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A rising tide lifts all ships (and historical moment for online/offline MLM unity)
Wow, this Halloween weekend was truly one of the happiest weekends of my entire adult life.
In Houston, Texas I witnessed network marketing professionals from more than 30 countries, representing 59 different business opportunities in attendance, learning and growing in unison.
A unified industry is something my business partners Tom & Kim Challan and myself has been promoting through Priority Team since its inception.
Art Jonak and his mastermind event totally fired me up, and the fact that he shares the same vision as us and has been leading this event for several years really adds fuel to the fire for all of us at Priority Team.
But one of the most satisfying moments of the whole weekend was the "Olive Branch" session with my friend Mike Dillard and Art Jonak, the mastermind event's host.
Before we go any further, I hope you understand the significance of this session.
95% of all attendees in this event were what Mike would consider "old-school" networkers... the very group of people the sales letter for his famous course 'Magnetic Sponsoring' doesn't seem to favor for the past 5 years.
Naturally, it was a bit odd and even shocking to some that Mike was at the event, let alone leading a session with Art in a potentially hostile environment.
Why would someone like Mike put himself in this situation where 95% of the people saw him as "the enemy?"
Personally, having known Mike as a friend for the last 2 years and a mentor for 3...
I was not surprised because the Mike Dillard I know understands the network marketing industry very well and has incredible integrity. This is not to say he is perfect.
Oh, and several people came up to the microphone with some challenging questions during an intense Q&A session, including Randy Gage himself!
To see these top leaders from come together, and Mike showing up in such an open forum to essentially help ease the rift between the “new school / online” and “old school / offline” literally brought tears to my eyes.
As an industry it’s time we unite as one to not only help raise the overall image of the industry, but to help more people because there are folks out there with serious economic challenges and we have the solution!
This photo of Mike Dillard shaking hand with Orrin Woodward is truly a dream come true for me.
It’s a moment I’ve bee waiting for… for THREE YEARS!
And I was so happy that I was right beside them to witness this historic moment.
I see powerful collaboration between these two giants.
This event is the who’s who in the network marketing industry (note: “Internet network marketing” is just a small piece of the overall industry).
“Big Al” Shreiter,
Donna Imson and
were on hand as the faculty members while a good number of multiple-6 and 7 figure earners as well as network marketing company owners were in the audience taking notes and learning (yes, we’ll ALWAYS be students of the industry).
And since it's a generic industry training event, no cross-recruiting was allowed.
The training these leaders provided is easily worth $1000’s…
But the relationships built at the event…
MAN, these new relationships built at the event will change the industry we all love so much FOR-EVER.
The next Network Marketing Mastermind event will take place during the last weekend of October in 2011, and I am going to be there for sure.
I’d love to have YOU join me there.
The 2011 Mastermind event is still about 12 months away…
BUT if you are on board with this movement...
this one-unified-industry movement that promotes friendly competition and responsible marketing…
and want to benefit from the training and wisdom of leaders from various network marketing companies on an ongoing basis, go now and visit www.PriorityTeam.com.
Each Thursday we have a free teleseminar featuring at least one leader in the industry.
The call is 100% generic with no mention of company names.
I truly hope you see the power of this idea.
The idea of a group of like-minded people working in unison toward the same goal is what makes our industry so powerful and life-changing.
We’d love to have your life be one that we somehow help transform.
We will leave no one behind.
Dream Enormous my friend!
Partner, Priority Team.
*************************** IMPORTANT Addendum ***************************
During the Olive Branch session with Mike and Art, Art talked about some of the confusing and downright nasty ads that used "bait & switch" tactics
Those ads with headlines like
" Mike Dillard a scam?"
" Randy Gage a scam?"
" [insert guru name] a scam?"
but then went on to say
"oh... just kidding. [Insert guru name] is great, etc. Click here to check out this product."
How would you feel if you see these ads and click on them?
So, here goes the Randy Gage / Mike Dillard interaction...
Mike addressed the "bait & switch" issue by sharing that there are 40,000+ affiliates for Magnetic Sponsoring, and that actions had been taken to regulate what tactics can or cannot be used to advertise MS products... And plus many of the "bait & switch" ads were posted by newbies who soon learned that they got a ton of clicks but no sale and stopped within a very short time.
He was sincere in addressing this specific question.
However, Randy Gage wanted to take one step further...
SO, Randy walked up to the microphone and basically said, in a somewhat ominous voice (not verbatim)
" Well, I am the other side of the force (semi-jokingly)...
Mike, you're a sharp guy and I'm really impressed with what you've done... you built a $7million business in a really short time and all.
BUT, my challenge to you... well, I think yo're too good to say
' you know I've got 40,000 affiliates and you know... the bait & switch tactics won't last and because the people who posted those ads are mostly newbies and they should learn their lesson... they all disappeared within 30-60 days.'
Well, here's my challenge to you, Mike. Would you be willing to take a stand and say
' I will make it stick with my affiliate... that they stick with my (Mike's) level of ethics and don't advertise in any way that harms our profession or else their affiliate accounts will be banned?"
A thunderous applause from all around the room followed.
Mike then said -
that he agreed with Randy 100%,
that it's been the mission of his to make sure it is done the right way...
and admitted that this specific aspect of his business probably didn't get as much attention as it deserved.
And then he went on to promise with sincerity that MS (the company) will tighten up the regulation on what affiliates can or cannot do to advertise MS products to keep the integrity of the industry and the MS brand as well.
Then another round of thunderous applause from all around the room followed.
It was a fantastic exchange between 2 very successful leaders addressing real-world issues our industry faces every single day.
Both shared their perspectives in front of 350 other leaders.
We were all witnesses.
Mike Dillard basically knowingly walked into a hostile environment and stood up for the industry.
It was a beautiful thing to watch, albeit intense and uncomfortable for some
But that's how we learn and make progress!
What do you think?