Sunshine Family News – August 2006 – The Herbs Place

Sunshine Family Monthly News
August 4, 2006 Edition

The content of this monthly newsletter is directed to members doing a Nature’s Sunshine business in The Herbs Place organization.  Any benefits or offers in them are directed solely to this group of people.

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Hi Sunshiners!
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Speaking of sunshine ….. I think many parts of the country are getting way too much of this with the high temps.  We should be selling a lot of Recovery so people can rehydrate with the electrolytes.  We haven’t had as much heat here in Virginia as some of my relatives have had in Pennsylvania, so I’m thankful, but I’m looking at the outdoor thermometer and it’s over 100 degrees right now.  Randal’s family is in Oklahoma, and so is our son, and it’s been over 100 out there for three weeks now.

Summer is generally a time when most people are not thinking about maintaining good health.  It’s a sun and fun time and only those who deal with daily pain or chronic issues wake up each day looking for relief with the wonderful Nature’s Sunshine Products we sell.  Although folks may miss taking their supplements while summer is making them feel so good, or school being out is making them so busy, there are still many products in the product line that keep things moving along even in summer, such as the Recovery drink powder mentioned above.  

Other ideas are essential oils that people can use for bug sprays on themselves and around the house and on the dog.  Heartworm programs are in people’s minds while the mosquitoes are strong.  It’s a perfect time to focus on the Nature’s Spring water units.  Since it’s now so popular to drink water, many NSP distributors building a full-time income selling in-home water treatment systems since it costs a lot less to make your own bottled water than to buy it …. and if you read Consumer Reports and other news broadcasts about the purity of bottled water, you will know that making your own provides a lot more peace of mind.

Tei Fu is a nice product to have on hand for all the muscle aches from garden work, hiking, biking and house projects.  What a relief it has been in our family since it became a permanent resident with us in 1987.  I consider this my #1 favorite product.

Golden Salve, an herbal antibiotic healing salve, is used in our home much more in the summer also.  More outdoor activity produces more scrapes and cuts and it sure heals things up quickly.  Randal cut his finger with a tree saw at one time, down to the bone, and after using Capsicum (cayenne pepper) to stop the bleeding, Golden Salve healed it up with a hairline scar.  It did the same for the many spills and tumbles our son took growing up also.

So …. no matter what time of the year it is, you can keep Sharing Sunshine every day!

Sunshine Blessings to Each of You!

Donna Watkins

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Monthly Toll-Free Product Focus Call
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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.

Benefits:
Expand your knowledge of specific NSP products.
Ask questions of product experts.
Take advantage of free training.

When: Wednesday, August 9
Time: 6 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central, 9 PM Eastern
Topic: Fabulous Skin – Alternative ways to lift, smooth and nurture your face
Guest Speaker: Lorna Silva

At the scheduled time dial our Focus Call number, 1-800-432-6383, and enter pin 8626#.

Lorna became involved with NSP 15 years ago due to personal health issues. Lorna is now a Master Herbalist, Iridologist, and Nutritional Consultant. She currently teaches herbology, nutrition, iridology and kinesiology classes at the Colorado School of Paramedical Esthetics and Massage Therapy.

Lorna will discuss the following products:

* Natria product line – cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and sunscreen
* Triple Effect Age Relief Cream
* Collatrim
* Pro-G Yam 500
* Omega 3
* Thai-Go

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NSP News
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Online NSP Plant Tour

Many distributors in our group have been to Utah for a convention or a trip nearby and toured the Nature’s Sunshine plant, but most of you have not been.  Technology offers a virtual way to visit online, so if you’ve never seen a tour of the plant at the NSP website, I’d suggest you take one now.  Seeing how they produce the products you are selling will inspire you and give you information for when customers ask questions.  Take the tour.

The New Legacy Compensation Plan

This was officially announced on June 15th and if you are a Manager, you should have already chosen which plan you want to be placed on.  The new Legacy or the initial plan which is now called Classic.

Those of us who have been in the company a long time can view the new plan as unnecessary and confusing.  No need to care about it at all or even know all the details of it UNLESS you have somebody who is really wanting to build a large network marketing group.  That is the profile you’d be looking for to sponsor somebody in the Legacy plan.  You don’t have to be in the Legacy plan to sponsor people into it.

