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Planting (Team Building) Seeds – Team Meeting Script

Sponsoring Seeds Team Meeting Training(This was designed for an in-person direct selling team training I did, but could probably be adapted to an online/virtual training as well. Pass out or send ahead a packet of seeds with the poem below!)
Planting seeds is an analogy used for many things :
Seeds of faith
Seeds of wisdom
Seeds of doubt
Seeds of change
Seeds of war
In every case, the seeds represent the potential for changing the world in some way, and the hope of turning into something GREAT, just like these flower seeds! When you plant the seeds of new consultants, your potential for growing your business, and changing the world is amazing!

Look at these seed packets. I’ve put a poem on the back to remind us of the components our home party business seeds need:

A little seed for me to sow
A little earth to make it grow
A little hole
A little pat
A little wish
And that is that!
A little sun
A little shower
A little while
And then, a flower!

(You could use a real flower pot and seeds etc. to illustrate.)
SEEDS
The little seed at one point was each of us! Someone introduced us to the opportunity and gave our business life. But today, THIS seed represents the women YOU introduce the business to.

Think of the amazing potential there is in a little seed – you plant it in the ground and it explodes into a wonderful plant, or flower, or tree! The seeds you plant (recruits) have the same potential, just like you do!!

Not all of the seeds will sprout to life – some will go off with the wind (they were only there temporarily), some will be carried away by wildlife (distracted by life happening) and some for whatever reason were just not meant to develop into plants and are content to stay seeds (hobbyists or those who just signed up for discount) but–some will take root and grow!

Good gardeners will plant lots and lots of seeds, knowing only some will bloom!

EARTH

The soil is the foundation, full of nutrients to support life. The soil represents your home party business company, your company owners and leaders, and the information we learn and know through their resources about your products, hostess rewards and business opportunity. Without a good foundation of information, and access to the resources the company provides, our seeds could not grow.

LITTLE HOLE

Next is the little hole in which you drop the seed. This is a comfortable little depression in the earth, a resting place of comfort. Surrounded by the fertile soil of our company, the hole represents your seed’s sense of self-reliance and self-confidence. It knows what its job is, and has the resources to achieve it!

A LITTLE PAT

Who can guess what the pat represents? You’ve dropped your seed in the fertile soil and give it a little pat. This is the encouragement your seed gets from you, their sponsor. Let them know you are there for them, that you have confidence in them. Even though your seeds may have come from one, your seeds have never been plants before! Let them know you know they can do it! When they start to lose confidence, remind them of the tools they need to succeed, practice with them, listen to them, and encourage them!

A LITTLE WISH

The wish is hope and desire! The dreams and desires your team member has are what will keep her going, striving to grow her home party business. It might be the promise of income to help with family finances, or perhaps vacations or home improvements. It might be the fun of meeting new people and socializing with like-minded women who understand the power of our product and the impact it has on society. Or it might be the recognition and sense of accomplishment we get from reaching our goals. Whatever it is, she must want it enough for that wish to be a driving force behind her business, keeping her going through obstacles and setbacks.

A LITTLE SUN

Sunshine represents a positive attitude and enthusiasm! Our attitude is contagious and just like the sun, it brightens or darkens everything it touches. As a sponsor, it’s important for us to convey a positive attitude toward our team. This is what will give them energy and grow those seeds! And the most amazing thing is, sunshine is reflected back to us! The more we share our enthusiasm for the products and business, the more energized and positive we feel! Remember to keep your positive attitude and enthusiasm high, and share it freely!

A LITTLE SHOWER

Water is fluid, changing and refreshing! It cleanses and renews everything it touches. For your seed, water feeds it and gives it life! Without it, your seed would not sprout, and if it was there but then goes away, your sprout would wilt and die. Water represents the ongoing training and support that keeps us in touch with our business on a weekly and monthly basis not just when we first start and are excited, but continuing always. This includes the company materials in our starter kits, the monthly newsletters, our online support group, our calls, events, meetings like this one and contact with our sponsors and the company. Continuing support and training are vital to growing a home party business! There is no substitute so be sure your seed takes advantage of all we have to offer her!

A LITTLE WHILE

Success rarely happens over night. We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare – slow and steady wins the race! If a consultant grows her business in a well planned, consistent manner, she will be successful! Model patience and persistence for her so she knows success will come, even though it may not be overnight. Building a strong business takes time!

THE FLOWER

Flowers are beautiful! They spread cheer to others, are fragrant, and with the help of others, they multiply! When your seed has all the right components, it will plant roots, staying firmly in touch with the rich, fertile soil, and then blossom into a beautiful flower, ready to create her own seeds! People say that seeds are tiny miracles – how can such a complex and beautiful thing come from such a tiny speck in the dirt? But the amazing thing is that the flower will continue to duplicate itself all throughout the land, until you have a beautiful, lush garden, all because of the rich soil, bright sunshine, and continual watering.

There is a Chinese proverb that says

If you want one year of prosperity, grow grain.
If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees.
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, grow people.

