How to's for Packing Your Bag
Hand-Made Set of Lapboards
Simply cut neatly & carefully the fronts & backs off
of 3-ring binders. You can purchase brand new ones in a box of 12 at Sam's Club - split
the cost with another consultant & ta-da - you each have a set of 12 lapboards for
about $5.00 each.
Set of 10 Show Folders
Make your own (directions follow) or purchase a professionally made set from
1. Teal colored folders (no prongs - just the basic model) from Office Depot, Office
Max, wherever. 10/2.99 at Office Depot. Open it up to lay flat, fold down the top all the
way across about 2 inches. This will make it slightly taller than the catalogs. A plain
ordinary glue stick works best for coating & securing this folded portion down, and
the folding leaves a nicely finished edge on all sides.
2. Now fold the right & left sides across the center, creating a 3 section layout. I
purchased an extended reach stapler and am stapling my catalog in, but last year I 2-hole
punched it & the folders, and tied ribbon through to secure it. Either way would work,
stapling seems quicker & a little more secure, but I did like the look of the ribbon
in last year's folder. Kinda gave it a festive look. Secure the catalog in place on the
left-most fold, so
that it is between the 1st & 2nd third of the folded folder.
3. I place the order form, folded in half, behind the catalog, and fold the right-most
side over the order form, but under the catalog. Then the front folds over the catalog.
Candle Care Tips in the front pocket. I used to put door prize slips in the folders, but
recently I have found that I prefer to have someone hand them out when we are ready to do
them. There's almost always a child with at least one guest, so I let them be my assistant
the show, passing out things & collecting them.
4. I am gluing one of my business cards on the inside front pocket, this is because
folding it in thirds puts the business card pocket off-center - and I guess I'm kinda
silly about things being symmetrical & centered LOL...this way they know who to write
the check out to...and I give away business cards with all my door prizes & sponsor
packets, so anyone who wants to take one usually ends up with one! Also, a nice sticker
from any of our great sticker sources, on the front...for specific sources go visit my
website & click on Business Links!
5. When the Spring flyer comes out it will get tucked into the front pocket (assuming it
fits...which could be a big assumption LOL!), and the Holiday catalog, if it is the same
size as the regular one, can be stapled or tied between the second & third section.
This was the best of the three methods I worked out - since it made nice finished edges
with no cutting & really not too much hassle. I love the idea of permanent 3-ring
binders & sheet protectors, but I needed a more inexpensive way to go
immediately...till all the fabulous income starts rolling in from January shows!
Addition 10/12/2002 - More Folder Ideas!
thanks to Gina for these instructions - I added some editorial comments LOL!
I have been using the Lei Game that Rita Ebersole gave us a while back! IT IS AWESOME!
It not only helps me with multiple bookings but it is a sponsoring tool as well! I bring
my hostess up in front of the room w/ me and I ask her to wear 4 different colored lei
necklaces. I then explain how PL has an incentive trip every year and this year I am going
on an all expense paid trip to Hawaii! Everyone ooooo's and aaaaaaa's!
I then tell them that I wouldn't have been able to earn that trip without my hostesses
and guests so I like to thank them in a special way! I explain that there is a color
coordinated envelope to match each of the necklaces so when someone decided to have their
own PL show, they need to take a necklace from the hostess and wear it themselves! Then
when they book their date with me we'll open the envelope and see what their extra thank
you gift will be!
In my envelopes I currently have cards with the following on them:
Gemini for $5.00 (cost after personal bonus - $4.00)
Ocean Mist Bowl for $10.00 (cost after personal bonus - $2.00)
Paragon Lamp for $25.00 (cost after personal bonus - $5.00)
Mosaic Trio for $35.00 (cost after personal bonus - $5.00)
On the back of each card it says: OR any one item of your choice at 50% off its regular
price. Order & pay for your item now to receive it at your show, or order at your show
to have it shipped at that time. **if your show does not hold within 60 days you may pay
the balance of full retail or have your money refunded in full. Make sure the hostess
calls you when the show is delivered so you can pick up that person's booking gift
to be delivered when her show holds.
