Tyson from the Midwest Wants His Brother Out Of Orrin Woodward’s LIFE
Tyson from the Midwest has never been a part of TEAM. His brother, on the other hand, has been a member for the past four years. Tyson wants him out, and he’s written a letter to all to share his opinions and thoughts on Orrin Woodward.
I’ll start off being concise: My brother is deep in the clutches of the TEAM. He’s been part of the Team for better than 4 years and has “drank the cool-aid” on the LIFE product crap. There are times where I feel like I don’t even know him anymore… What do I do to get him out?
Here’s Tyson’s complete letter warning about Orrin Woodward and the TEAM. I’ve made minor changes to Tyson’s letter to improve its clarity and readability.
Orrin Woodward may be a convincing salesman, but that’s all he is. He was fired from Quixtar/Amway for a reason. Even Forbes magazine states that Orrin doesn’t even sell MonaVie but rather the hype: “Woodward quickly realized how important sales tools are to multilevel marketers.
Tools encourage recruits to reject doubters and, if money fails to materialize, to blame themselves and keep trying. Tools can themselves be a gold mine. That was a lesson Woodward learned from Dexter Yager, a former beer salesman and Amway distributor who set up a highly successful sales tools business…” (Forbes)
As far as Orrin Woodward being such a good Christian goes, I ask you: What “Good Christian” would lie to his business prospects about where the goods they were to market originated? Because that is the one of the primary reasons why he and Chris Brady were fired from Quixtar/Amway. If he’s such a Christian, why has he created a sales environment surrounding a product that makes bold claims of the product’s qualities but has VERY little in hard proof based on empirical evidence?
I won’t be so bold to call it lies, but it’s definitely disingenuous. I know that the majority of TEAM members profess to respect the Bible, so I ask them to consider this: Matthew 7:16: By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Orrin Woodward makes millions off of selling words to people he claims are his friends and family. Orrin Woodward supports recruiting for independent business through personal relationships and encourages engaging fellow church members. If Christian means being an emulator of Christ then I’d say that there are some serious oversights. Christ didn’t use his movement to make money or do business—in fact, Christ was opposed to that, so opposed that it is the ONLY account of Jesus being stirred to using physical force to oppose it. It’s pretty clear in the gospel (Mark 11:15–19, 11:27–33, Matthew 21:12–17, 21:23–27 and Luke 19:45–48, 20:1–8) “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
I could go on and on about my opinions about how Orrin Woodward uses a connection to religion to prey upon the classic conditioning of church goers to trust things told to them in the context of Christianity; however, I’ll try to keep my rant focused on one hypothetical example/argument that I feel most strongly about: In my opinion, the average church goer would not give credence to a business acquaintance who told them that the wine they were offering was representative of everlasting life; however, once a month in most Churches the sacrament of communion is performed and that is the message that is accepted by most participants because the sacrament itself is bookended by a religious message presented by an official of the religious institution and functions on a basis of trusting that said presiding official is trust worthy and in concordance with The Almighty; more succinctly known simply as: Trust by Association.
Taking the logic a step further, you can see how Orrin, who in my opinion is just a modern day huckster, has built what is in many ways a brilliant (albeit religiously unethical) sales pitch. He uses the same base model churches do: Start off speaking about God (god by definition, being a perceived authority of greater knowledge and power than yourself, thus creating a hierarchy of value in regard to the religious message placing the speaker in an authoritative position above the individual’s own reasoning facilities—but I digress), follow that with using light references to trusted scripture in order to establish credibility based the associated trust Christians have in The Bible.
Once trust is gained, present the persuasion message, and close with more references to scripture to once again capitalize on said associated trust. The method is “brilliant” in its simplicity, as the serial position effect, a concept based on memory studies, will tell you that human recall is most accurate in regard to the primacy and recency of a message. In other words, people will remember the first and last aspects of their interactions with others while the intermediate details, or “stuff in the middle” are the most likely details that are subconsciously supplemented by what the individual their self suspects is consistent with the beginning and end of the message regardless of what is actually presented.
Thus, when TEAM-Members listen to Orrin’s messaging they are left with a feeling of: “most of what he said sounds simple, and I know he’s a Christian because that is what he open and closed his message with sounds like what I hear at church, so I guess I’ll go along with it…” I suspect that an argument that Orrin is unknowingly benefiting from the religious association strategically placed in his message and isn’t trying to gain benefit based on his audience’s commonalities, and quite honestly: that’s a huge pile of B.S.
You can tell this simply by the fact he uses the term Guru, instead of Expert. As Guru, by definition means exactly the same thing as Expert in regard to defining a level of proficiency with a skill or methodology; however, the word Guru has VERY specific connotations as not just being an expert in one subject matter or another, but an expert with religious and spiritual authority.
In my opinion, Orrin is at best a self-deluded egotistical megalomaniac, and at worst is a malicious autocratic egotistical megalomaniac, either way, he’s an egotistical megalomaniac.
In closing, I’d just like to ask this Orrin’s defenders this hypothetical question: Would Orrin’s TEAM message have been as efficacious if all the religious and political references were removed from it and it was just a simple sales pitch based the merits of Multi-Level Marketing? Maybe it’s just me, but I find it ironic that the MonaVie product has some subtle similarities in its concoction and marketing as sacramental wine. Perhaps it’s the claim that MonaVia is some sort of cure all that will lead to a long and fruitful life and the claim that sacramental wine is representative of everlasting life… -Just saying.
-Tyson from the Midwest
Orrin, if you’re reading this (and I know you are), remember what your alter-ego or “friend” Qrush once wrote: “The above statements and comments are based on my opinions as I seek to understand why a six time MLM failure would advertise this pitiable condition. Qrush is merely seeking for the truth and appreciates freedom of speech in the USA.” Don’t go suing Tyson for having difference of opinion with you.
Readers – how can we help Tyson get his brother out of the clutches of TEAM and Orrin Woodward’s new LIFE?
Editor’s note: At the request of the original poster, removed his full name from the post