A Leader asked,
Karen, how do I get my team members to show up to my team meetings?
I get the same 15 people out of 100 every month.
Wow. I wish I had a magic pill for this one. It always shocks me how very few people attend their local team meetings. Sigh.
Although I have no magic pill I do have a higher turn-out at my team meetings than probably most in my company. So, all I can do is tell you some of the things that I do.
First off, I don't do a monthly meeting. I do a bi-monthly meeting. So, if you miss a meeting you are waiting quite a while before the next one rolls around. Monthly meetings don't work for me and my family. Now, I know this is sacrilege. I know for most direct selling companies to hear that I only do 6 team meetings a year. But again, once I started doing things the way it worked for my family I started having better results in my business. Imagine that!
Second, I always do a training at my meetings. The first hour is massive amounts of recognition, announcements, etc. I get all the "housekeeping" stuff done. And I try to recognize as many people as possible for their contributions to our team stats. Then we have a potty break. Then the second hour I train.
I normally train on a personal development topic. Not on a typical party plan skill-building topic. So, most of the time I save topics like "hostess coaching, sponsoring, etc." for special trainings that I do via webinars, videos, teleconferences, etc.
Nope. In my 15 years of party plan experience I have noticed that rarely is it that a person does not understand the mechanics of host coaching. (Unless they are a newbie. I do a separate meeting for newbies.) What they really want to know is how to get rid of the FEARS that they have. I usually train on The Laws of Success, FEAR, Excuses, FAITH, Money management, Time Management, Self-Confidence, etc.
This implies that you know enough and have enough of your own personal development to train on these topics yourself.
Third, I require my team to attend my meetings if they want any personal attention from me. Unless, they have a really good legitimate excuse then they should be at that team meeting. If I have somebody email me and ask me for help on something one of the first things I ask them is if they attended the last team meeting?
I'm not here to babysit anybody or to repeat myself to you because you were too lazy to attend the team meeting. I let everybody know all of this up front.
Call up all of your 100 team members and ask them if they are serious about their biz or not? If they are then why are they not attending the team meeting? Be bold. Hold them accountable. The truth is you don't have 100 team members. Your genealogy list might list them. But some of them are gone and they haven't told you. It's OK. That's how it goes. Work with the willing and bless and release the rest.
P.S. If you are getting the same 15 people at your meetings then the next meeting I want you to ask them how come they are not growing their business and bringing their people to the team meetings??? And what about YOU? Who are you adding to YOUR business and bringing to the next team meeting? You got this leader!