Our family and business is so blessed to have close and meaningful relationships, like most families. As I was reflecting upon our blessings though, I felt extra grateful when I considered how transient we have been. Even though we rarely see those closest to us face to face, we maintain intimate friendships, and solid business associations. Let me explain -
Over the past 3 years we have moved several times from our home of 45 years of Rockford, Illinois, USA. We moved to Hawaii in 2005 to begin our missionary training with YWAM, (Youth With a Mission. ) The power of residual income through network marketing has helped fuel our vision and dream. We then relocated to the Fiji Islands for most of 2007, and now we are based in New Zealand. Those were the BIG moves, in each location there were several little moves. I think I counted 8 different places we have lived.
If you are having communication challenges: staying close to loved ones, effective business follow-up, customer retention, support raising efforts, etc. etc. - the answer for my life may be a good fit for you also.
We keep adding to our close friends list, not losing them. There are probably many reasons for that, with the most important being that the quality of the people that are with us on this journey is phenomenal. I think also there is another reason that prompted this article.
As much as I love technology and have built 3 different home based businesses around new technology, I sense there has been a shifting in how technology affects relationships and communication is coming back into a balance. Those who are relying on email, or other internet based communication ALONE for the maintaining and building of their relationships are losing ground. There is still something about the old fashion letter, greeting card, or postcard that delivers a far more impacting and appreciated correspondence that anything over the computer. Think about it -
Remember when you got that greeting card from your favorite Aunt or Grandma on your birthday with the crisp $5 bill? Warm Fuzzies! We have been conditioned to expect good news and fun things when it comes to getting a card in the mail. Postcards are almost the same feeling - they usally come from someone with some fun or interesting news to share with us. Over 95% of greeting cards get read - and postcards is probably higher. Only 2 - 3 % of emails ever get read.
Don't get me wrong - I do email, blogs, twitter, text messaging, etc. etc. - BUT - I also send greeting cards delivered by a postman on a regular basis to my loved ones, those following and/or supporting our missions work, and to those associated with my online businesses. The cards are met by everyone with joy - you see; Grandmas send out cards. Favorite Aunts send out cards. Sisters away at college send out cards. People you like send out cards!
If you are looking for an answer to your communication challenges in life (personal or business, ) things have come full circle. Get Real. Send out cards . People still like to touch and feel something corporeal. Fortunately there is a way to send out cards FAR quicker and cheaper than the old days of running around trying to find a card to buy, going to the post office, etc. I send personalized cards from my computer with my own handwriting and my very own signature - for far less money too! I can send hundreds of personalized cards in 5 minutes. Old World Touch meets New World technology in a powerful way.
Curt Johnson, or Coach Curt, is doing full time missionary work in part fueled by the residual income developed in the network marketing industry. He rose to the top of two different companies and is a good friend and upline mentor of Ann Sieg. He is available for mlm success training, and also promotes powerful tools that can enhance any network marketer's success while developing multiple streams of income. http://www.coachcurt.com