How To Host A Reliv Holiday Party

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By Ambassador Kimberly Burns

We love to host fun Reliv holiday parties!

The Saturday before Thanksgiving we open our home and host a Reliv family potluck, complete with turkey and all! Our entire team invites their customers, Distributors and anyone interested in Reliv. Rich and I cook the turkey and provide the drinks. Our Distributors bring good ole’ fashioned Thanksgiving sides with all the fixings! We start the event with heart-warming testimonials where everyone shares something they are grateful for. After everyone has had a chance to be thankful, we enjoy a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving feast. Many of our Reliv family members say this is one of the most memorable and special days of the year for them — and this really warms my heart!

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After we eat, we present the Opportunity Presentation in another room and grab different Distributors to share their success stories. Last year there were many new prospects who attended and ended up signing up as a Reliv Distributor. This was an added blessing beyond what I expected for the day!

For the Christmas season, we have a Reliv holiday home party/white elephant gift exchange. Everyone who attends brings a small gift to exchange during the party. It adds so much fun and laughter to the party! By incorporating the Reliv Business Opportunity with some holiday festivities, we’ve created the perfect setting for brand new people to hear about Reliv.

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Here is a list of what to have ready for any Reliv event:

  • Reliv Products!
  • Reliv Shaker Cups (or other cute cups to serve your shakes)
  • Swag Bags
  • Opportunity Booklets
  • Product Catalogs
  • Retail Recipes
  • Fit3 Brochures
  • Health Questionnaire
  • Distributor Application
  • Laptop with the Opportunity Slides & Videos
  • Reliv DVDs
  • Health Stories
  • Business Stories
  • Flyers for your next event!

This list should be your go-to when planning any Reliv event. We are all so busy with the holidays that this will help you stay organized and ready to turn your holiday shake parties into a huge success!

 

 

How to Deal With Food Pushers 

By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Have you ever met a food pusher? Or maybe you’ve been one? Food pushers can be relentless when it comes to encouraging you to “Have some! Just a little bit. Come on. Loosen up! A few bites won’t hurt!”

Who is a Food Pusher?

“Food Pushers” are usually some of our closest friends and family, and although they care about you and have nothing but the best intentions, their persistence can be exhausting, especially at family functions and social occasions. Also, you might feel guilty when saying no to those that you genuinely care about. Nobody wants to hurt Aunt Edna’s feelings by turning down her famous coconut cream pie!

Sometimes it’s hard to realize when we are being food pushers, too. This weekend I was shoving s’mores toward my friends. I didn’t realize at the time that I was being a food pusher, but in hindsight, I feel terrible.

Take Control of Your Indulgences

Fit3 is about making healthier choices for a healthy, fit life, but it’s okay to indulge when it’s worth it. Always own that decision and enjoy every tasty morsel. Don’t relinquish control to the food pushers! They may make comments or tease you, but believe in yourself and know that you are making choices for YOU!

Strategies to Save Yourself 

To prevent hurting their feelings and to give yourself a break from their persistence, here are a few strategies that might help diffuse the situation:

  • Always be kind, but stand your ground.
    • “Have some of this cheesecake!”
    • “That sounds delightful, but I really am trying to cut back on sweets. Thank you for the offer!”
  • Say that you’ll try it later.
    • “Try this coconut cream pie, it’s delicious!”
    • “Oh thank you. I’ll have some later.”
  • Tell them that a certain ingredient upsets your stomach.
    • “You have to have just a bite of this cheese dip I made!
    • “Oh thank you, but sometimes cheese upsets my stomach. I better not.”
  • Share the mission of the Fit3 program, and maybe they’ll end up wanting to join you on your journey to a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle!

With the holidays coming up in the next few months, stay strong and don’t let the food pushers gain control of YOUR food choices!

How To Face Your Fears As A Woman Entrepreneur: What Is Fear & How Can We Respond With Courage?

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By Hall of Fame Member & Presidential Platinum Ambassador Joyce Ferguson

I could not explain why I was shaking with fear as I gripped my old landline phone to my ear and struggled to find words. It was a typical day in 1993 and I had just decided to build my Reliv business. I was in my kitchen and not in any danger, and yet I was afraid.   Still, I was afraid of one simple word — no.

