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Quixtar National Spotlight

August 10, 2008

I just read that the Quixtar National Spotlight tour was held into my part of the country the past two days. Of course, I only learned about this one day too late. This shines a different light on what I wrote on Friday.

First, from the web site description of the National Spotlight Tour:

IBOAI joins the National Spotlight Tour crossing the U.S. and Pathways to Success crossing Canada. A member of the IBOAI Board will speak and staff will be on hand to answer your questions. It’s especially valuable for new IBOs and prospects!

This free event is a great opportunity for you to introduce your prospects, friends, and family to Quixtar / Amway Global – and IBOAI, your advocacy organization. Stop by and say hello!

On Friday, the event ran from 6 to 10 pm, which was the same time of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Beijing on TV (taped delayed for those on the West Coast). Organizing conferences and locking in dates at locations such as Moscone Center is never an easy thing, but Quixtar would have been smart to have chosen another day for the San Francisco tour stop. After all, the Bay Area is a microcosm of the world, and there are a very high number of Chinese living here. Even if they were all IBOs, I bet most of them were home watching the Olympics instead of attending the Friday-night event! Wasn’t that an amazing spectacle of grandeur and beauty? London, you’ve got your work cut out for you in 2012!

I hope that Amway Motivational Organizations (AMO) are informing their IBOs of events held by Quixtar and Amway Global. When I was in the business, I do not recall a single event hosted by the corporation ever being promoted, let alone being announced, at any of our meetings or functions. Renting out Moscone Center is not cheap, so I find it ironic that the National Spotlight is a free event for IBOs. Compare that with the events held at the local hotel ($6) or Major Functions ($100 and up).

The IBOAI board is comprised of high-level distributors in the Amway business. These are the same people who lead the various AMOs. They should all be promoting the National Spotlight Tour to their downline organizations. If they are not, IBOs must ask the question why not? If they are holding their own meetings at the same time as corporate events, isn’t that a conflict of interest?

If you are going to succeed in the Amway Global business, I feel that you have to lead with the products first, not the System. After all, aren’t you supposed to be making money through retail sales and downline sales of goods and services? INA back in the late 90s promoted two things really strongly: the 5-Steps System and self-consumption of the products. Retail was something that was mentioned — the 10-customer rule, for instance — but never heavily promoted (things may have been different if you reached the Platinum or Silver level). Even today, I have seen firsthand in another organization that the System and self-consumption model is still promoted over product retailing. Nevertheless, things are changing on Amway-land and for IBOs.

I’ve criticized the corporation before in the past about outsourcing teaching and training over to the AMOs, so I have to give them credit for taking steps to rectify this past mistake. With accreditation, the national spotlight, and a media blitz, Amway Global appears to be getting more involved in teaching, training, and helping its IBOs succeed at selling its products. That said, all the media in the world doesn’t do any good if the IBOs aren’t hearing and seeing it!

To IBOs: Regarding the National Spotlight, IBOs, do you know when the tour is stopping by your city? Do you plan to attend? Here are some upcoming tour dates:

  • Omaha, NE: August 22-23
  • New York City, New York: August 29-30
  • Washington, D.C.: September 5-6
  • Portland, OR: September 12-13
  • Dallas, TX: October 17-18
  • Montreal, PQ: October 24-25
  • Calgary, AB: November 14-15
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15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2008 11:45 am

    The opening ceremonies were delayed anyway, why not record them and watch them later? Perhaps the facility was reserved the rest of the weekends this summer. Many people don’t even follow sports, and they could have gone to the session on Saturday. You seem to be on a constant lookout to find fault and criticize, I’ll bet you were a real challenge when you were an IBO. You may even take over the Eeyore title from joecool if you keep this up.

    I’ve seen very little LCK promotion of the Spotlight events. They don’t want to give up control or allow the IBO’s an opportunity to ask questions about selling or meeting costs.

    I’ll be sure to ask the LCK’s about the tool scam when I attend, I’m planning on attending 2 locations.

    I think it’s best to lead with the idea of owning your own business, not the products or the system.