Most NSP folks came into the business plan because they used the products themselves and began helping other people and it turned into a business or seemed like a good way to earn an income since the products had helped them so much.  The Classic plan is still great for this profile.  People working as consultants or in retail or sponsoring members who are just wanting to use the products themselves will earn the most income in the Classic plan.

Since supplements have become very popular, some people take one product, such as the Thai-Go Mangosteen Juice, and run with it and get everybody they know to run with it and urge those people to find people to run with it.  That type of person would want to be sponsored under the Legacy plan.  They won’t make as much commission off of their own product use or the first-level members they sponsor ….. but they will be making more commission on many levels down as their group replicates themselves down into many levels beneath the original network marketer.

More about the Legacy Compensation Plan.

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Sharing Sunshine Tips – What’s Working for You?
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Do You Have a Spanish-speaking Website?

If you have a MY NSP website, you have a Spanish-speaking website.  Did you realize that you can send somebody to your website and they can click on the Espanol link and the entire site is converted to Spanish.  That’s a whole new segment of people to build your NSP business with.  It’s called a "target market."  

Many Spanish-speaking cultures have an herbal heritage for natural solutions.  Although they learn to speak the language, many do not learn to read the language as well as they speak it.  It’s not something that is generally discussed, but it’s nice to know, since you can give them a card or brochure with your website address and tell them to click "Espanol" and shop.

I’m not sure what the stats are these days, but only a couple years ago, the Spanish division of NSP was outselling the others.  You may have noticed that all the printed materials that NSP produces has a Spanish translation on the back or a version in Spanish.  That’s nice!  With Spanish-speaking people becoming a large part of the U.S. population, it’s an opportunity just waiting for you!

Go check out your MY NSP site now if you haven’t noticed this before.

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Growing Your Business
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A Family Saved, a Future Brightened, Through Herbs
by Tony Cobb

Tom Richards and Suzanne Bowen credit NSP products and the person that shared them with helping to keep their marriage together. Now they’re sharing products with family and friends full-time and seeing others’ lives change for the better.

“A few years back, Suzanne was really struggling with her health,” says Tom Richards, of Blue Jay, Calif. “I would go to work, and by the time I got home, she was practically through the roof – over the most trivial things.” Tom explains that his wife Suzanne, now an Area Manager with Nature’s Sunshine, had reached the end of her rope. After having three children in succession, Suzanne’s health was in decline and her emotional stability was questionable. “It’s a scary thing to consider,” Tom continues, “but we nearly lost our marriage.”

Fortunately, the couple had a friend who was a Nature’s Sunshine Distributor. “This Manager hounded Suzanne for six straight months,” Tom says with a snicker. But Suzanne rejected every approach – until she was forced to realize that herbs might just be the answer to her problems.

“I think of it as a miracle,” Tom says as he credits the products of Nature’s Sunshine with his wife’s complete turn-around. Suzanne’s outlook on life changed almost as soon as she started using NSP Blessed Thistle and Liquid Chlorophyll. Her attitude improved, and it wasn’t long before she was sharing NSP products with others.

Suzanne’s mother had been a chain smoker for decades, and she didn’t have the will to quit. Suzanne and Tom shared Lobelia/St. John’s Wort combination with her, and within a week she was off tobacco completely. “She hasn’t had a cigarette since then!” exclaims Tom.

Tom and Suzanne attribute much of their success with NSP to a series of small miracles like these. “When the people around you consistently find relief through herbs, it gives you purpose.” Within six months after signing up, Suzanne advanced to Manager Rank.

About two years ago, Tom and Suzanne opened an herb store in their hometown. Tom had been running a landscaping business for a while, but the work was difficult and the hours were long. So he went to work full-time with herbs. “This is all we do now – and it supports us 100 percent!”

Their story is yet another example of how people’s lives can and do change through the power – not only of herbs, but of Herb Specialists. The dedicated Managers and Distributors of Nature’s Sunshine continue to change the world for the better with their consistent, caring attitude.

