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Swearing off social networking


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JenDono
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Last time I was "successfully" recruited by a company that uses social networking to market their products I offered them one concern that they never really addressed. We had recently moved to the area and knew very few people and were not living near anyone in my family or my husband's family. They told us not to worry they would show us how to get our own leads. The person in question even said she would give some of her leads. Guess what. She gave us no leads. Her idea of teaching us how to get leads was having us come to meetings and basically try to shame us with the fact that over the past week we had harvested no phone numbers. All she could do to help was keep trying to give me tapes of this one guy who was kind of her hero or something. I listened to his tape once and instantly disliked him. I'm a very religious person and hearing some preacher without a church preaching salvation I find extremely offensive. My upline would not answer my questions in a timely fashion. I advised her if I felt that this was going no where in a month I was going to walk away from it. Three months later she offered to set me up with a friend to go prospecting each week so I could learn from him. I said not sure whether I would commit to anything. She said think about it and I'll call you this weekend. Been weeks since I've heard from her. Worst is I honestly considered my upline a friend before this all started.

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fergie
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I am amazed at how the upline avoids you like the plague once they have suckered you into joining their network. I'm glad you were smart enough to leave anyways. MLMs suck and they have so many people fooled into thinking they will make real money.

lukes
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I love hearing the MLMMultilevel Marketing is selling products by using independent distributors and allowing these distributors to build and manage their own sales force by recruiting, motivating, supplying, and training others to sell products. The distributors' compensation includes their own sales and a percentage of the sales of their sales group (downline). speeches on how to get leads and it always seems like most people would never fall for this but yet it seems I guess good to some and they make it sound so easy when its really not.

neveragain
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That's not really social networking, no matter what they call it these days. MLMMultilevel Marketing is selling products by using independent distributors and allowing these distributors to build and manage their own sales force by recruiting, motivating, supplying, and training others to sell products. The distributors' compensation includes their own sales and a percentage of the sales of their sales group (downline). (multi-level marketing) can be a very good way to build a business but only if you are exceptionally good at recruiting new people. I've been in several MLMs back in the 80s and they all work the same, really. Big meetings where all the "successful" people go up, get awards and tell you how wonderful it all is. It's like big pep rallies that get you all pumped up. Amway, particularly, was like joining a cult.

Marie
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Joined: 05/09/2009

I am so sorry you had to go through all that. It is very difficult dealing with uplines and all the motivational tapes they want to brain wash you with. Be glad, that you didn't lose more than you did.

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