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.

Last week I received an email via Facebook that read:

“Hey, so I want to have a *company* Party in my home to kinda welcome the new wives in the neighborhood, get everyone together, etc since all of our husbands just deployed again. What do I need to do to have a good party?  And before you ask, NO I am not signing up, NO I am not interested in doing parties and NO I would not make a “perfect consultant.”  Thanks.”

Piranha Party Consultant

I laughed as I responded simply “I see, so you have met a Piranha Party Consultant too.”

My friend Jamie is a 20-something military wife with three children, and a fourth due in the fall.

She is in school to become a Registered Nurse,  and is really the perfect image of a “Soccer Mom” -organized, fun, social, smart- in other words, a Party Plan Consultant’s Dream Hostess.

Notice I said “Hostess”

The Piranha Party Consultant

This post may contain affiliate links which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Over the next two days Jamie and I talked about her experience with her Piranha Party Consultant at length.

She had hosted a very successful home party, complete with high sales, bookings, even guests interested in the business.

Jamie said that from the moment the party ended, her Piranha called, texted, wrote letters, emails, every few days – all trying to recruit her into the business.

This continued, Jamie said, for nearly a YEAR. “It got so bad I actually told her my husband had gotten orders to move, just so she would quit calling.”

Now, Jamie and I were both raised in the South, where it is incredibly frowned upon to be out-right RUDE to anyone – over anything.

She said that she had tried to decline the Piranha’s offers in several different ways, from “I just do not think I would be good at it” to “I really just do not have the time to put into the business.”

In all fairness, Jamie never came out and directly said “No I absolutely DO NOT want to EVER be a consultant.”

However, the Consultant did not understand this basic Party Plan Truth:

Not every great Customer makes a great Hostess, Not every great Hostess makes a great Consultant.

Jamie never had another party with this Consultant, and in fact, she warned her friends against Hostessing their scheduled parties with her.

The Piranha Party Consultant lost a great Hostess, several potential Hostesses, and who knows how many sales, all because she continued to use the old techniques that unfortunately are still being taught today.

Because Jamie never *technically* said “NO!” her Consultant continued to try, continued to push, (I am certain because that is how we ALL were taught) and ultimately pushed her too far, and lost it all.

Jamie was/is the perfect Hostess.

She enjoys the social aspect of the party, and likes to earn free stuff in exchange for offering up her home for a party, cooking orderves, getting a babysitter for her kids, and inviting all of her friends over for a fun afternoon of shopping and mingling.

She is not necessarily a “Customer” – she would rather have the party.

She is not a good candidate for the business, mostly because she doesn’t WANT to do parties.

The Piranha Consultant tried to push Jamie into a role she didn’t like or want, and has left a bad experience for her AND her guests.

Luckily, Jamie is giving being a Hostess another chance, though apprehensively, in hopes her new consultant will understand this simple rule.

The moral to this story:

Everyone has a place in the Party Plan Industry – some as great Customers, some as great Hostesses, and some as great Consultants.

Do not try to PUSH anyone into a different role.

Reward and RESPECT your great Customers,  your great Hostesses, and  your great Consultants – they are ALL what makes YOUR business a success!

Spread the love

10 thoughts on “The Piranha Party Plan Consultant”

  1. fI have had a similar experince with a Lia Sophia consultant. Wasnt impressed and has turned me off completely to their product.

    I made you 1700.00 profit and then some. I told you 3 times prior I had no intrest in being a consultant. Please dont beg me.

  2. I used to be in direct sales and one of the big reasons I got out was because I just didn’t feel right being pushy with people trying to get them to join the business. Great post Lynsey!

  3. Virginia from Lady V dZine

    Awesome point. I have hosted for several friends, and have been told I would be a great consultant. I beg to differ, I am a great customer, a good host, and am not potential consultant material. Fortunately, my friends got the hint.

  4. Party Plan Pat

    I hear you! I cannot tell you how many clients I have who are sitting home depressed because a hostess didn’t choose to become a Party Plan Consultant and then begins the madness.

    Eventually people sign up then begins the hounding, before too long we are in the party plan witness protection programme!

