A Video Message from Kris
Welcome to my website! First things first, I should probably introduce myself… My name is Kris Carlson I am an Independent Sales Consultant with direct sales company, which is mostly known for their microfiber cleaning cloths.
I absolutely love my job! I love that my job allows me to improve lives by reducing chemicals in people’s homes. My job has completely changed my life in so many good ways and that’s why I’m here sharing it with you.
It all started when my ex-husband lost his job in 2009 and we were faced with some tough decisions…Read More About Kris
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If you are wanting to get your business off to a strong start or have decided to start your business back up, the last few months of the year are the best time to jump in!! There are three things you can do that will get your business up and running. 1. Host a shopping event at your house. The holiday season is the prime time where people are going to be purchasing gifts, so why not take…
Brad and I are down at the beach this week getting a taste of what the term “empty nester” will be all about while Isabel spends some time in Florida with her friend. Pure sadness and sweetness! As I’ve been working at our beach house this week I am reminded of my early days with my direct sales business. When I started I had no idea where it would take me. I had a why for my business to help pay…
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and no matter how you feel about the holiday, we can agree that it’s always a good time to show someone you care about them. That includes your significant other, your children, extended family and friends…and yes, those who support your business! Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to reach out to your customers, hostesses, your online communities, and those who have referred you to others. Here are some fun ways to celebrate your customers during…
Can you believe October is next week? I know, crazy right?! I love to plan ahead for my business as well as my personal life this time of the year so that when the new year comes, I am ready to dive in and crush it. And I want you to reach success in your life too, so here are 12 winning thoughts to help you get your mindset in the right place.
1.Know your values!
What is important to you and aligned with your values? It’s so important to do a self-assessment to understand what YOU stand for. So when something comes up with my top values, I won’t have any issues anymore deciding what to do. I can determine my next step very easily.
Only do things that will get your results and accomplish your goals. We are human and we can’t do everything and make everyone happy. Focus on one task at a time and do it really well then move on to the next one.
Create a list based on the level of importance and priority.
Stick to your list. You need to get a call and get all doctor appointments scheduled but you see the latest line up of concerts come in on your email.
Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do
3. What is your weather on the inside?!
Whatever is going on around you, you can choose to have sunshine or storms. Sunny makes success!
4. Sluff it off!!
Don’t be a perfectionist. It is the kiss of death. If something goes wrong, have a 10-minute pity party and move on!
5. Assume the best in people and in situations.
- Zig Ziglar, his daughter talked about a sever having a bad day and what he taught her.
- If someone cuts you off on the road, assume that they didn’t see you. If someone is rude to you, assume that they have a sick parent they are taking care of. If your hubby snaps at you, assume that he is having a bad day and it is not about you.
6. Don’t be a Know it All!
Know what you know and be comfortable in what you don’t. In every decision you make, are you proud of yourself? If you are not proud of yourself for something, fix it. There is no one you can disappoint more than yourself.
7. Lift other up!
Whenever you can make others look smarter than you! With your kids, make them the expert as often as possible. When we need something to work like the Bose speaker at the beach, I could figure it out, but go right to one of the kids to let them win!
As a leader always highlight other ideas when you can!
8. Be willing to look stupid!
- Share the mistakes you make and laugh! This will not only connect you to others because you are real! Yes, everyone makes mistakes and most people can’t be comfortable in them.
- Laughing at yourself for mistakes will give you confidence.
9. Don’t overthink things.
It will stop you from taking the chances you need to take to achieve your dreams. Dreams are achieved with lots of mistakes!
10. Schedules and lists buy freedom
11. The 3-minute rule!
If a task only takes you 3 minutes or less, do it immediately!
12. Practice listening to your gut.
The more you act on those thoughts, the better you will get at making the right choices for you!
If you are wanting to get your business off to a strong start or have decided to start your business back up, the last few months of the year are the best time to jump in!! There are three things you can do that will get your business up and running.
1. Host a shopping event at your house.
The holiday season is the prime time where people are going to be purchasing gifts, so why not take this as an advantage for your business and have them purchase from you?! Keep it simple but make it fun! Have a theme with yummy munchies and drinks. Offer special discounts and do some really fun giveaways for anyone that hosts a party. Remember, this is also a time to give back to your customers!
