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I learned this from my National Senior Executive when I started 3 years ago. You will never get rid of the butterflies in your stomach...it is about teaching them to fly together! If you loose the butterflies totally that most likely means you don't care anymore! I always get nervous before a show even after 250+ shows.
It will get easier the more shows you do! You can do it!
Good luck to everyone!! That's so exciting that you're starting 2006 off with a fun new adventure. You're going to love it!! WHat a great time to start when those host specials are just incredible. We can't wait to have you post all your successes on this board.
I started about a year ago and I still get a little nervous before each show. Two things that helped me in the beginning were lots of practice and having notes to refer to. I have since weaned myself from having an outline written out for each show, but I still occasionally have some notes on where to find something in the catalog, or reminders about different products or steps in the recipe. I never read my notes word-for-word, but they were nice to have in case I got off track for some reason. As for practicing, I like to be able to do a recipe without having to think about much besides the products I'm using and explaining them. Get really good at a couple of recipes and try to focus on how to sell the products you're using. Good luck!
Just remember to have FUN! In addition, pick two or three people to "talk" to - that may limit that overwhelming feeling. And, know that the guests are human, too! Speakers always suggest imaging people in their underwear. Kind of puts things in perspective! They are just like you; they put one pant-leg on at a time.
Good luck! It does get easier with time. I always talk to them as if they were all my friends. And, you know, friends are very non-judgmental!
One thing I learned from my director is to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes and say "see, they'll let anyone do this!" Also try not to prejudge the guests. At one of my first shows there was a lady in attendance who didn't smile at all and just kind of stared at me and made me very nervous. I thought she must think I'm really bad at this! Well after the demonstration she came up and told me she wanted to host a show and hers turned out to be one of my most successful shows! This is a great business and you will LOVE the company!
On my first show I did a silly mistake forgetting to top Parmersan Cheese onto the pizza before putting in the oven. So, I said, "Oops! all chefs do make mistake too!" And everyone luagh along while I quickly take the pizza out of the oven with my Hot Pad/Trivet and add the cheese by showing them how the Deluxe Cheese grater worked so well. So, don't worry, just go on with the show, everyone will understand this is your first show and you're nervous. Make it fun and enjoy the company!