Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Booking Summer Parties

Over the weekend, I had a chance to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD some AMAZING Thirty One consultants at Celebrate and Connect.  This months topic was right on point – getting bookings in the summer.  I had to be gut honest (as I always am) with the girls in the room….my calendar was looking a little shabby for July.   Great minds come up with GREAT ideas.  Over the next few days, I am going to talk about booking parties this summer; PLUS what the results of from my actions.  I mean, if I am going to talk the walk – I better walk the walk, right?

Here are some ideas that I got from a fellow blogger.  First thing that I need to do (I know I do this ALOT) is to

1. Make Sure Your “Stinkin’ Thinkin” Isn’t Getting In Your Way.  In other words, if you’ve convinced yourself that it’s hard to get bookings in the summer and no one will want to book a party with you, you’ll get exactly what you’re focused on. So change your belief and realize that there are people in your community who need a break, love your products, and are just dying to book a party with you.  I know that this can be tough but we definitely are our own worse enemies.  Shut the door on Negative Nellie.

2. Use Fun Summertime Themes to Make Your Parties Irresistible.  Think about it, would you like to attend your own parties?  If the answer is “probably not”, why not create some fun themes to change things around.  Think outside of the box to get people to book parties with you.  How about a pool party? An ice cream social?  There are many themed party ideas floating around, why not put them in a binder and share them with your hostess.

3. Give More.  I know that this may sound like bribery but sometimes a little extra something like a booking gift items from your line, certificates for extra product credit, or free shipping for hosting a party may be necessary.  Remember that if give an extra incentive gift, deliver it when you show up to do the party which ensures the party will actually stick and stay.

4. Think Outside the Box.  Office parties, restaurant parties, trunk parties – there are so many different ways for a party. I love Shari Hudspeth‘s party cards because it talks about the different ways to have a party planting those booking seeds.  I usually share stories of past experiences with the different kinds of parties which helps guests to visualize their party.

5. Host a Party Fest.  I definitely need to do this more often.  My problem is that I don’t have a lot of space in our condo.  I know that I need to think outside of the box with maybe a restaurant party.  It’s a simple multiple-host event that allows you as the representative to do six to eight parties all in one night!  I actually have several who would be interested in participating – now to get to planning.

Are those creative juices starting to flow?  I know mine are.  I feel like I have been stuck for so many reasons but that is all about to change.  Positive thinking = positive results, right?

What are you doing to make your summer parties fun and keep your calendar full?  Share your best tips with us….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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