I love Makaia Carrs (Motivate me) page. Ive followed her page for years and used to be a member of the Motivate Me groups. Shes a “social influencer” , someone who has 100,000+ followers, and often commentates on a lot of important issues for women. Just to put things in context, one of her posts the other week hit over 1 million views. I think I have about 10 family and friends who read my blog and have a little laugh at my musings. You are all awesome, haha.
I have liked her frank discussions in the past about giving up drinking and being comfortable in the body you have. With her large following she influences the thoughts and actions of many young women in NZ. So, I was very surprised with a discussion thread on her page yesterday. It was about multi level marketing. And while everyone has their own opinion, I was disappointed in not just the post that started it all, but in many of the comments that followed, and saddened to think many young women may only hear one side of this topic.
So, I thought Id share my views to all 10 of you who read my blog, LOL. And hopefully provide an alternative view to the popular one that’s out there. The second post read;
Are you a Multi Level Marketer?
Please read my post below with the article I shared (about some of the approaches that annoy so many people) and then give your advice to other network marketers on how it to not be one of those "annoying" ones.
What tips can you give people selling different MLM products so they can have more success but also help remove the "stigma" that exists around people working in this space.
I know many of you have nailed it and work positively with friends , family and networks.
Share your tips with the ones that need help in this area.
Well, yes, I am a MLM, and secondly, yes I would be happy to offer my advice and tips for people to be more successful, less annoying, and remove the stigma around this area.
Tip One: Ignore all kinds of belittling posts, blogs and one-sided commentary.
Your doing a fabulous job taking the courage to get out there and make a go of yourself and do something you love. Keep doing what you’re doing.
If you’re a young SAHM (stay at home mum – for those of you challenged by acronyms just like me, lol) who maybe wanting to learn more about something, meet new people, step out of your comfort zone, share something that you have tried and now love and who wants to make a little cash on the side. Then just DO IT. Your not an annoying multi level marketer. You’re a new business owner in start up phase – you will learn the best way to do things that works for you, in your own time.
No one just wakes up one day and is an incredible business owner.
It takes time, and effort, and lots of mistakes along the way.
But have faith, it will be worth it.
Tip two: Consider an alternative view on what it’s really like in the MLM world.
There’s so many inaccuracies in the blog, I’d be here all day responding. But I don’t have time. Its 1.35am in the morning and I’m still working.
On my business.
A traditional “bricks and mortar” tourism & retail business.
The old school.
And yes, after using some wonderful MLM products (cue applause for doTERRA) for the past year, I’ve decided as of 1st May, to also start sharing those as well in my business. Yes, that means one month ago I became an annoying multi-level marketer, or in our world – a doTERRA wellness advocate – YAAAAYYYYY. Ha-ha.
And in response to the article -No one preyed on me. No one “sold me a dream and pushed me until I bought something”. My sister introduced the oils to me. My sister, who has a science degree and an accounting degree, who has previously worked for an international pharmaceutical co, and then an Oil & Gas company. She introduced me to the products after she was convinced of them & the business model and all that the company stood for. She does not “suffer fools” and I value her opinion. So, after a year of great skepticism on my part, largely fueled by the bullshit kind of misinformation out there about MLM, such as articles like these– I later, myself, decided to also share these products.
Me, who has 3 degrees, and currently owns a “traditional” business. Yes, I decided, in my own free will, with no pressure from anyone – that the model rocks, the product rocks, the company ethos is cool, and I’m all in. For a grand investment of $35.00 membership fee. I must be crazy, and a prime target to be preyed upon by evil MLMs.
And what do you know, one month in, its bloody awesome, I’m so glad my sister found these oils and shared them with me. The changes I’ve seen in the health and wellbeing of whanau and friends we have shared with has been damn straight amazing. It aligns to our values, from the actual product, right through to the company practices. The business originated in the USA, it is not Maori, in any shape or form, yet I’ve seen more practices of manaakitanga (caring for others) and kaitiakitanga (caring for your environment) within it, then I’ve seen in many other NZ businesses. It fits. We love it. I know it’s going to be awhile before the income from doTERRA could replace my “traditional business”, but I’m loving everything about it so far, and I try to carve out time in my day to grow it more.
Tip 3: Just because its different, doesn’t make it bad.
There’s lots of posts dissing MLM because those companies choose to spend significantly less on marketing and advertising, and instead pay “sellers” by commissions or rewards to effectively do what advertising does. I don’t get what’s wrong with that approach of spreading the message?. Because that’s all that advertising is – a digital or hard copy format of a MESSAGE, like what an actual real-life person can do. If I as a business owner could choose a business expense not to pay and instead increase my staff salaries, or hire more people – is that not a good thing? I can’t understand why its seen as so odd that an MLM business spends less on traditional advertising, and instead spends the money on people who ARE their advertising -the people who use and share the products.
I was at a tourism industry event tonight where they shared how hard it is to be highly placed on search engines nowadays as the large multinationals spend so much money influencing the algorithms of Google & Facebook. That it is not uncommon for companies to spend up to $3million a day on advertising to control these. A DAY, I’ll say it again – A DAY. And yet we tut tut our head about these “annoying” people who work for companies that divert their advertising spend into commissions instead?