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Business Tax Tips
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Think Before You Buy

One very important habit to form is to think before you buy anything.  Ask yourself this question:

Does this purchase relate to my business at all?

If so, make sure you pay for it and track the expense as a business deduction.

Are you buying natural health resources like books to learn more?  That’s business.  Are you doing a newsletter and you subscribe to a magazine so you’ll have some content to quote.  That’s business.

If you will pay close attention to what you buy, you will find many business expenses you can track to save you taxes.

We have always been very diligent about keeping our business postage separate from our personal.  Recently I realized that when we send a brochure inside a bill, or if we use our business rubber stamp on the outside of the bill, we are advertising our business.  For that reason, I now use business postage even if I’m mailing a personal bill because I’m sending them a form of advertisement.

Keep your mind thinking "business deductions" and you will find many more.

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Upcoming Untold Truth Seminars for Training
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Check this list for areas for friends or family members who may want to go. This is an excellent opportunity to learn natural health solutions for some of today’s most pressing health problems.  Get Registered!

08/12//2006  Tiffin, OH
08/19/2006   Atlanta, GA
09/09/2006   Independence (Cleveland), OH
09/09/2006   Indianapolis, IN
09/09/2006   San Diego, CA
09/09/2006   Sandston (Richmond), VA
09/16/2006   Birmingham, AL
09/16/2006   Langhorne (Philadelphia), PA
09/16/2006   New York (Manhattan), NY
09/16/2006   The Woodlands (Houston), TX
09/23/2006   Ann Arbor, MI
09/23/2006    Hampton, VA
09/23/2006     Hutchinson, KS
09/30/2006     Statesboro, GA
09/30/2006     Traverse City, MI

More information and locations

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Welcome To The Family
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We have a new distributor in Florida that is very excited and ready to go.  She signed up on August 1st and has already read through most of the Nature’s Sunshine website.

Nancy Jacobs is an R.N. that has decided to go the natural way and is in training for more credentials.  She will be able to help a lot of people.  She’s got a great personality and has the skills to be able to turn a few brochures and a website into a full-time income for herself.

I expect you will be seeing Nancy moving into the Manager rank pretty quickly.

By the way, Nancy loves animals, so didn’t she choose the right Nature’s Sunshine group to be part of!?  🙂

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News Within The Family
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Congratulations to John and Roxanne Howlett for adding another new manager to their group.  They have also finished qualifications in the Development Award Program and made President’s Trophy, which will be awarded to them at convention this month.  The award provides a free trip to Leaders Conference which will be in Southern California in February.

Congratulations Nathan and Kelley Howlett for adding another new manager to their group.  Kelley will be having that baby next month which will make three young ‘uns for them.  Hopefully they won’t be adding children quite as quickly as they are adding managers to their NSP group.

Robin and Steve went back to the Chicago area, which is home for Robin, to celebrate her Dad’s 80th birthday and her own.  Right before leaving she had a stray cat visiting and not wanting it to move on and get injured while they were gone, Robin took the beautiful calico cat to the vet to get tested for FIV and FeLV and she was clear on those.  She decided to let the vet spay her while they were gone and hopefully find a home for her before they returned.  He accomplished the spaying, but the home for now is Robin and Steve’s.  She’s a gorgeous kitty!  She’ll probably soon be up there on the website as Bandit’s live-in Buddy.  Robin’s website is BanditsBuddies.com.

Christina Tarman has been specializing in Essential Oils and recently received a candle maker from her boyfriend so she can create candles with the oils.  She does a great newsletter with EO recipes and more and she’s working on her website design little by little as she finds the time.  She’s also considering a local place to sell her products and maybe some candles, so we’ll update you later on that.

Dianne Frase has been very busy with her job with the alternative doctor and her mom’s had some serious health problems.  They are not sure she’s going to recover, so please include the family in your prayers.

Virginia Franks, one of Dianne’s distributors, has been so faithful in helping Dianne with anything she can do for her as far as handling her NSP inquiries and customers.  Virginia is a loyal friend.  She’s been a blessing to many, including us over the years.

Send me your news for the next issue.  Inquiring minds want to know what you’ve been up to 🙂

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