Why You Must Go to Mary Kay Seminar in Dallas THIS YEAR. (And next year, and next year…)

Every year, we hear Mary Kay sales directors chanting that THIS  YEAR is the year you must go to Mary Kay’s annual seminar in Dallas. THIS is going to be your year. You don’t want to miss THIS YEAR’S celebration.

Why the push to go THIS year? With a very high turnover rate, almost no one in your unit will be around NEXT YEAR. This is the sales director’s one chance to get people sucked further into the big pink cult. If she doesn’t get you to go this year, chances are she’ll never get you to go.

And seminar is the ultimate love fest, meant to make you part with your money. Most women leave seminar excited, and that leads to more orders of Mary Kay products when they get home. The effect wears off quickly, often within weeks, as women come back to the reality of this business model which fails for almost everyone.

And Mary Kay Seminar is just another way to add to the pool of lies from the company. How many times have we heard in the last few months that “business has never been better” for Mary Kay. Yet when asked to support that with hard data, Mary Kay politely declines.

Every year, the “you can do it” cries before seminar sound the same. Every year it’s the same “push” to guilt you into “doing more” before seminar and then going there to “reap the rewards.” Don’t believe me? Here’s part of a training piece used in MK:

You have exactly 31 days left in this seminar year. 

Let’s face it – this is the last mile of a very long marathon year. This is where you either get real and get serious or you spend the next year consoling yourself and justifying why you “couldn’t” make it happen. And I know you don’t want to live with that kind of regret.

To get it done, you need to focus on only two things:

  • selling product
  • recruiting consultants

When you focus on a specific thing, it means you do not focus on anything else. You table, postpone, decline, or delegate anything that isn’t directly involved with selling product and recruiting consultants.

For the next 31 days, any time you are not talking to a woman you don’t already know, you are letting something else decide your destiny.

Be absolutely, down-right UNreasonable about winning in a big way. This is the time to play full-out.

Your attitude is a choice. Your behavior is a choice.

If just for these next 31 days, choose that full-force, give me more, can’t touch this, “you so need to meet me” attitude that you’ve always wanted to have.

This last month may mean the difference between winning a car or not, between going on the trip or not, or between finally becoming a National–or not. You can DO this! Don’t let ANYTHING get in the way. There will be days when you don’t know if you can do it, but there will be a lifetime of knowing that you did!

You want it. You can see it. You can taste it.

For the next 31 days, your future hangs on your choices. Will you choose what you want now or what you want most?

Now is your time.

No more waiting.

No more excuses.

Every year these tings are said by sales director to consultants. That’s right… every year, just do it. Now is the time. (Because we know you’ll quit within the next year!)

10 Comments

  1. MLM Radar

    Every year the June fire storm leads to July and August fire sales. Your huge push to book, sell, recruit and max out your credit card in June means that you have no one left to call in the months following.

    So in late July you’re sitting in your Seminar folding chair, trying to watch the fake-it show on the video screen, you and a lot of other women in that room have that ugly reality sitting in your stomachs. No sales this month. Next month isn’t looking any better. Barely have enough cash to get home.

    But this is Seminar. You can’t speak any discouragement here. Business is great. You had a wonderful year. You cover your sick feeling with a plastic smile during your 20-second stage walk… if you qualified.

    Some things even Seminar can’t fix.

  2. ragtopcutlas

    If just for these next 31 days, choose that full-force, give me more, can’t touch this, “you so need to meet me” attitude that you’ve always wanted to have.

    Whatever you do for 31 days to reach another tier (red jacket, DIQ, Director,)
    you must continue to do each month. Another omitted fact of the Mary Kay world.

  3. MK-Widower

    I know Seminar is coming around when my ex-wife asks me to rearrange the custody calendar of our kids so you can go “out of town”.

    I know that seminar-fever all too well. I’m sure she never factors in the cost of the travel/accommodations/etc. as part of her “business” expenses.

  4. raisinberry

    This is the kind of propaganda that proves what we have been saying about being led to “make it happen” by whatever means possible.

    This is the indoctrination with wild hand clapping and lavish praise that reinforces whatever questionable method one uses to achieve.

    Listening to this and believing it, does not allow for a responsible and reasonable set of decisions…it depends wholly on emotional, run flat out, use every minute and push push push to coerce others into your goal…and NOBODY but NOBODY talks about what happens July 1 when all that manufactured pressuring activity blows up and explodes as those pressured, regret their decisions.

    It is hard to explain to anyone who has not been in the MLM world, how this business uses these artificial benchmarks to create frenzy around achievement.Can you even imagine a Car manufacturer screaming over the loud speaker, now hurry hurry, our goal was to produce 1,000 cars this month and we are so close to our goal! We need 30 more cars today by 5:00!! DO whatever it takes!!
    Think you’ll have a quality product? Think you’ll have a quality Unit member, Solid Offspring? Wholesale orders…that won’t come back in in 2 months?
    Think again.

  5. Simply Done

    “And seminar is the ultimate love fest, meant to make you part with your money. ”

    perfectly put, I’ve never been, but have a sister NSD
    just add,

    “and wear, previously considered by the store selling it, as a formal wedding attire, which is now being utilized to build the perfect Oscar Night Dress to accept a glittering prize for the beauty contests you never entered as a youth.”

