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Training for Direct Sales Teams.

Postby itskim on Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:44 pm

Here is a tip that really assisted me in business.

Create a private team forum so your team has others
beside you to turn to for support. What happens is they
get to meet and greet with others that might be at the same
stage of development as they are, same location... etc. and
it helps them feel closer to the business.

A great one that I have used is Web Wiz Forums.
Just make some general rules for them to follow and make
the active ones moderators.

This will clear some of your time, yet leave everyone happy and
satisfied.

All the Best,

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Postby itskim on Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:46 pm

Another tip is to create a training email series. THink back to
what you had to discover when going through the business,
and put it into simple email lessons. It will help everyone learn
quicker, feel supported and yet keep your time free!!

A service I use for this is aweber but there are tons of autoresponders
out there for this. Make your series and have them just send a blank
email to yourcampaign@yourautoresponder.com to get started. You
don't need to know how to make websites, or anything complicated.

Simple and you're doing your job by supporting your team!

Have a wonderful Sunday,

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Postby Audrey on Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:51 pm

Kimberly,

I use Aweber also. I love it!!! If you aren't familiar with setting up a forum, you can also use YahooGroups and create a team group where folks can post and ask questions.
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Postby Mila on Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:07 am

Great tips Kimberly, I think setting up a private team training forum is a good way to go. The more material and help you can give your team the better.
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Postby Kit on Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:47 am

Yep, yep! This is one of the first things I suggest to business owners, especially if they have a message board.

It's important for everyone to be on the same page and headed in the same direction. Communication is soooooooooo important! Having a place where your team can meet or leave messages is a big plus for the team as well as the business.

You wouldn't believe how many teams I've been on that didn't incorporate this. Here are a few things I discovered:
  • A team isn't a TEAM if the members never talk to each other.
  • Teams need to pull together. They can't do that if everyone is working as an individual.
  • Many business owners don't use team members to their full potential.
  • Teams need to brainstorm solutions to problems.
  • Close-knit teams usually feel they have a vested interest in the business' success and are willing to go the extra mile.
  • If/when the poo hits the fan, loyal team members will stick with you.

Ok...that was more than 2 cents worth but you get the picture. ;)

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Postby cleobird on Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:27 am

Some of my suggestions for online leadership:

Unity:
create a team name for your team, a motto, perhaps a logo you can put on shirts if that is your thing.

Welcoming new members:
Send out a personal note or card welcoming new members to the team, or call them on the phone to personally welcome them.

Training:
I LOVE my autoresponders! I personally use GetResponse, but almost went with AWeber. I went with GetResponse because my upline was with them and we were able to share campaigns easily.


Incentives:
offer drawings and incentives for reaching goals or passing milestones.

The most important part of all of this however is making sure that whatever you are doing is duplicable. If your team can not reproduce exactly what they see you doing, they will always be dependent on you.

Best wishes in building your business!
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Postby melodyt on Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:59 pm

Great tips! I have both, a forum and several training e-mail series with aweber I highly recommend doing this if you are building a team.

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Yahoo group

Postby lisamommy on Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:19 pm

I have a yahoo group I created and although I have 10 in my organization only 5 have joined my yahoo group and out of those 5 only 1 actively participates.

How do you get them to participate more?
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Postby melodyt on Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:08 am

Lisa it's the old 20/80 rule so you can expect about 20% will participate.

Beside the training autoresponder and web site I also send out a newsletter by email and snail mail the ones who don't have email so I do my part in making sure they have the info they need. Whether they read it on not and take any action is up to them. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. I also have a toll free number my down line can call anytime they have questions or need help.

BTW, I believe anyone with aol email isn't allowed to join yahoo groups as part of their TOS. (Or someone was pulling my leg!)

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