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Feb 2, 2011

Calling All Angels: MORE Project Media

Given my last post and the release of this new (tear-inducing) video from the MonaVie Village, I unofficially officially deem this week MORE Project Expedition Highlight week. Catchy right? Feel free to use it in a sentence today.

Here's the MORE Project's latest highlight video Calling All Angels with a specific purpose to invite anyone who wishes to participate to join the next expedition and experience every aspect of MonaVie's Operation Rescue in Brazil.

I unofficially officially encourage you to go and experience a MORE meaningful life.

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

Jan 31, 2011

Change Lives, Including Your Own - Join the MORE Project March Expedition

Space is limited and time even more so, but if you want an opportunity to act on MonaVie's newest key message "A MORE meaningful life," then make sure you're part of the MORE Project March 20-27 service expedition. Spend a week at Village MonaVie and take in the programs and other life-changing offerings. Visit the Believers Project, a school offering a well-rounded education to the children of the favelas; the Mom's House, where children in otherwise high-risk situations live and receive love, attention and support; the Professional School, where teenagers and adults are offered the vocational training necessary to find employment and free themselves and their families from poverty.

Each expedition group completes a service project, including, but certainly not limited to, construction work, cleaning, general labor duties and helping out in and around the various schools - wherever the need is greatest. Life changing experiences are had by all, including those who's lives are supported, in every sense of the word, by the MORE Project.

Deadline for the March expedition is February 5. To apply, to this:

1.  Complete the MORE Project Expedition Application

2.  Make a Deposit

Be sure to specify your preferred 2011 expedition:

March 20-27

May 8-15

September 25-October 2

July 23-August 1 (Youth Expedition, ages 14-18)

Cost is $2,750 per person ($3,000 for the Youth Expedition) with a $250 deposit. Children 12 years and up are welcome when accompanied by a parent.

(2010 VIP MORE Project Expedition, photos by CFO Devin Thorpe)

I'm filling out my application now for the March expedition. Anyone care to join me in changing lives?

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Shante
MonaVie Chief Blogger

Jan 28, 2011

MonaVie RVL Shaker Giveaway Winners

Well, we managed to nab ourselves two more shaker bottles, and by "nab" I mean shake them from Scott Anderson's unsuspecting hands. All for you!

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Behold, the now FOUR lucky winners, who were chosen at random, from last week's giveaway:

MonaVie Squamish - Natasza Pawlikowska (via Twitter)

Anne Dyer (via Facebook)

Kris Schumacher Geeting (via Facebook)

Sharon Jones (via BlogMV)

As always, please send your mailing addresses to shantes@monavie.com or michael.jensen@monavie.com and we’ll make sure it gets mailed out next week.

Thank you to all who commented and stay tuned on our FacebookTwitter and BlogMV for more information and more giveaways!

Jan 20, 2011

Win and Provide a Home for a MonaVie RVL Shaker

It's been an exciting beginning to the New Year and guess what? It only gets better! Here at MonaVie we like to "shake" things up a bit, just as we're doing right now in the weight management industry with RVL.

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MonaVie receptionist Cristina wanted to take them home too!

Speaking of which, we want to give all of YOU the chance to "shake" things up as well. We have two MonaVie RVL Shakers that desperately need to find a good home and will provide years of RVL shake-goodness!

To enter to win a MonaVie Shaker leave a comment here on BlogMV, on Facebook or (re)tweet us on Twitter by 5:00 PM PST tomorrow (January 21st) and you’ll be entered to win. Two winners will be selected.

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Specifically, we here at MonaVie HQ want to know how YOU will be able to provide a good home for the shaker? Is there anything you add to your RVL shake?  Will you be committed to drinking and using your RVL shaker? Will your RVL Shaker help you or others lose weight or simply collect dust in your cupboard next to your favorite 32 oz insulated mug? We want to know!

