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Summer Conference 2009 is over, but Free Enterprise 2009 is just around the corner!

August 5, 2009

Here they go again. BWW Summer Conference 2009 just finished, and they are already advertising the next conference, Free Enterprise 2009. Check out BWW’s latest tweet:

Free Enterprise 2009 dates are now on BWW.com – have you made your reservation?

BWW IBOs probably haven’t even gotten their credit card statements for their travel, hotel, and food expenses from Summer Conference, and BWW is asking them to make their reservations for the next Major Conference. Plus, the time between the two conference is less than three months! Throw in the monthly regionals and the weekly seminars, and IBOs in BWW are continuing to be fleeced by their upline kingpins. Seriously, what new information do you really learn from attending these conferences? Is your business — as the kingpins are fond of saying — really fast forwarded six months just by attending?

In my opinion, your attendance just allows the kingpins to maintain their outwardly luxurious lifestyles for another six months. That’s why they hold these major functions each three months!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Joecool permalink
    August 5, 2009 4:57 pm

    Every function is right around the corner. I wonder how many IBOs take the time to assess their progress? A major function that requires travel can be very taxing on a family budget. Yet the diamonds will advise downline to make every sacrifice to be there. Sadly, there is no bonafide unbiased evidence that the functions help your business to grow.

  2. Candace permalink
    August 5, 2009 5:36 pm

    Every sacrifice is right.
    Brother getting married the same weekend as the major function? Too bad, ask him to reschedule or you won’t be there.

    New baby nursing? No problem, bring it…or maybe not, leave it at home with a nanny.

    Pregnant and ready to pop? They have hospitals in the town the major is in.

    Can’t get the time off work? Maybe you need to get a different job.

    Etc, etc, I’ve heard them all.

  3. Anonim permalink
    August 5, 2009 7:22 pm

    Free Enterprise 2009 is around the corner? So what? It doesn’t concern you anyway, keep on living your own life and stop worrying and misleading others as to why attending Free Enterprise 2009 is a bad choice.

  4. August 6, 2009 8:28 am

    Free Enterprise 2009 might be a good choice for some, and a bad choice for others. For me… and countless others throughout the lifetime of Free Enterprise in the BWW, WWDB, INA, and other motivational organizations, it’s a bad choice. Therefore, there’s no misleading on my part.

  5. Joecool permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:47 am

    Not ot mention that attending the next function is probably a waste of money for over 90% of those who attend. Because they are indoctrinated, they will think the conference was good, until they later quit and reflect, and then realize they wasted their time. Ever hear of buyer’s remorse?

  6. FreeFromQ* permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:53 am

    Ah yes, the “if you miss this function you’ll set your buisness back six months and lose 100,000 dollars” line. Hadn’t heard that one in a while!

    To show how core I was – I would stay on Sunday afternoon and pay an extra 5-10 dollars to hear “the real nuts and bolts” and didn’t question why I bothered with Friday & Saturday if the “real info” was given out on Sunday afternoon.

    But I listened and believed that the winners were the first to sign up for the next major. For the actual scheduling of the majors, as someone who worked in convention planning, these types of events were planned out 1 to 2 years in advance, so the diamonds will always have those dates at the ready.

    If IBOs feel that hearing the same rah-rah over and over is inspiring and of great value – then by all means go for it! I would think a growing customer base and profit margin would accomplish the same thing.

    But I just don’t “understand” this business!

  7. Michman permalink
    August 7, 2009 10:42 am

    *****I would stay on Sunday afternoon and pay an extra 5-10 dollars to hear “the real nuts and bolts” and didn’t question why I bothered with Friday & Saturday if the “real info” was given out on Sunday afternoon.*****

    Ah.. yes. And if you were Platinum or above, you would also pay an extra $25-$35 per person for a special “Leadership Session” on Friday afternoon before the convention started, like we did. (Cash only at the door) On top of that, you would pay the Sunday afternoon session fee. All of this was in addition to the general admission ticket price of $100-$125.

