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Pampered Chef: Advice For First Timers

  1. Chef Bobby

    Chef Bobby Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I thought it would be nice to share any advice to make everything as nice as possible for first timers.
    1. Wear comfortable shoes for walking across that huge building.
    2. Ask ahead of time where your next class is and how to find it. I got lost trying to get from one end of the building to the other. Some floors don't go all the way through.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  2. jbdowd0798

    jbdowd0798 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    3. Introduce yourself to everyone...you never know who you will meet.
    4. Its okay to ask a question during/at a workshop. Others may have the same one!
    5. Stand up and share ideas YOU have.
     
    Apr 27, 2009
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  3. amy07

    amy07 Senior Member

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    1.Don't be afraid to break away from your "group". Ask to share a lunch/breakfast table - meet some new people and get new ideas!
     
    May 4, 2009
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  4. PCJenni

    PCJenni Veteran Member

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    sit next to new people at every workshop
    ask, ask, ask what other people are doing for booking, recruiting etc
    set your personal goals and know what you want to achieve in your business, ask others how they "did it"
    Be OPEN to new ideas, don't be afraid to try new things when you get home
     
    May 4, 2009
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  5. Chef Bobby

    Chef Bobby Veteran Member Gold Member

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    This is the main reason that I go to conference.
     
    May 8, 2009
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  6. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Eat right and get plenty of sleep before NC. NC is a bit of a whirlwind, so you want to make sure you're healthy and well rested before you go.
     
    May 8, 2009
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  7. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    FILL YOUR CALENDER BEFORE CONFERNECE FOR THE WEEKS AFTER IT!! You are going to be full of new great ideas and want to start using them right away, if you have nothing on your calender for a month you will loose a bit of that fire.
    **Plus there might be some kind of bonus/reward immediately following......
     
    May 8, 2009
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  8. dkitten13

    dkitten13 Member

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    Great ideas; I'd love some more if anyone has them! I know Rae has an awesome daily update with ideas but I'm open to even more! :)
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  9. chefcharity

    chefcharity Advanced Member

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    On day one, if you do the HO tour or are at the conference center around lunch time - there is a food court. It is on the side of the center where our classes are. I ate over by the registration and it was rather high, would have rather had McD's. :)

    When you get home, or on the way home, go over your notes and set aside what you want to try out. There is so much info, it is easy to forget those great things you have learned if you don't look over them right away.
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  10. susanr613

    susanr613 Senior Member Gold Member

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    immediately following a workshop or when you're on a break, highlight the top 3 - 5 things you will apply to your biz. it will make it easier to sort thru your notes and actually use the info when you return.
    make sure you eat something for lunch on day 1 and that you have a plan for dinner that night, as they are not provided by PC.
    sit where you can see the presenter and screen. not every workshop provides handouts and sometimes the presentation does not match the handouts.
    remember that EVERYONE started out at the same level, so you can achieve great things too!
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  11. kisrae

    kisrae Member Gold Member

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    Bring a snack, chocolate or gum and bring a water bottle, also bring your business cards.
    I bring stamps to send a post card to my upcoming hostess, team members and to my family and send them out even if its from the airport on my way home. Its a great way for everyone to get excited about your trip home.
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  12. dkitten13

    dkitten13 Member

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    Great ideas; have to add a highlighter to my list of things to bring! I'm a nerd so I always try to sit upfront! ;) I haven't had the money to order business cards yet...I wonder how fast they could come if I do so this week?
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  13. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    why don't you make some, get the perforated ones from Office Max!!
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  14. stephs_chef

    stephs_chef Novice Member

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    My director told me to bring band aids in my folder . . cause you do so much walking that blisters are a common problem.
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  15. kisrae

    kisrae Member Gold Member

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    I just remembered...don't over pack, bring just what you need so you have room for supplies and for gifts also a backpack or large purse to help with carryon cost. I hope we get a conferance bag again, becasue that always helps. If you bring a small purse you can just pop it in your suitcase on your way home.
    My biggest tip is to sleep on the plane, you will not have much sleep. Coming for California I lose 2 hours.
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  16. dkitten13

    dkitten13 Member

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    I bought the perferated ones but can't seem to find a good place to create them...the one referred to from the package didn't work for me.

    Any ideas?
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  17. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    Just try to do it in word and test print on a piece of white paper and see it they are lined up correctly before you print all
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  18. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    We will get a bag. In fact, it's been featured in a couple of notes from HO.
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  19. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Do you have word or works? What kind of labels did you buy? Do they have a style # on them? Biz cards are really easy to make, usually you have a template on your computer.
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  20. Is it a good idea NOT to carry the catalog tote bag on the plane or at conference? It's not like we need to advertise to each other. It's just that I'm so used to using it as my PURSE I wondered if it's easier to just carry a small purse and whatever conference bag we're given?
     
    Jul 11, 2009
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  21. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

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    You're going to run into people beyond PC consultants while traveling and walking around town. No need to switch out just because we all have one too. The conference bag DOES have a catalog pouch on it, so you might just switch to that. Just don't leave your new catalog in the pouch after Closing session if you're in Wave 2...
     
    Jul 11, 2009
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  22. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    You'll want to take a small purse, not the catalog tote. As a matter of fact, you may decide to simply carry the NC bag. It depends on whether you're like me and carry oodles of stuff all the time or a normal person who can get by with just a few things.
     
    Jul 11, 2009
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