That’s what we are doing when we help others develop their own home party business! We’re growing people! I don’t need to tell you how much being a part of your business can change your life, in satisfaction, achievement, personal growth and more. We are all here today because we know this is something important that will make a difference in our lives and that of those we touch.

They say that he who plants a garden plants happiness. Enjoy your planting and pass on our little poem to your future flowers!!

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Peace of Mind

For the last few years I have been driving around in a minivan that was always on its ‘last leg.’ It started out as a trouble maker – we bought it from a local fairgrounds car lot from some guys who were from out of town, ended up being scam artists who sold us an untitled car. We got that all worked out just in time for things to start breaking on us. We’ve been nursing it along for years but I am happy to say those days are over.

The one we got isn’t my ‘dream car’ I talked about a few posts ago, but it will do for now – it’s a dream come true because it is giving me peace of mind. Since the latest problems with the minivan were related to the brakes – every few months they needed to be replaced – it was scary driving it around. And since I drive a LOT – I mean a lot – about 20,000 miles a month is average – that meant I drove around being scared a lot.  The last couple weeks I said I can’t take it any more and I made Greg take my car while I drove his pickup. That’s pretty bad!

When I found out that Jeff Yates, a mobile apps guy who comes to my Webify Club meetups, was selling Hondas in Petaluma, I knew it was meant to be. I had already been looking at getting a Honda. Being the last day of the month, and being that Jeff was really good at following up with me just at the right time, I told him to stick around and that we’d be in tonight. He normally goes home at 4:30 but stayed extra just for us – THANK YOU Jeff! Jeff was really great to work with and if you are in the SF Bay Area I highly recommend you visit him at Hansel Honda in Petaluma.

I am looking forward to driving around without worrying about whether everyone has jackets with them in case we get stranded on the side of the road. Or bringing along a snack in case we end up waiting on a tow truck. Or looking at the last gas station we pass knowing we have to make it another 7 miles to the next one in case the car starts smoking again. Or wondering if I remembered to fill up the jug of water in the back. I hate car trouble. I love the peace of mind of knowing I am carrying my most precious cargo – the three kids – in a reliable vehicle. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to really say that. This car isn’t brand new but it only has 34,000 miles on it so it is the newest car I’ve ever owned. I am thrilled!

If you’re looking for a new or used car, be sure to ask for Jeff Yates at Hansel Honda in Petaluma. I trust him, he’s a good guy, and I know you’ll have an easy painless experience like we did. He’s terrific!

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I’m On the Get Rich Slow Program

My family, on the path.Hi everyone! Did you know I am purposely planning to get rich slow? :) I am! There are many reasons for this and they all make sense to me. I wonder what you think?

First of all, prosperity is not only about money. Yeah money is nice, and the freedom it provides is priceless. But it isn’t the #1 priority for me. I’ve noticed that when others worship the mighty dollar and chase their dreams based only on material gain, they fizzle out, end up with ulcers, or alienate everyone around them. That’s not me.

Secondly, I think of the story of the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race – vs. the hare who raced out there like there’s no tomorrow but then got off target, got distracted, fell asleep on the job…Sure I may have a lot of stops and starts (with an emphasis on the starts) but looking at the overall progression of my life, it’s been a slow and steady upward climb. I like it like that. Just fast enough to be fun and challenging, but slow enough that I am able to grow into my new skin gradually at every phase and own it.

Thirdly, I know that my 16 year old daughter will never again see the world through 16 year old eyes, and my 13 year old daughter will never again see the world through 13 year old eyes, and my nearly-7 year old son will never again see the world through nearly-7 year old eyes. And all the days before were different than today, and that tomorrow is another day that will look completely different from the one before it. I know that as a parent, every single moment I have the ability, the power, the opportunity and the responsibility of altering their paths based on how I am living my life, how I am reacting to theirs, what they are seeing, hearing and experiencing in our home and in every environment and situation I put them in.

Working 12 hour days, being away from home for days or weeks on end, and letting the influence of others outweigh my own is not part of my plan.

What is part of my plan is to build the best business I can in roughly 4 hours a day. To be excellent at what I do, with a laser focus during the times I’m working. I’ve streamlined my life so there are no distractions. I don’t watch TV during the day – we DVR everything for when the kids are in bed. I don’t answer the phone live while I am working (or with the kids) except for a “secret bat phone” in case my family needs me. I take time for me, too, and do not start my work day until 10am, allowing time to get everyone off to school plus a morning ritual for myself. This way I am fully present during work time and family time.

It isn’t perfect. There are nights I play catch up and stay up working till 2am, I admit it. But in general, I am on the slow train to paradise. No I take that back. I’m already there. :) We don’t drive fancy cars or live in an upscale home. We have sacrifices and struggles just like everyone else even though I know with a moment’s notice I could bring in more money than we’ve ever seen if I decided to ‘go corporate’ and give up my 4 hour days. It’s not worth it and I’m enjoying the journey! I have the guidance of phenomenal coaches, mentors, and colleagues who have taught me to work smarter, allowing me this freedom. I have a supportive spouse who shares household and parenting responsibilities in stride. I have children with open hearts, minds and spirits who are inspired and empowered as they find their way through life in our care. Life is good in the get rich slow program!

