Going From Top Salesperson to Sales Vice-President Destroys Life, Conclusion

Larry’s wife saw the frustration in her husband’s demeanor. Gone were his deep-belly laughter, smiling, and ability to get a good night’s rest.

After nearly a decade as his company’s leading salesman Larry was now a joyless Sales Vice-President. Neither Larry nor his wife was happy with the way things had worked out.

His wife pointed out an ad for an Advanced Leadership Certificate program at the local Community College. After a little encouraging they decided that he should take a few classes to see if they could help him.

As instructor of the class I saw Larry sitting in his seat the first night. The burden of his worries was evident in every aspect of his body language. At the end of the first class Larry lagged behind and shared his story with me. Not only was he struggling with the weight of discouragement from being in a position for which he had not been trained he was having difficulty dealing with being the only vice-president not related to the owner.

Larry and I agreed he would benefit from some one-on-one coaching with me. I asked him to take a quick online assessment so I would know his personal weaknesses, strengths, motivational factors, and career interests. When I read the results of his questions there was only one logical conclusion — Larry was in the job of his dreams!

Why dream jobs can be torturous

Now many will wonder how someone can have the perfect job and not find happiness. Life has taught me this is often true. Dream jobs are usually aligned with someone’s interests are not always aligned with motivational factors and exposed talents.

Take for example the person who loves to make sandwiches. They decide to open a sandwich shop. Things generally run well at first but soon they will struggle with the other aspects of running a sandwich shop. Taxes, payroll, procurement, maintenance, and other business requirements for which they were not trained nor had the motivational interest will overcome the joy of making sandwiches. The focus will turn from creating beautiful sandwich masterpieces to total frustration at making challenges for 48 hours a week.

Larry’s mistake

Larry’s main problem was that he loved sales too much. During those times when he should have been coaching the salespeople he was taking over the sales call completely. The salespeople were becoming frustrated because they wanted to sell themselves and saw his intervention as a lack of confidence in their abilities. They dreaded hearing that he would be joining them on one of their sales calls. Instead of learning from the best salesperson the company had ever had they were so filled with negativity they learned nothing but resentment.

Larry’s change

Larry began to concentrate his listening skills on the salesperson’s approach to a prospect. He fought the urge to jump down during a sales call preferring to work with the salesperson after the call helping the salesperson to realize what the customer wanted and what the company had available to meet those needs.

Over the course of our coaching experience Larry saw how to make the Transformation from the talents of the salesperson to the talents needed by the sales vice president.

Six months later he completed the coaching program saying the fire is back in his belly and he “looks forward to work every day”. His peers commented that there was a “new” Larry — one that was fun to work with side-by-side.

The following season Larry’s company experienced a double digit sales increase, almost reaching their capacity to deliver product. This was in spite of the beginning stages of an economic downturn.

Discount Shopping in Richmond and Vancouver

If you like to shop, then Richmond B.C. and the rest of the city of Vancouver is the place to be. With over 8 malls between them you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Arberdeen Centre located in Richmond, is one of the largest malls in the greater Vancouver area and is located in what is referred to as the Golden District. It is geared more toward those of Asian descent, but caters to just about everyone. It also has a musical fountain show that begins at noon and continues to give a show every hour after. A nice touch to a day spent bargain shopping at the mall.

Bargain and Discount Shopping

Richmond has plenty to offer in the way of discount and bargain shopping with a wide range of different retail stores like banana republic, The Gap, Guess, and American Eagle. With all these great stores you are bound to score some great savings, either through store flyers, store coupons, or in-store discounts and savings. The Pacific Centre is one of downtown’s largest malls and contains well over 200 shops including the ones mentioned, along with other high-end department stores and a food court. Many of the large Asian-themed malls include: The Yaohan Centre in Richmond B.C. where you can find well over 80 stores; Parker Place has well over 200 retail stores, shops, and high end stores; Lansdowne Centre with over 120 shops; President’s Place, Union Square Mall includes retail stores, high end stores, food court, and even karaoke.

Even the Vancouver International Airport has over 110 different shops and services, ranging from high end souvenirs, food court, retail shops, and salons. Vancouver’s shopping is almost second to none with a unique and eclectic mix of themed malls and diverse landscape of the type of malls that make up the sunshine coast. Many of the better discount coupons can be found during both special times of the year, like back to school, or, during festive times such as Christmas. You may even be able to find some stores with discount savings on marked racks, in many cases up to 80% off.

