First name or nickname: Baroness
Date you joined MK: February 1999
Highest level attained: Director
Date left company: Still active, but only for personal use & a few customers
Initial Inventory purchased: $1,800
Brief story of where / how you were recruited: I attended a “model night” with my recruiter because I didn’t have a good excuse not to go. I was actually a bit overwhelmed there by the exuberance of the consultants, but something must have stuck with me. I called my recruiter a few days later and told her I wanted to be a consultant, too. I thought she made decent money selling, and thought it would a nice way to meet people and make some fun money.
What thing(s) appealed to you most about the MK opportunity:
In the beginning, just social time and the opportunity to make some extra money per month. Later, I got sucked in to “moving up the ladder.” I thought I could make National one day, and that it would be the way I could stay home with my children but still make lots of money for my family.
What was your most embarrassing moment as a consultant: Let’s see. So many to choose from. I once had a very large, very scary woman come to my apt for a facial. She yelled at me about how she didn’t like salespeople, and she kept farting. It smelled terrible. She finally went to the bathroom and got poop all over my bathroom. Ick! I also did a skin care class in the boonies. Got wrong directions, drove 1.5 hrs, and then had to fill their orders in the pouring rain – they pretended like I wasn’t there after that. They chain-smoked through the class, so I stunk and was soaking wet. Also, I once had to wear black pantyhose stuffed with balloons on my head at an area retreat. I was supposed to be a bee.
What are you doing now?
I’m blessed to be a full-time mom, and I do side-jobs for my former employer very part-time from home.
What are the main things you learned from your experience?
I learned that I liked to teach. I learned that I can’t force myself to like sales, or any career for that matter, just because it seems like a “perfect” career. I learned to not be so trusting of others. I learned how to come out of my shell and socialize – a learned skill for me, definitely not natural, but so important! I learned sales and marketing techniques, and how to read people better.