If that “heavy hitter guru” you’re talking to looks at all like this buckaroo, you may want to re-think the opportunity.
At the end the first chapter of Success In 10 Steps, you’ll read the story of Michael Dlouhy going to the lady’s ranch in Texas. She invited a number of MLM leaders to her ranch to talk about her new MLM company and get feedback from people on her ideas. She wanted their advice.
What happened was, virtually all of them saw an opportunity to benefit themselves. It became about them, not her. Certainly, again, greed & ego reared their ugly heads.
One of the beautiful features of network marketing is a commission structure designed to reward people who help others become successful. That is terrific. However … in MLM, as in any other business, a lot of people will put a lot more focus on their own personal gain than they do in yours. And there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. It’s pretty much human nature to do what is in your own self-interest. That’s how life works.
However … when you are willing to damage someone else in order to satisfy your own greed, that is a totally different story. Ethical people will not do that. It’s important for your success that you choose people in your life who scrupulously avoid hurting others in their dealings.
And this story Michael tells about his Texas visit features a bunch of people who were not THAT scrupulous group of people. It’s a very worthwhile point to make with your prospects, again and again and again. It resonates with them.
I know we’ve all, at one time or another, experienced a snake or two in the upline. But where else, other than on page 20 of Success In 10 Stepsby Michael Dlouhy, will you ever see Hannibal The Cannibal connected to network marketing?
The purpose of any headline or subhead is to force the reader to keep reading … to ensure that they cannot put your piece down. And that’s how we get to the section, “Hannibal Lechter Missed His Calling.”
So if you want to keep people reading, you have to get their attention. Hannibal Lechter got a lot of attention in Silence of the Lambs because he had his friends for dinner … along with a nice chablis.
It’s pretty difficult for any onlooker not to at least take a glance at THAT train wreck!
I don’t recall exactly how I got there, but I was thinking, “I want subheads that will be riveting, that will be almost impossible to just gloss over without going to look and see exactly what it’s all about.”
So I thought of some names to insert … and I hit on Hannibal Lechter. How could anyone see the name “Hannibal Lechter” in this book and not feel forced to see how on earth Hannibal the Cannibal has anything to do with network marketing?”
So there was no rhyme or reason other than putting in a name that would rivet attention. And that’s why “Hannibal Lechter missed his calling” is one of the subheads in Success In 10 Steps.
I do not know how effective that subhead has been, but the book has certainly worked well, so I’ll assume Hannibal has done his job.
And I know for sure that YOU can creatively invoke Hannibal Lechter when you talk with a prospect. I guarantee you that nobody they’ve ever talked to before has connected Hannibal with network marketing. You will definitely create an unforgettable impression.