Making a Point with Humor: John Oliver and Dr. Oz
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver (you may know him from his work on the Daily Show) recently took on the subject of Dr. Oz and the nutritional supplement industry. This past Tuesday, Dr. Oz appeared in front of a Senate subcommittee which took him to task on his often “enthusiastic language” regarding supplements. Quoting Dr. Oz:
I recognize that my enthusiastic language has made the problem worse at times.
While Dr. Oz says he never endorses a particular product, he says that companies often use his name and his videos as tacit endorsements for their products. The Senate grilled him about giving false hope to his viewers about these so-called miracle supplements and products.
Compare Dr. Oz’s statements with those of MLM practitioners. Many of them say that they are providing hope for their followers, but is it really false hope they are peddling? With the recent government shutdowns of TelexFree, Zeek Rewards, and FTHM, along with the ongoing investigations into Herbalife, more people are seeing these opportunities for the financial scams that they really are.
My advice to those being prospected by friends, family, work colleagues and complete strangers is to get detailed and objective information about these “opportunities.” Read up on the history of the founders and those that you will get involved with. Is there a history of serial MLM-hopping among the founders? Does an analysis of the income disclosure statement show that the majority of people are making no money at all? Does the time and money commitment outweigh the benefits? Does the opportunity sound too good to be true?
The FTC has a good page that asks these questions and more. Familiarize yourself with them and be prepared to ask them when presented with these business opportunities. Don’t let those who are prospecting you answer your questions with a question. Get an answer or walk away.