A popular list of instructions for husbands of Mary Kay consultants…
In Mary Kay, there is much talk about whether or not your husband is supportive. Generally, supportive means he doesn’t have any say in how you spend your family’s money (inventory, events, other MK junk), how much you’re away from home (meetings, events, pep rallies, appointments), or anything else related to your “business.”
Basically, the MK business is none of his business, except when he’s supposed to show up, shut up, put up (money), and smile.
Tons of so-called supportive husbands attend seminar every year, but I’ve got to wonder how many have really seen through the pink fog but just don’t know how to break it to their wives.
Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of a Mary Kay Husband:
- Love your wife. Everything else will follow.
- Encourage her to use the time available for her business when an appointment cancels. For instance, she could book selling appointments, do customer service calls, invite guests to her unit meeting.
- Write her notes, telling her how proud you are of her.
- Acknowledge her accomplishments.
- Keep her motivated by offering dinner, movie or time alone without the children, if she meets her weekly goals.
- Help her set family and business goals. Dream with her.
- Read company-related material and compliment her when you see her name in print.
- Tell your friends how well she’s doing.
- Strategize with her. Two minds are better than one.
- Say any of these things: “Burn the Starter Kit.” “Quit!” “How do you put up with this?”
- Point out the frustrating parts of her business. She already knows them.
- Ignore her accomplishments. She works for your praise.
- Be selfish. Share your time with her by doing things that will allow her to work her business.
- Say, “You’ll never accomplish that.” Think out of your comfort zone. If her goals don’t sound far-fetched, she isn’t reaching far enough.
- Ask how much she sold. She’ll tell you, if it’s good news.
- Listen to negative comments from your friends, family or colleagues about her business.
- Ask why her business things aren’t in perfect order.