    Truly a bizarre thing to see unfold; the fancy dresses, pageant style awards (i’m spitballing here, only saw one bit of one years’ tape of an acceptance speech) and, for kicks as an aside; it’s been said that, this, (so, called, Style Guide Card – or, at least it is, in real brand building art departments in businesses) to also include the total desecration of the St. John’s Knits suits –

    I was shopping at a high end boutique yesterday (okay, broke, so only looking at my favorite style guru’s purchases and discussing how our lovely local news woman shops at her store, because it comes across so crisp and substance and feminine without bows and laces). {—– again, an aside, but, relevant).

    Anyway, I came across a beautiful tank; just a simple, gorgeous, well – designed tank. It’s a new brand, being designed by St. John Knits’ original designer – he can’t stand what the a fore mentioned brand was doing to his sense of elegance and style. “It,” my dress store owner said, was because of the heavy downturn on the brand (St.J’s.K’s) since it went tacky with Mary Kay.”

    Had I ever mentioned any person in my life to my friend at the store that I personally had anything to do with MK? Nope.

    I don’t mention my sister to anyone, for fear they’ve been tormented by her to the point, one new friend here, 700 miles down the road, flinched when I admitted that I knew of her tactics and was so so sorry that’s the impression he has of my family, for the past 30 YEARS. Yeah, I don’t often tell people I’m related to an abusive female boss who destroys lives and previously happy marriages.

    Out her mouth (dress store owner), from the Fashion Gods’ Sketch Pad, St. J is now the new b minus branded, formerly high-end brand that sold it’s corporate soul to tacky vultures who will chant, ‘if it’s to B it’s up to My NSD’ – how much do I need to purchase and sell, or not, to achieve that elusive, fancy suit?

    Just your Soul Sister. (now think, Moulin Rouge instead of Pink).

  6. MLM Radar

    So you’re rethinking your decision to go to Seminar? But you already paid for your Seminar airfare, and it’s non-refundable, which means you might as well go?

    Not necessarily.

    Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor are right down the road. There’s a Red Roof Inn within sight of the park that has good rooms at a fair price. And there’s usually a Coke Can promotion that will get you park tickets at a big discount. Plus I’m pretty sure the park serves alcohol.

    Cancel that MK hotel room reservation, though. Your would-have-been bedmates will thank you for the extra space. Now your MK upline WILL get all upset because your overpriced room fee isn’t helping pay for the NSD’s comped suite any more. Not. Your. Problem.

    Then when you get back home, suntanned and refreshed, you won’t be tripping out on guilt that you could have done better. Instead you’ll be thinking clearly enough to pack up your inventory and ship it all back. Happy Fresh Start Day!

  7. Simply Done

    “And seminar is the ultimate love fest, meant to make you part with your money. ”

    perfectly put, I’ve never been, but have a sister NSD
    just add,

    “and wear, previously considered by the store selling it, as a formal wedding attire, which is now being utilized to build the perfect Oscar Night Dress to accept a glittering prize for the beauty contests you never entered as a youth.”

    Truly a bizarre thing to see unfold; the fancy dresses, pageant style awards (i’m spitballing here, only saw one bit of one years’ tape of an acceptance speech) and, for kicks as an aside; it’s been said that, this, (so, called, Style Guide Card – or, at least it is, in real brand building art departments in businesses) to also include the total desecration of the St. John’s Knits suits –

    I was shopping at a high end boutique yesterday (okay, broke, so only looking at my favorite style guru’s purchases and discussing how our lovely local news woman shops at her store, because it comes across so crisp, professional and shapely substance and feminine without bows and laces). {—– again, an aside, but, relevant).

    Anyway, I came across a beautiful tank; just a simple, gorgeous, well – designed tank. It’s a new brand, being designed by St. John Knits’ original designer – he can’t stand what the a fore mentioned brand was doing to his sense of elegance and style. “It,” my dress store owner said, “was because of the heavy downturn on the brand (St.J’s.K’s) since it went tacky with Mary Kay.”

    Had I ever mentioned any person in my life to my friend at the store that I personally had anything to do with MK? Nope.

    I don’t mention my sister to anyone, for fear they’ve been tormented by her to the point, one new friend here, 700 miles down the road, flinched when I admitted that I knew of her tactics and was so so sorry that’s the impression he has of my family, for the past 30 YEARS. Yeah, I don’t often tell people I’m related to an abusive female boss who destroys lives and previously happy marriages.

    Out her mouth (dress store owner), from the Fashion Gods’ Sketch Pad, St. J is now the new b minus branded, formerly high-end brand that sold it’s corporate soul to tacky vultures who will chant, ‘if it’s to B it’s up to My NSD’ – how much do I need to purchase and sell, or not, to achieve that elusive, fancy suit?

    Just your Soul Sister. (now think, Moulin Rouge instead of Pink).

  8. Jamming Berry

    I never went to any seminar, training, career conference, etc… Because here’s why: I never understood how it could be considered training when it was all either women telling their “My Story” or women prancing across the stage in prom dresses. How is that considered “training?” Where’s the practical classes on how to run a business, balance your books, put on the makeup etc…

  9. BestDecision

    The theme of Seminar should be “More”. Once you reach Red Jacket, you e got to do more to maintain it. Same with car every single month. And Directorship. The scolding and humiliation you get at Seminar makes everyone set higher goals, but then there’s always that letdown after the fizz settles and it’s November. Then, you get a boost at Leadership and/or Caree Conference. The cycle starts all over again until we’re back at Seminar next year.

    Oh, it’s nice you’ve earned that car, but now the real work is to be done. And you thought that last day’s push for orders and inventory was the worst it would get? Wrong!

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