Archive for February, 2009

New Shaklee Internet Initiatives

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

We have some exciting news to share with you!

Shaklee has announced that 2009 will be a milestone year for Shaklee’s Internet business. A major focus of the company has been to completely redevelop its website and services, and by this summer you will see a fresh new look online plus enhanced websites and tools that will strengthen your business!

This has been a project that has been in development for several years, under the direction of Shaklee’s CIO, Ken Harris, one of the most respected technology leaders in the business world (and former CIO at Pepsi, The Gap, and Nike).

Here are some things to look forward to:

1. New Shaklee Internet Rules. Shaklee is making it easier for us to build our business online, with completely updated policies that take into account the latest technological realities, and yet protect the company’s reputation and ensure a level playing field for distributors. Most of these new rules take effect March 1, 2009 and are downloadable from MyShaklee.com

2. Redesigned Websites. Watch for all of Shaklee’s websites (including Personal Websites!) to be completely redesigned to be more consistent with Shaklee’s overall image and branding.  By far, this will be the most advanced online presence of any company in our industry!

3. Canadian Integration. Canadian Distributors have been long awaiting websites that match the features and quality of those in the U.S. The company has promised that this summer Shaklee Canada’s websites will be completely integrated with the U.S. websites, strengthening our ability to do business anywhere in North America. Canadians were hoping for changes last year, but after considering the technical challenges of further linking two very different computer systems, the decision was made to first unify the two systems before trying to update all the websites. While the delay has been unfortunate, Canadians will be extremely pleased with the new level of service that will be available this year!

To help you better prepare for all these changes, we will be devoting our March 28th conference call to Internet Business Strategies. Plan to be part of this!

Saturday’s Conference Call

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Join us for our Weekly Training Conference Call

Saturday, February 28th

8am Pacific (9am Mountain, 10am Central, 11am Eastern)

During this training call we will continue with the Shaklee First Step training

Connection information is available at: www.mornature.net/audio.aspx

Protecting children

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

A recent article from the Pediatrics Journal reminded us that Earth Day needs to be celebrated every day.

“Despite advances in recent years and the decrease in fatal poisonings, unintentional child poisonings remain an important public health concern” said U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators Robert L. Franklin and Dr. Gregory B. Rodgers.

Through improvements in product packaging has lowered the occurrence of child poisonings, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USPC) found that in 2004, there were over 86,000 accidental poisonings of children under 5 years old.

According to a recent study in the Pediatrics Journal (Dec 2008),  55% of the involved products had “child-resistant packaging”,  most often oral medications. The most common cause of poisoning in the remaining 45% of cases involved cleaning products.

Parents and caregivers need to recognize that child-resistant does NOT mean child-proof, and that all potentially toxic products (meds, cleaning products, lighter fluid, antifreeze etc.) must be kept out of the reach of children.

This is the most important single reason for switching to Shaklee’s Get Clean products. Then you can remove toxic cleaners from your home forever! Get Clean is 100% nontoxic, they are 100% biodegradable, they work marvelously, and they will save you a ton of money in the long run, because they are so concentrated. And for a gift bonus, think of all the packaging that won’t end up in your landfill.

Source: Reuters Health and the Pediatrics Journal

Frank M. Painter, D.C.

Saturday’s Conference Call

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Join us for our Weekly Training Conference Call

Saturday, February 14th

8am Pacific (9am Mountain, 10am Central, 11am Eastern)

During this training call we will continue with the Shaklee First Step training

Connection information is available at: www.mornature.net/audio.aspx

Cinch Biggest Loser update

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The Cinch® Biggest Loser Competition Just Got Even Bigger!

Due to overwhelming demand, the Cinch Biggest Loser Challenge is now open to everyone below Director rank. That’s right- ALL Members, Star Distributors and Star Associates can now enter, regardless of the date they were sponsored with Shaklee.

For the details on the challenge, and the $100,000 in rewards, go to CinchBiggestLoser.com
 
 

The One Big Thing

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

From Master Coordinator Gary Burke…

The title I chose seems to assume that I have the answer to the ONE THING that can literally change your business.  I do not have all the answers for every individual.  But I do know who does have the answer.
YOU DO!

Get out a piece of paper right now.  Have it?  Okay, I want YOU to write down on that paper the ONE THING you know that if you did more of it your business would prosper like never before.  I will give some possibilities of what it might be…..But I ask that YOU write down what you know in your heart would make the difference for you.  I don’t have all the answers…….