Fear, often with no foundation, can ambush us and rob us of valuable business and life moments. The small risk of speaking up may seem just as scary as any other business risk. We may even want to step away from the task at hand and think of giving up because we feel our courage might falter.

But what is courage anyway?

“Courage means acting in the face of your fears, not without them.”

“FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.”

I read these two quotes and many others in business and motivational books—and I believe them. However, I could only really grasp these truths by living with my fears and pushing through the uncertainty and uncomfortableness that accompanies it. The deeper truth is that such quotations cannot explain the fact that there is no way around fear. You must act to defeat fear.

Yes! Simple, ordinary actions require courage.

Calling on your inner strength and integrity in the face of life’s daily challenges demands courage. Following the rules, honoring business relationships, doing what you said you would do, living out your convictions every day…these tasks require you to find that bravery deep inside you — and we all have it!

While we often equate courage with action, we need to remember that listening with compassion — even in the business world — is a courageous act. It’s not easy to speak up and offer advice or assistance to someone, but when we do, we have gone outside our comfort zone, and that takes courage!

Courageous people are patient, and they listen carefully before they speak. Courageous people risk rejection when they reach out to another person and offer solutions. Courageous people risk their reputation and relationships when they recommend financial and lifestyle solutions that could improve someone’s quality of life; not everyone appreciates the risk or effort it takes to speak up in such a way.

There will be flat refusals and gentle “maybes” that actually mean “no.”  There will be occasional “yesses” that force your hand and make you take the next step with your business and with that person, but you must act. And in the face of your fears of not being perfect enough, or not knowing enough…you just might succeed.

 

Stay tuned for more posts from Joyce on overcoming fear as a woman entrepreneur. Subscribe to the Reliv Blog!

6 Steps to Healthy Skin

By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn 

Take your Fit3™ Active every day: Lunasin-packed LunaRich® found in Fit3 Active can help. Researchers have established that lunasin is a potent inhibitor of the master inflammatory protein NF-ĸ-β. Studies show that inhibiting NF-ĸ-β production can restore skin cells to a more youthful state and help increase skin thickness. Increasing skin thickness makes the skin firmer and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and imperfections.

Eat clean: A study in the American Journal of Nutrition suggests you may have fewer breakouts if you add more whole grains, beans and veggies and cut back on pasta, white rice, white bread and sugar. Our Fit3 friendly foods list can help you out with ideas. Feel good on the inside, look good on the outside!

Get to sleep: There’s a reason we added “Get 7 hours of sleep” to your Fit3 weekly tracking and score sheet! While it may not always be possible, we recommend at least 7 hours to get a restorative sleep. You’ll need it to help your body recover from your Fit3 workouts. Plus, less sleep means more stress! Try to minimize your stress level before bed by relaxing in a hot bath or indulging in a 10-minute meditation.

Exfoliate: Gently scrubbing your face a few times a week will rid your skin of dry flakes and clogged pores. It can also help regulate the oil glands and their production.

Moisturize: Follow up your exfoliation by moisturizing. Protect and pamper at the same time.

Rehydrate: Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. A big glass of water each morning can definitely help you feel awake and cleansed! To make it easier, you can use the Fit3 weekly meal plan to track your water intake and make sure you’re getting enough.

Follow these six simple steps and your skin will thank you!

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

9 Ways To Throw A Shake Party On A Budget

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By Art Director Amie Schilson

Shake parties are one of the best ways to share your Reliv® business with the world, and they don’t have to break the bank!

Here are our suggestions to hosting the best Shake Party on a budget:

1. Stay Organized. Ditch the stress and plan! Make lists of the people you’re inviting, what you’re serving, decorations, grocery lists, and Reliv catalogs and forms you’ll need. If you’re organized you can enjoy yourself and focus on connecting with your guests.

2. Shop often, but thoughtfully. You don’t want to run out and buy overpriced items just for one party. Set aside time to go shopping to discover items that inspire themes and events at great prices. Buy when you’re inspired, not scattered. “We’re always looking for fun party and social media items. Something fun is always on sale at the local dollar store,” says Lesli Schmitt, Reliv Senior Graphic Designer and mother of three growing boys.

