Restarting right

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This article appeared in the May-June 2010 issue of Networking Times

On June 30, 1993, I did something I’d never imagined I would do: I signed up as a distributor for a network marketing company.

I was both clueless and uplineless: my friend Mel, who worked for this company, had informed me that it was running a free registration promotion, and all I needed to do to become a member was sign on the dotted line.

Not knowing what I was supposed to do next or who my upline was, I didn’t do anything. Mel couldn’t help me, either, because employees weren’t allowed to get involved in the field. Given the circumstances, I should have become another attrition statistic for network marketing, but things turned out very differently because of three factors:

1. Several months after that uneventful sign-up date, my friend Joe presented the opportunity to me again. I could see how having an upline I knew, liked and trusted could make a world of difference. After his presentation, I spoke with the company owner, who happened to be a mutual friend of Joe’s and mine, and he agreed to let me transfer to Joe’s tree. I now was no longer alone and in the dark.

2. Joe continued to invite me to events, and I kept showing up. It took me several meetings to understand the compensation plan and several more to muster up the courage to talk to anyone, but one thing I knew how to do was follow a system. Back in 1993, it was very simple: make a list, invite people to an opportunity meeting, and attend events.

3. I was a single mother to three young children, desperate for a means to survive. I didn’t have a big dream, only a big need. Regularly interacting with other networkers exposed me to stories of small beginnings with inspiring endings. My faith and hopes progressively grew. Although the meetings I attended had a standard program, each speaker brought their own story that reinforced my belief in myself and the opportunity.

The combination of having an upline, a system and a desperate need allowed me to slowly start building my business.

In my first months, I wasn’t very successful in bringing people to opportunity meetings. But because I was soaking everything up like a sponge and desperate to make it work, I was able to bring in people nevertheless, outside of these meetings. I started doing home meetings, which were very effective. Since I was building outside the system, it took the company leaders some time to notice me. When they eventually took note of my commission check, they wondered how I did it—and when they learned what I had done, they decided to adopt the home meeting approach into their system as well.

As for countless others, my first attempt at network marketing was a failed start. With the right reasons, relationships and routine, I was able to restart and build right.

 

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  1. MANI HARISH
    May 9, 2011

    Dear Madam…ur life is an inspiration to many of us. I listened to ur life journey at MUMBAI NSS in 2011. After listening to u, my sister is there in the biz of qnet and we both are working successfully. I’m not talking in terms of pay cheques but our attitude towards life as a whole. your simplicity is something which makes my mind go bonkers. I wish u every laurel in life. Live long……and long.

    Warm regards
    Mani Harish

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  2. Praveen
    Jun 10, 2011

    Dear Donna Its so amazing and refreshing listening to you everytime.I know every time its something truly refreshing look at life,its purpose and so simply put into words.Donna I will always remember you as our buddy in the zone winning team.We learnt so much from just observing you.I am so lucky.God bless you for long life.

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    • Donna Imson
      Jun 10, 2011

      I’m very flattered by your comments, thank you. One can learn a lot from just observation — I know I do. May God continue to bless you.

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  3. Menbere Fekadu
    Jun 10, 2011

    Its a wonderful message to consider before restart.System,Upline and Desire great ones!I will consider them and restart right!Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. Simmi Kapoor
    Jun 11, 2011

    Dear Donna, thank you for being the voice for all the women at the V & also in our great industry of network mktg… Ur talks have always been extremely inspiring for me whether in mumbai at the NSS or at the VCON or anywhere & everywhere..i wish i can meet you soon & have some personal time with you coz that mean sooooooooooo much to me… i am on my way to realising my dreams, thou a little slow…. i am sure that i will make it with great leaders at the V & my team i.e. FAITH ( Mumbai) as my inspiration & my guiding light in my journey in Quest….. luv u always…

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    • Donna Imson
      Jun 14, 2011

      Hi Simmi! Slow is okay, but remember to stick to your goals and dreams, and always believe! Who knows? Maybe one day we can have a little chat, and you can tell me about them in person!

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  5. Mingmar Tamang
    Jul 7, 2012

    Always a great inspiration ! Namaste

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    • Donna Imson
      Aug 22, 2012

      Thank you, Mingmar! Namaste!

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