THEN, I hold up my Garden Lantern or another $75.00 item that the hostess has on her
wish list and I explain that if my hostess can give away all 4 of her leis tonight she
will be able to purchase the lantern for only 95 cents! WELL the hostess gets very excited
and she goes out to her friends and gets me the bookings! I've been getting 3 or more
bookings at a lot of my shows -- I find that once one person takes a necklace it opens the
door for others to feel comfortable to do the same SO if I have a prearranged booking, I
thank her and make a big deal about it and take the lei from my hostess and personally put
it around that other ladies' neck!!!!
thanks Gina for the instructions on this also!
You need all the heart cards and all the diamond cards from a regular deck of cards.
You also need 2 or 3 small gifts. I use 2 -- 1 is a cellophane bag with 4 diff
scented tealights & PL matches the other is a cellophane bag with 2 diff scented
votives, 1 in the PL votive holder and a book of matches.
To start you explain to all the guests that you want them to ask questions about your
job with [company] and you want them to be as nosey as they'd like! For each
question asked, a guest will get a heart card from the deck of cards -- the more cards,
the more chances they will have to win a prize afterwards!!! There are 13 heart
cards in the deck so it will mean 13 questions being asked about the opp w/ PL!!!
Explain that after all the heart cards have been handed out, you will then call out cards
at random! You will then use the diamond cards from the deck, shuffled up, pick one
at random and call out loud but replace "diamond" with "heart".
So if you pick the 5 of diamonds you will say "5 of hearts". The person
with the first card called gets to pick 1 of the 2 or 3 gifts BUT you must tell her not to
get too attached to it! Then you call the next card and the person with that card
gets to pick a remaining gift OR STEAL the gift from the first person!!!!! You
keep calling cards and guests keep stealing the gifts from each other until you've used
all the diamond cards (all 13) then the people left holding the 2 or 3 gifts after all the
cards have been called are the winners and keep the gifts!
It is an AWESOME game!!! It is very similar to "bonus bucks" but it is
more fun for the guests and they really love it! I get a lot more sponsoring leads
ever since I incorporated this game into my shows -- I sponsored 2 in September YAHOO!!!!
Another idea one of our UL's came up with is to buy the deck of cards with the
"hunks" on them!!!!! Depending on the group at your shows, these
HUNK cards go over even better!!!! LOL
At the end of the game I explain the other reason the game is called "Stealing
Hearts" is because the career opportunity with [company] has stolen my
heart!!!! As corny as it may sound, it's true! I am so happy to share this
awesome opportunity with everyone I meet!
Set of 5 Envelopes for the Question & Answer part of the demo
thanks to Inademam (sorry - didn't get your real name!) for this idea!
I use the five envelopes. On each envelope I have a questions written on the outside
and inside I have things that are answers. At the beginning of the show you
would hand out the envelopes to 5 guests and tell them not to open it until you ask for
read the question. Have the person who reads the envelopes open them up and show
everyone what is inside.
Envelope #1 says on the outside - What would a Hostess get for having a $400 show and 4
Inside the envelope is a $100 bill, 2 ½ off item coupons, a copy of the monthly hostess
specials, and the picture of the 4
booking gifts. (Have the person who reads this one get up and do her FREE shopping
with the $100, then have her pick out her 2 ½ off items and so on.)
Envelope #2 says on the outside - What does a Consultant make on a $400 Show?
Inside a $100 bill.
Envelope #3 says on the outside - What does a Unit Leader make in a year?
Inside - 17- $1000 bills
Envelope #4 says on the outside - What does a SRVP make in a year ?
Have a copy of that inside.
Envelope # 5 says on the outside - How much does it cost to become a
Inside - You got it NOTHING!!
When you have the guests open these and show or read to everyone else - you can
elaborate more on each of them. Your show can be about 20 to 25 minutes long and you
will have covered everything. Its really neat to watch everyone's expressions too,
especially when they open the UL and SRVP envelopes.
My sponsor packets consist of a rolled-up catalog tied with a curly ribbon, a tealight, a
YCHIA brochure, a box of matches, and a business card on a magnet, all wrapped up in a
pretty cellophane bag & tied with curling ribbon. Makes a crinkly sound when passed
around, and everyone wants one!