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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March is No More Excuses Month!

Bill Porter
Scary isn't it? One look at the calendar and you'll realize a quarter of 2011 is nearly gone! What happened to all those great New Year's Resolutions you had some 100 days ago? Have you forgotten them, or just decided to wait until December to start up a new list?
Come on, people!  We never would have won our Independence if our forefathers had kept saying, "Maybe next year would be a better year to revolt against Britain." Watkins would never have become a leader in direct marketing if Associates like Bill Porter had given up after a series of doors were slammed in his face.
Okay. Admit it. When you saw that image of Bill Porter with this message you thought we were referring to Bill when we started this posting with the words, "Scary, isn't it?" Actually, many people had that same reaction when they opened their front door and saw Bill standing there with his Watkins briefcase. They felt that a man with cerebral palsy had no business in door-to-door sales. Little did they realize that Bill would go on to be recognized as Watkins "Salesperson of the Year."  Or be an inspiration to another generation of men and women who believed they could build their own business despite a disability, a difficult economy or being laid off from a previous position. If you have not seen the award-winning film about Bill Porter called "Door-to-Door" starring William Macy, Helen Mirren and Kyra Sedgwick, rent is now through www.Blockbuster.com.  You'll be inspired just like we were. 

Both Alan and I are disabled, though with different disabilities. We were both laid off by our previous employers. Today, we are among a handful of Watkins managers who make up the 2011 Watkins All Star Team, with nearly 50 members of our own Big Bear Country Store associate team. And this is only our third year with Watkins!  But I digress. This blog is about you, and about your unfulfilled resolutions and dreams for a better future. I'm reminded about an anonymous prayer I read somewhere that went, "Dear God, my prayer for the coming year is a fat bank account and a thin body.  Please don't mix these up like you did last year.''
We certainly believe in the power of prayer, but God doesn't make mistakes. We humans manage to do quite well on our own in that department. March is the month to get back on track. The kids are settled into school so we can't use that as an excuse. The worst weather is behind us so we can't use that as an excuse. Summer vacations are months away so we can't use that as an excuse.

Spring is here and it's time to get going on your own Watkins business. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel. Remember, the quickest way the start building sales is to throw a Grand Opening party for your new business, or a First Anniversary celebration, because you were so flooded with orders last year you didn't have time to host a party when you first became a Watkins Associate. (Okay, a little fib, but we all know how people love being associated with a winner). Invite your best friends, neighbors and nearby relatives to the party - people that will want to see you succeed (even further)!

Follow up with those who could not come by taking by another copy of the Watkins catalog you mailed them with your party invitation. 
If they tell you there were products they really wanted to order, but didn't have anything left over after paying bills last month, you have the perfect answer for them. Tell them they can get those products FOR FREE just by hosting a Watkins Good Tastings party or a Watkins All Natural Spring Cleaning party in their own home. And you will do all the work!

Or we'll do all the work! If you happen to live in Big Bear, Palm Springs, Victorville or anywhere in between, Alan and I will even drive to your home and bring along our Watkins traveling dog-and-pony show. You can't even use the excuse you don't have any samples or know enough about the products to put on a presentation.  Everything is packed in our Watkins wagon and ready to roll. Already have a date in mind?  Call us at 888-881-7372.  See, you don't even have to use up any of your cell phone minutes!