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  1. Debra


    Hi everyone! I just bumped on this site when I was trying to search for more information on Pampered Chef to learn more than I already know. I thought you guys were some clandestine group of retired Pampered Chef consultants who gave up. This site almost seems to be a better Pep Talk and info gathering than a Cluster or BTA if you're not doing so well! Some great info. !!!!
    I have a big problem in getting bookings. I'm not sure if its me or if its people are just not interested. I have had 8 real shows (2 of those were Surprise Host Parties that I threw) since I started last April. It's not Pampered Chef. . . .it's me. :) I don't want to scare any new consultants! I will admit that I have not really worked the business until late. I also work a full time, stressful job that requires overtime, and recently bought my first house and moved 25 miles away from where I was. I hope that's why. I hope I'm not just a terrible consultant and no one tells me.
    Of late, I have recently started to "live" Pampered Chef more so than when I started so I could really cultivate and develop my business. I think it will pick up. I hope so.
    I go to Clusters and I feel like a failure. Everyone there is doing Great! There is either a Super Starter who has qualified easily in their first month, or a super consultant has just had another $4,000.00 month, or someone got their Feb. charm. I want the charm bracelet! I want the trip! I want the recruits! But. . . its just a lonely ride sometimes.
    I always hear, "just have two shows a week to be a successful consultant" . Well, heck! I would love to have 2 shows a week but I cannot get two shows a week, I can't get two shows in a month without holding a surprise party. I have left catalogues in dentists' office, I have left catalogues in a Payday Loan place (I wanted the new Spring line so got a loan), I have called every person who has ever had a party and everyone who marked on their survey slip they did not want to have a party, I have used up all my catalogues sending them out, I have sent email newsletters with tips and recipes and pictures, I have given away a Simple Additions Entertaining Set as incentive for referrals and having a show, I have started a Web Site, I have talked to strangers; and I will continue to do so, because I want to be successful, I love Pampered Chef, but I'm wondering does anyone else feel like you're climbing up a long mountain . . . . . Gosh. I'm frustrated. I could never tell all that at a Cluster! My director would look at me like I was a traitor!
    Thanks for listening. If anyone else has had a tough time but did find that it really does start to pay off, I would like to know that. Also, if anyone has any new, creative ideas, let me know. Thanks for listening. Really.
    Mar 15, 2005
  2. sOhSherri

    sOhSherri Member

    Trying to Develop Your Business

    Debbie, I feel as if I wrote your post myself. I have been a consultant for 18 months and get very frustrated. If I were a quitter, I would have already quit long ago. It is not that I feel that I am not successful at what I do, but I also have difficulty getting a full schedule booked. When I do have shows booked they have good averages. In January I had 3 Kitchen Shows and my show average was over $800. My sales for January was $2200 (my highest month yet) but then February came along, I had no Kitchen Shows...only 2 Catalog Shows...sales of $500. Now here we are in March and I have only 1 Kitchen Show with 3 Catalog Shows. I promoted to Future Director last February...recruited 3 in one month...only for none of them to qualify (they quit...one of them did 2 shows, the other two did no shows before quitting) so I was demoted. I have done the same as you. I talk my business every where I go, I put out old catalogs, I follow up with everyone who has placed orderes either thru Kitchen or Catalog shows (It doesn't matter what they may have marked on drawing slip or OOF as far as interest), I work on recruiting hosts (several have been very interested but then when I follow up I hear maybe later), I even call people off of the guests list who were invited but did not come to the show (cold calls I call them). I don't feel that I can share with my upline director either because all I hear is how successful she is. Debbie, you are definetely not alone in your feelings because I am with you. I really love PC and what I do. I keep the faith that one day I will be doing the 8+ Kitchen Shows per month that I have set a goal for.
    Mar 15, 2005
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  4. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    Business frustrations 101

    There are times that we are all in the boat with you! I have been a consultant for 3 years and have been TRYING to become a director since last summer. It can be very frustrating when you do all the right things and they just won't do the shows or won't sign or won't qualify. :confused: Don't they know what they can GET if they do?! What's wrong here?!

