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It would be great if the party planning process always went smoothly, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Here are a few situations you may encounter during the party planning process, and some ideas for dealing with them.
CAN’T REACH HOSTESS
Schedule a time to talk with your hostess, but she’s not picking up the phone?
Follow up with a text message letting her know that you really need to speak on the phone. Don’t consider the party to be fully confirmed unless you hear back from her. This is your business—don’t be afraid to take it seriously and follow up!
The party is getting close, and attendance seems low? Time to touch base with your hostess!
If she’s invited a bunch of people but no one’s saying yes, she might need to call them personally to confirm that they’re coming. People will take a personal phone call more seriously than a Facebook invite.
If she just hasn’t invited enough people, she might need help thinking of more people to ask. She likely has an entire group of girls (from work, church, or a parents’ group) she just didn’t think to ask because “they wouldn’t like something like this.” When that happens, simply say, “Usually, those are the people who end up needing the party the most!”
Every now and then, a hostess will ask you to cancel her party. What then? Luckily, this request doesn’t have to mean the end of your relationship!
Sometimes the hostess wants to cancel only because she is concerned about the success of the party. If that’s the case, you can suggest ways to increase attendance (personal contacts and suggesting that every guest bring a friend), reassure her, and help her have fun!
In almost all situations, you should treat a request to cancel a party as if the hostess just needs to reschedule. It is certainly better to change the party date and keep a future booking on your schedule than it is to lose the business altogether.
When a hostess does need to change her party date, try to select a new date and time before ending the call. This way when she notifies her guests, she can give them the new date and time!
What if you encounter a hostess who keeps rescheduling, but never seems to actually be ready to party? Treat these “serial party killers” with caution! If they reschedule more than twice, they are probably not all that interested in having a party to begin with. You should focus your energy on the hostesses who are ready to accept what you have to offer: fun, education, and free product!
Sometimes, a hostess may push back against the policy of having only women over 18 present at the party. Whether she’s asking about a baby or a male friend, if you have any resistance, you can explain that parties with only adult women foster a safe atmosphere where women can feel comfortable asking questions and having fun.
If the resistance continues, simply explain that due to the nature of your products, it is Pure Romance corporate policy that only women over 18 are allowed at parties.
If you arrive at a party and there are men or children present, politely remind your hostess that you cannot begin setting up your demo table until the men and/or children have left.