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Pampered Chef: Bookings Hi, new consultant, need help

  1. AAAHHHHH! I'm just about to blow my brains off. Im having a hard time booking people---and they're my friends and family! My kick off show is in two weeks and so far I only have three of my friends coming...

    What to do???


    Aeilene
     
    Jun 8, 2009
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  2. Melissa78

    Melissa78 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I feel for you. I just had my Grand Opening show on Saturday. Invited 47, 7 RSVP'd, 5 showed up (and that was with 2 bringing a guest). My only words of advice are to push for outside orders, plan a 2nd party (for a diff nite - weekend if you had weekday, weeknight if you had weekend), and try to get people to support you with shows, even if they can't come to yours. I found June to be SUPER hard to book due to so many things going on (graduations, dance recitals, tball, vacations etc) - but for each party you can get, its hopefully 2 more in the next month.

    Try to stay positive - I know its SUPER hard to do. I'm a natural pessimist and I already had my night of self-doubt and threw myself a big ole pity party with lots of chocolate but, in the end, the only result I got from that was prob a 2lb weight gain and dishes in the sink. :) (Never doubt how many gooey brownies you can eat, especially warm out of the med bar pan!!!)

    Like with anything, the beginning is always the hardest. If we can find a way to see past the 'tree' and see the 'forest' we will do ok - just dont focus so much on the tree (your party attendees). My party will still be over $300 (far cry from my $700 goal) but its still $300. And when it comes to PC Dollars - u get credit for a party regardless of the sales so your closer to that goal.

    Its not too late to keep calling people! Encourage friends to bring a guest to join in the fun! Use every mode u can - I used email, phone, myspace, facebook (rules referee's don't freak - i used PM on the sites) etc. Grab outside orders - all that couldn't come, try to hit them up for an order. (I have an issue with not being pushy as I greatly dislike sales people so there is where I am lacking). And reminder phone calls! I found many are not addicts to email like myself and don't check their emails to find the invites/reminders. Last but not least, something I am not doing so well at, try to not take it personally. If you figure out how to do that, let me know. When its close friends/fam - I can't seem to accept "its only ketchup".

    My words of wisdom that I repeat constantly to myself:
    "Forest" not "Tree"
    Rome wasn't built in a day
    Name it and claim it
    Imagine the impossible - then do it!
    The tortoise beat the hare. Slow and steady wins the race!

    Chin up & best wishes!
    "WE" can all do it, we just have to believe. The peeps on this site ROCK for great ideas, support & picking you up when your down. Thanks for listening to my babble. :balloon:
     
    Jun 8, 2009
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  3. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    I think most of us have been there....my grandopening had 70+ invites sent out and 0 people showed up. So if you have 3 people, you just might be surprised! And if you can, let them know to bring a friend and that you'll give them a free gift, and then add a Season's Best to their order (or if you have some, give them one at the show). Or if you have a couple recipe cards you can give them?

    Start looking for a Booth or vendor event you can set up a table (ideas on where to find them). That's how I ended up getting contacts/leads. And when you find one, be sure to read this thread with some great tips!

    It may be a bit slow going- but just keep at it. Check the files and search for "Bookings". You'll find several documents on where to find bookings.

    Good luck! Don't give up yet. :D
     
    Jun 8, 2009
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  4. scottcooks

    scottcooks Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I was just telling a friend that my first show--at my house-- hand only 3 people (and was like 3 hours long!) but I had so much fun, one of them was my actual first host; her show was over 600, plus from it I booked my 3300 fundraiser. Hang with it; it'll happen!

    Believe in yourself - work your business - And HAVE FUN!!
     
    Jun 8, 2009
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  5. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    One piece of advice, don't expect an invite (paper or email) to be enough. You must call everyone. Also in the future, you need to coach your hosts to do the same thing. And everyone who says yes they will come, call and remind them the day before.
     
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