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Diva Success System Leadership Planner – Now Available to Download!
The Diva Success Leadership Planner is the only planner ever created with the Party Plan Professional in mind! Every element of The Diva Success System is incorporated into this all-in-one planner.
Designed for New Consultants as well as Million Dollar Directors, The Diva Success Planner keeps your business (and your life!) organized and at your fingertips!
The Diva Success System Planner is the first organizer to be designed specifically for Party Plan Professionals. Our unique industry requires a unique system for success! By implementing The Diva Success System into your business, you will see results immediately in your Party Sales, Your Recruiting Efforts, and of course your level of Organization and Balance.
**The Diva Success System Planners come undated – so you will be able to use your planner for an ENTIRE YEAR no matter when you order!**
To see everything the Diva Success System Leadership Planner offers – check out this video walk through of the printed version – also available for purchase:
*Now Available In Immediate Download*
To kick off 2014 we now offer the Diva Success System Leadership Planner in a download package – giving you every page you need right from your home printer! Print as many or as few as you need of each page in either full color or black and white grayscale. Prints on standard 8.5×11 paper which can be bound, put into a binder, organizer, or ARC System. Download Package includes:
- Planner Cover
- Information and Instructions
- Monthly Scheduling
- Weekly Schedules
- *NEW* Daily Pages
- Goal Setting
- Order Forms
- Event Organizers
- Recruiting/Recognition Trackers
- and more!
Order now at this introductory low price and receive all additional add on packages FREE for an entire year! Add on packages will include Team Incentive Planners, Social Media Strategies, Back Order Logs, and more!
Gardening is the term we use at Party Plan Divas to describe Marketing – basically “planting seeds” of success through handing out business cards, brochures, etc. Adding a little “gift” – samples, candies, embellishments, etc – is a great way to give your information a lasting impression, adding some personality and pizzazz to a normal business card.
At least once a week I get an email asking for ideas for how Jewelry Consultants can create inexpensive Gardening Gifts, since they obviously can not “sample” their jewelry. This week while shopping for a fun craft activity at Hobby Lobby with Littlest Diva I discovered “diamond confetti” – the perfect embellishment for all Jewelry Divas. Check it out -
What are other ideas you can think of for Jewelry style Gardening Gifts?
With the closure of Google Reader this month I have received inquiries for how to easily follow this blog and all of your other favorites. I am excited to announce I am now registered with Blog Lovin! Check it out and see for yourself – and if you are a blogger, be sure to check out my tutorial on Top Mom Blogger for how to set up your own Blog Lovin account!
Hostess Coaching is one of the most important tasks for a Direct Sales Consultant, yet it is probably the most put off, over looked task of all. Even consultants with the best of intentions sometimes forget to call their upcoming party hostesses. My friend Suzanne Poincelot, a Party Plan Divas Member and Direct Sales Leader herself, is helping to change that though, by creating my absolute “must have” new app – simply named “Hostess Coaching.”
Are you in the direct sales party plan business? If you are, then you are going to LOVE our Hostess Coaching app! Finally a simple way to stay on schedule with coaching your hostesses while you live your busy life.
The Hostess Coaching App is available for Apple and Android devices and seamlessly keeps all of your Hostess Coaching efforts together in one place – complete with notifications to remind you when its time to do the next task.
With the Hostess Coaching App you simply enter your Hostess’s contact information along wit the Party information, and the app automatically sets up your Hostess Coaching schedule based on the time you have between now and when the party is set to hold. The tasks include everything from mailing the invitations, making three calls to your hostess (see my Hostess Coaching Schedule for my tips on what these three calls should entail) to sending a Thank You note after the party has held and even following up after all orders have been delivered. Suzanne has truly thought of everything.
On another page you can quickly see your progress with each party and even get a daily to do list to show every party you need to connect with at one time. It’s awesome. I think this is my favorite screen. Once you have the Hostess Coaching Call Schedule memorized, you can use this one screen to do your Hostess Coaching from anywhere – right from your phone. On your lunch break? Follow up with the Hostess from last weekend. Sitting in the kids school car pick up line? Write out that Thank you note. Super long wait at the doctors office? Confirm the location and see how many people she is expecting at this weekends party. This makes the Time Management Specialist in me down right giddy.
The Hostess Coaching App is reasonably priced at just $3.99 and can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, or the Google App Store. If you do not have a smart phone, no worries, you can even put it on your Kindle Fire, just know that the Kindle Fire does not have pop up notifications. :)
With the Hostess Coaching App there is really no excuse for not properly Coaching each and every Hostess. Make sure every party is the absolute best that it can be with the help of the Hostess Coaching App.
I am so excited to team up this week with fellow Direct Sales Coach Deb Bixler for her Create A Cash Flow Show Radio Show! Deb and I were both featured on The Mind Aware the last two seasons, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work together again!
Trained culinary chef turned passionate speaker, Deb Bixler took her corporate success and turned it into a direct sales phenomenon. Retiring from a 30 year career in 2000 she started her work business to escape long hours and stress. As a home party direct seller Deb built a home business and sales team which provided her with an income capable of replacing her corporate salary of $80,000 per year in only 9 months. Deb now teaches home party plan consultants the skills and best business practices that all successful businesses use to achieve success.
The CashFlowShow – Direct Sales Radio airs LIVE NEW shows every 2nd and 4th Wednesday and every day in between are show replays to give you more opportunity to enjoy each show and share with your team. You can even listen in while on the go with your smart phone!
Join us this Wednesday, December 12th at 8pm Eastern to learn strategies for controlling your clock! Time Management is a critical piece to the success of your business and well being. If you have ever felt stressed, overwhelmed, like you are falling behind, or just unsure of what the next step in your career path is, Deb and I are here to help. Together we bring nearly 25 years of personal experience in the Direct Sales Industry, and we are eager and excited to share it with you!
