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Top Leaders Attend Leading the Way Retreat

Twenty-two women from Lemongrass Spa Products participated in an empowering weekend with Belinda Ellsworth and her Step Into Success Team at the Leading the Way Leadership Retreat in Chicago, Illinois last month. At the cornerstone of the event was the celebration of the release of Belinda’s Direct Selling for Dummies, Amazon’s #1 Bestselling Book in several business categories. This exceptional how-to book helps the reader navigate the direct sales industry in pursuit of success, setting goals, managing their time wisely and harnessing the power of social media to book, sell and recruit. Each attendee received an autographed copy of this business-building manual.

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Belinda showcased some of the most impactful social media speakers in today’s direct selling arena, including Lydia Martin and Lyndsay Tompkins. Expert storyteller, comedian and author, Kelly Swanson had the entire audience rolling out of their seats with laughter as she helped us see through our obstacles and make fun of our shortcomings. Linda Ellis inspired us to live each minute as if it were our last. Author of the world-renowned book, The Dash, Ellis shared first hand how th

is book has touched the hearts of millions.

Lemongrass Spa’s Executive Director, Tara LaMagna, was asked to present her successful steps in exceptional team engagement to the direct sales leaders attending the event. Tara’s story of how she built a team of 300 consultants in just over two years had leaders from dozens of direct selling companies feverishly taking notes. Tara’s style of utilizing Facebook groups to motivate and inspire her team, Facebook parties to increase her sales and systems for attracting new recruits to her team have been instrumental in her success. Tara traveled to the Dominican Republic in June 2015 as one of the Spa Destination Trip earners and was named to the Dynamic Dozen (Top in Sales) at the Annual Convention.

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5 Languages of Appreciation

Everyone wants to feel appreciated. We want to know that we matter. What are you doing to show appreciation to your employees at work or to your direct sales team? You may be surprised to find that your efforts might not be making the impact you were aiming for.

First, don’t confuse appreciation with recognition. Recognition acknowledges good performance or a milestone. Appreciation acknowledges a person’s full value. Want to make someone feel really special? Acknowledge them for who they are, not just for what they do.

In their book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman and Paul White explain that what makes one person feel appreciated does not make another person feel appreciated. By determining his or her individual “language” you can express your appreciation in a way that is the most meaningful and deeply felt.

The Five Languages are:

  • Words of Affirmation – Focus on the person’s character and not just his or her performance. Go out of your way to thank and praise them verbally or perhaps give them a handwritten note.
  • Quality Time – People who prefer this language want your focused attention. If it is impossible to spend time face-to-face because of distance, try a phone call or Skype session, as long as there are no interruptions.
  • Acts of Service – If you enjoy being shown appreciation through acts of service, you know how good it makes you feel when someone offers to help you with chores or work tasks. Be cheerful when you offer to help and be sure to do things their way!
  • Tangible Gifts – The important thing here is the thought behind the gift, not the monetary value. Present them with a homemade gift or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Of course, Lemongrass Spa Products are always the perfect choice!
  • Physical Touch – While physical touch is not appropriate in most work settings, the consultants at Lemongrass Spa love to hug and high-five when we are together! Just make sure the recipient is comfortable with any type of physical gesture before assuming it’s okay.

The most important ingredient in showing appreciation is sincerity. Be genuine in your praise. By doing so, you can make a difference in the life of someone else. By making someone feel truly appreciated you can encourage him or her to climb higher and reach his or her true potential!

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