My Poor DIQ’s Truth

Written by Raisinberry

When I stepped away from Mary Kay, it was mostly due to reading Pink Truth, and a validation of finally seeing in print, what I thought I alone suspected, all along. The words we were never able to utter, were plastered all over the comments and articles on these pages. I felt naked and exposed. I was looking at my screen, and seeing “me”, in all my denial.

I have always loved the women in my unit. I think the world of them. And walking away would mean I would be leaving them defenseless. I had already stopped the frontloading and stopped recruiting guest/customers out from under my unit members who hadn’t even made a sale from them yet. Continue reading “My Poor DIQ’s Truth”

Mary Kay Directorship: It’s Harder Than We Make It Look

Mary Kay Sales DirectorWritten by SuzyQ

“If it was that easy, everybody would be a director.”

I heard this so many times from my upline and my sister directors. Being a sales director in MK is many things, and the “fake it ‘til you make it” pretty much covers all of the facets.

There are some fun things, and some good money occasionally, and some perks of course. The recognition is fun, especially when we are around newbies who think directors are sort of mythic creatures. We are taught and we practice elitism. Top 2%, don’t you know. The SUIT. The bling. Hangin’ with the “Big Girls” and wearing our big girl panties. Knowing what the new products are before the consultants do (although, not before Pink Truth knows…) Continue reading “Mary Kay Directorship: It’s Harder Than We Make It Look”

A Typical Mary Kay Interview

This narrative was submitted as a comment on an article on Pink Truth. Sadly, it is very typical of the tactics used to reel in new recruits. Sure, some of the hooks and examples change from person to person, but if you’ve ever participated in one of these interviews, you’ll see many common threads.

Yesterday, I decided to meet with the [Mary Kay] “recruiter” (let’s call her Sally) and “director” (let’s call her Ashley). I didn’t even know that Sally was a recruiter since Ashley did most of the talking.

So prior to the meeting, I met Sally because in March my friend had a birthday and she had a [Mary Kay] facial party with Sally as the host. I went and wrote down names of many women in my contacts to win the “prize” (which I haven’t even received). Sally a week later texted all of them, I didn’t realize that she was so committed to doing that. I was somewhat embarrassed as I had written down some names and phone numbers of people that I didn’t speak with anymore just to reach the required number to get my “prize”. Continue reading “A Typical Mary Kay Interview”

Why MLM Doesn’t Work

Written by Rachel

I recently read a quote from a site promoting an MLM:

To recoup your initial $570 costs, focus on enrolling two distributors into your downline and then help them also enroll two people each.

This is the problem. Right here. It’s the exponential growth caused by unlimited recruiting (what MLMs like to bill as “unlimited earning potential.”) In the midst of a lot of talk about selling the product, the real focus for leadership in any MLM is recruitment. Some MLMs push recruiting harder than others, but they all have two things in common.

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The Illusion of the Good Old Days in Mary Kay

Written by Raisinberry

I can remember when things were much different in Mary Kay. I think that for the most part, that old school mental image was in our minds when we conducted every recruiting interview, every career talk. We were selling an idea of Mary Kay that doesn’t exist anymore. Maybe it never did.

Things are not the way we thought they were, and even if we could be returned to the “good old days”, we would still be riding the back of a MLM pyramid scheme long past its “start up days” and still requiring the consumer to be the consultant. The dirty little secret that none of the NSD’s want you to find out is this: they got in early. Those that got in in the last 10 years, did it by all manner of dubious activity. Continue reading “The Illusion of the Good Old Days in Mary Kay”

An Outsider’s Perspective on Mary Kay

Written by An Anonymous Reader

I’m generally a lurker, but I’ve posted to this board several times in the last year and a half since I joined. I’ve never been in Mary Kay or any MLM, but I found your site when looking up “MLM cult” after my husband and I were heavily encouraged to join the Tahitian Noni MLM. Since then I’ve gotten enough information from you ladies to know to NEVER join an MLM, and what to say to people who approach me about it! So thank you for your wisdom.

I’m writing because I’ve been reading the hate mail that people send to Tracy and it makes me so angry. People are holier than thou when they can be anonymous and don’t realize they’re speaking to real human beings. So I wanted to offer my “outsider’s perspective” on Mary Kay, and what normal people think of Mary Kay especially for the lurkers who think all of you are “losers.” Continue reading “An Outsider’s Perspective on Mary Kay”

Liar, Liar, Pantyhose and Skirt on Fire

Written by PinkPeace

I’m a liar. Or more precisely, I was a liar — a big one. There are few things worse to be. You can’t trust a liar; everything she says and does is suspect. A liar ultimately only has her own interests at heart, and a liar is responsible for leading others into bad decisions.

I didn’t start out that way. Although I was prone to exaggeration sometimes, and could tell a little white lie, I know they were wrong and knew they were character faults that I should correct. I actually had contempt for liars and thought they deserved whatever bad consequences came their way. Continue reading “Liar, Liar, Pantyhose and Skirt on Fire”

New Mary Kay Consultant: Why Your Director Wants You to Start Recruiting Right Away

Mary Kay RecruitingYou’re a new Mary Kay consultant, and you’re just learning the ropes. You’re excited, but a little scared about all the things you don’t know about your business. Your director is encouraging you to start recruiting. You want to get your feet under you first before you will feel comfortable bringing others into the business.

But your director keeps pushing you about recruiting. She suggests you’re just going to do “practice interviews” or some other innocent sounding thing. She keeps coming at you about recruiting. Why?

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Mary Kay Secrets of the Rah-Rah Sisterhood

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Written by Raisinberry

Having been a Senior Director, working towards NSD, and completely enamored of those in Mary Kay leadership, I gave myself over to believing everything that I was told. But, if you are around long enough, sooner or later things just don’t seem to add up.

The Rah-Rah sisterhood, however, can not allow “negativity”.

I learned that united in identical speech, parroting the same information, regurgitating the same objection covering devices, and always talking “upward” to the one that has the position you want, were some of the ways that National leadership prevents the premature crumbling of their empires. Evaluating results is equal to negativity and negativity unchecked can be a very seductive draw, that causes the skid into consultant heaven. Continue reading “Mary Kay Secrets of the Rah-Rah Sisterhood”

You Don’t Understand Mary Kay!

A note from a Mary Kay consultant who says we just don’t understand Mary Kay. Use the comments section to set her straight, ladies.

I’ve been in MK for 15 years and it’s been a very positive and totally enriching experience for me and my family as a single mom.  It’s just too bad that you obviously have nothing better to do than send negativity out into the universe.  With all that negativity going out there you will get it back.  It’s called the Law of Cause and Effect, you’re making the cause and will get the effect.

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