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Tips to Succeed at Events as a Vendor/Business Owner…Part 3 of 3

March 27, 2017-I hope that you’ve enjoyed this mini-series of tips to succeed at events as a vendor/business owner and that you’ve started incorporating them into your game plan.

Here are the final keys to success!

7) Make friends with the vendors and the event organizer-You never know who you’ll meet at any of these shows so it’s best to arrive early and set up so that you can take a few moments before the show starts to scope the place out. I’ve had more vendors buy my products at shows than I can even count. People want to know what you’re selling, but more importantly, they want to make a connection with you. All of us have something in common, we’re all at the same show and we’re all trying to make money and contacts. At every single show, I gather business cards from other vendors tables to keep in my files. I’ve made so many contacts this way and have even hired people to do work for me because I liked what they were selling. I also hand out MY business cards in case I have something that another vendor is interested in. Maybe they aren’t but know someone who is. The opportunities are tremendous! Be sure to thank the organizer for having you and keep in touch with them, so they’ll invite you to their upcoming events in the future.

8) Have a draw at your table-A chance to win a prize is always a cool way to draw people to your table. I NEVER do a draw for the product I’m selling on my table because people say, “Let’s hold off buying the book in case we win the draw!” See the problem? You want people to buy your product, but you also need people to come to your table. If they come to your table and you engage them, they’ll probably buy what you’re selling. I use a prize draw at my table for two reasons, 1) To entice people to come to my table and 2) to collect information about my customer. Here’s how it works: I’ll do a draw for a $25 gift card to either the movies or for a pre-paid Visa card. The chance to win is displayed clearly on my table, and I have cards laid out with some pens so that people can enter the draw. On the draw card, I ask for their name, phone number and e-mail address and a little box that they need to check off saying it’s ok for me to contact them via e-mail. The customer fills it out and drops their entry card into a fishbowl. I contact them later to say thank you for entering the draw, I let them know if they won the prize and also invite them to follow my blog. 99 times out of 100 they’ll follow! This info is invaluable to your business but be careful not to break any privacy laws.

9) Enjoy yourself-This seems like a silly tip but I want you to know that it’s super important. It’s necessary to have fun and enjoy yourself because people can feel tension. They can sense desperation and if you’re trying to hard-sell them. This is not only a major turn-off for potential buyers but it causes you, the seller, unnecessary stress. Life is too short to be broke and stressed! You’ll be both if you take yourself too seriously. Body language is essential because most of what you don’t say is what people pick up on. Uncross your arms, stand up, smile and engage your customers. Be interested in what they have to say and enjoy the connection with other humans who you might otherwise never come in contact with.

10) Some people are rude, miserable and mean but there’s nothing you can do about it-Anytime you deal with the public you’ll come across that one special human who doesn’t like you, your product, your looks, your qualifications, your voice, your price…you get the picture. You can’t make everyone happy so don’t let the snarky comments of a single person get to you.Never let them dull your sparkle!  For every miserable person out there, there’s five standing behind them waiting and willing to engage with you. You’ll get your share of miserable, rude people at events but that’s a reflection of them, not you. No matter what, remain professional at all times. I was at a show a couple of weeks ago and a woman said to me, “You don’t belong here, you know that right?” Her exact words, I’m not even kidding. I smiled sweetly and said, “Sure I do! I paid my money to be here just like you did and as far as I know, you’re not the event organizer who gets to decide if I belong here or not. I hope you have a great show!” Sure it was a bit on the snarky side but I smiled and looked her in the eye. I wanted her to know that she couldn’t shake me or my confidence. Funnily enough, she warmed up to me later and guess what? She was a part-time writer who needed a publisher…shoot, if she only knew someone! LOL. Be nice that’s all I’m gonna say.

I hope that you’ve learned a couple of things from the tips I’ve shared and that you’re successful in every endeavor that you choose to embark on. Thanks for reading and for following my blog.

LLB

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Please DON’T Do This!…

Easter will be here in another few weeks and I just wanted to take a second to say PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t buy bunnies as gifts for Easter. I’m not talking about the chocolate kind of course but rather the real-life kind of bunnies that require love, care, attention and basic necessities to survive and flourish. I know that a lot of people think it’s cute and tis the season but here’s what really happens.

