The other day on Good Morning America they were talking about how people so closely resemble their dogs... not in looks, but in personality. Well, many of you have seen pictures of my dog Indi, but for those who HAVENT seen her - she is a 3 pound chihuahua that is about the color of dirty dishwater! So it got me thinking... how are Indi and I alike... might GMA be on to something?
So here I sit. My first day officially as a full time CEO for Party Plan Divas, Inc, and full time Consultant for my Party Plan Company - with no excuses, no one "holding my hand", and nothing holding me back. Am I still scared? TERRIFIED doesnt even come close. But it was a Breakthrough for me to realize that it was only my Self Doubt that is standing in my way.
Ok, so I am as guilty as anyone else of having days where I just simply DON'T WANT TO DO A PARTY! Even though we all LOVE our "jobs", there are some days we just simply don't feel like it. Well... get out there and do it anyway, and here's why.
Last night I sat back and proudly watched my new "baby" take her "first steps", and I remembered again why I love this business, love this industry, and love working with women around the world to feel as amazing as I did last night - AND as amazing as Kristen did being "up on stage" as she called it, for the first time.
We've all had one of "THOSE days" - I just had to share mine with you. A day like today could have put me in such an unbelievably foul mood, but instead I got a sense of humor and even tempted fate with asking "what's next?"
I reflected back through the thousands of hours I have spent over the last 7 years Coaching and Inspiring women to achieve their goals. I thought of the single moms who just wanted more time with their kids, the college students with student loans leering above their heads, the empty-nesters looking for a new passion, the Corporate burnouts who wanted something more fulfilling, the newlyweds wanting to buy a new home...
No matter the situation, the circumstance, or the individual, it all boiled down to one thing. They wanted FREEDOM.
The biggest shopping day of the year in just a few weeks away - BLACK FRIDAY! Don't wait until the last minute to organize your Black Friday Specials! Companies around the country have already started "leaking" their specials out to the media... already growing a "buzz" among shoppers everywhere who are making their early morning shopping plans!
Use these ideas and start planning (and "leaking!!") your specials NOW to have an amazing Black Friday sale - all the while YOU are out doing some shopping of your own!!
I am so excited to finally announce our theme for the New Year. Each year Party Plan Divas chooses a "theme" for the year to help keep us focused and motivated. This year I took a tip from Mike, my loving beau, who is an avid poker player. His meaning behind going "All In" on the poker table made me think so much of our industry. You may not always have the "perfect hand" or "pocket Aces" - but you believe you have a winning hand, and with persistence and confidence, you may just get lucky "on the River."
Today I found Shan of Last Shreds of Sanity, and she has a weekly post called "Week-End Wordles". Curious, I checked it out. These are so cool, I will definitely be doing these more often - look how pretty mine turned out!!
Since starting to talk about my love for my iPhone I have been pleased to learn how many of my Divas have one as well!! To today for Top Ten Tuesday I wanted to tell you about my Favorite 10 Apps I use for business on my iPhone. I will tell you, it was WAY harder than I thought to narrow it down to ten.
Everyone hates to fail - or hates the idea of failing. Even as children we are taught that there is nothing much worse than failing at something. Failing a class. Failing to keep your room cleaning. Failing to get picked for the football team. We put such an enormously negative energy around failing, it is no wonder we grow up to fear that word more than any other.
Most people do not realize that you MUST fail in order to succeed. How many times did Thomas Edison "fail" when inventing the light bulb? How many times did Alexander Graham Bell "fail" with the telephone? It is the education that you learn from each failure that brings you closer to your success. So how do you overcome failure?
After this weeks Small Talk Six I was reminded how so many of my favorite people are also my favorite authors!! As much as I love a good murder mystery, I also love reading books on Success, Networking Marketing, and just Small Business Strategies in general.
Because I know that time is precious and that there are literally THOUSANDS of books "out there" to read, I wanted to share my list of my Top Ten, and I would love if you would leave me comments with some of your favorite books that you have read that have helped you either in life, or in business.
Most of you know that in addition to running Party Plan Divas that I am also still an active Party Plan Consultant. I stay active in my Party Plan Company because of my love for the business, the enjoyment of doing parties, and, most importantly so that I can keep all of the information that I bring to you as The Party Plan Coach relevant, up to date, and EFFECTIVE! With all of the outdated Party Plan and Direct Sales Training out there, I like to be able to say "Divas, I know this works, I did it on Thursday." So tonight I am blogging from my heart but also from my own personal experience over the last few days.
