes from ‘actual customers’ – it’s legitimate.

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But, as ‘we’ have pointed out since 2010, and especially since we rolled out our MLM System in 2012 – most of these companies are not paying distributors enough!

We can’t really ‘do’ anything about that, when we have divided ourselves, into 2,000 different MLM companies. We’ve watered down our Power. As network marketers, the real value is what we show OUR team; and often people do not want to look, because they’re following ‘big names’ in the industry. They’re listening to people who tell them NOT to ‘pursue’ more than One mlm company at a time; So when they see our stuff, it’s already ‘going against’ what people with Much more influence than our team ever had ‘in this industry’ – have, in this industry.

Again, all documented here already.

So when I’m watching one of my favorite shows it was Not really a surprise to me.

Just last week, MLM attorney Kevin Thompson spoke about – Some more big news. Edith Ramirez, chair of the FTC spoke out, about possible, forthcoming Regulations FOR the MLM industry. This is not what we want to happen. But, because ‘we’ have not decided to regulate ourselves, the Government just may step in and regulate For us. Again, that is not what we want. This would drastically change the industry,  and the ‘real opportunity’ that  the MLM business model provides to the average person.

Then again, it may actually push people to understanding what we have been telling you all along.

We have to follow ‘actual business principles’ – like Scaling.

Starting out with an ‘affordable’ entry level, so that we can work together to actually assemble a network first. Then, once the network is making money from affordable opportunities, that network can start investing in more. Again this is basic business principles; The book Multiple Streams of Income talks about it; lots of people want to be in that situation but haven’t read the book!

The end result of a “lack of Intelligent Network Marketers” – has brought our entire industry under the Gaze of HBO – and I just want to congratulate all the ‘top earners” I’ve met along the way, with too much EGO to listen to what I’ve been telling them, for years now. We should have partnered up years ago, and started working to show networks ‘the right way’ to do things. We should have gone ahead and been ‘sticklers’ for the details. And as I’ve stated in several team training videos, we should go ahead and have “respect” for our network, so that the ‘Training” is actually duplicating. We cannot ‘afford’ to have representatives, in coffee shops doing POOR presentations!!!

Like … that ‘small thing’ – really matters!

NOT building a network properly, is a big deal; and So many people are building IMPROPERLY!!!!

This is NOT a sales pitch!

WE know the ‘right way’ — but … just as Morpheus told Neo; we can only show you the Door; You must Decide to walk through it.

Check out “The Myth: People at the Top make All the Money”

also get MORE education With Tim Sales on “who’s Getting Rich in MLM” – thanks for dropping by!

Making Business Decisions: Investing Time Not Just Money

Making Business Decisions: Investing Time Not Just Money

It’s not about how much money you invest, it’s really about how much ‘time’ you invest. One of the challenges we face  in network marketing is actually getting people to invest their time wisely.

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We want people to use their time doing the things that work; rather than doing the things ‘they want to do’ … because usually what they (you) want to do; is not what works.

We want you to do all of what we teach; to get All of the Results – not ‘some’ of it.

Each person – man and woman – must be willing to invest the time to learn as much as they can about the MLM Industry. How else do you expect to truly be taken seriously by any of the people you’re talking to about working with you in this line of work?

Do you think that if you know more about your profession it will become easier for you to talk to others about it?

Do you think it will be easier to overcome the objections people have to MLM if you’ve taken the time to learn multiple ways to respond to, and overcome objections?

Do you even know what it means to ‘overcome’ an objection? — because most people I talk to do not.

They actually think there is a way to avoid objections. Objections are a major part of what we do; you need to be able to ‘overcome’ the feeling of Not being in the right place at the right time. When prospects lob objections your way, depending on what it is – and how MUCH you really know about your industry; they can persuade you to their side of the fence.

This happens all the time in our industry.

People quit companies because the people they are talking to ‘do not want to do it too’ – the Objections (and obstacles) stop them from Finishing that Journey; they get ‘off the road’ that we call success; the Journey … not the destination.

They don’t reach that destination – that goal.

