Mountain Tops and Affiliate Coaching
The story so far
We decided that joining an Affiliate Marketing coaching programme would help us achieve our dream to enjoy a new life in Portugal. Look at the photo above this post. I took this shot outside Colos this September. Who would not want to live here? We started looking for ways to make extra money online. We honed in on IPro. The story continues;
I am sharing with you the things Tanya and I have learned as a result of being members of the IPro coaching program. These insights and other tips we have picked up from elsewhere are free for you to use as you see fit. However, I want to be clear at this point, so there is no misunderstanding, IPro also provide us with the opportunity to market the IPro coaching that is making the difference for us in our business.
If you want to join a FREE live webinar that details the IPro opportunity, then we have a few spots available. Click the link below to reserve your space on the webinar coming up this Monday. (Don’t worry if it points to a session that is now closed, you will be added to the next available date and notified by email)
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The sales call.
We were driving down from Lisbon to stay with my daughter in a tiny village just outside of Odemira. The area around her might as well be called ‘Nowhere’ because she is right in the middle of it! We had agreed to take a follow-up call from IPro and so on the way down we parked up. You can dress it up any way you like, but the call we took in that Portuguese service station was a sales call. The aim of the call was to find out a bit about us, establish our motivation and, if possible, sell us another service. Now don’t get me wrong, it was not a ‘tell-evangelist’ razzmatazz sell, nor was it a ‘sleazy second-hand car salesman’ sell, it was professional and well executed.
We were on a Skype video call, so I spoke as Tanya, mainly, hid away out of sight. You will get to see that Tanya can be quite shy, so it’s exciting to hear her say things like she did today. She told me that posting all the motivational memes in our Facebook page, is making her very confident about what we are doing.
Anyway, I digress. We chatted away about us and about the program and about the various options open to us. We were just getting to the interesting part when I got distracted. I was suddenly treated to the spectacle of a rather large and sagging posterior, thrust right up against my window. The lady trying to sort out her roof rack on the car next to us was standing on her car door seal and reaching up, in doing so, her backside was thrust out against my car. She had a very short dress on and was now treating us to the sight of next week’s washing. It quite put me off for a moment. I had to ask again what was on offer if we took the top of the range package.
What was the deal?
It came down to this. In addition to the normal training and webinars, we would get technical support and extra coaching. Rather than us having to follow the step by step guides in setting up all the technical aspects of our Affiliate Marketing business they would do that for us. We would get all the technical backend stuff set up for us, consultation on the setting up and branding of the business, help with the tone and ‘voice’ of our content, extra coaching calls, basically everything we need to have the best chance of making this work. All this came at an extra cost. There were cheaper options (and indeed there are free options), but Tanya and I agreed, as we sat in the Portuguese sunshine, that we would go for this lock, stock, and barrel. We signed up there and then for the ‘Elite Partner’ level.
Now we were in, we needed to get started, and so another call was arranged for later in the week. This time with our new partner relationship manager and motivational coach, Louis Doughty.
Did I mention that my daughter lives in the back and beyond? It truly is beautiful there, just look at this secret picnic spot just down a sandy track from her front door. The trouble is that the electricity to her house is… of an independent spirit, shall we say. Also, being in the valley surrounded by mountains, the mobile signal is non-existent. Thankfully she has a landline that delivers broadband so we could Skype for the call.
As the time for the call arrived, the electricity supply left. The result of having no electricity was that the WIFI stopped working! With five minutes to go before the call, I was without any communications. You know how some people say they had mountains to climb to get their business off the ground… well, guess what! It is a bit of a drive out of the valley before there is any mobile signal, but at the top of the mountain, it’s strong and steady. So, picture if you will, this overweight, unfit, fifty-seven-year-old grandad running up the side of a steep Portuguese mountain, holding high a mobile phone. If you immediately think of Pheidippides running from Marathon to Athens, you might need to think again. One of Hannibal’s elephants lumbering up the Alps might be nearer the mark.
20 minutes late, sweating buckets, as red as a London pillar box and puffing like Thomas the Tank Engine on a bad day, I started my call with Louis. I immediately liked this man.
The Value of Coaching
The call covered a variety of topics as listed above. Over the next couple of weeks, I will take you through each of the elements and explain why they are important. I will show you what tools and resources I have put in place, and detail the process we went through. I will show you examples from our own business and point you to the tools and resources you can use to recreate what we have. What I can’t show you though, is probably the most important element, the coaching. From this call onwards, through other calls, via email, Facebook and webinars, we have been coached every step of the way and it has made a big difference. For example;
One of the first things we were asked to do was to write our life stories! Together Tanya and I sat down to do just that. It was fun and quite surprising to see just how varied our life has been up to now. It has been full of ups and downs, but mainly ups! You can read a bit about our story on our about us page, and we are also currently producing a video that goes a bit deeper into the story. This ‘life story’ exercise is important, so you might want to take note of the learning point below.[feature_box style=”33″ title=”LEARNING%20POINT” alignment=”center”]Why would we take time to write out life story? It’s because we want to build a relationship with you. We want you to get to:
- know us,
- like us,
- trust us
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Over the two weeks following that call we started to go through the training material. At the same time, we roamed the beautiful Western Alentejo looking a ruin or dilapidated ‘monte’ that we could buy and restore. It occurred to me that what we were doing in our new business was very similar to what we were looking to do with our restoration project. In both projects, we have a vision for what we want that is a long way from where we are. Both projects will require us to learn lots, listen to those who have already done it and be prepared for some knock backs. Both projects will take a bit of time to bring to fruition.
We are so glad you are following our progress and hope our experiences will help you in your own business, If you feel you can’t wait, then I do advise that you sign up for the free webinar I mentioned, here is the link again.
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Tony and Tanya