Business is easy when you have the right tools. Talk to any carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc and they will tell you how important having the correct “Tools for the Job" will make work run more smoothly. The Party Plan Business is no exception to this rule. My Top Ten favorite Tools For Success are:
If SUCCESS was to find you right now - right this very moment... would you have the room in your life to let it in? I didn't think so.
So how do you Make Room For Success?
Make no mistake - this is much easier said than done. It requires soul searching, being able to be brutally honest with yourself, and learning the ability to tell others NO when it comes to your life, and your business. Know that in order to bring success into your life, you must "make room" - both figuratively and literally - for it to come in, and have room to stay.
10 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND MAKE ROOM FOR SUCCESS
Excerpted from I Love My Life: A Mom's Guide to Working from Home.
As a work at home mom, you are really a one-person shop. By yourself, you carry the responsibility of doing sales, order fulfillment, accounting, and move onto scrubbing the floor and the evening dishes. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no wonder that many work-at-home moms feel overwhelmed.
Here are 10 tips to lighten your workload:
I am often asked my position on Party Plan Consultant's carrying "stock" or inventory to deliver directly to their customers at parties. I sometimes ruffle some feathers when I say Consultants should "ABSOLUTELY not carry inventory!! - It will kill your business!!"
Now, before you "stock holders" begin to yell, let me just explain why I feel this way, and also say that just like everything ELSE in this industry - there are exceptions to every rule. If it works for you to carry stock - by all means, continue. But if you are a Consultant who is contemplating whether or not to carry inventory, here are ten points to ponder.
Recently I received an email from one of my Diva Success Sisters Chapter Founders asking how to handle the "competition" within her Chapter. She had met Consultants from the same Party Plan Companies, and was worried about there being conflict with having more than one consultant of the same company at the meetings. She already had friendships with her existing Members, and was worried they would be upset if she brought in their "competition" to the meeting.
It got me thinking.... do we really HAVE "Competition" in Party Plan? I think not, and here is WHY!
You do not have to wait until you “know everything" before you begin Sponsoring a team - in fact, you SHOULDN'T! If you have a potential Consultant at your very first party, do not hesitate to start building your team! You can learn TOGETHER! Here is a “Top 10" list for the first 11 things to do with your New Recruit.
For an entire hour I sat in a training meeting listening to how to book parties. I heard terms like "warm market" and "warm chatter." (warm WHAT!?) And how to offer incentives at your parties to get more bookings. (WHAT PARTIES!?!? I dont HAVE any parties!!! That's why I am here!!) I heard how to successfully get your sister, mother, and best friend to book within your first 30 days so you will meet the Fast Track bonus. (I'm an only child... my mom is 1400 miles away... and my best friend joined the business the same night I did...) I left the meeting feeling completely crushed and wondering how in the World I was going to be able to at least make my $175 back before our next bill was due... my husband was already furious.
One of the blessings/Curse to working from home is that door-to-door salesman are hard to avoid. Because I am in sales, and have been in sales for many years, my heart goes out to these guys every time they knock on my door. This week I had two very different experiences of these sales guys that I wanted to share with you.
While I was writing my recent post on the last two Sales Experiences I have had this week, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a friend I went to school with who contacted me with some questions about hosting a home party in her house. Knowing that I work with Home Party Plan Consultants all over the world, she came to me for support on how to Hostess a successful home party. The conversation that ensued highlighted one of the problems with the "old school" trainings still being taught today.
So how many of us have had a party booked.. you have spoken to the host... did all your coaching.. and then a week before the party, you call... and call... leave message after message... and don't get a response.. What do you do when this happens?
It seems no matter what I do, I can't get people to book shows. I've tried everything I can think of, but no luck. Also, I never get people to fill out their with list - I overheard someone at a party saying if they fill it out, it will give me a reason to call them! Any suggestions?
You may remember my post a few weeks months ago when I bought a new bicycle to use to help get me in shape for the Party Plan Divas Seminar at Sea. Well, I must admit, ever since I bought it I have been so busy, I have not had the discipline to ride it - until today! Who knew that what was supposed to be a "simple bike ride" could teach me so much!
I had a party 2 weeks ago, only a few guests but the mother-in-law of the hostess said she would get a few outside orders. I called and she said that she DOES have orders and will mail them in to me. Well, that was two weeks ago, and I still haven't received them! What do I do and how do I keep this from happening again?
I love quotes. I have sticky notes all over my home and office with quotes that motivate and inspire me. My favorite quotes always seem to come from sports Coaches - my absolute favorites coming from Vince Lombardi. Noted as one of the best NFL Coaches of all time (NY Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Washington Redskins) holding a career record of 105-35-6, including the very first (and second!) Superbowl with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Facebook has become the #1 Online Activity around the world - with over 500 MILLION active users spending over 700 BILLION minutes surfing, chatting, and posting about their lives and opinions. It has become THE PLACE for finding old friends, connecting old flames, keeping in touch with family, networking, sharing information, meeting new friends, and more! With the "Live Your Life Online" mentality spreading rapidly, it is becoming second nature to freely speak your mind either via Tweet, Text, or Status Update. However, as a Party Plan Diva, there are a few things you should NOT do.
When booking parties with people we know or through someone they know we generally don't worry. When we get a call from a complete stranger however, do you have any suggestions? My husband said he wants me to leave the persons name, number and address on a sheet of paper on the kitchen counter. It may sound dramatic but it's a good idea.
I have a great bunch of loyal clients and community supporters, but I find that sometimes I have more doors shut in face then I would if I were with like a jewelry or candle company. There are places I just can not seem to get into because they can't get past the toys. I have started not even mentioning the toys as I sell a whole catalog of other stuff, but people know us by the toys so they say things like "This is a route our business wants to take". I'm getting better at dealing with rejection but it a little discerning. Any suggestions?
You have probably read some of my other posts where I talk about getting inspired by the stories on Good Morning America. Well, last week I was delighted to see George Stephanopoulos and Tory Johnson talk about some of the "Secrets to Direct Sales Success" and how you can make incomes from $1,000 per month to upwards over $5,000 per month in the Home Party Plan Industry. Just goes to show that we are all EXACTLY where we need to be!
YahooGroups have been around for over ten years. Beginning originally as "eGroups" YahooGroups were ahead of the times, offering the functionality and resources for building a strong online community. With amazing tools such as Files uploads, Photos, Calendars, and more, it is no wonder that YahooGroups continue to be the best online resource for building and training your Home Party Plan Team. Read on to learn about the Top Ten Tools that keep YahooGroups THE place for your team!
One of the obstacles all Party Plan Divas must overcome is the dreaded "Is this a pyramid scheme" conversation. This funny video does a great job at showing how ridiculous some of these conversations (and people) can be. This is of course just for fun, but it sure does have a valid point. Enjoy.
Yesterday we talked about making the distinction between whether your Home Party Plan Business is a Business or a Glorified Hobby. One of the main differences in that a true Business requires a Business Plan. But how do you make one? Use these ten easy tips to help you start 2011 with the best Business Plan Possible!
Are you running a business or a glorified hobby? How do you know? With millions of Home Party Plan Consultants, how do you REALLY determine whether you are just a hobbiest or a true business owner? The answer is simple if you are willing to be brutally honest with yourself, and answer these questions:
Last week I met with my best friend and business coach Wanda Taylor for our usual "New Years Goal Setting Strategy Meeting." Every year for as far back as I can remember, she and I have sat down with our new ink pens and new journals and scribbled out some "S.M.A.R.T." Goals for the New Year. You know the ones - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely? Yeah, THOSE. Well, after all of these years I can safely say we have reached... umm, maybe three of them. MAYBE.
This week I have begun planning the Diva Success Seminar 2011 and I have to say, I am BEYOND excited about it. As you may know, last year our Seminar at Sea was canceled due to the BP Oil Spill, so we relocated our event to Pensacola Beach, Florida where we enjoyed three whole days of white sand, sunshine, seafood and time with the best Divas and Divos around the country!
Last month while I was in Texas I attended one of my Brand New Consultant's Business Grand Opening Party. Stacey and I have spent hours on the phone since she became a Consultant in December, and I have so enjoyed getting to know her and becoming friends, so it was a delight for me to get to see her do her debut show. I had hosted a "Mock Trunk Show" the night before to help my team learn some Presentation Techniques, and noticed throughout my presentation she was feverishly taking notes, so I was excited to see HER version of what I did.
Upselling is one of the easiest - yet overlooked - ways to increase your income significantly in your Home Party Plan Business. The term "upselling" means simply to add on additional products or services to a sure sale. The best part of upselling is that it is practically effortless, since the customer is already committed to the initial sale. By presenting additional "add on" type products in a relax, assumptive manner, you will increase the sale - and your income - quickly and easily.
Last week I had the privilege of going to see Randy Draper, Diamond Executive Director with Premier Jewelry, Inspirational Speaker, and Founder of HeartSpring Media. He was speaking at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas for their weekly Power Lunch, and I just HAPPENED to be in Fort Worth, Texas the week he was there. (My friend Jan Hatchett, Your Favorite Jewelry Lady, was more than a bit jealous! ;) )
Last night I did the first call for our "What Is A Party Plan Diva" Conference Call Series. I then joked on Facebook about how the PROBLEM with me doing the calls at NIGHT was that we all got fired up and excited - and then had to go to bed! HA! So to get everyone all revved up again this morning I decided to post the call here for everyone to listen!!