    FYI: Most months I average $2,500 and I am usually one of the top 3 in our cluster in sales but I have had several months that I didn't make the first commission level of $750. I have recruited about 9 people but more than 1/3 of them didn't submit shows or only did 1. Right now I have 2 active and 3 new recruits who IF they qualify will help me finally get my directorship. I have had a ton of leads but most end up going away. I have had tons of parties when the host just fall off the face of the earth and won't even acknowledge that she's even heard of me. I have had successes and disappointments. My director does not want to hear the negatives either but here's an insight into their thought process: They know that if you dwell on the negative you will spiral down and it will be harder to succeed and they don't want new people to be discouraged so the "I'm having a hard month stories" can't be told at clusters. They also know that if you have a positive attitude people will be attracted to you - be patient. ;)

    Here's what has worked for me: I find that whenever I count my chickens ahead of time or REALLY am pushing for whatever the goal - that's when nothing happens and shows get cancelled, etc. SO I step back and let it go (I don't do nothing - I take a breath). I tell myself that if it's to be it will happen and I find different approaches to what I'm doing. I do things to make me feel calmer and happier so people want to party with me and I call them and let them tell me what they want and I tell them what they can get). It's not about me it's about them! Most important I pray (please don't be turned off, I'm not a "Jesus freak"). It's amazing what the power of prayer does! If I pray for the bookings and the recruits nothing happens but if I pray that whatever is right will happen it does! I know that if I am meant to succeed it will come but it won't come in MY time. Some months I don't meet my goals and others I exceed them.

    Don't try so hard but keep "working". Relax. Have fun with this. Take what you get. Be happy. It will all come together for you... and if it doesn't... you will have enjoyed the ride and gotten a lot of great products, awards, money and new friends from it! Oh, and one more thing: ASK everyone! It's an automatic "no" if you don't!
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    Mar 15, 2005
  5. So nice to know

    It's so nice to know that it isn't just me. I have put up flyers, put out catalogs, made calls. I guess some people just don't like free stuff. It's not like having a party is that hard either. I'll be crossing my fingers for you and all of the others who this is happening to (including myself!) Good Luck and don't let it get you down.
    Mar 15, 2005
  6. SBinkley

    SBinkley Novice Member

    Don't get discouraged

    I have been a Pampered Chef consultant for about 6 months now. I have had some really great months, and some "ok" months. In December, it seemed like my business was dying off. I hated this because I know you need bookings to get bookings. Well, one GREAT show in January really turned things around! I had my first $1,000 show and got a few bookings off of it. Those booking have turned into more bookings! My moral here is this - It only may only take ONE really great show to really turn your business around.
    Mar 15, 2005
  7. GeorgiaPeach

    GeorgiaPeach Veteran Member Silver Member

    Hang in there!

    I have been with PC for almost 7 years and I still struggle with bookings and a consistent show schedule like you all are. EVERY consultant has been where you guys are right now. I tell my new consultants (and myself!) that a Pampered Chef business is alot like a roller coaster. There will be months when you are on top and everything looks awesome and then ZOOM you seem to be headed downhill. Just hang on long enough and you will be headed back up again :) The best advice I can give you is to do two things...first, GO TO NATIONAL CONFERENCE! Right now you might not feel like you can't justify the cost but believe me it will pay off BIG TIME! At my first conference in 1999 I was amazed at the energy and excitement I felt in the main sessions....I realized that consultants come in all shapes and sizes (This sounds terrible but after seeing some consultants I thought "If they can be successful at this, certainly I can too!" :) ) .....I saw the big picture. Since that time, whenever I get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel I remember the conferences I've attended and how good it felt to be a part of something so fun and meaningful. The second piece of advice I'd give is to strive for consistency. Decide which days you want to do shows and "go to work" those nights whether you have a show or not. No show that night? Close the door to your office, go to the library, or to your car....shut yourself off from your family and make calls, listen to tapes, meet another consultant to share ideas. Spend that time immersed in working your business. It's easy to beat ourselves up because we can't seem to get the bookings but don't allow that to become your main focus. There is alot to be said about the influence of negative energy. Give yourself a break and focus your energies on something else for a few days....make a bookings binder, gather fun food facts to share at your shows, listen to a teleclass, try some new recipes, whatever you want. You will come back refreshed and ready to try again. Good Luck!!
    Mar 15, 2005
  8. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    As Beth said, everyone has mountains and valleys throughout their Pampered Chef career. It is important to climb out of the valleys.

