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Pampered Chef: Bookings First show coming up on Saturday...eek!

  1. danidag

    danidag Novice Member

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    My first kitchen show is coming up on Saturday and it's my own show. I'm starting to feel a little nervous about it. I don't think I'd be so nervous, except that everyone that is coming I know (of course). I feel very intimidated by this. I think I'd feel alot better if they were complete strangers. Got any suggestions to help me calm down a bit? But on a good note I have another show booked for October and 3 for November so far...I think that's good. :)
     
    Oct 9, 2005
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  2. PCAbby

    PCAbby Member

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    Totally Normal

    My first show was with the family and friends and I was SOOOO nervous that I actually was happy when I got a few cancelations! You are right, its easier to do shows in front of strangers, because you can be whoever you want to be. My SS1 was September and am looking forward to the four shows I have in October with people I don't know. I had one (JUST ONE!!) glass of wine before my show and also enlisted my sister to play "hostess" while I prepared for the demo, even though the show was at my house. My husband also was a surprise help in getting everyone served with beverages. I offered my sister (and my other sister who ended helping too!!) about $15 a piece in free stuff and did really well. The show closed about $840 and generated several bookings, which generated the non-family/friend bookings I have this month. The great thing about the non-ff bookings is that you can tell funny stories about your family and not worry about it! :rolleyes: Good Luck to you!]
     
    Oct 9, 2005
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  3. mrssyvo

    mrssyvo Veteran Member

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    I understand about you being nervous- I was, but it gets better-FAST!!! My first show was 2 weeks ago, for my sister-in-law, and I was SO nervous. I was dropping things, stumbling over my words, ect but so many people wrote on the drawing slip that they could not beleive that it was my first show, I looked so relaxed !!!! She closed with $500, and 5 bookings.
    My 2nd show closed last night, with $269 in sales and 4 bookings. I am a bit disappointed about the low sales totals, but I am glad that it happened at the start of my career, because I have now expeirinced it, and even though I TRIED to coach her, I now know that it happens sometimes. The hostess was too busy to return my calls, or allow me to go over the packet with her and help. When we closed last night, and I took back her hostess packet, it was UNUSED, except for the invitations. She said, I didn't have time to look at all that stuff. Well, it showed it the totals.

    My 3rd show Saturday afternoon for my mother-in-law blew me out of the water !!! It was Saturday afternoon, and even though only 1 booking, it will close over $1000. I was so relaxed by the 3rd show, and could not believe how much fun it was. I did forget a few things, but it flowed so well, and everyone said that they never had so much fun at a show before !!!! The coaching was much different this time, we went over the packet, and everytime she got an outside order, she called me so excited. She was very hesitant to schedule a show for me, because she did not want to dissapoint me with little sales. She said that none of her friends would buy, because at their age, they are all downsizing. She had over $200. in outside sales before the show, and is still collecting orders from those who could not make it to the show.

    You never know how things will go. The shows you think will be good will disappoint at times. Just do your best, and it will all work out. It does get easier, and I have never had a "job" where I had so much fun !! I can't really call this a job, because it is so much more !!!!!
     
    Oct 10, 2005
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  4. danidag

    danidag Novice Member

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    Well, yesterday was really the first day that I really started to spread the word about my first show. I've already had 3 people tell me that they couldn't come to the show so i gave them some books to look at and see if there was still anything that they wanted to order. ALL 3 of them ordered for a total of $90...in just three people! I was so excited. I also had a guest call me today and said that she couldn't come either but she wanted to order. She was telling me this on my voicemail and I thought "oh crap" I didn't give her a book because I thought for sure she would be there. Well she actually saw something on the picture on the front of the invitation and ordered it! Can you believe it. It was the food chopper and she said that it looked neat and she wanted it. This is going so good so far. I also talked to a friend of mine that is coming to my show on Saturday and she has also booked a show for the end of Oct. She gave her mom the invitation for my show and her and her mom started talking and her mom is very interrested in selling PC. That would be so awesome to get a recruit that fast. I'll keep my fingers crossed because I haven't actually talked to her yet, but she's the type of person that likes to do stuff like this, and I think she'd be great at it. Anyway...I'm getting so pumped up for Saturday! I'll let you all know how it goes. :D
     
    Oct 10, 2005
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