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  1. Hi guys,

    I've got a host that wanted to schedule an April show but I keep missing her by phone.

    I just sent her my 2nd email with the dates I have available for show that month & asking her to choose, but I'm not sure if she's seeing them or if they're just going into her junk mail.

    Does anyone have a "pick a date" or "sorry I keep missing you..." postcard I can drop in the mail to her?

    Mar 11, 2009
  2. Chef Kearns

    Chef Kearns Legacy Member Gold Member

    Laurie you may just have to bless and release this lady. You cannot expend all of your resources hunting her down. Keep working with other people on your list. Then call her in a week or two to see if she's ready to book. You can't MAKE her do it and you'll only drive yourself crazy if you fixate on her.
    Mar 11, 2009
  3. Thanks for the suggestion but I'm not trying to make her do anything.

    It's possible that as far as she's concerned she hasn't heard from me. The contact number she gave me was her office number & I've only spoken with her secretary there, (who was the previous host her party was booked from), Whenever I've tried calling I've missed her, but she is a very hard person to get a hold of & I haven't technically left her any messages, past host just told to try her again later.

    That's why I went to email, but as I said before, if I'm not in her contact list my emails may have gone directly into her junk mail. So in the interest of following up on my promises, I'd like to drop a postcard in the mail telling her that I'm sorry I haven't been able to reach her, giving her the dates I have available & asking her to please contact me if she would still like to book a show.

    I'm honestly not fixating on her, I just like to make sure that I've followed through on my responsibilities before I throw in the towel. Believe it or not, I have had this happen with someone else who I just gave up on. She told the previous host she was disappointed when I didn't contact her like I said I would & I don't want to see that happen again. If no one has a postcard that can do the job, I can send a q blank greeting card, but I just thought it would be more professional looking in a postcard format.

    Thanks again
    Mar 11, 2009
  4. Chef Kearns

    Chef Kearns Legacy Member Gold Member

    Well, it sounds like you've already got a plan in mind.

    Good luck!
    Mar 11, 2009
  5. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

    If you haven't actually left any vm messages, then I'd do that AND send a postcard. I always make a point to say something like, "you are busier than me, but I really do want to connect with you" just so that I can show that I realize that they have a life too!!! Good luck with it!
    Mar 12, 2009
  6. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

    I've had people all excited about booking a party, even a free party, but then somehow miss all my calls, don't return messages, etc. There comes a time with some of these potential hosts that you just throw in the towel but keep them on your newsletter list. Hopefully your show happens.
    Mar 12, 2009
  7. julia.poe

    julia.poe Member

    I have a postcard from Nancy's Artwork I can send you. It says Please call if you are still interested in booking a show with me. I've been unable to reach you. This is a good time to reach me.

    Let me know if you are interested. It is all yours.
    Mar 12, 2009
  8. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    Why don't you ask the secretary if she has a cell phone # you can try. Then at least you can leave a voicemail.
    Mar 12, 2009
  9. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    If you don't leave a message, then the call doesn't count, because she won't know that you actually called.
    Mar 12, 2009
  10. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

    Leave a message next time. If her secretary is the past host she will certainly give the message to her b/c she probably wants the booking special.

    I have found that people (prospective hosts) are hard to get a hold of because they have changed their mind about hosting and do not want to tell you, they just keep hoping that if they avoid you that you will go away.
  11. Thanks Julia! That would be perfect.
    Mar 12, 2009
  12. Hi Julia,

    For some reason I can't open the private message you sent me. Would you mind emailing the file to [email protected]?

    Thanks again,
    Mar 12, 2009
  13. julia.poe

    julia.poe Member

    I e-mailed you
    Mar 12, 2009
  14. jenniwest04

    jenniwest04 Member

    If it makes you feel any better, I did a free cooking show 3 weeks ago and the host and her guests were rowdy and a bit drunk so no one ordered at the time--they all work together and were supposed to order the following Fri. I contacted the host and she said she had to collect 2 more orders...2 weeks later and I can't get a hold of her in any way. I have $15 in food and $5 in mailing costs involved-and the bad part is, this is a friend of mine for over 20 years...she offered to do a show as a favor since I was trying to reach $2500 in just feb. alone...that's why I paid for the ingredients-she requested the recipe she wanted though, I would have chosen something more inexpensive, LOL.
    Mar 13, 2009
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