Posts Tagged ‘DSA’

Always Keeping A Startup Mentality

10th Annual Global 100

Jeff Bezos has written a letter to his shareholders each year since the company’s inception. These letters outline Amazon’s long-term mission, culture and values. His 2017 letter, however, stood out more than the others for me. Bezos defined what he calls a Day 1 company vs a Day 2 company. Day 1 companies are: Agile…

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The numbers are in! And they are…

DSA 2019 Annual Meeting

Well, I can’t quite say yet publicly, as they are still being refined and digested by the Direct Selling Association Research Committee. But we will be revealing and discussing industry performance at the upcoming DSA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas June 3-5. And it will be a hot topic. Direct selling, like many businesses, and…

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Annual Meeting and the Way Forward

DSA 2019 Annual Meeting

It feels like opening day! Or a Broadway premiere. Or the first day of a new job. The excitement is there, palpable. It’s the future— the potential, excitement, fear, danger, and thrill of something new and unknown. That is what I am hearing from direct selling executives across the country as we take the next…

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Thinking Outside the Bubble

Bubble

We’ve all heard the expression “thinking outside the box.” As direct sellers, innovation drives us, and we must always embrace this thinking. But another type of thinking–“thinking outside the bubble”–is different, and it poses an idea worth considering. Our own corporate cultures breathe life into our brands and shape how our brand ambassadors compete. These…

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Fact or Fiction? Let’s Set the Record Straight

Direct Selling Association

Most of us know the game “Telephone” where one person whispers a statement to their neighbor, and that person turns to their neighbor and repeats the statement as they heard it. The further down the line, the more the statement is misinterpreted and altered. In today’s fast-paced digital environment, unchecked or even false information can…

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CBD Direct Sellers Highlighted in Chicago Tribune Story

CBD

A recent story by the Chicago Tribune noted two direct selling companies—Hempworx and Zilis—that are giving moms new side hustles selling CBD oil. According to the article, CBD oil is the latest in a string of products that women, many of them mothers, are selling and recruiting others to sell. In the U.S., the availability of CBD products grew by…

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Keeping the Media Accountable

In our January 2019 issue of Direct Selling News, we published a story on some best practices to employ when responding to misleading facts about your company or negative criticism of the industry. The article illustrates that sometimes it’s better to leave things alone because it can just bring more attention to the story. But, there are times when…

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Are You Sure Your Data Is Safe?

Cybercrime

Vigilance, continuous learning are industry’s best defenses against cybercriminals. It has become a painfully common headline: “Cyberthieves breach company’s system, steal credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, birthdates, passport numbers . . .” High-profile corporations such as Target, Equifax and Marriott all have been robbed of massive amounts of valuable consumer data in recent years, proving…

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Direct Selling’s “Re-Defining Moment”

Direct Selling Association

Some years ago, on this page, I wrote about a “defining moment” for direct selling. And during last year’s DSA Annual Meeting, I spoke of the changes that were taking place in direct selling, and those changes I predicted we could see over the next few years. Now, as we move full ahead into 2019,…

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