5 Online Writing Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

As technology develops and the Internet evolves, so does our use of language. Journalism is no longer just ink on paper but also typeface on a screen. How we write online is much different than how we write traditionally, but it’s easy to do. Writing online is not nearly as scary as it may sound!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Cater to your audience. Choose the right point of view and word choice based on your audience. There is no need to show off with big words that no one will understand. On the other hand, don’t be too casual by using text abbreviations such as, “Thx, U R, etc.” Be professional!
  2. Create high-quality content. Use proper grammar and correct spelling so you won’t lose credibility with your audience. Triple check your work for small mistakes! A perk of writing online is that you can make edits after hitting the publish button. Install the free program Grammarly to help you find any grammar or spelling errors.
  3. Remain relevant. Keep your information up-to-date and topics timely. Use relevant hashtags to broaden the reach of your work, as well. Is there a new Reliv Super Saturday event or Fit3 Challenge? Write about it!
  4. Engage with your audience. Ask your audience questions, reply to their comments and write about topics that they want to hear. Always use a call to action to encourage them to engage with you.
  5. Use visuals. We are a very visually-based species, especially Millenials. We love pictures, graphics, videos and more, especially on social media. Just make sure your visuals are relevant to your written content. You can always find free stock photos to use on CreativeCommons.org.

With these 5 quick tips, your writing will improve tremendously. Take the Internet by storm with your new skills!

How to Make Realistic New Year’s Resolution

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

New Year’s resolutions come with a lot of pressure. You might even avoid making them because you don’t believe that you’ll keep them. Follow these three tips for a successful New Year’s resolution:

  1. Keep them simple. Don’t tell yourself, “I am going to make $1 million in the first quarter.” Instead say, “I want to increase my profit 20% this quarter.” Make sure you are being realistic with your goals so that you won’t give up if you get discouraged.
  2. Take them day-by-day. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Each day is a fresh start, so you can work on your resolutions every day even if you have some bumps along the way.
  3. Focus on one area of improvement. You can focus on business, social media, fitness, nutrition, etc. However, know that it’s much easier for you to focus on one resolution with all your energy rather than spreading yourself too thin with many and losing motivation.

Now that you have these three tips in mind, come up with your own New Year’s resolutions! Here are some ideas:

  • Talk to five new people a day. Perfect your elevator speech and be prepared when you meet someone new.
  • If you’re a Distributor teach a new Distributor about ICSAR and walk them through the steps.
  • Perfect your Facebook Group or Page.
  • Send a thank you note to every new customer you help this year.
  • Try a Fit3 workout twice a week.
  • Sleep more.
  • Cut back on sugar.
  • Read one business-related book a month.
  • Train for and run in a 5k by the end of the summer.
  • Eat more family meals together.

When you’re brainstorming what to do in 2018, remember these tips and ideas to make 2018 your best year yet! What are your New Year’s resolutions?

What’s the Difference Between Social Media Platforms?

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Social media can be a scary force of nature. Each social media platform is different, too, which makes it even scarier! But you do not need to worry, because here is a quick breakdown on the difference between each platform and all that you need to know about them!

Facebook

Facebook is probably the platform you are most familiar with, and is one of the most popular channels. Facebook is all about brand awareness, showing off your personal lifestyle, sharing information with your friends or followers, etc. Facebook is also the perfect place for customer service and building relationships. It is incredibly easy to engage with your followers or group members on Facebook just by hitting the “like” button or commenting. Think of Facebook as a conversation at a dinner party!

Twitter

Twitter is much more of a quick news source of information. This is the place for short blurbs of information, inspirational quotes, business tips, business updates and engaging with other businesses.

Instagram

Instagram is 100% visual. In order to succeed at Instagram, one must share visually engaging content that shows off your brand in an authentic and beautiful way. All images should be high quality and engaging for the audience. This is one of my favorite platforms for my personal life because I love taking pictures!

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is only for professional or business content. You can succeed at this by sharing articles and establishing your business credibility with curated content. This is not the place to share pictures of your kids, only post professional content that will enhance your brand!

Pinterest

Pinterest is a fun platform to share ideas for a Reliv lifestyle. You can share business tips, home office ideas, fitness tips, shake recipes, clean eating recipes and so much more. This is a platform that you can have fun with and make it your own!

Each platform has its own personality, so take your time and focus on just one before you branch out to another. It is important to be the best you can be at one thing rather than spreading yourself too thin. If you ever have a question regarding Facebook, be sure to read our updated Facebook Guide!

