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.

 

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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.

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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!!

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!

What You Can Expect At Reliv Live Orlando

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Reliv Live Orlando is right around the corner and we cannot wait to celebrate Reliv’s 30th anniversary with all of you! This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to boost your business, be encouraged and reconnect with your Reliv community. From inspiring stories to impressive workshops, you won’t want to miss a single second of this event!

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Be the first to see the new and improved website Reliv.com! It will now be easier and faster to shop, sign up your prospects, access tools and training materials, and much more!
  • Attend an exclusive 30th anniversary celebration reception with Reliv leaders from Corporate and fellow Distributors from all over the country.
  • See the new Fit3 Challenge Winners presented on stage and the announcement of the new Fit3™ Challenge with Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn!
  • Learn how you can obtain leads and build your business with social media. Plus, attend a bonus lunchtime workshop on how to create Facebook Ads and drive business online.
  • Hear from Reliv scientists Dr. Carl Hastings and Dr. Alfredo Galvez. Dr. Carl will share the latest formula information on 24K!
  • Learn how to be the best at your business from Reliv Corporate leaders and the experts themselves, Reliv Ambassadors.
  • Get motivated to take your business to the top with passionate leaders like President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock!
  • Stay an extra day or two and visit some of the top Orlando theme parks and attractions that are literally just a few steps away from Doubletree Orlando Universal Studios.

Reliv Live Orlando will go down in Reliv history. We can’t wait to see you there!

Why Commitment Is Important In Multilevel Marketing

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

I was asked the other day what is the one thing that all successful Reliv Distributors have in common. To me, the answer was simple: commitment.

During my 29 years with our amazing company, I have seen people come and go, but the ones who dug in their heels, built relationships and made a commitment, have all prospered, grown, and helped countless others to do the same. Leaders make a commitment and stick to it. They know where they’re going and they know how to get there. People follow people who are in love with what they do, and who aren’t jumping from one thing to the next.

The fact is that in my three decades of being in the direct selling industry, I have never seen one person leave Reliv and become successful in another company. On the other hand, I have seen people jump from one company to the next, and then to the next, and before you know it, they have lost all credibility, and their chances of becoming an MLM superstar have vanished along with their downline.

The truth is that there are only a handful of MLM companies that have been around as long as Reliv, and even fewer that have our kind of integrity. I see the “bottle rocket” companies come and go all the time. But at Reliv we are built for the long run, science is our foundation, and raising up people is our business.

In other words, we build friendships that last forever, and we do life together. Yes, we help people to better health, and yes we raise up entrepreneurs, but just as importantly we are a community of friends dedicated to supporting and inspiring each other. I could never quit taking my Reliv products or building my Reliv business, and I certainly would never quit on my friends.

 

So get committed, roll up your sleeves, get after it, and never, never, never quit. If you do that, I’ll see you atop the towering stages as thousands shout out your name.

 

How to Build a Successful Business Structure That Works!

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By CEO Ryan Montgomery

Partnership is a key foundation in Reliv, especially the partnership between you and the company. When both parties have a clear understanding of the strengths and specific duties they bring to the table — that’s when a partnership works best. For 30 years, Reliv has been committed to upholding our end with these three promises:

  1. We offer superior nutritional products and deliver them on time.
  2. We offer the best compensation plan in the industry and get you paid on time.
  3. We offer exceptional office support with marketing tools, customer service, accounting, technology, etc.

We have committed to these three promises for the past 30 years and will stick by them always. This is our structure, our simple system that works.

Assuming you desire to build a business with Reliv, your role is to develop and build YOUR organization, and collectively, all of your organizations make up one Reliv organization. Your #1 role as a distributor leader is to establish a “structure” for YOUR business that YOU believe in. You’re all “independent” entrepreneurs which makes you the CEO of your own business. You are free to do what you believe works to attract new people and develop them into successful leaders for tomorrow.

