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A Modern-Day Gold Rush?

Marijuana’s misunderstood sister hemp is projected to be a $22 billion market by 2020, but can it overcome the social stigma and federal regulations that threaten to hold it back? It’s been called the gateway crop. Thanks to its stalks topped with five leaves, hemp shares the same signature look as its intoxicating relative, the marijuana…

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Leadership and Fear

Leadership Fear insecurity impostor

Struggling with insecurity on the inside, even while appearing confident on the outside, is a common battle for individuals who hold the high authority in their organizations. When are they going to realize I’m a fraud? is a secret and lurking question that haunts even the most successful. For some people, the private doubting sounds…

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Does Your Message Confuse or Clarify?

It’s never been more important to clarify your messaging while meeting the unfulfilled needs of your customers and distributors. Ask any Chief Marketing Officer who’s most important to the business, and she’ll say the customer—or, in the case of direct sales, the distributor and the customer. Was there any doubt? What we say and what…

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Your Brand Reputation: Why It Matters More Than Ever

How many of us DVR our favorite television shows because we don’t want to be bothered with ads? Or click the “x” on those pop-up screens telling us about limited-time offers? What about the ads displayed on billboards, on the sides of buses, in the subway, the grocery store and sporting events? When advertising pervades…

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Billion Dollar Markets

Record global sales, China inches closer to eclipsing the U.S., and emerging markets gain strength. In 2017, global direct selling recorded US$189.6 billion (2017 constant U.S. dollars) in estimated retail sales—a 1.6 percent increase over 2016. — and up nearly $20 billion since 2014, resulting in a 3.7% compound annual growth rate over the 3-year period…

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The Rise of the Virtual Social Selling Enterprise

Direct selling is in the throes of a hot new business trend, and the companies who are jumping onboard say the benefits outweigh the risks. Did You Notice The Shift? Barriers have disappeared and customers are engaging like never before. In fact, the current digital and technological change is so great that it will completely…

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Global Good: Why Direct Selling Succeeds Beyond Our Borders

In this issue: List of Top 100 Companies DSN Welcomes Executives and Guests to its Global 100 Evening of Celebration Global Good: Why Direct Selling Succeeds Beyond Our Borders 5 Best Practices for Making It Work in the Global Market Frequently Asked Questions about the Global 100 Ranking Bravo Legacy Award: D. Gary Young: A…

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The Power Of Positive Psychology

The Power Of Positive Psychology

“I’ll be happy when I…” You’ve probably had this thought; most of us have. Common conditions for happiness include everything from earning that promotion, getting a raise, or changing jobs to meeting one’s future spouse, having a family, buying that car you’ve wanted, or moving into a bigger house or to a new city. Many…

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Best Places To Work In Direct Selling 2018

Choosing the best places to work in our channel is by no means easy. There’s some stiff competition out there, perhaps even more than you might find in other industries. That’s because direct selling was founded upon principles of exceptional service, personalization and taking care of one’s own. Those values are usually presented in the…

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The Power Of The Pitch

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Whether it’s a presentation during an in-home gathering, an impromptu meeting over coffee after work, a Facebook party or something else, direct selling representatives have more options than ever for sharing their respective products and business opportunities. What is it that moves a prospect to become a trialist and, ultimately, a customer? Clearly, the seller’s…

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