Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Home Party Burnout


Throwback Thursday… YES, these were all in the early Thirty One catalogs. Consultants brought boutique shopping to those who didn’t have the time or the money to shop in those cute little shops.  I am so glad that we are heading back to our roots…

Here we are in another “J” month.  I have heard from my team as well as other consultants – no one wants to party.  They are too busy, there are too many DS party plan companies and everyone is on home party burnout.  Really?

Is it that our potential hostesses are in “home party burnout” mode or is it you? Have you exhausted your circle of friends and family?  Have you moved out of your comfort zone to talk with other people about hosting or your fabulous products?  Are you excited or have you gotten bored with your parties and product?  Do you still have an emotional connection to your why?

Maybe it is YOU that has “home party burnout”!  Let’s be honest, if you were a guest, would you book a party with you? I remember the first time I was challenged to answer that question.  WOW!  I had to think long and hard about it.  We are usually toughest on ourselves but if the answer is NO, then it is time to re-visit your hostess coaching and your party presentation.  I have tried many different styles of party presenting – some fun, lots of games, open house, script, no script, everyone else’s script.  The truth was that I have tried so many things over the last year or so, I wasn’t sure what style I was most comfortable with anymore.  I thought back to my BEST parties, maybe not the biggest sales but the ones where everyone had fun (including me)!  What about you, think about that party?  What were the things that made it the best?

If you have been doing the same thing and are feeling a little bored, the summer is a great time to try something NEW.  Something that will excite YOU and your guests.  Maybe a trunk party.

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How about a BINGO night.

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Get creative – people are busy and the kids are out of school.  You may need to find a new way to lock in those parties.  If you can flex your schedule – a Saturday morning at the park, a lunchtime office party, coffee (drinks) after work for about an hour – do it!  Maybe a summer theme party.

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Remember, you never know when your next awesome opportunity is going to arrive, so pull up your boot straps (errr, big girl panties) and remember all the reasons why we do this business. And remember – absolute WORST case scenario….the party is a complete bust- you have some “girl time” with the hostess and make a few new friends.

Graphics courtesy of Christina’s Creations.  Which one sounds like fun to you?

Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day

Hope Wissel

Promising Picks


For all of those who are wondering… YES, the pillows are available through Thirty One Gifts.  They are part of the “Promising Picks” collection.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to share this collection with my customers.  There are about 7% of Thirty One consultants nationwide who have been given this chance to share with you.

The purpose of the “Promising Picks” collection to see what products our customers would like to see in future Thirty One catalogs.  I know many of you are thinking “I thought Thirty One was purses and totes”.  The answer is YES, we are BUT we are so much more.

If you go back to the early years of Thirty One Gifts when Cindy Monroe started the company, you will see there were actually very few purses.  We were all about gift items – candles, jewelry, ceramics and more.  I love hearing how Cindy traveled to a hostess home and set up a boutique.  She brought along some shelves and products given guests a unique opportunity to shop.  It was all about sharing the AWESOME products with passion and enthusiasm.  Check out some of these Throwback Thursday pictures to see some of things offered by Thirty One Gifts in the past.

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Would you love to see some of the Promising Picks up close?  Would you love to be one of the customers that has a say in what could be in the NEW Thirty One Gifts catalogs?  Host a party – home, catalog or fundraiser.  Be part of my VIP Customer group and get a peak at all of the Promising Picks.

Thirty One Gifts is all about the “gifts” for you, your friends, your family and your home.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!