E Y E O N A R B O N N E
NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
IT IS GREAT
TO BE CRAZY
Independent Consultant, National Vice President
Jody Holsinger Nation; Leawood, KS
Do you think I am crazy? Well maybe I am, and I am having the time of
If you would have told me two years ago that today I would run my own successful
business, I would have said, “That could possibly happen.” If you had
told me I would own a network marketing business, I probably would have told
you, “You are crazy; think again!”
I have never had anything against the network marketing industry, or network
marketing business owners. In fact, like many people, I was intrigued with the
industry because I knew there were some very successful people in it. I had
heard the stories of successful direct selling business owners who enjoyed the
freedom of working part-time and earned great income. I did not know any
of these people personally, however, nor did I know the secret to what made
them successful business owners. I longed for the opportunity to own a business
where I could enjoy the freedom of time leveraging, but I simply did not see
how I could create it for myself. A successful network marketing business owner
must be a different breed, I thought; someone who knew the secret recipe, yet
had not passed it on to anybody I knew.
The people I knew who were involved in network marketing were primarily
those who dabbled in their businesses by doing home Presentations and
potentially earning a few hundred extra dollars a month, mainly working in the
evenings. I was not about to give up my prime family time for a business. I knew
a couple of people who did not conduct home Presentations, but they too, were
just starting out and had not yet proven that their business model worked. I also
knew a couple of people who were fairly new in Arbonne, and in my eyes,
they had not yet “made it” either. By this, I meant they had not yet achieved a
point where it seemed that their reward was worth the effort they put into it. At
the time, I was an uneducated, skeptical businesswoman, wanting to retire from
the American corporate lifestyle, and trying to decide what business venture
I would sink my time and resources into! Like many people, I was looking for
something; I just did not know what it was.
When the Arbonne opportunity became a clear vision for me, and something
I knew I wanted to pursue, I still had many doubts. My greatest hesitations
about starting a business with Arbonne, or in network marketing in general,
were probably common to almost everyone who considers this type of business.
I have worked hard to establish credibility. This industry can sometimes
be perceived to have a negative image. What would my friends, colleagues
and family think of me?
Jody with husband, Trevor Holsinger.
Jody’s Arbonne girls: Peyton, Skylar and Sydney.
Generations of NVPs: ENVP Cecelia Stoll, ENVP Deanna Herrin, ENVP Debbie Miller and Jody.
Jody with VP leadership team: ERVP Julianne Lagerstrom; sponsor, ENVP Debbie Miller;
RVP Nancy Davidson and ERVP Anna Randazzo.
I am definitely not a salesperson, and have no natural selling skills.
What if I could not sell? I treasure my friendships and relationships.
What would happen to those relationships when someone close to me
turned me down, or worse yet, they started avoiding my phone calls? I
live by strong moral principles. Would I be taking unfair advantage of
those who decide to join me? Would they have as much opportunity to
be as successful as I have?
First things first: If you feel the way I did, you need to do like I did and get
over it. Choose to get on with your business and do not let these hesitations
get in the way of you reaching your dreams! Let me tell you why.
Consider the image of the industry. I thought I had character before
Arbonne came into my life. I found out since that I had a lot more room
for growth, and there is still much more room to develop! I feel like I have
grown much more as a leader since Arbonne than I did in many years of
management with my consulting career. Well, realistically, maybe there
are a few people out there who think differently about this business than
I do now. However, I have gained so many new positive influences and
friendships with people I have met in Arbonne. What a great benefit that
I had not even planned for!
Next, what about being a salesperson? Is this really a sales business?
Well, considering that nobody gains any potential financial reward
without Arbonne’s amazing products being sold, then it must be.
