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.

Eat Your Way To A Better Sleep!

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By Fit3 head Coach Tina Van Horn

Long workweeks are interfering with sleep for millions of Americans, according to an article from CNBC. The article showed that most people who work longer hours get less than six hours of sleep a night, far below the seven and a half to eight hours recommended by medical experts. We even dived deep into this issue in the latest Reliv Podcast. Workday stress plays a key role in robbing people of restful, restorative sleep. But a healthy diet and regular exercise could help defuse the effects of stress once your head hits the pillow. The following foods boost the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can actually promote sleep.

Whole grains, such as whole wheat, brown rice and oats. Try a bedtime snack high in complex carbohydrates to help ease your way to dreamland.

Milk with honey. Milk contains tryptophan, which converts to serotonin in the body and helps promote the deep stages of sleep. Turkey, egg whites and tuna also contain tryptophan.

B Vitamins, especially B6 and B12, help reduce stress that can lead to trouble sleeping. Whole grains, wheat germ, tuna, walnuts, peanuts, bananas, sunflower seeds, and blackstrap molasses are all rich in B vitamins.

Magnesium can also help reduce the stress and nervousness that interfere with sleep. Magnesium-rich foods include kelp, wheat bran, almonds, cashews and blackstrap.

Foods To Avoid Before Bed

While some foods can improve sleep, these foods near bedtime can make sleep difficult or even impossible.

Coffee and other caffeine-containing foods, such as chocolate, cocoa, soft drinks and some over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Spicy foods that may cause gastrointestinal reflux or heartburn.

Overly sweet or fatty foods that can also cause indigestion and/or bloating.

Alcohol. Although it can make you feel sleepy at first, alcohol disturbs sleep patterns later in the night.

Along with eating well, adding in routine exercise throughout your week is proven to greatly improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Exercise works wonders to relieve stress and relax the mind. A common contributor to bad sleep is high-stress levels.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, taken by the National Sleep Foundation, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.

With Reliv, working out and eating well has never been easier. With delicious shakes to help you get protein and nutrients, and online workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home, you’ll be sleeping better in no time! Learn more about healthy sleep habits in the Reliv Podcast. 

How To Find A Mentor & Be A Mentor

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

Finding your mentor is one of the most important first steps in your Reliv business, so reach out to your upline and don’t try to do this business by yourself. Grab your sponsor or anyone in your upline and have them take your hand and walk you step-by-step as you get started. If your sponsor isn’t willing to do that, keep reaching up until you find someone who is willing to help you!  The fact is, a good sponsor will take the fear factor out of doing the business, but a great sponsor will ease the intimidation by being there for every moment as you get started. This is especially important in the beginning when you may not have all the answers yet and you are still navigating unchartered territory.

Furthermore, I’ve always believed that teaching by “showing” is better than simply “telling” someone new to the business. It’s much easier to duplicate an action than a concept. Once you have identified your mentor, I encourage you to ask them to show you how to make a list and make appointments. You can make appointments on the phone, online or in person. Keep an open mind and allow yourself to be mentored. That way, you can be the best mentor to someone in your downline in the future.

If you think about it, mentoring is a simple concept. Mentorship is a relationship in which an experienced individual helps someone with less experience develop specific skills to enhance professional and personal growth. This relationship is essential in a healthy Distributor force and one of the main ingredients to your organization’s growth.

Remember, great mentors are up-to-date in their network marketing skills and support their organization members to maximize their potential, improve their performance, and help them become the best version of themselves! Mentors lead by example to create lasting impressions on their mentees. Be a great mentor and you will build a great organization. It is as simple as that!

 

How Engagement Will Help You Succeed

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By Chief Executive Officer Ryan Montgomery

Effective communication is an impactful and intangible tool that sets a company’s results apart from others. Yes, our product line and marketing plan make us unique, but we live in an era with multiple channels of communication that can blur the lines. By using the right channel and effective communication, engagement increases drastically and we are ultimately able to be better networkers.

Life has only gotten busier since I started at Reliv two decades ago. It seems that there are more missed communications now than ever, which leads to a lack of engagement in our community.

Make sure you’re connected with all of Reliv’s forms of communicating with the field:

This list demonstrates the incredible advantage we have in accessing today’s technology. However, communications are still missing our target audience because of a lack of engagement. So, who is at fault? Is the communicator not effective or is the listener not engaged?

