12 Feb Is multi level marketing getting in the way of good friendships?
I am a survivor of more than 40 awkward multi level marketing scheme offers. I can’t tell you how many varying stories I’ve collaborated in my head while awkwardly sitting in front of someone who’s trying to pitch me a multi level marketing opportunity they won’t even ever be successful at themselves.
Countless amount of times I’ve sat at Starbucks or Tim Hortons, even Chapters, sitting across from eager individuals listening to scripted made up stories of how they’re helping other families, and how they made enough money to stay at home with their family, no longer having having to contend with traffic. It all seems enlightening until you actually get involved with one of these schemes.
I won’t mention which multi level marketing scheme I was duped into getting myself involved with but I can surely say is the representative who presented it to me had spent more money on business outings than he actually made in profit from their business dealings, and he was the highest-up in the business.
I personally am a front runner when it comes to an ideal multi level marketing prospect. I am self-motivated, accomplished and already an entrepreneur. That’s exactly the type of candidate they are looking for, or at that’s the image they are trying to breed their people to be.
There’s nothing wrong with becoming an entrepreneur. The problem I see is that multi level marketing schemes are getting in the way of introducing a good potential friendship. For example, yesterday I went to Tim Hortons for a coffee and a confident fellow beside me struck up a conversation with me. I was interested to get to know him because he was like-minded and thought there was a good potential friendship especially because he lived down the block for me. That being said, all of his interesting jargon as we chatted in line was all a scripted sales pitch. All to realize moments later that I was yet another victim of another multilevel marketing opportunity.
As I sat down with him at the table I knew with just a few of his words that he was preying on me like a cat in the wild trying to enlist me into his roster of clients. Hints such as “My wife and I work together,” “We get to call the shots in our own lives,” and my favourite, “We are helping with other families,” it was at that point that I realized there was no potential friendship. I got up and walked away.
Perhaps this experience sheds light on the fact that there is no more compassion when it comes to friendships. People don’t wanna get to know their neighbours nor do they want to get to know the person down the street because with every friendship comes different agendas. In the end, we are all animals fending for ourselves and our own families… Why wouldn’t we try to sell them on our business goals?
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of positive attributes when it comes to multilevel marketing, just none that I can point out at the moment. Although I’ve never witnessed a successful multilevel marketer I’m sure there comes a great level of communal support especially when your business comes crashing down from lack of confidence and direction which most of these stories depict.
Please don’t introduce me to any multilevel marketing opportunities. I’m only looking for friendships.