Lets face it!! The network marketing industry is not known for its team bonding activities. Not that companies don’t hold any, but the emphasis tends to be more on recruiting than on retention. Its like planting twenty or thirty seeds and not giving water and/or sunlight to all of them; or only to some of them.
Most network marketing companies have a growth model, which makes sense why companies promote recruiting more than retention. But if you are a network marketer, it is your responsibility to connect with your down-line. If they don’t connect with you, and if you are not willing to grow yourself, they will not succeed.
I do believe that recruiting is important; without it you won’t succeed. Company conferences and training’s are also essential. But team bonding will take your team to the next level. My first tip would be to hold a weekly team meeting with your down-line. I know what you’re thinking; “Chinmay, my company/up-line already holds these.” And if they do that’s great, invite your recruits to them. But if they don’t, you should consider holding a meeting for an hour every week.
This one hour meeting gives people time to connect and bond with their leader (you), and with other team members. Some topics to cover in your agenda would be updates and news from the company, announcements of contests, tips and techniques to acquire more recruits or customers, and motivational stories.
Gathering your team for a few team days or nights out is not a bad idea either. Teams bond better when they are having fun together. If you are the sporty type, you’ll probably think that playing a certain sport might be the best thing to do. But I’d create a list of ideas and ask the opinion of the rest of the team what they think.
One of my favorite team bonding activities is helping the local community together. This one activity shows what kind of person you are, helps build other people’s lives, and creates a productive yet fun environment. Some of the famous local community events include habitat for humanities, charity walks, and volunteering at local homeless shelters or soup kitchens.
Now this will stand out as great way to build a team. This can even be done as part of a team meeting. Grab two chairs and put them together so their backs touch each other. Have two people sit on them; they should be sitting with their backs turned to each other. Give one person a picture (could be of anything), and the other person a pencil/pen and paper. Ask the person with the picture to describe what the picture looks like to the other person, detailed enough so the teammate can draw it out. You can also put a time limit to it, say 10 minutes each group of two, and make it a contest with a giveaway at the end. This builds effective communication skills.
My last tip for building a team is to have lunch with a different team member everyday of the week. You don’t have to buy lunch every day, but have lunch with a different person daily. Teams bond together when they do an activity, but individual conversations are where you can make a real influence.
Apply some or all of these techniques and watch the results of your team in the following weeks or months.
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Team Bonding Activities