Do You Really Need to Make That Comment?

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One of the services my company provides is community management for direct sales companies. That means we manage the social media presences for companies, liking and responding to comments, writing content, managing ads, etc. And one thing that never ceases to amaze me is when direct sellers feel the need to comment negatively in public on either their own company’s posts, or on the posts of another company.

Just the other day, for example, we had a consultant comment on an ad a client company was running, telling people that she liked the products from her company better. And whenever I see this behavior, I have to stop and think, WHY would you do that? Do you think it makes you look good? Because it doesn’t. It makes you look petty. Do you think it will get you more business? Very few people will want to do business with such a negative person. And more than that, it makes the INDUSTRY look bad. It makes us look like consultants are not secure enough in their own product, so they feel the need to bash other companies.

And then of course there are the people that feel the need to disagree with a post, just because they can. Usually it’s such a trivial thing. But when you add negativity to a thread, it not only upsets whoever is running the page, but any consultant from that company who loves the company. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? It’s not nice, and it’s not necessary.

And I haven’t even addressed people that like to complain on their own company’s page. Which of course makes it harder for everyone in your own company to do business.

If you have a legitimate concern, contact customer service and see if they’re willing to make it right. But if your negative comment is such that you’re only saying it to cause trouble, cut it out. Consultants in our industry should be elevating the industry, not making it harder for people to do business. And it’s likely that your policies and procedures have a clause about bad-mouthing competitors. Every time you post negatively online about another company, you’re violating that.

So the next time you want to post a negative comment about a direct sales company, just because you can, think twice. Is it necessary? Is it kind? Is it ethical? Is there a better way to give feedback?

Chances are, that comment isn’t necessary at all.

Your thoughts?

6 Responses to Do You Really Need to Make That Comment?
  1. Jordan Ramirez
    April 30, 2014 | 10:49 am

    I completely agree!! As Direct Sales professionals we ALL have a responsibility to raise the standard for our profession as a whole. When the profession wins, we all win!
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  2. Joanne Nistico
    April 9, 2014 | 4:28 am

    Well said. Especially from a professionals opinion. We Networkers represent the message of our company and the industry. As a veteran those who heed this advice move up the ranks and success. Truth be known this is not just true for the network marketing reps!

  3. Lawrence Wolfson
    April 8, 2014 | 10:47 pm

    Great article and you are right on target as usual.

  4. Sharon
    April 7, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    I guess we all see it all time on the Company’s FB page as well as in other forums..It is very tacky and unprofessional and I so happy you brought this up gain.

  5. Jenny Rowan
    April 7, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    TOTALLY. 🙂
    I’ve felt the pain of sitting behind the scenes on this stuff. It’s so not fun, and not necessary.

    Thanks, as always, for your awesome post!

  6. Cindy Taylor
    April 7, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Amen, sista!! It is always important to think before you post anything anywhere! Good reminder!
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