I went to a jewelry party tonight. The company doesn't really matter. I always go to these kinds of things with a couple of ideas in mind. First, I want to do research for my own business. The things another consultant (even from another company) does can be either a good or a bad example for me. Second, there's always an opportunity for PC contacts. Well, I started learning things before the party even started. I got a call from the host (a good friend and frequent host of mine) a couple of hours before the party. She wanted to talk with me. She really just wanted to vent--no advice needed. She started by asking what time my card said the party started. I couldn't remember. I'd received a text message from her that it started at 6:30, so that's when I figured it started. Well, evidently the invitations said 5:58. I explained that the odd time is a gimmick to get people to remember the time. The thing is, the consultant knew the party was at 6:30. I told my friend that she probably had the sticker info saved from another show and forgot to change it. That's an understandable mistake, especially for a new consultant. Then, she told me about the email she got from the consultant it basically said: I want to close your party the night of the show because I don't want to have to drive over there a second time. I asked where the consultant lives. It's about 1/2 hour from my friend's house. My friend emailed her back saying she'd be glad to meet the consultant half-way to close, since she had people she knew still wanted to order. I told her that a lot of consultant try to close the night of the show for various reasons, but agreed that this probably wasn't the best way to put her request. She decided she was just spoiled by my good service. Laughing, I told her that I would be crazy to argue with that. Knowing the party was to start at 6:30, I arrived at about 6:15. The consultant had already started! Now, again, she knew that the host had confirmed with many of the guests that the party was at 6:30. She even mentioned that once I arrived. I wasn't the last to arrive, either. One thing I liked was a game she played. She had us get our our purses. When she called out a letter of the alphabet, the first two people to produce something from their purses that started with that letter would get a brightly decorated paper bag. We couldn't open the bags until the game was over. Once she had given out the bags for the letter, she would explain how she had chosen that letter in light of the business i.e. V=versatile, L=lifetime guarantee, etc. What I didn't like about the game was what was inside the bags. We were told that there were free items, $ off, etc. I wound up with 4 bags. As far as I remember I received: $10 off your order of $100 or more Order 3 items get 1/2 off another (which, btw, was less than the monthly special) Host a $1000 show and get an extra $5 in product Thank you for coming! Yeah, your read that correctly. The last "prize" I won was a word of appreciation. Not exactly what I consider a prize, to be honest. Once she was done with her demo,* she went into an adjacent room that wasn't completely closed off and started filling out paperwork. She didn't chat with anyone. She didn't really chat with me when she did my order. She didn't ask if I had a good time. She didn't ask if I was interested in hosting a show. She didn't talk to me at all except to tell me how much I owed. I was the first to finish my order. (I had a set amount I was going to spend, and there were only about 4 things in the catalog that met that amount. Made my choice pretty easy.) I chatted with others in the room about my pastor's book and about the cards in my buddy's memory, but I kept my eye on the consultant. Once she was done filling out the paperwork she needed to do, she sat at the table, chin in her hand, looking bored out of her skull. She didn't offer to help anyone with the jewelry. She didn't talk to anyone about which pieces might complement on another for a variety of looks. She didn't move about the room at all. She didn't even make eye contact with the crowd. She seemed to wish she was anywhere but there. My friend didn't know anything about the jewelry. She hosted the show as a favor to a friend who evidently knows and loves the consultant. I'll be curious to hear her opinion once it's all over. She's hosting another PC show for May. I won't bring it up, but I'm fairly certain she will. All in all, I learned that this young woman, who is new to the business, probably won't last long. *During the demo she only talked about 3 of the pieces, and those she spoke of very specifically. This meant that I didn't hear a reason to invest in the expensive jewelry. She spent a few minutes talking about how much better their host benefits are than other DS companies'. Yeah, right. As she's talking about the requirements ($250 minimum) for a show and the host benefits, I couldn't help comparing it to ours. No contest. Plus, our 1/2 price and discounts aren't limited to a dozen or so items. You would have been proud of me, though. I didn't make any faces or comments during her spiel. All I kept thinking, though, was PC rocks!