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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!
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!
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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:
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!
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.
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: