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Pampered Chef: Bookings Words to use for booking in close?

  1. cookie325

    cookie325 Member

    Hello all! I'm new here so this is kinda an intro as well as a question. My name is Nicole and I'm a new consultant (kinda) in Wichita, KS. I originally started PC in Feb. 2003, and worked my business consistently, even promoting to Director, until I went through my divorce in 2007. Because of everything going on at that time, I let my business go, lost my team of 10, and got a full time job to take care of me and my four children. I should add the reason I quit my business was that my ex-husband never saw PC as a real business but more as a hobby, so he refused to keep our kids during our divorce unless I had to go to work, and daycare for 4 kids is murder! He's an idiot - that's why I divorced him! :p

    Fast forward to now. I am remarried and just gave birth to my fifth child in March. I have always talked about PC to my new husband, and he knows how much I enjoyed being a Consultant and Director, so he has always encouraged me to start again. So, on April 9th, I signed up again. :) YAY for being back!!

    So far, I have only done one show - my grand opening - on April 25th. I'm closing it tomorrow, and while the sales aren't much ($330 so far), I'm happy with that. I have another show on the 3rd that has 12 rsvps so far, so I'm really excited. I would like to get one or two more shows in before May 18th (my 30 days) to try to meet my $1250, but I need suggestions for what to say to encourage people to book shows on such short notice. I've never been good about getting people to book in close, so any advice would be great! I'm really hoping to get that $1250 by the 18th...I'm determined! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    Apr 29, 2009
  2. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

    Welcome back!

    Well I have heard the following advice. Here are the words to say... "When you want to go to lunch with a friend you don't call and say, I would like to meet for lunch, how about 5 weeks from Monday. No you say, how about meeting me next Monday. People will be excited to know they don't have to wait long for the party."
  3. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

    Welcome back, but I don't always have the best advice. I have a show guide I give to my hosts that says I will close 3 days after their show. This helps me keep everyone in a good time frame.
    Apr 29, 2009
  4. kcjodih

    kcjodih Legacy Member Gold Member

    I agree with Holly. People know what they're doing next week so they're most likely able to confirm, commit, AND attend. Easy to get guests that way. If a host books for farther down the road but still doesn't send invitations out until 2 weeks before what's the difference? She's only really giving them 2 weeks notice, so why not give them 7-10days instead? Good luck and welcome back! :)
    Apr 29, 2009
  5. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

    Hi Nicole and welcome! Great big hugs to your hubby for being so supportive.

    Usually the suggestion is to let people know what you'll be doing for them when they host a show, but at this point I think you can still get away with "please help me by being one of my charter hosts." You can still tell them about the wonderful benefits they'll receive (including the Charter Host gift!), but let them know why it's important they hold the show before May 18. Who knows, maybe when they hear about all the freebies you'll earn, plus commission, someone will want to sign under you!
    Apr 29, 2009
  6. JaimeAnnR

    JaimeAnnR Member

    offer a free show for booking in close. it makes hosting seem easier when they know they won't need to run to the grocery store!

    i had a host book a week out, and her party was $843! and i met a new recruit at her party!

    i focus on the fact that the hosts friends will know what they are doing a week from today, so its almost better than booking months out.
    May 1, 2009
  7. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

    Great advice and it is good to hear a success story!
  8. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

    With email, etc. now days, throwing a party together in a short period of time is very doable (?). Some people actually prefer it -- and with nicer weather they can be outside and not worry about cleaning their house -- or offer to have it at your house.
    May 1, 2009
  9. cookie325

    cookie325 Member

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. Before I read the one about offering a free show, that thought came to me so I emailed my ex-SIL (I'm still her PC lady despite the divorce! HA!!) and asked her if she would be interested in hosting a show if I picked up the ingredients and she said yes. So she's hosting on the 17th and knows we have to close the next day. I'm hoping to get one or two more on Sunday to provide some breathing room - I really want 4 shows and $1250 in sales by the 18th. I'm hoping I'll have some biters since I'm going to be mailing out the invites (which I've always done for my hosts), and if its before the 15th, I will pick up the groceries. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm hoping to report back with some good news Sunday evening!
    May 2, 2009
  10. chefloretta

    chefloretta Member Silver Member

    one idea that worked for a fellow consultant is to say "It's not a wedding". she met her potential host at a show on a Monday and booked for the following Sunday using that phrase. That host also signed up. I only wish I were that lucky!
    Good luck and welcome back!

    May 4, 2009
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