The answer is probably a little bit of both—at every company. At Reliv, we are committed to a streamlined and simplified approach to our communications. We never want to send too many messages that people can’t keep up with, and we certainly do not want to under-communicate either. I’m a believer in over-communicating as a company because a message needs to be heard more than once for it to sink in…six times psychologists say! Which means we all need to be better listeners and engagers.

In our business, engagement with your upline and downline is paramount, but it’s also important to engage with Reliv Corporate. Be sure to have all the channels mentioned above turned on. Staying plugged in with Corporate communications is the only way to know what’s going on. Subscribe to the emails and text messages, follow us on social media, and navigate the website and mobile app so that you know where to find all the business success training tools you need. Being engaged keeps you informed of the monthly promotions and what’s next on the events calendar. Information is king, and engagement is the key that opens the door to information.

As always, we encourage you to send us your ideas to help Reliv improve communication and tips for Distributors to stay engaged. Comment on your favorite communications platform below!

10 Reasons You Need A Girlfriends’ Getaway!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August 1st is National Girlfriends’ Day, but I think we should celebrate our girlfriends every day! Female friendships are so powerful, but it can be hard to carve out quality time with our best friends in our busy schedules. Lucky for you, Reliv is sponsoring a free Girlfriends’ Getaway August 24 and 25 to celebrate you and your girlfriends all weekend long!

Here are 10 reasons you don’t want to miss it:

  1. This weekend is a form of self-care. You spend all day taking care of others, and now is the time for you!
  2. There is a hosted happy hour with wine and appetizers—what’s better than that?
  3. You can choose from different workouts for all fitness levels to start your morning with a rush of endorphins that will make you happy!
  4. Try fresh, new shake recipes at the free Reliv Shake Bar. These recipes were formulated by our best fitness and nutrition expert just for you.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children all over the world with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation.
  6. Mingle with friends from all over the country and make new ones!
  7. Learn about family wellness tips from nutrition experts.
  8. Enjoy fun surprises and get a free swag bag filled with the latest Reliv goodies and other fun accessories.
  9. Hear from strong, motivating women entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses. Be inspired to do the same!
  10. You will leave feeling relaxed, reenergized and recharged!

 

There truly is no downside to spending a weekend with your girlfriends, your mom, your sister, your daughter, etc. Your time is now—let’s celebrate!

 

5 Reasons You Should Attend Reliv Live

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

There are two incredible opportunities this year to impact your business for years to come! Reliv is coming to Anaheim in April and Orlando in October with Reliv Live events to make your 2018 the best year for your business. Your time is now to make your business thrive!

Here are 5 reasons why you need to attend a Reliv Live event:

  1. You will make lifelong connections and friendships. When you surround yourself with people that share your interests and ambitions, you will be more successful! There is no better place to surround yourself with people that share your positivity, love for Reliv, success and passion for wellness than Reliv Live.
  2. You will connect with Reliv’s top business leaders. There is always room for all of us to grow. Get inspired by the people that started out just like you and built their way to the top!
  3. You will meet the minds behind Reliv corporate. Meet the people that are always here to support you and help you grow no matter what. Whether you can’t wait to connect with Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn or finally meet President Ryan Montgomery, Reliv Live gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and ask questions.
  4. You will witness history in the making. 2018 marks Reliv’s 30th anniversary. There are new developments to celebrate this momentous year that will be introduced exclusively at Reliv Live. You need to be there!
  5. You will have fun! Reliv Live is all about having fun while you are succeeding in your business. You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals—you’re bound to have the time of your life! As Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock always says, “If you’re not having fun, you’re done.”

We hope to see YOU at one of our two Reliv Live events this year. Register here.

4 Strength Training Tips Everyone Should Know

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

For many people, turning 40 can be a dreaded milestone. For the health and fitness conscientious, however, turning 30 could be considered the new 40.

Why 30, you may ask? From the time you were born until around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But during your 30s, you naturally start to lose muscle mass and function. This is called sarcopenia or “muscle loss with aging.”

The good news? Muscle-strengthening activities help increase or maintain your muscle mass and power. Steadily increasing weight and repetitions will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.

That’s why, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get serious about adding strength training to your workouts. I know machines at the gym can be confusing, so don’t even look at the intimidating guys (and ladies) who hang out in the free weights area!

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Reliv Week of Caring 2016: Making a Difference

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By Reliv Vice President of Operations Debra Hellweg

Since 2009, Reliv employees have been participating in an event known as the Reliv Week of Caring. This is an annual event where groups of employees visit local organizations to volunteer for the day. Over the years we have contributed more than 1600 hours of service to more than 20 local organizations! Continue reading “Reliv Week of Caring 2016: Making a Difference”