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5K Inner Circle: Taking it to the NEXT LEVEL

5K Inner Circle: Taking it to the NEXT LEVEL

EXCITING NEWS!!! Team Mark and Jerry are taking it to the next level! For those of you that are familiar with us & have joined us on our weekly team calls (Tues. nights 6 pm Pacific/ 9pm Eastern), you know our dedication to serve marketers. We have been providing training to business owners on how to market on-line, how to dominate the search engines, how to close sales, etc.

We now are going one step further & are closing people’s sales for them! What other on-line marketing team will do that for you? This is cutting edge! If you’re interested, check us out at:

Mentorship in Marketing

Mentorship in Marketing

Mentorship in Marketing: Do You Have a Mentor?

‘A wise man will hear & increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.’ ~Proverbs 1:5

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life & my career, it’s that having a mentor is crucial to one’s success. How are you going to learn & grow if you don’t have someone to gain wisdom from? Along my journey, I’ve found several people that have acted as a mentor in one way or another (sometimes even when they were unaware of it). In marketing, I’ve gained a wealth of wisdom from individuals such as Stephen Pierce, my good friend, Ivan Harris, and my business partner, Jerry Maurer. We all have different strengths, talents, and experiences that we share & draw from each other.

Mentoring in Marketing: So how do you find a good mentor?


The Right Mentor Will Inspire You!

I have narrowed down 4 key components that make up a great trainer:

1. Find someone who won’t put you in the ‘Witness Protection Program.‘ What I mean by this is, be cautious of self-proclaimed ‘gurus’ on the internet who want nothing more than to take your $ and run! I’ve been there, done that. When you have someone pursuing you to close the sale, and then you don’t hear from them (or have trouble contacting them), you know that is NOT a quality mentor. They are more concerned with selfish gain, than with aiding you in your own success. Stay away! Research, research, research each mentor you’re considering & go with the one that has the most ‘added value’- according to who they’ve helped.

2. Find someone with a COMPATIBLE PERSONALITY. Not everyone jives, or has the same outlook on life. Even if a trainer has a wealth of information, if you’re not on the same page as them (personality wise), it’s not going to work. With Team Mark & Jerry, there are some team members who feel more comfortable working closely with Jerry than myself…and visa versa. Do I take offense that they prefer Jerry in some cases? No! I encourage people to find a trainer/mentor who fits their own personality. There’s nothing worse than trying to work with a person that you bump heads with!

3. Find a Mentor who will invest at least 2 hours a week into helping you succeed! Is this mentor you’re considering too busy to meet with you weekly (via phone, internet, or whatever means necessary)? If the answer is yes, save your money! It’s crucial that you have a mentor who can evaluate where you are in your learning, encourage and train you in your weakest areas, and keep you accountable on your progress & goals. That is what good teachers do! They don’t simply take your $, throw out information, & move on without checking back to see if you’re succeeding!

4. Find a Marketing Mentor who knows how & can teach you how to DOMINATE the Search Engines & BRAND YOURSELF! With business today, internet marketing is the way to make $$$. It is crucial to learn how to get on top of the Search Engines (Yahoo, Google, YouTube, etc…). You want to know how to brand yourself in your industry if you want to take your business to the next level!

Mentorship in Marketing: Are You Ready?

Now that we’ve touched on finding a mentor, let’s focus on YOU. After all, it takes 2 to Tango! You can’t expect a mentor to do all the work! Success is also going to be based on what you DO with the information you’ve learned! Here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself:

1. Are you TEACHABLE? So many people will defensively answer ‘yes.’ Take the time to really think this through. Are you humble enough to admit that you need help? Are you willing to absorb new information from someone who has already traveled the road you’re on? This may seem like a no-brainer to you, but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve listened to those I’m training, and told them what adjustments they need to make, only to hear, ‘I don’t know…I like doing it this way instead.’ Really? If you already have attained success in your business, why did you call me? I’ve learned that I can only help those who genuinely WANT to helped. They have to be willing to step out of their comfort zones, and follow the instructions I give.

2. Are you ready to TAKE ACTION? Sam Ewig said it best when he stated, ‘Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.’ You cannot take information and then refuse to put it into action. Building a successful business does NOT happen overnight & it will take a lot of energy and hard work. You have to decide whether you are just going to talk the talk, or if your willing to WALK THE WALK!

3. Are you DISCIPLINED? In MLM businesses, I run into countless individuals who jump from business to business. In fact, I get exhausted listening to so many new pitches daily…people wanting to recruit me into their ‘new, cutting edge opportunity.’ How will you ever know if something works, if you only put it into action for a short time? Again, you can’t have the ‘get rich quick’ mentality & expect everything to come easily to you. There are times you are going to feel exhausted, intimidated, doubtful, emotional…the list goes on and on! You have to be determined to stay the course & reap the long term benefits. Remember what Aristotle declared: ‘We are what we REPEATEDLY DO. Excellence then, is not an act but a HABIT.’