And is it so strange to see that some companies pay commissions & bonuses on referrals? Seriously? What business nowadays does not reward you for referring a friend? Oh…I can hear the SKY TV ad in my head right now!
Every day I hear about disruptive technologies, disruptive leadership models, disrupt, disrupt, disrupt.
And then some people try MLM, and it gets slammed – it’s not a “real business”
Really? Why not? I see more characteristics of it being a “Business” then it not. So what if it’s not their own products or even their original idea? Because for one I would be super careful about claims about “original” ideas, they are few and far between these days. Then secondly – let’s take a simple example of a local dairy owner. Do they make all the products they sell? No. But, do they have a business site? Pay tax? Employ people? Advertise? Do marketing? Meet compliance and regulations? Have customer relations? Belong to business associations? Blah blah blah…….YES… they do all those things – they have all the other components of what we consider a “business” to have. But did they make that bottle of milk they sell? No. Did they “create their own business idea” to open a dairy? No.
And nor does an MLM, so what’s the difference?
Business is bloody hard, whoever says it isn’t, hasn’t been in business and put their own money on the line. So, whether you do the traditional business model way, or you choose MLM, who cares. You’re out there giving it a go and that’s more than 80% of the population who don’t. Our economy in NZ is driven by small business owners who need to be empowered and supported. Why belittle them by this kind of discussion when they are referred to as not real business owners who are annoying? Especially as the majority of them will be women. That just pisses me off, sorry.
My comments for any young women out there thinking of doing MLM, wondering if you could get the confidence to do it, and nervous about how you will go – I say – go for GOLD, or in the doTERRA world – go for DIAMOND 😊
Tip four: When all else fails, please refer to Tip One.
Ignore any kind of belittling post or commentary you may see out there.
Doing MLM will be the cheapest and easiest exposure you will get to running a business, without having to worry about the normal trappings and costs of a startup business (lease/ tax/ staff/ budgets/ products/ insurance blah blah, the list is long, trust me).
Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not a real business what you’re doing.
Be annoying and make lots of mistakes, that’s what running a business is all about.
You will learn.
And you will be fabulous 😊
When I look at my dresser I often think of that game on Sesame Street, you know the one where they have 4 boxes on the screen and the song plays and they sing;
"Three of these things belong together
Three of these things are kind of the same
But one of these things just doesn't belong here
Now its time to play our game, its time to play our game"
If your old like me and know that game, you probably just sang that to yourself as you read it huh? LOL
Okay, so, can you spot it?
Yep, that one lone bottle of perfume. Oscar de la Renta, Volupte, one of my all time favourites.
I've loved perfumes all of my adult life, pretty much as soon as I could afford to buy them I would have a decent stockpile on my dresser all the time. Sure-fire way to make me happy? Buy me a perfume. And if it was your birthday or some other celebration? Highly likely I would have bought you a perfume or cologne too. My brother & I are absolutely alike on that, its our go to gift we always give, and also the one we love receiving the most!
Trips overseas, duty free stores, sales, anything really - would always amount to more and more perfume. My nieces would always love playing with all the bottles, sampling them all, hinting to me how much they loved them till I gave in and would let them have certain ones. I mean, I doubt Id ever have less than a dozen or so different bottles at any one time, so there was lots to choose from!. Is that a lot? I never used to think it was!
I've always loved the beautiful bottles, the fragrances, the memories certain smells always evoke. If I ever get a whiff of an old perfume called Lutece, I straight away think of my mum, and within a second it feels like I'm a young child back in her bedroom playing with her jewellery box and perfume bottles. If I smell someone wearing Red Door I think of a dear friend who wore it all the time. If I smell Sunflowers I think of an old flatmate who bought me a bottle for my 21st, which I never really liked but I would always wear around the house so he would think I did!
The sense of smell is so powerful.
So, for an absolute perfume junkie like myself, I'm stunned that now I have one lone bottle on my dresser. One lone bottle that I haven't actually even worn for over 9 months, but I just cant bare to give it away or throw it away. Its too pretttttyyyy......I have too many nice memories wearing it......
And so for now, it just stays there, amongst all my doTERRA oils, the odd thing out.
And its all Alex Stuarts fault! After doing her online lox tox living programme last year, it challenged me to think about all the "fragrances" in my house - the air fresheners, carpet cleaners, candles etc that I never realised were all just pumping fake "fragrances" into the house that were bad for us. And then my ultimate challenge, realising the perfumes I LOVED and had tonnes of, were also not the best choices I could make.
They had to go.
And they have.
Slowly but surely.
Now, I make up my own PURE fumes, from essential oils, that I can create depending on what I'm wanting to experience, plus love the smell of. Every day I will now wear a perfume that either has Balance or Peace as a base, and then mixed with some smells I love (like Bergamot & Whisper) or some emotional blends - like Console or Forgive (cos I need to forgive a whole lot of F****** out there that don't deserve to be in my head or life, but can be in my forgiveness! LOL).