How to Write an Elevator Speech

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By Copywriter Dena Molen

An Elevator Speech is a very short, direct message about the “why” surrounding you and your product. It communicates in a concise manner the benefits (not features) of your product and WHY YOU believe in it. It may help to think of it as a “commercial.” The “Elevator” term comes into play because the pitch usually lasts no more 30 seconds — the time it would take you to ride from the top to bottom of a building in an elevator.

To develop your own Elevator Speech, focus on these elements:

  • Define Your Goal: Do you want to tell others about a specific product that you’ve had success with? Do you want to share the opportunity available with Reliv? Or do you simply want someone to visit your personal website?
  • Offer A Solution: Concentrate on solving a problem. How can you help someone?
    • ProductsImprove health, increase energy, promote wellness and exercise
    • Opportunity: Work from home, supplement income, financial freedom
  • Answer the “Why”: 
    • Why do you want to share the benefits of a specific product? Because you want others to experience the health boost that you felt after taking the product for just one month?
    • Why do you want others to know about Reliv? Because it’s afforded you the ability to stay home with your kids, at the same time, make a substantial financial contribution to your household?
    • Why do you want someone to check out your website? Because you believe the Fit3 program can change his/her life?

Now it’s time to put it all together. Here’s an example:

You’re at your child’s parent teacher conference, and you’re sitting next to Stephanie, another parent from your child’s classroom. After chatting about mutual parenting concerns, she asks you if you’re a stay at home mom or if you work outside the home.

“I do both. Luckily, I found a business opportunity that pays me generously for simply connecting others to health and wellness products. As a mother, I’m very particular about product ingredients, but this company — Reliv — has been a leader in the nutrition industry for 30 years, and they produce only the safest, purest, most effective products. Best of all, I get to go on all the field trips with my kids while they’re still young.”

See how this answer addressed both the business opportunity and product quality that Reliv offers? In this scenario, the “WHY” is the fact that the Reliv lifestyle supports a flexible work schedule…and that’s important to parents with young children!

So…what’s your “WHY” for believing in Reliv? If you need some ideas to help put it into words, check out these pages on our website (About Us, Core Values, Nutrition You Can Trust). It should help you create your own elevator speech to use the next time someone asks that broad question: “What do you do?”

10 Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

The holiday season can be a time of high stress, especially when shopping for Christmas gifts! You may be thinking, “What’s on my spouse’s Christmas list? Did I get my mom a gift? Who am I forgetting?

To help ease that stress, we have collected a list of 10 Reliv approved gifts that will bring joy to anyone who opens them!


1. Reliv Now®

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2. LunaRich X™

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What’s a better gift than the gift of good health? Jumpstart your loved ones’ New Year’s resolutions to get healthy by providing them with LunaRich X™ capsules. With the most pure, concentrated form of lunasin ever produced, this gift will make them feel like the star on top of the Christmas tree!

 


3. Reliv 24K®

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This is the gift that will keep on giving in any household! Give the gift of 24K® to yourself to make it through your holiday parties without a caffeine crash. The formula contains a synergistic blend of 24 active ingredients to provide energy, focus and stress relief—the perfect combination for the season!

 


 

4. Fit3™ Fit Kit

31811252614_fe0db9827c_oGive the gift that lasts a lifetime: a healthy, fit lifestyle that is sustainable. The Fit3 Fit Kit is the perfect gift for your best friend, parent, or anyone in your life who wants to “Get Fit. Feel Fit. Stay Fit.” It’s a perfect way to help them get a jumpstart on their New Year’s resolutions!


5. Reliv Now® for Kids

6648240857_efa1f71a31_oHelp your family bridge the nutritional gap. Stock your children or grandchildren’s stockings with delicious Reliv Now for Kids! Not only will you be providing essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, but you will be teaching the kids in your life to live a healthy lifestyle.

 


6. Shake It Up Bottle

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7. Power Bank

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8. Reliv Exercise Mat with Strap

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This exercise mat is the ideal gift for any yoga or fitness fan in your life. The bright color and Reliv logo are sure to dazzle everyone on Christmas morning and in a workout class!

 


9. Fit3 Print Leggings

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If you’re looking for a gift for your sister, daughter or granddaughter look no further. These trendy leggings will be the best part of her Christmas. If she has any workout gear on her Christmas List, these are a must. What a great way to share your healthy Fit3 lifestyle with someone you love!

