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  1. cookie325

    cookie325 Member

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    I have been with PC since 2003 (with a year off in 2006) and I have NEVER earned a trip. Never even close. In fact, I've never even earned Level 1...or gotten close to that. But I want Maui SOOOOO BAD!!! I know I'm crazy, but I WANT IT!! I would love to talk to others who have never earned a trip but are working toward one so I don't feel so "alone". I see all of the awesome consultants on her who have recently earned Disney (or several trips) and I feel like I can't identify with them. I want to join the big leagues!!! :D

    Does anyone think I'm completely insane to go from an average of 1-3 shows a month to having a goal of a trip that requires 80,000 points to earn???
     
    Jan 6, 2010
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  2. PCJenni

    PCJenni Veteran Member

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    maybe you can expand you show schedule and recruiting goals??
     
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  3. cookie325

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    Oh, I plan to. I'm not planning on earning a trip on 3 shows a month. :p I just wondered if anyone else has started out really part-time and stepped it up to earn a trip in the same year - or maybe find someone who is where I am now and who is working toward a trip this year who I can "buddy up" with.
     
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  4. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    I haven't earned a "big" trip. I did earn level 1 in 2009.

    Basically, it's going to take a balanced biz. The general model looks like this: 8 shows a month and 1-2 recruits a month. Yes, the #'s will vary..depending on your show avg. You may even get away from having to do 8 shows a month...it all depends :)
     
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  5. loreo

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    Not insane at all! I only missed Disney by 8000 pts. Not bad considering I only did one show In March just to stay active and didn't start recruiting until after conference. It's all what you want to make it. After conference my show averages went up,# of shows/month went up and I signed 6 consultants. Anything is possible.

    I'll be right along beside you working for Hawaii!
     
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  6. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    I am ramping up my biz to earn Silver this year! You can buddy up w/ me!
     
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  7. Jewel

    Jewel Member Gold Member

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    I have never earned anything either! I want to go too! So I really need to get on the phone which i hate doing! I usually do 1-2 shows w/a few catalog shows every month. I did the goal worksheet at the meeting on Monday and it says I need 13/mo :eek: to reach my goal! That my be pushing it! lol but Im gunna try! :D
     
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  8. pkd09

    pkd09 Future Director Silver Member

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    I have been with PC for 4 years and have never earned a trip. I have earned Level One when it was a debit card. I never thought the points were achieveable for a trip with me also working a FT job BUT I proved it to myself in 2009 when I earned over 54,000 points (Level 2). I did miss the trip because I only had 3 of the required 4 recruits.

    My incentive goal is Hawaii even with working FT. My DH and I have never been to Hawaii (Toronto many times...but not FREE). I did the calculation sheet last night estimating high on recruits to 6 and achieving Directorship mid-year for those additional points. With my 2009 show average, I would need to do 10 shows a month. 80,000 points is high....so I am figuring if I can get those 6 recruits AND promote to Director....I also need to get my show average up and hopefully get those extra points at Spring Launch AND DBL points month (whenever that is). I have done 10 shows in a month before and I have to tell you I was tired! I got a lot of help from DH and he is willing to help again for us to achieve Hawaii.

    We all need to set goals and those goals should push us, not be a comfortable goal. So that is why I am setting my sites on Hawaii.
     
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  9. Morgan032032

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    This will be my first full year as a consultant and I would LOVE to earn one of the bigger trips, but I would still be really happy with the Bronze level one!! I have 5 cooking shows this month, but I'm going to have to start booking LOTS more in order to earn this trip! I would love to buddy up with you guys. We could probably keep a rolling thread going on here with updates, encouragement, and ideas!
     
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  10. cookie325

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    I hate getting on the phone too! Last night, my hubby MADE me do it (he's my biggest cheerleader and coach!!!). I was only on the phone for 30 minutes, but I did add two new shows to my calendar (one for Feb and one for Mar) and have about 3 people to follow up with. I am going to have to do like 16 shows a month :eek: because I have a really low show average. But I know the more shows I do consistently, the higher my show average will be, which means fewer shows per month. I have always been good at recruiting, so I'm counting on that to help out a bit, and I plan to promote to director to earn the bonus paid-as points. Right now I'm looking at every possible way to earn points. I'm going to have to go WAY out of my comfort zone this year...scary!!! I'm trying to be realistic but dream big at the same time...does that make sense?
     