Whether you’re looking for high end fashion or bargain shopping, Vancouver and the greater Richmond B.C. area definitely will have something to fit your taste. If shopping malls are not really what you like they are still defiantly worth seeing. They’re are a great place to visit if your trying to stay out of the weather. The architecture used in some of these malls is amazing, not to mention they are some of the largest in all of Canada. So if you’re touring Vancouver or a local the malls here have something waiting for you. Grab your store coupons or store flyer and head down to one of these great malls. You are most likely to add up some saving with these and the in store discounts, that way you can “shop ’till you drop” without breaking the bank.

There are many other bargain shopping that you can find through the smaller stores found in both Richmond and Vancouver and the best place to look is through the flyer inserts in the local newspaper, or, through looking up the stores through on-line shopping discount sites. Many times, you will find some of the best discounts in places you never thought you would. Make sure to visit these online discount shopping sites before you head out for the day so that you can be assured the most savings possible. If you use discount coupon books such as the Entertainment Book, you can plan many of your shopping days around that based on the expiry date of these coupons.

My Shopping Genie Review – Is It A Dream Come True?

It will soon be obvious that My Shopping Genie is no genie in a bottle or a pipe dream. It is a subsidiary of parent company My Net Universe Inc which is situated in Creve Coeur, Missouri, and that’s where this wizard’s story begins.

My Shopping Genie – Leadership

My Shopping Genie is directed by President David Freed who has a far-reaching history in direct sales and network marketing. In researching his history I found that he was formerly the National Marketing Director for a company called GMT (Get Moving Today). When I tried to access the company’s website it was no longer there. There is a lot of not so pleasant info on the internet concerning GMT.

Now just because GMT had its problems does not mean that My Shopping Genie is a scam or is involved with anything else that’s not above-board. Do not forget though what I’ve said in many previous reviews. That is when fact-finding in an MLM company you look at the age of it and the newer it is the harder you look at the leadership. Bruce Bise, who was listed as the President and CEO of GMTis now recorded as being the co-founder and master distributor of My Shopping Genie.

My Shopping Genie – The Products

The My Shopping Genie product is an application (genie) which you can download for free and install on your computer, then have access to just about any other product with an affiliate program. The idea or goal is that when you are shopping for something online the genie searches the internet for the best deal. Now it is free as long as you are just a user. If you want to benefit monetarily well, that’s another story.

My Shopping Genie – Getting Started and Comp Plan

Supposing you should decide you want to get involved with My Shopping Genie as a distributor it will cost you $199. Having become an IGD (Independent Genie Distributor) you’ll receive a distribution license with which you can give away free genies that will have your brand id encoded into them. When a shopper purchases something you get a piece of the action. That is as long as it’s a participating affiliated merchant and you’re registered with them.

With My Shopping Genie you also receive a tutorial program to help you get started. You get a customizable branding tool, an advertising system, a coupon creator, a business profile builder, a communication tool and a communication system. There is a $29 a month maintenance fee for your website etc.

There are 9 ways to earn income with My Shopping Genie:

Affiliate Commissions
Affiliate Override Bonuses
Genie System Sales ($100 Fast Start Bonuses)
12 N 12 Bonus Pool (Time Sensitive)
Dual Team Pay Commissions
Global Power Check Match
Diamond Check Match
Diamond Affiliate Income Pool
Diamond Power Leadership Pool

My Shopping Genie – The Bottom Line

At the outset I think this is really a pretty cool idea. I mean it’s an affiliate program for a lot (I would hope) of different merchants and products. I don’t have the time here to burrow down and see who they have on board and exactly what the commissions are. People have been making money with affiliate programs for a long time so that part of it is very appropriate.

For me you’re either going to be an affiliate or you’re going to get involved with network marketing. Not get involved with network marketing in order to become an affiliate. It doesn’t feel right to me for other reasons too but I’m about out of space here.

If you decide to get immersed in My Shopping Genie you have to come up with a way to find people to get on board with you after you run out of family and friends. You WILL need a mentor and a system

The bottom line is your success will depend on whether or not you can sponsor new people. The main thing you have to do is learn from someone how to market your business and generate leads.