 

 


10. Reliv Backpack

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A Reliv backpack is the perfect way to carry around all your presentation materials from meeting to meeting. It will also make a great carryall for next year’s Reliv Live events! Be sure to order a few to gift to Distributors in your downline. It’s important to show them your support during the holiday season!

What it Really Means to be an Entrepreneur

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Happy National Entrepreneur Day! Today is the day to celebrate each and every individual that has chosen to work for themselves and take the initiative to start their own business. What’s unique about Reliv is that everyone is an entrepreneur. Every Reliv Distributor has chosen to take control of their wealth and health like the true entrepreneurs that they are.

What Makes an Entrepreneur?

According to Entrepreneur Media, writer Steve Tobak writes that the equation for successful entrepreneurship is:

Entrepreneur + Capital = Products + Customers = Business

If math is not your strong suit, let’s turn this equation into words that are easier to comprehend. Reliv Executive Vice President of Sales Tom Pinnock is an excellent example of this Entrepreneur Equation.

When Tom started out he said, “Most of my adult life, I had dreamed of working out of my home, being my own boss and watching my children grow up. Now, right in front of me, were people doing just that. What’s more, they weren’t superhuman oozing with sales skills, but rather common folks like Karen and me. That’s what I saw, ordinary people, banding together, helping one another to achieve their dreams.”

Tom took the initiative by seeing the need for betterment of America’s health and filled that need by joining Reliv. He used his passion to take control of his health and the health of all of those who he encountered by sharing the Reliv lifestyle. He himself was an entrepreneur, invested in a Reliv kit, found customers and created a business for himself and his family.

“For the price of a kit, and armed with desire and solid work ethic, you can create a distribution network, one that can provide a residual income for you and your family for the rest of your life,” says Tom.

What’s special about Reliv is that you can see and feel your success as an entrepreneur. You can truly feel good at the end of the day because you are choosing a healthy lifestyle for yourself and those around you! Today we challenge you to reflect on why you started with Reliv or why you’re thinking of joining us, celebrate your success and share it with the world. Stay motivated and continue to expand your Reliv business like the great entrepreneur that you are!

Spice Up The Kitchen

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

The cool autumn air has me in the mood to spend a little more time in the kitchen, which makes my family really happy! They are getting bored with our summer dinner rotation of chicken breast, grilled burgers, sandwiches and eggs. Now that soccer season is done, we even got to sit together at the dinner table just last night. The aroma of roasted Italian garlic potatoes is still lingering in my kitchen this morning. Good thing we have leftovers!

I’m not terribly adventurous in the kitchen, but you wouldn’t know it by the inventory of spices in the cupboard. Even though I have a pretty good variety of seasonings, there are a few staples that I buy in bulk and that I rely on for about 80% of my recipes. Spices add great flavor to your food, mix up your taste buds, but also have health benefits.

My Top 3 Spices:

  1. Cinnamon: I add a dash to anything sweet: oatmeal, yogurt, Reliv shakes, pancakes, sweet potatoes and fruit. But don’t be afraid to add a little cinnamon to your meat such as pork loin, chicken breast or even meatballs. One of the many health benefits of this multipurpose spice is that it helps regulate blood sugar. Throw a teaspoon of cinnamon in your Reliv shake with ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar – Hello Snickerdoodle shake!
  2. Cumin: Something about the aroma of cumin makes my mouth water. Cultures all over the world incorporate cumin into their cuisine, and it’s often mixed with other spices for curry and taco seasoning. Try adding it to any of your favorite savory recipes like chili, stews, meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. This multitasker has been used by ancient cultures for centuries to improve digestive health.
  3. Italian Seasoning: This staple is a combination of spices (basil, oregano, marjoram, parsley and thyme). When a recipe calls for one of the individual spices, it’s easier to grab the big container of Italian Seasoning than digging around the cabinet for each individual spice. Stir some into plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for a protein-packed veggie dip. Sprinkle it on a baked potato or eggs for an instant flavor boost. This blend also perfectly complements any tomato-based soup or recipe and it really enhances the flavor of beef. The antioxidant benefits of this blend may help explain why our Italian friends are so healthy!

There are many health benefits hiding in the spice rack, so go ahead and try some new flavors!

 

Health Benefits of Fall Flavors

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Happy Fall! Reliv in St. Louis is experiencing the first few days of actual fall weather and to say that I’m excited is an understatement. The best parts of fall are the fruits and vegetables! I prefer to eat produce that is in season to keep grocery prices down and to really embrace the season. Some of my favorites include sweet potatoes, cauliflower, apples and so many more. There are also many health benefits that come from fall produce, making them an attractive option.