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A New Year, A New Me!

Greg and Karen ClarkHi everyone! It’s been far too long since I’ve posted to this blog – so much has happened since then – May!?  Let’s see if I can put it all in a nutshell, for anyone who hasn’t been following me on FacebookTwitter or and hasn’t kept up! LOL!

The biggest change has been that I sold my Story Time Felts – Fun Felt for Kids business to a fabulous member of my team, Susie! Those of you who were customers don’t despair – Susie will take care of you! In fact I visited her in New York to begin the transition and I was amazed – she has an entire basement FULL of felt! She has every product the company ever made – in multiples – as well as her own creations in the way of plain felt boards, lap boards, small broken up sets etc. If you don’t see something on the site, ask her I am sure she can get it for you!

The reason I left Story Time Felts isn’t because of the economy or that it wasn’t doing well or anything like that, it is just that I felt called to move on. I’d been with them for 12 years and grown so much personally and professionally in that time, and it was time to break away into my very own business. One of the things I always enjoyed doing – marketing my business online – has now turned into a business for me and I love it!

My Business Presence is a training and consulting company that I run, specializing in helping entrepreneurs and direct selling professionals build an ethical online presence for their businesses. I do this through conducting local hands-on classes and workshops, speaking at small and large group events and conventions, coaching people one on one over the phone or in person, conducting webinars and teleclasses and sometimes even doing things for those busy clients who just want to get it done! My focus right now is on WordPress websites and blogs, Facebook fan pages and other social media accounts, and search engine optimization. I also teach people how to increase their local leads through online marketing and some other internet marketing techniques. This year one of my big goals is to have at least one paid speaking gig per month training groups on social media or general online presence. Do you know a group who needs a guest speaker?

This year I was published in not one but two books, too! This is very exciting and has led to many opportunities for me. The first book is Direct Selling Power and my chapter teachers those in direct sales (party plan, network marketing etc.) how to market their businesses online. The second book, Incredible Business, features a chapter by me about online social networking. One of my goals for this year is to publish my own book about marketing online!

I hope you will connect with me on Facebook and also subscribe here if you haven’t already! I have a lot to share and will be posting regularly again. Starting this week I am participating in a 30 Day Blogging Challenge sponsored by the V7N Community. I’ll be splitting my daily posts between this blog, my My Business Presence blog, and my Weight Loss Journey blog. I hope to see more of you on any of those platforms!

Thanks for reading!
Karen

PS: Check out that list of 101 Wishes at the top of this blog – I wrote that in 2008 and have been crossing things off! Happy New Year!

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Breast Cancer

When I was young, for the longest time I didn’t even know that cancer existed. In fact I distinctly remember that when I found out about it, it was like a “new” disease. Either no one had ever called it cancer, or I was just sheltered and had no one I knew whose life was affected by it. I just remember learning about cancer when my Grandma got it. I remember being young, maybe junior high or a little younger. And I remember that once I found out about it, it seemed like everyone was talking about it, and it was in the news, and on TV shows. Suddenly it was everywhere -where for so many years before I was oblivious.

I don’t remember too many details but I know my Grandma (my Mom’s Mom) suffered and ultimately had a double mastectomy. I also know that she was one of the lucky ones in that she was given Tamoxifen when it was brand new, and it worked. She was young when she got breast cancer (around 50 I think?) and that extended her life beyond when anyone would have thought. Ultimately even though once or twice her cancer spread and even affected other parts of her body, she was a survivor and passed away at 85 years old, from complications related more to heart disease than cancer.

My Grandma was a big influence on my life, during and after hers. She picked us up from school many days, after my Mom went back to work.  She drove me to dance class and other after school activities. She let me talk to her about anything, unconditionally. And she understood me. Later it was at her funeral that I had an epiphany about the doomed marriage I was in. Knowing she survived all she had, and lived until 85 years old, made me realize I needed to live my life to the fullest, and probably had another 50 to go myself. Spending that next 50 in a bad situation and hoping it would change did not cut it any more. Suddenly I knew what I had do. If she had passed away from cancer earlier I would have never had that lesson, as I was truly blinded (20 years worth) by what I thought was love.

Grandma’s survival and endurance is due in large part to the science of breast cancer treatment research. On April 14th, my friend Jacqueline Ritz is raising money for Suzan G. Komen’s 3 Day Race for the Cure. She is asking that bloggers and blog readers that day consider donating just $10 to breast cancer research. Can you spare $10 today to donate to something that not only saves lives of cancer patients, but affects those who love them in ways most of them will ever know?

All you’re asked to do is click on Jackie’s 3 Day link to donate $10 today. You’ll be making a difference that will change lives.

Do you have a breast cancer survival story to share? Please post in the comments below, and you’ll inspire someone, too!

Click here to donate: Jackie’s 3 Day link

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