By Deb Bixler
We all know about the power of visualization. Combine that with journaling for direct sales success!
I am often asked about how to write a journal.
When we can combine journaling and visualization with a sense of fun, we can create some very powerful possibilities; and you don’t even need a coach to do this!
It’s a coaching technique you can do by yourself.
To illustrate this, I want you to do a little role-playing, a little visualization in your mind’s eye, and then we’ll sort through the ideas behind the activity.
I’ve chosen a situation from a typical direct sales party plan, but you can easily use the same technique, using a networking business opportunity meeting.
How To Write A Journal: Visualize
Just imagine yourself sitting in an invisible corner of a living room watching a party taking place. Visualize what should be happening to achieve success at the party.
As you sit there listening and watching, your mind starts to wander a little bit.
You say to yourself, ‘wouldn’t this be fun if I could just direct this party like it was a play?’
Your mind now shifts into overdrive as you think about the different elements of your production. You think about five dramatic elements too fast almost to even write them down, but then you remember that you were going to write down all of your inspired thoughts. You pause just long enough to scrawl down five words that you’ll revisit later.
You’re getting ready to write in your journal the next morning. You remember your scribbled message and pull it out to look at your five terms. If only you could produce this play!
Write a Journal Of Your Thoughts
Write the pictures in your mind in your journal.
- Scene: Every play has scenery or a situation within which everything occurs. A dark and stormy night produces a much different production than a sunlit meadow. You think about all of the background that makes up a party and then realize if you had the party set in a different scene, the party itself would often be different. A bingo held at a traditional party is much different than one held with multiple hostesses. You also realize that a lunchtime party is much different from an evening one because the scenery is so different. It’s the same basic party, but because the scene changes, the party changes.
- Act: Every production has different acts. You giggle as you think about the one act play you almost got involved with in high school. Then you start to think about a party as a drama in three acts, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. You keep going as you realize the party guests expect different things to happen at different stages in the party: introductions, product explanations, your recruiting bid, a question-answer time, and finally the order processing. Getting into this whole thing, you start to think about doing different activities during the different acts because they might fit together better with the audience’s expectations.
- Actors: Drama just wouldn’t be a drama without people playing their parts. When you hold your demonstrations you’re the main character, but you pause to think about the possibilities. Could I make the hostess and the guests the main characters? Maybe if I was more of a director and let them be the actors, they’d enjoy the experience more. Why do I need to prepare all the samples? Let’s let the guests be the characters who make samples.
- Props. You’ve never seen a play without all that other stuff being present for the actors to use. You smile as you think of a western gunfight happening without any guns. Then you have a serious moment as you think about how your choices of products influence the rest of the party. Maybe you should tell more about what the host offers to help with your dating bids. Those really are very important!
- Theme: Think about the different types of theatrical productions that you’ve seen over the years. The melodrama (not at my party, you vow); the comedy (they keep coming back because we have fun) the drama (that hostess and her sister really had a terrible fight); stand-up routines (you grimace as you think about how practice might have helped that one).
Thinking about themes, some synonyms come to your mind like the purpose of the party:
- Was it to sell?
- Was it to recruit?
- Was it to just get together and have fun?
Thinking about your theme also leads you to wonder about key motivations.
Why should the hostess have the party? You always hear directors talking about motivation.
How Do You Visualize Your Attitude?
Finally consider attitude:
Did we all really want to be here? What’s our attitude about this play?
You’ve finished writing in your journal and it’s time to start your day.
You think about those five key terms: scene, act, actors, props and theme and realize you’ve found a new way to think about your demonstrations.
How To Write A Journal? Just Visualize Your Business!
How can you see your activities through the camera’s eye? When you start journaling your visualizations you will begin to see results from the efforts!
We’d love to hear about how you can shift the framework for your visualizations. Please share in the comment section below some of your visions of success.