Trying Blogsy. So far I'm happy. This a logo that iShade wanted to have to mirror Our Taxing Times to there . The will see how often they update and if the use the graphic.
I no longer "play nice" unless it is my best interests. By "play nice" I mean smiling and allowing someone to use me. When I was younger, I operated on the idea that it would all work out. That the people, generally friends and family, who were using you would make it up by helping you at a later time. As I have aged, I have found that there will be those who will not ever think to return the favor. The person who uses friendship to get you to help them but is never there when you need help. The family member who expects lots from you but never gives to you.
I must be going through a second internet childhood.
I've been on the internet for a while. I started when telnet was need to access some of the best stuff and chat rooms were an alternative to long distance charges. The WWW was homemade pages with large patterned backgrounds that you couldn't read the text on. No blogs, IM, Facebook or My Space. Today I have/maintain several websites and blogs. And I use newsreader to keep up on my blogs. But I haven't felt the need to sign up for every new toy/fad/network that came online. I still don't have a My Space page. Facebook was done so I could do a WCT page. And the only time I IM is during tax season with my TaxSmart colleagues. But all of a sudden I have felt the need to update my avatar on Gravatar. It had been sitting dormant for almost 2 years. And now I have joined Fafarazzi. I have no idea why except creating a Project Runway dream team sounded like fun. Then I went back and set up colors and images like it was a My Space page. There there was a re-design of this long neglected blog. And today I was actually thinking about starting another blog and re-designing some of the other websites/blogs. I can't keep up with the ones I have. It has to be the heat triggering a geek outbreak.
I have never be a big reality show fan. Until Project Runway first started, I avoided them completely. Even now, I only watch professional competition shows like Project Runway, Top Chef, and the HGTV and Food TV Be a Star shows. I like watching professionals being tested and judged on what they do. I am not naive enough to believe that the most talented will win. I have strongly disagreed with not just the weekly winners but the season winner on many occasions. But I love watching to see how the contestants will handle the challenges, stress, and each other. But sometimes I really wonder what some of the contestants were thinking when they decided to apply. Do they not watch the show in advance? Think things out and see if this is a good fit for them and their future.
I am very active in Winfield Community Theatre (WCT). Besides sitting on the board of directors, acting and directing, I develop and maintain our web site. A recent Spotlight from the American Association of Community Theatre had an article about social marketing. One suggestion was having a page on Facebook and I decided to create one for WCT.
This use to be my Arbonne blog. While I'm maintaining my consultant status, I am no longer actively selling. First I became disillusioned with the "company line", I kept hearing. And it became clear that making money was not going to happen. A recent visit to the company website was eye opening. While the appearance was the same, finding useful info was much harder. And the new products that had been added don't interest me.
When registrations for the National Convention opened last fall, I did the preliminary registration. When I decided not to go I knew I would lose the $35. But part of the build up to the convention was "My Way" on a tee shirt. Once you did the preliminary registration, you could submit your "Why" (why you are an Arboone consultant) and receive a tee shirt with your "Why" printed on the back. You would get it even if you did not finish registering for the national convention. It was part of the $35 you had already paid.
I never got my tee-shirt. I submitted my "why" and waited. Over a 6 weeks ago, I sent an email asking about the shirt. It took a month to get a reply. Not an answer. It took a month to be told that I had to contact another part of Arbonne to find out what had happened.
This is indicative of my problem with Arbonne. They provide a slick image. Stock responses that any consultant can repeat and sound confident. Those are needed to compete. But responsive customer service, especially to your direct sellers, is as important. Orders that are wrong, e-mails not answered. a web site that wastes my time are not good business. Problems happen but Arbonne seems to be more interested in pointing to the beautiful curb appeal of their house instead of fixing the problems inside.
I haven't posted in a long while. Tax season got in the way. But in the last few weeks, I have received several e-mails from consultants who have found this blog and had questions about my business. I thought I would answer their questions in a post.
I am still in the business. I just received an e-mail from my regional VP. She used the term Business Promoter to designate consultants who are on a slower track. They are selling products with occasional parties and new consultants. That is me. I still believe in the products and have an office display and have done a few one-on-ones. But nothing big. My friends and family know what I am doing and know I will not pressure them. I will do an occasional open house and send postcards to potential clients. Sharing my favorite products and opportunities.
I already one successful business and I consult with people wanting to start new businesses. I know that it take a while to create a client base. I will out last all the quick money people. I want my clients know that I will help them learn about Arbonne without pressure or BS.
I will never be a "typical" consultant. I am not a cheerleader. I don't tolerate slick, thoughtless answers to legitimate questions and problems. I will help someone get started but I won't tell them that all they have to do is X, Y, and Z to be successful. There is more than one way to be successful. I am using the best that Arbonne has to offer in the way of tools and products. At the same time, I will not waste my time on programs and meetings that are the same old rah-rah, "you can do it" motivation with little substance. My time is too valuable.
That is what I am doing right now. I hope I answered everyone's questions.