Using your time efficiently is the best tip I can give you in your direct sales business. And there are many ways to do that, but here are a couple of my favorites:
1. Save all of your hostess information in your phone.
The next time you’re stuck by train, message your hostesses and ask how they’re doing.
The next time you’re waiting to pick up your son from basketball, message your hostesses and ask them where they’re standing on orders and if they need any extra supplies to help them.
The next time you’re sitting at a doctor’s office waiting to be seen, message your hostesses and let them know what time you’ll arrive and what kind of guests will be attending. Moms, nurses, teachers? This will help you gear your presentation to help them.
Of course, there’s a thousand thing you can do in 5 minutes, but make your hostess coaching a priority and use your time efficiently and it won’t be such a burden to get things done. We spend half our time “waiting” for something. DO SOMETHING while you’re waiting that will benefit your business.
**Also, save your contacts for your business separately. For instance, I believe Gretchen Manmiller shared this with many moons ago. I save all my Thirty-One customers as 31Sally Johnson. So when i have a few minutes, i can go through my contacts in my phone, type in “31” and all my customers pop up. I can scroll down the list and message 3 people:
~”hey Sally! I was sitting here thinking about your party. Someone said something that made me laugh and think about you today! And then I thought, has she seen the new fall catalog? And then I thought, oh my goodness! I need to get her one! Want me to send you one out? And how is your mom doing? I saw on FB she just had surgery?”
It is literally THAT simple. Use those 5 minutes to build your relationships and you will build your business. You have to have a CEO (Chief Executive Officer) mentality when it comes to running your business. Cause you ARE! No one else is going to run your business for you. Ask yourself if you’re really doing all you can do, and then see how you can do it more efficiently.
2. Invest in a good Bluetooth headset and at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
Yes, I’m telling you to walk around with that stupid thing in your ear for 30 minutes a day (or at least 3 times a week). My husband makes fun of me when I have it on. LOL. Now I’m going to get really insane and tell you to wake up 30 minutes earlier 3 times a week and go for an early morning walk before the birds (and everyone in your house) wakes up.
There are a million books out there that will change your life. I get up at 5am every morning, brush my teeth, make my energy drink, put my bluetooth headset on, and walk out the door. And I listen to an AUDIO book while I’m walking. I’m ALWAYS learning something new. I’m always feeding my soul, my business, and my drive with some amazing information. And by walking in the morning…I simply feel better. I’m more productive and ready to take on my day with a great attitude and perspective from something I learned in whatever book I’m “reading” that day.
I have an iPhone, so I simply go to my iTunes store, find a book I want, and download the audio and away I go. I can easily “read” one book a week. Have a 30 minute commute to work everyday? LISTEN to your book on the way. Utilize the precious time you DO have…and you’ll start to see things change!
I’ve had 3 or 4 different brands. And I personally like Jabra the best. When looking for a bluetooth set, there are tons of options. The most important thing is it has to say that you can listen to MUSIC. Because some will only take calls. And then you wouldn’t be able to listen to your books! Here’s one for $37 on amazon. But you can find anything comparable, just make sure it lets you listen to music: http://www.amazon.com/Jabra-EXTREME2-Bluetooth-Headset-Packaging/dp/B005G2U80O/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1441190150&sr=8-8&keywords=jabra+bluetooth%2C+music
Time to conquer my day!
Melissa Fietsam, Ind Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
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