September 25, 2016

Are you suffering from Analysis Paralysis?

Symptom: You want to start a blog for your business. You have chosen a layout and colors and images. But it's not q-u-i-t-e ready to go live yet. You just need to finish that one last... Symptom: You want to start Gardening your business. You have all of the tools you need, you even have them all assembled and ready to go. But you aren't q-u-i-t-e ready to get started yet. You just need to wait until... Symptom: You want to begin recruiting women into your business. You have people who are interested, and you understand the process and compensation plan. But you aren't q-u-i-t-e ready yet. You just need to learn a little more about... Diagnosis: You have Analysis Paralysis!
March 15, 2018

Mobile Office – Party Plan Tools

If there was one business tool that I would say I absolutely "can not do business without" (My Diva Success System Planner not included) it would be my Mobile Office. I do not go ANYWHERE without my Mobile Office! It is either in my office or in my car, and I even take it in to all of my parties! If you need to get organized - and fast - set up a Mobile Office! You will wonder how you ever did business without it!
June 22, 2010

How To Book Parties from Parties

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?
February 8, 2011

How To Be Perfectly Imperfect

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.
September 16, 2010

Struggles of a Direct Sales Romance Consultant

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?
August 24, 2010

Facebook Etiquette For Party Plan Consultants

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.
October 23, 2017

Fun Direct Sales Home Party Plan Games

I love Home Party Games. I know that most people have a love/hate thought process about playing games, but done right, Home Party Games can be very beneficial to the success of your Home Party! The truth is, the more FUN people have at your Home Show, the more likely they are to want to do it again! Playing just a gem or two will get people laughing, having fun, and leave the memory of a fun, relaxed shopping experience with their friends that they will want to do again and again.
October 12, 2016

Keys to Effective Goal Setting

Effective goal setting happens when we choose goals that we believe we can truly achieve. We keep those goals in front of us, never losing sight of where we want to go in life. The groundwork for effective goal setting starts with these crucial components.
November 1, 2017

Successful Online Parties – How to Have a Successful Event Online

With the launch of the new Party Plan Divas Message Boards and Chat Room there has been a lot of talk about Online Parties and how to have a Successful Online Show. There are many benefits to both the Consultant and the Hostess for an event like this, and Online Parties can be run at any time, from any where, with just a few days notice. Read below to learn how to utilize and maximize Online Parties with your Home Party Plan Business!
May 28, 2010

The Piranha Party Plan Consultant

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.
February 8, 2010

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Golden Rules of Success

This week we are talking about the Top 10 things YOU can do to ensure the success of your Party Plan Business!
January 4, 2012

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June 20, 2011

Party Plan Tools – Easy Scratch Offs

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:
June 23, 2010

Lessons From a Bike Ride

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!
September 27, 2010

Ten Reasons To STILL Use YahooGroups

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!
May 27, 2010

A Pleasant Sales Experience

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.
June 21, 2010

Failure To Follow Up

#1 - I am the worst when it comes to follow up....I don't do it. I know this is so important in business but I just can't do it. Do you have any tips that may help?
February 7, 2010

Creating Your Vision of Success

"What you want is irrelevant, what you have chosen is at hand." ~Lt Spock, Star Trek
March 28, 2012

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August 18, 2011

A Gift Card, Raw Fish, And A Great Lesson

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.
November 2, 2016

Green Lights of Recruiting

Recruiting is a struggle for many women in Party Plan, often because the opportunity to recruit often knocks very lightly. As a Party Plan Consultant it is your job to listen carefully and understand to subtle clues so you will know who is just making light conversation, and who is wanting to learn more about your opportunity. It is these "green lights" that will help you to become a Remarkable Recruiter.
August 18, 2017

“What We’ve Got Here Is A Failure To Communicate.”

