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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.”