Tyler Redman on Teaching, Training, and Mentoring Network Marketers
Tyler Redman was able to pay off their house within 5 years, pay off all student loans, and get his wife home, all with network marketing. His story.
Thanks so much for this interview, Tyler! I’ve been aware of your blog for some time and excited to learn more about you. So, let’s get started!
Where were you born and raised, what was childhood like, and what did you want to become when you grew up?
I was born in Mineral Wells, TX, but ended up in Denton, TX, before I was 5 years old. Denton is where I spent the majority of my childhood.
I spent my young life wanting to be a police officer. I felt that as a law enforcement officer I could have the best of both worlds. I could help people in need and do something exciting and meaningful every time I went to work.
I have always been anti-desk job so it seemed to fit well. I went to school at Sam Houston State University where I studied Criminal Justice.
Not long after graduating from college, I realized that being a police officer was not for me, especially with the direction our society was heading.
I also realized that I would have to work long nights and holidays. That was not going to align with our family goals and values of having two heavily involved parents.
Thankfully I was introduced to Network Marketing and saw it as an opportunity to help people, like I originally planned, but create time freedom for myself in the process.
What did your parents do for a living, and was there any Entrepreneurship in the family?
My father has been an educator for over 30 years. A very noble profession that I respect, but not very entrepreneurial.
My mother, on the other hand, started her own counseling agency when I was little and has been running it ever since. She was the typical ‘small business owner.’ She played the part of counselor, receptionist, office manager, janitor, accountant, HR rep, and many others.
I learned that if I wanted to be an entrepreneur I had to find a way to leverage my time and build something that wouldn’t need me to wear a bunch of different hats. I needed to build something that would eventually grow independently from me.
When and how did you discover network marketing, and what were your first two years like?
I was introduced to my current Network Marketing opportunity in 2013, by a friend from church. I had been exposed to the industry in the past but I didn’t pay much attention to it because I was just a college kid looking to do what college kids do.
My first two years in MLM started off slow. I didn’t take my business seriously and unfortunately as a result, it suffered. I was finally able to see the light when my team started to grow exponentially. It’s amazing what Uncle Mo can do for your bottom line and your attitude towards your business.
What was the biggest lesson you learned, and what is the best advice you have for new marketers?
The biggest lesson I learned in Network Marketing was that if it is to be, it’s up to me. So many professionals in this industry slip into management mode when they start to see signs of growth.
If you want momentum to catch on and your business to explode you can’t stop working it as soon as you get some traction.
You have to continue to put forth consistent, persistent effort over time and it will lead you to where you want to go.
My advice for new Network Marketers is exactly what I tell everyone new who joins my team. 1 – Plug into the system and don’t stray from it. 2 – Take daily action even if it’s only slight, 3 – Never, ever quit.
You managed to pay off a lot of debt with network marketing, including all student loans, your house, and cars. When did network marketing start doing this, and what does it feel like to become financially free?
Network Marketing began to pay off our debts right when we started in 2013. Our MLM income was not something that we were reliant on to live but we saw it as a vehicle that would allow us to pay down our debt. Of course the debt that we are most proud of eliminating is our mortgage.
This ‘side project’ has allowed us to pay off our house in a total of just under 5 years. I have to tell you, not having any debt feels absolutely amazing. We are Dave Ramsey disciples so being able to do that was crucial if we wanted to have our finances in order.
Not having any debt is only one of the main reasons my wife will have the opportunity to stay at home with our children. It’s amazing how much the budget frees up when you don’t have a mortgage payment to make every, single month.
You now mentor and coach other network marketing professionals. What are some of the things you work on with your clients, and why is mentoring crucial inside network marketing?
I work on all kinds of things with my clients. It really just depends on what they’re looking for. Some of them want help with their already existing Network Marketing businesses and others are seeking an opportunity to partner with me and my company.
