I can tell you from personal experience that network marketing is not for the faint at heart.  Bear with me while I tell you my story of how I climbed to the top of my network marketing company’s comp plan back in October 2005…It was October 31,2005, a Halloween night and I was soooo close to the getting the final numbers that I needed to become a 3 Diamond National Vice President with my company which was called Warm Spirit.  (Warm Spirit is now currently closed as an mlm, but I believe one of the founders still sells a few products via the website.)  But I felt like I was running for office.  The good part about the team that I was working with was the fact that they were all committed.  They wanted to be a part of the experience of breaking a National Vice President.  They also wanted to promote themselves up the compensation plan.  You see I had poured so much into the team that they were excited and ready to take their commitment to the organization to the next level.  We had something back then which so many network marketing organizations lack today and that is a commitment to the team.

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We operated on the concept of “One Band, One Sound”, which is a concept that I got from the movie Drumline.  I firmly trained and communicated to the team that our success was dependent on the success of each other and that if one person was presenting the opportunity wrong, then they were ruining the opportunity for everyone.  So I constantly explained the importance of all of us doing the same thing and saying the same thing.  I also trained that one person’s success represented everyone’s success.  It was a T.E.A.M. thing.  We understood that Together Everyone Achieves More.  Also, if there was one thing that our team understood it was that they could count on me to be there in the trenches holding it down for them, which is the reason why when it came down to pulling out a successful win and a title of National Vice President for me, Executive for several of them and Emerald Manager for so many others, they were ALL IN.

So on that night, everyone was all in.  The phones were ringing like crazy.  I looked absolutely crazy and I was thankful that it was Halloween.  That night the team pulled in over $100,000 in production.  I received my first 5-figure check and became the first and ONLY 3 Diamond National Vice President on the East Coast.  Bam!  We did it.  But like I said, it felt as if I was running for office.  I was constantly checking the volume and working my spreadsheets to see if all the numbers were falling in the right place.  I was on the phone with corporate constant checking and double-checking to make sure that when the clock turned and the numbers were ran that I didn’t fall short of what I needed to qualify.  It was nuts.  It was exhilarating and it was also fun.  But it’s not for the faint at heart.

I was recently told that if you want something bad enough that you will do what it takes to get it done and that the difference between those who make it and those who don’t is that those individuals who will have – THE WILL TO DO IT!  They have the burning desire in their hearts to make it happen.  I had that.  And in network marketing you need that.  You need to be committed.  But you also need to be a leader.  Those individuals that constantly sit in the audience and take notes but never put anything into action won’t win.  But those who execute on the information and then have the courage to get up in front of the room to take about it and train about it are the ones that you will see rise to the top.

I have found that the key to network marketing success has everything to do with, creating your own success story, becoming the person that everyone wants to follow and to share, share, share.  The best thing you can do when you find something that works is share it.  Don’t hold anything back.  Become the go to person and make yourself irresistible.  Build your team on a solid foundation of trust and follow the “One Band, One Sound” mantra and you will not only succeed, but you will go straight to the top.  Take it from me because I did it.


Toni Coleman-Brown
Toni Coleman-Brown

Toni Coleman Brown is an author, coach, motivational speaker, social media strategist and professional networker. She is also the Founder of the popular, Network for Women in Business, which is an online community designed to train, connect and advance women in business.

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