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Pampered Chef: Host Coaching How long is too long to hold a show open?

  1. I've been delaying sending in some orders because I did a show last weekend and it was a big flop since I only had $65 in orders. I've been trying to get the host (who is a close friend) to get some last minute orders, but her mom is already asking about her items. Should I just submit these orders with another show I did the day before this one? I really hate to lose this as a show because I'm trying really hard to get my first 4 shows in before my 30 days are up. I traveled over 3 hrs one way to do this show because I was told there would be tons of people there. Anyhow, I would really appreciate some advice. :confused:
    Jul 3, 2009
  2. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

    I would suggest you go ahead and call the Host one more time and let her know that unless it reaches $150, you can't submit it as a Show and will have to combine with someone else and she will lose any Host benefits. Maybe that will spur her to action. Tell her you MUST submit it no later than July 7 (to give her time to get orders from people she may see over the holiday weekend.
    Jul 3, 2009
  3. byrd1956

    byrd1956 Senior Member Gold Member

    Once I had a show open for a year! I met the lady @ our state fair and she lived 3 hrs. away so was doing a catalog show. I kept calling and leaving messages and sending e-mails. I made sure to tell her if anyone wanted the guest special it would be the special for when ever she closed the show. It ended up being around a $300 show and when she closed she said she'd never do it again because it was such a hassel to do it as a show. Everynow and then she places an order at my website. She is a professional woman and I kept thinking 'how the heck does she do her business'.....
    Jul 3, 2009
  4. Thank you for the advice. I've been stressing over this since her mom is asking about her items. I told my friend about losing the host benefits if she doesn't get some more orders. Unfortunately, I thinks she's not asking anyone because she's assuming they won't be interested. I did encourage her to ask anyway since we never know.
    Jul 4, 2009
  5. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    I try to close things out within a week of the show, for exactly that reason (guests asking where their stuff is). Any additional orders the host collects after it's submitted can go in as a catalog show.
    Jul 4, 2009
  6. beepampered

    beepampered Veteran Member

    I'd tell the mom to check with her daughter so the pressure is off you.
    Jul 5, 2009
  7. I'm kind of bummed because I ended up having to submit the orders without having enough to qualify as a show. I guess that's how it goes sometimes. I'm new at this so I'm trying not to get discouraged. I just wish she would have made an attempt to ask a few more people but she wouldn't. My director said sometimes it's difficult host coaching friends.
    Jul 9, 2009
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