FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the next
Q&A session by phone, and how I can be part of it?
the Director of Sher Success Teams and other prospective leaders
for a Q&A call on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 8 pm EST or
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 2 pm EST.
director[at]shersuccessteams[dot]com for the phone number.
good about being a Success Teams Leader?
get to help people go after their dreams. It's
creative and fun. You meet the most interesting
people in your area and you can make money doing
something you enjoy.
if I'd like to be a leader, but I've never
led a group?
you want to be a leader, you'll receive
a SUCCESS TEAMS 8-WEEK WORKSHOP KIT that will
run the group for you. All you'll have to do
is get them together and turn on the audio MP3 files
of Barbara's voice.
already an experienced group leader and/or have other
certifications. Why should I become a Registered Success
you're entitled to create and run free informal Success Teams, those
who have not applied and been accepted by Barbara Sher Online LLC as
Registered Success Team leaders are not permitted to use Barbara's
materials, even if you were a member of an official team.
Also, the following applies to leaders running informal teams without
1) We cannot refer people to you, and you must make it clear to all members
you recruit on your own that you are not trained by us or registered
with us. The reason: We are morally and possibly legally responsible
for people we refer, and only with trained and registered leaders
who have signed an agreement to use the methods Barbara designed can we be
sure of what goes on in a Success Team.
2) You will not be a part of the ongoing online leader's support system.
3) You will not be listed in our websites as a Success Team Leader.
4) You will not be able to run Success Teams in corporations and
other organizations without Barbara's permission. You must also make it
clear wherever you run Success Teams that you are self-trained and
not registered with our organization.
5) You must credit Barbara Sher for any material you use from her books.
How does the 8-week Success
Teams Workshop actually work?
use the materials in the kit to recruit team members
and get them together for the eight weekly two-hour meetings.
After everyone sits down, they'll be handed
their own Success Teams notebook with worksheets.
You'll tell them to open to the proper page
and you'll turn on the audio of Barbara discussing
the learning that will go on at that week's
The audio MP3 clips will direct every step of the
meetings. It will explain what everyone needs
to know, tell them which worksheet to use,
and give careful instructions for the next
step. It will even tell you when to turn it
off and on again! (The 8-Week
Success Teams Workshop kit has been in use
for over 30 years, and it works very well.)
Each week of the 8-week workshop is designed
to teach new Success Teams skills to
its members so that at the end of the
8 weeks, they can keep having meetings
on their own, for as long as they like
At the end of the 8 weeks, they'll also
have a plan of action, and a number of
contacts to follow up. And they'll know
how to support each other, and how to
avoid the pitfalls that make a team fall
How will I get people to
sign up for my Success Teams?
your practice team, you will invite three or four friends
or acquaintances to join you at no charge. The group of
you will run an Idea Party, where you will meet others
interested in going after their dreams. Idea Parties are
a low-risk way for paying members to decide if this is
for them. You can run them at any time.
The SUCCESS TEAMS LEADERS KIT includes a 60-second
radio commercial which can generate many calls for information.
here to hear the commercial]
You'll be given professionally prepared flyers with
testimonials about Barbara Sher's Success
Teams from The New York Times, The Wall Street
Journal, major newspapers and women's magazines
and Fortune 100 companies.
You'll also receive instructions on how, when and
where to post these flyers.
You'll get sample ads to place in your local
You'll be given instructions on how to get
local radio and TV interviews to promote Success
Teams and send many phone calls your way.
I get someone on the phone, what will I say?
LEADERS KIT and our online discussion forum
will provide you with information
on how to handle all questions. Remember,
this is not a sales job. We don't want you
pressuring anyone to join a Success Team and
you don't want people in your Success Team
who are reluctant to be there. However, anyone
has the right to understand what a Success
Teams is before they join one, so you'll have
the following options.
1) You can refer them to SherSuccessTeams.com
where they can read the real-life success
stories, read excerpts from Barbara's
books or go to Amazon.com to read reviews
and testimonial letters from Success Teams
2) You can ask them if they'd like to give
you their e-mail address so you can notify
them of any open-to-the-public events and
Idea Parties you may be running.
3) You can invite them to an informal Question
and Answer get-together at a coffeeshop or
Before you know it, you'll have people lining
up to be in your Success Team. You'll be given
complete instructions on how to follow up,
how to collect fees, etc.
what? How will I know what to do with them at the
won't have to know. You'll play the audio of Barbara's
introduction to Success Teams.
We'll explain more fully below, but first,
listen if you like to the opening words.
After that, Barbara's voice and the workbook will
is the Workbook used?
completely coordinated with Barbara's voice
on the audio MP3 files. She'll give instructions
on how to proceed, and since her audio instructions
are coordinated with the worksheets, a Success
Team can theoretically run itself without
a leader using these materials. But in most
cases, a real-life leader makes a big
difference in the team continuing over time
and sticking to guidelines.
I have to do any selling?
