This week held both excitement and sadness in the network marketing community. We lost a direct selling icon this week, as Zig Ziglar went home to be with his Lord. But we also saw some exciting news come out from top leaders and companies around the globe.
Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar, the man of a million motivational maxims who bucked up and cheered on three generations of American business strivers over a 40-year international speaking career, died near his home in Plano, Texas, on Wednesday after a brief battle with pneumonia. He was 86. His son, Tom Ziglar, announced Mr. Ziglar’s death in an email to the corporate mailing list of the family’s motivational business.
A onetime cookware salesman who boasted he was “born in L.A. — Lower Alabama,” Mr. Ziglar wrote the 1975 motivational book, “See You At The Top,” but it was rejected by 30 firms before finding a backer in a small Louisiana publishing house.
The book went on to sell more than a quarter of a million copies and remains in print 37 years later. In all, Mr. Ziglar “has written more than 30 sales and motivational books, 10 of which have appeared on best-seller lists and have been translated into more than 36 different languages,” according to an official biography.
“Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home,” read a statement on Mr. Ziglar’s corporate home page. “The angels in heaven are rejoicing, and his family is celebrating a life well-lived.”
If Mr. Ziglar, who regularly brought his daylong, star-studded motivational extravaganzas to arenas and conference centers around the District, had a mantra, it was a creed forged in his hardscrabble days of door-to-door sales: “You can have everything in life that you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.” His steady rise to the top of the motivational game, as he saw it, merely confirmed the rightness of his think-positive approach to work and to life.
Finding little success at first, Mr. Ziglar was encouraged by his supervisor, and results followed. In his books and speeches, Mr. Ziglar recalled how he found those keys to human relations that opened doors: being focused on what the other person/customer wants; meeting or exceeding expectations; and remaining friendly and upbeat in the face of life’s challenges. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last,” Mr. Ziglar noted in one of his dozens of quotable maxims liberally sprinkled throughout his pep talks. “Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend [both] daily.
Mr. Zigler’s peripatetic speaking career reached hundreds of thousands of salesmen, corporate executives, business owners and would-be entrepreneurs, many of whom issued Facebook tributes Wednesday as news of his passing spread. “I had the privilege of hearing Zig speak on more than one occasion, and will always treasure the book that he signed for me,” recalled Bob Loudermilk, owner of Wichita, Kan.-based Quantum Expositions International Inc. “Zig Ziglar impressed me as a man of integrity — one who walked his talk.”
Mr. Ziglar was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Coffee County, Alabama, the 10th of 12 children. His father died when Zig was 5 years old. At age 6, the first-grade student began selling peanuts on the streets of Yazoo City, Mississippi. After serving in the U.S. Navy during the World War II, he studied at the University of South Carolina, marrying his wife Jean, who survives him. Seeking to earn more for his young family, Mr. Ziglar went into direct sales and ultimately found his calling.
In 1972, as his public speaking career was starting, Mr. Ziglar underwent a religious conversion, becoming a born-again Christian. He incorporated references to faith into his public talks, despite warnings that this would be career suicide. Against expectations, his faith helped to connect him to his audiences. Mr. Ziglar became a lifetime member of the National Speakers Association and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame.
Mr. Ziglar retired from public speaking in 2010, three years after a fall down a flight of stairs left him with short-term memory problems. His son Tom Ziglar and daughter Julie Ziglar Norman are among the family members who run the Ziglar Inc., publishing and speaking business. The company includes more than a dozen other speakers who advocate “The Ziglar Way.”
Spearheaded by Vollara’s Chairman and CEO, Joe Urso, the company has introduced a new program called GTO, or Green Technology Open House, which is a high-touch, relational way to encourage personal communication and good stewardship through healthy living.
The Vollara business model has typically been a direct sales, person-to-person business. The introduction of GTO creates a home-based atmosphere similar to a party plan model, whereby independent business owners walk guests through a scripted demonstration of Vollara’s technology products in a real live setting where there is nothing to buy and nothing to join. The only request that is made is to become an Authorized Field Tester. A series of steps are given to the GTO attendee so they can put the technology through a 3-5-day workout. After this whole home cleansing, the company found that people have responded with strong interest in hosting a GTO or owning the technology.