This is a really sad statistic. 95% of Easter bunnies don’t make it to the age of 1. Yes, that’s right, they don’t make it to 12 months old. It’s true that children would be excited to receive a live bunny for Easter but the novelty quickly wears off. A lot, if not most of these creatures are abandoned and neglected. Rabbits are a 10-year commitment and some of them can live even longer. Please don’t take this responsibility lightly and remember that they are a living thing that deserves a forever home. They’re not toys, they’re not disposable, they’re not starter pets, they’re not low-maintenance. They’re living animals with feelings and deserve to be treated as such.

Rabbits are some of the most exploited and abused animals in the world and this fact breaks my heart. Please end the sale of rabbits during Easter and consider adopting a bunny from a reputable shelter during a different time of the year.

This Easter give a stuffed bunny, not a live one!

LLB

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If You’d Like…Here’s How to Follow…

Hi Friends,

Just wanted to let you know some information if you don’t have it already!

You can follow me on:

Twitter: @laceybakker1

Facebook: Lacey L Bakker or Panda the Very Bad Cat

Blog: Thekittycatclan.com or Pandatheverybadcat.com

by email: Lacey_bakker@yahoo.ca

I appreciate every single one of you and I’m so glad that we’re friends:D

LLB

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I’m Keeping A Really BIG SECRET!…

I’m keeping a HUGE secret right now and I WISH I could tell EVERYONE! But…I can’t. It’s really awesome news and I can’t wait to tell you but it’s going to have to wait. I think I’ll be able to announce it within the next couple of weeks though depending on how quickly the paperwork gets completed.

Here’s a hint…It has to do with a BRAND NEW AUTHOR joining Pandamonium Publishing House…exciting I know and I can’t wait to introduce her! She has an amazing imagination and I just LOVE the story she’s written. Stay tuned for more news on this in the upcoming weeks. Looks like it’s shaping up to be an all girls team!

LLB

 

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Looking for Authors!

Hi Friends,

As you may know, I am the proud owner of Pandamonium Publishing House. I publish some of my own stuff as well as other works and I’m currently looking for authors to send me their information about potentially looking at their manuscripts and publishing them.

Right now I’m looking for NOVELS of ALL kinds and genres! Send me a message or e-mail me at lacey_bakker@yahoo.ca to get in touch and set up a meeting.

Here’s to your talent,

LLB

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Exciting News!

I have some very exciting news to share with you about some up and coming titles from Pandamonium Publishing House AND their release dates! Hold onto your hats because it’s about to get very busy around here!

Deer Diary-This children’s picture book will be released on October 1st 2017! Follow Duncan the Deer on an exciting and sometimes stinky adventure in the woods where he lives. He records everything he sees, hears and smells in his diary! A hilarious read with an awesome cast of characters sure to entertain readers of all ages. I’m excited to announce that this book will be 100% Canadian and will be illustrated and designed by Sheridan College students. I can’t wait for you to see it!

The Old Farmer’s Treasure-This chapter book will be released on January 15th 2018! A great read for kids in grades 3-6. Join three cousins as they go on an adventure to unearth the greatest treasure of their lives…the only question is, will they survive the traps set to dissuade them in order to reach the riches?

Stay tuned for more updates and more release dates. Plus, there will be more information coming soon on how to pre-order!

Here’s to a successful 2017!

Lacey

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First blog post

Hi Friends,

I’m so excited to announce that we are currently getting our site up and running for Panda the Very Bad Cat! It should be done within the next few days. Stay tuned for lots of fun contests, giveaways, and trivia about Panda the Very Bad Cat. I’ll also be publishing some special posts about being an author and what it takes to get a children’s book off the ground. I’ll also tell you where you can get your very own copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat and how you can even request that he comes to your school to do a reading with the author. I’ll even show you some really cool, behind the scenes stuff too! AND…some top secret stuff about new books that I’ll be publishing soon:)

I look forward to connecting with you and I hope that you feel the same way!

Lacey