I also help clients with their marketing, online and offline. Of course these days social media is a huge piece to the marketing puzzle. I also help my clients establish themselves as an authority figure and knowledgeable online presence in their niche. I teach them how to market themselves to their target market audience.
One of my favorite things to teach my clients is the art of personal development. As Network Marketing professionals, we know that personal development is extremely crucial.
As Tony Robbins says, “Your income will never outgrow your personal development.” I teach my clients to become the type of people they want to attract and that by helping enough people get what they want, you can everything that you want.
I love your blog! When did you start blogging, how many posts are on your blog, and what is your traffic like?
When it comes to blogging, I’m fairly new. I started my blog in March of 2016, and have consistently written anywhere from 2-5 blog posts per week. I wish I could say it was something that I did every day but it isn’t. You have to prospect and recruit sometime!
As of 1/18/17, I have over 90 blog posts published on my site. I have a pretty cool secret formula when it comes to creating content for my blog. I create a topic from something that I have learned in the field, from a training, or online and shoot a Facebook Live video talking about that topic.
After that, I make my way over to Periscope and discuss the same topic with my Periscope audience. I then take the better of the two video files and upload them to Youtube. I do this about 5 times per week so every week I should have 5 videos uploaded onto Youtube.
Every week, I go to the oldest video file and create a blog post on that very topic. I’ll add in some keywords, images, and links, and embed the Youtube video into the bottom of the post.
Then the blog post gets posted all over social media on multiple platforms. The blogs then get reposted on social media every 30 days or so to gain more traffic and awareness.
As far as traffic is concerned, I have anywhere from 200-500 visits every week. It really depends on whether or not I put out valuable content that week or not.
What is your favorite platform right now for generating leads, and can you tell us how you use it?
My favorite two platforms right now for generating leads are my blog and social media. If I had to get specific about my favorite social media platform I would have to say Facebook. With their livestream feature there is just nothing else that compares.
There are over 1.7 billion users on Facebook and Zuckerberg has decided to give live videos a lot of weight in his algorithm on how many people actually see your posts. Create daily content on Facebook Live and your audience is sure to grow.
Facebook also has a lot of great advertising features with lower cost per click than many other platforms. As I said before, I create Facebook live and Periscope videos every weekday and then upload them to Youtube. Later down the road I will repurpose that content into a Medium or blog post.
What is your favorite book right now and why?
I’m glad you asked what my favorite book is RIGHT NOW, because it seems to change every month. Last week I would have told you “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss.
This month I would have to say, ‘Start With Why,” by Simon Sinek. I have heard great things about this book in the past and have been meaning to read it. Not too long ago I saw Simon’s TedX talk about the subject and his Golden Circle concept, which reminded me about his book.
Shortly after that, I saw a video of an interview that he did on Inside Quest about Millennials in the Workplace circulating around Facebook that was just outstanding. Of course then I had to read his book. His concepts completely resonate with our industry.
If you don’t have a strong emotional WHY that makes you cry you’re not going to get up every day and build your business. It’s as simply as that.
What are your goals for 2017?
My goals for 2017 are simple. I want to give my son, who is due in early July of this year, a life with two stay at home parents.
So far, we have been able to give him one parent at home by creating an income that allows my wife the ability to stay home.
Now we’re working on the second. I also want to promote to the next leadership position within my company. This means that I will have to help a handful of people become financially free. That’s the best part about this business. You can change other people’s lives at the same time that you’re changing your own.
What is your favorite quote and why?
With me, quotes are just like books or movies. It really depends on the day you ask me as to what my favorite is at the time.
Right now, my favorite quote is from JJ Watt, the all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans. He says, “Success isn’t owned it’s leased and rent is due every day.” That statement couldn’t be more true than in our industry. Without daily action you can’t create anything of substance.
Thanks so much for this interview, Tyler!
Thank you Erik! I appreciate the opportunity. I hope your audience gets value out of our conversation!
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