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What To Stay Away From

October 31, 2011

Frauds, Liars & Scams

First, a few definitions.

Fraud – One who assumes a false pose; an impostor. From the Latin for deceit or injury.

Liar – A person who knowingly utters falsehood; one who declares to another as a fact what he knows to be not true, and with an intention to deceive him. From a predecessor to Old English meaning to be untruthful.

Scam – A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle. U.S. slang, a carnival term, of unknown origin. Perhaps related to 19c. British slang scamp “cheater, swindler”

A Man Named Gordo

I advertise my home business opportunity in a magazine called the “Home Business Connection.” Now, surprisingly, you might think that I would expect people to call me who are looking for a home business opportunity. At least that’s why I thought I was advertising in that magazine.

Enter a man named Gordo. Gordo left me a voicemail in which he said he was interested in my business opportunity. Seems pretty straightforward, I normally call people back and find out about them and what they’re looking for and find out if there’s a match.

When I called Gordo back however, it turned out he was more interested in selling me on him, than vice versa. He called himself the “Greatest Networker in the World.”

The Greatest Networker In The World, by the way, is an actual book written by John Milton Fogg, who has been in the networking industry for over 20 years, and was also one of the founders of UPLINE magazine, a magazine about the network marketing industry. John gives seminars and lectures, writes books and articles, and in general would not be cold calling someone to invite them to listen to a conference call. So red flags were already going off.

When I mentioned that I had read “his” book, he responded “yep, that’s me.” I never bothered asking why he was disguising himself as Gordo. I was too curious at this point to see where he was going with this.

So he invited me to listen to a live conference call which was limited to 10 network marketers. He claimed it would be 100% live and 100% interactive. After inviting me, he then asked if there was anyone in my organization who I wanted to invite to the call.

The next thing that was odd was he couldn’t just give me the number to the conference call and the PIN. He had to call me back later in the day to give me these.

Finally, the appointed time rolls around and I call the number and get on the conference call. The first 15 minutes of the call were spent trying to locate someone who was supposed to be on the call and hadn’t called in.

He started the conference around 7:15, by saying the call was designed to help us make money, it’s not about making friends or saving the world.

Other statements he issued were: “Gordo hates liars,” “No one in the world knows more about networking than me,” and “No one in the industry earns more than me.”

Remember that statement about the call being 100% interactive, once the call started, everyone was locked out or muted except for Mr. Gordo, so much for the “interactive” call.

Another gem was “The secret to making money is not to make money.”

“Stupid is okay, don’t act stupid.”

“Same circus – different clowns.”

Since he had told us to be at our computers at 7 and the red flags were screaming at me by this point, I got online and started looking up Gordo and Gordo’s phone number.

What I found was pretty interesting.

Or you can check out his blog. But be forewarned it has nothing to do with networking.

Okay, one more

Okay, I think you get the idea. Stay away; far, far away.

Better idea

For more info on how to pick a real opportunity, go to and sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter.

Those tips will help you avoid falling victim to any frauds, lies, or scams.

Have a great week!


Be Simple – Be Yourself – Pass It On

June 14, 2010

Do What I Say and No One Gets Hurt

You may wonder what a corny line from an old cops and robbers show is doing in a blog about network marketing. (If you’re younger than 40, you may wonder what a cops and robbers show is.)

Network marketing, contrary to popular belief, does not have to be a sequence of bad experiences, broken promises, over-hyped products and dreams that you’ve given up on. While that may have been your results, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Know before you go, do your due diligence and learn what you’re getting into. To know what to look for, go to and sign up for the free newsletter. In other words, do what I say and no one gets hurt.


John M. Fogg, author of The Greatest Networker in the World, says that there is a front and a back to everything. In network marketing, this means that along with the front side of the freedom offered, comes the back side of responsibility.

If you want to have time and money freedom, you have to be responsible for your time and money, for those around you, your company, your sponsor, the business partners you recruit to work with you, how you present your business, product or service, and how your business partners present your business and product/service.

Through duplication and leverage, the responsibility that you take for those around you turns into freedom. Freedom of who to work with, freedom of when to work, freedom of not having a boss to dictate your schedule, freedom of being in charge of your income, the freedom to fit your business into your life instead of fitting your life into your work or business.


You would be hard pressed to pick up any book on network marketing by any author and not find some mention of personal growth or personal development.

We all come to the start of our career in network marketing with certain skills already learned and others that we haven’t learned. In order to grow our business, we have to grow our skills and our attitude. This was as true in my brick and mortar business as it is in my network marketing business.

Part of responsibility and part of duplication and leverage is helping our business partners grow into what they want to become in this business. To help them grow, we have to keep growing ourselves so that we become the leader that can help them become who they need to become.

”You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”  – Zig Ziglar

Be Simple

If you’re just getting started in network marketing, you probably think I’m off my rocker. BE SIMPLE, what the hell’s he talking about? I have to learn all about the products we sell, I have to learn the do’s and don’ts of this company and this industry, I have to be familiar with what I can and can’t say, I have to know all 42 objection handlings (42 is a made-up number, your company may have more or less), I have to know when to close the deal, there’s 40 gajillion things I have to know to do this business, how can you say “be simple.”

You’ve probably heard the old saying, KISS – keep it simple, stupid. It’s an old saying because it’s got some truth to it. There really is power in simplicity.

In order to utilize leverage, you have to have duplication – duplication of the successful factors of a business – promote, get others to promote; sell, get others to sell; recruit, get others to recruit; lead, get others to lead. What’s the best way to get others to duplicate the success factors? Keep it simple.

Be Yourself

If you have an awesome sponsor, you’re going to be sorely tempted to imitate him or her and do exactly what they’re doing. There’s nothing wrong with that when you’re getting started, you have to start somewhere, and you will learn a ton from them. But don’t become them, you are not that awesome sponsor; you are yourself, a unique and amazing individual.

In this business, we have the freedom to develop and discover who we are and how to present our product, service or opportunity in the way that feels right and true to our own selves. Be true to yourself and people will listen to you.

Pass It On

Just to hit on the last part of my title. To succeed in network marketing, you have to pass it on. If you’re being yourself, and keeping it simple, when you pass it along, people will listen and some will act – those are the ones you’re looking for.

Not everyone is going to “get it,” not everyone’s going to act, but the more you pass it on, the more will say yes and the more your business will grow.

Set A Good Example

Follow like you’d like to be followed.

Lead like you’d want to be led.

Talk to others the way you’d want to be talked to.

Do unto others the way you would want others to do unto you.

Help others find their path to success.

Never give up on anyone unless they tell you to.

Where Does The Simplicity Start?

Good question, some people would say it starts with being a great recruiter or an amazing salesperson or having a great story. I think it starts before you sign the agreement with the company you’re going to work with.

Do you think people would be more likely to sign up for a business or a product if you’re uncertain about your facts and where the company’s been or where it’s going? Or if you had certainty that your company is awesome and the product is a proven winner? Obviously, if you had that certainty, people would be more likely to trust you and want to do business with you.

How do you get that certainty? Know your company, know your product, know what to look for.

The best way I’ve found to know what to look for is the email series called “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter. Go to and sign up for this free email series.


Great Truths That Little Children Have Learned:

1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8 ) You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandma’s lap.