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Pampered Chef: Affirmation of my customer service style

  1. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    So I don't think of myself as the best consultant BY ANY MEANS! I think my shows are pretty dull (working on it- but it's my personality- very easily intimidated...and I know the information- but keeping it all straight under pressure is a challenge I'm working on too.) But what I do reasonably well is connect with my guests.

    last night I had a show. This was my 3rd show in this "circuit". I usually meet several new people in each show- but the core group is usually the same 4-6 people. It's not usually a big $$ show group (lower-incomes/small town,etc)- but always fun. Yesterday was no different. We had about 12 people packed into a very small dining area/kitchen. They were sitting at a large farm table with new products and food on it. I had prepped alot of the food ahead of time, because like I said, my actual demo is BORING (IMHO)...so I don't have to sweat through that for very long. :) I had a Brown SUgar Brie on the table shortly after everyone got there, and then finished the Jerk Chicken Nachos. I talked about a few products. But mostly, showed them what was new, and answered questions for them, walked around and visited, laughed, sampled the food she had made (yes- they made me try things...they are always after me to try their recipes- which are very good ones too)

    During that 'visiting' time, I had my apron off- no nametag..nothing that screamed I was the PC lady. I was even in jeans! :eek: BUt a nice shirt and dressier shoes. :) ANyway...during the show, several of the guests and my past host(s) paid me huge compliments!! One said "She's the only consultant I've ever had that called to make sure I got my stuff!" or about replacements I helped her with, etc. Another guest, when I got the part about my newsletter, if you have an email address and would like to receive...etc etc...the guest pipes up.. "I LOVE IT! I just love the recipes, etc". :D ANd she mentioned it again to me when she was checking out.

    I had a few tell me that I was the best PC lady they've ever had...:thumbup: and another lady (the grandmother), just kept hugging me every time she passed me. :blushing:

    So I felt really good last night! And I've not even STARTED doing customer care calls!! HA! Won't that blow them away! It was just the shot in the arm I needed...and so far, the show is at $423- Just from the guests at the show- that's my best "at-show" orders I've ever had so far. *doing the happy dance*

    And I've got another show with this crowd NExt month, and at the rate it's going, I think they'll be my Monthly Kitchen Club...I should call them that. :D

    So I just wanted to share this- and encourage those who are on the fence with customer care. It doesn't have to be about WHAT you demo or say during the demo..Trust me. Mine is scary....but connecting with your guests can make a huge difference! Eventually, I'll get my show-style figured out, and who knows WHAT that could mean for sales then! :D
    Sep 20, 2009
  2. StacieB

    StacieB Veteran Member Gold Member

    WTG Bobbi, keep up the great work!
    Sep 20, 2009
  3. cindylpal

    cindylpal Member Gold Member

    ...you were NOT only their Consultant...you were their FRIEND!!! I find that a much easier role to play...it's who I am...you come across genuine and honest, BECAUSE that's who you are!!! Keep it up...it's worked for me for 8 1/2 years!!!
    Sep 20, 2009
  4. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    That's GREAT, considering you do not feel like you've found your groove yet. I'm looking forward to hearing how accomplished you feel 30 shows from now! :D
    Sep 20, 2009
  5. cathyskitchen

    cathyskitchen Senior Member Gold Member

    I think you've definitely found your "groove" - you're not being a "salesperson", you're being yourself, which will always sell more every time! Way to go!
    Sep 20, 2009
  6. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Congratulations, Bobbi. It's always nice to hear that kind of feedback.
    Sep 20, 2009
  7. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

    Just wanted to say Kudos! Great job....happy dance all around!
  8. ShellBeach

    ShellBeach Veteran Member

    Eventually, I'll get my show-style figured out

    Sounds like you already have! I really enjoyed reading your post. Laid-back shows with lots of laughing are fun!
    Sep 21, 2009
  9. One of my friends sells PC and she never mentions it other than to complain about it. She never brings in catalogs or mentions new products. But if she sees you looking at a PC catalog (which she knows isn't hers because she never gives them out) she wants to know whose it is and what you're doing ordering from them. She's a real turn off.

    My other friend remembers what you like or are interested in and tells you when it's on sale. Or she'll offer to put your order in with a show she's doing and save you shipping. She only has positive things to say about it and is never pushy. This is the person I am signing up under.

    I think it's all about being friendly and "fitting in" with the group you are in. You have to get out there and make contact with people because this is your business, but you also realize that right now people don't have lots of money to spend. Even so, you are willing to get together with people and share your recipes and food and are happy when they do spend their hard earned $$ with you. People like someone that remembers them and what they like. I think those are the people that keep coming back to you.

    That is the route I plan to take when I start doing shows. It's all about good customer service. People remember that and they come back to that.
    Sep 21, 2009
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