I was in direct sales on and off for most of my adult life. It started with selling Cutco Knives when I was in college and finally ended when I left my Silver level position at doTERRA because I learned it was not the right industry for me.
All of that to say that I support women using direct sales as a means to better themselves. Unfortunately the sales tactics that are taught in many circles are sickening. And when you refuse to partake in those tactics, you’re ridiculed for wanting to do things your way.
Multi-level marketing is something I vowed to stay far away from forever after my last experience. I didn’t write about it or share much about that experience because I was afraid of discouraging others from pursuing a passion or interest.
I decided to quietly walk away and go about my business. And that’s exactly what I did.
After what happened to me this morning, I can’t keep quiet anymore. Someone has to say this, so I guess it’s me.
Stop peddling your MLM products to chronically ill strangers.
Your supplement isn’t going to fix me. I’m glad it has been miraculous for you. The thing is, you have no clue what my health is like.
You don’t know how well I eat and that my labs reflect that. You don’t know what supplements my doctor has me on or if she has me following a special diet.
When it comes down to it, you don’t know anything. And you don’t bother to ask either. Because you don’t actually care about me or anyone else you’ve done this to. You’re just looking for your next sale.
You simply see strangers as targets to peddle your products to.
If you’re in direct sales, I want you to think about this for a minute and reflect on it. Make sure you’re not kicking someone when they’re already down.
I promise you it feels like crap to receive messages like this upon waking when you’re sick.
I’ve been getting a ton of heartfelt messages and I adore them so I enjoy reading them when I wake up. People have been sharing their stories and experiences and I’ve connected with so many people in new ways. It has been great.
This interaction wasn’t so great.
Trying to sell your MLM products to a stranger from the internet this way is futile to begin with. Trying to sell a sick stranger your products this way is just wrong on so many levels.
If the suggestion had come from a friend or family member that had good intentions, they would have received a nice note back from me with a thank you, but no thank you and most likely a heart or smiley face emoji (maybe both).
I was really tempted to do the same thing in this situation with a stranger. However, in the interest of using my voice better to express myself, I decided to respond with my thoughts on her actions as tactfully as I could.
How would you have responded to her message?
Brian says I was much nicer than he would have been. I didn’t want to crush her because more than likely she was following her upline’s direction. I did, however, want her to know what she did wasn’t okay.
My day started off negatively because I let this one message get to me. Don’t be the person who puts extra stress on someone who is already sick and just trying to get through each day.
If you’re in direct sales, conduct yourself with class. Have compassion and empathy and don’t look at new people like they have targets on their foreheads.
And especially stop targeting sick strangers who are suffering from chronic and/or undiagnosed illnesses. It’s wrong on so many levels!