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  11. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    I earned Level 2 Disney this year with only 40 COOKING SHOWS!! :yuck: I had 10 qualified recruits and promoted to Director. I was disappointed with my show number and have vowed to change that this year, but this is only my second year in business, so I am still learning.

    I AM IN NO WAY SAYING THIS IS THE WAY TO GO, BUT if more shows is not possible for you b/c of other commitments, RECRUIT like crazy... promotions will come along with it!!
     
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  12. cookie325

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    Michelle,

    That is impressive to earn a trip with only 40 cooking shows! I actually want to do more shows per month, but I guess I never had the true motivation because its not that I CAN'T book shows, its that I don't get off my butt and get on the phone. That HAS to change this year. My hubby is expecting me to walk as a Director this year at NC because I did so 5 years ago. And darn it, I want my red ribbon back!!!

    I think you should be pretty darn proud of yourself - that's definitely a story to share with others who CAN'T do more shows! WAY TO GO!
     
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  13. Symara

    Symara Member Gold Member

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    I just started last Feb and didn't earn anything, it didn't help I had surgery and was out for 3 months.

    I'm definately ramping it up, my husband wants Maui more than I do, but I'm going to try for Silver. I haven't recruited last year since I knew I wasn't going to make it, but I'm going to get some recruits now!!! (being positive, not saying trying, but I will)
     
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  14. 1PamperedMommy

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    I am only just hitting my 90 days January 11, but I want Maui so bad I can taste it! I don't want to get my hopes up too high because time isn't something I have much of (I am a wife, mom of two kids under 5, full time college student, and part time pharmacy technician - that's before adding all the extras I tend to get myself into) and I am still so new. But I am motivated to say the least! I never got a honeymoon and Maui would be amazing! So far, I've been doing about 4 shows a month, but I know I'll have to do MUCH more in 2010 to earn silver. Good luck to all of you out there who are in the same boat!:thumbup:
     
  15. munkee41182

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    My 1yr anniversary with PC is coming up next month. I told MH that we were earning this trip, going on it as a last hurrah with out children (since we plan to start trying later in 2011). Then he started to whine and complain about it being so expensive, blah blah blah. The $$ that they're giving you as an allowance won't cover you for a day, it's going to cost at least 1-2k just in spending cash. So I kicked him and told him that if I earned it he didn't have to go....there are other Pcheffers that would love to go in his place.

    So I'm putting it out there, if MH doesn't change his tune and I earn this trip....I'm going to be raffling off my "guest" ticket :)
     
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  16. Symara

    Symara Member Gold Member

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    other PCers can't be your guest... That's the way they've always done it, so that way eveyrone will try to earn it.
     
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  17. munkee41182

    munkee41182 Member

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    Oh that stinks I didn't know that.....:( It was worth a shot though.
     
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  18. Becca_in_MD

    Becca_in_MD Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Your #s made me look at mine. I earned level 2 with 45 cooking shows and 5 qualified recruits. I also: hit a few of the triple points days, had one recruit during double recruiting points month, had a few fundraisers in addition to the regular catalog shows. But, I only had one show last Jan. when it was double points. I only had one show in Feb. as well and another bad month or two. I think the new career plan and promoting to Team Leader made a big difference between HO lead online orders and HO recruit leads. I earned Atlantis (level 3) the year I promoted to Director.

    Some tips:
    - bump up your show average. It will increase with doing more shows. Increase your product knowledge by working through the Product Information Guide online and listen to your customers at your shows to hear what they do with their products. You need lots of bodies at your shows to increase your sales as well so work on your host coaching to get the people there.
    - think about sending the invites for your host. I finally bought into this last fall and think it has helped. It has definitely decreased my cancellations and may have led to the increase in my bookings.
    - follow up. I could always do more. Be diligent about following up with the booking and recruit "maybes."
    - keep office hours. Work your biz (making calls, e-mails, doing shows) at least 5 days/week, even if that means on your lunch hour, while hubby bathes the kids.
    - get training. Go to team meetings. Tell your director your goal and set-up accountability for the steps you'll take. Beyond PC resources, some trainers I like are Lynn Conway, Tammy Stanley and Belinda Ellsworth. Go to their websites and see what you can get for free, such as e-mail tips. Lynn Conway's book "Make-up Optional" is good for SAHMs.
    - recruit. Work on your story and your recruiting commercial. Look for red flags. Don't overwhelm them with your enthusiasm.
    - promote. I train all of my new team members on recruiting, but you can't make someone else recruit. I'm not building in Director paid-as points into my plan for the year b/c I don't have any Sr Consultants on my team. Some want to recruit and I'm helping them with that. It will be a nice bonus if I do get some points that way.
    - no excuses!! - so you have a bad month (or two or three :) get back on the phone, expand your horizons. Watch the self-talk.
    - booths - look for booth and fair opportunities to expand your contact base. I do a bridal fair every Feb. Even though I'm feeling good about my bookings so far this year, I'm still doing the fair and will work my leads as always. I want my schedule "packed for Maui." (Like my little reference to luggage?)

