Introduction to Global Information Network Compensation Plan
If you have been reading this site, you probably know that I joined a fraternity in college. People join fraternities for a lot of reasons. If they have family members who were in the same fraternity, they might do it out of a sense of family tradition. Even if they do not, and even and especially if they are the first person in their family to go to college, they may do it out of a sense that it will help them make valuable professional connections. Some people join fraternities because they think that their peers, especially the girls at their college, will be impressed with them if they do. And some join out of the mistaken notion that it is more fun to get blackout drunk at a college keg party at a big state school when you are a member of the fraternity hosting it than when you are not.
Having been a member of a fraternity, and having interacted with members of other fraternities, I can tell you that Greek letter life is a valuable, meaningful, and fun experience for some people. Some fraternity and sorority members do make lifelong friendships and professional connections through their membership in Greek letter organizations. Speaking from experience though, there are far more fun, less costly, and more efficient ways to network and make friends.
I consider myself a fairly extraverted person, and I have always found it easy to make social connections with people. (On the Meyers-Briggs personality test, I am almost exactly in the middle on the introvert-extravert spectrum, just a little bit on the extravert side. I’m the extraversion equivalent of a swing state.) I make connections with people everywhere I go, and I am still in contact with almost everyone I have gotten to know since the dawn of the social media age. (Social media makes it a lot easier to keep up with people. I wish I could get back in contact with my friend Trevor, who was my co-worker at Wendy’s many years ago and who introduced me to the novels of Tom Robbins. I have searched his name on Facebook and LinkedIn many times, but he seems not to have a social media presence of any kind.) For reasons that are obvious to anyone who has passed sixth grade English class, when fraternity members are asked what is the best part of being in a fraternity, the first word they say in response is almost always brotherhood. I have moved in a lot of different social circles, and I have experienced the feeling of brotherhood in many different places, but for me, Greek letter life doesn’t even make the top ten. The relationships I formed in my fraternity could not hold a candle to my relationship with my own biological brothers, my friendship with my childhood friend the other Brad (who runs Notebook Crazy with me), the unspoken oneness I felt with the other misfits at the Pink Floyd planetarium show in 1998 (even when we do not say a word to each other), the intellectual connection I always feel with everyone else who attends Ebertfest (even when we do not say a word to each other), the communion of fellow travelers I felt with the inquisitive, anti-authoritarian college dropouts I worked with at virtually every menial job in the Midwest, the unity I feel with other bloggers almost entirely without regard to the subject of their blog, the understanding I feel with other classic rock fans regardless of age, gender, or nationality, the unspoken validation I feel when I walk into Taco Bell and find an oasis of people who are tired of being guilt tripped about their affinity for carbs, the way everyone who has ever fired a Paintball gun is my brother in arms, and of course, the shared sense of purpose I feel with just about everyone who has just about had it with multilevel marketing (MLM) but is still trying to find a way to make it work.
Everyone needs to feel connected to other people. Everyone needs a friend, a brother. Everyone needs to feel that someone out there understands them. Jaded MLM marketers of the world, I feel your pain. We’re in this together, and you have come to the right place. I am Brad, this is Notebook Crazy, and you have arrived just in time for my Global Information Network review. Before we really get into the specific advantages and disadvantages of the Global Information Network compensation plan, let me tell you a little bit about my blog and my quest. I have been involved with the multilevel marketing scene for eight years now, and I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of MLM. If truth be told, I still have a basement full of unsold MLM merchandise. I have tried so many times to get my relatives to let me autoship MLM merchandise to them that it is with trepidation that they invite me to Thanksgiving dinner. (One year, my grandma even sent my little cousins out as scouts to inspect my car for nutraceuticals before she would even let me near the bird. I am a bit embarrassed to tell you how recently that year was; you know as well as I do how hard it is to live down your reputation as a pushy MLM salesman with your own family.) After eight long years, I have finally achieved financial freedom, and yes, MLM was a contributing factor. It is possible to make money with MLM if you do it right. That is what brought me to this quest. My purpose on this blog is to demonstrate the differences among MLM companies and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Your success with MLM depends a lot more on you than it does on the MLM company, but there are some companies with which even the most talented businesspeople go nowhere. This way you can separate the wheat from the chaff (or in the case of Healthy Headie, the sticky icky icky from the stems). I am here to let you know which MLM companies give you a chance to let your business talents shine, and which ones just leave you with a basement full bee pollen, fungus, and plankton. (If you think I’m kidding about that, read my other reviews on this site.)
