When people attend your direct sales parties, they really do have a certain expectation. Probably the first expectation is to have a good time, to have fun.
Everyone wants to have a good time with friends and family.
However, you can take this a step farther than that.
Here are a seven (7) stress-free tips to make your direct sales parties a lot more fun, to make sure everyone who attends have a great time.
Tip #1. One great way to get the party started with a bang is to host a contest to get people talking and socializing. For example, if you are selling makeup, you can have a “name that lipstick” contest to see who can come up with the most creative or interesting name.
If you’re hosting a party for home goods, you could choose one of those items whose job isn’t as apparent and hold a contest for people to guess what the item is used for.
You can also fill a jar with money (pennies),or jelly beans, m m’s or something similar, and ask people to guess how much is in the jar and give them the jar as a reward – a jar full of money (could be pennies) or candy will put anyone in a good mood! Now this jar does not have to be real big, try a baby food jar…one like for the 3rd stage as it is a bit bigger.
Tip #2. Smile… Smile… Smile… Smile!!! A good, old-fashioned genuine smile is very contagious (go ahead and try this while you’re out doing errands and see what I mean) and it’ll spread like butter on a hot day. Did I say SMILE????
Welcome each guest like you would a long lost family member or friend and make them feel welcome and appreciated. Be sure you say their name…like Hi Jane it’s great to meet you!
Tip #3. Play background music. Parties can lull and when they’re too quiet it can become awkward (trust me been there done that…making sure it does not get quiet is important).
Have some festive music playing to set the mood – not too loud, of course, because you do want people to be able to hear each other speak.
Tip #4. Decorate a bit to make the party feel like a party. Now you don’t have to put up balloons and streamers, but a beautiful bouquet or two of flowers, some candles and smaller decorations can make it feel like a party.
And hey, if you want to put up some balloons and streamers, go for it!
Tip #5. Feed them! Food has a way of bringing everyone together and it can make an average direct sales party a superior one. A few tasty appetizers and some decorative cocktail napkins is a nice touch.
Tip #6. Let attendees handle the products. People love to be able to touch, examine and explore products and many sales experts agree that once a product is in the hands of the customer, the sale is almost guaranteed. Let your party attendees handle the products.
In fact, if you can display them on a table and let people explore that’s a great way to decorate too. I’ve also found out that if you have the product the more like they will purchase/order that product.
Tip #7. Play a game or two. People love games. We already talked about contests; however, a game can also lighten the mood and make a direct sales party more fun.
For example, a hostess scavenger hunt is a great fun way to get people to work together and have fun. Have some fun little gifts to give the winners of your games.
Making a direct sales party fun takes just a little bit of planning and a desire to make each party you hold the best it can be.
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