2. Look for vendor events/trade shows in your area.
They are everywhere during the holiday selling season!! People are out looking for great gifts for the holidays and in a party mood. Make sure to have a fun and inviting looking booth set up. Have some cute gift bags or wrapped baskets out for everyone that books a party with you. Do a little shopping yourself. There are SO many great things at Holiday boutiques!
3. Book lots of parties by reaching out.
Believe it or not…this is the time to party!! People are in a party mood. They are going to see their friends for social gatherings in the Fall. Why not be the person to reach out with a fun theme idea for them to host? I love parties with apple cider, Christmas tea, cookie exchange, and the best are Favorite things parties where I do lots of giveaways like Oprah’s Favorite Things show used to do!
So there you have it! 3 simple ways to grow your business during the holiday season! I can’t wait to see all your fun pictures captured at your party!
One of the most important aspects of having a successful party is to work with your hostess. Setting your hostess up for success is just as important to your business as your sales. Effective hostess coaching is how you are able to do this.
Before we dive into hostess coaching, I want to encourage you to always be thinking about asking someone to host a party. Here’s why: would you rather have one sale with just one person or have a party with 8-10 sales? I think you know the answer here. So ask every. single. person. you know if they’re interested in hosting a party and let THEM decide. I bet you will be surprised who says yes!
Now, let’s say someone responds to you with a YES! What’s your next step? It all starts with a strong strategic plan, communication, and open partnership with your hostess.Here are a few tips and tricks:
1. Secure the date
People are busy but we can help them find the time. It is so important to give them 3-4 dates in order to limit their choices and eventually help them make a decision right on the spot. You don’t want to tell your hostess your whole month is open and ask them to pick a date. Not only it is overwhelming for them, but it is more likely they won’t be able to make a decision right away.
2. Set clear expectations
From party planning to preferred communication method, set clear expectations so that you and your hostess are both on the same page and not confused with all the details and responsibilities. Are you going to be handling all the behind the senses such as party set up and invites? Is your hostess going to be the one who gets everyone excited about the party and share on social media? Discuss these little details with your hostess.
3. Keep the momentum
While we can’t keep our parties from cancelling because things happen, there are a few ways that can help us to have less cancellation.
(1) People book you because they like you. They’re less likely to cancel if you connect with them in a more relational way and make them feel supported and cared for.
(2) Send out invitations and get the event details up on social media immediately after they’ve confirmed. Momentum is everything. If there are 10 people signed up for your event on the first day, chances are you’re going to do it!
(3) So often, your hostess cancels because they are afraid they will let you down. Ask questions and think of other creative ways to help your hostess succeed. E.g, A free gift for anyone who brings a friend.
So there you have it. I hope you will have a successful party with your hostess!
If you have any questions about Direct Sales or want to learn more about what I do, you can always reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time management is a subject I’m asked about often. When I started my direct sales business over 9 years ago, I had all 3 of my children at home. Today, my youngest is in college, my oldest daughter is getting married, and my son is thriving. They don’t need me in the same way they did when I started my business, but they need me in different ways. I still have to manage my time, prioritize what matters, and make sure I’m consistently doing those income producing activities that will grow my business.
So how do I do it? With planning!
I’m a huge fan of calendar blocking. Did you know the actions I take to book parties, recruit new team members, chat with my leaders and team members…all those things are on my calendar so I don’t forget. Not only that, so many of those actions take only 15 minutes a few times a week.
That’s the thing about this business, it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. You only have to plan for it, make it a priority and do it consistently. The bookings will come. The new team members will come. And the best part— your family will be better for it! It’s so important to me that when my ex-husband comes home, or my daughter wants to do wedding planning activities, that I can just go do it without sacrificing what I need for my business.
The best part of this business is the flexibility, but just because we’re flexible does not mean our business is optional! I talked a little bit about time management in a recent podcast with my new friend Tricia Edmundson, a top-level leader with Thirty-One Gifts. Like us, she has figured out how to achieve great harmony between her marriage, her children, and her business.
When you get to that place, everything just seems to click! So here are some of my best tips on time management.
What was your favorite tip from this video? Do you have any to add? Comment below and let me know!
