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  • Personal Development Week:

    Personal development
  • February 1, 2016

    Hack your goals

    Akrasia Weakness of will; acting in a way contrary to one’s sincerely held moral values. (Dictionary.com) Akrasia. The word is as old as philosophy itself, showing up in Socratic’ dialogues and persisting all the way to the present day. We know it more commonly as procrastination, and it is the single ... Read more ›

  • February 1, 2016

    How to Succeed Without Setting Goals

    Did you make New Year’s resolutions this year? How did you do with last year’s? Are you among the 8% who successfully achieved them? Or the 92% who didn’t? 92% of people fail at this simple act of goal-setting! (That kind of puts MLM income statistics into perspective, doesn’t it?) So it’s no sur... Read more ›

  • February 6, 2017

    BULLET JOURNALING

    Bullet Journals are incredibly hip right now. The #bulletjournal Instagram tag has over half a million posts. The Bullet Journal subreddit has almost 20,000 subscribers. The trend is picking up steam and it fits right in with the world of direct sales because it helps you organize your professional life but i... Read more ›

  • February 15, 2016

    Game your Goals: Breaking Down the Gamification Process

    Recently I wrote at length about Piers Steel’s procrastination equation as a tool for hacking your goals. Here it is for those of you who haven’t read that article: Today I’d like to go into a bit more detail on a clever way to increase the value of an activity that has been getting attention lat... Read more ›

  • February 1, 2016

    The Truth about Motivation

    You’re at the final keynote of the weekend event, and man, you are pumped! You are going to change your life—you are going to change the world! You head home, ready for anything. Monday morning, you’re still feeling jazzed from the weekend. You’re fearless. You start your day with a healthy breakfa... Read more ›

  • February 15, 2017

    Change your assumptions, change your life

    At this point—a month and a half into the new year—many of us have abandoned our New Year’s resolutions—exercise regularly, make ten sales calls a day, eat healthy. Our New Year’s resolutions are typically all great ideas. Why is it so hard to change our behavior? To create a change in our lives we ... Read more ›

  • February 20, 2017

    Overcoming Resistance to Change

    Change is uncomfortable and scary for most people. We tend to crave what is familiar; what’s safe, stable, and known. People sometimes even fear change that would clearly improve their situation in life or standard of living. Examples might include people who stay in abusive relationships, ex-convicts who c... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    Commissions
  • May 19, 2010

    Crossing the MLM Desert

      When the pioneers headed to California in the days of the old West, they came upon the huge deserts of Nevada, containing little water and no food. These deserts took days to cross. At the edge of the desert, the pioneers discarded anything they could, loaded up on water, and headed out as fast as t... Read more ›

  • December 9, 2010

    International Sponsoring And Commissioning

    If your company is preparing to go international, you need to consider how you will handle international sponsoring and commissioning. You need to consider how your compensation plan will operate in the different types of markets—eCommerce, traditional, and in-person markets. The behaviors you need to rewar... Read more ›

  • November 28, 2016

    The Straight Facts on Stacking

    There are certain compensation strategy problems that we see play out again and again around the industry. Stacking is one of them. It is the bane of level commissions and it can cripple an organization—distributors who stack take away more money than the compensation plan is designed to pay them, hurting n... Read more ›

  • December 8, 2013

    Why Do You Want to Own A Direct Selling Company?

    Why do you want to own a direct selling company? One motivation for starting a company in this industry is obvious. Other than a home-run technology company, few businesses have such fast upside potential as a direct selling company. A network marketing company recently enjoyed revenues close to a billion dol... Read more ›

  • December 20, 2016

    Vemma settles with the FTC

    On December 15th 2016, Vemma and the FTC reached a settlement. The settlement contains no admission of fault or any finding that Vemma operated unlawfully or operated as a pyramid scheme and it “imposes a $238 million judgement that will be partially suspended upon payment of $470,136 and the surrender of c... Read more ›

  • March 28, 2016

    What’s a pay leg commission?

