Archive for January, 2011

Evening with Big Al

The other night I had the privilege and good humor to spend an evening with Big Al – that’s Tom “Big  Al” Schreiter, probably the world’s best loved and most effective network marketing skills trainer.

We started with dinner.  Now, if you know Big Al, you usually have dinner at a Mexican restaurant, his favorite kind of food.  However when training is at the DoubleTree Guest Suites near the airport in Phoenix, we now go to our favorite Chinese restaurant in the nearby Chinese Cultural Center Lao Ching Hing, featuring Shanghai style food.  My favorite is the orange chicken.

Some of the best nuggets of wit and wisdom come about at dinner.

Also, it was great to connect with other friends, Jennifer Wideman from East Mesa and Norma Lee Beaton, who drove in from California.  My local business partner Shawn Sheire joined us there.

The three-hour training was well worth the time.  Tom went over the tweaked and revised 2-minute story, which is a rejection-free way of explaining our business to anyone who wants the “presentation”.  It is permission-based, and as I said, the coveted “rejection-free”.

After all, self-improvement is great and useful, but doesn’t necessarily make you successful in the network marketing business without knowing what to say and what to do when you’re in front of people – live or on the phone.

I love that Tom explains the psychology behind all the parts of the story – and why it has to be a story in the first place.  Of course, psychologists may not follow the same logic, but then, they probably don’t make as much money as Tom does – just by using the skills he has acquired over the years.

Better yet, Tom travels the world teaching the skills to anyone who wants a presentation.  And he has a free newsletter when you sign up at  In fact, just after I finish this entry I’m going to read the latest newsletter which came out today.

And then I’m going to practice my updated 2-minute story.  Ah, so!

Wishing everyone a productive – and tasty – evening with Big Al,

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Who Knows What’s In Your Future!

I’ve never been clairvoyant.  Who knows what’s in your futre.  These days I simply concentrate on positive self-talk for an outcome that I desire.

Recently while cleaning out some old papers I came across an old receipt from Arthur Gardner who service was to tune my beautiful Wurlitzer baby grand piano.

This piano was purchased for $500.00 by my grandfather for my mother in 1931.  It then went with her to our apartment in the Uptown area of Chicago not far from the Lake Michigan-hugging Lincoln Park.  Dark mahogany in color was that instrument.  I loved playing on that piano, fooling around and doing a version of  chop sticks that my dad had taught me.

I begged my mother for piano lessons – and that’s another story, but the piano followed us to our house in West Robers Park area where my mother still lives.  When the piano appeared in the house it had been transformed into an original wood blond color and had been re-strung.

When I got married and finally had a house the piano went there, as I was the only one playing it.  It followed us to Phoenix, AZ in 1978 and fit nicely into the house we had in the Moon Valley section south of Thunderbird Rd.

I had it tuned regularly and played it quite a bit and my kids fooled around on it.  My oldest did other instruments so did not learn to play.  When we were getting ready to move 15 years later to another house, I decided to sell it – the middle register was sounding “flat” – not in notes but in richness of sound.  I have a pretty good year and did not want to have it re-done.

So I finally got up the nerve to ask my mother if that would be okay.  I was surprised that she didn’t care and that it was up to me.  So I put a price on it, put an ad in the Arizona Republic, and one gentleman came out and brought his piano tuner to check it out.  They thought it was a good deal and we had a sales agreement.

I searched for an upright piano that would take up less space, but they were all awful – no richness of sound.  Finally I started to try the electronic pianos which could generate a “grand” sound plus many other sounds.  So, with the money I got from the baby grand, some money from my mother, and some from my husband, who, incidentally, upgraded me to a more sophisticated model than the one I had chosen, I brought home a Technics piano, which today in under Sony.

My son learned to play a bit – which helped him read the music for the Phoenix Boys Choir.  And I learned to use the features which lets me make some recordings to accompany myself as the Singing Network Marketer, especially while singing at my company convention, and lessons I create to mentor others.  There are drum beats, different instrument sounds, and have good chord skills

I never suspected I would be needing these.  I just made the best decision I could at the time.

So, wishing you to make the best decision you can each time one comes up, because who knows what’s in your future.

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer

Happy New Year

I’m not sure what the reason is that we make such a big deal about the year changing according to the calendar.  The hours in the day are the same.  I have spent a number of New Year’s Eve going to bed early.

This past year I went to the movies with my mother who was visiting.  If not I might have gone to a movie with my friend Bob.  Or not.

Sueño and Gracie don’t know the difference or care.

However, we could and often do look at the turning of the year to a number one advanced as a time to let the past lie and look forward to something else.

So do we let things happen to us or do we choose our path.  I choose to choose – in fact I recently wrote a song about that.  When I record it for YouTube I’ll let you know.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Wendy Weber, the Singing Network Marketer