    I have been a consultant for 1 1/2 years. I would consider myself to be very successful. Having said that, there were 2 months straight that I didn't have one kitchen show. During that 2 month time, I decided that I was going to give up Pampered Chef, but it would have to wait for after National Conference. I had already paid the money and it was too much of a hassle to not go.

    Going to National Conference is what turned my business and my focus around. It is the best thing you can do for your business. It put everything into perspective. I learned so much my head was spinning every day.

    Since attending National Conference last July, I have promoted to Future Director with 4 recruits. I have 2 more recruits getting ready to sign. My business has been steady since.

    I left for conference with nothing...no bookings, no leads, no anything. I went home and went back to my originial list of 100. I made myself get on the phone and call people on that list. From those calls, I got 3 bookings. From those 3 bookings, I got 10 more bookings at shows. The month of August, my sales were $4400.

    I would not put so much emphasis on leaving catalogs at doctor's offices and businesses. Instead, I would suggest going back to that list of 100 (or starting one if you didn't make one in the beginning) and get on the phone. Let people know that you are trying to get your business up and going and you would really appreciate their help and support. Also, let them know that they will get FREE products from their show, enjoy time with their friends and family, and learn some great tips and recipes that will impress others.

    Also, don't put all your money into buying new products right now. I would focus on the basics. You don't need all the new products for them to sell. Just go with what you have. You can add new products in (if you want) as you start building your business.

    The theme at Leadership Conference was KEEP IT SIMPLE. That is exactly what you need to do. In the Kitchen Consultant News there was an index card with booking and recruiting Keep It Simple rules. Look at that and use some of those ideas. There is also an awesome tape your director (and anyone that went to leadership) will have. Ask to borrow that tape.

    Take Tele-Classes. They are FREE and an EXCELLENT way to get ideas and motivation. Most of the time you can drop in without preregistering. Just let them know that you are not registered. If there is space, you can stay on the call.

    Finally, know that we are here for you all. That is the whole point of a group like this. We are here to encourage and support each other in the up and down times. Know that you are never alone.
  9. Me Too!

    OMG! I have been having a pity party since driving home from my show last night! It was my first show since BEFORE Christmas! and I was really pumped. They had a pretty good show - but no bookings! Except for one of the co-hosts who is building a house and hopes to be in this summer and then she will have another one for me! But nothing....I had resigned myself that I must be one of the few out there until today (don't feel alone - still don't feel sucessful but at least I'm not alone, right? ;) )

    To make me even lower feeling - I'm not even sure how to get a hold of my director - my recruiter (who NEVER called me after signing me up!) lived in NY - I'm in PA. When she lost her directorship I got placed with someone in Maine. I got a newsletter or two from her (which of course I can't find to connect with her!). I have NEVER been to a cluster meeting - I feel very alone and floundering. And I'm sure the lack of contact from my new director is due to me not producing so much - she may not even realize that I'ld like some direction to make a go at this...I don't know. But thanks for the posts -you've made my afternoon look brighter because I may be able to forge ahead afterall!
    Mar 15, 2005
  10. Lisa S

    Lisa S Member

    Hang in there everyone!!!

    We all have our ups and downs... and sometimes it seems like there are a lot more downs!!! Here is something I did at my last two shows. It worked once, but that was because of the crowd (I'll explain in a minute)

    I was listening to the tape ABC's of Bookings and Don Funt was speaking. He said he has all his consultants take 3 receipts and fill them out. The first receipt you pick 9 items and figure out the final cost as if you were just a guest at a show buying those items. The second receipt you fill out as if you were buying the same 9 items, but with your 10% P.H.D. The third receipt you fill out with the same 9 items, but with your host benefits.

