When I first joined Scentsy I never thought I’d still be doing it nearly 6 years later. Nor did I ever expect to build a team. While technically I am not a Director, yet. I still have a team. There are 5 people under me; in my downline.
It’s been a ride; that’s for sure. The person who sponsored me, didn’t stick around long, so I “rolled up” meaning I fell under another person. It wasn’t long and I rolled up again. Thankfully this time was the SuperStar Director; Amy of our overall group. It was reassuring. I was in good hands as far as a leader to look up to. I’ve learned a lot from Amy.
I really didn’t know what I was getting myself in to with having a team / downline. It’s been interesting. Not everyone is as self-motivated as I am to seek out training online, books, or participate in the monthly training offered by our large group. I’ve had two random strangers join my team and cancel in the three month period for no sales. I’ve also sponsored some rock stars, and some that just do it for the discount [essentially their commission on their orders]. I need to find a balance, and set the tone for my team; but I didn’t start off so great.
At first I was able to respond to the texts and FB messages immediately, but work has picked up so much since then. At times I’d get texts in the middle of the night – like 2 / 3 AM wondering why I didn’t answer the FB message. Uh, I’m sleeping? That sounds incredibly bitchy. I try to get back to them in 24 hours, but I need to set a new precedence. There is no such thing as a Scentsy Emergency. [best quote from a mentor yet!] I’m honestly, just going to wait to reply until I’m home from work. I will teach them to fish, but I’m not going to feed them. I’ll show them the tools, they need to utilize them.
The thing I have to remind myself, over and over, is that they are Independent Scentsy Consultants. Not “Jess hand feeds you” Scentsy Consultants. But they won’t get anywhere with me providing all the answers. Between my group for my frontline, and the overall big group; they have two sources to ask questions. They have a great “back office” that they can search and find answers in… I just need to realize that sometimes I need to let them struggle. We don’t get where we are, in life, in our day job, in a relationship without some struggle.
I contemplated even writing about it, but I needed to get it out of my brain, through my fingertips and here.
Sometimes you just have to be honest with yourself, and for me, that’s me admitting that I might not be the best leader, but I want to be, so I’m working on it.
Scentsy has been an incredible blessing. I’m glad to be on this ride.