IBOA International

The Independent Business Owners Association International, Inc. (IBOAI) is the advocacy organization for North American Independent Business Owners (IBOs) affiliated with Amway®. The IBOAI advises Amway on every facet of the North American business, from products and promotions to operations and business guidelines. The IBOAI and Amway are dedicated to partnering for success with your input, support and participation.

Speaker Guidelines

IBOs try hard to do the right thing - in business as in life. To help guide IBOs in the way they speak about their independent business powered by Amway in North America, the IBOAI Board and Amway put together these Speaker Guidelines for Independent Business Owners. They are a good reference for all of us.

Our mission, as Independent Business Owners, is to offer people a business opportunity and guide them in the development of this fantastic Business Opportunity.

It is important to stay business-focused and not use the stage as a platform to excessively promote your personal religious, political, and/or moral stands.

The guidelines that follow are intended to further clarify subjects that would be considered appropriate and those that would be considered inappropriate.

Appropriate:

  • Equal opportunity business
  • An inclusive business for everyone
  • Respect for individuals, their individuality, and their individual beliefs

Inappropriate:

  • Certain religious beliefs are critical to business success
  • Disparaging remarks about any religious beliefs
  • Inflammatory labels or personal attacks on government officials
  • Demeaning statements regarding personal lifestyle, ethnicity, and gender roles

Appropriate:

  • When describing the IBO Compensation Plan powered by Amway, the roles of a balanced business (retail sales, personal use, and sponsoring) must be accurately explained
  • Provide realistic income potentials and lifestyle expectations
  • Amway supplies the Business Opportunity; Approved Provider offers training and education materials as well as community support

Inappropriate:

  • Terms: Tax shelter, wholesale buying club, virtual mall, franchise, private franchise
  • Minimizing time and effort
  • Guarantee of success
  • Setting timeframes on income/success
  • Residual, passive income
  • Royalties, endorsements, rebates
  • Money saved in personal use represented as income

Appropriate:

  • System participation and the purchase of Business Support Materials (BSMs) is presented as optional
  • Approved Provider/Line of Affiliation (LOA) offers an environment that can help you learn about and grow your independent business
  • Many IBOs find it helpful to purchase and use BSMs
  • Sharing personal experience
  • Support Team
  • Coaching/Mentorship

Inappropriate:

  • Positioning participation as a required component of building an independent business
  • Sharing stories of financially irresponsible decisions as a means to purchasing BSMs
  • Characterizing money spent on BSMs as an investment opportunity
  • Stating/implying a guarantee of success
  • Grouping the cost of BSMs into the initial registration fee