As I said, the return trip was very different. I didn’t listen to my book because the conversation was much more spritely. We talked about family, careers, travel, life experiences. You name it, we probably talked about it. There was no “I can tell a more outrageous story than you can” at all. The questions asked to get to the stories were heartfelt and out of true curiosity. In fact one question she asked me was why the military as my first career. This, of course, leads not only to how I got into the military and my vast life changing adventures, but also how I found my husband among so many women on post.
We talked about travel and where in the world we had been. It turned out that many of the US cities we had worked in were the same and that we had been to many of the same countries on business and vacation. We talked too about the many animals we had come to know and love. Cats and dogs were only a couple. It turns out she had a “pet” wolf spider who resided in the bottom of a desk drawer at the construction site. We had shared conversations with Siamese cats and had birds with interesting vocabularies and memorized poems. Wow, how the time flew and in a conscious way. I arrived home, delighted with the night, looking forward to do it again soon.
What does this have to do with network marketing? Well, you can build your business solo, never having meaningful conversations with your team, calling them only to discuss the monthly promotion and who they are going bring on this month. Or you can build it with a mighty team; a team with whom you have deep and rich relationships because you talk about topics of importance to you both that may or may not wrap around the business. This is what makes working with a team so rich and exciting. Wouldn’t that be more fun that working in a silo with thin or non-existent contact? You decide. I know which I would prefer. Training your team members on relationship and communication are just two of the topics in The Art of Herding Cats: Leading Teams of Leaders book and program that can bring success to you and your team.
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Linda Patten, MBA, BSN, RN has over 30 years of experience leading women to success in building and achieving their dreams. She turns networking marketing women from product sellers to leaders of highly functioning teams. To learn more about her innovative programs, click on Contact Us.