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.
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.
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 With all of the outdated Party Plan and Direct Sales Training out there, I like to be able to say "Divas, I know this works, I did it on Thursday."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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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! ;) )
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Building your Home Party Plan Business CAN be a very expensive endeavor - but it doesn't HAVE to be! There are hundreds of ways to build your business FREE or nearly free. In fact - many of the FREE options will have even more ROI (Return on Investment) than many of the pricier options. Check out my best tips for Building Your Home Party Plan Business on a Budget:
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:
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.
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?
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.