The 10 Lethal Mistakes That Beginners Make (And the Solutions for Them!)
Update: Hi it's Milton Goh, and I'll be sharing from my 4 years of experience what are the 10 most common and lethal mistakes that beginners tend to make, and how you can avoid them. Firstly, you've got to realise that change of your results can only come from awareness of the mistakes you're making. This blog post is meant to inform you and give you a direction to work towards. I went on 60+ vacations in the last 4 years. I am blessed to have a great team of highly-motivated leaders, and I hope that what I'm about to share will bring you value.
#10 Verbal Vomiting
Here's an invitation guideline that I personally use and that you can adopt if you want: "Hi I am working on an exciting platform right now and I would really love to share it with you! Are you available in the evening either on Wednesday or Thursday to meet and give me your honest feedback on it?"
If someone asks you "What is it about?", Which most of the time they will and you must be prepared for this, just reply "I know you're curious, but you need to see the whole picture at once, and not bits of info here and there. I hope you understand..". That works for me! After that, confirm the meeting with your guest by repeating the time and venue again.
#9 Forgetting to Close
#8 Lying About Your Achievements
#7 Forgetting to Follow-Up
So how do you follow-up with your guest? Following-up could be as simple as sending a text after the presentation, such as "Hey, thanks for coming for the presentation. I sincerely hope for you to join my team. We will work on this together! Let me know when you're ready". Chances are that when he/she is ready, they will come back to you because of your diligent follow-up. Follow-up applies to existing team members as well! Keep them engaged and they should feel that you are there to support them if they need you. Create a Whatsapp chat group or Facebook group and send them the schedules, great info, and organise bonding sessions! Commit to following-up with your guests and teammates and see your results improve.
#6 Lack of Excitement and Being Suspicious
One more thing, few things kill the positive vibes during a presentation more than someone constantly on their handphones surfing the Internet and looking totally disinterested in what the presenter is saying. Your guest is most likely going to mirror your attitude, your level of excitement and the amount of attention that you're giving to the presenter. Be fully present and your guest will mirror the positive energy that you're giving off. It will help significantly in encouraging your guest to get started with us because most people enjoy being in a positive environment!
#5 Failing to Write a Namelist
#4 Being a Fortune Teller
Remember, don't assume, because every time that you assume, you might be robbing a person and his family of their freedom and success. Show this to anyone and everyone that is open to listening! Instead of expecting a negative response, why not expect a positive one? You can choose to think, "Wow my friend is so successful and wealthy! He would be so good at this! He's so intelligent and he'll be sure to see the same vision as us!" By changing your thoughts, you can change your life!
#3 Constantly Trying to Revive the Dead
Our role is not to motivate un-motivated people, but to find motivated people! Eventually you might find that ace yourself, or chances are, because you showed so many new people, your new teammates will find more aces and you get to benefit too! I love this saying that our Director of Training says: "It is easier to give birth than to revive the dead." Indeed, every problem in our club can be solved by simply showing more people!
#2 Stuck in Management Mode
It's easy to relax in your comfort zone as your organisation grows bigger, but never take that growth for granted. Guess what, when you slow down, so will your team. There is a saying that "the speed of the pack is the speed of the leader". Stay in the lead and be a good role-model for your team to duplicate, and you'll be an inspired, ever-growing organisation! Learn from the great military leaders who charge into battle first and lead from the front-lines instead of giving orders from behind the army.
#1 Being Unteachable
Another equally-crippling mindset i'm about to share about is one of the top killers of people in our club. Ever heard of the quote "If you're not growing, you're dying"? Make sure you develop a habit of reading good books in personal development. Just by spending a few hours, you'll be able to absorb and learn what it took the people in various fields of expertise a lifetime to learn. Imagine if you read one book every week. That's about 52 books on personal development a year! You'll have learnt from 52 experts and absorbed 52 sets of lifelong experiences. Knowing this, I read a lot. A best-selling author, Malcolm Gladwell, says that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of repetition to make you an expert in any field. More importantly, I would highly recommend you to attend at least all the local official training events organised by our club. The top earners all over the world all commit to attending these training, and they never ever miss a local training event, because they know that the blueprint to success is to grow from event to event, and get their entire team to the attend the training events, and to bring more people with each successive event. There was a study conducted a while ago and it was found that people who attend these training events earn 23 times more than those who don't! Like many of the trainers say, "Big decisions are made at big events". My team grew exponentially after I brought them to the first major training event where I had 12 teammates attending in 2011. I want to encourage you to book the next available training event right now. One of the best investments in the world is to invest in your own personal development. A leader once said, "If you empty your pockets into mind, your mind will then fill your pockets.". My hope is for you to grow constantly to become a leader that you yourself would be proud and happy to follow.