In one word, transparency. While the theme of this year’s Wolgamott Family Reunion was “Impact” the unofficial theme for myself and quite a few others is transparency. Nobody will ever understand the level of transparency my sponsors have with us and the rest of their business. Friday evening our coaches shared some things that in traditional business nobody would have ever shared. While I’m not going to share the details here I can say I’m not surprised they shared what they did and it only increases my level of respect for them 100 fold. I believe that is why at least in the Canada/Alberta market, I can say we are building leaders backed by leaders backed by leaders. It’s why we are the fastest and most solid building business within World Wide Dreambuilders (for the time being). I say for the time being because with all things, people will get sick and tired of hearing what the “Canadian’s are doing” and will take it upon themselves to rise up.
It was apparent by the sold out crowd at the INB Performing Arts Centre in Spokane that people are excited that Leslie has her own Family Reunion. I should say sold out crowd along with 200+ people in the holding room as we busted through the seams. It’s no secret that Family Reunion is one of the lowest attended functions but the vibe was overwhelming. I think now that Leslie has her own family reunion it shows the gaps that need to be filled in Brad Duncan’s Family Reunion where the majority of Canadians were at Leslie’s. It also creates some excitement for Leslie’s organization to grow now that Brad’s organization isn’t over shadowing Leslie’s. All of this is good news and will help foster further growth.
A lot of people shared that while they may not necessarily be where they want to be in business, they know exactly why that is and now exactly how to fix it. Like we always say to people that are going through the process and people we’ve gone into business with, this takes work. If you do the work you will succeed and it’s proven each and every single time. Along with the transparency theme, we are not where we wanted to be obviously and while we know exactly why we are where we are, we know what we must do to move on. Having been to Leslie’s Family Reunion, it’s inspired me almost like a new business owner (IBO). Showing up to the Family Reunion we had no idea where to go, where the Eagle/Double Eagle line up was, where to pick up our badges, etc…So I went in with that attitude and opened up my heart and mind and let the function inspire, uplift and motivate me.
Functions are designed to teach in some areas but also uplift and motivate and it’s everything both my wife and I needed this time around. I find you always get what you need at a function and that’s the beauty of it. I hope those who went this year got what they wanted and they go and grow between now and FED 2012!
Attached are a few pictures of what was an awesome function
As most will know by following a long, World Wide Dreambuilders has four major functions a year. This time of year is Family Reunion and what makes this year even more special is Leslie Wolgamont has her very own Family Reunion. This is awesome because World Wide Group doesn’t create extra functions without growth and this is a true sign that Leslie’s business is growing, at least in our area. No doubt about it as we have a couple of emeralds getting ready to hit Diamond Qualification.
I always find little nuggets from every function that helps me surge ahead or overcome things going on in our business. You’ll never get everything out of a function, just like you never get everything out of a business conference most of you are used to. I find the best way to prepare is figure out the 3-5 things you want to get out of the function and focus on that. I am very excited to hear what the Wagners and Whalens have to say as they are obviously in our direct upline and are just going nuts right now with growth. If I can grab a fraction of what they know and apply it, it will only help us continue to grow.
I’m sure a few less than positive posts will come out on other sites and that’s fine. I can tell you this, they will have no idea (as will I) what this year’s Family Reunion will be about or how its even done since no new Family Reunions have been done in at least 5 years. I’ll give a summary recap once the weekend is over. Safe drive/travel/flight’s to those who are making the trek to Spokane, Washington.
While down in Spring Leadership I picked up the new book by John Maxwell “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”. A lot of John’s talk at Spring Leadership was connecting with people. To many people really do not connect with people which is why communication frankly sucks between people. We don’t really engaged into good conversation with people anymore. The thing I really like about this book after reading the preface is there is a lot of input from people who read John’s blog when he posted the manuscript for the book. Which is why there are pictures of people on the cover of the book. These people all contributed to this book. Neat idea for sure.
I was pretty excited listening to John talk about this topic over the weekend in Spokane and i’m even more excited to get into this book.
