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What Happens at a Open Meeting Today?

April 14, 2009

What happens at an Open Meeting these days for Amway and MonaVie? Do the speakers at these meetings go through the standard criticism of a typical job and career? Do they talk about residual and passive income that these businesses purportedly offer? Do they focus heavily on material wealth? Do they push the importance of the System and tools, books, CDs, and major functions? Do the distributors hang out after the presentation for their weekly Nite Owl session? Is everyone still wearing suits and dresses to these meetings? What’s the ratio of prospects to distributors?

What about the prospects? Are they in general more open to the idea of MLMs, given the poor state of the economy or more dismissive, given the amount of critical analysis and opinions available on the Internet?

Sometimes, when I’m lying in bed, I wonder what happens at these meetings. According to the Team Schedule, there were several meetings in the Bay Area this evening. In fact, I bet they are still at the hotel, strategizing, plotting, and teaching how to recruit more people to TEAM, MonaVie, and Orrin Woodward’s flock. The long drive back home still awaits them. I hope no one falls asleep at the wheel.

I’m so thankful that I’ve had my evenings back for nearly 10 years. Time for bed!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Joecool permalink
    April 15, 2009 11:17 am

    I caught part of an open meeting last year. I was at a convention center for an event and saw a meeting with a sign that said “ecommerce” on it. I missed the very opening, but I’ll shed some of what I saw. (I did not recognize the speaker though)

    The speaker spoke about a job leading you to a “rut” where you go from home to work, etc etc etc. The four “I” kill you. Insurance, Income tax, Interest, Inflation. The speaker used to work a job until he capitalized on this internet ecommerce “wave”. Basically the process involved efficiently moving product to the consumer via the internet and cashing in. He eventually got to the “quixtar” name.

    That’s about where I walked out, but it was about the same presentation as I saw ten or more years ago.

    That’s what’s puzzling. Amway apologists try to discredit a critic’s experience based on it being outdated, but we see more evidence that things are more than same than different.

  2. mike permalink
    April 15, 2009 1:42 pm

    It is not a way to discredit the critic, it is more of an avoidance. There may be different paint on the wall, but the foundation remains the same.

    The business is based on recuitment and selling product the same way.

    There is those that earn an income by retailing, but they are few.

  3. Candace permalink
    April 18, 2009 7:27 am

    It’s been many years since I’ve attended an Amway open meeting, so I can’t comment on how that’s done these days.

    I did attend a MonaVie “tasting” about one year ago. Everyone was very casual, work-out clothes, jeans and t-shirts. About 65% of the meeting was all about medical health claims, health improvement testimonials, numerous medical “conditions” were shown to be improved or benefited by “taking” MonaVie everyday. A video extolling the miraculous health benefits of MonaVie was played. Everyone one was given a taste of the juice, and as everyone oohed and aahed over the miraculous healing powers they could feel entering their bodies, the “lifestyle” video was played, and “profiles of success” type literature was passed around…big cars, big jets, big houses, big travel, etc. Oh, and also the obligatory “ain’t we good” nod to the MORE charity and all the good that the MonaVie distributors are doing in Brazil. That composed about 25% of the meeting.
    The other 10% was taken up by the recruiting scheme, “schedule a tasting, become a distributor *right now* and get your juice for *free*”!!

    It all felt very smarmy to me, and there was a push to get people to sign up right then and there. I mean, after all, everyone should want to sign up to get their juice at wholesale, “or free if you just share the juice with a few friends”.

    Also, each person attending this particular tasting was exposed to all kinds of illegal claims, and many, many inaccurate details about MonaVie juice, as well as out right lies. And another thing…the materials and handouts that were given out were all printed by 3rd party publishers, promotional marketing companies, and not printed or copyrighted by MonaVie. In fact, the materials never mention the word “MonaVie”, but mention Acai over and over.

  4. mike permalink
    April 18, 2009 1:22 pm

    I think they should do like they did years ago….get a wagon and go town to town, selling the magic elixer..

  5. Candace permalink
    April 18, 2009 2:18 pm

    I think they should get a wagon and get out of town…for good. ūüėé
    Heck, I’ll even buy them the wagon if they swear they’ll never return.

  6. jessica permalink
    May 31, 2009 10:30 am

    this website is so stupid. quixtar is a great business that creates opporunities
    I should know this because I’ve been apart of it almost my whole life

  7. vishnu permalink
    July 19, 2009 9:15 pm

    a bad worksman always blames his tools. jst because u losers were too dumb to figure out how to do private franchising, u go around blaming the business. im into Amway for a few years now and i see nothing wrong in it. Its legal and ethical and it lasted more than 50 years and will last more than wat u and ur critic friends will. good day

  8. May 24, 2012 7:35 am

    Oh man, yes, having your evenings back. I was 22 and had been in the business for over five years (had to wait to legally sign up) when I quit in the UK. So many boring functions and so much driving. A lot of the PMA stuff was good and I do still find t he huge Yager etc networks v fascinating in their explosive size.

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