Jan 14, 2011

Resolution Success Means Getting Out of Your Own Way

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"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

-Edmund Hillary

Ah…a new year. A fresh start. At the very least a new Dilbert calendar. Once again, tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. The annual goal setting, personal inventory reflection season is upon us!

And as we reflect on the past year and look forward to this year, most of us have something we want to accomplish, something we want to do. I’ve done it many times, and then get to the end of the year (OK more like the end of February....sometimes January) and wonder, what happened? Where did I go wrong?

Almost every time the answer is MYSELF!

I wasn’t committed enough, I made excuses, I rationalized my decisions, and I sabotaged my own success.

Is your goal to lose weight? (I think we have a program for that!) Learn another language? Are your goals financial or spiritual or even service oriented? Maybe your goal is to find a way to have a family vacation? Well, here are words of advice and a few links to help you on your way.

  • Have a locker room pep and chalk talk with yourself. You’ve seen the sports movies where the coach comes in and delivers the inspirational speech to pump up the team, or words of inspiration are given before a battle. I'm not talking self affirmations with Stuart Smalley, but more like the Rocky Balboa type of pep talk (eat some raw eggs if necessary). Don't forget to take a moment to get in the proper mindset to not only set a goal, but to tell yourself how you will accomplish your goal. Find a quiet place where there are no distractions and start writing down your goals, dreams, plans for the year and how you will get there. When finished, print it out and post it wherever you need it...work, the car, the refrigerator, etc.

  • KISS – not the band, the principle. Keep things simple. If evenings are usually busy with family time, then get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to exercise (see how simple that was?). “Oh…but I’m not a morning person...”  (insert whining sounds and see the next bullet) Be specific with your goals and how you will accomplish them. Be realistic. If you have 20 goals for the year and you've never really accomplished one...maybe you should start off with three (OK...maybe 1 for me!). Remember...baby steps!

  • Avoid the excuses and obstacles. Excuses are those things that prevent you from accomplishing your goals. Excuses lead to rationalization and before you know it you’re eating bon-bons on the couch watching Seinfeld re-runs and Shark vacuum infomercials at 2 a.m. (Have you seen the new steam one?). Popular excuses include:
  • It costs too much…

    I don’t have time…

    I’m too tired…

    The dog ate my homework...

    The Shark vacuum infomercial was on...(this is a terrible excuse btw)

    When we use excuses, we are really saying we don’t care!

  • Make your goals a priority. Where we spend our time is where our priorities lie. When other obstacles or items come your way are your goals going to take a backseat? Are you going to sacrifice your goals for Bunco night with the ladies or golfing with the boys? Uh…No! (unless the golf course is Pebble Beach, or Augusta National--then you have no choice) You can still go out and have fun, just make sure your priorities and goals come first and know that you saying "Yes" to everything is a big No-No!  Here’s a great article on learning to say NO!  (Heck…even Nancy Reagan would be proud!)

  • Find goal support. If you are trying to quit smoking or drinking, hanging out with pals at the local pub probably isn’t the greatest idea. If you are trying to lose weight, going out to eat everyday with your friends, also not the most intelligent activity. If you are serious about your goal-- your friends, spouse, family not only deserve to know about it, but can be a great benefit to you and some may want to join you! In fact you should ask them to join you!  (BTW, the RVL website has a great way of inviting others to join you!)

  • Abundant sources of information, inspiration and advice. No matter where you look these days there’s an over abundance of advice and information. From motivational books, to blogs, podcasts, websites, videos, programs, etc. In fact, there are some fabulous MonaVie leaders who are quite inspiring on their own! Here are a few other links that I thought were good reads to help you with your personal and business goals.

New Year’s Resolutions for Innovative Teams

3 Tips to Help You Stick to your 2011 New Year’s  Resolutions

5 Goal Setting Tips for the New Year

Leave a comment below and tell us your goals for the upcoming year and some of the tips that have helped you!

Jan 7, 2011

MonaVie RVL Giveaway Winners

The moment of truth you've all been waiting for has come, as we announce the winners of the MonaVie RVL-giveaway!