In a nutshell, marketing in this economy is not a small task. If you want to bring your business to the peak of success, you must find mentors to help you along the way…people who are willing to walk alongside you & train you in your business. In turn, you must be teachable, put your learning to action, and be disciplined to follow through repeatedly.

If you are interested in a team of Internet Marketing Mentors, check out my websites: God bless you!

Mark Stephens, Marketing Mentor

Marketing Your Business

5K Inner Circle: On-Line Marketing Training!

5K Inner Circle: On-Line Marketing Training!

Andrew Carnegie said it best when he declared, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

I believe the same is true, even when you work for yourself from home. We all benefit from being apart of a team that inspires, encourages, mentors, and keeps us accountable. In fact, if we become an island to ourselves, and forsake the accountability/input of others, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. Working alone in isolation can cause our passion for what we do each day to fizzle! We need others who are motivated, positive, who we can learn from, and who are on the same journey. This is why Jerry Maurer & I created the ‘5K Inner Circle.’

What is the 5K Inner Circle? It’s a team of highly motivated on-line marketers who will train you on how to close your sales & teach you different marketing techniques to bring YOUR business to the next level. We are looking for marketers who are willing to learn, put training into action, are committed (do not jump from program to program), and positive!

Are you ready to join the circle of trust? Visit our website at: or give me a call: Mark Stephens 909.748.5705.

NO Quitters Allowed!

NO Quitters Allowed!

Passion and zeal followed by burn out and complacency. I see it all the time as an internet marketer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve built a connection with someone, trained them, given them to tools to find success…only to see them quit in the end. It seems the ones that do the most talking about what they’re going to do, end up being the first to throw in the towel! All their plans, aspirations, talk, and excitement evaporated at the thought of daily dedication to the tasks.

As a trainer, it’s disheartening to run into so many people that give up. Is this an entire generation of people who lack commitment, discipline and endurance? It’s as if those that believed in the power of their word have been replaced by flakes!

Which is what brings me to my new mantra: ‘NO QUITTERS ALLOWED.’ That’s right…if you are going to be a quitter, I don’t want your business. In fact, if you jump from business to business, you might as well stop reading here because I’m not going to invest in you. Go back to your day job & be a slave to ‘The Man.’ I don’t have the energy to waste training a quitter. The few pennies I would gain in signing you into a company and mentoring you are nothing in comparison with the hours I would throw away teaching a bump on a log. Time is $!

I’m looking for the rare diamonds in the rough. The ones who not only say with a passion that they want a change, but those who are willing to put change into motion! How? By taking the training I provide, and daily practicing it!

Are you willing to take your business to the next level? Are you interested in joining a DEDICATED team of internet marketers who will come alongside you & aid you in your success? If so, it’s gonna take a lot of stick-to-it-ness. Sometimes you might feel out of your comfort zone, challenged, or tired, but I guarantee that you’ll grow leaps and bounds if you never give up!

Check out my team of committed marketers: We have marketing training every Tues. night @ 6pm Pac/9pm Est. We discuss closing sales, overcoming objections, marketing on-line, home based businesses, and include guest speakers who are the leaders in the MLM industry. I’ll see you at the TOP!

Team Mark & Jerry: Two Guys Helping One Marketer at a Time!

Team Mark & Jerry: Two Guys Helping One Marketer at a Time!

In my previous posts, I’ve referred to my primary goal in marketing: teaming with others to help them succeed in their own businesses. I know that this sounds very general, but I believe we only keep what we give away. With that in mind, I’ve worked on my game plan for training others for quite a while now. Some questions I struggled with were: How do I help others in my circle of influence? What do I have to pass on that can better someone else?

I knew training was what I wanted to do…it’s what I enjoy. I’m the interpersonal guy. It’s been said that I could sell water to fish, ice to Eskimos, etc, etc. Yes, sales comes easy to me & I enjoy selling, but I generally just enjoy meeting & connecting with new people…especially those who are on the same wavelength as me (with business or life).

The awesome thing is, in my marketing journey, I came across a guy who is very much on the same page as me…regarding vision, work ethic, and interests. The awesome thing is that he’s more gifted in the technical area than I am. So we offer a great balance. His name is Jerry Maurer & he we have teamed up to offer quality training to marketers on-line. Check out our website:

We have a Team Mark & Jerry training call every Tuesday night & teach REAL marketing strategies that will put $$$ into your bank account! We focus on hands-on training, role playing with customers, how to master your marketing, closing sales, overcoming objections, marketing tools that we recommend, etc. That’s every Tuesday (6pm Pac Time/9pm Eastern). If you’d like to join us, dial 605.477.2100 & enter access code: 602265# (You must dial the 605 number even after logging into the webroom).

We also offer a Webinar portion: and enter the room w/your name as an attendee.

Our trainings are fun, educational, and EYE OPENING! Get ready to take your business to the next level! The Team Mark & Jerry Show will also air on BLOG TALK RADIO every Tues. 9pm EST. Call in details: Dial 347.637.2360 @ 9pm ESTEnter the LIVE chat here: