Thursday, 30 June 2011

Kleeneze Works - Newspaper Features Mike, 71

Mike Harle (pic: Daniel Gilfeather)
© Daniel Gilfeather
 This smiling gent is Mike Harle, 71, who became a Kleeneze distributor after using his savings in retirement to eke out his pension.

You can read the full story in the Mirror. He invested £156 in 200 catalogues and made £800 sales in his first 3 weeks, netting £280 income and a fast-start bonus.

That's not unusual for Kleeneze distributors. I'm still disorganised, still juggling family, work and a Kleeneze business, yet in the past 3 weeks I've made £832 of sales. Just by putting out catalogues, collecting them in again and delivering the goods when they arrive.

I'm on target for my 13% Volume bonus - my goal is to reach 13% by the end of Period 8. After watching the videos of the Kleeneze Live training in Falkirk, I'm determined to get more organised, so I can start building my team on solid foundations. Unfortunately, I won't be attending the Kleeneze conference in September and I'm gutted. I'm on holiday with my fiancé and two of my sons and the last week in August is the only week that all 4 of us had free. We travel back from South Devon on the day of the conference.

Still, as my mum used to say, "There are some things you want to do, then there are the things that you have to do." I see little enough of my fiancé as it is due to his international contracting, whilst my 17 year old is now living with his dad and neither my youngest son nor I see enough of him any more. There will be other Kleeneze conferences, and I will be at them with my team.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Change Your Focus - Change Your Life

Isn't it amazing how a change in focus can trigger all sorts of changes to your personality and your lifestyle?

Yesterday, I collected a grand total of 93 of the 108 catalogues I'd put out on Monday. All these catalogues went out to people who had either ordered or looked at my Kleeneze catalogues before, so I knew they would be welcome.

Despite the usual 5% of catalogues that weren't looked at this time, plus having to gingerly remove a set of catalogues from a bag that looked as though it had been targeted by an incontinent duck, I got 17 orders, totalling just over £250.00. That's an average of £2.69 per collected catalogue, or an average order value of £14.71. Not bad for 3 hours work.

Today, I got head-hunted by a recruitment agency, wanting to put me forward for a job in Coventry. Normally I don't bother to answer agency calls; they're typically the ones that don't display a number or display a generic 0844 code. But this one displayed a Stratford number - so I answered it. Why?

Because I thought it might be somebody interested in building their own Kleeneze business!

I am truly focussed on making my Kleeneze business work. The reason I've survived everything life has thrown at me is - I never quit. I may limit myself in some areas so that I can take care of other priorities first, but I never, ever quit.

I am going to succeed with my Kleeneze business. My mind is focussed on it. I wouldn't call myself the Kleeneze Lady if I wasn't in it for the long haul. See you at the top!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Personality Power - The Kleeneze Lady Way

Over on my other blog, I've written about the power of your personality and the importance of living life according to your values.

In the past couple of days, I got a nice reminder of just how valuable that is.

On Friday, I finally managed to deliver an order to a new customer. After a number of texts re-arranging a date and time, I arrived at her house to be invited in to the garden for a much appreciated glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. We spent a lovely 45 minutes discussing elements of our lives and I left with a warm glow that wasn't alcohol induced.

I also know a lot more about the current issues facing the public sector, which has left me much more sympathetic to the problems they face regarding pension contribution increases, etc. Not everybody has sufficient disposable income to cope with having to pay more into their pensions to realise the same projected value, which means many will have reduced pensions.

On Sunday, I accompanied my mother to the wettest hog roast I hope to experience. Whilst there, I was greeted with genuine friendship by Gwen Hotten, Rugby's Mayor, who I haven't seen for years.

I must be doing something right if I generate that sort of goodwill in both complete strangers and old friends.

I choose to believe that it's my personal values shining through. It's a great confidence booster, too!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Does Your Team Deserve Success?


Then become more successful yourself. Lead the way, so they can believe it's possible and follow you.

Craig White, Kleeneze's distributor of the year, was awarded the UK Direct Selling Association's Direct Seller of the Year award, by leading the way for his team.

Listening to him on the KleenezeHQ YouTube channel is a great experience. He advocates using simple weekly targets of £250+ sales orders and 1 new team member per week, plus coach and care for your customers and team.

Funnily enough, those are the targets I'd set myself a few weeks ago. I must be planning something right, at least.

I've got renewed motivation to follow my 90 plan - I'm following in the footsteps of successful Kleeneze distributors like Gavin Scott, Chris Mason-Paull and Craig White.

Who inspires you to do better?

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

How Do You Drive Your Business?

Stick shift or automatic transmission?

Are you running your business on automatic pilot, or are you in control of where you're going and what your business is doing?

I've just regained control, after months where I let my Life! The Soap Opera moments take over, and I've had one of my better weeks of retail orders because I changed my viewpoint.