Check out all of the details on the Cash Flow Show Radio as well as a learn the “Five P’s To Time Management Success” on Deb’s Blog – www.CreateACashFlowShow.com and join us Wednesday night!
What is your biggest Time Management Obstacle?
The Party Plan Coach
Lynsey – I was just curious if you can explain the party bank to me a little more. I am trying to get a more in depth knowledge of these tools and how to use them. – Erica Ardali, Passion Parties Consultant
Hey Erica! Absolutely! A Party Bank is a place to keep a running list of people who have said they “want to have a party after… blah blah blah.” Here is a video to show you just exactly how it works -
How many times has someone told you, “I have got to have one of these parties when my house is finished!” Or maybe “My friend is getting married this summer. I’m going to call you!” So many times we let that money (not to mention the potential recruits) walk right out the door. That person who was so excited may lose your business card within hours of the party. By the time they want to book they may have run into another consultant or maybe even someone from another company who was ready to accommodate them. Now you will be ready!
This Party Bank is designed to remind you of all of those “when’s” and keep you organized and on top of your Customer Care. When someone tells you they want to book a party when *whatever happens* you’ll be ready to meet their needs. In the process you will be the most professional Consultant that person has ever come into contact with.
Here is how it works… Let’s say its January and Joan tells you that she wants to book a party but her house is being remodeled and won’t be finished until March. Put all of Joan’s contact information on your March pages as if you are booking her along with the fact she is remodeling her home. Then Sheila comes back to the order room and tells you her friend is getting married in May, and she thinks this would be fun. Turn to May and plug her in! Then here comes Melissa who mentions that she and her husband are celebrating their 25th anniversary in October. After she leaves the ordering room, write it down.
In February call Joan to see how the house plans are coming or maybe drop a card in the mail to her that says…Can’t wait to see your house when it’s finished! She will be so impressed that you are staying in touch with her. She’ll probably give you a call to book her party. If not give it a couple more weeks and call back. If the house is taking longer than expected simply move her in your Party Bank. I would send Sheila a card in early March to let her know your calendar is filling fast so if she wants to treat her friend to a girl’s night out in May it’s time to book! She will also be impressed that you remembered. Who knows the wedding plans may still be on or they may not. If not then she needs a stress relief party! Then there was Melissa who mentioned that she’s celebrating her 25th anniversary. Won’t she be so surprised to receive a happy and a discount coupon in the mail from you 10 months later!
If you get in the habit of listening you will become the professional business woman you always wanted to be and your customers will be very impressed!
Each month the Party Plan Divas hosts a Twitter Party where we talk about some of the hottest topics in the Direct Sales Industry. It is a fun, fast paced event that you can learn new business ideas, meet other Divas, and brainstorm for ways to build your business. Each month I am asked HOW to participate in a Twitter Party, so I made a quick video to show you my favorite tool – TweetGrid.
TweetGrid is a powerful Twitter Search Dashboard that allows you to search for up to 9 different topics, events, converstations, hashtags, phrases, people, groups, etc in real-time. As new tweets are created, they are automatically updated in the grid. No need to refresh the page!
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below! Otherwise I look forward to seeing YOU at the next Party Plan Divas Twitter Party on Wednesday, October 24th at 8pm CST. Follow the hashtag #partyplandivas to participate! We will be talking about Holiday Sales Success with Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
Must Have WordPress Plugins
Here is the UPDATED list of the Top Plugins I recommend for all Party Plan Divas blogs:
1. Akismet -the ultimate in blocking spam in your comments. Comes with the standard installation of WordPress. Before getting started with your blog, take a few moments to configure your Akismet plugin.
2. All In One SEO – The “Out of the Box” SEO solution for WordPress.
3. LinkWithin – Provides and image list of “related articles” for your readers to easily click to see more.
4. Contact Form 7 – The easiest solution for collecting information from your readers and guests. Create custom forms will very basic HTML knowledge.
5. All-In-One Events Calendar – Simple yes highly functional Event calendar that displays in its own page or your sidebar. List your parties, open houses, opportunity meetings, conference calls and more!
6. JetPack – Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
7. Facebook Like Box – Facebook Like Box Widget is a social plugin that enables Facebook Page owners to attract and gain Likes from their own website. The Like Box enables users to: see how many users already like this page, and which of their friends like it too, read recent posts from the page and Like the page with one click, without needing to visit the page.
8. Shareaholic – Share all of your blog posts seamlessly through numerous Social Media platforms.
9. And The Winner Is… – Easily pulls winners of contests and giveaways from the comments left on that post.
10. Tweet Old Post – Keep even older posts fresh with “Tweet Old Post” which will automatically Tweet URLs of older posts.
There are hundreds of other PlugIns available for WordPress. Comment here and let us know YOUR favorite!
Business on the go is the new way of sales in today’s industry and companies like Intuit (makers of QuickBooks) are making it easier than ever with products like GoPayment – a credit card processing service that turns your smartphone into a mobile credit card processing terminal. With GoPayment there is no contract, no monthly fees, and like with any credit card terminal, you only pay a small processing fee per swipe.
Get Business Growing Video Contest
To celebrate the launch of the GoPayment system, Intuit is giving you two different ways to win big bucks by promoting the “Get Business Growing” campaign! You can enter to be one of four lucky winners who will receive $1,000 simply by sharing the videos with your Friends on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkdIn by signing up at http://www.getbusinessgrowing.
Check out the video here:
Two lucky winners will receive $10,000 for video highlighting how GoPayment has helped their business “Get Growing” in todays on-the-go market! Simply record a quick video (less than 2 minutes) showing how you use GoPayment in your daily business activities. See all contest rules and restrictions here.