    My slogan for the year is "you can't reach the top shelf without stretching a little."

    I want 4 recruits Jan/Feb and I have a person who didn't qualify last year. Someone on here said to get your recruiting requirement done within 6 months so that is my goal. I'm feeling very positive about 2010.

    We can do it!!!
     
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  19. pamperedalf

    pamperedalf Senior Member Silver Member

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    I'm earning my first trip ever w/ pampered chef this year. I will also walk as a new director so I can enjoy those great bonus points.

    I have been a consultant since 2005 & have earned level 1 twice. The last 2 years have dropped for me in the business. Life has thrown me a few curve balls, that I didn't know how to react to, so my business took a dive.

    I'm really determined and ready to earn Maui, if I earn Toronto I'll take that too.

    Here's my breakdown: 80,000
    I have 3 consultants that are close to qualifying~ 6,000
    I want 8 new qualified recruits~ 16,000
    Going to spring launch~ 1,000
    I plan to promote by midyear~ 1,500

    Points I still need~ 55, 500
    divide by $500 show average~ 111 Shows = 9 shows a month
    divide by $600 show average~ 93 Shows = 8 shows a month

    Both are totally doable, & this doesn't include double points month or the triple points this week.


    Don't feel alone, we will earn this trip together!! Here's a quote I posted on facebook this morning: The future you see is the future you get. Robert G Allen

    I sure see myself sitting on the beach next may while my son is enjoying his 7th birthday on PC's dime at his favorite vacation destination. He has been to Maui when he was 1 & 3. He still talks about his hotel. I can't wait to go back!!
     
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  20. cookie325

    cookie325 Member

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!! :love:
     
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  21. littlemaisyPC

    littlemaisyPC Member Gold Member

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    Haha sounds like what I told my husband. He's not very thrilled about Pampered Chef so I told him that to prove him wrong I am going to earn this trip and he is not invited.

    I would love to earn Maui!
     
  22. munkee41182

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    LOL. MH thinks that it wouldn't be worth it for the $$ that we would have to spend on it. He even asked if there was an option to get a cash payout instead of the trip. I lied and said no. He'd buy a TV....I want a vacation!
     
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  23. Symara

    Symara Member Gold Member

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    the trip is worth more than the payout
     
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  24. cookie325

    cookie325 Member

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    Worth WAY more!!! I mean, yeah, you may have to pay a little out of pocket, but its far less than you'd have to pay if you went on your own. The payout is only $1500 for the Silver level - I can't see being able to do Hawaii on that.
     
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  25. munkee41182

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    I completely agree....Now can you see why I am going to leave MH behind? LOL
     
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  26. cookie325

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    Yes, I do see your point! LOL! Well, earn it just to show him, then take a friend! :p
     
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  27. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    I know what people are going to say to this, but the answer is no. Reason being:
    a) The levels seem really unattainable, especially for someone like me who has a demanding full-time job that involves working weekends every 3 weeks and barely stays active. They seem like something for "full time" consultants who can work their tail off and do 2 or more shows a month. But to everyone, to each their own.
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    b) Torronto is not all that "irresistable" to me. I have been there twice ... once with friends where we went to Eton Centre and rode the subway and stuff ... and again with my church. I wouldn't mind going there again but with it being so close ... I would spend much less money and stay longer doing it myself! I have friends who live in that part of the Great White North so if I went I'd rather do it on my own time and visit them!
     
