What Makes a Good MLM Presentation Part 2 of 3

This is Part 2 of a 3-part article which I’ll discuss what makes a good MLM presentation:

Part #1 – Your state of mind

Part #2 – The problem and solution approach

Part #3 – What is your offer to your prospects?

Let’s get started…

Do you like sales people?

I guess your answer is most likely like mine – NO.

When you smell a saleman from miles away, you would probably change plan and go in the opposite direction.

So, what is it that we don’t like about sales people?

Probably we don’t like people who are pushy, biased and tell us what’s good for us. We would rather prefer to make

our own buying decision and to buy what we think is good for us.

You see, when you make an MLM presentation to someone, the last thing you want is to appear as a sales person, armed with a folder in hand, flipping through slide after slide, hoping to make a sale. In fact, I know of people who joined the MLM industry because they just want to stop their sponsor from pestering them.

In that case, how should we present ourselves when we make an MLM presentation to our prospects?

Here’s my 2-step approach that I use personally that had proved to be successful most of the time:

- Identify their problems

- Offer them your solution

Step #1 – Identify their problems or desires

This might sound like common sense but many times we may not even realize it when we go around offering solutions to people before finding out their problems.

Isn’t that what spammers do? All you need to do is to open up your inbox and look at the emails and you would know what I mean. Everyday, we get an enormous amount of junk mail from people who are pushing solutions to us.

So, the first thing to do is to find out what the prospects are going through if you’re making an MLM presentation either one on one or to a small group. (If you’re making a presentation to a large audience, obviously this is not practicable and what you can do is to point out some common problems especially financial challenges that people face in their lives.

And how do you find identify their problems or desires?

First, during the initial warm up, you should attempt to connect with your prospects by building rapport so that they feel comfortable with you. And the best way to do that is to ask questions to lead them to tell more about their financial challenges they face. Frankly, this is more of an art than a science as we are dealing with unique individuals.

Second, you need to listen actively when they start talking. That means, you have to respond with either short verbal feedback like short questions or with body language like nodding to reconfirm what they are telling you.

By asking and listening actively, you would be able to identify their problems, typically financial challenges that they are facing. In some cases, your prospects have desires, rather than problems, to succeed in life or simply to get out of their job.

Step #2 – Offer them your solution

If you have completed Step #1 adequately, Step #2 is a piece of cake.

Now that you know their problems or desires, you should know if can offer your MLM business as a solution.

Let’s face it. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your MLM business opportunity is the latest and greatest… or the be all, end all to all problems. It’s not.

Imagine your prospect told you that she is in the midst of a divorce. What would you do? Offer her your MLM business? Not me. I really don’t think she’s in the frame of mind to start a business.

On the other hand, if your prospect is looking for something to earn an extra income that would eventually replace his current income… and he is willing to learn and work hard, that would be a good fit for you to offer your MLM business as a solution.

The above concludes Part 2 of what makes a good MLM presentation. In Part 3, I’ll discuss what most network marketers missed out to follow through with their presentation to make a compelling close.

Valentine’s Day Present Ideas

Valentines Day means Valentines Day presents, and it’s not just the thought that counts. Give something that’s taken as unromantic, and your lady friend may be upset, and it’s worse for men as they are so hard to buy anything for! Here are some ideas for Valentine’s Day presents sure to please.

Let’s start with the classic – flowers. Whether you are considering long stems roses or something more imaginative, flowers are great gifts. Women love them, and men, should they get them, are usually bowled away as they probably never have received them before. I was so amazed when a woman bought me flowers, I eventually ended up marrying her. OK, it wasn’t just the flowers!

Flowers can be bought in person at grocery stores, florists, and other places, and also bought online and delivered. If your honey or wannabe honey is far away this is a great option. Some places will even deliver overseas.

Food is also high up on the list. My favorites are chocolates and fruits. There are a lot of premium and delicious chocolates available. Or a healthier yet equally impressive gift is fruit. A fruit of the month club, where a different fruit is delivered once a month, will certainly get attention over and over and not be forgotten! This is one of my favorite gifts to give when I want to make a lasting impression.

Travel is also a great gift. What could be more romantic than spending time together? Whether it’s a surprise weekend off alone somewhere fun or perhaps something that requires more planning like a cruise or a trip overseas, travel is a great gift.

These gifts all work for men too, but for some men a more practical gift may be better. Something as unromantic to you as a bowling ball or power washer or whatever else they may desire. Ask, and you maybe surprised yet make them very happy on Valentines Day.

Gift certificates or cards also work well, especially if to a favorite restaurant or store. If to a restaurant you had better be invited!

Intimate wear and toys can also be wonderful gifts for the right person. You want to make sure to surprise and not over shock here! Women can buy themselves intimate wear and present themselves dressed in the present as well.

There are lots of options for Valentine’s Day gifts. Women tend to be easier to buy for than men, as flowers and chocolates are always popular.

Salary Negotiation – Master the Skills

Even if you aren’t a pro at negotiating salary, you too can become one with practice and preparation. Anyone can master the skills of salary negotiation if they try. Besides if you want to get that dream job with a high paying salary, the only way to go about it is with negotiating. You can’t expect employers to simply give you what you want because they would prefer to spend as little as possible. This is why you actually have to negotiate and ask for what you want to receive.

First skill to salary negotiation is that you need to negotiate. Don’t just accept any offer given to you, you have to think about the work you will be doing and know your worth. The fact that you negotiate for your salary is already putting you above other applicants because most employers are willing to negotiate salary and benefits. When you negotiate, at least the employer knows that you are a go-getter and are determined to get what you want.

Second to negotiating salary is that you should only talk about money towards the end. Discuss other terms first such as work hours and when they want you to begin work. Don’t commit to anything right away, simply say that it is possible and can be discussed further as saying yes to everything isn’t going to benefit you at all. Once everything is in order and in the way that you are satisfied with, then you can discuss the salary portion of your negotiation.

Make sure that whatever offer is given to you is in writing, so this way you have proof of their offer which you can work around. Just because the offer is written down, it doesn’t mean it is final. The offer only becomes final once both parties have agreed to it so if you have anything you want to take up, be sure to do so.

When negotiating, always ask for more because the more salary you start with, the more you will keep getting. Certainly when you get paid less, your increases won’t be so high especially based on percentage. If you want to be successful at work and get paid a good rate then start with getting the most that you can so that your pay will continue to increase more with promotions and salary increases. You definitely don’t want to get left behind so always play your cards right.

Before entering salary negotiation, master these skills and you won’t encounter any problems. The key is to be confident and know your capacity and what you want as this will lead you to success.