However, if you feel like you have something to sell, then you are really
missing the secret! Let me ask you, do you know anybody who is looking
for improvement in their life? Could it be you? If so, you are not
alone! I would guess that every person you know is looking for some
improvement related to their physical health or financial well-being: The
potential to make more money, have more free time, a satisfying career,
Get over your hesitation
and get down to business!
a challenge, an opportunity, freedom to make choices, or maybe they
are looking for a youthful appearance, more energy, improved health
or weight loss. We all are looking for something that might fulfill those
wants or needs. So the simple question we have to answer is, “Does
Arbonne facilitate any of that change for those who want it?” When
somebody has a sincere want or need, Arbonne will sell itself.
How about those important relationships? When friends, family and colleagues
believe we have their own needs at heart, and we are genuinely
exploring what is in their best interests, they will not feel like they are
being harassed or preyed upon. We find out their interests by asking a
lot of questions about what they want to change. In order to serve their
best interests, however, we must not be attached to their decision to get
involved with Arbonne. As long as they believe that they can decline
without us being upset with them, I promise that your relationships will
Finally, what about the notion that people think this business is too good
to be true? As a result of their suspicions about the typical network marketing
stereotype, we might feel guilty offering this incredible business
to friends and colleagues. Is it because we know that it will benefit our
business if they do? Or, is it because we are worried that we might succeed,
they might fail and we will feel responsible for them? Maybe it is
simply because we do not think we deserve to have them in our business.
The good news is that we have nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty
about. This industry is for real!
with first business partner, ERVP Anna Randazzo.
Jody with ERVP Anna Randazzo and her team.
By the end of 2005, it was estimated that 50 percent of American
households had some sort of outside source of income and that number is
continuing to explode. People are looking for a means to a better life, and
most want to own their own business. So, if they are about to start a business
anyway, why not make it Arbonne? Arbonne’s compensation plan is
superior and one that creates a level playing field for everyone who gets
involved. Even the newest person who joins the company has an equal
opportunity to potentially earn as much (or more) than anyone else. Rest
assured that their opportunity is equally as great to succeed as yours!
Arbonne is an amazing gift to offer anybody who wants more in their life.
Take control of your future and enjoy a lifetime of amazing experiences!
To my incredible team of Consultants: Since joining Arbonne, you have
decided to take control of your lives! May your journey be as rewarding
as mine! I wish you the best in your endeavors. I know each and every
one of you has an amazing gift to offer the people you know. I just hope
they will recognize the potential of what you are offering. If they do, they
will be blessed by an amazing transformation!
To my loving husband, Trevor, and my children Skylar, Sydney and
Peyton: You have made personal sacrifices and have been so supportive
of my business. As I sit here writing my Eye on Arbonne story on a break
while we take a well-earned vacation, I can already see that our lives
together will be blessed by abundant opportunities. I love you so much
and cannot wait to enjoy many more wonderful vacations throughout
the rest of our lives!
So, are you considering getting involved with Arbonne and taking control
of your own destiny? Are you crazy for even thinking about that?
Definitely not! What are you waiting for? Welcome aboard!
Members of Jody’s Central Region at NTC 2006 St. Louis: AM-in-qualification Trish
Suddock, AM-in-qualification Helen Ohl, Jody, Holly Robbins, AM-in-qualification
Jenny Euting, AM-in-qualification Mitzi Dulan, AM Sharon Holsinger, EDM Jeannine
Heidary and EDM Michelle Brown.
Jody with Connecticut team at a training and “Opportunity” event
organized by AM-in-qualification Jenny Euting.
Jody with Area Manager and VP team at NTC 2006 St. Louis.
Jody with ERVP Julianne Lagerstrom and her team.
NEW EXECUTIVE NATIONAL NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT The testimonials in this story reflect the actual experience of an individual, are anecdotal only, and may be atypical.
Sponsor, ENVP Debbie Miller; ERVP Anna Randazzo; RVP Nancy Davidson and ERVP
Julianne Lagerstrom with Jody and their Mercedes-Benzes at a Nation meeting.
EYE ON ARBONNE JUNE 2006