    I decided to do two receipts - one as a guest and one as a host. I based it on my average show which is $500 - so that gives the host $90 free. I did not figure in half-price items or the monthly host special - just the free product value and the remaining discount. I laminated both receipts and passed them around at my last show as I talked about the new amazing host program. I had 4 moms at my show - one of whom was a past host from last month and 3 new people. The 3 new people all booked a show! This was amazing to me, as I have been having a real hard time getting bookings since I started in September. The reason it worked was because of the crowd. Moms give up a lot when they have kids - especially any discretionary spending. We just don't have the extra money to buy something for us. When I showed them the difference between attending a show and hosting a show - they were hooked and they all booked. I think there was about a $120 difference between attending and hosting.

    This will not always work... I had a show two weeks ago where I did the same exact speech. But everyone attending was between the ages of 25 & 30, newly married, and none had kids. Money is not as big a factor to them. I did not reach them on what is important to them. Thus the lesson being - know your crowd. That is why one of the questions of the Host Coaching Form refers to who is attending and what their interests are.

    I hope this helps. December was horrible for me and I have slowly been climbing uphill. I only have 3 shows this month and 2 in April so far. Hang in there. As for those of you who don't feel you can talk to your director - I suggest trying. They are there to help you succeed. No, they do not want us only focusing on the negatives all the time. But if you really need help - tell them! Don't wait for them to ask. And if you do not have a director in your local area, call PC and ask for a hospitality director so you can attend a cluster meeting in your local area. And do not get discouraged at your cluster meetings if other people are recognized for their accomplishments. After the meeting, corner them and ask them what they are doing specifically that is helping them achieve their goals.
    Mar 15, 2005
  11. KathyG

    KathyG Novice Member

    I remember reading something somewhere on this site that really affected the way I think. Essentially we need to have the attitude that we have a great program for our hosts. We want them to receive as much free product and discounted product as they can. It is not about how much money we make at the show, but how much we can help our host. That has helped me to think more of my host's benefits than mine. That way when I talk about hosting shows to people I can really send out the message of how great it is, how fun it is and how much free stuff they can get!

    A few consultants in my area, including me, have decided to change a few things that we ask of our hosts. I am no longer asking them to mail the postcards, they get me a list of address's and phone numbers and I mail the postcards. I also will call the guests that have confirmed, or have not responded, to remind them about the show. That way my host does feel awkward about calling her friends and asking if they are going to order from her show. So far it is going well, but I am sure every area has their differences in what will work and what will not.

    Discouragement is like a wedge. If you let it stay it will slowly seep deeper and deeper and you probably will not even notice how bad it is! I have had my moments of discouregments but I have learned to talk to my director and recruiter and even non PC friends (that is actually how I got my first recruit! ;) ). I also know that PC has great training materials like the tapes and videos and tele classes. If you have never done any of those things, or only did them in your superstarter months, I would encourage you to do them! Watch video's, listen to tapes and do the tele classes! You will definately receive help through them!

    Enjoy your business! :) You deserve it too!

    Mar 16, 2005
  12. paydaymom

    paydaymom Member

    What exactly do you say so that you don't sound pushy? I am scared of sounding desperate.
    Mar 16, 2005

  13. sometimes, it isn't what you say, but HOW you say it. Kind of cliche, but very applicable in sales! Following the sample dialogue in the recipe for sucess really works as well.. Be happy. don't sound desperate, and your customers will see the difference :D
    Mar 16, 2005
  14. katmom


