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Pampered Chef: Bookings Help with people who haven't been to a show!

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  1. Yvonne

    Yvonne Member

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    Can anyone help with overcoming what is becoming a common problem?
    I recently did a School Fayre and got a booking for a Kitchen Show from a lady who hadn't heard of PC before. I went round to see her and left her a Host Pack making arrangements to ring her the week after. She contacted me, before I had chance to ring her, cancelling the show because her friends were not interested in attending! It is hard for a prospective host to sell the idea to her friends when she hasn't attended a show herself I suppose. I have left it with her that I will keep in touch (I have added her to my e-mail newsletter circulation list) and will invite her to my next home show so that she can see what it is all about, and maybe she can bring one or two of her friends with her.
    What should I have done? Any ideas? You can't make people book, and once booked you can't stop them from cancelling. At least she gave me a few week's and didn't leave it until the last minute.
    Yvonne
     
    Jul 19, 2005
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  2. gmosullivan

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    One thing comes to mind. How about the lets get together and socialize while we view a cooking class and taste some great food. You can tell her to let them know you will give them some great tips to get in and out of the kitchen to enjoy family or even some great recipes when they need to bring something to a party. Hope that helps. Good Luck.
    :)
     
    Jul 19, 2005
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  3. janel kelly

    janel kelly Advanced Member

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    I think its a great idea to invite this lady to one of your other shows. That way she can see the products and will be able to tell all her friends how awesome PC is. Maybe then they will come to her show.
     
    Jul 19, 2005
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  4. PamperedGinger

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    I like changing the words to, "I'd love to teach you and a few friends how to make the ______. What day works best for you, Friday evening or Sunday afternoon?" It is not as intimidating when you are saying, "a few friends and learn how to make...." instead of "have a show". She doesn't know what "have a show" really means.
     
  5. Mystery Show may be answer

    Why don't you do a Mystery Host show and invite her to that? Do it either in August or in September with the new fall products. Mine are usually successful. Maybe she can meet more people at the show and they can be invited to her potential show in the fall. For mystery host show, give tickets where they get a certain number of tickets per what they do..i.e. RSVP by a certain date is one ticket; booking a show in September is eight tickets, etc.. You get the idea. At the end of the evening, choose a ticket and that person is the "host" of the night. If you would like more info, let me know and I will send you my flyer.
     
    Jul 20, 2005
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  6. Yvonne

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    Thanks for that - I have done a mystery host show before which was quite successful. My director has just told me about a Macmillan Coffee Morning event in the Uk on 30th September, so I am having a home show for that and have send an invite round to all my PC e-mail contacts. I will follow her up specifically to see if I can get her to come and see for herself. Thanks girls you are great! Yvonne ;)
     
    Jul 20, 2005
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  7. Doris

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    Doris

    I would love to find out a little more info about the Mystery Host Show if you wouldn't mind sending it to me. I'm in my third month of Super Starter and would like to get more bookings for August and September.
     
    Jul 20, 2005
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  8. janel kelly

    janel kelly Advanced Member

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    Doris,
    If you type in "mystery host" under the search engine on this website it will bring up lots of threads about mystery hosts and the ideas everyone's had for them. Basically it is just a show you do normally at your own home. Instead of you being the host you invite your guests to come and tell them that there will be a drawing for a host at your show. The person who is drawn gets all the host benefits after everyone has ordered.
     
    Jul 20, 2005
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  9. Doris

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    Thank you so much for your help, it sounds like something I want to do.
     
    Jul 21, 2005
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