4 Steps to Successfully Communicate at Network Marketing
The term “Network Marketing” says it all. Communication is the way you network yourself out with others, and that’s one half of the equation. You cannot succeed in this industry without the help of others, and the better you are at delivering your messages, the better your chances of success.
But delivering your message takes a specific skill set that you can only achieve by practicing the right way. Communication in network marketing is different than sales. If it was the same, it would be called “Network Selling.” Knowing the differences can make or break your home-based business.
Here are a few guidelines to follow in order to start being a better marketing communicator:
Find A Common Ground:
When two or more people work together and find a common ground, they are positioned to achieve tremendous power. People come from all walks of life. Be open to all the possibilities that exist, even those you haven’t heard of or can’t conceive working right away. Successful communication allows two or more people to pool their ideas to create brand new ones. This is a way that the marketing side of the business can explode from the networking side.
Remember, do not try to pull the other person into your own ground. Not everyone is willing to go your way all of the time, so let the other person have a chance to lead as much as you. Put yourself in their shoes before the hope of sealing the deal is lost. When you step on their ground, you may find their way of doing things is more helpful than yours. Allow yourself to benefit from their experiences.
Go Beyond Your Script:
Most of the time, it isn’t just “what” you say, but “how” you say it that makes the difference. The receptiveness of who you are saying it to will steer them in whatever direction you point them in with your words and conviction. If you’re having a bad day, do yourself a favor and leave the telephone off the hook until you can lift your spirits up. No one wants to work with someone who is depressed, and you may run the risk of burning a bridge you can never walk across again.
I’m sure the words you crafted into your script are convincing, but they are just words. It takes the excitement in your voice to convey them in a way to inspire people. Really get yourself in a positive mood before dialing your numbers. Maybe you need a cup of hot green tea or an energy drink to wake you up. Maybe it’s listening to some fast-paced music. Whatever it is, just do it. It will do wonders for your communication.
Know Your Audience:
You must care about the people you are communicating with. The key here is building relationships and it is easier to do when you know a person before you get them on the phone. What this means is knowing what kind of goals they might have that relate to your product or service. What area of the country do they live in? How old are they? Knowing more details about your audience will help you communicate better with them.
The other half of knowing your audience is making sure you really listen to what they are saying. They might be saying “no,” but not really meaning it. Listen to their objections and focus on how you can help them with that specific problem. Enlighten them with the benefits of your product or service and show them how you can really make a difference. Listening to your prospect is the only way you will be able to handle their questions and concerns efficiently.
Know When to Stop Talking:
Don’t ramble on and on about every little benefit your product or service can offer. Most customers are looking for your solution to their problem, so focus to learn as much as you can about their problem by listening “attentively”. There are lots of products out there that claim to have the best this or that. They’ve already heard it all before. What they want to hear is how you can help them, so be short and to-the-point with your conversation. Try not to stray too far off from the topic that they called you for with your opinions or idle chit-chat.
Once you have discussed the solutions to their specific problems, your shot to market your product or service is pretty much over. If they need to call you back, put the ball in their hands. Never offer to call someone back as a courtesy. It makes you look desperate for the sale and only focused on money. Allowing them to take responsibility to call you back tells them that you are there to help but not hold their hand. You’ve already done your job, so now it’s up to them to make their effort.
Communication in network marketing is an aspect that must be handled with care and on-going practice. It’s really an art and science behind the practice. Following these four simple steps can make the biggest difference in your business. I used to spend hours and hours on the telephone wondering what I was doing wrong until proper marketing education helped me understand that it all boils down to mastering a few simple rules and having the right mindset to back them up.