There are many online and offline methods from hotel meetings, in-home meetings, webinars, conference calls, 3-way calls, social media, lunch-and-learns, beehives, special events, Super Saturdays, Girlfriends’ Getaways, conferences…and as leaders, you must decide what structure and combination of methods are going to work for you. And you can feel safe to build your business as you see fit. I encourage you to work with uplines, downlines and sidelines with a spirit of cooperation, but at the end of the day, you have to incorporate and pursue a structure that you believe will work. Nobody can sustain anything that they believe in halfheartedly. You have to build a structure that you take ownership of and have 100% belief.

In our business, one MUST have a system to get people started strong, or onboarded. You can be the best recruiter, but if you don’t get your new recruit started with a clear and simple plan of action with structure, they’ll never get off square one. People need a path. They need a structure to plug into for learning, motivation, growth and recognition…as well as a structure to plug their new people into. When you know your structure and daily/weekly/monthly plan of action, new people will follow. People follow leaders that know where they’re going and how to get there.

I believe there are two basic fundamentals in our business. First, you must have a compelling Message to share that attracts people to join your mission. I believe you can check that box. Second, you must have a structure for new people to embrace, plug into and duplicate.  The structure in your organization may not be identical to another’s, and that’s okay…the key is to have structure. Honestly, the similarities among organizations will far outweigh the differences.

We are partners, all of us. We succeed and celebrate together when we all do our part in growing Reliv and more importantly, when we nourish our world.

What We Learned At The Girlfriends’ Getaway!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

This past weekend at the Reliv Girlfriends’ Getaway was an inspiring and motivational experience. When you get a large group of women together, magic happens. Personally, I learned so much about what it’s like to be a woman in Reliv and how you can get healthier, live happier and even become the best entrepreneur you can be.

Here are my top 10 takeaways from this incredible event:

  1. Reliv has a community like no other. Friendship goes hand-in-hand with the Reliv business opportunity.
  2. Working out is fun! There are so many ways to stay active from POUND® workouts, yoga, Fit3 workouts, or even a relaxing stroll through your neighborhood.
  3. Making positive lifestyle changes with Reliv and healthier choices will build your confidence and help you reach your weight loss goals!
  4. Meal planning will be your best friend if you’re a busy mom on-the-go who suffers from “mom guilt.”
  5. You can host a shake party that really impresses on a dollar store budget!
  6. A Reliv business works around your life. You can work anywhere, with anyone, and whenever you want.
  7. Social media has a positive impact on your business. Entrepreneurs’ lives are so much easier with this free, easy tool!
  8. Reliv shakes make the day better and brighter. Trying a new recipe for your shake party is sure to boost your business.
  9. You are your brand. Own it! Find your passions and what makes you unique to build up your Reliv business.
  10. It’s okay to be afraid, but with Reliv, you have a community supporting you so you can say goodbye to those fears!

Girlfriends’ Getaway was a weekend packed with strong, empowering women, and we want to hear from you! Comment below on your top takeaways.

Your Reliv Back-To-School Guide

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year for students across the country. It can be a tough transition for kids and parents alike, but Reliv makes it easy!

Here are your 5 back-to-school essentials:

  1. Reliv Now® for Kids. Reliv Now for Kids contains essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients to help growing bodies thrive. Not to mention, the advanced ingredients boost energy and mental performance.
  1. Planner. With crazy school schedules and extracurricular activities, a planner is essential! You need to be able to keep up with your business appointments and the next soccer game.
  1. Reliv Mobile App. If you’re constantly on-the-go now that your kids are back in school, then the Reliv Mobile App is perfect for you! Easily share Reliv with other parents at drop-off or pick-up. Life is everywhere and now your business can be too.
  1. ICSAR. You will be meeting so many new parents and teachers throughout the school year… Treat them as prospects! Revisit your ICSAR workbook and add new names to your list.
  1. Pinterest. Reliv’s Pinterest page is full of creative lunches and fun Reliv shake recipes for your kiddos. Be the best parent at school and have the healthiest kids!

Make this school year amazing! Your time is now to build your business, improve your family’s health and better your community.

What are your back-to-school essentials? Comment below!