There are two reasons for the change. Firstly, a CD set by Darren Hardy, a man who is becoming more and more of a mentor with every replay of his audio and reread of his books - Making The Shift. A brilliant compilation of timely advice; I can't recommend it highly enough.

Secondly, I took control of my overactive flight v. fight response and got myself a self-hypnosis CD - Develop Your Self Confidence (Diviniti). Fear is a natural part of our lives, and our reactions can support our growth as well as safeguard us, but in my case, my reaction to any stress stimuli got out of control. This is due to a rather nasty relationship that ended 19 years ago. Unfortunately, I'd been programmed by then. Death threats can do that to you. So can the uncertainty of not being able to trust those closest to you.

I'm delighted to say that I can feel the difference to my self-confidence already, after only 9 days. I'm slightly calmer, a little more open and I'm feeling a lot stronger within myself. I feel able to stand up for myself where before, I would have either over-asserted myself or morphed into a human doormat. I'm sure there's a lot more self-healing to do, but I can see a way forward for the first time.

I have an inner certainty about myself and my Kleeneze business that was lacking before. That can only be good for both me and my team.

Thanks to Gavin for seeing the "more in me than I can see". I won't let you down.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Do You Want to Break Free?

I want to break free, I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I've got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the first time
And this time I know it's for real
I've fallen in love (yeah)
God knows, God knows I've fallen in love

It's strange but it's true
Hey, I can't get over the way you love me like you do
But I have to be sure
When I walk out that door
Oh how I want to be free, baby
Oh how I want to be free
Oh how I want to break free

But life still goes on
I can't get used to living without, living without
Living without you by my side
I don't want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own

So baby can't you see
I've got to break free
I've got to break free
I want to break free yeah
I want, I want, I want, I want to break free

© Queen

It suddenly struck me, that's a pretty apt set of lyrics for somebody trying to move away from their current negative mental programming to a more positive self-image.

And, of course, it's a good opportunity to remind everybody of the Kleeneze Break Free option.

Have fun breaking free today.

Monday, 6 June 2011

My Kleeneze Website Rocks!

OK, so that's a provocative statement - after all, it's "just" a corporate microsite, customised to my Kleeneze business details.

It's so much more than that.

All active distributors get one of these websites - nicely designed with clean pages, and all the relevant information is there in front of you:

You get a chance to look at our introduction to the Kleeneze business opportunity video:

You can browse our catalogues.

You can visit our shop:

But it's what we distributors can do behind the scenes that makes my Kleeneze website rock. We have contact management tools for both customers and prospective team members. We can personalise our introduction text. We can decide where we want to build our Kleeneze retail business - anything from a 5 mile radius:

to a 40 mile radius!:

The tools provided for us by Kleeneze just keep getting better! When I was in a previous network marketing business, I had to pay £40 per month for this sort of website. Kleeneze provide this service at a fraction of that price - just one more reason to join our team!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Time Management, Kleeneze Lady Style

As anybody involved in the early phases of their network marketing business will tell you, there comes a time when building your business assumes a greater mental priority than working on furthering your 9 to 5 job prospects.

My problem is, I get paid too much in my 9 to 5 job to just quit - I would need to have a turnover of around £10,000 per 4 week period to come close to my current salary. That means I need to build a good team.

However, as I've discovered over the past few months, making the transition from being a disorganised retailer to an organised team builder isn't easy. I've make two serious attempts at building a team after day job hours and all I've achieved so far is missing out on my Volume bonus.

It's time to get serious about working with spare moments within my day job.

I've now blocked out short periods of 15 to 30 minutes during my working day, during which time I will focus on my Kleeneze business activities. These blocks of time could correspond to company lunch breaks, tea breaks, etc. I'll be inputting orders, contacting prospective team members and catching up on paperwork.

The rest of my day will be used to ensure that I am ahead of my workload, which in turn could free up extra short blocks of time in which to contact more people.

I've revised my 90 day plan accordingly. I'll let you know how I get on.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

I'm An Apprentice - Get Me Out Of Here!

Over on my other blog, I've posted about the Mastery Learning Curve. It's that developmental process we all go through, regardless of whether we're building a business or learning a foreign language.

Now, my projected journey looks more like the wavy line below:

How do I see myself? I'm a Mastery Apprentice, although I've come very close to being one of the Unsupported in the past few months.

That's not a comment on my upline, but on my personal circumstances - it can be hard to motivate yourself when you're a single parent, spending 12 hours per day out of the house working on your day job and your business, then starting afresh on everything else in your day. I choose to nurture, to have a clean home and a reasonably neat garden, to be there for my family when they need me. Occasionally something has to give, and in my case, it's my social life. I haven't got one anymore.

Recently, that got to me more than I thought it would. I burnt out; but I've learnt from that. Vitamins help. I'm getting more organised.

I'll be up there with the Superstars within 5 years. In the meantime, I have a lot of self-development to work on.