Sunday, October 02, 2005

Types of Functions

For my readers finding details about the Britt World Wide (BWW) aspect of Quixtar that do not know anything about it, it thought it might merit an explanation of all the types of meetings your loved ones may be attending. Here is a detailed list, of course, if anyone has anything that I missed, please let me know. I limited this topic for the rank and file people; I intentionally excluded Go Diamond, Diamond Club, etc.

Thanks,

X

Weekend conferences ($90-100 + travel expenses)

There are four of these each year, each with its own invitation and purpose. In all of these, the sessions usually start about 8:00 on Friday night (doors always open an hour before session officially starts) and go to 12:00. There may be a band, typically the Goads; that will play for about 45 minutes at the start. (Not long ago the IRS deemed contributions for this ‘Christian’ group as not tax deductible. Here is the Ministry Watch Donor Alert.) People dismiss at midnight and often have unofficial (though sometimes official) ‘Night Owl’ meetings where they get to talk in a close quarters with an Emerald of Diamond. The Saturday morning session usually starts at 9-10:00 and runs to 2:00 with a 5-6 hour break. The doors open at 7:00 and the meeting starts at 8:00 until midnight. This time is the ‘prime time’ where the speakers start to get ‘serious’ and mostly get religious and promote the Sunday morning worship service as their ‘secret’ to how to build the business. There used to be night owls, but about 2003 or so, they requested that people no longer hold them due to safety concerns in driving home the next day. The Sunday morning worship service features preaching from the biggest Diamond in the meeting so as to ensure a lot of people get there. The Goads will be back to do praise and worship, and an ‘alter call’ will be made. An offering is collected that goes to the Goads, though some people have made accusations of people getting paid for speaking from this money; I do not know the truth of these claims. All this starts at 9:00 in the morning and runs to about 11:00. The afternoon session starts at anywhere from 12:00-2:00 and runs to 5:00. This tight schedule has cult analysts concerned that these functions are most likely indoctrination sessions. That is added to the fact that many people are told that “It can’t explained”, “It will change your life”, etc. Statements such as these are Red Flags indicating Cult-like activity. The attire for these conferences is Business.

  1. Winter Conference (Dream Weekend) – This was originally known as Dream Weekend, but was changed to Winter Conference to maintain a more professional appeal. This is in the wintertime obviously. The invitation to this is on a per team basis, each attending the conference the Upline has organized. These are typically done in a large hotel conference rooms and about 500-2000 people would be the max present. The Winter Conference is primarily to get people focused on what they want out of the business. The speakers will be the Emeralds and based on the team you are on, a few Diamonds. The Saturday night (and possible Friday night, late), the ‘Big Pins’ at the organization are present. Typically, the person who is running the organization will have their Upline Diamond there as the power speakers. Example, Dave Taylor’s WC, Rex Renfrow will come in and be the power speaker; Rex is also the power speaker for Nardone conferences, etc.
  2. Spring Leadership – This conference is a step larger than the WC. Spring Leadership will be organized from a higher pin level, there will be anywhere from 2000-15000 people in attendance. These are most often done in arenas. The speakers will be Diamonds from that team. The primary purpose of this function is to update people on products and additions to the system, as well as teach the basics. Since there is such a flux of people in the business, they need to keep teaching how to contact, build a list, etc. The people are getting all this from trainings and counseling, but it gives more credibility to the system to hear the Diamonds teach it.
  3. Summer Conference (Family Reunion) – Like WC, this function is small and comprised of the same size and group as WC. It was also ‘professionalized’ with the ‘Summer Conference’ term. The primary function of this is to introduce people to the Line of Sponsorship and to bring together people who may have moved out of the area.
  4. Free Enterprise Day – This is normally regional, i.e. you go to the nearest one, though many teams often promote to go to the one in the upline’s area. This conference is designed to show the new pin winners and introduce the new Diamonds. It is very large, often 5,000 – 15,000 people from all sorts of Lines of Sponsorship. Very large pins from all over come to speak, as well as some international Bigpins. The emphasis is to get people to commit to ‘doing what it takes this year’. This conference is right at the start of the new fiscal year, so it is a ‘new beginning’. These are in coliseums.

Rally/Seminar ($10)

These functions are 4 times a year, once every quarter on a Saturday night from 7:00-10:00. This is when an Emerald or up comes in and tells their story about how they started the business, how they built it, etc, and then the second part, is to do a teaching seminar which focuses on teaching the 4 basics of building the business (Build a list, Invite, Show the Plan (new terminology wants to use the term ‘Share the Presentation’, and Follow up / Getting Started). In between these two parts is pin recognition for all the people have changed pins since the last Rally/Seminar. These are held in any size place that will hold the number of people; they range in size from small test rallies with a few hundred people up to thousands in convention centers. The attire is Business

Team Training (variable, often about $5-6)

This is held by the Emerald or above locally. They are once a month and the purpose is to teach the new people about the basics of building the business, and to motivate the people to take it to the next step. They will often have a tool table set up here to buy books, tapes, or other miscellaneous BWW materials. The speakers are the Platinum’s and above plus whoever is really driving miles and showing the plan. The attire is Business Casual.