3. Make fun invitations! Digital invites through Facebook Events or Evite are free and make it easy to track your RSVPs. Customize the graphics to make them memorable and engaging. If you want to do something extra special, consider traditional invitations sent via mail. A pretty envelope with handwriting is impossible to resist. Make sure you have kid activities so it’s not a barrier for moms and dads to come. Give guests enough time to plan, and be sure to send a reminder!

4. Find party partners. Maybe this is another Reliv Distributor, so you can make your event larger and split the cost. Maybe this is a local business, like a spa, salon or a boutique with a great space. Maybe this is a friend who creates jewelry, does massage therapy, personal organizing or reps a makeup line. Diversifying the content present enriches your event and lets you reach new people and new places!

5. Timing is everything. The most budget friendly event is in the late afternoon. No meal is necessary, but everybody will appreciate a special Reliv shake. Happy hour is the most festive and you can serve sparkling lemonade, wine, healthy appetizers like hummus and veggies and have shakes to sample. Brunch is another great option because it’s everybody’s favorite meal and inexpensive. Prepare egg casseroles ahead of time, turn on the coffee maker and focus on serving your favorite Reliv shake.

6. Impress your guests. Welcome guests with a sign and name tags with Reliv blue or teal markers to make networking a breeze. Have products on display and available to purchase at the party. Go to reliv.com/recipes or flickr.com/reliv to choose a delicious shake to serve. Present them in pretty matching glasses (remember the dollar store?) with a garnish (we’re in the mood for a little whipped cream and cinnamon right now) and a paper straw to top it off. Coordinate colored napkins and plates for an extra touch. A bowl of fresh fruit and platter of vegetables reinforces a healthy lifestyle. Try to avoid foam and red plastic cups from frat parties. Another tip is to have nice lighting and background music for good ambiance.

7. Most bang for your budget. We love how budget-friendly balloons, paper straws, color coordinated plates and napkins are. Plus, if you have extras you can use them at your next party!

8. Party favors that mean business. You can download recipe cards from our Flickr album and send them to your local copy shop or an online printer to have them printed. These are a great souvenir for your guests and gives them something to remember how much fun they had! Be sure to include your contact info with a business card or sticker.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to download images from Flickr:

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9. Thank your guests! Follow-up is easy with a quick phone call or message to build those personal connections. You can also send out a quick survey with Survey Monkey or Google Forms. For example, ask them, “What did you like best about Reliv?” “What was your favorite part of the event?” “Did you like the product?” “How likely are you to purchase the product after this event?” “How likely are you to share Reliv with someone after this event?”

Never forget this step. Following up with your guests may help them especially if they’re on the fence of becoming a customer or Distributor.

 

Bonus! Theme Ideas:

Follow Ambassador Kimberly Burns’ lead and go with a Mexican fiesta, Italian night or Hawaiian luau dinner buffet.

Think seasonal: Autumn Harvest, Winter Wonderland, Spring Fling, Summer Social.

Choose a color hue: Reliv blue & silver balloons, blueberry shakes, blue napkins and name tags.

Shake bar: borrow extra blenders and set out your favorite Reliv product with multiple mix-ins and garnishes. Make it a contest by voting on the best creation!

 

But remember, the most important part of hosting a budget-friendly Shake Party is to have fun!!

Why Your Scale Isn’t the Be-All, End-All

By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

There is this little device in my bathroom that appears very innocent and demure, but it can be a very powerful, deceptive, two-faced, no-good, lying hunk of junk! That scale just sits there—ready to ambush me and lure me into its lair where, inevitably, I will find despair and disappointment. Yes, I am being a bit dramatic, but you know exactly what I am talking about.

In my head I have an ideal weight for myself. In my head I also have a realistic weight for myself. Those numbers are about 15 pounds apart. So maybe I should rephrase the first part of the statement to say “In my head I have a fantasy weight for myself.”

There are all kinds of tools, tables and calculators available to give you a range of healthy weights for your height. While they might give you a reasonable range, they are also very arbitrary. Meaning: They don’t take into account all of the cool things that make “you” who “you” are. In other words, your scale only has the capacity to communicate with you in one language.