    I’ve attend 2 Open meetings recently, one of them didn’t mention retailing at all, ONLY self consumption. The other one mentioned retailing, but did NOT mention retailing is required to earn downline volume bonus money. They both also mentioned the tools/system, but did NOT indicate this is where most of the LCK profit comes from, and simultaneously keeps most IBO’s from getting to a net profit position until they get to about the Platinum level, which means they have to create several dozen more IBO’s not making a profit, because most of their Amway profit is going to the LCK tool scammers.

    It doesn’t matter what Amway does if they don’t get rid of the tool scam, as it is such an overwhelming problem.

  2. August 10, 2008 1:51 pm

    Tex – If you don’t like what I write, you don’t have to read this blog 🙂 I’ll give credit where it’s due and I’ll criticize when I feel it’s warranted. How is what I do different from what you do vis-a-vis the tool scam?

    Fine if you want to lead with owning your own business, but ask yourself what kind of business do you own? It’s a product-based business.

  3. August 10, 2008 4:04 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I like your blog. But as you criticize others, I criticize you. It helps keep your ego in check. You’re welcome.

    I write about the tool scam because it is the largest REAL problem this business faces. You make up pretend whiny problems, and don’t even respond to my points. That’s another HUGE difference.

    Imagine that! A product-based business! Who would have guessed? Actually, it is a product AND service based business. What other kind of business is there?

  4. August 10, 2008 6:28 pm

    Responding to every one of your comments is a full-time job. That’s not something I would wish on anyone 🙂

  5. survivor642 permalink
    August 10, 2008 6:57 pm

    It’s arrogance like this that has gotten Tex banned in more than one venue like Qblog and joecools site. What a joke! He wants to keep your ego in check!

  6. August 11, 2008 5:15 am

    I intend to attend and tell all my customers and partners about it as well. It sounded like a great turnout the last time!

  7. August 11, 2008 11:20 am

    It was a pleasure to be “banned” fro qblog and jc’s sites.

  8. Joecool permalink
    August 11, 2008 12:25 pm

    It was a pleasue banning Tex. My blog became more of a conversation instead of constantly being redirected to the “tools scam”. Althought the tools scam is a major issue in the business, it is not the only one, and as a blog owner, I reserve the right to post what I want.

  9. Joecool permalink
    August 11, 2008 2:36 pm

    Why Tex Was Banned. Because he’s poison to any blog that doesn’t fits his agenda. He can now only post on my blog with my permission, in other words, he is controlled by
    Joecool. 😀

    On my blog, there was a poster who identified himself as “Tex”. He is apparently a supporter of the business, but has issues with the Diamonds potentially making a significant income from the sale of tapes, books and seminars. He labeled these diamonds as the “Lying Cowardly Kingpins”.

    While I certainly agree in general, with Tex’s assertion that some diamonds probably made a ton of money selling their system, I disagreed with Tex on another issue. My contention is that the tools do not work. Tex asserts that they do. Quixtar’s own numbers appear to verify my belief.

    Tex was not banned for disagreement with me. He has been banned for his redundancy in bringing up the issue on tools, and for his liberal use of insults to others who post here. Tex has also been banned from a host of other similar websites. While Tex thinks all the blog owners are wrong, he has been unable to see himself in a mirror.

    So with this post, I bid Tex the best of luck and I agree with what Dave Robison recommended.
    Tex – start your own blog. With the key words being quixtar and tools, a blog with that content would rise up the search engine pretty fast.

  10. August 11, 2008 2:49 pm

    Two comments were moderated since they were not relevant to the discussion and included personal attacks.

  11. August 11, 2008 4:10 pm

    Tex – Up till this point, I’ve given you some latitude with your comments. I’ve seen what you’ve done on other sites, and I am very willing to ban or moderate you if you resort to your previous antics.

    The ability to express one’s opinions while not resorting to name-calling and mud-slinging (when such is not being used for humor or satire) is a learned skill. I suggest you brush up on the topic.

  12. August 11, 2008 6:29 pm

    Amthrax,

    I suggest you pack sand.

  13. Joecool permalink
    August 12, 2008 11:57 am

    Tex, pack your bags. You’re headed to banishment again.

  14. August 13, 2008 4:39 pm

    jc,

    OOOO, I’m so scared….NOT.

  15. Joecool permalink
    August 13, 2008 5:10 pm

    I never said you were scared, just smarter than a piece of crap, by your own admission.

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