    And what has been accomplished? 3 Things:-… See More

    – A bad image of the Party Plan Company you represent
    -A bad reputation for yourself [poor sap]
    -Dead beats occupying valuable space in your organization
    -Call screening
    -Undue Frustration!
    -And making it harder for the next consultant that has to come and clean up the mess….gives new meaning to the Sins of The Father Will Be Visited Upon the Sons
    for 4 generations!

    It’s time to say it loud and proud ….”this is no longer Your mother’s Party Plan Business” [And I do Love my mom]!

  5. I had a similar experience with a Party Lite consultant. The party I hosted brought in $1200 in sales and the consultant was all over me to become a consultant and use that money to buy my sales kit, instead of using it to buy whatever I wished.

    I am not a sales person – I never wanted to be a consultant. I just wanted to have a fun party. And that one experience turned me off of home sales since. I’ve never hosted another party because I just didn’t want to be put in the same position.

    It’s actually refreshing to discover with this post that this is not the accepted norm in the industry.

  6. Wow!!! GREAT experiences shared here! Why is it automatically assumed that because you have HIGH sales and SEVERAL bookings that you must be Consultant material? I’ve hosted for several party plan companies before I joined them as a Consultant and guess what? My sales were NEVER high! I NEVER had alot of bookings either! Imagine my Consultant thinking…”She won’t be any good as a Consultant-look at her low Hostess sales and few bookings”! What? WHERE would I be today if any of my Sponsors had that attitude? Nowhere!!! I’ve been a consistently good Consultant for decades! Appearances CAN be deceiving huh?

  7. WOW! I have had people do that to me. It really can turn someone off to the whole product. No means no, but sometimes not saying anything can be sitting on the fence. I have learned to say… No thank you.

  8. Upon reading the title, I immediately thought of “JAWS” theme music and all… with the image of a Party Plan Consultant gobbling up all the hostesses into her buisness. Moral: She might have recruits, but now she has no customers, no repaeat hostesses and no parties.

    Then I thought of “Claws” – and a picture of a Party Plan Consultant shaped like a bird with her talons outstretched and I thought… OMG if she gets her hooks into the hostesses, they will warn their friends not to book because she is too clingy. Moral: No Parties,No sales, No Recruits…

    Then I thought of “Stalker” – The Party Plan consultant hiding behind the large colums at malls ready to jump out at people to push a business card in their faces. And the postential customers, hostesses and recruits scatter. Moral: No parties, no sales no recurits, no nothing because she was just to plain scary.

    Gosh, what we are taught goes against everything that is sane about doing business in the Party Plan Industry. And it’s sad because the consultants end up bad mouthing their experiences and thus makes it harder for everyone to do business the correct way. And what is equally sad that those pirahna tactics are still taught ad nauseum by equally gung ho scary leaders.

    The Party Plan Industry is like hosting an afternoon tea. You offer the tea, you offer the cream and sugar, the napkin and the tea cakes. At any point a refusal will come along. It’s not to be taken personally. So what if she doesn’t want the tea cake (business) She still is willing to have the tea with cream and sugar (be a loyal hostess and customer). Simply serve her in the capacity that is needed.

  9. Stephanie Parham

    Wow! Okay, so I thought maybe I stunk at this because I’m not pushy. In my eyes I always thought the pushy ones got the “prize” but I refuse to be pushy! At least hopefully I don’t seem pushy. I do tend to overshare on my FB page. But its because I love the products and love to share them. And now I’m rambling. 🙂

  10. I also feel this way about the business. I have yet to approach anyone about becoming a consultant underneath me. I just feel like the people that may be good consultants or would like to buy products at wholesale prices are already buying from me, so why push it? I enjoy getting to visit with the people that I’m selling to and I REALLY enjoy the 45% commissions instead of the 5% that I would be getting if they signed up. Yeah, I’m doing all the work myself, but I’m doing all the work for myself. And I’m not losing sleep or friends over it. If you have a great product and you’re passionate about it, people are going to buy it anyways. Besides as a consultant, maybe you’re not meant to be a great leader and sponsor…at my point in my journey, I don’t feel like I would be yet. Here’s to all the other non-piranha sales people out there!

Comments are closed.

Scroll to Top