March 5, 2007 Edition
A Note From Randal and Donna
We certainly had an adjustment going from flowers, green trees and warm weather in California, after Leaders Conference, to our freezing temps here in Virginia. We’ve had some high 50s and into 60’s during the days but I’m waiting for that color and bobbing blooms to be showing. I can hardly stand the wait.
After all the excitement of Leaders Conference, and the opportunity to spend time with some of our Sunshine Family, we were glad to take a few extra days walking around and photographing wildlife preserves and even got to visit San Juan Capistrano where the Cliff Swallows return from Argentina every year on the same day.
We ordered some materials at Leaders to use as resources for a new "building managers" program we want to create. They haven’t arrived yet but we’re excited to get into them and get our program laid out to share with you. Our goal is to be ready by the end of March.
If you’d like to share your best methods for building managers, we’re taking all input. Also share what your worst challenges are in building your NSP business. It will give us something to focus on as we develop this.
Check out the Untold Truth Seminar locations below. They’ve added a bunch of new ones and they’re in the states of many people in our Sunshine Family. Put it on your calendar and invite everybody possible who wants to learn more about natural health. For $20 it’s an amazing amount of education and materials.
Sunshine Blessings to Each of You!
Price Adjustments / New Brochures
Every year NSP assesses the raw materials cost and adjusts their prices. The price changes have been effective April 1. We assume that will be the case this year also. They also have a huge sale at the end of March so we’re hoping to see that also.
I will be making price changes to the brochures as soon as I get the new prices. If you want a new brochure, email me back and let me know. Please confirm the contact information you want on it by sending it to me again. Of course any new distributors who want a brochure can send me information also. I will wait until the new prices come out to get it to you.
NSP in Oprah Magazine
The May issue of this magazine will have an article about direct selling. This will hit the news stands by April 17. This magazine reaches 16 million readers. Surveys show that 21% of readers have taken action on something they’ve read in the magazine. Nature’s Sunshine will have a 1/4 page ad in the May issue within the article.
These people will be directed to the NSP site and toll-free number. NSP does not process any new retail or member orders without putting them into a distributor’s downline. Their usual referral policies will be in place to handle these inquiries and orders. In NSP’s words, this is how they are handled:
"When a customer calls in to our order department the referral is based on the company referral pool which includes those with and without MyNSP websites. When a customer goes to our website, the referral base is only those that have MyNSP websites."
Only managers are eligible at this time for referrals since Nature’s Sunshine wants to be sure a person’s sponsor is going to be able to provide the support necessary.
If you are not part of the referral program for phone orders, you can request a referral form from Customer Service. It used to be based on a fee but that has changed so there is no fee any longer. You might want to get this done to be ready for possible referrals with this magazine ad next month.
New NSP Website – USA and International
A new website was announced at Leaders Conference and we were encouraged to use it and email in any problems. There were a number of problems as there is with any website launch, so it has been up and down since then. At the time I am writing this it is up. New NSP site. It links to the international site also.
Business Tax Deductions Tip
You probably send out quite a bit of mail each month paying bills or writing friends that don’t have email. Stick a brochure, flyer or some NSP promotional material in the envelope and use business postage to send it as an advertising expense.
The process to accomplish sponsoring internationally is still a bit cumbersome, but it can be done. Get more information on international sponsoring. You will log-in with the account number you have from your own country.
The good news is that John Howlett and Ashlie Overman met with people in this department and listed some necessary things that should be put into place to make this a simpler process. They agreed all items were important and do plan to implement them as the year progresses.
Training: Monthly Toll-Free Product Focus Call
Each month the NSP Training Department offers intense training on one NSP product. Product Focus Meetings are conducted via a tele-conference call and are available, at no cost, to anyone who has a touch-tone phone. Feel free to share the number with clients and friends. During this meeting, health experts from both inside and outside NSP will provide in-depth information on how to use the product and how it can improve your health.
Expand your knowledge of specific NSP products.
Ask questions of product experts.
Take advantage of free training.
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Time: 6 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central, 9 PM Eastern
Product Focus: Food Enzymes, Proactazyme Plus, Papaya Mint, Nattozimes Plus, Digestive Bitters Tonic
Training: NSP Untold Truth Seminars
Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (lunch is on your own)
Cost: $20 per person
Call NSP Customer Service (with your account number) at 1-800-223-8225 for registration or to learn more about the Untold Truth Seminars. Dates and locations are subject to change so keep looking for others that may be scheduled in your area. Also consider who you know that lives in these areas, so you can refer them to a seminar to build your group.
Here’s the link for more information and locations:
Resource: Herb and Drug Interactions
One of the frequent questions people ask us is if they can take an herb with a drug they are using. These questions you do not want to answer unless you have a medical reference with your reply. Here are a few sites that you can keep as resource links.
For more than 50 years, doctors have relied upon the Physicians’ Desk Reference for the latest, most accurate drug information. Today that trusted knowledge is available to you online at PDRhealth.com. The pull-down options include herbs and supplements.
If you’d like to have the PDR for Herbal Medicines in print, you can find it on Amazon. Some of the older versions are less than $10.
DrugDigest.com has areas of their website that address drug and herb interactions. You can also compare drug side effects.
NSP Events: 2007 Convention Cruise Qualifications Continue
NSP’s eight-day Caribbean cruise will be the longest convention we’ve ever had. They make it pretty easy to earn these anniversary conventions, so be sure you check qualifications to be on target to go. They began on September 1 and go until May 31, 2007. The cruise is in October 2007. NSP will have the entire ship and it’s a ship geared for family fun, so you can bring your entire family. There are two ways to earn convention:
Method 1 – Group QV Increase
Convention for 2: Increase your monthly Group QV average during the qualification period by at least 600 QV/month, compared to the same period in the prior year.
Convention for 1: Increase your monthly Group QV average during the qualification period by at least 400 QV/month, compared to the same period in the prior year.
Method 2 – Total Group QV
Convention for 2: Accumulate a total of 90,000 Group QV during the qualification period.
Convention for 1: Accumulate a total of 60,000 Group QV during the qualification period.
Bonus QV: Many NSP Managers have earned Bonus QV. This Bonus QV will be applied automatically to your actual Group QV during the qualification period (for both methods).
Breakout Bonus QV: You’ll receive 500 Bonus QV for each new Manager you break out during the qualification period (for both methods).
News in Our Sunshine Family
Dianne Frase would appreciate your prayers. Her mother’s health has continued to decline and at one point they did not think she’d make it out of the hospital. She is now in a nursing home and it’s been hard on the entire family alternating shifts to be with her as her Dad desires. These seasons of life are so difficult and I’m sure most of us have dealt with similar situations. Please think of her and send up a prayer now and then for strength and wisdom.
Congratulations to Nathan and Kelley Howlett who earned the Top Point upgrade for the convention cruise. They will now sail in a Grand Suite with a private balcony, spacious sitting area, bathtub, ad concierge service compliments of the Royal Caribbean ship, Mariner of the Seas. Almost 500 sq. ft. of space wiht the balcony. I know they will especially appreciate the relaxing time without the three little ones, but I also remember how much they missed them on the last cruise we took with them. Nathan and Kelley added another manager in February also.
Congratulations to John and Roxanne Howlett! They also earned a cruise upgrade to a Junior Suite in the February promotion. Congratulations to John and Roxanne for their new manager in February.
Welcome to Our New Distributors
Connie Neal, Virginia
Gloria Parrent, Alaska
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