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Top tips from the best

15th January 2015

What a night we had at the Gala Awards 2015! The room was buzzing with excitement as Organisers took to the stage to enjoy huge rounds of applause and receive the recognition they deserved after such a fantastic 2014.

We asked the award-winners to say a few words and share their 'top tips' to inspire and motivate as many Usborne Organisers as possible.  So whether you were there on that magical night or you couldn't quite make it, get ready to start your 'beautiful new day...'

Denise Watt - Kit Boost Achiever:

"It was the free books that motivated me initially! But as I went along, I felt like I'd already achieved a lot once bookings were in the diary. The Kit Boost is a great extension of the Starter Kit and a wonderful package to present to people."

Carly Cavilla-Hunt - Kit Refund Achiever:

"I got my business for free! Not only that, I changed my life and my children's lives for essentially nothing. What could be better than that?"

Sian Lamb - Top New Recruiter and Promotion Bonus Winner:

"The best advice I can give is to sell the love of the product and your enthusiasm."

Jennie Moore - Top New Organiser:

"Wow. This time last year I hadn't even joined Usborne. This is so surreal. When Usborne came along, I thought "why not see what I can do?" I've now got 23 Organisers in my team and this award!"

"Hard work and perseverance are my 'top tips'. The more you put in, the more you get out. The more passion you have, the more your customers see it. I read a poem that has really stuck with me:

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins
is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN."

Claire Pickard - Promotion to Team Leader:

"I said I wanted to promote because of the money! But it's so satisfying to help so many others achieve. Getting to go to the Summer Summit in the Cotswolds last year was amazing. It's really worth promoting."

Sophie Whiffen - Travel Incentive Winner - Dubai:

"[The travel incentive has] given me something to focus on. It wasn't really in my sight, but my team worked so hard and knew that I wanted a break. It's pushed me out of my comfort zone. It's made me determined to answer questions like "what can I do this month?" and "how can I get that new recruit?"

Emma Devine - 2014 Promotion to Group Leader:

"To succeed with Usborne, you don't need to have loads of experience, just a passion to get Usborne books out into the world. I get to work from home and spend precious time with my children."

Sue Bennetts - Top Group Leader:

"Believe in yourself. No one has ever been you before. Listen to your gut and get on with it!"

Maria Scrivens - 2014 Promotion to Divisional Leader:

"Last year, after the Gala, I went home and for the first time in 12 years, I actually wrote out my goals for the whole year, and boy, did my team get involved! Writing down my goals gave me a focus, but sharing them meant pressure! Money has never driven me, but making Divisional Leader has meant that I could afford to take my family to lunch on Christmas Day, and I never would've been able to do that before. My main advice would be to set a goal, write it down and say it out loud!"

Kate L'argent - Top Divisional Leader:

"I have just celebrated my 21st Usborne birthday! My children have grown up with Usborne and it is now their heritage. To think I almost left after 18 months! Think about what you want and don't give up. Hang on in there!"

"We rather like cakes in our division. Cakes are rather like your business really. Every person can mix their own cake, work out the ingredients and ask people to help make it. By doing that, you're bound to make it more fun and taste better! And let's not forget to aim for the cherry on top - 'incentives' - along the way too!"

Thank you to all of our Organisers for taking the time to write and express their thoughts and inspirations. It was amazing to hear your stories. Congratulations!

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