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How a shirt and tie can alleviate nerves

How a shirt and tie can alleviate nerves

So I need to be in the main hall at 8am at the Network Marketing Mastermind Event 2013 to ensure the technical team had everything in good order for my talk.

I had been a good boy and done my ironing the night before and was convinced my new blue (and subtle pink) striped shirt was a winner, alongside a darker blue tie.

Alarm goes off and I get dressed and had a small feeling I had made a bad choice with the combination. However, I decided to see how I felt as I headed over to the main hall. It was a five minute walk as it was in the hotel next door.

Technical stuff done – time for a cup of tea, I am English after all! Then I bump into a great friend and colleague, Steph Longworth. He’s a smartly dressed guy but possibly not the primary ‘go to’ person when it comes to fashion.

He says to me “what’s going on with your shirt and tie?” – which is followed a couple of moments later when I see another good mate, Ian Jones, who shares similar observation.

Once can be unlucky, twice is a coincidence but three times and you know it’s time for a serious rethink! So I then spot Joga Shoker – one of my best friends – who, having picked-up some American MLM lingo, says, “Dude! That shirt and tie isn’t working!”

I ask Art Jonak, the host and starship commander for the Mastermind event what he thinks, himself a pretty snappy dresser, and can tell by his reaction I’ve made a bad choice!

So, I dart back to my hotel, into the lift, along the corridor and into my room – out comes the plain pink shirt, straight under the iron! Put it on with the original tie and bravo, it worked a treat!


(Photo with Joga Shoker following the change!)

As I headed back to the event, which was just a few minutes away from starting I realised I had managed to distract myself and forget about any nerves and anxiety for my two slots that were coming up that day in front of some of the world’s top network-marketers, including guys like Randy Gage, Jordan Adler, Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter, Sarah Robbins and Richard Brooke.

By finding something else to focus on I was able to lose those silly moments of self-doubt, tension and rewriting scripts and was then raring to go and feeling excited about what was to follow.

[Photo attached is of the shirt that had been thrust away bitterly!]


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About Wes Linden

Wes Linden
Wes Linden has never had a conventional job, having failed to complete his degree and drop-out long before completing it. Yet he came across a network-marketing business and has worked with that same company for over 15 years. Having built one of the largest and most successful organisations with an expected team turnover of £60m (over $100m). He's an Amazon best-selling author and international speaker at network marketing events around the world.

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