Leader Interview with Babette Teno
In this week’s show, Eric Worre sits down with Network Marketing Professional and Leader, Babette Teno. Like many people, Babette was attracted to network marketing for the freedom, unlimited earning potential, and what she is most passionate about: helping people. Helping people with their health and helping them achieve financial freedom.
Babette is a nutritionist by education, but started seeking financial independence in 1990, when her father passed away after being misdiagnosed. She promised her father that she would help as many people as possible. After her father died, she found out that there wasn’t enough money to pay for his funeral. Her mother had thought there was enough money, but had never asked her husband, so her and Babette had to sell things just to pay for his funeral. It was then that Babette vowed to never allow this to happen in her life again, nor depend on a man for money, and also help as many women as possible so they don’t have to depend on a man for money either.
Over the past 20 years Babette has provided nutrition consulting with thousands of women, and many women share their stories of being in abusive relationships. Babette tells us that she too was abused from a young age, and although she was strong enough to rise up and say, “this is not acceptable,”, she also went through periods of self-hatred, guilt, and shame. Babette wants everyone watching to know that if you’re in an abusive relationship at the moment, whether it be verbally, physically, or sexually, there is hope. There are a lot of resources and there are a lot of people that are wanting and willing to help you. (Please look below this description for those resource links.) Babette has helped empower, train, encourage and support countless number of women in this profession, and in life, and this type of support system is one of the reasons that she loves the Network Marketing profession. Her advice and mantra is “you can create the life that you desire and that you deserve.”
One piece of advice that Babette gives us when we find ourselves with a problem, or present a problem to someone for help, is “you’d better darn well present a solution.” In other words, don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution. Setbacks occur, but focusing on the solution brings quicker and better resolution that focusing on the problem.
Some of the other things that Babette has done to create success in her organization is to build team camaraderie and provide a strong support system to her team. It’s the tools, training too, but support is key. Provide support for your team, you want everyone to be successful. Treat it as a business and provide your team with the training to learn the skills they need, and then lead by example and maintain your consistency.
In conclusion, other key piece of wisdom from both Babette and Eric is in this profession you have to rebuild all the time. You might not understand why someone would leave the business or walk-away from their residual income, but understand that rebuilding is part of it. “Leaders do the best that they can to get it into a structure and to set an expectation that we’re always building. It’s just how high the walls are going to be, but we’re always building a structure; we’re always building an organization.”
Resource Links (from Babette Teno)
- NEDA: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
- Residential treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient
- Help for Abused and Battered Women
- In an emergency: Call 911 or country’s emergency service number if you need immediate assistance or have already been hurt.
- Kiwanis International (a community service organization that donates needed items and services to “safe houses” where abused women and children stay for free, confidentially)
- Toll free: 1-800-549-2647 (dial 411) (US and Canada)
- All other countries: +1-317-875-8755 (dial 411)
- Helplines for advice and support:
- In the US: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
- UK: call Women’s Aid at 0808 2000 247.
- Australia: call 1-800-RESPECT at 1800 737 7328.
- Worldwide: visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines, shelters, and crisis centers.
- For a safe place to stay:
- In the US: visit Womenslaw.org a state-by-state directory of domestic violence shelters in the U.S.
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