I have come to terms with the fact that I am not a Victoria’s Secret model (It has nothing to do with ice cream! I can’t do anything about being 5’5 ½” tall, but I have not come to terms with that). I have moved past my sixth grade aspiration to wear the same size jeans as “Christi C.” (Those jeans are out of style now anyway.) I know that I will never run fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have even come to celebrate and appreciate that I have what’s been called “an athletic build” (i.e. not always what women want to hear).

Now that I’ve matured and had a couple of babies, it’s probably time to reevaluate my definition of ideal weight. I found an article that suggests your ideal weight is “the weight you’re at when you’re doing everything you can to promote good health.” What a great perspective! (Be sure to read the last page.)

When you started Fit3, you probably had an ideal weight in mind. This program has the capacity to get you closer to that goal. But the focus is more on helping you experience good health, in everything you do. We want you to be healthy, so you can enjoy life and not be limited in any way.

Your scale can’t measure that!

How To Get Past The “We Need This Tool” Syndrome

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

There are a number of pitfalls that can derail your business and one of these is the “We Need This Tool” Syndrome. If you’ve been in Reliv for a while, I’m sure you’ve already heard someone say that if they only had this video, or that tool, or this product, they could really do something big with their business.  In reality, this is nothing more than an excuse. The fact is that you have everything that you need to build a six-figure income right now. Over the years, many of you have heard me say that if I had the tools that we have today, I really could have done something with my business. Obviously, I say that with a smile on my face, but at the same time I can’t help but marvel at the amazing tools that we now have at our fingertips.

For instance, when I started, we had Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® and a weight loss product. There were no training tools, no smartphones, no internet, no social media, no mobile app, no websites, no blogs, and no worries. That’s right, we didn’t worry about what we didn’t have because we focused on what we did have, and that was the most powerful nutrition and marketing plan in the industry. Without a doubt, these are the two most important ingredients needed in order to build a successful distribution network, and today our marketing plan and products are better than ever.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe the advancements in technology give networkers a way to communicate and build distribution networks around the world like never before. Think about how websites, mobile apps, and social media have played right into our hands making our business easier. These are exciting times and we are dedicated to providing our Distributors with the best on and offline tools in the industry!

However, let’s not forget that the most powerful tool in your toolbox is YOU! Especially if you’re determined to make your life better and willing to work hard to do the same for others. Think of the last four letters of the word enthusiasm – I.A.S.M. I am sold myself. If you’re sold, you will be unstoppable regardless of what tools you have. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “If only I had the latest and greatest new tool my business would take off…” No, you have everything that you need right now to build your dreams and dramatically help others to do the same.

10 Reasons You’ll Love The New Reliv.com

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By Reliv Director of Marketing Erin Koch

We hope you enjoy exploring the new reliv.com! Whether you’re a customer looking for a faster, easier way to shop for your favorite products or you’re a Distributor who wants the latest tools and training with just a click, this website is for you.

  1. It’s more modern. From its clean, simple design to its engaging videos and pictures of delicious shakes and happy, smiling people, the new reliv.com draws you in and keeps you there longer.
  2. It’s easier to use. You want to find what you’re looking for – fast! We get it. That’s why we’ve simplified the navigation and reduced the number of pages so you can get what you need and be on your merry way. Would you believe we went from 794 pages to just 106?! Now that’s what we call efficiency!
  3. It’s faster to shop and signup. We’ve taken every effort to simplify and reduce the product benefits so you can quickly and easily shop for products. We’ve also made it faster to sign up as a Customer or Distributor by including key benefits right up front so you or your prospects can make the best decision.
  4. It’s easier to share the product line. If you’ve ever struggled trying to share Reliv products with your friends or family, be sure to check out the “Our Products” section and watch our new product videos. Then just keep scrolling to try out our fun product category wheel to see how you can customize your core nutrition shakes with targeted solutions.
  5. Beautiful, custom designs for every device. Whether you have a small phone, large phone, tablet or large monitors, our website was designed to look beautiful on every device.
  6. You get the Fit3 program absolutely free. No, we’re not crazy. We’re just excited to share the Fit3 program with the world! We want everyone to get healthier and live happier so we’re pleased to now offer our nutritional coaching and workout videos for free! Just click “Our Products” and then “Fit3 Program” to access this incredible program.
  7. Access to delicious recipes. Smoothies, pancakes, cookies – did you know your Reliv products can do all this?! Be sure to check them out on the Fit3 Program “Recipes” page.
  8. We’ve added a Distributor Resource Center. Whether you’re looking for tools, training or the latest promotions, you can quickly and easily find what you need as a Reliv Independent Distributor. Simply login and explore!
  9. We’ve added a new compensation plan video. There are five ways to make money with Reliv and this concise video walks you through it all in just a few minutes.
  10. We’ve combined all the science and research. Clinical studies, research and development and health benefits are now all in one convenient place! Just go to “Our Products” and click “Science” to learn more.