(cue drumroll)

The winner of the autographed RVL Shake Mix is Stacie Johnson from Facebook. We liked her comment so much we thought we'd share it!

Stacie Johnson : Just began the RVL last week, lost 4 lbs in 3 days. Wasnt expecting to be able to purchase it at this time as it really is not in the budget. My hubby surprised me with a tub around Christmas. I know if this works for me, all the people watching our business will jump in. And anyone who knows how much weight I have to lose, will be amazed!! I like the RVL program and the best thing is the site that helps you choose meals, counts your calories for you, builds your grocery list for you, tracks your progress, gives you other options and helps you with accountability…WHAT more can you ask for? How can you fail?…except you giving up!

Well said Stacie and congrats!

The winner of the RVL Swag Bag goes to Craig Beder (@27craig) from Twitter for retweeting our giveaway. Thanks Craig, you'll be receiving some excellent RVL swag!

Stacie and Craig please send your mailing addresses to shantes@monavie.com or michael.jensen@monavie.com and we'll make sure it gets mailed out next week after the big Orlando extravaganza!

Thank you to all who commented and who have made the RVL Launch a success. Stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter and BlogMV for more information and more giveaways!!

Jan 4, 2011

Just One (or Two) More RVL-ing Giveaways Before the Official Launch!

Remember this video with MonaVie Senior Vice President Jeff Graham, posted right before the holidays?

During his message, Jeff pulled out two of the first newly packaged RVL tubs, one of which he handed to me after we shot the video. And you know what that mean – giveaway time!

Between now and the official launch of RVL tomorrow, leave a comment here on BlogMV, on Facebook or (re)tweet us on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win the newly packaged and first off the line RVL Nutrition Shake Mix. I’ll even go one step further and have all our executives sign the tub to make it that much more official. I’m always thinking about my peeps. Peeps being YOU!

And maybe we need a second prize…okay, I happen to have one more RVL gift bag, full of all sorts of fun stuff.

So, feel free to comment on your RVL-ing 2011 goals and resolutions, your excitement over the product line, RVL website, the January 5 launch, January 8 Orlando kick off event, the Dallin vs Jeff Challenge or whatever else you feel inspired or RVL-ing!

It is nearly go time so I want to hear some excitement!

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

Dec 16, 2010

Attack of the Twitter Hacks and MonaVie

Today you may have heard about a Twitter spam attack that was due to a security breach of the popular media and technology Gawker websites (LifeHacker, Gizmodo, io9, Jezebel, Kotaku and others). Hackers were able to access more than 1 million Gawker user’s email  and password accounts from their servers, and because many users use the same passwords for multiple sites (like Twitter) they were able to access Twitter accounts and start posting spam. The spam sites they are linking to are none other than acai berry diet sites.

While it appears those who are responsible for the attacks are targeting Gawker, the important take away from this spam attack is to change your passwords or make sure you are not using the same logins for online sites as you do for social media sites. So, I would strongly suggest changing your personal social media login names and passwords (go ahead, put it on your "To Do" list)!

The MonaVie Collateral Damage

But for MonaVie, this issue goes even further. The hackers are using spam and are doing so at the expense of the acai berry  because they think of those who market these type of sites are jokes. And why are they a joke? Because these acai sites and those that market them are known for spamming social media sites constantly and buying annoying ads on websites. Look no further than my recent blog post about our social media guide to see a version of this type of spam. Of course the acai diet sites and other companies using the acai berry are not MonaVie, but as the “premier acai blend” MonaVie does not come away unscathed.

Change the Perception

Over the past year we’ve used social media and provided advice on how to communicate effectively and personally using these platforms. Why? Because when we don’t we are no better than the acai sites that spam the social media platforms. So while there’s no way we can control what others not associated with MonaVie can do, MonaVie distributors can decide how they will act online and if they’re going to be a part of the problem or try to CHANGE the perception (notice our most recent blog posts are a great place to start!).

I vote for CHANGE!

