Are you joining us for the biggest party of the year for Paparazzi Convention 2018? If you are planning to party with the likes of Rachel Platten and Tim McGraw (yes! It’s true!) then you might also have a few questions about what to wear, what to bring, how much money to put in your budget. Girls, let me just tell you, convention is not only business changing – it is life changing! First, let’s talk about all the benefits of being at Aspire (Paparazzi convention 2018) and then I’ll give you a few tips for making the most out of it.
Why Should I Attend Convention?
Um. Fun. 🙂 Oh, were you expecting a real answer? Alrighty then. Convention is a powerhouse of energy and momentum. You will be inspired, motivated, brought to tears and roll on the ground laughing. It is an amazing experience to be around thousands of like-minded people who are just as excited about $5 jewelry and the opportunity it brings as you are. This is especially important for those of us whose immediate family members might not be as supportive as we would like. Convention energy feeds your very soul.
Recognition. Girl, how many times have you sat at a 9-5 job or done the dishes and picked up toys for the kajillionth time and just wish that someone would see you and appreciate your efforts? At convention you will be recognized for your rank, your efforts, your leadership and just for being brave enough to take the Paparazzi opportunity. Many teams, Team Magnificent included, have custom t-shirts made to further show recognition and unity. You BELONG here.
New jewelry! Every convention we get a few styling tips from Founder Misty Kirby and the lead stylists. These styling sessions also give us a sneak peek at the upcoming fall line. Wowza! This is always exciting to see new styles, trends and colors. If you are a Life of the Party member you will even get some of these pieces for FREE. Last year, Paparazzi announced the Zi collection was also going public. For the first time, consultants were allowed to sell these exclusive, upgraded necklaces. This year, we should be seeing 20 NEW Zi necklaces as well. I can’t wait.
Friendships. Back to the first point of fun, convention is where many of us get to meet and see people that normally we only interact with online. It is a chance to meet new consultants and ask questions and share victories and gather new ideas. It’s staying up way too late giggling like school girls and getting up way too early and standing in line together at Dunkin’ Donuts. I cannot wait to get back to convention and see my “old” friends and make new ones along the way too.
Are you pumped up and excited to attend convention? If you’re not yet a consultant, seriously consider starting with that big kit so you will get a FREE ticket to convention 2019. If, however, you’re already on the Paparazzi bandwagon and having first timer jitters about all the fun we are going to have in Vegas this year then let me offer you these tips.
Making the Most of Paparazzi Convention 2018
The thought of going to convention sounds amazing, doesn’t it? It also leads to more questions. What to bring, what to wear, how to budget, who will you know? This year things will be a little different since we will be having general session in the Thomas Mack Stadium. (Click here for a full agenda.) There are simply some logistical things I won’t be able to answer for you here as it will be a first time for me, too. In general, though, the very first BIG tip I would suggest is to be flexible. Take a deep breath and just enjoy the ride. (Yes, I’m telling myself this, too. I can be a bit high strung at times!)
What to Wear: Be comfortable. No one is expecting you to wear a suit and heels. There will be a lot of time walking, standing in lines and sitting. So wear things that you feel good in and look cute, too! A comfortable maxi dress (hey, short people, here’s a good one for you), shorts and a cute top, and definitely easy-wearing shoes. Blisters are no woman’s friend. Bring a purse/bag that you have space for a pen, the Paparazzi agenda booklet, notes, etc. The black and white gala is Paparazzi’s recognition ceremony. Black and white attire is recommended. Some consultants go 100% formal, others stick to the color code but have a more casual style. Again – this is YOUR night! Whether you are standing to be recognized or whether you are walking the runway this night is all about YOU! Wear something that you feel amazing in! When we are confident we look better – it’s just a simple fact – so wear something you can feel your best in. Personally, I’m wearing a simple black dress I bought for 25 cents at a garage sale and then fancying it up a bit with this amazing $5 jewelry I happen to have. 🙂
How Much Inventory to Buy: Ahhh, this is a tough one and going to be very specific to your personal situation and current customer base. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I NEVER advocate going into debt. The idea with this business is to get out of debt, right?!? Take the time NOW to look at your current customer base, your current averages and budget accordingly. How much can you afford to buy? Speaking from personal experience, it is very easy to get to convention and see all the sparklies and feed off the excitement and way overspend. Create your inventory budget now rather than waiting until you are there and debating with yourself while you’re standing in line. Just remember, this is the new fall inventory and Zi collection. If something is not a color you sell a lot of then don’t worry about buying it just because it is “new”. If you don’t sell a lot of yellow and there’s a cute yellow necklace then don’t worry about buying that one. Spend your money wisely and choose the items that you know your customers will go crazy over. The fall line will be released after convention so everything featured will start to come out in different colors and metals.