    Additionally, if you were a Platinum, you were considered “privileged” enough to be a non-paid worker, which meant that you would miss the entire weekend of speakers and entertainment… even after paying full price for your ticket. (One time they gave us workers T-shirts to wear with the name of our Diamond’s yacht on the chest. But after the function was over we had to turn them back in again so they could re-sell them.)

    In my experience, the Sunday afternoon meeting ususally consisted of one message, “You need to go home and start selling tickets to the next convention in three months.”

    And then the cycle started all over again.

  8. Joecool permalink
    August 7, 2009 1:03 pm

    Yes, that was the hooks for me too. Just like how the nite owl had the real information. I often wondered why we needed to attend the open meeting if the real information was disseminated at the nite owl?

    I also recall some IBOs being highly edified if they simply opened their checkbooks after one function and wrote a check for the next function.

    I guess it only made sense for upline to edify someone who gives them their money so easily?

  9. FreeFromQ* permalink
    August 7, 2009 4:35 pm

    I certainly remember my Platinums working the tables during a major function and having these weird smiles and repeating over and over what an “honor” it was to edify upline. This was also in addition to being gophers for the Emeralds and Diamonds.

    Soon after I had hit 1000PV, I had earned the privilege of going to the special “1000 & above” meeting on Sat. afternoon. I actually was really excited about it (ya know, the real nuts & bolts) – but after only five minutes of it I realized it was much of the same rah-rah but only sprinkled with more barbs that one wasn’t “a real man” if they weren’t at least Emerald. Bleeechh!

    Funny, none of those “real men” ever served in the armed forces like I did!

  10. Michman permalink
    August 8, 2009 12:46 pm

    The worst example of this that I ever experienced was when we found out we “qualified” for a weekend of deep sea fishing and counseling with our upline Diamond on their fishing yacht.

    We were excited…. But then a couple of weeks before we left we found out that there would be a charge for the trip. I think it was $700 per couple if I’m not mistaken…. or maybe $700 per day on the boat divided by the number of people . Either way, this trip we “won” cost us over $1000. And the “counseling” was nothing more than a few ‘ain’t it great’s and a couple of ‘keep doing what you’re doing’s and one ‘see you on the beaches of the world.’

    We had fun fishing. But looking back this was nothing more than one more method of extracting money from the downline… money, that as a young family, we did not have.

  11. FreeFromQ* permalink
    August 10, 2009 11:21 am

    Having to pay for something you won or qualified for…taking the emotion out of it, it is a great money-making idea!

    My Platinums did “qualify” to go to a “Go Diamond” seminar being they were q-12’s at the time – I was shocked when I found out they had to pay for it! I guess I was mistaken when I thought that if you “qualified” or “won”, it was paid for!!

    BTW – that Go Diamond function – even though it was a short distance for them to drive to (less than 2 hrs.) they were required to stay at the hotel it was being held at or not be allowed into the function.

  12. August 10, 2009 11:32 am

    Where did you hear that it was required to stay at the Go Diamond event?

  13. FreeFromQ* permalink
    August 10, 2009 4:12 pm

    Our Platinums let it slip
    out that it was a package
    deal – no “tickets only”.

    I am no longer in contact
    with them so hopefully
    it was just that one event.
    Strange though – because
    one could usually just buy
    tickets to a large function
    and not stay in a hotel if
    they were local.

  14. Joecool permalink
    August 11, 2009 1:22 pm

    I remember my platinum talked about the incredible going diamond weekend and how the ticket to disneyland was all paid for by Amway. It wasn’t until later that I found out that you still had to pay your own airfare. And being from Hawaii, that ticket was quite expensive.

  15. August 11, 2009 2:53 pm

    My Major Functions were mostly in Sacramento (two hours away from me at the time), so I always stayed in the hotels INA arranged “deals” with.

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  18. January 3, 2011 9:26 am

    And how was the dinner with the Duncans? Did you have to qualify for any events by handing out prospecting tapes?

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