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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Customer Care is critical to the success and longevity of any Home Party Plan Business. Without it, you are truly "leaving money on the table." Listen to our call from last night to learn how to increase your volume and your income NOW - without spending a bunch of money!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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?
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 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?
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.
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.
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.