Did you know that the waiters and waitresses go through an average of 40 hours of training and observing before they do their job on their own?. Forty hours! To bring people food.
So, you should definitely expect to need some training if you are starting your own business. But the cool thing about most network marketing opportunities is that you can learn as you go. Sure, you need some initial training before you take some action, but the majority of what you learn will be as you go.
But what do you do then your upline isn’t supportive? Where do you turn for coaching and training? I’ve heard this questions countless times, and for several reasons.
Maybe your sponsor is just as new as you are and aren’t equipped to lead or coach you yet. Maybe your upline lives far away. Or maybe they aren’t as involved in the business as they used to be. Here are a few things you can do to get the training you need even if your upline isn’t supporting you.
Reach Out for Cross-Line Support
Some companies, like the one I’m partnered with, have a great culture of cross-line support. This is support from people who are not in your upline or downline. They are not tied to you financially in any way.
Why would someone want to help you if they don’t benefit from it financially? There are several reasons.
One reason is that you learn a lot when you teach. So, they can actually develop themselves as a leader when they are in the coaching role. Another reason is that it helps the entire company and overall brand. The more the company grows, the better it is for everyone. There’s a lot of integrity in helping those who are not financially linked to you. Or, you may be able to help them down the road with some of their team members.
This is the case in our company, because we have team members in other states mentored by people not on our team. And those people have team members in our area who we can help. It’s a mutual benefit.
The best way to reach out for cross-line support is to just ask. Explain your situation and then just ask for some training. Chances are, cross-line leaders will already have a specific training system set in place they can plug you into.
Just a warning: there will be some cross-line leaders who see you as competition. So they may not help you, but keep looking for those with a different mindset.