Running Sales and Promotions are a huge part of the Party Plan Industry - but how do you make them a huge success? No matter how great the offer may be - if it doesn't generate business - what is the point, right? Use this quick five tips to create an awesome promotion, get the word out, and keep your customers coming back again and again!
The 30 Days of Faves Blog Party is a way for Home Party Plan Consultants to showcase their favorite products and learn new ideas and techniques for Product Demos, Party Presentations, and Sales! Each day all of our Divas will post a Blog, Facebook, or YouTube of one of their favorite products from their own Home Party Plan Company.
I am still buzzing from all of the excitement and ideas I received at the Orlando Spark & Hustle, and I am about to just burst with excitement over all of the ideas and tips I will be sharing with all of you starting in June for our 30 Days of Faves. But one of the things that has really stood out for me has been all of the new BBFs I have received and continued to talk to and get encouragement from every single day, and it got me thinking... do you have a BBF?
Last week when I was at Spark & Hustle Orlando, Tory Johnson began talking about a great new song out that as the weekend went on, kinda became the "theme song" of the weekend. The sing played a lot during our breaks, and parties - and it really stuck with me.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by the 30 Days of Faves Blog Party hosted here at The Party Plan Coach! Each day Divas from around the World will be highlighting their favorite products from their Home Party Plan line. I will be highlighting my favorite business tips, tools, and inspiration for you to help build your Home Party Plan business. Be sure to check back every day in June to see what's new!
One of my favorite tools for success is a Vision Board. A Vision Board is simply a visual representation of your wants and dreams - all mashed together in one place. There is no "right" or "wrong" to a Vision Board. The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, what you want to drive, how you want to impact the world, or where you want to vacation, and by doing so, your life changes to match those images and those desires.
Time Management is very near and dear to my heart, as the owner and creator of The Diva Success System which teaches Party Plan Consultants how to be successful and build their business in as little as 30 minutes per day. So when I needed an app that would help me to not only organize MY time, but that of a busy family as well, I knew Google would have the answer I needed!
Another one of my Faves comes from Spark & Hustle - the Carolina Pad Personal Card Holder. I am a big fan of Business Card Holders that keep your cards looking clean, new, and professional even when getting tossed around in a purse of briefcase. The Carolina Pad Personal Card Holder does just that - and even has slots for your most used cards or pictures (which is what I use mine for) I love being able to show off my Little Divas while fishing a business card out of my purse... they ARE my "Why" after all.
Gardening is the term we use at Party Plan Divas for Marketing your business because it is literally like "planting seeds of success" to grow your business. However, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is the price of these Gardening Gifts. Check out my new favorite Gardening Gift that you can start TODAY for under fifty cents each:
It is a no brainer that Social Media is the #1 thing that you can do to really increase your business. But how do you keep it all organized? Tweets, Status updates, Direct Messages, Replies... bouncing from Twitter to Facebook to Wordpress to LinkdIn... how are you supposed to keep up? With a little help... from a Hoot Owl:
One of my favorite Recruiting Tools is a Brag Book. Simply put, this is a simple binder full of personal pictures, awards, and thoughts about how your life has been enriched by being a Party Plan Consultant.
Email has pretty much replaced every form of communication - fax, letter, telegram - even phone calls. According to radicati.com, there are approximately 3.1 billion email accounts Wordlwide. With Smartphones becoming more and more popular, it is expected there will be 531 million wireless email users in 2011, with that number growing to 1.2 billion by year-end 2015. Even more staggering is their estimated number of emails SENT Worldwide on a daily basis - 294 BILLION. That works out to be 2.8 million emails every SECOND.
One of my favorite business building tools costs literally pennies and can add hundreds or even thousands to your monthly retail volume, fill your calendar or even build your Diva Empire. What little tool is this powerful? EasyScratchOffs. Check them out:
QR Codes were originally created for tracking parts in automobile manufacturing, but they have caught on quickly and are now being used for everything from marketing, information sharing, and customer care. Simply put, you can scan a QR Code with your Smartphone or other device, and you will be directed to whatever site that QR code is linked to.
Several years ago while searching eBay for Gardening Tools, I ran across a company called eFavorMart. I was wowed not only at their awesome assortment of personalized goodies, but at the PRICE! Everything from customized organza bags, matchbooks, napkins, favor boxes... but all at a price that was much more reasonable than I ever would have expected. eFavorMart is geared mostly towards weddings, but with a little imagination, you can really come up with some awesome tools to boost your home party plan business!
