And most MLMers aren’t supposed to talk to negative folks.

So do a little research on the product – then ask questions. Many MLMs have peripheral motivational organizations – and generally, their costs far exceed anything the participant can earn by selling the product. Point out negative websites and ask how that kind of information can be helpful (NOT!) in trying to build a business. Are the products found on ebay or craigslist, as disgruntled participants seek to dump their inventories at below-cost prices?? (Again – this can make building a business fairly difficult)

Does your cousin talk about “dreams” – something used to divert one’s attention from the dwindling checkbook balance. There’s no place for “dreams” in a real business – just assets and liabilities and the bottom line.

From reading this forum and others, I’ve come to the conclusion that some people are “Motivational Junkies” and like that artificial “high” found at meetings. And like an addict – there’s not much you can do to change their mind until they’re darn good and ready to listen.

1. It’s helpful to accept that you cannot talk her out of it with logic. The MLM training has it all covered -( everything from questioning your intentions and integrity to labeling you a loser).

2.If she is like most MLMers (I haven’t known but 1 or 2, so this is second hand information), she will come out of it after significant losses and deflated, at which time you should help her get on her feet(not financially). Meanwhile, all you can do is ask some probing questions when you can(the idea is to feed into any doubts she may have herself from time to time)- if you can do it without seeming to come from an intellectually superior position.

3. I recently had a friend’s friend talk up some mlm and the “financial success” so much that I asked her to get back to me when she made her first million. That put an end to my recruitment :).

Good luck!