Working with Kris as my mentor has been such a growing experience. From our first training call, when she asked if I had my 6 parties booked, she had set the barre just a little beyond what I thought I could do but at the same time, within the parameters of what I wanted for myself, my family, and my business. She has taught me to be independent, as she never coddles, but always guides and teaches that I CAN do HARD things and provides all the training I need to do them. Kris believed in me the moment she saw I would do the work but more importantly, she instilled this incredible belief within me.. My confidence has grown to levels I never would have thought possible. I now know, I CAN run an incredible business leading a team of many personalities and do it very well. And yet, she is still here to work along side me sharing ideas, guiding me, and still, setting that barre a little beyond my comfort zone allowing me to continue to grow.
While I was still a Sales Leader, Kris launched a “Race to Red” program with several other SL & ESLs and offered to pair us up with each other for accountability, support, and encouragement as we all work to get to Red Jacket. Initially I told her she was crazy–RJ wasn’t even on my radar! But she laughed and told me I might surprise myself and what have I got to lose? So I signed on, and in some eight months, I went from not considering Red Jacket as a feasible prospect to suddenly *being* a Red Jacket leader. Kris has an amazing eye for potential, but even more than that is her determination to help others see their own potential. It’s one thing to believe someone can do something. It’s another to help that person realize and believe that *they* can do it.
Running my Norwex business has been the most rewarding career choice I have ever made. However, I could never have experienced these rewards without the incredible wisdom, insight, and training from my leader, Kris Carlson. Through her constant encouragement, inspiration, and willingness to help, I have found the strength within me to build an organization I am proud of. I am honored to call Kris my leader and most of all, my friend.
I’ve been listening to your podcasts ( while mowing my lawn) since conference. Thank you for sharing your wisdom! Just wanted to let you know that instead of asking a friend to place an order I pointed out that she could get the things she has on her wishlist for free if she held a party and she agreed to it! I have asked her before and she has declined. I have given her space in the past so as not to nag! I remember in one of your podcasts mentioning that we should always go for the booking not the sale! Thanks. Much appreciated.
I had the pleasure to work with Kris as a coach and trainer very early in her direct selling career. I knew immediately the potential she had for this industry. She is an innovative leader, willing to grow, learn and try new things. She is constantly challenging herself to new heights and has become the top income earner in her company. She has become a top trainer and mentor herself and I don’t know anyone more deserving of this.
I’ve completed all 5 of Kris Carlson’s Strong Start podcasts. They were so helpful! I especially loved the last two about bookings & recruiting.
Just completed listening to all 5 Strong Start podcasts, while Norwexing my home lol. All of them consist of amazing and very beneficial advice, encouragement and the BEST tips for when joining, growing building or rebuilding!! Kris always shares wonderful advice and tips that are so motivational. I absolutely love that they created these training podcasts. I took notes from each session. Norwex has the best training and support for Consultants, I have ever seen. I am very thankful for Norwex and very proud to be a part of it all. When someone has the love and passion for Norwex and strives to succeed in wanting to share Norwex, taking advantage of these training sessions will definitely and easily help you reach your goals with Norwex. Thank you leaders, for sharing all of this with us!
Kris Carlson is a top notch leader! From the first week that I signed as a consultant she has shared how-tos and been supportive and helpful. Kris is very consistent in her own business and because of that, she has the process of success down to a science. She can take anyone from beginner to senior leader. With Kris as your trainer, the sky’s the limit!
I listened to all of the podcasts. Especially needed the session that talked about bookings. I do use the little gifts wrapped up in a party bag now. I have the “life changing gift”, a sample of UPP, a nice squirting bottle with a nozzle spray ( walmart for $.97) and some Hershey chocolate in a snack bag all arranged pretty with the chocolate showing lol. The last 2 parties where I had those, I got bookings. My upcoming hostess even told me to be sure to bring the prizes to her party so she could get bookings.
THANK YOU so much for those podcasts! My head is about to explode from how awesome they are! No wonder Brian says so many amazing things about you! I would pay big bucks just to chat with you on the phone for like 30 minutes… I also moved to an area where no one knows about Norwex, and knew ZERO people… I did a lot of things wrong… but figuring it all out… I think… who really knows. Anyways. You’re a huge inspiration, and I just love that you’re so willing to share your talent! THANK YOU!