    I am becoming a new consultant on Monday, I already have a full time job and a two year old at home. I want to make sure that I give PC my all but want to make sure I do not get overloaded. What is an average time that one spend making sure their Pc business works?
    Mar 17, 2005
  15. chef_leeanne

    chef_leeanne Member Silver Member

    I'm a newbie to this site. What great ideas I have gotten let alone the pep talks. I started May'04 and had a really hard time booking shows after I'd used up all my friends. I was barely staying active ~ but ~ I finally got the one booking in October that got me going. Towards the last 3/4 of my show or right before the food went into the oven, I'd say "I'm looking for someone to do a Fuzzy Slipper Show. Everyone would bring/wear their fuzzy slippers and we could make something chocolate!" I have noticed that the guests eyes get a twinkle and you can hear the wheels turning in their heads as they are visualizing what fun that would be. Someone always ~ loudly ~ says "I want to do that!" and I have just booked 1 party for sure. I haven't been disappointed yet. Best of all I can wear my own fuzzy slippers and be very comfortable all evening!!

    Thanks to all that share your ideas and thoughts! You have helped me out tremedously!!!

    Lee Anne
    Mar 20, 2005
  16. Debra


    Developing your business.. 2

    THIS HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH!!! Thank you for all your responses.
    I especially liked the suggestion of completing a sales receipt for your guests showing one receipt as if the guest was to buy something at the party, or 2) filling it out if you had a show.
    I liked all the responses - and especially the continuous line throughout all the responses, "keep it positive and simple".
    By the way, I had a $600.00 show on March 16, and have two bookings. I'm also going to an Expo in April and have 3 shows in April.
    Next, 5 recruits~!!!!! ;) THANK YOU SO MUCH PC FRIENDS!!!!!
    Mar 25, 2005
  17. Try This---

    I am a restarting consultant..I 'retired' when I moved across 3 states with my husband, 22month old and was 8 months pregnant...and didn't have a dishwasher to bring home my dirty show tools too...anywas..now 4 years later, I have restarted and it is a long, slow, road, as it was before, but in Arizona this worked for me and I plan to try it again...

    Get a booth at local events, Farmers Markets, Craft Fairs, local festivals, etc, ask your director about having one for her cluster, pick a # of slots for the event, divide the event cost by the # of slots = a per "slot" price. It is an investment, but when I did this before, I was able to get so many leads!!! I did this in Arizona (where I only knew a few of my neighbors, as I moved there with a new-born, for my husbands job) It got me out of the house and doing something, since I missed my full-time job. I was doing well and then we decided to move back to Washington state... :)

    Now, I want the INCOME, I have a ton of friends, but how many shows can each friend attend..only so many. We all have limits on our bank accounts!!

    So I am looking for every avenue that I can meet a 100+ people to get those booking and recruit leads..you have to be willing to approach people, but I think getting out of your LIST of 100, will grow your business..and have a HAPPY, POSITIVE Attitude!! People are attracted to those who shine!!
    Mar 27, 2005
  18. donna42pampered

    donna42pampered Gold Member

    New Here..........

    This is a wonderful site! Glad I stumbled onto it. I have been with Pampered Chef for 3 years, now. I get discouraged sometimes too. I have realized though that when we stop having a pity party and have a positive attitude, it does turn our business around! I live near some of the top diectors in my area, and have gone from being number 1 in my cluster in Feb. to no sales in March. This is my fault, though. I did recruit one consultant last month and now am a future director,but I need to remember one thing that I heard on a Step Up to Director Call a couple of weeks ago. I think maybe if we all try to do this it could work well for us. Remember not to only focus on the current month. Always look at your calenders 6 weeks ahead of time and book the next six weeks. Also remember to sound excited about our New Host Program
    and talk in dollars instead of points!
    Also start promoting the Help Whip Cancer program. Call your local American Cancer Society, tell them you are with Pampered Chef and see if they are doing any fundraisers. Get in on them
    Myself and another consultant in my cluster just got invited to the Relay For
    Life in our area! They are expecting tons of people and actually are allowing 3 different PC booths to set up in different areas.
    I had my pity party all month, now on to bigger and better dreams!~
    I figure if Doris Christopher can do it, so can I!
    I just need to remember to stay focused on that trip!!!!
    Donna McGovern
    Future Pampered Chef Director :)
  19. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