Leave a comment if you have ideas or ways to make our online communications more valuable and less spam-like!

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Dec 15, 2010

Henry WHO? Establishing Credibility Through Your Personal Brand

Founder and Vice Chairman Henry Marsh was recently interviewed by WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa. Listen to the interview by following this link:

Henry Marsh WHO Radio Interview

Though a practiced and polished speaker in his own right, there are some deliberate habits that Henry exemplified so perfectly during this live interview, habits that lend themselves well to talking about any product or opportunity, whether part of a network marketing line up or other business model. Here are a few examples that Social Media Manager Mike Jensen and I picked up on:

1. Henry personally branded himself, building credibility from his experiences, life and accomplishments. Note that his sense of humor and personal style is present from the beginning, demonstrating an ease of nature and authenticity to his message. It’s important to BE YOURSELF, and only you can be your self best. (Go with it, it makes sense in my head.)

Your audience will relate to you as a person before a product or opportunity. Henry sets the stage well by mentioning not only his successes as an Olympic athlete but also mentioning his failures and moments of learning, saying, “The difference comes in life when you allow your failure to be your floor or your ceiling.”

So while sometimes successes might be a bit elusive for another, everyone can relate to failure can they not? And everyone can see the importance of moving forward after failure.

2.  Though an expert in the field of health and nutrition as it pertains to training for the Olympics, Henry still deferred to science and research done on the MonaVie products by the Scientific Advisory Board. He also mentioned the need to steer clear of claims and the willingness to adhere to FTC guidelines. A respect for those guidelines will build credibility quicker than any health claim. Again, you may have this grand experience with the products but believe it or not, sharing that experience may end up being counterproductive in building your credibility. Product experiences are personal and more often than not, elusive and indefinite.

3.  By listening first and allowing the interviewer to draw lines of comparison, Henry was able to tailor his comments and deliver information that met the demand of his audience, in this case fitness and finances, topics everyone can relate to. By the time the MonaVie products were mentioned, Henry had established himself as a credible source, one in which his audience was already invested, thus taking his recommendation as a valued opinion. No selling was done; no one felt sold. Imagine if the interview started off by mentioning MonaVie before establishing his credibility? Know your why and know how you want to finish your conversations or discussions with others. Customize your "why" to your audience, or the people you meet. Such a great approach!

4. Henry mentioned the importance of being significant and grateful; examples in MonaVie being through our sustainable harvesting techniques and the MORE Project. In the same breath, Henry edifies the other founders of MonaVie, mentioning Dallin’s skills that compliment his own, which does well to further cementing his character and credibility.

So, that’s what we got out of the interview. Take a listen for yourself and let us know what you pick up on from our pro Henry Marsh.

Henry Marsh WHO Radio Interview

And for a little help getting to know your brand and/or creating your best brand here are few resources from Forbes and Entrepreneur:

It's All About You. Best Steps to Creating Your Brand

How to Brand Yourself: An Introduction

And after you've read up on brand best practices come back and tell us a little bit about your brand. Until next time...

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Shante

MonaVie Chief Blogger

Nov 23, 2010

5 Relationship Tips I Learned from Dating My Wife

Think about the strongest relationships you have in your life. How did you make them strong?

10 years ago I made the best decision of my life. I got married. Three kids and four moves later, well, she’s still with me!  Time certainly has flown by, but at certain times, my wife and I look back and still reminisce on how we got here. The time has gone by so fast that we forget exactly what it was that made us want to get married. Yes….my rugged good looks were a big part of it, but aside from that, I wanted to see what other characteristics made our relationship strong that could be applied to any relationship. So, here are the 5 things I learned from dating my wife, and how it can be applied to all relationships:

1. No Risk, No Reward. I knew of my wife for a few years before I actually asked her out. She was a knock-out and had the attention of other suitors, and I was not sure if I could compete. In my senior year of college and with the pressure of graduation looming, I asked her out, she (of course) accepted.