    Pay leg commissions are built on a simple concept. They are the primary commission in binary plans, and they are only used in binary plans. They are excellent at guaranteeing that the payout goes to the distributors who are building their organizations. How pay leg commissions work Based on company policies... Read more ›

  • September 3, 2015

    Binary Compensation Plan

    We sat down with Ray Rawlins, commission programmer of more than 40 years, to get his insights about binary plans. How do they work? What variations have been seen in the industry? What bonuses are they often supplemented with? How are they programmed? Let’s find out! https://youtu.be/XUl7_wTHo9A Bina... Read more ›

  • May 19, 2010

    The Beauty Of The Binary Plan

    MLM program pay plans are a bit like girlfriends or boyfriends. You believe that the one you have is the best! There are lots of MLM or network marketing pay plans. Over the years, I had often heard of MLM programs with a binary pay plan, but I had misconceptions about them, which unfortunately stopped me ... Read more ›

  • Personal Development Week:

    The Herbalife settlement
  • July 21, 2016

    Herbalife to Restructure Operations, Pay $200 Million to Settle FTC Charges

    Herbalife International of America, Inc., Herbalife International, Inc., and Herbalife, Ltd. will restructure their U.S. multi-level marketing business operations and pay $200 million to compensate consumers to settle the FTC complaint that the Herbalife companies deceived consumers into believing they could ... Read more ›

  • July 21, 2016

    FTC Settlement with Herbalife—OMG!

    Network marketing is in the midst of a rapidly advancing Orwellian era. It’s been slow to develop, starting in 1996 when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Webster v. Omnitrition, but it’s snowballed in the past two years.  Today the snowball grew exponentially with the announcemen... Read more ›

  • August 1, 2016

    Ackman’s crusade against Herbalife—in plain English

    The recent $200 million Herbalife settlement leaves us with some open questions about how Herbalife will do in the stock market and what Bill Ackman will do with his short position. In case you’re not entirely familiar with the concept, a short position is when a broker sells you a stock that they do not... Read more ›

  • August 13, 2016

    The Case for a Chief Compensation Officer

    In the August issue of Direct Selling News, InfoTrax Systems Vice President of Commissions Operations, Kenny Rawlins, makes a compelling argument for the inclusion of a chief compensation officer (CCO) on the executive team of every direct selling company. Last year’s Vemma injunction and the recent Herb... Read more ›

  • August 22, 2016

    FTC Demands Customers. How Will You Comply?

    The Herbalife settlement is out. We’ve had time to examine its contents. We have compared this settlement with last year’s Vemma case. Several of the particulars the FTC went after in each case are similar. One similarity—the focus on customers—is daunting. The FTC wants most of your sales to be made ... Read more ›

  • October 24, 2016

    POST-HERBALIFE COMP PLAN CONSIDERATIONS

    “What does my company need to do in order to stay off the FTC’s radar?” This is the question on everyone’s mind in light of the recent Herbalife settlement and Vemma action. I’m not an attorney, but as the InfoTrax Vice President of Commissions Operations, I’ve read the court documents for both ca... Read more ›

  • October 31, 2016

    Herbalife, inventory, and personal consumption

    Legal action taken against any MLM catches the industry’s attention. Company owners find themselves perusing court documents, studying the details, and trying to identify takeaways about the legal climate. The recent Herbalife settlement leaves us with many takeaways. One of them is a new and perplexing app... Read more ›

  • November 7, 2016

    Does the Herbalife settlement affect your operations?

    I’ve released a few articles discussing the Herbalife settlement and what it means for the industry already. Commissions are my area of expertise so my previous articles focused there, but I’m also intrigued by the operational implications of the settlement. Three of the restrictions we see in the Herbali... Read more ›

  • December 9, 2010

    International Sponsoring And Commissioning

    If your company is preparing to go international, you need to consider how you will handle international sponsoring and commissioning. You need to consider how your compensation plan will operate in the different types of markets—eCommerce, traditional, and in-person markets. The behaviors you need to rewar... Read more ›

  • December 8, 2013

    Why Do You Want to Own A Direct Selling Company?

    Why do you want to own a direct selling company? One motivation for starting a company in this industry is obvious. Other than a home-run technology company, few businesses have such fast upside potential as a direct selling company. A network marketing company recently enjoyed revenues close to a billion dol... Read more ›

  • November 28, 2016

    The Straight Facts on Stacking

    There are certain compensation strategy problems that we see play out again and again around the industry. Stacking is one of them. It is the bane of level commissions and it can cripple an organization—distributors who stack take away more money than the compensation plan is designed to pay them, hurting n... Read more ›