    Relay for Life question

    This is my first spring with PC. Tell me about booths, especially at Relay for Life. We have one in June. Tell me what to do, please. Thanks!
    Mar 27, 2005
  20. Thanks so much for everyone's encouragement. I thought I was the only one that struggled with bookings and a consistent show schedule. I have been doing PC for two full years. This April is my third anniversary. Jan was an awesome month with 6 shows scheduled. I had two cancellations. My paycheck was the highest it had ever been. I love PC and don't want to give it up, but right now I'm struggling with motivation to even want to pursue it. I have one show on my calendar for April and one for May. I have lots of potential hosts and have been calling them on a regular basis but no one wants to commit. One thing that I hope will help is doing monthly theme shows. April I'm doing Death by Chocolate and May I'm doing Mad About Mexican. My director has been emphasizing that at meetings. We have a few newbies at our meetings that are getting all kinds of bookings from their shows and this has been their approach.

    Like many of you I struggle with getting shows on the calendar. I schedule the 6 shows and then hope to get bookings from them but don't. And then I have to start all over again. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I have done just about everything that's been suggested. I have been to Pampered Chef National Conference twice. I have also attended just about every cluster meeting. My director's been wonderful and has helped me every step of the way. I've been diligent with making phone calls when I can. I want to succeed, but am not sure what I'm doing wrong.
    Mar 28, 2005
  21. Cheri

    Cheri Guest

    Hi everyone! Thank you so much for sharing your struggles and

    Hi everyone! Thank you so much for sharing your struggles and successes here. I am so glad I found this site. I, too, thought I was the only one that was experiencing trouble getting shows booked, commitments, etc. I want so badly for this to work but I need to keep reminding myself to be positive and ask everyone. I am shy and hesitate to ask people for fear they will think I am pushy or needy...blah, blah, blah. I just read all the posts to this topic and I am ready to charge ahead again. Good luck to us all!
    Mar 29, 2005
  22. cutiechic

    cutiechic Member


    I am in PA what part are you in I am sure my director would be fine with you joining one of our meetings if it is not too far.
    Mar 29, 2005
  23. I just read this today in Ilene Meckley's Sharing & Caring Newsletter. If you haven't heard of Ilene, I highly recommend her web site www.ilenemeckley.com to read about her & sign up for her newsletter. I haven't been to one of her seminars yet, but my director has some of her tapes I keep meaning to borrow (note to self: get them at next cluster meeting!).

    Ilene says:
    "I feel that I can be the most helpful to the individual who is not able to say they share with everyone because they do not want to be pushy. My style is what I have heard many people describe as comfortable. My goal it that I want to help people learn to use word choices that help the person you are talking to feel good about you. I really believe that if I could wave a magic wand or hypnotize you and say, "You will be happy with whatever the next person says to you when you share your business with them" everyone of your businesses would go up, up and away! I would love to help each of you become a professional sharer about your company. Giving everyone the opportunity to say yes or no thank you will lead to great successes in sharing. If you have something to offer that could be for anyone then why not share with everyone? I believe it is the fair thing to do. Keep in mind sharing is never pushy. Perhaps the thoughts you have attached to sharing could be pushy, how you handle a response could be pushy but we do know the act of sharing is so kind. Sharing is just offering--just asking and selling is what you do when someone is ready to put themselves in the position of making a decision as to whether or not what you have could be for them. I want to teach you to share naturally in natural sharing situations."
    Mar 29, 2005
  24. reesefamily5

    reesefamily5 Member

    Hi, I feel the same way, I'm having a really hard time with bookings. I have nothing for April yet and I'm starting to get scared. BUT, I'm calling everyone I know that hasn't done a show and I'm going to call my church and my son's school for fundraisers. But I'm waiting for a return call from my recruiter first, she always motivates me.

    I guess I'm lucky with my director. She is great, we can talk about the problems we are having in our business and she is supportive and gives ideas on how to fix the problems.

    Also can you tell me more about the "Surprise parties" I haven't heard of that before and I'm interested in hearing more. Thanks
    Mar 30, 2005
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