 

Why I Chose Reliv

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By Director David Enniss

I first was introduced to Reliv in high school when my mother and I went on the products. I graduated high school and was considering careers that did not offer residual income. I wanted to be paid more than once for my efforts. Thus began my quest in college for a venture to pursue. I evaluated Reliv during my entrepreneurship studies and compared them to various corporations and business models and was thoroughly impressed by many aspects of the organization: the integrity and values of corporate leaders, the honorable mission toward better health, and ultimately the quality of Reliv’s people. I am able to exercise my entrepreneurial spirit and invest in my future while offering a substantial solution to people’s health challenges.

As I was finishing college, I worked to develop a start-up business plan, but soon realized the massive time and energy investments needed to implement and sustain a start-up. Regardless of how thorough you are, you still face odds of uncertainty, assume all the risk, and there is no guarantee for success. Through Reliv, I found a business with all the framework established and a huge support structure in place. You are in business for yourself, but in no way by yourself. You simply plug into the success system, which people before you have followed to success.

Because of this network, I was able to achieve the rank of Director. My mentors taught me to be open to coaching and to follow through with every customer. As you invest in people’s lives, you’re building a vision for them, one step at a time, sharing pieces of the puzzle. Never interrupt this momentum, keep your focus on their next step and see it through. I can’t wait to teach my downline the same lesson.

In the future, I want to make it to Ambassador Level. I will not invest my career with any other company.  I am committed. I am a Reliv Ambassador in the making!

How To Workout With Your Kids

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Fitness friends come in all shapes, sizes and ages. I met a new walking buddy, Lilly, recently at a local 5K and we had an interesting conversation. I learned that her favorite movie is the original The Wizard of Oz and how much she enjoys studying the Revolutionary War, how she plays golf and volleyball and loves the dance exercise class at the YMCA. Lilly, who happens to be a very mature 10-year-old, even has two pesky little sisters who were in a wagon being pulled by her mom behind us. By the time we crossed the finish line, I had told Lilly some entertaining secrets about my sister, her 2nd grade teacher, and she told me how her dad turns every question into a history lesson (insert the pre-adolescent eye roll). I helped her forget that she didn’t want to be walking in a 5K and she helped me forget that my feet hurt. It was a win for both of us!

If you have kids or grandkids, it can be difficult to squeeze in a workout. But if you include them, you have a built-in fitness friend! Just keep the moves simple and find ways to interject a little competitive fun. For example, challenge them to see who can do the most jumping jacks in 30 seconds. You can even break a sweat together with one of the Fit3 workouts.

Kids and teens should get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. I know it can be tough to tear them away from their electronic babysitters, but it can be done and you can still get in a good workout too.

Here are a few ideas to get the whole family moving:

  • Turn household chores into a game
  • Crank up the tunes for a dance party during commercials
  • Walk or run for a charity special to your family
  • Walk or run in a holiday 5K
  • Do community service or volunteer work together
  • Have a weekly sports night
  • Make up a playground workout
  • Use your kids as “weights” when you strength train
  • Run relay races in the backyard while picking up sticks
  • Compete to see who can rake the biggest pile of leaves

The possibilities are endless when it comes to helping your family stay active. Find out what works for your schedule and for your family’s lifestyle and you will end up having so much fun and making lifelong memories together!