Evites & Facebook Events Vs. Mailed Invitations…Which Should You Choose?

mailboxDuring my live “Direct Sales is Easier Than You Think” training, I talk about the importance of a great invitation for your parties. One of the questions that seems to always come up is “Do I have to mail out an invitation or can I just use e-vites or Facebook?” Great question.

 

Here’s what I think. E-mail and social media are amazing. They’re incredible tools for lots of the things I have to get done for my life and business every day. And they aren’t perfect. How many times do you miss something you were invited to on Facebook because the event invite got lost in your notifications or you never took the time to check it? And I know that multiple times a week I either hear from someone that they never got an e-mail I sent or I’m telling someone the same thing (usually because said e-mail ended up in a junk mail or spam folder and was inadvertently deleted). So, while I love these communication channels when they work, they just aren’t as reliable as regular snail mail.

 

The other thing I know is that both Facebook and e-mail are not taken as seriously by those you’re inviting as getting an invitation in the mail. Think about it. If you’re taking your mail out of your mail box and interspersed between all of those envelopes with windows in the front (you know the ones…they require that you write a check as a response), there’s a colored envelope with a hand written or plain typed label in the address section. Which envelope are you going to open first? The one that looks like more fun, right?

 

Finally, if you as a direct sales/party plan representative take the step of mailing out your party plan host’s invitations for them, you’re getting the mailing list of their addresses from your host. This provides a few important things for you:

  • First of all, the task the host tends to hate the most is coming up with who to invite and addressing those labels. Once you have that list, the likelihood that she’ll actually hold the party on the original date goes way, way up because that task is behind her.
  • Secondly, once you have the list, it’s like having an insurance policy for their party. In the event that they decide to cancel within about 10 days to 2 weeks prior to their party, your response can be, “Oh, I already mailed your invitations.” (and then get them in the mail that day if you haven’t mailed them). Now they either have to call everyone and cancel or call everyone and confirm the party. I found that most of the time, it was easier to just go ahead and hold the party.
  • So having the list equals fewer cancellations. Isn’t that a nice bonus!

 

Here’s the bottom line. Do I think you should use e-vites and Facebook events to spread the word about your home parties? Absolutely! Do I think you should move to an e-vite only policy and rely solely on that method for getting invitations into the hands of your guests? Not on your life. Use them as a secondary reminder method that goes hand in hand with the invitation you’ve mailed.

 

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You Can Lead A Horse To Water But…

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

 

horse-to-waterIf you’re a direct sales leader, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself in a situation where you’re banging your head against the wall with one of your team members, feeling like you want success for her more than she wants it for herself. You’ve given her every tool you can think of, shared success strategies that you know will work, and she’s done virtually nothing but complain about her lack of results, all while taking exactly zero action steps to see results.

 

That’s when you have to remember that all of the solutions in the world won’t support someone unless they commit to actually taking action on them. Telling someone what to do and walking away will generally not get either of you results. They need an action plan to begin with, and more importantly, the drive and desire to get what they want badly enough to follow that plan.

 

And if they don’t have that drive and desire, they’ll stand there, like the horse, stubbornly refusing to drink. In that situation, you have no power whatsoever. Trying to force them to drink will only frustrate you and probably cause them to dig their heels in even more strongly and resist. My advice, when you have someone in your downline who’s put you in this position?

 

Bless and release them. Let them know that you’re there for them when they’re ready to get serious, take action, and work with you in their business, but until then, you can’t help them. And then focus your attention on all of those incredibly thirsty people on your team who are ready and able to not only drink, but dive right in and take huge gulps in order to move their businesses forward.

 

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Don’t Chase That Squirrel!

squirrel-1225970_640Pretty much everyone understands the concept of “chasing that squirrel.” It was made famous several years ago in the movie “UP.” In the movie, the villain equips his dogs with devices that allow them to talk. The most famous scene in the movie comes just as one of the dogs is explaining that his master has given him this collar and now he can talk. While the humans look at the three talking dogs somewhat stunned, one of the dogs yells “Squirrel” and all the rest of the dogs immediately turn their attention at once and shout, “Where?”

 

It’s a hilarious moment that’s repeated a few times in the movie and has become slang for “pay attention” whenever someone’s attention seems to be wandering or is distracted by something totally unrelated to what they’re supposed to be focused on.

 

I was thinking about this yesterday as I was working. It’s hard to stay focused in the virtual world. I’ll be working on a project in my shopping cart and then discover that there’s a typo I need to fix on my website (which I accessed for my original project). Then while I’m on the page fixing the typo, I’ll notice that my photo needs to be updated. As I’m locating the new photo to upload to the page, my email will message me that I have a new e-mail and I’ll flash over to read it. Before I know it, I’ve completely forgotten where I started. “Squirrel!”

 

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? If so, let me recommend a few ideas that have really supported me in keeping the distractions to a minimum so I can keep my focus on one project at a time:

  • Turn off the instant notification on your e-mail and shut off “push” notifications in your phone’s email checker. This is simple and once you do it you’ll only receive e-mails when you’re ready to process them.
  • Create a master list on Sunday evening of all of your projects for the week (I call mine a Master Manifestation list). List your goals for the week and then break down your actions by day (Monday – Friday). Even though I use an electronic calendar, I find having this visual piece of paper on my desk keeps me on track each day. I use a paper calendar from http://plannerpads.com.
  • Schedule out blocks of time on your schedule for certain tasks (and stick to it). An easy way to stay disciplined about doing this? Pretend someone is paying you by the hour to work on whatever the project is upon which you’re currently working. If you don’t keep track of your time, you won’t get paid.
  • Use an egg timer or set an hourly alarm on your phone to keep you conscious of how much time has passed. You’ll be amazed at how fast an hour by goes when you stay conscious of the passing time.

I can’t guarantee that these tools will completely eliminate the lack of focus you sometimes feel as you work, but I can promise that the more you become aware of the squirrel chasing you’re doing, the less you’ll be tempted to do it.

 

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