Here are some of my top fall fruits and vegetables:

  • Apples: A fall staple, apples are a true delight! Apples are good as a snack, used in salads, baked for a yummy dessert or even fresh pressed for a healthier apple cider for making a Reliv smoothie (see the recipe on Instagram). Each serving contains antioxidants and 4g of fiber. We recommend pairing an apple with a healthy fat or protein for a snack that fuels your body and keeps you satisfied longer.
  • Pears: Pears have always seemed like a fancier apple to me, and are great for dressing up a salad. Your dinner parties will be instantly upgraded if you add poached or baked pears to the menu. Pears are a great source of Vitamin C and contain 4g of fiber.
  • Cauliflower: This trendy vegetable is used in everything these days—from pizza crust to mashed potato alternatives. It is one of the most versatile veggies that is a great carb alternative. You can use it in a soup instead of rice or serve it up in a veggie tray. Cauliflower is known for its Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Sweet Potatoes: More nutrient-rich than regular ole potatoes, sweet potatoes are great mashed, roasted, baked as fries and make delicious Thanksgiving staples. They have anti-inflammatory benefits, which I need along with my Reliv Arthaffect® during colder months because my joints get swollen and inflamed! Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkin: I saved the best for last. You cannot celebrate fall without having pumpkin in your diet! It’s the perfect texture for pies, puddings and Reliv shakes! You can add spices to get the perfect Reliv version of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte shake. Pumpkin has 3g of fiber per serving as well as Vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Take advantage of this flavorful time of the year to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Enjoy!

Customer Service Representatives: We Can’t Thank You Enough

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

In honor of National Customer Service Week, this post is dedicated to all those who strive each day to be the best they can be for their customers! We all value our Distributor Service Center representatives more than they know, which is why we try to make this week extra special for them. We are so lucky to have DSC employees that are so dedicated and passionate for helping our valued customers and Distributors.

Personal Growth & Success

In the words of Executive VP of Sales Tom Pinnock, “Network marketing demands personal growth… to be good in this industry, you must become the best person you can be. The fact is, when you deal with people every day, you learn much about yourself and about the strengths and weaknesses of others.”

Customer service is the key to success with your Reliv business. Reliv is about building and maintaining relationships in order to provide quality care and service to your customers and fellow Distributors. Customer service also requires that you take a step back from yourself, evaluate the situation and think about the other party involved.

Connect With Your Customer

Take note from our dedicated DSC employees and understand that there is always another human being on the other side and build a bridge to them. This bridge that you form will connect you to your customer so that they will feel valued. Steve Jobs said, “Get closer than ever to your customers. So close that you tell them what they need well before they realize it themselves.” By providing spectacular care and service to your customers, they will remain loyal and grateful to you while also building up your business!

Customer Service Tips

Here are a few quick tips for great customer service:

  • Speak clearly and use positive language when talking to a customer.
  • Always follow up no matter what!
  • Write a handwritten thank you note to your new customers if you are able, or send them a personal note. It could even be a simple email, text or social media direct message.

Cutting Back on Sugar—How Can We Do It?

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Lately my sweet tooth has gotten a little out of control, mostly because I cannot resist cereal.  From bran flakes to everyone’s favorite box of colorful marshmallows, cereal is my weakness. As long as I don’t get started on it, I am good. But, once I grab a handful, there is a 99.9% chance that it’s going to lead to what probably totals three servings or more. Once the craving is triggered, I am in trouble.

Not only do I regret my choices 30 minutes later, but I feel lousy too. The blood sugar/insulin spiral makes me really grumpy and fatigued. Hello, sugar coma!

No Sweets Week

I have personally declared this a “No Sweets Week.” I’ve managed so far, even said no to a chocolate candy from Tom, but the next few months are very sugar-oriented! I challenge YOU to join me and try to really cut back on your sugar intake this week. Luckily, a Reliv shake can help! 

Strategy

  • Avoid your trigger foods (For me, those are cereal, ice cream and cookies). You know what your triggers are.
  • Establish an immediate consequence. I only allow myself ice cream if I do 25 burpees afterward.
  • Drink more water.
  • Drink a Reliv shake to curb your craving.

It may sound hard, because it is hard. Sugar is addictive and comes as such a strong craving, but here at Reliv we are in this together and we can beat those cravings as a team!

Today, if some sweetened calorie bomb is calling your name, don’t forget the above strategies to keep you on track!