If you ended up on this page because you Googled “fraternity introvert planetarium” and had never heard of MLM before, I hope you are intrigued and you stick around to read all the reviews on this site. If you are here because you Googled “cryptozoology beauty queen”, “prettier than plankton”, or “quadruple crown diamond barf” and ended up on another one of my reviews, then I appreciate you abiding with me on my quest. For everyone else, I will not make you wait any longer. Here is my Global Information Network review.
Global Information Network: The Company and Its Products
Global Information Network was founded in 2009 by Kevin Trudeau, who is a controversial figure, to say the least. The first paragraph of the Wikipedia page about Kevin Trudeau informs us that he is currently serving a prison sentence for contempt of court and is set to be released in 2022. When you think of contempt of court, you probably imaging some loudmouth continuing to shout obscenities after the judge says “Order in the Court!” but with Kevin Trudeau, it’s a little more complicated. Since the 1980s, he has found himself in many situations that involve a courtroom and the word “fraud”, and he was faced with so many legal fines that he declared bankruptcy in 2014. Of course, his spending habits did not look like those of someone who was bankrupt, and this rubbed the courts the wrong way. One thing led to another, and Trudeau was sentenced to jail time in 2014.
Kevin Trudeau has been involved with a number of nutraceutical product lines, with and without the MLM business model. If you have been reading Notebook Crazy, you know that some nutraceutical MLMs make pretty suspect claims about the health benefits of their products, but Kevin Trudeau is, thus far, the only MLM boss I have heard of whose claims were so outrageous that, in 2004, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission forbade him from ever selling anything other than his books. (The only reason he can still sell his books is his First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.)
There aren’t really any Global Information Network products per se. What you buy when you join Global Information Network is a steep $495 membership to a club. (That is $495 is 2011 money, and it doesn’t even count the $150 monthly membership fees.) The Global Information Network website makes it look similar to any other online network of businesspeople and entrepreneur, such as LinkedIn, but when you read the Wikipedia page about Kevin Trudeau, you discover that the principles of the Global Information Network were outlined in Trudeau’s book Your Wish Is Your Command. The Global Information Network was headquartered on the Caribbean island of Nevis, a famous tax haven. (If you share my enthusiasm for playing geography quizzes on Sporcle, then you will quickly notice how few Americans even know that the nation of St. Kitts and Nevis even exists.)
The Global Information Network Compensation Plan
Since there are no Global Information Network products other than Global Information Network membership, sales and recruitment are almost exactly the same thing in the Global Information Network compensation plan. The membership levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. You would think that someone with as wild an imagination as Kevin Trudeau could think of more original names for the leadership levels of his secretive club.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- At least there are no nutraceuticals.
- If you are lonely and broke, it is free to post a profile on Facebook or LinkedIn. It is also free to go to lectures at the public library, do volunteer work, and any of so many other things that will give you a better chance of making new friends and making a good impression on potential employers than Genesis International Network.
All those past tense verbs can only mean one thing. The Global Information Network is now defunct. This dubious honor is usually reserved for MLM companies based on utterly baseless claims, and in the world of MLM, it is really saying something if your claims stand out as more baseless than everyone else’s. The only other time in the history of Notebook Crazy that this has ever happened was with Amega, a ballpoint pen-looking wand that the Amega company claimed could lull your cells into a state of healthy homeostasis and energize the chicken cells in your McNuggets. My eight years with MLM has convinced me that there are a lot of people in the world who have a very poor understanding of biology and are very uncritical in their financial decisions, and in conditions like those, it really takes a lot for an MLM company to make assertions that are such utter BS that Uncle Sam has to shut them down, but if anyone deserves this distinction, it is Kevin Trudeau.
Or is it defunct? Much like the tiny Audrey III that smiles menacingly in the last frame of Little Shop of Horrors, a disturbing announcement on the Global Information Network website makes reference to an event called Dream Weekend 2015. Defunct or not, your best course of action is to remember the name of the only radio friendly song on side 4 of Pink Floyd’s The Wall: “Run Like Hell”.
Hey, listen, I know what it feels to only be able to run a certain distance before you are ready to go back home and sit on your keister. If you get tired of running and are ready to talk seriously about how to make your Internet business profitable, schedule a call with me.