Last week, March 26, I wrote the blog post What Is a Mentor and How Do I Choose One For My Origami Owl Independent Designer Business?
There are a lot of things that I mentioned on there.. things that people looking into joining Origami Owl should consider when choosing a Mentor. I wrote that blog post for 2 reasons:
1. People wanted to know what they should look for in a Mentor.
2. They wanted to know what I was offering as a Mentor (which I didn’t get to cover since the blog post was long enough).
“I wish I knew about how mentorship worked with Origami Owl or with direct sales before I came in to Origami Owl.” This statement being sent to me dozens of times was the main catalyst to that blog post above.
Many expressed the fear of not succeeding in business but more so afraid of not knowing how to be a mentor because of their situation with theirs. I assured them that he or she can still have success in business even without the guidance of a Mentor because skills and Mentorship can be learned and caught by observing those they want to be. Instead of being upset or feeling sorry for one’s self, I recommended they channel that energy into things that will result in success, such as learning how to be an amazing Mentor through people and learning resources, so that when it is one’s turn to grow and build their team, they would be ready to do so.
Then more questions came: How can I be a good Mentor? (which I did answer and refer back to the the previous blog post), followed by How Do You Mentor? What do you do for your team? Do you give any freebies for joining with you?
And so for those inquiring minds, here it is…
The following is just some of what I do for my Team, what I teach my Level 1’s (front line or personally mentored) to do and hope they do it too and pass it on and on and on to their Level 1s.
First Point of Contact Call: When I am connected with someone or contacted by someone interested in Joining Origami Owl with me, I give them a personal phone call to meet me and thank them for considering me as their Mentor. It starts with a hello. I do this because I want to meet them, find out what their hope, goals, and dreams are with Origami Owl. More than anything, I want them to make sure they like me because remember? Mentors are permanent, so choose wisely. And then, we work a plan to get them ready and confident by the time their kit lands on their doorstep.
Designer in Waiting Emails: I send all my DIWs my version of Origami Owl “bootcamp” in the form training emails and YouTube videos. These are designed to prep them for a successful business. These 3 emails are called Origami Owl Basics, Designer Basics, and Jewelry Bar Basics. I also send them a list of things they can be doing while on the waitlist. I joke that they might as well get all the reading and training done now because once that jewelry comes in, they will be blinded by its beauty and not want to do any reading or training that is crucial to one’s success. After each email, I invite DIWs to connect with me once again to answer any questions they may have over what I just sent them. Making use of the data and turning it into useful information for success is my goal.
Welcome to Origami Owl Email: This is sent out to every Independent Designer that has joined my team. Once I see someone added in the back office, I shoot them an email and welcome them to my Team Haute Parliament. This email covers the very first steps to do as an Independent Designer such as order business cards and visit the back office. In this email, I ask for an appointment for their first training. The first one we normally do is ‘Back Office Training; What all the tabs and buttons mean back there.” Also this email lets them know how they can connect with me on my personal FB account and added to our Team’s FB Group.
Daily: Facebook Group – This group of ours is so very active and vibrant from women across the nation and all different backgrounds and paths that share valuable information that help each one grow. All the members really play a great role in supporting each other and giving ideas to help business. It is also a place where one can get help when they feel lost and cheers when they meet their goals. Members also share their =) and ;( and we provide ideas on how to get over hurdles and hindrances when business does throw us the unexpected or less desirable. You will learn so much from this amazing group of DIWs and current Independent Designers of Haute Parliament family tree. It is through this, in addition to the sharing of real life business scenarios from each other, marketing tips and articles from the best resources in the industry, and daily posts for inspiration and personal development, that members find themselves grow as a Designer in business as well as their personal lives.
If the above is not enough, check out what takes place after one has officially joined my team and become part of our Haute Parliament family. This is what I commit to YOU as YOUR Mentor:
Weekly: I send out Team Tuesday Tips. This is a mini newsletter/email that I send out to my Level 1’s or personally mentored. I pack this with tips and information that is not available anywhere else. Many times, someone would have brought up a really important question or thing to know in our Team’s Private Group, and I would highlight it in the weekly Team Tuesday letter.
Monthly: A personal call or text message from me to all of my personally sponsored Team. This is when I call you if I have not heard from you via emails or out Team boards in about 2 weeks. I call so that you know that I am always here to hear you out, your frustrations and let you know that help is only a phone call away. In the past, as a newbie, there were times where I had questions or concerns but thought it was a stupid question or I was unworthy of calling because I have not sold anything. But not here! The lines of communication is always open and I want to know if there is anyway I can help. This call is done whether you do thousands in sales or no sales at all. You will occasionally receive a “How may I serve you today?” call (or even text) from me =)
Scheduled One-on-One Personal Training: This is my favorite part of being a Mentor; the ability to carve out a time and teach you tips and tricks that I have learned the past 14 months from my Origami Owl business. Trainings average an hour long as they are very detailed and informative and designed to make sure that you understand things such as the back office. You will not be seeing back office tutorials from me on YouTube. What I do is get on the phone with you and together, I walk you through the back office while you are hands on on your computer. These one hour trainings are in topics such as Back Office Training and Entering Party or Wholesale Orders.
VIP Training Book Club (currently on hold): Every Mentor can be a Designer but not all Designers can be a Mentor. Those interested in taking their business a bit more seriously in every aspect and willing to invest some time in bettering themselves, their team and business are welcome to join a monthly book club facilitated by me. The books will range in the topics of direct sales, marketing strategies, leadership and personal development.
So this is what I do for my future and current designers on my Team. In a nutshell, I practically do all there is I can do for a Designer before and after their Waiting. My goal is to provide my Team with all the necessary tools to soar in their business. A the same time, the Designer is fully aware that he or she is in full control of her Orgami Owl business and its growth. I do not shove anything in one’s face and down the throat, or make one feel lesser because he or she is not “the average picture of success,” because success is relativ. Success to you is different from what success is to me and the only legit definer of success is YOU.
*** If you would like to join Origami Owl with me, please learn more about how it works at http://locketsandcharms.origamiowl.com/join/how-it-works/ and enter in 1186 for the Referral ID. Thank You!***
As an Owl Mama, wanting more for her owlets than she does for herself, I look SO forward to meeting you!
Jennylou Raya, Origami Owl Independent Designer #1186
Do you give any freebies if I join with you?
No. No one has straight put asked me this question but they have asked what I do for my team. And when I state the above, free products never come up. And my hope is that they see the value in all that I offer in my time and training. Yes, you can learn by yourself plenty in the back office. But if that were fully true, there would be no need for coaches for all we already need to know have been written in books. Time is the most valuable thing. One can gift stuff but time, time is priceless. Time can never be bought and can never be asked back, and there is no guarantee from the person I give time to, of a return. But we give, I give it, as it is the best gift to give a new Owlet in my team.
On top of time, from time to time, I do gift my team mates for a job well done. Gifts have ranged from business supplies, shirts, bags, jewelry bar display items (owls, tablecloths, neck forms), bags, and many many gift cards =)