Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Be Prepared


When I hear this question, I have a flashback to my days as a Girl Scout Brownie.  I could say that my “S” personality developed back then when my focus was on helping others.  I didn’t make it far in Girl Scouts but I always remember the saying “be prepared”.

What about you are you prepared in your business?

The truth is that “Be Prepared” should be your motto.  Imagine getting a last minute phone from someone who wants you to be at their house in an hour for a impromptu party.  I know that is what we all dream of, right?  Would you be ready to head out the door? What if a fellow team member had an emergency,could you step in to do their party?  Do these thoughts make you sweat?  Do you cringe thinking of the 1000 things you need to do to prep for a party?

Could you head out the door?  Would your bags be packed and ready to go?  Could you walk out the door after a quick change of clothes (or not) and do a home party?

If the answer to these questions are a resounding NO, then you need to get it together.  Your party display should always be packed.  Your customer folders should be prepped with the current flyers.  Your hostess packets should be ready with all of the materials for your future hostess.  I know, you are wondering how is this possible if you just had a party and your life is crazy busy, right?  Honestly, my display bag is always ready.  It may not be packed just so after a party but I could pick it up and go quickly.  I always have extra hostess and guest packets ready just in case I use them all at a party.

Now imagine this: You are out shopping with your kids, heading to the car using all of your Thirty One products.  Someone stops you and asks about your bags.  Will you have mini catalogs in your purse?  Will you have a hostess packet in your car?  Would you have product in your car if they wanted to see something?  Will you remember to get their information to contact them?

First of all, if you aren’t using your products on a daily basis you are missing out on an AWESOME marketing opportunity.  If I am carrying a purse, you will find a zipper pouch full of mini catalogs, 2 full size catalogs, recruiting information,  a kids out and about bag, “enter my drawing” slips to get their information and the current sale flyer.  When I switch purses, that zipper pouch is always with me.  If I am just using a wristlet, I will at least have business cards and a mini catalog.  My car is now stocked with catalogs, order forms, sale flyers, pens, etc.  Was it always? No but I didn’t want to NOT be prepared.  I use the Hang Up Activity Center to hold everything and it is easy to access.

So, will you “BE PREPARED” the next time an opportunity comes to share your business?  That opportunity to could be a customer, a hostess or even your next Rockstar team member.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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