When I first learned that you can build a business of your own with the network marketing concept I figured I would only need to share this with my few friends and family and everything would expand from there. Guess what? It didn’t. Yes a few family members joined and it was really good to work together. But now what do I do? I was told, now to go and talk to people who are acquaintances and then start cold contacting. WHAT? Are You Serious?
Fear of Talking To People
Here is where one of my biggest fears happened. I needed to talk to people I barely know or don’t know at all about my business opportunity. Yikes! I, like many people fear talking to people, talking to groups of people or talking to people you don’t know, talking to people one on one. I don’t like talking in front of people or even near other people. And even just plain talking is an issue.
I was an introvert and pretty shy and self conscience growing up. I was a tall, skinny kid with no desire to interact with others. I was a “gork”. I was gangly armed and legged person and a dork, so there you go. I stayed inside and read books and made models of cars, planes and boats.
I am sure you either are like that or know someone who is like that. This unfortunately makes a bad combination for building a business that is all about people talking to others. Sharing products and business opportunities.
I have heard it said that the fear of public speaking is more feared than death itself. I think I can agree with that. At least for the first 1000 or so times, I tried to talk to someone about my business opportunity. Heck I had trouble talking to my family and I knew them.
So, Don’t Talk To People, And Build It Anyway
For many people they will simply quit building their business because the fear of talking to people is too great. They won’t share the stories about the product and will not prospect for people to join their business. I know, because that’s what I did for a while. I did not actually quit the business; but I stopped doing the things that are actual revenue producing activities. Things like showing the plan to people and promoting, and prospecting and following up. I remember finally showing my own plans 1 on 1. I was so relived that I had done it I didn’t even followup. Frankly I did not care to. What if they got involved? Then I might have to show the business plan to people they knew but I didn’t. What a spiral.
Back in the late 80’s early 90’s we did not have the internet or cell phones. Social media had not been created yet. Today we can use those tools to build our businesses and it allows us to build a bridge in our business maturity. This means we can still build our network marketing businesses using means other than talking using our voices. We can use texting, emails, blogs, social media posts etc. We can even make videos. For some reason people can do that and not feel that they are talking to thousands of people. This will allow you to bridge the gap from being totally fearful of talking to people and the time-frame when you finally become more comfortable. You can continue on while you work on conquering the fear.
It’s Like Online Dating
Today many people meet online and develop a relationship that carries over into the real world. If we can find our true soul mate or our partner using the online tools and methods, then why can’t you find interested people for your products or business opportunity? The answer is you can. It’s a really great way to build your business. Only interested people reach out to you and so there is virtually no rejection. You don’t have to feel bad because someone said no, to getting involved in your business because you can now have 100’s of leads everyday that are coming to you.
Don’t Quit! Just Work!
That is right! Stay in and build your business using whatever means possible. As long as it is legal and ethical of course. If you feel able to create the best posts for social media. Then do that full time. Eventually add on additional methods and tools. Eventually you will get more and more confident in what you are doing and you will start talking and sharing with people you know in person. I know people who have developed a six figure income and don’t ever meet their network marketing people in person or even speak on the phone.
Over a period of time you will become better at every aspect of growing your business. Today the many methods we have available to us, allow you to build in multiple ways until we can use all of the methods effectively. I teach my team how to do this every day. If I can learn it so can you.
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