  28. Krista Burson

    Krista Burson Member Gold Member

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    I am so working for this trip... I have been a consultant since 2005 and never even earned Level 1. I want Maui, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. My hubby and I were looking at going to Hawaii for our 10yr anniversary in Jan 2011. It was going to cost approximately $10000 for the trip for the two of us for Oahu. I will so go to Maui (my sister loves the Hyatt) for free in May (that's when we took our honeymoon anyway). And now I am thinking that I want to schedule a vow renewal on the beach while we're there.
     
  29. Chef Kearns

    Chef Kearns Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Just for your future reference...it may be worth the minimal investment to get a Costco or AAA card. Costco offers a trip to Hawaii at least once a year in May or June for $1500 for 2 people. This cost includes hotel, rental car, daily breakfasts. The airfare could be about $1500, too. It would be MUCH cheaper than what you were looking at. I just thought I'd share.
     
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  30. chef131doreen

    chef131doreen Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I have earned the past 3 trips ( level 2 ) and yes you do have to work your butt off , BUT the recruting will be the key that can help you earn the trips.
    I do think it would have been nice to cut down on a level of the amazing trips and have an optainable trip for many more consultants to earn ....... 80k points are really alot and some months to do 8-10 shows will be hard
    life happens (snow snow snow ) You really never know with all of the extra points they give us , so think positive and do the best you can good luck to us all
     
  31. esavvymom

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    80,000 points is alot, BUT consider the destination! They can't afford to just give it away either. I've been to that Maui Hotel, and I know that it costs ALOT TO STAY THERE!! Plus just GETTING there.
     
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  32. Becca_in_MD

    Becca_in_MD Veteran Member Gold Member

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    When you do the shows to earn Hawaii, you're making a lot more commission. Tell him you're saving commission from one show a month to spend on food and fun in Hawaii. Also, PC breakfasts are huge and can carry you through a lot of the day. In Atlantis, we grabbed some bagels, rolls and fruit from the buffet to keep in our room, bought some cold cuts in Nassau and made our own lunch twice. We had sticker shock when we first got there and spent $35 for lunch :eek: by the pool. It was just a shrimp salad, sandwich, beer and soda.
     
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  33. chef131doreen

    chef131doreen Veteran Member Gold Member

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    take about shocked in Miami by the pool for the 4 of us $100 for lunch the 1st day and that was only salad, sandwich, and soda
    1 beer and 1 tropical drink $25.00
     
  34. milkangel

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    Funny my husband is the same way. he is so not thrilled about pc eather. i want to go to maui or even earn leval 2 in some way or another.
     
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  35. cmdtrgd

    cmdtrgd Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Love your numbers and the easy way you set it out. However, how did you come up with the 1,500 for promoting?
     
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  36. milkangel

    milkangel Advanced Member

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    I am working for one trip. I have ben in pc for little over 2 years now and have not got a trip out of it yet. since i started i have only done 68 shows. What can i do to up that # to 7 a month? slaes average is on a cooking show is 488. Who wnat to help each other?
     
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  37. cookie325

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    If you promote halfway through the year, you will earn 250 pts for each paid-as director month. 6 x 250 = 1,500. The key is to ensure you are paid-as director each month.
     
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  38. esavvymom

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    When we were at the Hyatt in Maui, we had the full breakfast, and I'm sure PC will do it to the extreme with the hotel too. It was a FANTASTIC spread, and you can really fill up (hopefully they do the buffet...it was amazing). Then we'd have a regular lunch at a cafe or something somewhere. There is a shopping village within a decent walk up the beach walkway , a very pleasant stroll. Yes- some places are more expensive, but there were plenty of affordable/reasonable options. But I like the idea of setting aside a little commission each month to pay for those extras. If you want to do a cruise or something, it will cost money obviously! Don't know when whale-watching season ends...I know Winter time is the usual, so it may be late for that, but if not- it's worth doing! Amazing.
     
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  39. pamperedalf

    pamperedalf Senior Member Silver Member

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    Yes that's how I figured that out. I'm working on it & can't wait!!

    I didn't account for online orders, catalog shows, double points, triple points. I want those to be icing on the cake (hopefully earn it before December).
     
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  40. cookie325

    cookie325 Member

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    Amanda, it seems like you and I are on the same page. I plan on promoting in June and I'm only replying on recruiting and show sales. Everything else will be gravy!
     
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