Check out the book here – Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
Well we are on the bus ride home after a nice little stop at Jack in The Box…Hey we don’t have that in Canada and we all needed a good fix. So the bus ride home will probably be interesting and a bit smelly. That’s okay Brad Ducan said we don’t judge people, even people who fart haha.
ANYWAY… What an amazing weekend. Full of great teachings by John Maxwell on connecting with people as I’ve written about before. Some great motivation by all the leaders in this business from Double Eagle Ruby up to Crown. Lastly some great association time with some of our up line being able to answer questions or just to say hi. Something I have not really written about yet this weekend is that association. One of the best parts of these functions is getting around my up line leaders and asking them whatever questions I have or sharing with them what’s on my heart especially with Mike and Brandie.
Mike and Brandie spoke today on stage as new Emeralds and have spoken at all four Spring Leadership locations. However today was their “home town” site in Spokane. The amount of people that are being impacted by Mike and Brandie in this organization is off the charts. They are building a huge business but not only a huge business but a business of leaders. This is something unseen in any other market within World Wide Dreambuilders and probably in Amway Global. The reason? They actually care about the people in their business and actually want to impact people in a huge way. They want to help people build amazing friendships and relationship and help people achieve greatness. They are not about the money, or about the flashy things in life. Its impacting families, impacting parents, impacting the people they meet. It’s really hard to explain, but when you see them talk compared to other emeralds you really get a sense of who they are.
Canada, specifically Alberta is building a huge huge new brand of leaders. People have criticized there are no new diamonds or leaders in this business and there is nothing wrong with that. Growth is not always on the rise. A healthy business always has its ups and downs and World Wide Dreambuilders is on the rise again. Mark my words there will be people from our area and other areas going into Diamond Qualification. The people on the outside who are no longer building this business have no idea.
So what was the biggest thing I took away from…(oh I have to share what I took away from this business to everyone on the bus…) Okay so that was a bit longer than a few minutes. Everyone on the bus just shared what they thought of the function and what they took away from it. So So impactful. I think we just shared for 4-5 hours. Where else on this planet do people talk about their dreams, goals and deep heartfelt thoughts on their life and where they want to go?? That does not happen normally. It’s so impactful.
Going back to the original thing I was saying about what I took away. I took away leadership and connecting with people as my main points. I will be a leader in this business alongside Clay and Mike. I will be helping build strong leaders in our organization and it’s these leaders that will be impacting other people in such positive ways. It will also be these leaders that keep me inspired to carry on and continue to personally grow. What a feeling that is, to know that you will be able to impact people in a great way. I’m sorry but I don’t know any other business out there that can do this.
So what’s next? Well “Moving Up” is next and Family Reunion where we will be Double Eagles. OH YEAH! Time to catch some Zzzz’s on this bus before going back to the J.O.B. later this morning. BOOooooOOOO!
We arrived later this morning and after checking in had a little nap. We are getting ready for the first evening session where the doors open at 6pm. I’m excited to experience this function sitting on the floor with the other eagles.
I was thinking about why we are here and what we are going to get out of this and yes a lot of it will be motivation, some teachings and lastly some inspiration. Now is there anything wrong with motivation? Last time I checked no. Also last time I checked going to something motivational costs a heck of a lot more then $125 for a ticket. I’ve seen and experienced first hand the power of a function and how it helps instill belief and helps jumps starts you to move forward. Sometimes people need a jump start, sometimes people don’t. Either way this is a pretty SMALL price to pay in my mind to help move your business forward. We’ve seen it. We went from 0 people in our organization to 6 people within 3 months. I’d say that’s moving on.
Now again these are my experiences with this function and there are some people out there that like to quote me or say I’m just “drinking the juice” or following whatever my upline says. I’m sorry but I’m my own business and I do what I please thank you very much. I never said once I am a blind follower, NOT ONCE. I do what I feel is best for our business and if I were to find something didn’t benefit my business well then I wouldn’t do it.
So anyway as we move forward this weekend I am really pumped to listen to some amazing speakers, listen to some amazing motivation and inspiration so that I can take that and apply it to my business and move it forward. That’s what I’m excited for. Probably won’t post again until either late or early morning tomorrow.
Enjoy your weekend whatever your doing!