Ilene Meckley

Author

I love helping everyone feel comfortable sharing their business as a professional sharer. I can help you with practical language, inspiring, motivating stories, and advice from working in this industry for over 30 years. Let me take a brief moment to introduce myself to those of you who are reading this and are not familiar with me. I appreciate so much how people share about me, and I know some of you do not know my story.

 

When I started working in this industry 33 years ago, I was a mother of 5 children, the youngest being one year of age, and the oldest was 10. I had no background in sales other than being the top seller of girl-scout cookies in the fourth grade. I had experience in social work and truly loved helping people. I was timid and dreaded talking to people I did not know.

 

I had a very high record of personal recruits during my first year. I loved the company I represented and believed it would be a perfect way for anyone to earn extra income alongside their family and activities. I went to my first convention during my first year in business. The home office had asked me to speak at the convention to share my success. I was terrified! I told them I would not do it. One of the home office executives told me, "I did not know that you were so selfish." I did not think I was selfish until she said that. She put everything into perspective.

 

From that moment on, I decided to share with everyone everywhere. I did not want to be selfish. I decided that I needed to focus on others and to forget about my fears. I decided all I had to do is to share, giving others the same opportunity to say yes or no to the opportunity I was offering them. After 13 years of recruiting 50 people a year for a total of over 650 personal recruits and selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, I decided to take my experience and share it with everyone in Direct Sales.

 

I believe that we are all colleagues. We may represent different products, but we do the same work. We all need to prospect, follow up, provide services, and obtain excellent customer service skills. For the past 33 years, I have trained hundreds of companies helping tens of thousands of consultants reach the next level of success.

15 Years ago, that almost changed. On May 23, 2005, I was a passenger in a car, and I fell asleep with my foot on the dashboard. While I was sleeping, an 18-wheeler truck had crossed the grass median between the highways and hit us head-on. Doctors were amazed that I had survived and said that if I had not been in an SUV, I most definitely would not have survived. I spent over 5 and 1/2 months in the hospital and had eight operations. I had to learn to walk all over again.

 

My doctors thought that I would have to stop traveling for a living. However, the thoughts and prayers all of my family, friends, and newsletter members kept me going. One step at a, time, and I was able to overcome the many challenges that experience had in store for me. It was tough, and to this day, I do not live a moment without physical pain. I do know you can be happy in pain. It is a choice! I have decided to thrive and not just survive.

 

When you are passionate about something and believe in it, you will do whatever it takes to achieve it. If you can remember that, believe that, and live by that motto, I promise you will be more successful than you could ever imagine. My goal is to help each one of you see that you can have it all, a happy family and successful businesses.

 

The only question is, are you passionate enough about your business to do whatever it takes to be successful? I have some great language and tips to help you along your highway of success. Just remember to proceed with passion! I share them here on Facebook, in newsletters, at my workshops, and in books and CDs.

 

I would love to ask you to continue sharing about me with others. And one more suggestion- be sure you share your story- your history with others too. Ask others to help you to reach out to others. Everyone has a way to make a difference in other's lives. You have to let everyone know that :)

 

love,

 

Ilene

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