You don’t have to change to do this


398158_10150542972256052_1225312895_nThis first pictures was 5 years ago. I was doing what I loved. Presenting for our Young Professionals organization to a ballroom filled with hundreds of people and sharing an amazing vision for what lied ahead for our community and its business leaders.


13902576_10101909824688105_4266820421790908425_nThis second picture was last year. I had left my corporate job in economic development and jumped into network marketing with Rodan + Fields. Most people thought I was crazy.  CRAZY! (so did I a little) But, I knew I was smart and I saw the opportunity.

And look, here I am, still getting to do what I love. Presenting in front of a room of hundreds of people and share an amazing vision for what lies ahead for my family, my teammates, and our company of business leaders.

I still am doing what I love. And now I get to do it on my terms. Around my family. Make more money. Provide an even better future. And dream bigger.

The moral of this story is, you don’t have to give things up to do this. You don’t have to change what you love to do this. You just have to BE YOU to do this and to have a big dream that you are willing to go after.

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No public speaking necessary


I know this is probably weird to many, but I LOVE PUBLIC SPEAKING! I know, I’m insane, but I really do. I even used to teach it at the University level. That is just how much I love it.
13902576_10101909824688105_4266820421790908425_nBut when I became a stay at home mom I didn’t get to do that any more. I really missed it. I missed the thrill of standing in front of a crowd. I missed being able to passionately teach, share, express whatever I was presenting. I missed the questions afterwards. The comments. The feelings I got from people telling me that what I spoke about changed them, influenced them, or even just kept them entertained. I missed it all.

But, this is what I love so much about my job with Rodan + Fields. I get to get back in the public speaking saddle. And an even cooler thing is that I have teammates that HATE public speaking and guess what… they DON’T have to ever public speak in this job.

So how does that work? I get to do what I love and others hate and we still run the exact same business and do equally as well.

Rodan + Fields allows each consultant to use the specific skills unique to us to make our businesses successful. It might be public speaking like me or it might be awesome networking skills, or awesome graphic design talents, or your awesome teaching skills, or whatever. We get to run this business as our own, using the attributes that best work for us. I just love that… even more than public speaking!
And here is where the even more fun part comes in. We get to help each other with our strengths. So, these photos are from two recent events my team and I hosted this month. Because I love to speak, I get to stand up and share our products and business with the crowd of guests that my teammates brought. And when it comes to product demos, or event planning, or technology or any of the other things associated with this event… guess who steps in with their talents? My skilled teammates. Everyone uses and shares the skills they have to help everyone be successful.

So, if you are looking at any network marketing company, make sure the company allows you to use the skills you are best at, not make you fit into a specific mold. You are you. Utilize your talents and your business will succeed.

Be You – Quote to Remember


Beauty-Begins-the-Moment-You-Decide-to-Be-YourselfMy fellow blogger Elize About Beauty nominated me to post one of my favorite quotes.

I have a few, but being that this blog focuses on my business in the beauty industry, I choose this favorite from Coco Chanel.

I love it for two reasons. First, with my company Rodan + Fields, we want our skin care to help women feel like they can shed their foundation and makeup and go out into the world as their true selves. We give the gift of confidence and self-esteem in your appearance. We want you to love being you!

The second reason I love this quote is that being yourself is my number one mantra when I coach my R+F teammates. We share our products and our business with so many people. Those people don’t want to hear what someone told you to say. They don’t want to know how R+F helped someone else’s skin. They don’t want to support another random person in their R+F business. They want to talk with YOU about R+F. All of you. They want to hear YOUR story, YOUR message, YOUR skin care journey. They want to support YOU and your dreams.

In this business, the second you stop being yourself, sounding like you, acting like you, talking to people like you would normally talk to them whether it is about R+F skin care or the weather, people turn away from you. Sure, in sales we learn a lot about how to share our products with others… the best way to describe them, to teach them, to respond to questions others ask. But always, ALWAYS I encourage my team to first and foremost… BE YOU. Being authentic and genuine and honest will get you more customers and business partners than any sales technique ever will.

Thank you Elize for the nomination. Kuddos to all my teammates and fellow direct sales business men and woman who are staying true to yourself and showing your real beauty. We love you for it!

~ Michaela