Communication is such a critical part in Leadership, that it can truly be a defining factor on whether a company succeeds or fails. Misunderstandings, Assumptions, and simply LACK of Communication are all detrimental to even the best of businesses. In fact, I think it may be THE #1 thing that could make a difference of whether a company succeeds or fails.
November 28, 2009

Planet 51 and Making The First Move

Brunch at IHOP - $44.00 Tickets to Planet 51 Matinee - $18.75 Popcorn, drink, and candy - $12.50 Sami making a new friend and mom gaining a new perspective - PRICELESS!
March 30, 2010

“And In This Corner…” Competition And The Party Plan Consultant

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!
December 7, 2009

Go ‘All In’ in In Your Direct Sales Business

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."
December 20, 2010

“I Think It Is a Pyramid Scheme”

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.
April 21, 2010

How to Book Parties… Without Badgering Your Friends…

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.
June 21, 2011

QR Codes for Party Plan Success

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.
October 10, 2016

Three Steps to Personal Success

All this month I have talked about Goal Setting and ways to reach your goals. Today however I was thinking about the INNER work that must go on before you can really set out on your Goal Getting Expedition. Here are three tips that you can do to help you move closer toward your goals.
June 21, 2010

The Disappearing Hostess

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?
March 30, 2010

Should a Party Plan Consultant Carry Inventory? Top Ten Tuesday

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.
June 29, 2010

Holding a Party Open for More Sales

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?
October 23, 2016

Snow White and the Seven … Consultants!?

My favorite movie as a child was Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As the first full length animated feature in motion picture history, it is still a Classic, and noted as one of the best Disney movies of all time. What I love about really ALL Disney movies is how much of the plot and storyline in these "Fairy tales" can be seen in real life. Check out how Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs can be seen in your Home Party Plan Business.
February 27, 2017

Are You Walking The Walk – Direct Sales Leadership

As a Leader it is your job to train your team, show them "the ropes" coach them what to do, and more importantly what NOT to do. You teach a new Consultant about Branding, about Gardening, about the importance of Hostess Coaching and how to not "leave money on the table" by implementing a good solid Customer Care Program. You teach her how to Book Parties from Scratch and how to Upsell at a party. You teach her how to BE a Party Plan Diva. What have you been preaching and teaching... but not doing yourself?
February 7, 2012

A Marketing Lesson… From KY Brand

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March 7, 2010

Party Plan Consultant – Success

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.
November 5, 2009

Black Friday Sales Success

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!!
June 2, 2017

Are you “FLYING” Through Life?

I remember stories my other grandfather used to tell of his travels as a Pilot for the US Air Force. He taught me a lot about how a plane flies, and how a "flight plan" is determined and so on. It wasn't until years later that I would reflect on his stories in my memories of him that I started to realize how much flying a plane is like going through life.
September 20, 2009

A Coach’s Lesson

Even if you are the absolute best at what you do, if you do not EXECUTE your plan, you will not win.
October 1, 2011

8 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Home Party Plan Business

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?
October 28, 2009

And this is MY why…

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.
September 15, 2010

Direct Sales Consultant Safety – A Necessary Precaution

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.
March 2, 2010

Best Books for Business – Direct Sales Edition

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.
August 8, 2017

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June 15, 2011

Brag Book Recruiting Tool

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.
April 6, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday – Direct Sales Leadership Basics

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.
January 23, 2012

The Law Of Abundance for the New Year

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!
September 25, 2009

And Then It Hit Me!

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.
October 24, 2009

A Proud Party Plan Mama

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.
August 28, 2011

Hostess Folders – Organization, Coaching, and Customer Care All In One!

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!
September 3, 2012

Top 10 WordPress Plugins For Party Plan Divas

Last week we discussed using Wordpress to boost your online presence. One of the benefits to Wordpress over other blogging platforms is definitely the PlugIns! Here are the Top 10 Plugins I recommend for all Party Plan Divas blogs:
March 26, 2010

10 Ways To Simplify Your Life And Make Room For Success

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. It’s no wonder that many work-at-home moms feel overwhelmed. Here are 10 tips to lighten your workload:
September 16, 2010
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Leadership Training – Direct Sales Time Management

As a percentage of your working time, what amount do you dedicate to keeping in touch with your downline? Do you have a system in place to do this? - Natalie Collinson, Phoenix Trader
September 18, 2010

Secrets to Direct Sales on Good Morning America

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!
June 20, 2010

Success can be Cheap, Quick, or Easy – Never all three!

Success can be cheap, quick, or easy. It can be 2 of the 3, but never all three.
October 11, 2009

When you really don’t wanna go…

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.
March 9, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday – Tools For Success

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: