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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blogging under the influence.....

It's blog time.....

I want to start with a slight confession about my post this evening.  I am a bit loopy as I type this.  I went to the orthodontist this afternoon ....a great fear of mine since I have issues with my jaw.  I'm under the influence of a muscle relaxer, so please bear with me.  It's Tuesday and I must blog!

A message especially for my 1st Downline:

I hope by now you have had a chance to listen to Kristine's Instant Info on the CTMH website regarding the proposed compensation plan enhancements.  If any of my 1st DL would like a "Personal Business Review" to see how the new plan affects you, please contact me and I can arrange it.  At Team Builders, each attendee had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with one of the CTMH VP's for a 25 minute review of our business.  It was an eye opener for those who had never really "run the numbers" on what they have accomplished thus far and what we could do to reach the next level. 

As a result of my "PBR" my goal is to attain the level of Presidential Director by convention.  With the new changes, I know it's within my reach.  What I want to do is to work with at least 2 of you who want to really grow your team and reach Director level with 1 Manager and 3 Supervisors.  Please let me know if this is you!  For the rest of you, I'd LOVE to help you build your teams as well.  CTMH is offering an incredible Constant Campaign in February just for new recruits.  CTMH announced that 2011 is the year for recruiting and it is reflected in the cruise points offered just for bringing new members to your teams and getting the Straight to the Top!

Team Meeting News:
Registration is now open for Karen Morris's Leadershare in Las Vegas, NV  April 19th.  It's open to all of her 1-5th DL first, that means most of you!  I plan on being there to soak up some much needed sunshine and bask in the warmth of being with my CTMH friends.

This weekend is our Oregon team meeting.  I am excited to report that attendance is WAY up!!!!  This was one of the goals of the Leadershare program.  We will be covering the Team Builders meeting and the new compensation plan.  We will also be creating some incredible artwork using Sophia that you can share with your customers.  I will be posting photos next Tuesday.

A special thanks to Chris Green and Kathy Smelcer who will be leading our create and take.

Creative Bits:
I love the new paper packets in the Spring/Summer Idea Book!  Each person who attended Team Builders won one of 4 new stamp sets.  Here is some art using the new products that were done by the CTMH Art Department to inspire us to go home and start creating with the newest designs:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Team Builders

Greetings from sunny LasVegas!

I'm sitting here at my wonderful upline, Karen Morris's computer, trying to figure out how I can possibly tell you about the amazing time we have had at Team Builders!  I told Jeanette that of all the CTMH events I have attended over the past 20 years, this was my favorite!  Although the huge mega event that our National Convention has become, is wonderful, I loved the intimacy of this special meeting.  I got to spend time reconnecting with the many friends that I have come to know throughout the years that lately have only chatted with in passing.  We began with a "brainshare" which was kind of like speed dating.  We started sitting across from another consultant and had 5 minutes to talk about a business question.  It was a great jumping off point, but it seemed that most of us used the time to reconnect with each other.  I'll post some photos when I get back home on Thursday.  On Saturday, the corporate staff unveiled the updated and enhanced compensation plan.  I have been through 2 of these before, and this is by far the best thought through plan we have ever had.  Kristine explained the strategy and reasons behind each change.  Watch for the full information later this week on the CTMH website.  I hope you will be as excited as I am.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me........

4 hours later: 
I took a break and got back from watching Donny and Marie here in Vegas!  I need to get this posted to make it under the Tuesday at midnight deadline!

I'll do another post and finish this post when I get home on Thursday.  Gotta publish this now before the stroke of midnight!

Whew!  I just made it so I have not "broken the chain"  I'm home now (it's Thursday)  I hope you all read today's update from CTMH and will read the compensation plan update that will be posted tomorrow - Friday.

Shout-Outs:  Congratulations to the following team members for adding to their teams!  And welcome to their newest members!!!! 
 3rd DL - Lynn Como - recruited Carol Anne Mullaly and Tammy Cooper
4th DL - Karen Bittinger - recruited Ashley Dawson-Bottorff
3rd DL - Barbara Kubiak- recruited Cindy Ring
1st DL - Jackie Bluhm - recruited Melissa Kubitz
3rd DL Darlene Rosson - recruited Dian Katz

Quote of the week:
Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
Conrad Hilton

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Close To My Heart - Always on Trend

Card has damask, chair a fancy border and black brads
 Today, while I was in the grocery store, I did something I haven't done in a long while - I paused and picked up a paper crafting magazine.  I used to subscribe to a number of magazines, but between running out of room in my office and our CTMH Idea books and Teaching programs being so amazing, I found I really didn't need them anymore for ideas.  Like most consultants, I have spent the last few days pouring over the new Spring/Summer Idea Book.  One thing I puzzled about were a couple of the Stamp of the Month's, particularly February and May.  I thought, what's up with all the chairs???? and do we really need more damask stamps and fancy borders? more pennants?

