Video Blog: Become Aware Of Your Time

I know I talk a lot about time management, but have you thought much about time awareness? In this month’s video blog post, I share a simple strategy that can actually help you become more productive.

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Julie Anne Jones is direct sales corporate consultant, coach, and trainer, and the CEO of Julie Anne Jones, Inc. She is known for her authentic and easy-to-use scripting and specializes in specific language and tools for success in direct sales. To learn more about Julie Anne and her products and services, and to read her weekly blog posts, visit her at www.julieannejones.com.

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How My Husband’s Cancer Led To Something Amazing (That I Never Saw Coming)

DSC_4911This week has been quite a wild ride and this morning I felt inspired to share the “back story.”

 

On Monday we launch something brand new for us called “The Elite Insiders Success Summit.” Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what this summit is…

 

 

 

  • We’ve got 10 power-packed interviews in 5 days (2 interviews a day for 5 days, each playing absolutely free to you for a full 24 hours)
  • I’m co-hosting it along with my friend, known direct sales trainer Belinda Ellsworth, and we’ll be bringing our over 30 years of combined direct sales training experience to the interviews and the series (including each of us doing our own info-packed interview)
  • We’re bringing together a handful of the most experienced leaders in our industry and giving them a forum for sharing their expertise
  • These are leaders who have successfully built their businesses from scratch, developing large, dynamic teams and creating lucrative full time incomes

Those are the facts, but there’s a lot more to the story than that. And no one except Belinda & I know the details. I decided it was time to share (because I’m overwhelmed with gratitude today as we top 7000 people registered for this event).

 

This idea came about because my husband has cancer.

 

No, really.

 

See, when my beautiful better half John was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma a year and a half ago, we decided to share our journey. I started a blog called “Our Big Adventure…Cancer Doesn’t Stand a Chance!” and began sharing the posts on Facebook. The response from “friends” I’d never even met from all over the world was overwhelming. It’s honestly made a huge difference our lives and helped us cope. And writing about our journey has been very therapeutic for me.

 

Unfortunately, his care and the financial strain this has put on us has had a pretty significant impact on my business. Since John is self employed and has only been able to work part time over the past year, that’s added to the pressure on me as well. I’ve continued to work, but it’s definitely been more challenging. There are a lot of unknowns in our life and that affects everything. I’m grateful that I’m self-employed and appreciate the flexibility that gives me to be available for him when he needs me, but the bills still have to be paid.

 

Belind-JAJA few months ago, Belinda reached out to me on Facebook after I shared a particularly heartbreaking post and said our story had really touched her and she wanted to do something to help. I consider Belinda a friend but was blown away by her message. Many people have said they wished they could help, but in true “take action” form (If you’ve ever met Belinda you know she’s a powerhouse packed in a little package), Belinda was ready to do something. Later that week we chatted on the phone about how we might work together and The Elite Insider Success Summit was born.

 

We decided we both knew some pretty amazing leaders in our industry and we wanted to create something that would have a big, positive impact on as many direct sellers as possible. Selfishly, we also wanted to reach as many people as possible who had never heard of us individually before. Belinda has a new book coming out soon and I’m launching a brand new program next month, so getting in front of a ton of excited action-takers who were new to us and our work while helping all of them out by providing some incredible, free training is an awesome byproduct to all of this.

 

Every single leader we reached out to not only said yes, but was enthusiastic about participating. What they shared during these interviews is pure GOLD. They are honest and genuine and truly care about our industry and helping others succeed. They know what it takes to be successful and have come together to share their experience along with specific tips and tools designed to help others achieve that same level of success in their own businesses. We both feel honored to be able to be a part of this and for me personally, to partner with someone as amazing as Belinda is a true privilege. I have respected and learned from her for years.

 

So, there you have it. The “truth” behind this incredible summit. I hope you’re inspired to join us to learn from all of these amazing leaders. They’ve certainly impressed us and I know you absolutely won’t regret the small investment of time you’ll make over the next week to learn from them yourself. Remember, your time is the only investment you need to make to get access to all of these interviews. They are free for the taking as long as you sign up. You can do that here: http://www.eliteinsidersuccesssummit.com/

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Direct Sales By The Numbers – A Formula For Success

Percentage-signI’ve noticed that I write quite a bit here about where and how you spend your time in your direct sales business – how to manage your time so you have a successful business while still maintaining the harmony in your life. That’s because it’s the single most frustrating thing about working from home. I’ve broken down the direct sales time commitment into a formula for you. Hopefully this will help you see where you’re not on track (and where you are).

 

Here’s my formula for a successful direct sales business:

 

 

 

60% Money Making Activities

 

These are things that have a high probability of producing income for you. We’re talking the ACTIONS that will bring you business success. This includes (but isn’t limited to)

  • Sales
  • Bookings
  • Parties
  • Sponsoring

 

20% Preparation and Planning

 

I do yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly and sometimes daily planning. It’s the most important time I spend on my business (but notice its only 20% of the time I spend). You should also include team management in this piece of the pie. This allows you to solidify the foundation of your business so your long term outlook is more profitable.

 

10% Administrative Tasks

 

By administrative, I mean anything that you do in support of your business that does not directly make you money. Pay attention to this category. My guess is you struggle to keep this from eating up less than 50% of your time, let alone 10%. I know it’s the biggest issue I face. Nothing pulls me down a rabbit hole quicker than things like banking, e-mail, my website, etc. All are important to my overall business success, but none are income producing.

 

10% Raise-the-Bar Service

 

These are those extra touches that make you stand out in the crowd in your community, company, and industry. Do you send hand written thank you notes to your hosts or make customer service calls to your party guests once they receive their products? How about sending birthday cards to your hosts and customers? What are you doing to build long-term relationships with super service to your representatives, hosts and customers? Take some time this week and really think about that (and what you could be doing better or differently)

 

That’s my “formula” for how and where to spend your time in your direct sales business. Some weeks you’ll do really well at sticking with this formula, and some weeks you’ll completely suck at it. Just make sure you’re aware of it and that you at least attempt to follow it most of the time. It will truly make a huge impact and difference in your business.

 

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Julie Anne Jones is direct sales corporate consultant, coach, and trainer, and the CEO of Julie Anne Jones, Inc. She is known for her authentic and easy-to-use scripting and specializes in specific language and tools for success in direct sales. To learn more about Julie Anne and her products and services, and to read her weekly blog posts, visit her at www.julieannejones.com.

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