But when you invest the time; you actually go further and further down the road; when you’re learning what to do and how to do it; when you’re getting better and better at it; you’re simply further and further down the road; and the truth is – the more time you invest in that journey, the less likely you are to quit when an obstacle – or an objection – falls in your path.

Investing Time is a business decision.

The ’emotional decision’ is to do what you ‘feel’ like doing rather than what you should be.

Are you going to take your career seriously and make business decisions?

Invest Your Time in this video; with my thoughts on why THIS matters to your business –

We call our blog All of it for a reason. It’s not good enough to know that we’re in the 5th wave (for example) – a Professional should understand the 4th, and 3rd Waves too…. They should be able to break down this chart with ease to a person with no ‘real understanding’ of our industry; which surprisingly includes a Large portion of people in our industry!

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Now is the time, for you and I to understand ‘where’ we are – you are invited to learn more about the MLM Industry; and what it means to be a Professional Network Marketer … inside our One MLM System (To Rule Them All) – The FIRST system launched, to bring or Team together; to make sure our business partners are Well Trained; and have the tools they need to succeed in our Chosen line of work.

If you’ve already been investing time in learning about our movement – Register for our system and begin working with our team by using the Button Below

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The MLM Industry Is Unstable: My Thoughts

The MLM Industry Is Unstable: these are My Thoughts

If you’re leading the way, setting an example for your team and prospecting – you’re going to come across this objection pretty often. Here are my thoughts on that very valid ‘reason/excuse’ that people use to stay away From the MLM Industry.

Topnetworkersgroup is seeking to find people who want to work together to Bring stability to the MLM industry. In order to do that, some simple and yet, difficult principles need to be enforced. I’m talking about principles like loyalty and commitment.

I’m looking for people who want to be part of Our movement; rather than seek to start their ‘own’ movement. The very fact that so many people are starting their ‘own movements’ is creating much of the instability in the MLM industry.

Also, the sheer number of companies that are starting up due to the internet, and improving technology – the MLM Industry becomes more and more Unstable. Each mlm company ends up creating competition for the others; regardless of the “Overall Industry” each specific MLM taps into …

However, whenever a NEW MLM taps into an Industry that no other MLM’s are in; suddenly copycat companies pop up with in a matter of weeks.

Even I have seen several ‘copy cat systems’ – that seem to be adapting some of the ideas that TopNetworkersGroup introduced to our MLM Industry; as the first 5th Wave Network Marketing Organization there will be several ideas that others will ‘copy’.

You have the choice – to work with a Copy; or to work with the Original.

Here’s my Thoughts, on Companies going out of business; specifically the closure of WakeUpNow; and how I feel my ‘talks’ have influenced a HUGE MLM Leader to shift his direction from Preaching ONE company; to ‘finally’ talking One team (that makes money in several companies) – that way – ‘just in case’ the new one doesn’t disrupt lives … they won’t all be left … in Shock; in a negative way that is … the shock will end up being that ‘safety net’ – at least that’s how it looks from here;

I’ve also mentioned, that I’ve seen other copy-cat ‘systems’ that mingle multiple programs together; but even these are failing to ‘truly’ teach people this skillset – Networking.

Network Marketing is an Artform.

The MLM Industry needs to be approached with respect – you must realize it is a career and will require a time investment; not just a Money investment.

If you are seriously interested in playing a role in creating stability within the MLM Industry, then you have to understand what that means – It means making a real decision to work together to Make our Industry a better place; for MORE people in MLM. So many people like what this industry offers but – too many ‘seeds’ are falling through the cracks.

The MLM Industry needs an organization like ours; that will actually Challenge people to approach ‘teamwork’ – in a similar way as Professional Sports teams; Real communities where people are learning skills; not just hearing hype – or hearing about how 15 people are making tons of money – sure that might get folks to sign up; but it does not help them duplicate those results;

So, be ready to invest more than just ‘money’ – if you want to make money; and if you want to bring stability TO our industry; you have to actually be willing to do some things that won’t generate money; for a while – because ‘eventually’ those things WILL generate more money than you could imagine – Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork – Absolutely – 100% of the time!

