Alan came to the Philippines in July 2015 and I came to the Philippines in September 2015, to collaborate on establishing New the TLS (Time Leverage System). We expected to leave in a few months, however around two years later we are still here. We have been working with a staff of IT professionals to get to launched; setting up the IT backbone, coding the program, making marketing materials including HD videos, etc. As some of you know, our previous companies were paper-based and in one country, so it has taken an unexpectedly long-time to program the concept to make it online and worldwide. As Alan likes to say, there is only one chance to make a good first impression.
Note that this is not our “natural” environment; Alan and I are used to doing high-energy meetings on stage in front of hundreds of people on a daily basis. So, after two years of sitting on our butts, we are really looking forward to launching country after country for the next few years, with the occasional “rest” at our head office resort.
Alan and I are at our desks from 11 am to 11 pm, basically 6 days a week. We discuss development and strategy, expand the concept, create documents and marketing materials, drill down into details such as auto emails, and draw-up plans for the programmers.
Other aspects of the business, including product development, also require attention, from conference calls to meeting with vendors to our own product development.
Staffing has been a challenge, partly because we are not located in the city center, however currently there are 8 full-time staff, each one a professional with specific skills that mesh with the others to move New TLS (Time Leverage System) forward.
To get the programming perfect, we had countless meetings with programming teams, including business analysts, programmers and developers. In addition to the custom programming required for the Boards, New TLS (Time Leverage System) required a complete back office system for handling online distributor enrollment, online shopping cart, real time genealogy display, individual back office for each Distributor, online commissions calculations, admin functions for adding, deleting, editing distributors, products and transactions. Not to mention our proprietary programming to make the “Information Tunnel” work properly for the Distributors, plus the development of software for our unique Territory system. Alan’s program is so detailed that some experienced MLM software companies said they could not do it since they have set modules (New TLS (Time Leverage System) is not the usual, run-of-the-mill Compensation Plan).
Despite our long 12 hour days, Alan then continues working into the early hours of the morning, with phone calls to leaders and suppliers in Canada and USA (since they are 12 hours behind).
Despite such a heavy workload, or perhaps because of it, we also play hard.
Our rooftop has been converted into a BBQ area, and there is enough room for a home-made mini golf.
The mini golf putters were found at local surplus stores. However, the most interesting thing is the 12 wooden 2×2 pieces of varying lengths. They are set-up as barriers for the first practice round. Then after each round, every player gets to move one piece. The course gets increasingly difficult, as everyone maneuvers to try to make it harder.
As there was a lack of sturdy well-made BBQs, Alan put together the BBQ from various bits and pieces, combining a stainless-steel kitchen cart with a pan for the charcoal plus a custom-made grill.
Back downstairs in the kitchen, Alan is preparing his special BBQ sauce. Alan likes things spicy, so there are lots of chilis, hot sauce, jalapenos and other secret ingredients. Having been a regular at RibFests in Canada, Alan became a discerning customer and began perfecting his own sauce years ago. Alan always insists on HP sauce with his meals, and of course it goes into the secret sauce as well. Main grill items are pork tenderloin, beef fillet mignon and chicken
It helps that there are three helpers in the house who do the cleaning and cooking, as Alan prefers the foods that he grew up with; Filipinos like to have their foods sweeter than we are used to.
Always one to multi-task, Alan is pictured here discussing local politics with a village elder, while waiting for his car to be repaired. After a meeting north of the city, we were heading back home when we came into an area where there were guys lined along the street on both sides for blocks, trying to get people to repair, upgrade, maintain or otherwise modify their cars. The roads can be quite rough and the potholes can be quite big, so Alan had extra strong springs installed along with buying bigger car tires; low profile tires only work on well-kept roads. Next item on the wish list, a roof light bar like “the big SUVs”.
When you had the best friend of the youngest brother of one of Canada’s hottest talent live with you for a year, and then the hottest talent comes half-way around the world to where you are, you got to go to the concert. We took off work early as it normally takes about 3 hours to drive 15 km during rush hour. Great show but nobody was dancing in front of the stage. At least at the ACDC concert in Dusseldorf in the summer of 2016 (Alan’s birthday gift to himself), the entire floor area was reserved for standing-room / dancing.
Philippines has over 7,000 islands so it makes sense that on the odd long weekends and holidays we go visit the beaches. The boats are interesting, with outriggers that little boys scamper up on to beg for money. So far we made it to Subic (3 hours by car) – where you have to check out the floating 2-story party raft, to Cebu (1 ½ hour flight) – where we spent half the days on the beach and half the days getting to know the city, to our favorite so far, Puerto Galera (2 hours by car and 1 ½ hours by boat) – where you should rent a scooter and see the waterfalls, and in the evening go to White Sand Beach to watch the festivities, especially the fire dancers.
We also visited nearby countries from Hong Kong to Singapore to Indonesia. Everywhere we go, people are fascinated in the New TLS (Time Leverage System) concept and our list is growing even though we haven’t started yet.
It is so easy to meet people, in the airport lounge, in restaurants, in the pool, on the beach. Alan’s opening line “How would you like to make $10 to $50,000 in a month” is particularly effective with everyone, from doctors to businesspeople to taxi drivers.
Here Alan is on the beach during a week in Bali; we actually only made it to the beach twice, as we were also meeting leaders and doing introductory meetings.
Practice meeting people has also allowed Alan to hone the way to approach people with the New TLS (Time Leverage System) opportunity; the “Information Tunnel” has been modified and the “3 Rules” were formalized to ensure that every Distributor will have the same success.
We stayed at the Fashion Hotel, a good choice as guests who attended the meetings were impressed. The Hotel allowed us to use their presentation room, and while we were not able to set it up exactly as we would like (we have very strict standards for room preparation), we were able to use the big screen TV to show the presentation, and then go over the details in a relaxed setting, with waiters bringing fresh fruit drinks.
We made a friend who works out of the Malacañang Palace and is head of an anti-gaming task force. He invited us to go for training as part of the anti-gaming task force. This included learning the Filipino rules as well as time on a firing range with handguns and machine guns. Note the holsters on our sides.
Next on the list for us is scuba diving; Alan wants to get licensed, and I am already licensed but it’s been a long time. Unfortunately, our good friend Fraser, who is a Master Dive Instructor, has returned to England. However, another good friend, Joe, has contacts with Dive Resorts in Puerta Galera, and it’s just a matter of making the time.
Alan working on some fun marketing materials…