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Pampered Chef: Show Intro - critiques please

  1. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    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?
    Aug 11, 2009
  2. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

    Your story is great, very personal I would add some actual dollar amounts (earnings) because it is very powerful.

    I would also consider doing your story part of this toward the end of the show. This has been a new push that I have been hearing about, so i tried it, and I think it really works. Why? Because several come in late, so they either miss it, or interrupt you and also it gives you time to built a repore and trust with your crowd! They are more likely to listen more intently.

    Just some thoughts...
    Aug 11, 2009
  3. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

    Perfect, cutie!
    Aug 11, 2009
  4. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

    Love the story. I'd consider putting it further into the show rather than right at the beginning, though. That will give them a chance to get interested in you before you share.
    Aug 11, 2009
  5. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

    I agree w/Rae - don't do your story at the very beginning. Personally I would never remember all you have in yours - but it sounds great.

    Instead of asking who's been to a show, I ask who hasn't been to a show. If anyone is there I give them a free SB. I also ask if they are familiar w/our products - most of the time they are. Depending on the crowd I'll call them PC Virgins - usually gets a laugh.

    Lateley I've been giving everyone $100 (PC monopoly money I made). When we do intro's I ask them what they would use the $100 for to buy in the catalog. After intro's are done I ask who would like $500 - everyone raises their hand. I then give one person $100 and say, "This is how much Lisa could really have doing what I do just one night a week." Gets them thinking about the business before I talk about it later in the show.

    Let us know how your next show goes.
  6. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

    Another thing I learned (at a seperate meeting during Leadership) is when talking about the different aspects of your story do the I _____ and then do you_______.

    For example: "I earned $1100 in Pampered Chef dollars in my first 90 days, what would YOU do with $1100? OR "I do approximately 1.5 shows per week and make about $____, what would $____ extra a month do for your family?"
    Aug 11, 2009
  7. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    Thanks for your opinions ladies. I'm really wanting to tweak my whole outline, I haven't had one in a very long time, and with the minimal shows I've done lately, I feel like I really need one. I keep forgetting all kinds of things.

    Any suggestions on what to do in the intro if I put my story further into the show? Do I just do what I had in the earlier bit and then just jump into the recipe? Any other ideas?

    Last Sunday I felt like I really rushed into the demo, and I don't want the guests to get the feeling that I'm rushing them out. But I also don't want the demo/show to be too long.
    Aug 12, 2009
  8. pc_jessica

    pc_jessica Advanced Member

    just curious what is a 'why box'??
    Aug 12, 2009
  9. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    It's like a why bag, but in a box. There are items in there that remind you of why you do PC:

    *Play money - income
    *Luggage tag - travel opportunities
    *Rubber band - flexibility
    *Picture of your family - time at home

    I've even heard of some using panty hose or bras to showcase support, and at Conference someone said they had a little toy witch because it meant never having to work for one of those again.
    Aug 13, 2009
  10. outwhit420

    outwhit420 Novice Member

    Try having the host introduce you. Before the guests come, just tell her/him that when the two of you are ready to start the show, you would like her/him to introduce you. It kind of elevates you a little bit in the guests' eyes. It's worked well for me!

    I LOVE your idea about give the SB right there in front of everyone and saying that it's just the tip of the iceberg to what they can and will receive!!! I am going to try that at my next show!

    Does anyone use the lap boards from Merrill? They are AWESOME, and so professional looking. When I hand them out (after the recipe demo), I hand them out catalog side down, and instruct everyone not to turn them over until I say so. In the back flap, I place different recruiting materials in there, including copies of commission checks...not only my own, but also from my upline, so that the guests can see the potential for income! It's made a difference in the interest I'm generating. I'm still having trouble getting people to sign, but the interest is definitely there!!!!
    Aug 13, 2009
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