Great team leaders sincerely want to help
people. While they can sell people on themselves
with utter sincerity, they may not be great
salespeople in any other way. You'll be given
all the materials and methods you need (see
above) to get people to call you or
come together for a Question & Answer
get-together. If people are still uncertain,
you will never try to convince them. Even
if you are a great salesperson, I don't want
you to apply the slightest pressure to persuade
people to commit to a Success Team.
In the long run, your teams will be far more
successful if they're made up of people who
want very much to be there. For those who remain
uncertain, ask them if they want to be notified
of other informal get-togethers, send them
to the ShersSuccessTeams.com site or to the
local bookstore to look at Sher's books and
let them decide if they like her approach.
Tell them to call you if they want any further
information. And let them go.
You'll be left with exactly the kinds of people
you want to work with, interested, cooperative,
self-starting and most likely to stick with
the team after your 8-week involvement with
them is over.
What happens after each 8-week
workshop is completed?
soon as they "graduate," the Success
Team members will run their team on their
own for as long as they want to.
You should stay in touch with them, keep up
with their progress and invite them to
Idea Parties given by your next Success
Teams. You might also consider having a
big Idea Party once or twice a year where
everyone comes together. We'll give you
instructions on how to assemble and run
it. And you should encourage them to share
any successes, large or small, with you
and with their online support list.
Once they're independent, the teams may find
that they need your help every now and then
to get them back on track. Success Teams
create friendships, and it's not always
easy to hang on to the focus and structure
on their own. When you come in to help,
you may charge a fee per member for a "Team
long does the Success Teams Leader training
Success Teams are your training. Training begins
at once and never ends, as any experienced Success
Teams leader will tell you. (That's
why being a leader never loses its fascination!)
Any difficulties you encounter or questions
you need answered will be taken care of by Barbara
and/or experienced Success Team leaders
as they come up, by the online discussion forum you'll
be a part of, or by email.
much does it cost to become a Success Teams Leader?
of the details about your 8-Week Workshop Kit
can be found here.
about running Success Teams after the first one?
soon as you've run one Success Team, you will
be permitted to copy all the workbooks and
other materials from the 8-Week Workshop Kit
— everything but the audio MP3 files — and use
them to run as many 8-Week Success Team Workshops
as you wish. You can use the names you've
gotten from our newsletter announcements of
upcoming teams. You are also are
encouraged to continue to put up fliers, use
the radio commercials and the other methods
outlined in the kit to continue to
make people aware of existence
of Success Teams and to generate one Success
Team after another. Some facilitators find
that they have 2 or 3 Success Teams running
at once when they continue to use the materials
they were given.
Also, since the seventh week of every team
is an Idea Party thrown for the benefit of
the Success Team members and attended by as
many as 20 non-members (friends
and acquaintances invited by the members)
every 8-Week Success Teams Workshop will introduce
many new people to the magic of Success Teams.
You'll have signup sheets available for them
and you'll find a number of them wanting to
sign up for the next available Success Team.
I run teams using Skype, Google Hangouts, webinars, teleconferencing
or the like?
first three meetings and the seventh (the team's Idea Party)
must be in person. You may use technology for any of the other
After you have run at least two teams in person
for people in your area, you may request to join the team of
leaders who provide Success Teams by phone for road warriors and
those in areas with no leaders. We strongly discourage competing
with other leaders for team members and run this program
For team meetings, we never require high bandwidth internet access,
which is often not available to our members who live in rural areas
or must travel for work, but we welcome the use of Skype and other
internet phone services to call in and the use of video between
meetings by team members who have access to them.
I train other leaders to work for me?
All leaders permitted to use the copyrighted materials in the kit
are screened and overseen by Barbara Sher Online LLC.
much money can I make as a Success Teams Facilitator?
we don't want you to ever do a "hard
sell" to bring people in to Success Teams
and we won't allow you to train others in
a pyramid or multi-level-marketing structure,
you'll never get rich running Success Teams.
You'll have permission to reproduce and use all the
materials and to reproduce the workbooks
to run as many teams as you like. Some people
run 5 or more Success Teams a year.
Success Teams have 5 or 6 members, and the rate we
suggest leaders charge each team member for the
8-week program is $250-$600, depending on what feels
right in their area.
many teams must I run each year to remain a leader?
The people in your area need support, and it
must be available to them. That means they're
entitled to a local leader who is willing
to continue to make them aware of Success Teams
and give them opportunities to sign up for a
Success Team experience. If you find that you
don't have the time to sustain the level of
involvement that will create at least two Success
Teams a year, we ask that you let us know, and we
will take your contact info off the web. You will
still be a leader in good standing and can return when it fits
into your schedule better.
I lose my right to use the kit any other way?
Because people's dreams and self-confidence
can be in the hands of a Success Teams leader,
only the most supportive and effective leaders
should be running Success Teams. If at any
time this doesn't describe you, you'll be
notified and someone else will be selected.
After one year, you can apply to be returned to the program.
I run free teams for schools, shelters, etc., without
purchasing the kit?
will almost always give you permission to do that. Since
you won't be paying for the materials or online assistance,
but you will be receiving them, the answer will
depend on how much help we have available. We will need a letter
from your sponsor, who will provide meeting space and workbook copying.
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