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What To Stay Away From

October 31, 2011
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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.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/Gordon-Moss.aspx

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

http://theworldsgreatestnetworker.blogspot.com/

Okay, one more

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=17999

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 www.AlansMLMTips.com 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!

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Stop, Look and Listen

January 17, 2011
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Network Marketing

One way of defining network marketing is that it’s all about relationships and word of mouth. Knowing that relationships are about listening as much or more than talking, why don’t we have an easier time developing relationships with those in our “network?”

In his book, Conversations with the Greatest Networker in the World, John Milton Fogg identifies the problem as reactive listening, in other words, what you’re doing instead of just listening.

Are You Doing Any Of These?

Here, in brief, are a few of the 11 reasons the greatest networker identifies as why we’re not listening, or what we’re doing instead of listening.

Comparing – what you’re hearing to something else you’ve heard, is it better than or worse than what you heard elsewhere, do you disagree with it? Just listen, focus on hearing what the person is saying.

Derailing – change the subject, this will definitely tell the person you don’t care about what he/she was talking about. But if you’re figuring out how to change the subject, you’re not listening.

Fighting – disagree, dispute, disapprove, belittle, begrudge, put down… If you think what the person is saying is wrong – fine. Listen, let him know you heard him, then express your own thought.

Plotting – if you already have a plot in mind for the conversation you’re having, you’re not listening. You’re directing the conversation to make it fit with and stick to your plot instead of truly listening.

You should get the book to get the rest of the ways to “not listen” but I’m guessing you’ve already spotted one or more things you’re doing in your conversations.

What Else Should You Know?

Further on in the book, the greatest networker is talking about why he had a favorable impression of network marketing before he became a network marketer. He says “Nothing will ever be as powerful promoting a product or service as simple word-of-mouth, and Network Marketing harnessed that by giving it a reward structure. I thought that was utterly brilliant!” For an awesome video detailing why it’s brilliant; check out Brilliant Compensation.

If you’re looking for a company to work with or a better company, go to www.AlansMLMTips.com and sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter to learn more about what to look for in a company.

Or you can get The Greatest Networker in the World & Conversations with the Greatest Networker and read it here.

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I thought this was pretty funny, but true as well. The Greatest Networker, in his persona in the book says, “Working where, when and how much you want, rather than having your boss or some company policy tell you what to do, is truly the American way. After all, didn’t the ‘Declaration of Independent Contractors’ say that we Network Marketers are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among which were Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?”


Right Between The Eyes

January 10, 2011
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Where Has This Book Been All My Life?

Ever pick up a book and have it just be so… right, so spot on, so personal and intimate to who you are and what you want in life; that you couldn’t put it down?

It doesn’t happen very often, and I read a lot and enjoy reading anything; history, fiction, economics, business, network marketing books, Harry Potter, sci fi; it’s one of my favorite pastimes, but moments like that where someone says exactly what I think are rare.

I hope I’m the only person who’s never read this book, but I have a hunch I’m in good company. I would guess I could probably ask forty or fifty networkers if they’ve read this book and I’d probably get forty or fifty no’s even though it’s considered a classic in network marketing.

What Book, Who Wrote It?

John Milton Fogg is the author, and the book is The Greatest Networker In The World. If you’ve read books or magazines on or about the network marketing industry, you’ve probably run across John’s name and never thought anything more about it.

Here’s a short self-description from John on his website; “For more than 20 years I’ve been a writer, teacher, author, speaker & coach. Ask me what I do and I’ll probably say, ‘I’m a writer.’ Ask my friends and they’ll say, ‘He’s a mentor.’ They’re right. That’s my purpose, passion & joy.

“I don’t claim to be The Greatest Networker in the World, and I am the guy that wrote the book, which having sold more than a million copies is one of the highest-ever selling network marketing titles.”

Has He Been Reading My Notes?

Here’s the part that really got to me and had tears welling up in my eyes:

“I just want to be a success, “ I told him, emotion troubling my words a little. “I’m so sick and tired of the sameness … to give my wife and kids the things they deserve. Disney World, “ I said, “I want to take the kids to Disney World – and the Grand Canyon. I want to be free. I want time … creativity … control…. And yes, I do want to be a pioneer – again. I loved doing that….”

“But…?” he asked quietly.

“But, I don’t know how,” I answered…  (End of quote)

I must be hanging out with the wrong people, nobody I know has ever mentioned this book to me …

Closing Out For This Edition

In the next paragraph, the narrator of the story goes on to say “I see other people doing it. Lots of them. So I know it can be done. And I know they’re not any smarter or better than me, or work any harder. It’s just that – I can’t seem to get it to work for me. I try. I really do. I make the calls… run my names list. It just doesn’t work.”

I am sure I’m going to find more pearls of wisdom as I continue reading this book (the quotes above are from page 13), and I will share them with you. But this one couldn’t wait as I knew it would speak to others out there.

But I wanted to close with this thought, no matter how good, bad or indifferent  you are at “doing” network marketing, you increase your chances for achieving your dreams if you pick a company that is going in the direction you want to go.

To learn more about how to pick a company to work with, go to www.AlansMLMTips.com and sign up for the “7 Days, 7 Insider Secrets” email newsletter.

If you’re investigating network marketing as a possible sideline or even a career change, but aren’t quite sure yet; you owe it to yourself to watch Brilliant Compensation, a beautiful analogy on why network marketing is so … well, brilliant.

Otherwise, if you’ve already read “The Greatest Networker,” reread it, if not, get and read the book, it’s well worth it.

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Are you really listening, or are you just waiting for your turn to speak?  — John Milton Fogg