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Pampered Chef: 1st Show

  1. jj16

    jj16 Member Gold Member

    Okay so the show I was dreading at least the part I was dreading wasn't as bad. The cat crap didn't smell but between 7 kids, 2 husbands, trying to work around them getting dinner for the kids, and a sink full of dishes and a hostess that wasn't very attentive it was a zoo. Even though it was crazy I did try to book and I did offer the opportunity but I'm kind of glad it's over even though I really truly need bookings. I feel like I'm at the hostesses mercy. She wants to leave it open for a week to try to get outside orders after she's already had all this time. Is this normal? Unless she does really well with the outside orders it was a really really pathetic show as far as the sales.

    Thanks for all the words of encouragement you all offered prior to me going to the show.

    Mar 18, 2009
  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member


    Remember, you only have to have one first show! We've all had shows like that, and hosts like that - but they really aren't the norm. Most of my hosts are wonderful, and many become true friends.

    Congratulations for doing all the right things - even in tough circumstances! Way to persevere!

    Just let her know that you will be closing on the date you've agreed upon, and encourage her to get outside orders. Who knows, maybe she will! There might be plenty of people who wanted to order, but didn't want to come to her home for a party!;)
    Mar 19, 2009
  3. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    Sorry to hear it wasn't that great of an experience for you. Unfortunately, it sounds like this might be the type of show that will be a barely-get-you-there type of show. Was it at least $150? When I have low shows with hosts not that on-the-ball, I call them and say "I just went and entered in all your guests orders and your total is at $xxx amount. You will want to go ahead and contact the people who said they were possibly coming to your show but didn't. And you'll want to double check with your relatives, possibly send out an e-mail that you plan to close your show on Saturday. That gives them 2 days to think about it and order. I'd love for you to be able to get more free products, so just remember it'll only take a couple orders to boost your show total. Also, if someone says they can't afford it right now, you can ask them if they would like to book a party. You both get great rewards for that! I'll be calling you on Saturday, if that's alright, so we can close your show."

    She shouldn't need a whole week, 2 days is enough time for her to call and send out an e-mail. People should know if they want something or not, especially if she has already made people aware of her party--this is just a follow up. Unless she has a crazy work schedule with absolutely no time to follow up with people--in that case I give them a little more time. I would let her know that it's best to close it soon so that people can get their items as quickly as possible. I also try to let hosts know that typically if people are really thinking of ordering, if you give them a deadline they will let you know. Leaving it open a week just gives people time to procrastinate.

    I hope it works out for you! Good luck! :) And here's hoping your next show you'll have a motivated host! :D
    Mar 19, 2009
  4. jj16

    jj16 Member Gold Member

    Thans for asking but no it wasn't $150. It was $40 the night of maybe with the help of her Mom and Sister it will be but we'll see. I know I'm at her mercy but maybe I'll have to be a little more selective next time. Thanks for your input and encouragement.

    Mar 22, 2009
  5. Bluiydangl

    Bluiydangl Member

    remind her she needs at least $150 to get the hostess special and free shipping! If you don't have $150 you will have to enter it as an individual order- which raises the shipping costs as well! I pray she has more orders for you!! my first show I was 4 months pregnant, I nearly vomited, and I had a horrrrrrible headache when I left- turns out it wasn't the "stress" it was that I am allergic to red onions - we made spicy shrimp ceviche cups... and the aroma set it all off! So go through your list- you tried to book shows, tried to offer the business, didn't vomit, and survived! YEAH!!! Great job! The next one gets easier, and then the next one gets easier!!
    Mar 22, 2009
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