My dresser that was once loaded with so many perfumes is now replaced with 2 roller blends that I made myself. Two blends that I know not only smell beautiful, but also benefit me emotionally, and do not add any chemicals into my day. And unlike the $100+ I'd often spend per bottle of perfume, these 2 little wonders cost me under $5.00 each to whip up.
Better for me, saves $$, saves a whole dresser of space (to now fill with more oils instead!)
Its a winner :)
Oh, my lonely bottle of Volupte....your days are numbered.
Sharing a post from one of our team members - the Oil Junki NZ.
Western Medicine Rant - No one in my household is rich enough for days off unfortunately. So tonight I'm making up rollers for the kids to apply for immunity, coughs, cold and flu potions etc etc. My main focus is my daughter who has about 50 billion extra curricular activities which has her outside , exposed to the elements 6 days of the week. My girl has always been sickly and it's my own fault for pumping large amounts of antibiotics and paracetamol through her precious little body. It was prescribed by a qualified doctor so it must be right ... Right? Fast forward 12 years and her body no longer knows how to fight even the smallest cold, naturally. I am now on a mission to somehow kick her body into natural protection mode through essential oils. My mum has always been an insane advocate of natural therapies (I thought she was just crazy) but the truth is my little sister and I hardly ever get sick, maybe 1 big cold, if that, per year. We literally grew up applying weird leaves to mosquito bites, rubbing butter on burns and gathering kawakawa for chest congestion. But hey you know what they say, "there's no money in a cure" and there's also no place for longevity in our public health system ❤️ #doterra #doterranz #wellnessadvocate #nztakeover #sleep #energy #cleanser #detox #essentialoils #oiljunkinz #newzealand #dailyoils #natural #auckland #newzealand #essentialoilsrock #essentialoilblends #essentialoilswork #essentialoils101 #rollers
I ordered grapefruit in my LRP this month as it had come up in several friends ITOVI readings and I was curious to find out more about the "oil for honouring the body". I dont like grapefruit so wasnt expecting to like this oil...but OMG it is beautiful.
Just tried a drop in a tall glass of water, and also mixed some with FCO to put on my skin and now cant stop smelling myself 😆😆 So nice to be pleasantly surprised!
And i havent even checked out all its benefits and uses yet..but i have a feeling this is going to be a daily use oil for me somehow 💛💛 #humarie #grapefruitoil #doterraoils #surprised #honourthybody #oiljunkinz
Its taken me a year to be convinced of the benefits of essential oils.
My sister is a Gold leader for doTERRA essential oils and was always giving me lots of advice and samples to try...that I kept lying I was trying but never was. In fact, I had unfollowed her on Facebook and would make stuff up every time she asked me about one of her posts or something about the oils. Bad sister I was!
I was fully sceptical and resistant to all that "alternative, hippy stuff" she was into. Yet the irony was, we grew up with Rongoa (Maori healing practices) being used daily by our grandparents. I know lots of Rongoa practitioners and we even have weekly Rongoa classes at the Gallery. I'm surrounded by natural remedies that I regularly use, yet for some reason, I was highly sceptical of essential oils. I could trust NZ grown plants and traditional practices, but I couldn't trust others. Quite silly when I think back on it now.
But then, I started trying things, in part, just to shut my sister up, but also, like lots of parents, as my son grows (he's 5 now) I'm becoming more conscious of everything around him. From what he puts in his mouth, to what we clean the house with, put on him, and expose him to. So I started with the "easy" stuff - replacing cleaning products at home with low tox products, simple items like hand wash, air freshener, carpet cleaner, spray n wipe etc. They all worked, yet in my mind, i still thought, yeah yeah AND?
Winter came and I tried some of the immune blends, in rollers and a diffuser, and didn't really notice until I saw other people that we had not been sick for some time. I had also started using lavender on my sons feet and spine to help him fall sleep at night, and then have a good restful sleep till the morning. I started to really notice a difference there, but still in my mind I thought - oh hes probably just getting older and getting into a better sleeping routine.
Talk about resistant!
But I couldn't deny the "aha" moment when we had to have his 2 front teeth removed. Two teeth were growing behind his baby teeth and while sometimes they will just naturally shift the baby ones forward to fall out, this wasn't happening and we had to have them removed. He was very brave and great for the dentist who put his front mouth to sleep and removed the baby teeth. I wasn't doing so well with it all though!. After it was done, the dentist gave me a prescription for child painkillers and said it was likely once the injection wore off he would be in a lot of pain and I should likely keep him home from daycare the next day or two and take it easy.
My sister encouraged me to try some essential oils as a safe, gentle alternative to the painkillers and this time I agreed. I made up a roller with Frankincense and Lavendar and rolled it on the outside of his jawline. I did it once when the injection wore off, again went he went to sleep that night, and then again in the morning. Now unless he has a very high pain threshold for a child, he was fine, he had absolutely no pain and was back at daycare the next day.
It was my first real "aha" moment, when I couldn't fob it off to some other possible reason, where it actually made me stop and think - is there something to essential oils? And so the journey to find out more began, this time, because I really wanted to know more! And little did I know, there was going to be a ton more "wow this shit really works" moments along the way.
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