At a certain point in your beauty business direct sales career – after a week, a month, or a year or so – you will have exhausted your immediate beauty business network circle. You’ve hit up all the ladies in your Tuesday tennis group; you’ve worked your neighbors, and your kids’ teachers tell you that though they love what you sold them, they really don’t need anything right now – nor do they want to host another party for you. You’re stuck.
Instead of waiting for your current customers to run out of whatever you’ve sold them or suddenly decide that yes, they want to buy from you, and right now!, you’ve got to break out of your small circle of influence. You need to push through to that next level to reach people you haven’t tapped before. There are two main ways to do this:
Let’s talk about the first method – getting referrals
You may think that all your friends know the same people, and to a certain extent, that’s true. The ladies in your Tuesday tennis group all know each other, your neighbors all know each other, the teachers at school all know each other. But I bet you know at least five people they don’t… and vice-verse.
Think of the party game, “Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon.” If everyone knew only the same people, that game wouldn’t be possible. Either it would only take one degree to reach Mr. Footloose, or it wouldn’t be possible at all. The same goes for the people you know, and the people THEY know. Think about your college roommate, your next-door neighbor’s pet sitter, your spouse’s office-mates. These aren’t people in your direct circle, but they’re in that next ring.
So how do you get to these people? You ask. Ask your neighbor to introduce you to their pet sitter; ask your college roommate in the next town over to introduce you to her neighbors, ask your spouse’s workmates to broker an introduction with their spouses and neighbors.
Tools online like Facebook and LinkedIn (linkedin.com) make this very easy, as you can see who your connections are connected with. On LinkedIn, you can even request an introduction to a particular person. The key is to see each person in your current network as a bridge leading to many more circles. All you have to do is cross that bridge!
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Now, let’s talk about strangers
When you were young, your mother probably warned you, “Never talk to strangers!”
The problem is, many of us are still holding on to that advice, twenty or thirty or forty or more years later! With all due respect to your mom, you need to forget that advice right now. She gave you that advice – and rightly so – when you were too young to protect yourself, or to be able to judge between “nice” strangers and “bad” strangers.
As an adult, you must talk to strangers virtually every day: The teller at the bank, the man holding the door open for you at the grocery store, the customer service person at the cable company… these are all “strangers.” Somehow we think it’s okay to talk to them in one way or setting, but it’s not okay to speak to them about our business. Wrong!
If you want to make more money, you have to sell more. And to sell more, you need to talk to more people about what you sell! It’s as simple – and as easy – as that. If you think you can’t talk to strangers about what you do, then you’re basically giving up on 99.99999 percent of the world. Sure, it can be a little anxiety-producing. Here are some ways to make it easier to talk to strangers:
Expanding outside your limited network circle doesn’t take any particular skill or talent; it just takes commitment. Resolve to get introduced to one new person a day, and to discover another new friend on your own. If you do that each and every day, each week you’ll add 14 people to your network circle – and over the course of the year, your network will have grown by over 750 individuals! Now that can’t help but have an impact on your bottom line.