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TNG Tackles Coffee MLM Companies

I wanted to tackle Coffee MLM Companies for a moment.


 

*This Blog Post has been Updated as of 1/31/2016 – The Coffee MLM Companies hinted to and discussed below – are either in business OR out of business at this time! When I wrote this, I was part of a movement that fizzled out. There has already been much written about the closing down of WakeUpNow – which for a time, threw it’s hat into the discussion of making money, selling coffee, through MLM. There are many reasons for why this company did Not stay afloat – including outright theft by it’s owner and CEO. Many would also argue, that not enough of the distributors in Wakeupnow, truly understood how to go about recruiting for mlm. Several factors go into the success Or failure of all MLM companies.  The information shared in OUR blog, is here to help you navigate through the MLM wilderness.


 

Please bare with me as I need to set this up properly.

I read a book called Wave 4 that told me one day everything would be moved through the MLM business model some day. Even Coffee. It was no surprise to me to see coffee mlm companies when I returned to the industry in 2009.

It makes sense too – for all the reasons we’re familiar with, when it comes to the Coffee Industry. The MLM business model is so flexible that anything can be sold through it; if you have a product or service but do not have an idea of how to generate sales – using an MLM business model may be a good decision for you.

The Coffee industry is HUGE but not everyone can compete with the Starbucks and McDonald’s of the world (That’s right, McDonalds is the #1 Seller of Coffee in the World) – a lot can be learned from the lessons of Franchises though. Having a franchise located in several places gives a company like the two we mentioned, more opportunities to sell … coffee.

This is why MLM is the perfect model and why There are so many Coffee MLM Companies – business owners know this is a hot product, that lots of people love to buy; and know that MLM is the most cost effective way to distribute it.

The only thing is, with soooo many Coffee MLM Companies, hardly anyone is making any real money WITH the extremely lucrative coffee industry.  That’s where we come in …

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Let me see if I can repeat some of that for you – The POINT is if you build a network you can sell anything, even Coffee.  Members of the MLM Industry need to stop fighting over who has the better brand of Coffee.

Wait a minute …. doesn’t WakeUpNow Sell coffee too?

YES – but you won’t see Professionals from TopNetworkersGroup acting like there is no other coffee in the market that other people would like. WE understand Consumers …

We are Professionals …

See, most of you are not professionals and don’t realize that your Coffee Customers will make an “emotional decision” while purchasing coffee, every single time. They will NOT make a logical one.

So trying to appeal to people’s logic while selling coffee is why YOU and so many others are NOT making money with your Coffee MLM Companies; most of you have NO IDEA how to sell coffee; because you’re not grasping (or not being taught) the basic Fundamentals of the MLM Industry.

Here is that Lesson …. “If you Build it, They Will come” –

What will come?

THINGS to SELL ……….

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(Seemore Green in NYC with Cash IZ King showing off the NEW WakeUpNow all natural Energy drink – Awaken)

*update 1/31/16 – these two are still selling this product, through a different mlm company – proving that while any business can go out of business; what truly matters in the end, is the loyalty that business people show towards one another. While these two continue to make money together, ‘silly rabbits’ who jump around from company to company, program to program, team to team, … never truly learn how important loyalty is.

Are you Closing Your Leads?

I’m thankful that ACN was my ‘first MLM company” – I learned this lesson then. We sold long distance and local long distance; along with internet service and in ‘some market’ electricity and gas. I happened to live in a deregulated area, which had electricity. I was also Online early, recruiting people over the internet way back in 1999. I would meet people in areas that did not have electricity or gas yet, and they’d turn down ACN, telling me to notify them when it got to their market.

This was always the WRONG decision to make; I’d learn it later from attending trainings – that the time to build is NOW; not Later. If a product or service is ‘coming’ to your market you do not want to wait till it arrives to begin building a network to sell it.

Once you’ve built your network – now you and your network can sell ANYTHING through it. Literally; Even products and/or services that have not been Invented yet!