Open Opportunity Meeting ($3-4)

These are held in hotel rooms and are open for IBO’s to bring prospects to see the plan in a professional setting. Depending on the team, there will be 2-4 of these per month. The guests are free. The plan is shown by a person who is Platinum or above and for each team, once every few months they will run a ‘Diamond Open’ where a Diamond comes to show the plan. The attire is Business.

Attitude Meeting ($3-5)

This is a meeting that is very infrequent, used on an ‘as needed’ basis. The Upline Diamond or even above that person will come in and speak. These meetings tend to be totally motivational in nature. They are very cult-like as the speaker ‘pours out his heart’ (a phrase used often) about how much this business means and why. The attire is Business.

Nuts and Bolts (Often free, on our team it was ‘bring an ice-cream topping’)

These are meetings done by an Emerald (or rarely a Platinum) done in the home of the lowest person in the leg for a fast moving group. The reason it is done in the lowest person is that it gets all the people from the Platinum to the lowest person there. This is done when a team grows too fast for teaching, so the basics and some motivation is provided.

Night Owl (Free, the cost of a meal, etc.)

These are often held after other meetings (Opens, Rally/Seminars, Team Trainings, etc). Sometimes they are open for all in attendance at the preceding meetings, while other times, it is for the ‘top performers’. It is purely motivational in nature and especially for the qualifying meetings, it seems like you are becoming part of a group that is going to change the world. Often these have an open floor for people to share what is on their heart. These are held in restaurants.

Eagle Team (Free, Cost of a meal, etc)

These are also held in restaurants and are performed by the nearest Emerald or above upline. This is a qualifying meeting for those that are Eagles, doing the Eagle steps, or those who are brand new to the business. The desire to go to these meetings just to get around the upline is a drive to get to work. These meetings are motivational in nature and are more like a ‘fellowship’ time than a meeting.

1000+, 2500+ Leadership ($3-5 per session for some groups and up to $40 for others, a few sessions a weekend; Travel and lodging)

These are weekend retreats for the people who have reached whatever level it is they are holding the leadership for. These are very laid back and relaxing. The meeting is in the evening for about 3 hours a day and the rest of the day is for fun time. You could swim, play golf, tennis, walk, run, or whatever. There will often be a Big Pin from the top of the organization present who is very friendly the whole time and open to talking to whoever is present.

10 Comments:

Blogger rocket said...

Hey X!

Love your Blog Man.

I'm linking you to my blog, you've got some great stuff in here.

Wed Oct 05, 04:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger truth said...

X,

The 1000-2500 leaderships can actually be more expensive. My wife and I were encouraged to attend one and the tickets for both of us was going to be about $40 a piece. Of course this did not include hotel and the fact that we needed to find our own transportation as well.

Fri Oct 07, 02:27:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger truth said...

Oh yeah and the only attitude session I ever attended was actually $10 tickets and was in another state. Many teams will go to a session that is bringing in a Diamond just to plug in and get some "nuggets".

Fri Oct 07, 02:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger xanadustc said...

Thanks Truth,

I added a brief update to that section.

X

Fri Oct 07, 06:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger John said...

X, I love this blog. i have heard you on the podcasts too and i appreciate our sober approach to the business. The three year history with all the expeditures etc. that you tok the time to lay out is such a great resource. I does not say that everyone that is is the business for three years will never show a profit of more than a few bucks, but it makes it clear that someone who followed the system like you did can can still reach the pin levels that they are led to believe they will. It was one of the thibg that led me to finally quit, after two weeks(after several months of being recruited). I think your posts, and what I have heard fron you about your life after quixtar, that the level of integrity you posses is what people have to throw out the window to really reach those levels. I have seen time and time again in my research that sooner or later you've got to get selfish and agressive to make it work. I would also argue that there are sales related businessopportunities and employment opportunities wherer one can strike a balance between their integrity and their wil to succedd. Quixtar , however, by its very nature, requires you to choose one or the other.

Sat Apr 28, 02:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Josh and Mel said...

In the crossline group that my wife and I plug into (we live at a distance from our upline group, so we plug into the nearest open), the training sessions are combined with the open, for a single ticket cost. The night owl is a separately ticketed event, in which you pay for both the meeting itself (as the restaurant stays open late and keeps the buffet up especially for our team) and the buffet if you want it.

I'm stoked, because a crossline diamond is doing an open and attitude next week in place of our local open. It's gonna be good. :D

josh

Sat May 12, 06:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Sayyed said...

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Thu May 07, 10:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Sayyed said...

hi kumar
i'm also amway distubutor
LOVE YOUR BLOG MAN

Thu May 07, 10:14:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Truth said...

I was in the business from 1997 to 1998. Just long enough to receive God's forgiveness of my sins through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. Why not witness to the lost and dying sinner, instead of tearing down a confused bunch of Saints? Peace to you.

Wed Dec 09, 03:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger xanadustc said...

I will comment to Truth's (with the capital T, as the one with the lowercase t I actually know :)) last comment, though I have removed his other comments because of spamming. If he continues it, I will contact blogger to report him for abuse.

But to answer the question, I spend the time addressing the "confused bunch of saints" because I am simply commanded by God to preach a pure Gospel and point out those who do not preach a pure Gospel. That is why.

Fri Dec 11, 04:49:00 PM GMT-5  

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