I have to admit I am not the coolest person alive. I am not that funny and being Swedish I am way too serious and literal 99% of the time. This does not always help me in making friends and getting others to want to follow me. However, I am open to improvement.
Another issue is that I followed the traditional path. Engineering degree from a good university. A well paid job in banking. (Big problem working for the dark side)
No business experience. No sales experience. Quite introverted. Why the heck would I then choose to get into network marketing - one of the most social things ever!
The first few years of building my network marketing business I always felt that what I lacked in experience and age I could make up by being professional. I would wear a suit and tie and would be very cautious to not upset anyone. There was no fun. There was no joking around. There was no getting to know the personal side of people. I would jump straight into business at all times.
I would rock up at meetings and be like I need to show this 5 pt presentation and bore the crap out of them for as long as possible - then they will join me just to get rid of me
I was the person trying to make this a proper job and hide that it was network marketing.
I remember we organized events and sometimes people wanted to go for a meal afterwards to have fun and I wanted to go home to work???
I never built a tribe of fun loving people.
Everything changed when…
One of my uplines who had been semi retired for many years decided to move to the UK. You can actually see an interview with Kristjan Kristjansson on here.
Before and after every meeting I would call him to get some tips. Just within a few weeks he got me to alter a few things and suddenly everything changed for me. We also did a few group meetings together where he would give feedback. The massive missing ingredient was FUN!
A few things you can do to make things more fun…
At 1 on 1 meetings get to know the other person. Do some fun activity or at least go for a drink or some nice cake and cocktails. If you both have kids make it a play date and your kids might possibly end up liking each other.
For prospecting face to face on the street - mic each other up and then have fun listening to the recordings afterwards!
For a group presentation - joke around with the crowd! Make fun of yourself.
Never take yourself too seriously. People love it when you let your guard down.
Still always be professional but in a fun sort of way. You want to attract the type of people to your team who share your energy anyway.
Always remember 90% of people stick around because of the fun. They look the first time because there is potential to make money. However, the money usually comes too slow as it is a business and not a get rich quick scheme. Therefore, introduce the fun right away so people want to stick around just for that.
I will tell you a story of one of the top leaders in Europe. This is of course my version which is very skewed my way and it is not to take away anything from my brother's incredible job to recruit her. There was a social event that he invited her to. She loved the fun. The people who all had dreams and ambition. She loved being around fun loving people who are all running in the same direction. She did not know anything about the business but she knew this was the atmosphere she wanted to have. A few years later she has built one of the fastest grouping teams in the entire world. It all started with a bit of fun!
A few things you can do to have more fun:
Have activity days with your team
Test out some new activity (go karting, sky diving, river rafting, military style warrior race)
Make sure that all bigger events have socials
Group going to personal development seminars together
Swimming in the sea
Go ape (zip-lining)
Go look at nice mansions
Test drive high performance cars
Drinks at someone’s house
To have more fun
Make fun of yourself a bit more
Find ways to bond with your team
Create a tribe of fun loving people
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AUTHOR: Daniel Norell
Daniel Norell teaches people how to make money with Instagram and Facebook. He teaches ways in which you can grow your following by 50-250 followers per day and then monetize your following. If you love to have fun and work with like-minded people, then talk to this chatbot: http://tinyurl.com/DanielBot or have a browse around the website: www.thenorells.com.