Attitude        In Home Meetings        Prospecting        5 Appointments a week        Communicate better

Be better prepared         Be more BOLD when talking to people        Asking more questions

Be a better listener        Stick with the fundamentals        Start DOING instead of always learning

Expect more of myself        Don’t allow challenges to become excuses        Quit making excuses

Showing the earning opportunity to everyone…………….Your reason might not be listed.

I probably could go on and on, but like I said above, I don’t have all the answers.  I do believe though that if you have been in this business more than a few months YOU KNOW what you need to change.  You just have to ask yourself a question…………..What is THE ONE THING that if I started doing that would change my business in a big way.

Saturday’s Conference Call

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Join us for our Weekly Training Conference Call

Saturday, February 7th

8am Pacific (9am Mountain, 10am Central, 11am Eastern)

During this training call we will continue with the Shaklee First Step training

Connection information is available at: www.mornature.net/audio.aspx


Weight management mistakes

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Dr. Stephen Chaney, PhD has provided the following information based on an article in the February issue of Environmental Nutrition journal.

The six most common eating mistakes that trip up almost everyone trying to lose weight:

Mistake #1: Going too long without food.

Many of the overweight people that I know skip breakfast and really eat very little until dinner time. They can’t understand why they keep gaining weight when they are skipping all those meals early in the day.

The problem is two-fold. You need that breakfast meal first thing in the morning to rev up your metabolism. In addition, the nagging hunger resulting from not eating early in the day leads to poor food choices latter on.

Little known fact: 100% of people who have lost significant weight and kept it off 5 years or more eat breakfast!

Mistake #2: Banking Calories.

You know the routine. You know that you’ve got bigparty coming up tomorrow, so you’ll just eat a little less today to “even it out”.

That comes under the category of wishful thinking. The calories that you save today almost never equal the calories that you consume at the party.

The key is to employ healthy eating strategies at the party: eat a little bit of high-protein, low-calorie food ahead of time so you don’t go to the party hungry; consume alcohol sparingly – it has lots of calories and it revs up appetite; eat small portions.

The bottom line is that those strategies work. Skipping meals beforehand so you can eat whatever you want at the party doesn’t work. It’s that simple!

Mistake #3: Skimping on protein.

Protein is metabolized more slowly, which keeps those hunger pangs at bay.  One study showed that people who started the day with two eggs consumed 300 calories less during the day than someone who started the day with a bagel supplying the same calories as the eggs.

Adequate protein also helps preserve muscle mass. Of course, when we talk about preserving muscle mass Cinch is the all time champion because of its added leucine.

Mistake #4: Drastically cutting calories.

You can lose weight fast on a very low calorie diet, but you make yourself so miserable in the process that you are almost certain to go back to your old eating habits.

In addition, the very low calorie diets almost always lead to a loss of muscle mass, which lowers metabolic rate and makes it almost inevitable that you will regain all of the lost weight – and then some.

Experts tell us that slow and steady weight loss is best. They also tell us that it is important to follow a “diet” plan that you can stick with for the rest of your life.

The Cinch Inch Loss Plan excells on both of those points. If you make those delicious protein shakes and healthy eating plans a permanent part of your life, you will not only loose the weight, you’ll keep it off too.

And, don’t forget that the Cinch protein shakes help you preserve your muscle mass.

Mistake #5: Denying yourself treats.

You will almost never succeed at giving up your favorite foods forever – so don’t set yourself up for failure.

If you’ve got a favorite snack just divide it up into reasonable severing size packets as soon as you bring it home. Enjoy your favorite foods, just enjoy them in moderation.

Mistake #6: Taking weekends off.

The reasoning here is essentially the same as the advice not to “bank” calories in anticipation of that big party.

The problem is that some people are very good during the week and then treat the weekend as one big party. If you overeat on Saturday and Sunday, you’re overeating 29% of the time. It’s almost impossible to make up for that by sensible eating during the rest of the week.

Well, there they are. Six common mistakes to avoid if you want to control your weight. Some of them are just common sense, but others may not be so obvious to the average dieter.

Avoid these six deadly mistakes and make the Cinch In Loss Plan a part of your daily life. That’s a winning combination for permanent weight loss.