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Things I’ve learned after 1 year with Norwex…

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It’s the end of my anniversary month you guys! I thought it was only fitting to share with you a couple things that I’ve been reflecting on this month. I’ve learned a lot and there are so many new things I want to do and try out in this next year!

Seattle love Norwex 

Seattle is a fantastic place because there is a large following of people who are concerned with toxic chemicals in our environment and our homes.  Local businesses are super important and protecting the environment is a well talked about subject. Seattle not only banned plastic shopping bags but they’ll charge you for a paper one! {Which I think is spectacular by the way} And I believe they are banning plastic straws next. {!!!}  We compost and recycle EVERYWHERE. It’s amazing.

Norwex is great here. It protects our environment, it’s non toxic and it speaks to our plastic and paper reduction goals. Plus I’ve even sent a set of cloths to my son’s classroom to use instead of disinfecting wipes — and his teacher gladly accepted them!

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Credit: Earth Photos

You can have all the structure you want but if you’re not funneling people to it… it won’t matter.

playbynewrulesI am an operations director by day for an animal conservation organization – I love structure. Love it. I love creating the frame that business rests on and watching it work when the rubber hits the road. I learned, however, that the rubber will never hit the road if I don’t have customers in the funnel. If I’m not actually attracting anyone…than I can never see if my system works and worse; I’ll never make any money.

It took a good six months to realize this. Ha! I couldn’t figure out why, after building a whole beautiful website and blog that NO ONE was buying. Something had to change. The quick fix was either to do home parties or vendor event OR figure out marketing via social media. Once I figured it out though, I was even more determined to   have happy buying customers without doing traditional live home parties.  I wanted to avoid home parties due to my anxiety. I’m working through that; but for now I just needed to be online only. So, here I am… happily writing for you guys and completing all your orders.

I’m actually fairly ok at photography.

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This is literally a tree in my backyard

When I started last September, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do for branding other than “Hedge Witchery”.  I didn’t have any clue how I was going to put it all together. I quickly discovered I couldn’t find product pictures of what I wanted. I envisioned photos and marketing that just didn’t exist yet. I needed to learn how to take photos. My first blog post that I planned the photography for was  “camping with Norwex”   It is one of my most read posts of all time! Original photography is great for pinterest posts too.

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My floor in my living room. The light is great in there!

I realized as I took more photos and played with lighting and backgrounds – that photographers only let you see what they want you to see. You’ll have no idea that my “studio” is in the corner of my bedroom or that  I film my YouTube videos from my laundry room and that the photo to the left is my living room floor, but you’d never know that because I didn’t tell you…before now. Cropping is magic.
It makes me think about how our businesses are run – you don’t have to share everything that didn’t work out with your customers. They don’t know what they don’t know… and that’s ok! There’s magic in the behind the scenes and that’s the fun part. Keep your secrets!

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My deck railing. That tree in the background? That’s the same tree I mentioned before.

Team Culture is everything.

This one hit me a little bit. I have been in direct sales for many years and team culture wasn’t something that was on my radar until a few years ago. I came to terms with the fact that the leader I had in the  company right before Norwex, was liked by many people, and she was likable in person as a person… but was a terrible leader. The team was kind of all over the place and it felt bad. I didn’t want to be a part of it and I was unmotivated to work any more.

Fast forward to the day before I joined Norwex…. I started asking my would be upline a few million questions because I just didn’t want to get stuck in a team culture that sucked the life out of me again. It made me think way more long term than I had ever before. I wanted this business to work and work well. This product spoke to my soul and my fiber of my being…I couldn’t do another team that was all cheer-leading and cliques. I love my team and I love what we accomplish.

Now, as Tony Robbins says; “if you’re going to blame them for the bad you have to blame them for the good as well.”  I am who I am because of the bad leaders and weak leaders I’ve been grouped with in my life. They pushed me with their actions to start reading everything I could about team development and culture. Their blunders made me rethink how I handle my own teams. I have learned so much just because I wanted something better for me… and now I am something better for others.  Also, Simon Sinek is amazing.

Your team culture effects your bottom line. 

Lemme say that again for those in the back: Your team culture will either make you money or it will make you lose money. The way your team mates are engaged and if they are happy is what it’s all about and without that you are leaving money on the table – daily.

Team culture is always about relationships and knowing the people on your team. It’s also understanding how they like recognition and who they are on the inside. What do they value? Everyone wants to be apart of something bigger than themselves and your team culture and your company’s mission should fill that need. Every day.

 

Technology means I don’t have to let my anxiety stop me

2a53f5e1f720fd5c26ca15b71d1cdce6I have mild-ish anxiety. I have an actual anxiety attack {complete with vomiting!} maybe every 3 months. Sometimes more frequently, sometimes less. It’s getting better. That said, when I do have something come up and I need to rest – I don’t have to worry so much about my business tanking during that time.
I batch tasks all the time. I batch when I’m inspired to do a lot of one task, like designing or writing or taking photographs. I write 3-6+ blog posts at a time and then I schedule them to post for me. I use tailwind to post blog graphics to pinterest for me. I use technology to help me out and plan ahead just in case something comes up. If it wasn’t for tailwind, cinchshare, blog post scheduling and youtube videos that can be re-watched and shared.. I would be on a crazy roller coaster for my commission. I just have to work hard when I’m feeling great and not worry so much when I’m not. It’s ok.

 

Ok, that’s all babes! Lemme know if you have any questions from me or if this is a kind of post you’d like to see more of in the future — I’d be happy share more stuff.

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2 thoughts on “Things I’ve learned after 1 year with Norwex…

  1. I appreciated reading this because I have panic attacks also. They aren’t huge and I can usually calm myself down but I do get them. Even when I know the people, it is hard to get up and speak. And speak confidently. Thanks for sharing.

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