Associate Lori Cutter shares the benefits of networking on the beach
White sandy beaches glisten and feel as soft as silk. Breathtaking, blue ocean waters rejuvenate the hard-at-work. Voices excited with laughter sparkle like splashes of water in sunlight. Warm sunshine welcomes the elite achievers of the 2015 Mayan Riviera Incentive Challenge. The ripple effect engulfs attendees as they gather here to network and celebrate with one another.
That certainly paints an inviting picture. If you’re like me, you know the power of attending a Mannatech Incentive trip and you have already begun strategizing to make sure there’s a cabana reserved with your name on it.
However, you might be amazed to learn that many Associates have no desire to travel and will not participate in the Incentive Challenge. Their decision to not even try to qualify means they’ll miss out on meeting the leaders, their volume will likely suffer and they will never get to enjoy the excitement that comes from an Incentive trip.
If this is you, I’d like to encourage you to rethink your decision. Networking with other Associates and Corporate staff on the beaches of Cancun can bring important new relationships into your life. It can have profound long-term ripple effects on your business for years to come! I’m still in touch with Associates I met on a previous Cancun Incentive trip.
Building relationships is the foundation of what we do.
As network marketers, we are all uniquely wired with special gifts and talents; and it’s not until we are working together toward a common goal that our team reaches its fullest potential. During an Incentive trip, we are inspired by others strengths, interests and successes.
An Incentive trip allows for a common ground where everyone can play on the same field. Presidential Directors and Corporate VIPs make themselves accessible to everyone. This is a highlight, in my mind, of attending an Incentive. There’s time to relax in the sun, play ball or take a walk on the beach while having great conversations with other attendees that you would never meet otherwise.
I witnessed this firsthand during the Punta Cana 2014 incentive for N. America. I was invited two days early to participate in the Rising Stars collaboration meeting with the corporate staff and other Associates. This event was a game changer for me and many others. For the first time, I felt I had something special to share and my ideas were welcomed and validated. As my husband Charlie Cutter says, “It felt like we were invited to the grown-ups table and they finally know who we are.”
Other impromptu beach meetings took place as we ran across other Incentive earners and corporate staff and had further chats. Phone numbers and emails were exchanged with cross-line teams and new mentoring and accountability calls have been established.
The ripple effect continues …
Since the Punta Cana trip, I’ve been invited to share my story on several Presidential calls. I’m connecting weekly with cross-line Associates to encourage each other. On a recent holiday trip to Orlando, I had the chance to meet up with two business builders whom I met on the beach and brainstorm on 2015 strategy.
As MannaFest approaches, I’m even more excited to attend than I was last year. I’m looking forward to meeting up with all my new Punta Cana friends, including our dedicated and caring executive team.
If you’re serious about growing your business and reaching the next Leadership level, attend MannaFest. You also MUST participate in the new Mayan Riviera Challenge Incentive so you can join us in Cancun!
See you there!
By Lori Cutter, Executive Director & Flight Team Echo, Wilsonville, OR
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