I started out in business as a Beachbody coach in 2014. Beachbody coaches help their clients find Beachbody work out programs ans supplements that can help them achieve their goals. They are also suppose to provide support for their clients via accountability groups. As a Beachbody coach I got my first taste of business etiquette or I should say lack there of.
Like most network marketers I was taught to add people to my network every day to grow my “market”. Then I was instructed to message people every day to F.O.R.M them which means ask them questions about their life. I was encouraged to post on social media regularly about my fitness journey as well as invite people to join me on it via events. It was a whole lot of look at me, look at me, and not a lot of discovering how can I help you.
The things I was being taught wasn’t wrong but the focus was put more on sales then on relationship building. We were taught to think “Next please” when someone said not to us. It took me starting a new business to realize how freaking annoying I was and how little I was actually helping anyone. I wasn’t providing value instead I was just blowing up the Facebook news feed with fitness.
It’s not only network marketers that are guilty of lacking business etiquette it’s prevalent across all industries. Instead of drawing people towards us we are pushing them away. The worst thing is those people are often not just potential clients but family and friends too. Many times I think it’s a lack of awareness that holds us back not lack of interest. This blog post is meant to help fix that.
Ten things that are not proper business etiquette
1) Adding people to your Facebook group or newsletter list without their permission first
2) Messaging people to sell your products or service instead of focusing on building relationships
3) Only contacting people when you want something from them instead of focusing on how you can be of value to them
4) Assuming everyone wants or needs your product or service
5) Posting mostly about your business not life on social media
6) Copying what another business owner is doing
7) Inviting someone you just “met” to like your page, join your group, or event
8) Not giving proper credit to someone and/or trying to pass off someone else’s work as your own
9) Only being a part of a community to promote and not interacting in it in other ways
10) Adding people on social media just to have another person to sell to
We don’t have to make business etiquette complicated. Ask yourself “How would I feel if someone did this to me?” Majority of the time that will help you from making a mistake that could cost you future business. Remember in business it’s about relationships first. Try coming a place of serving instead of selling.
Even if your upline, mentor, or an expert in your field does something doesn’t mean it’s what should be done. By avoiding these simple etiquette mistakes you will save yourself a ton of time and heart ache. The best thing you can be in your business is yourself while still focusing on providing value to those you come in contact with.
Have you seen some business etiquette mistakes? Comment on this post and let me know. You can also join us in The Inspired Women Community to join in on conversations like this one. Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!