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Pampered Chef: Bookings Getting bookings at your shows

  1. bbauman07

    bbauman07 Veteran Member Gold Member

    May is my second month with PC. I do have 2 catalog shows this month and 1 show the middle of this month. But I'm having trouble getting more bookings. The 2 shows I had in April I got no bookings. I put together a Theme Show binder, I will be putting out grocery store flyers later today, and I'm starting to leave catalogs when I go places.

    But I'm looking for ideas on how to build bookings at my shows.

    Also looking for ideas to build catalog bookings. (Just for the month of June)
    May 4, 2005
  2. MSmith

    MSmith Member

    I heard somewhere that you will get 1 booking for every 10 people at a show. What is your show attendance like?

    Are you talking about the benefits of a show? Personally, it took me a bit of time before I got comfortable talking about bookings and I challenge myself to creatively "sprinkle" comments about hosting a show as many times as I can (minimum 3x)...and I always say something in the beginning when I thank the host for inviting us all there and the topic is easy to segway into whenever I talk about the Guest & Host Specials.

    One thing that I am trying this weekend is having 3 little gift bags for the dates that I specifically want to fill (I am working on June b/c I want to earn those Fall products). In them, I have a citrus peeler and a coupon that they MUST present to me at their show in order to redeem $5.00 in free product (in addition to their great host benefits)....I don't really believe in giving a ton of stuff b/c a) the benefits of hosting are awesome enough and b) I don't want to seem too desperate (even though sometimes I am). :D

    Be sure to be excited and have a positive attitude....it still amazes me how much of a difference it has made for me when I remind myself to do so!
    May 4, 2005
  3. bbauman07

    bbauman07 Veteran Member Gold Member

    I like your gift bag idea I think that I might give that a try. I think one of my biggest problems right now is that I'm close to delivering twins.
    May 4, 2005
  4. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

    booking ideas

    At any booking the catalog host gets me I offer the past host her show discount. That sometimes helps. When my show schedule is weak I also offer this to kitchen show hosts.

    I try to talk about what the host is going to get either at the beginning or the end and I sprinkle one liners here and there.

    I love that gift bag idea - I will give it a try.
    May 4, 2005
  5. luvs2sellit

    luvs2sellit Advanced Member

    :confused: Need some ideas friends. Last month was a super month for me except I did not get any bookings. I only have one show this month scheduled and that is making me very nervous. I have called area schools and will end up doing a couple shows at the end of the month for them. But that is it. I have called every one I can think of and I am getting no where. Has anyone here tried taking the books up to the hospital and letting them pass it around (the nurses etc) and getting up orders that way? I have tried all the local dentists offices here and got no leads and only one order. I live in a fairly small town and the economy is pretty bad.
    Well, just looking for that one or two ideas that I haven't found by racking my brain. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    May 4, 2005
  6. Lisa S

    Lisa S Member

    Ask Everyone

    If someone checks no on their door prize slip, what do you do???

    I am now in the habit that I ask everyone at a show whether they would like to host a show and earn free products. I tell them I have not had a chance to look at all the slips yet (which is usually true!) and would they like to host. Many of them still say no, but I have had people who checked "no", say they would like to host when I asked them personally.

    Always Ask!!!
    May 4, 2005
  7. PamperedGinger

    PamperedGinger Advanced Member

    One of the most important parts of your show is sprinkling your bookings throughout. At the beginning, you want to talk about what the past host got. Use words like, "My average host gets about $___ in free products. Would you like to get some products for free?" NOD your head as you ask this question.

    Talk about your specialty shows where you can TEACH them how to make _____. Say, "Who wants to learn how to make ____." Get them to raise their hands then say, "At the end we need someone to have the ____ show so start thinking about what date you'd like. My schedule is almost full for May so we want to get your on the calendar." (even if your schedule is blank...people book with you if you appear busy....FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT.)

    Get your host involved. The most she has at stake, the more she will work to get the people there. Have her call her guests and tell them, "Oh, I forgot to tell you to wear something PINK to the show. I'm excited! Ginger is going to teach us how to make ____." Host coaching is important....give her the words to say.

    CALL ALL OUTSIDE ORDERS! They were not at the show and didn't get any of the information. End every call to anyone with, "Now I wanted to let you know in the month of May I am doing Perfectly Pink recipes for the Help Whip Cancer campaign. If you and your friends would like to know how to make a strawberry filled Baked Alaska, I'd love to come teach you. Would you like me to tell you what dates I have available?" (She hardly ever will say no.) Leave a message very similar to this on the answering machine. Just change the last part to call me if you'd like to hear what dates I have available."

    Finally, USE YOUR PRIZE DRAWING SLIPS! READ the questions to your guests!!! Remind them at the end that you already have guests for that specialty show of ______. If they want to host it, please mark yes or maybe on the prize drawing slip. Let them know that when they host a show, they are helping their friend because she gets to buy the host special whatever it is that month at 60% off! (They like helping their friends.)

    Hope that helps give you ideas on how you might improve your bookings at shows. Take a look at this folder under the bookings ideas. You might find some ideas that spark your interest. I find the best thing is to go back to that list of 100 and get on the phone. YOUR TIME on the PHONE is a DIRECT REFLECTION to the SIZE of your PAYCHECK.
  8. bbauman07

    bbauman07 Veteran Member Gold Member

    thank you

    thank you for all of your ideas I will definitely give all of these a try.
    May 5, 2005
  9. kitchen queen

    kitchen queen Member

    getting those bookings


    I'm also in my 2nd SS month. I had great success last month and hope to do the same this month. I am finding that the best way for me to get bookings is to talk about PC ALL the time. I bring it up in coversation with family, friends, and strangers at the store.

    I am always excited about it and happy!! Share the enthusiasm!!

    Another idea that I have been thinking about is at the store while looking at the meat, I plan on asking someone standing around me...So, how would you fix this "chicken". When they tell me, I'm going to say, " Oh, I planned on using my pampered chef fluted stone and baking it....." Then I want to say," What do you think? Would that be a good recipe??"

    I'll let you know how this goes for me...

    Good luck
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