Vice President of Sales and Health Science Troy Sanford says, “Our message is really resonating with the people who attend the GTO. They discover new ways to live healthier, greener lives. Having fun by ‘WOWing’ people with pure living products and earning great money is a recipe for viral success.”
Source: Direct Selling News
Health and Wellness the Trillion Dollar Industry in 2017: Key Research Highlights
Analyst Insight by Ewa Hudson, Global Head of Health and Wellness Research at Euromonitor International
Strong recovery of the global health and wellness market is on the way, with sales recording 6.5% value growth (fixed exchange rates) in 2011. Products offering specific health benefits, such as fortified/functional, or those renowned for their natural health properties drove value sales, with rates above 7%. Growth was further fuelled by the developments in the emerging markets as China and Brazil alone contributed US$15 billion in new sales that year. Steady real term growth of 7.2% (current prices) is expected to continue to 2017, with global health and wellness sales on the way to hit a record high of US$1 trillion by 2017.
Source: Euromonitor International
Source: Direct Selling News
Launched on Sept. 21, Solavei members are taking advantage of the only mobile phone service offering a $49 per month unlimited voice, text and data plan, along with the ability to earn recurring monthly income by signing up other members.
Rather than spending millions of dollars advertising to get its message out and using retail stores to distribute its services, Solavei, in strategic partnership with T-Mobile, relies on its members to share the service with their friends and family and directly compensates them for their efforts. The more than 65,000 members using Solavei’s contract-free mobile service are essentially serving as moving points of distribution, adding new customers by sharing through word-of-mouth and personal social media connections. “We created Solavei and our social commerce platform to give people the opportunity to earn income by sharing a service they are already using every day,” said Ryan Wuerch, Founder and CEO of Solavei. “With more than 300 million mobile phone subscribers in the U.S., it’s time to shift the billions of dollars the large wireless carriers spend on advertising to the greatest advertiser in the world—people.”
Members who choose to share the Solavei Mobile Service with others through its social commerce platform can use the money to offset their monthly bill and even have the opportunity to generate recurring monthly income. Solavei offers a highly efficient and scalable means to both consume and distribute mobile service.
Source: Direct Selling News
Garrett & Sylvia McGrath, are very close friends of mind. ANd every chance I get to share with the world something about their team’s (Team Inspirit) success, I try and do it!
Here is what Garrett wrote on his Facebook wall…
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to EVERYONE for your congratulations and such kind words!!!! This is absolutely a TEAM ACHIEVEMENT!!!! :):) We feel so blessed to have such amazing partners – Trey White, Brent Hicks, and the entire world class corporate team at EvolvHealth – and we feel so humbled to have the honor of linking arms and linking aims every day with so many of you – so many brilliant friends and true Servant Leaders who are spreading HOPE around the world…YOU ALL deserve HUGE CONGRATULATIONS for this milestone, which represents so many Rank Advancements and Life Advancements for you, your teams, and so many families – and so many more to come! This is just the beginning for everyone! We thank all of you and we are looking forward to helping you achieve all your dreams!!! All of us, together, we are H.O.P.E… Helping Other People Evolv! Thank you again!!!! :):)
Cheers & lots of love, Garrett & Sylvia & the McGrath family”
What makes this achievement so unique in my eyes, is this… Over the last year, Sylvia has been battling with what started out as life threatening health issues. And Garrett had just been elected as President of the ANMP (Association of Network Marketing Professional), through all these issues and life changes, their team rallied around them, and won a $100,000 dollar bonus from Evolv Health.
My hat is off to Garret & Sylvia McGrath and the whole Team Inspirit family.
In the next couple of weeks, I am going to do an interview with Garrett & Sylvia because I want everyone to know their story. They are like so many in the network marketing community. They have been hurt, had their checks cut, and had companies leave them. Yet, they have overcome all this, plus so much more to help lead a team of great folks.
MLM Editorial: Is The Empower Network The Next Zeek Rewards – What Does Your Network Marketing Company Say?
Well, I am sure the title of this editorial “Is The Empower Network The Next Zeek Rewards?” caused you to pause and ask your own question… What is Troy Dooly talking about? Well first let me state right off the bat, I am not talking about the Empower Network being called a ponzi. No my thoughts go way deeper than legal issues, it’s about something far deeper… Behavior Issues… Behaviors of companies and distributors! (Read The Whole Editorial)