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Building Your Team and Team Building Building Your Team and Team Building by Chris Carroll

For those of us in a Direct Sales type business, a natural way to grow your income and business is through building a team. A lot of companies preach that this is the Only way to make real money. That may be true, but only the people that are already successful in their business and are prepared will be successful at building a team.

Building a team is hard work. Yes, it may be joyful and fun, but it is work! You must work at it all of the time. Talking to people and being excited about your business is the best way to start, grow and maintain your team.

Some reps are successful at newspaper ads; some at planting seeds at parties; some at chatting with people, but any way that you handle the function of recruiting still means a maintenance of the team by continuing to recruit each day.

Talking and actually interviewing the prospect is an awesome way to find out their goals and dreams. Why do they want to join this business? What sparked their desire to join today? Have they used the product before? How are they going to sell the product and to whom? What are they going to use the extra money for? By having this type of information, you can tailor their training and follow up to their personal situation.

People come and go and that is a natural occurrence. Some find the business not to their liking. Some peopleís expectations are large and they may not make money right away. Some just get tired and leave. Whatever the reason, it happens.

But as you add to your team, they will need your continued support and training. You must continually build your team with people and then build your team with knowledge.

Train your team to be just like you. Show them how to duplicate yourself. Are you great in sales? Share all of your tips with them. Are you awesome are growing your team? Show them what you do. Teach them what makes You awesome and they too will become that way. Show them how you explode your business and they will do it as well. Make yourself duplicatable and they too will show their team the same. Now you are growing!

The more you build your team with knowledge, the more you build your teamís moral and keep the excitement in place. If we could all stay as excited as we were when we first joined our company, think how awesome your team would be today. So spark their interest and get them excited again about the business. Use their goals and dreams!! Remind them why they got into this business. Be excited when you talk to them. Let them know that you Love your job!

Never forget that people are in the business for a multitude of reasons. Some only want personal sales. Some want part time work to pay a few bills and very few are full timers. Watch how you spend your valuable time. 80% of your time should be spent on the top 20% of your producers. Donít neglect any one, but realize that you want your time best spent where you are going to get a return. If someone is only in the business for personal sales, donít spend days with them showing them how to recruit. The chances of that are slim. Instead, show them how to grow their customer base and save the other stuff for those that want the information on recruiting. Spend your time wisely.

Keep tabs on all of your reps, because things do change and some day they will be asking for your help with a different portion of the job. Use the information you gathered when you interviewed them to identify their goals and inspire them. As they grow their business, you too will be successful and efficient in your own business and your business will have come full circle.
You inspire them and they inspire you!

Congratulations! You are awesome and successful!

Copyright 2004-2006 by Chris Carroll. All Rights Reserved. Chris is a work at home mom that has been in sales for 20+ years. She has a BS in Business Management and is the host of as well as her business she enjoys with her son at

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Recruiting 6 Different Types of Direct Sales Consultants
By: Shelly Hill

When it comes to building a team in Direct Sales, you need to remember that people join Direct Sales Businesses for different reasons.

When you are interviewing your next potential team member, it's important to find out how they 'plan' on working the business. Knowing this information before giving them your business opportunity speech, will help you to tailor the conversation in a way that will yield you the best results.

Example: Someone who is only interested in joining your business for a personal discount, doesn't need to listen to an hour long speech about home parties, training classes and team building.

You might be a career consultant, but that doesn't mean your next team member will be.

1. Friends and Family Consultant

A Friends and Family Consultant likes the idea of buying products for personal use at consultant discounts. This person sells to neighbors, friends, relatives, etc. through catalog orders.

2. Short-Term Consultant

A Short-Term Consultant sells for a short period of time. This person wants to earn a specific amount of money and when they reach their specific goal, they end their business.

3. Seasonal Consultant

A Seasonal Consultant loves doing home shows and earning extra money during specific times of the year. This could be around the Holidays or during the summer months.

4. Workplace Consultant

A Workplace Consultant works for a company with a lot of employees who love your company's products. This makes it convenient for everyone to order and for the consultant to earn a little extra income. This type of consultant usually only takes orders from her co-workers.

5. Part-Time Consultant

A Part-time consultant is someone who consistently works on their business and desires to make a specified monthly income but limits their business hours.

6. Career Consultant

A Career Consultant views the business as a viable career and knows it can provide a full-time income. This person pursues management and wants to move up the career ladder. This person works on their business in a consistent and on-going manner and works hard to build to quality team.

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Shelly Hill has been working from home in Direct Sales since 1989 and is a Manager with Tupperware. You can visit Shelly online at for Direct Sales articles and home business tips. You can also visit Shelly online at







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