I just thought I would share this with everyone in regards to calling our guests. I know we all have different ways and such. And I think calling guests is a great way to establish yourself as being a caring kitchen consultant! But when do you begin to call...... One of my preferred customers (who happens to be an Avon and Partylite consultant!) had invited me to a Home and Garden party she was hosting for this past weekend. She is so nice and has booked her 3rd show with me (she won't sell PC because she already does 2 home based businesses) Anyway, she called to see if I would be able to make it. Something came up with my husband's unit (he is in the Army) and he wasn't going to be able to watch our daughter so I declined the invite. Well, the consultant for the Home and Garden party called me the very next day asking why I wouldn't be able to attend - I have to say I was somewhat caught off guard by it because really it wasn't any of her business. I politely told her the reason, being my daughter. She quickly responded with "I don't mind kids at all!" Okay - I thought BUT my daughter has officially entered the dreaded terrible twos and taking her to a home show wouldn't be the best idea for her, myself and the other guests !! HAHA!! Trips to the grocery store is even a chore as I'm sure many of you can relate! Anyway, she continued to make it seem like it was just an excuse and to just come to the party!! She continued to inform me about the games we would play and the ALL the prizes she was going to give away, etc. I honestly felt like I was being attacked because I couldn't make it. I told her that I was planning on making an outside order, but being there just wasn't going to happen. She FINALLY caught on and "let me go". Please don't interpret this as me saying that Home and Garden reps are pushy - this paticular one happened to be a pushy rep. Anyway the host called me back and asked what she said to me - I was honest with her and told her. She was mortified because this consultant was doing this with EVERYONE who declined the invites and made them feel the same way I felt - attacked! This got me thinking about how I approach my guests. I have to say I don't "force" my guests to come...I leave that to my hosts (hehe). I just call them afterwards to see how the products they ordered are working for them, etc. I feel that the host has more of a comfort level with the guests than I do. That is also where my host coaching comes into play! I don't want to be a pushy rep and I definitley don't want people to run away from me when they see me at the store! The reason for telling this story though was to see how you all approach your guests and how you deal with attendance. Being put in the postiton as a guest again really put things into perspective. Also, if you call your guests before the show - what do you say? Does this help your show attendance? I'm still a "rookie" and would love to hear what everyone else does. I love learning new things for PC!! Thanks for everyone's help!