You see, WakeUpNow is selling Energy Drinks too – They’re providing several products and services under ONE roof (one WakeupNow Hub lol) – and that’s what we’re doing through TopNetworkersGroup with our ONE MLM SYSTEM – providing several ways for US to make money, while focusing on what truly matters most; BUILDING our network.

Keep that in mind, if you’re part of a Coffee MLM or looking for a good one to join; out of Several Coffee MLM Companies available today. The bottom line will always be, who’s in business with you; and who are you working with in business.

Read more from TopNetworkersGroup about doing this ‘the right way’ –

Kobe and The Role Players

Since Kobe Bryant has returned to the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers, there is more and more talk about him, and how he is affecting the young Role Players who’ve been holding down the fort in his absence. Of course, Kobe went down due to injury, Tearing his achilles, and is finally back – though it’s much sooner than most expected to see him.

We’ve been talking about Role Players here on our Blog – and how it relates to Business, as well as Sports. We’ve even talked about how Star players are simply, playing a role. The Role Kobe has played for the Los Angeles Lakers has led to several NBA Championships and, a Hall of Fame Career.

So naturally when he returned, the ‘roles’ of the Young Role players would be reduced. Naturally … and yet there is talk that some of them are mad, upset, and frustrated with having to adjust. Sadly, this happens all too often in sports and business.

This happens often in the entertainment industry as well. Sometimes in groups or bands, one of the members seems to have a bigger draw with the fans than the rest. The lesser popular members get jealous, and don’t want to give the same effort and Zeal they initially gave, when no one knew who they were.

Suddenly everyone wants to cash in on fame and go their own way in hopes of getting more attention – and more spotlight; whether or not they even Deserve it. SO often, you see careers fall entirely apart when this happens; I can name so many R&B Singers who decided to ‘leave the group’ – AND  are now absolutely NO WHERE to be found in the Music Industry; You can too…

A great lesson for the rest of us, on why we need to leave the ego at the door, when it comes to any kind of team or group related activity. Also, in just about all team/group related activities, such as the entertainment industry, and especially sports and business – YOU will have star players, and role players – and yet, everyone’s role is important.

It’s important for someone to shine ‘in the background’ – and out of the spotlight.

That role is a necessary role to win a championship; a grammy; or a RANK in a business opportunity; achieving a Rank is a HUGE Deal; It often can mean going from 2 figures (or barely any figures) – to 3 figures per month in residual income; It might even mean going from 3 figures to 4 figures, as you and Several others on your Team rise up in Income as well; See No “ONE” person hits a rank in a business alone; They do it, as a team.

The one person ranked at the top May be a Star Player; but the ROLE Players matter; and eventually if the role players continue to embrace their role; they become star players; In a previous post, I talked about Pippen ‘and’ Jordan; Kobe ‘and’ Shaq.

Several people say that Shaq’s dominance gave Kobe the room and the space on the floor he needed, to develop into the player that he has become. He always embraced his ‘role’ as a shooting guard; but worked to be as efficient and as fundamental as possible; to make himself the BEST shooting guard he could be.

Many would say that Jordan’s tenacity helped Pippen unleash his own defensive intensity; which made them two of the toughest guards to go up against that the NBA has ever seen. Star players often create other Star Players.

But you gotta play your ROLE first; You gotta give it your All; you’ve gotta become the BEST at playing the role you’ve been assigned to play – and nothing is stopping those young role players from continuing to play the way they were playing; Nothing at all, other than ego; if anyone isn’t able to continue to give the same effort they gave before, just because they’re playing a little less, or shooting the ball a little less – well that’s a player with too much Ego, that isn’t beneficial to ‘the team’.

I hope you see how this relates to what we do in the MLM Industry – as a team, we must work together; and strive to thrive in our roles; whatever roles they may be. Sometimes you and I will be the  star player on a team; Other times, we may be the role player; We must embrace that role  and do our best; because WHEN The TEAM Wins; we ALL WIN because we ARE the TEAM.

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