Well....when I opened a couple of the magazines that showcase products from many companies, low and behold it was full of chairs, damask, fancy borders, pennants, dress forms, butterflies and ribbon flowers, just like our Spring/Summer Idea book!  SO - the first lesson learned is I really should at least peek every now and then at the trade magazines to see what the trends are, but also, I know I can trust CTMH to keep track of them and always bring us products that are on trend and up to date!

Top left - pennants, Bottom center - damask

Shout Outs:

Congratulations to 3rd Downline, Krista Hershberger for her promotion in December, from  Ex. Manager to Sr. Ex Manager!  Director is just a little stretch more!

Top Personal Sales for December:

Lynn Como - 3rd Downline  NJ
Debra Courtney - 2nd Downline  VA
Debi Squires - 3rd Downline  CO

Top Team Sales for December:
Kathy Markloff - 1st Downline  PA
Wendy Vogel-Vineis - 2nd Downline  PA
Susan Tomaino - 2nd Downline  FL

Top Recruiter for December:
Sherri Tozzi - 3rd Downline  FL

Business Tip:

It's the start of a new year, take a moment and log on to the CTMH website and click on Personal Business Assistant.  Check all your information under each tab for accuracy, update information especially the expiration date of the credit card you have on file for auto-ships, your MyCTMH website and your Studio J account.

Quote of the Week:

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
Stephen R. Covey

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My first post of 2011 and Oregon Team meeting details

Happy 2011!
 I will be sure to post while I'm away!
I am so excited to be heading off to Salt Lake City (by way of Las Vegas to visit my upline, Karen Morris) for Team Builders with 60 other top Directors and the Close To My Heart corporate leaders.  I will be away from my office from January 10th - 20th. 

I'd like to start the year off with a Shout-out to:

Wanda Riley, who has added Mary Ritter to her team!  Congratulations to both of you and welcome Mary!  I hope you will be able to attend one of our team meetings in Salem.

Speaking of team meetings, below is the information for our upcoming 1st Quarter Oregon meeting.  The art swap is open to anyone regardless if you attend.  If you'd like to participate, simply mail me your  cards with a self addressed stamped envelope and I'll mail your swaps back to you.

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, January 29th
Time:   10:30 - 3:30 or whenever we get done! - Bring a lunch or snack 
Place: Call the hotel if you need directions. 
Phoenix Inn Salem North location  
The address is off I-5 at Market St NE
1590 Weston Ct NE 
Salem OR  97301 
Phone # 1-888-239-9593

ALL 1ST-5TH  DOWNLINE ARE INVITED  First come first served so RSVP to reserve your place today!

RSVP by Tuesday, January 25th - Watch for future updates to the "Bring List"

The art swap theme will be anything NEW – Make 6.  Use any product from the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book marked “NEW” as well as our core product line of Inks and Cardstocks to create a card (minimum size 4x4), layout or other project.

So far for the Create and Takes you will need to order:
X7131A Sophia Level 1 kit
X7131C Sophia Level 2 My Stickease
Z1310 My Creations Board Book

Please bring:
Paper Trimmer

For the business portion, I will be covering the information from Business Builders

A special thank you to:
Lynn Christopher
Kari Palmer (something from Magic)
and Kathy Smelcer.  You have signed up to do a create and take projects.  Please let me know if you are still able to do this and email me a photo and bring list for your project as soon as possible.  If you are unable get the info out to me by Sunday when I leave, do a reply to all on this email so everyone gets the list.

 Creative Tidbit:
An update to the "recipe" for the spray pen is to use 70% rubbing alcohol instead of water.  It dries faster especially here in the Northwest with our high humidity.

Business Tip:
from Team member Lisa Sargent of Newcastle, Washington:

I thought, and thought, and wondered, what could I tell Naomi that she didn't already know?  Well, I can't say that you didn't already know this, but when I discovered it, I was excited.  GOAL: I wanted to improve my margins/keep more of my money.

I used to take credit cards regularly, even from my club members.  Now I reward them for "good behavior"...paying by check or cash.  Once I discovered that, I thought, I should expand that to reward other desirable behaviors.  I give little door prize tickets to everyone for doing certain things:

-Pay by check or cash (improves my margins by 3.5%!!!!!!!)
-Bring a friend/be the friend
-Bring your own adhesive (I was getting complaints about the glue stick/Tombows.  I still have glue sticks available, just don't go through them as quickly)
-Round Up and donate to Operation Smile
-Bring something for show-n-tell that you made with your CTMH goodies

During the holidays I also added "bring something for the food bank."

Prizes are sometimes a pack of handmade cards, Club Connections Rewards, little things I've made, extra supplies...

Quote of the week:

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

William James