Having spent the last nine years on the road with my husband moving trucks across country, getting to know my neighbors has been a bit difficult.
Not being home long enough for any one time to get out and knock on doors I don’t know my community very well.
When I decided to get off the road and let my “passion” be my job I have found it to be a challenge. Not impossible, just a challenge.
I’ve gone door to door in my immediate community armed with a brochure and tidbits of information all neatly tucked in the clear bags that hang from door knobs. I’ve knocked on doors along my street and spoke with whomever answered the door. I have encountered resistance in many forms. Just plain “No”, an occasional “No thank you”, quite a few of “No speak English”, and I’ve had the occupant make a trek to the dumpster to deposit my literature where they thought it was best to be stored.
None of these things have stopped me from sharing my passion. I changed tactics. Distributing my business card to all I come in contact with at the grocery store, hair dresser, the cashier at stores I spend my money in, and even at my local craft/hobby store. What eventually happens to my business card is anybodies guess, but I’m sure that someone will call me and say they got my name from my business card – someday.
Seeking to engage people in your business is not the easiest thing to do. There are more “No’s” than there are “Yes'” and that is the norm. Don’t give up on yourself. Keep trying, shift things up a bit now and again. If you believe in yourself and the products you offer then it will come.
I have been wanting to attend a meeting of other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in my local area but did not know of any that attended meetings. I finally heard about a group meeting and I made sure I attended it. It is always best to find a group of like minded people that share your same passion to bolster you during the times when you feel discouraged or are now asking yourself “What was I thinking?”
I do know that each woman I met today began the same way I have. They had a few friends and family members to help them out and they kept with it, kept trying to make one more contact. Just because I have no family or friends where I live right now doesn’t mean that it will always be that way. Meeting this group of women has helped to bolster my resolve to hand out more business cards and knock on a few more doors.
During today’s meeting I learned of different ways to approach a problem. Just because you have always done something a certain way doesn’t mean it has to always be that way. Change is good, although we fight it. Change should be embraced, maybe not totally loved and welcomed but at least shake hands with change. You never know who you are shaking hands with or talking to.
So, armed with some great information on what to take to Workshops, how to demonstrate at a Workshop, and seeing how to engage the people around you in what you are trying to sell was both enlightening and refreshing.
What I learned today, most of all, is that I am not a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator just to sell paper, inks, and stamps. I am a Demonstrator sharing my knowledge and passion to someone that wants to give their family and friends a unique item they have made by hand to celebrate the events in their loved ones lives. The products sell themselves. What you can do with the products is what I am selling.
So I am glad I found a group of women that share my passion and enthusiasm for paper crafting. It hasn’t hurt that each of these women are Stampin’ Up! “Sisters”.