Fearless Networker Spotlight: Michelle Barnes

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Michelle BarnesIn this Fearless Networker Spotlight, we're featuring Michelle Barnes, a single mom of two energetic boys who has enjoyed longevity and success in Network Marketing.  Now, she shares her experience with the TFN readers!

The Fearless Networker:  Michelle, we've known each a long time!  Just how long have you been involved in the Network Marketing profession?

Michelle Barnes:  I have been in the profession for a while…20 years!  Of course, I started when I was four…go ahead, do the math.  LOL!

The Fearless Networker:  Ha, ha!  I'm not touching that comment.  During your career, how many people have you personally sponsored?

Michelle Barnes:  Gosh, in 20 years?!  Literally, hundreds!  For example, in a previous company I personally sponsored over 600 individuals.

The Fearless Networker:  That rocks!  When you sponsor those types of numbers, what does your organization look like?   

Michelle Barnes:  I have built teams of over 30,000 customers and distributors.

The Fearless Networker:  When it comes to building an organization, what are some of the most effective actions you’ve taken?

Michelle Barnes:  Building an organization takes consistency.  And use the systems, for sure!  Lastly, lead by example.

The Fearless Networker:  Can you provide any insight into your strategy of successfully recruiting new people into your organization?

Michelle BarnesMichelle Barnes:  When starting out, go to your warm market.  Then turn your cold market into a warm market.  

I've had strong relationships my whole life and am consistently building relationships off- and on-line.  I believe you’re either punished or rewarded for the life you led prior to Network Marketing.

The Fearless Networker:  Are there specific actions for growing your business you’ve found to be exceptionally successful? 

Michelle Barnes:  Launching people’s businesses instead of just signing them up is key.  Teach people the invitation right away.  And, teach distributors to use the tools and the system.

The Fearless Networker:  What was your greatest roadblock on the way to achieving success in this profession?

Michelle Barnes:  My greatest roadblock in the beginning was other people’s opinions.

Michelle BarnesThe Fearless Networker:  That's a common roadblock; thank you for sharing.  How has being involved in Network Marketing changed your life?

Michelle Barnes:  What changed my life is the personal development that accompanies this profession.  Every single day, for the past 20 years, I am always striving to be better.

Network Marketing has allowed me to make millions being my own boss.  And, most importantly, to be a single mom who is VERY involved in my boys' lives.

The Fearless Networker:  Did you have any fear when starting your Network Marketing career 20 years ago?

Michelle Barnes:  Fear of success…not wanting people to think I thought I was better than them.

Michelle BarnesThe Fearless Networker:  That is also a common thought, one I've heard time and time again.  Do you have any suggestions on how to make Network Marketing a lasting and profitable business to pursue for a lifetime as you are doing?

Michelle Barnes:  Absolutely!  First it starts with a decision.  Quitting can’t be an option.  Be willing to really master the skills, to master your craft, to get really good at this business.  Realize that this is a REAL business and that ANY successful business is going to take time, money and energy to build.  I always say, Network Marketing is a personal growth company with a pay plan attached to it.  The more you grow personally, the more money you’ll make!

The Fearless Networker:  What kind of advice would you give someone entering this profession for the very first time?

Michelle Barnes:  Action gets rid of doubt!  Consistency!  Never Quit!

The Fearless Networker:  And commitment?  Because, you've clearly got it!  What's one of your favorite business books?

Michelle Barnes:  There’s SO many!  It depends on where you are in your life.  If I had to choose one, it would be Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  Okay, twoYou Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor.  My list is forever long!  

“Network Marketing is a personal growth company with a pay plan attached to it.”  

— Michelle Barnes 

The Fearless Networker:  Michelle, if you could share anything that would MASSIVELY impact the people reading this, what would it be?

Michelle Barnes:  It’s going to be really challenging sometimes!  Don’t let the highs be so high, or the lows be so low.  I have a story I share about becoming the “spin master”…it’s everything!

The Fearless Networker:  Last question; what’s the best piece of advice you’ve received that’s served you well in business?

Michelle Barnes:  Act as if….

The Fearless Networker:  On that note, it's a wrap!  Thanks for your sharing your experiences and wisdom Michelle.

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