While we’re talking about a budget, you will have the opportunity to shop from the Paparazzi app (make sure you already have it downloaded) so paying with cash might not be the most practical option. However, if paying with cash is the ONLY way you know you will stick to your budget then bring it and you can check out in person.
But I Really Want a New Paparazzi Shirt: There will also be an opportunity to shop boutique items. These include Paparazzi branded sunglasses, mugs, t-shirts, hats, etc. If you have the budget for it, then, yes, go crazy! Again, though, if you don’t have the budget then don’t worry about it. It is easy to feed off the frenzy of other consultants in the shopping venue. Stick to your number. These items will come out later this fall in your back office. You might have to wait a few weeks or months but you will have the peace of mind knowing that you didn’t rack up a credit card. (Are you sensing a theme here, yet?)
Understand How a Line Works: There will be thousands of consultants at convention. Thousands. This means there will be lines. We will have to wait our turn. Breathe deep, put a little smile on your face and sprinkle kindness around you like glitter. Take this as an opportunity to make new friends. Include others who might be a little lost or looking for someone to hang out with. If lines get too wide Paparazzi staff or other security might ask you to get back in line. Please do so without difficulty. Smile at the security workers and thank them for keeping us all safe and orderly.
Bring a Power Bank: If you don’t already have one I strongly suggest you bring a power bank. You’ll be using your phone a lot and there won’t always be places to recharge. Having a powerbank in your purse will give you that extra boost when you need it. (I have this one and it works great. May I suggest the red one so it’s easier to find in your purse?)
Attend Sessions: It might be tempting to skip out on the general sessions but this is what you paid money for! Paparazzi always has a great lineup of speakers. Allow them to speak into your heart and soul. You will leave with ideas exploding in your head and a heart that is beating with affirmation and inspiration. Take advantage of this – no matter how tired you might be. Personal development sessions like these are a key to kicking negative beliefs and thinking out the window. Soak it in!
Reflect: At the end of each day write down all the things you learned and everything you want to implement. Convention can seem like a whirlwind and when you get home you might not remember who you talked to or exactly what they said. You have 1,013 ideas running through your head but when you are in your own bed you might not be able to keep them straight. Take just a few minutes to reflect on everything you heard and learned and felt and write it down so you can implement new ideas and follow up with conversations once you return to reality.
Enjoy Vegas: Whether you’ve been to Vegas before or not there is always something new to see or do. Try a new restaurant (here is a delicious Ethiopian one) and do something out of your comfort zone. Use convention as an opportunity to stretch yourself not only with the training you will get from Paparazzi but just as a human being. Google will have better answers for you than I will about exactly what to eat or do but the point of this tip is encouraging you to go beyond your normal bounds. Have an adventure!
I hope these quick tips help. If nothing else, I hope they reassure you that this was a wise investment into your business and into your own personal journey. Paparazzi Convention 2018 is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see what new surprises and announcements are in store for us. I can’t wait to give my long distance Paparazzi sisters some bear hugs. And, I can’t wait to meet you!
P.S. Sunscreen and chapstick should be on your packing list, too. 😉 See ya there!
P.P.S. If you’re still not sure about enrolling with Paparazzi – send me a message – I’ll answer any questions you have. There is a place for YOU on Team Magnificent.