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!!

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!

 

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!

Power Your Workouts With ProVantage®

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

There’s no better time than now to perfect your workouts with the optimal performance nutrition found in Reliv’s ProVantage®. Designed with a patented plant-based protein formula, ProVantage meets your nutritional needs for both immediate and long-term athletic performance.

“Whether you’re working out in the gym or your backyard, you need the right nutrition to perform your best,” says Dr. Carl Hastings. “ProVantage delivers that nutrition and the patent confirms the uniqueness of a formula designed to deliver real results.”

Walk into any fitness center or grocery store today and protein powders are in abundance. There are so many to choose from—it is overwhelming! So what makes ProVantage different? No other performance supplement harnesses the power of plant-based protein with the combination of powerful antioxidants and supercharged amino acids.

Let’s take a look at how this synergistic blend of ingredients works:

One of ProVantage’s key ingredients is lunasin. This cell-protecting protein and naturally-occurring peptide combats the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by strenuous exercise. Your body will feel the difference and thank you for this.

ProVantage also has medium chain triglycerides, or MCT’s, which work to help reduce body fat and increase muscle mass. MCT’s also improve muscle repair and muscle quickness while providing more energy than carbohydrates. So your workouts will be fueled all week long!

Say goodbye to your midday slump. The CoQ10 and grape seed extract promote energy production, combat free radicals and support the immune system.

So how do these superior ingredients translate to everyday performance fuel?

Work harder. From adding extra reps at the gym to hiking further up that hill, discover the stamina to power through fatigue.

Recover faster. Don’t settle for sore muscles. A precise balance of nutrients can shorten recovery time.

Get stronger. The right protein helps you build higher-quality muscle than you ever thought possible.

Simply mix 1-3 scoops daily with water or your other favorite beverage, depending on level and intensity of training.

Bottom line: ProVantage delivers a performance edge that is unparalleled! See for yourself how ProVantage outperforms all the others….the proof is in the powder!

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.

 

Is Whey or Soy Protein Better?

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By Product Marketing Specialist & Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Are you trying to decide which version of Reliv Now® is best for you? Maybe you haven’t tried the new Reliv Now® with Whey formula and are wondering how it is different from the original soy protein-based version. Maybe you are just wondering, “Which formula does Coach Tina take?” or “Which is better?”

The answer is: I take both and BOTH are great! One is not better than the other. Which one I take is completely dependent on how I am customizing my shake with Reliv’s targeted solution products. I prefer my shakes to contain combinations of protein sources so if I am adding ProVantage® or SoySentials® to my shake, which each contain 14 and 10 grams of soy protein respectively, I will use Reliv Now with Whey. This allows me to take advantage of the complementary amino acid profiles found in the different sources of protein. This is typically a post-workout shake when I really want to optimize the muscle-building benefits of protein.

I tend to lean toward Reliv Now® with Soy in combination with FibRestore®, ReversAge® or Arthaffect® (collagen protein) for my shakes in between meals to keep me from giving in to temptations and cravings. Research suggests that soy protein absorbs a little more slowly and may help suppress your appetite, so I maximize my intake.

Whey or soy protein ultimately comes down to your personal preference. “You can choose the new whey-based version or the flagship soy-based formula, but either way, you get optimal nutrition from guaranteed quality ingredients,” says Dr. Carl. “Our core nutrition formulas are the cornerstone of your Reliv nutrition.”

I’m nursing a hamstring injury so I will be leaning toward extra ProVantage and Reliv Now with Whey. What are you taking today?