MLM Mines: The Deception Meeting

One of your oldest friends or colleagues gives you a call out of nowhere and invites you to an upcoming dinner or party that they will be hosting at their home.  You are very excited and look forward to catching up with this person over a delicious meal or during an entertaining party.  However, shortly after your arrival, you realize that this dinner/party was actually a business meeting designed to convince you to buy something or become the newest recruit within a multilevel marketing organization.  This type of “deception meeting” is what is being used time and time again to lure people into MLM meetings and presentations around the world.  I see it happen all the time, and in today’s blog post, I’m going to tell you why the deception meeting may or may not be the best way to build your MLM network marketing business.

MLM Mine – The Deception Meeting

Complex Question, Complex Answer

The answer to the question of whether or not a deception meeting within the world of MLM is effective is actually yes and no.  Yes, it is definitely effective if you are interested in burning bridges with longtime friends, colleagues, coworkers, and neighbors.  It is also very effective if you enjoy throwing your warm market out of the window, never to be seen or heard from again.  However, if you are interested in achieving long-term success within the MLM industry without burning any bridges or stunting your own growth potential, then you should avoid these meetings at any cost.

Think About How You Felt

How did you feel when you were basically hustled and misled into one of your friend’s MLM meetings?  You might have been really excited about simply spending time with them without having to worry about the daily anxieties of your life, but that is exactly what they are going to remind you about when they try to sell you on their MLM opportunity.  Were you eager to sign up immediately for whatever was offered to you at that time?

Even if the opportunity had your name all over it, the overall approach of their misleading deception probably put a bad taste in your mouth, right?  Why would you want to subject any of your prospects to that same mental and emotional anguish?

MLM Mine – The Deception Meeting

A Waste of Everyone’s Time

Deception meetings are definitely nowhere near as effective at converting qualified prospects into superstar recruits as one might think.  If your deception has led to someone signing up for your MLM opportunity, then the odds of them taking the position seriously and become a superstar are slim to none.  In most cases, they are probably signing up simply to get out of that uncomfortable situation before canceling or completely burning their bridge with you in the not-too-distant future.

The Bottom Line

You can always catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar, as the old saying goes.  Even though you might not be able to get as much of a crowd at your house for an honest MLM presentation as you would for a deception meeting, at least you know that you do not have to resort to deception just to try to get ahead in your MLM business.  Honesty is always the best policy.  You don’t need to deceive someone into tricking them to have them take a look at a business opportunity.  In addition, the people that do show up already know what to expect and will be more inclined to become potential superstars for your MLM organization as a result.

Now it’s your turn!

Have you ever been deceived or tricked into going to a party, and it turns out that it becomes a business opportunity meeting?  Or have you organized one?  What was the result?  Good or bad?  Please share your feedback in the comments section and I look forward to reading them!

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29 responses to “MLM Mines: The Deception Meeting”

  1. Dazediva says:

    Fantastic post. I was once approached by someone claiming to be a headhunter and wanted to discuss work opportunities and when I got to the meeting I realized they wanted me to join an MLM business. It irked the hell out of me because not only did I not know this person; they totally misled me about the agenda of the meeting. This person could have saved both of us wasting time because it wasn’t something I was interested in at that stage in my life. It opened my mind to new business opportunities but as you said – it also left a bad taste in my mouth about it.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Dazediva,

      That has happen to many people. The good news is that you’re not the only one. The fact that it’s unfortunate that you learned about business opportunities that way, but everything happens for a reason. Thanks for the comments!

  2. Jon Patrick says:

    Nice post Nate, and it boggles my mind that people would do this! I’m non-confrontational, but if I was invited to someone’s home and they popped in a dvd to introduce me to their opportunity, I would take the time to stand up and voice my opinion of their unprofessionalism.
    It’s these type of tactics that help lower the opinion from those exposed to Network Marketing like this. Underhanded and shady, and a shame it works at all.

    • Nate Leung says:

      Hi Jon,

      As veteran Network Marketers, we all need to teach those who are doing the business wrong. It’s deceiving but at the same time, if you know that they are doing it wrong, you are doing your job as an ambassador for the profession to let them know that it shouldn’t be done this way. Thank you for the comments!

  3. Hi Nate, I have a natural aversion to any social gatherings, so I’ve been safe. I guess the only time I have been to a business type meeting is those Tupperware parties where they try to get you to become a demonstrator, even though the hostess knows you’re stretched already.

  4. Jason Power says:

    Hi Nate,

    Really found this interesting, In this business I have seen some very interesting strategies to recruit that are similar to something like this. I just don’t think theses deceptive tactics really reach people the way they should be when recruiting.



  5. Judy Garey says:

    Hey Nate, Luckily I’ve never experienced this however I can see where it may not be the best approach to lure people in without telling them ‘what’s really going on.’ As I always say, it’s all about quality over quantity.

  6. Nicole says:

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information with your readers.

  7. I;m not really into MLM, but this would be a great place for anyone looking to learn more about it!

    • Nate Leung says:

      You’re right, MLM isn’t for everyone. It’s mainly because they do not understand the industry or concept. I would recommend that anyone who doesn’t know or understand the profession to get with someone who does. Thanks for the comments Fiona.

  8. Great post – and so true – No, I cannot tell a lie, I have not deceived anyone like that – this was a good read – and shows more of your own credibility! 🙂

  9. yep that’s happened to me. Not fun. I’ve been surprised to be on a 3-way call without knowing when I answered the call. Not fun either. It’s better just to be honest about it all.

  10. LOL! Nate I have heard people do that before, but I never meet anyone who has. People think that you are weird and desperate when you do that. Thanks for letting people know not to do that. When I first started, like most people I was a little down because no one showed up to my first house meeting, and I thought I had a lot of friends. However, I never deceive people. This article was well written.

    • Nate Leung says:

      Yes, I’ve heard horror stories. Recently, someone who isn’t familiar with the industry told me about a situation that happened to them. He thought he was going to a dinner gathering with some friends. Turns out that one of the hosts of the “dinner” party started talking about money, started making income claims and popped in a DVD. At the end, they were selling a product and opportunity.

  11. Greg says:

    Deceptive business practices are never acceptable. From what I can tell the best way to get your warm market is to find brand new people, attain a certain amount of success (if your program/mlm is any good) and then post your results on Facebook. They will approach you to ask questions… that’s how I got started. Thanks again Nate.. yet another thought provoking article.

  12. Roy A. Ackerman. says:

    I have had this happen to me, this is no way to run a business. It’s a turn off for many people. Thanks Nate!

  13. pam schmidt says:

    I definitely don’t like deception marketing. I am drawn to genuine people and want that in marketing.

  14. Hi Nate,

    Lying never pays. Being honest does. I have been deceived on more than one occasion and thank goodness, never felt desperate enough to pull this kinda crap lol 😉

    Good reminder! Honesty goes a long way in the home business niche.

    Thanks for sharing!


  15. Chuck Holmes says:

    Always be honest and keep it real with people. If you deceive people, especially right out the gate, why would anyone want to work with you? These types of meetings are so common in our industry. It’s no wonder we get such a bad reputation.

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