To succeed in network marketing, you’re going to have to rely on your team. No one builds a successful MLM Business all by themselves. In order to create a winning team there are a few simple things you can do. What I want to do in the rest of this post is share my top 10 team building tips for network marketers. Let’s get started.
# 1 Have a Team Name
You need a team name for your downline. You can start out by using your upline’s team name (if they have one). If that is not an option, create a name for your team right from day one. I named my team, Team Freedom. Remember that people like to belong to something greater than themselves. All teams need a good name.
# 2 Have Weekly Calls
Weekly calls are paramount for team building and your long-term success. Once you have a small team going, you need to start doing weekly calls. You can have live calls or do pre-recorded calls for your team. This keeps the information flowing every week AND it gives people a sense of belonging. This is a great way to share struggles, hear success stories, get help and learn new ideas.
# 3 Have Events
Events are very powerful. Having local events with your team is probably the # 1 thing you can do to team build effectively. Have a weekly meeting and/or monthly potluck or BBQ. People love to come together and meetup to share ideas, and for fellowship. There are few things more exciting and powerful than having a group of people with a common purpose get together.
# 4 Send Out a Monthly Newsletter
One of the best things you can do for team building with your team is to send out a monthly MAILED team newsletter. Share some tips for the month, a suggested book of the month, a quote of the month, product of the month and team recognition. Keep it simple and no more than 1-2 pages. Mail it out on the same day each month.
# 5 Give Team Recognition
Everyone craves recognition. Most people do not feel appreciated at home or at work. If you can learn how to recognize people, even for the smallest things, it can pay huge dividends in your business. You can buy some inexpensive medals, personalized gifts, and certificates online. Hand out awards for even the smallest things. Always look for ways to recognize people. It doesn’t have to cost you money either. Even a small, handwritten thank you note can have a huge impact on someone.
# 6 Have Contests
Contests are a great way to create excitement and momentum in your business. Have contests where there can be multiple winners. By all means, recognize the grand winner too, but have something that everyone, even the part-timer, can strive for. For example, have contests for sponsoring the most amount of people in a month, acquiring new customers, rank advancements, retail sales, or whatever else you can think of.
# 7 Get In the Trenches
One of the best things you can do as a leader to team build is to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches. Work closely with the people on your team. Do in home events with them. Attend events with them. Help them do a three-way call, one-on-one, or group presentation. Be active in your business, help the people who want your help and lead by example.
# 8 Look for the Good in People
No one is perfect. Everyone has good and bad qualities, including you and me. Look for the good in people. If you look closely, you will find good traits in everyone. Focus on praising those good traits in the person. Tell people what you admire about them.
# 9 Have Empathy
This is one area I am not real good in, but wish I was. Being empathetic means that you see things from the other person’s perspective, and you can relate well with them. It’s true, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
# 10 Have Fun!
Everyone and I mean everyone wants to have more fun in their life! If your business isn’t fun, you aren’t doing it right. Look for ways to get together with your team and have fun and laugh. Yes, there will be times when you need to get down to business, but make sure that you aren’t just about “business” 100% of the time.
There you have it folks. These are my top 10 team building tips for network marketers. I hope you will evaluate yourself in each area and look for ways to improve. Implementing any of these things in your business will definitely help you grow your team and get the results that you desire.
What are your thoughts? What do you do team build in your network marketing organization? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.