I love catalog purses. What better way to scream "I am a Party Plan Consultant" than to carry a purse that SHOWS your catalog right in front! The problem - they were always so EXPENSIVE! So I was totally thrilled when last year, Karen from TRN Designs contacted me about doing a review/giveaway of her hand made catalog purses!
One of the obstacles I had to overcome as a new Party Plan Consultant was... how do I CARRY all of this STUFF!?! Because I purchased one of the larger demo kits that my company offered, I literally had 80 or so products I had to tote around from party to party. Being the Diva that I am, suit cases just wasnt going to cut it, so I headed to the internet to see what I could find. That is when my love affair with Yazmo began.
Since yesterday I talked about organization I thought today would be a good day to talk about Hostess Folders - one of THE most important parts of your business than need to be ORGANIZED!! The truth is, Hostess Folders are worth their weight in GOLD! This is where you are going to keep all of your Party information from start to finish.
On October 15, 2011, hundreds of Divas around the Globe will be kicking off the Holiday Selling Season of 2011 with our First Annual Diva Holiday Event! This Shopping Event will help all participating Party Plan Consultants to meet new customers, book Holiday Parties, and maybe event find new team members looking to start their business this season!
Every Thursday night is "Date Night" for Mike and I. It is a night to relax, no cooking, no cleaning, just spending time together. We use our iPhones to select random restaurants, and spend just a few hours "unplugged" from work. I had been presented with a Gift Card few weeks ago at a Speaking Engagement, so we chose to go there for dinner to unwind.
Today I received an email from a colleague that I just absolutely loved, so I had to share. It is about change, and the steps one has to take in order to make change. As a Coach I spend my days talking about change - change in behaviors, change in beliefs, change in direction, and change in reactions. More often than not I learn that people's ideas and expectations of change are unrealistic, and people set themselves up for failure time and time again. This Autobiography was written by Portia Nelson many years ago, the profound simplicity of it still rings true. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Use The Diva Success System Hostess Folders to keep your Parties, Hostesses, and Guests ORGANIZED - Hostess Coach on the Go, AND increase your Customer Care, all with these easy to follow templates available to all Party Plan Divas Members! Join the largest (and ORIGINAL!) online training community for ALL Home Party Plan Consultants! www.PartyPlanDivasInc.com!
Most all of you know last week I got a Trojan virus which crashed my computer. I was working along when an image popped up that said something about "dangerous software detected" and that the computer needed to "perform a scan" to clear it. Well, I knew that moment it was the VIRUS that was saying that, but the only thing I could do was click "OK" and my computer shut down. I tried to reboot and got nothing - just a black screen.
As I mentioned in my IntroPost, the Card Cubby has become one of my absolute favorite business tools to keep you organized with your contacts, business cards, or even gift cards and shopper cards! The CardCubby has so many uses - and so many awesome colors - that I am certain it will not be long before it becomes a "staple" for all Home Party Plan Consultants. Check it out:
Earlier this week while watching TV I saw a commercial for Home Depot, and their new (well, new to me!) tagline : "Never Stop Improving." I LOVED this and immediately headed to Twitter and Facebook to share. I of course got many "Likes" and "Retweets" and it made me think of all of the great Company Slogans out there today.
With the economy in the state that it is in, and dozens of Newspapers and TV Shows recommending the Direct Sales Party Plan Industry, people are coming by the thousands to find which Home Based Party Plan Business is right for them. But how do you know which one to choose? How do you know which one will be a good fit for you?
Hey Divas! One of your Sister Divas emailed this morning asking for further explanation of the Party Squares game! This is one of those things that is SO much easier to explain by talking than writing, so I did a video. Hopefully I answered all of your questions! If not, leave your comments below, and I will getcha answered asap! :)
Pampered Chef Stoneware is a must have for any kitchen. Made from natural stoneware clay, each stoneware piece distributes heat efficiently for even baking and browning - (translating loosely into "it makes even people like me appear to be able to cook much better than we actually can.") I have had a Pizza Stone for years, and it is by far one of my most prized assets in the kitchen. I have only cooked pizza on it twice, but I use it almost daily for everything from Crescent Rolls to Cinnamon Rolls to Garlic Bread to Taco Rings.
Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry was established in 1989 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by its founder and president, Dr. Traci Lynn. Using only the finest materials, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry is not only "fashionably distinct," but but an affordable price you would not expect for such beauty.
I am a huge believer of the Law of Attraction, so when I heard about the Law of Abundance on my local radio station, I was immediately intrigued. Join me this Friday for the New Moon Abundance Check, and let the Law of Abundance begin manifesting wealth in your life!