One of the biggest things I notice is online networkers claiming "qualifications" they really have no right to claim. Yes it looks good to say you are this or that but it will blow up in your face when you cannot back it up. What is even worse is ruining your own credibility and the credibility of others in your particular opportunity. I got an email yesterday that was forwarded to me by a friend. The original e-mail was from a prospect of his, someone claiming to be a "Coach". The whole thing in a nutshell was download this e-book probably because this "Coach" had signed up with this program a little over a week ago.
Let me ask you if someone reads a few medical textbooks, does that quailfy him to claim to be a doctor? No it doesn't, he must go through years of study overseen by instructors and years of hands on training overseen by qualified licensed physicians before he can claim to be a doctor. And yet everyday someone signs up with a company and jumps on the internet claiming to be an "expert".
Let me say it takes much more than putting your John Hancock on a contract to make you an expert. You need to study your opportunity and products. You need to understand the need for your product. If you don't understand these things how can you A) identitfy when someone has a need or B) present your product(s) in a way that will show it fits the need?
To me the biggest phonies on the net are the thousands of business "coaches". They read some guru's e-book then claim they are a coach. That does not make you a coach, it makes you someone who read a book nothing more. Until you have the experience gathered under a qualified instructor on coaching you are just another John or Jane Doe that jumped on the internet expecting some easy money. And even worse 90% of the time the coaching involves nothing more than slapping up a website hoping someone will download the same e-book you just read.
Until you have taken the time to really learn what is in that e-book, to apply and test the techniques with your own opportunity and to learn how it can be applied to others opportunities you are not a coach, you aren't qualified. You don't have the experience and you certainly don't have the credibility. This is exactly why the guru's have such a bad name right now.
The other great myth I see all the time is gurus who claim their techniques work with any opportunity. Wait just a second what is your background again? What life experience do you have that makes you think you can coach anybody that exists? Tom Landry was one of the greatest coaches out there, Pat Riley was one of the greatest coaches out there but now honestly think how well would the Dallas Cowboys have done with Riley at the helm? Would the Lakers be as great as they have been staistically speaking with Landry writing the playbook?
Both of these men were great coaches but they coached what they knew. Landry knew football, Riley knew basketball and neither one of them ever tried to coach what they were not qualified to coach.
So what am I saying here? Use a little common sense and logic.
Don't claim what you are not yet entitled to claim.
Stop trying to think you are qualified to coach anyone breathing because you can't.
And for Pete's Sake you have a life full of experience, stop acting like reading an e-book by some guru erases all of that. It's only your life experience that will give you any common ground to deal with someone else!