1. Disclaimer: I am not an IBO. And after coming to the FED I have no intention of ever spending a penny on any products or meetings or materials or conferences that this organization sells or endorses.
2. Nothing in the 3 days -not a single presentation- has been genuinely informative. There have been no business plans or spread sheets or money-management tips. No one has given the almost 4500 people any useful tips re. networking or brand management. The sum total of the entire conference is: To get this BLING you've got to keep trying and never give up. This would be acceptable from one or two speakers but it's the same message from ALL of them.
3. At the beginning of the "Function" there was a lot of patriotism - anthems and flags and salutes. This is called priming. It's bringing the audience to a state of mind that is enjoyable so that the other messages go through easily, without resistance. And this is all over the place: live pop music (with a truly talentless group) in stage; appeals to the sanctity of marriages and relationships ALL the time (a good tactic since many attendees are couples) before putting forward the exact message again.
4. The presentations by couples all follow the same routine. First the (usually pretty, usually blonde) wife speaks about how the business was challenging at the beginning and how it brought the couple together through adversity. Then the husband speaks about the adversities and tough times etc. It's a lot like bad reality TV. And, again, it's all the same as the other pretty couple. It's all the same and all of it is bad.
One pretty wife said that she climbed 9 steps to the stage, to make a point of the 9 steps of the principle (or something) but this attendee went to the other side of the auditorium and counted the steps - 7! :(
5. (Final point, though I could go on) The best thing about the "Function" is those who have come to watch. And to learn. There are scores of attendees who are clearly honest, ambitious, committed, and kind. There are many who scribble away into notepads and others who could definitely do great things - it's clear that they want to make something of themselves. And this is the worst part of it all. That so many people are bound for failure - in any pyramid there's only room for one person at the top. To anyone reading this who has had enough of "the business" I applaud you. You tried to make something of yourself. Next time, do your due diligence. I wish you way more than luck.