As I mentioned in the Take Charge/Take Action thread, I felt like I totally bombed my opening at my show on Sunday. I've decided that in order to get it right, I have to write it down first. I'd like to get some opinions on my story part. I plan to start by introducing myself by name first. Then I'd like to ask the guests to tell everyone their name, and why they came that day. I might also ask for a show of hands of whose been to a show before. I would then thank the host for inviting everyone over, and give her a SB as a thank you. I would briefly mention that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the free and discounted things she'll earn. Then I will ask who has hosted a show before. Next, I would tell my story: I started my business in 2006 after getting married. A friend of my mom’s had sent me some products as a wedding gift, and also shared the business opportunity with me. I’d had an experience with Direct Selling before, but wasn’t successful. That particular product just wasn’t the right fit. With the Pampered Chef I have found a product I love, and a company that is the perfect fit. My director lives in California, yet I can learn everything I need to know through the audios and videos the Pampered Chef provides, as well as our online training center. I even get to go to monthly meetings with a wonderful hospitality director locally. I get opportunities to travel: In July I went to Chicago for National Conference, and I’m working towards earning a trip for my family to Walt Disney World next year. Most importantly, Pampered Chef offers me the ability to earn extra income for my family. Each time I leave my house I earn an average of $100 or more. I decide when I work and when I give myself a raise. And I’m the only one that can fire me. Now, I don’t know what your personal situations are. I don’t know how many of you may lay awake at night, because there is more month left at the end of your paycheck. I don’t know which of you wish you could stay home with your child. I don’t know which of you would just like to be able to fund your scrapbooking or other habit. If you or anyone you know is in need of extra income, I want you to watch what I do with a different eye tonight. You’ll see how much fun, and how easy this is. When you see that, keep in mind that I’m earning an average of $25 per hour to party with you guys. At the end of the show, I’ll be asking each of you if you would like to take home more information about the Pampered Chef. It doesn’t mean I’m going to turn into the Dragon Lady and sink my claws into you and follow you home. It just means that if you’re curious, I’m happy to answer your questions. Who knows, maybe this is exactly what you’ve been looking for. At our Fall Kick-Off on Saturday, the gal who did the "Cooking Show Live" bit had her why box with her when she did her story. I could probably incorporate that into my story with a few word changes too. Do you like the story? What changes would you make? With or without the why box/bag?