Lesson learned: Sometimes we over-analyze situations and think the worst, when in reality, it usually is never as bad as we think. Be confident. Fear is what keeps you from your goals and success.

2. Little things= big things. On our first date I found out one of my friends had also taken my (future) wife out a few times. And once he found out I was in the picture as well, he upped his game and wanted to go steady with her. In other words, I got kicked to the curb. It would have been real easy to be discouraged and wallow in my own misery, (OK I did that) but I knew I still liked her, and wasn’t going give up so easily. So I kept in touch with email from time to time. I also worked close by, and would drop notes and leave them on her windshield to just say hi. A couple of months later, she came to her senses their relationship went south, and there I was!

Lesson learned: The small and simple acts of kindness can make a difference. Offering to help a neighbor with some yard work, helping a new neighbor move in, taking over cookies (I like oatmeal chocolate chip), or just wishing a co-worker a happy birthday, may not seem like much, may not get you some great reward (nor should that be a motive), but says a lot about you.

3. Keep it real. My first date with my wife was a snoozer. I thought I had a decent plan-- dinner and some miniature golf. The dinner at a Chinese restaurant wasn’t very good and it turns out she did the mini-golf thing the night before. Not good. Plan B resulted in going back to her place (the bachelor pad wasn’t presentable) and watching the movie Patch Adams (I know, very romantic). In the midst of all this negativity, I decided to forget all the superficial mumbo jumbo and just talk with her. We had a lot in common, and I even told her that I wanted to ask her out for quite some time. She also said the same thing. (Say what?) So I proposed on the spot…just kidding.

Lesson learned: We work so hard to make the perfect first impression, and follow all the right steps, which is fine…but in the end do they have an idea of who you are?  If I didn’t open up and share anything that night, the date’s a disaster, an alternate universe comes into play, or my kids will have to find a Delorean to go back in time!

4. Speaking of time...It’s about time! – Part of the great thing about dating is that you tend to spend a lot of time together to find out just how compatible you really are, and find out what makes the other tick. Unfortunately for me we started dating just before Christmas, and I was really trying to find a nice gift (no not a wedding ring) that I thought she would like. I finally decided on a stuffed teddy bear that had a pouch. In the pouch I inserted a box that housed a gold necklace I had purchased. Feeling good right? Wrong. Turns out she really liked white gold, hates “gold” gold. Doh!

Lesson learned: She's high maintenance. To really find out about other people you have to spend time with them and get to know the details (See #2). Strong relationships are built on trust, and how can you do that if you never have spent any time getting to know the real person! Find ways to get to know people, face-to-face is still the best. Social media, is a good supplement to face-to-face contact and it allows us to stay in touch and share mutual interests (take a look at your friends profiles and posts, you can learn a lot).

5. At your service! Obviously, when you’re in love, you often do things you maybe don’t do now or before you met. (That’s what I’ve heard) While we were dating she was my one priority, and would find ways to make her day. Often it would include picking her up at school and fixing dinner for her while she studied. It made a huge difference for our relationship (the classes were another story however).

Lesson learned: When we make relationships a priority, it shows we care. Caring is tied to trust. Our families will always be our main priority, but we can make our friends and others a priority, and care about them. Remember, it doesn't have to be a Herculean effort, it can be a moment, an email, a Facebook post, a telephone call or even dropping by to say hello. With so many distractions in our lives, prioritizing and designating time for others is almost a necessity for me, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

All relationships are different, and require our attention in different ways,  of course to have a deep and continual relationship it requires mutual effort and cooperation. I encourage you to think about the strongest relationships you have, and think about what has made them strong? Last year we ran the Attitude of Gratitude post on Blog MV to thank or acknowledge 5-10 individuals every day for the next month. I highly recommend you take the challenge again, make it a priority in your daily schedule and especially during the upcoming holiday season, and see how it can affect your relationships, better yet....how it can affect you! If you send out holiday cards, try to personalize a few, in fact check your list to see if your friends are on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  Feel free to share tips of how you maintain and build your relationships below, we can all use the tips!

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