Money Saving Tips to Surviving Seminar!
HAPPY MARY KAY NEW YEAR! Congratulations to all who achieved their Mary Kay Seminar goals AND to those who worked to the last minute even if you fell a little short! I’m sure you are all starting to feel the seminar “buzz” already. It’s going to be a magical year celebrating 50 years as a company! I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips on how you can attend Seminar, have FUN and still stay within your Business Budget.
You gotta get there! If you need to fly…look for tickets NOW (if you haven’t already). The longer you wait the more expensive it usually gets. Shop around. Have a little flexibility in WHEN you can travel…this can help bring costs down as well.
You gotta stay someplace, right? Find other consultants or directors to room with. The cost of the room can be a fraction when you share the cost with your Mary Kay sisters! Check with your director or National to see if there are consultants looking to share a room. See the Seminar tips below from NSD Linda Toupin! Wise words indeed!
Once you’re there you gotta get around! Use the Mary Kay provided transportation. Cabs can get expensive. Mary Kay Corp provides a shuttle service. Yes you may have to wait, but think of all the wonderful women you can meet and share success stories with while you do. Bring your walking shoes and your patience and you’ll see that cab fare isn’t really worth it.
You gotta eat! Your registration includes some breakfasts and lunches. Take advantage of the meals the company provides. You can even be just like Mary Kay herself and pack some food you can eat in your room to save money. There is no need to go out for an expensive dinner if you don’t have the cash for it! You can make sandwiches, have energy bars, you name it…get creative!
You gotta stay connected! Bring your cell phone or if you don’t have one get a pre-paid calling card. It will be MUCH less than using the hotel long distance services!
You gotta stay comfortable! First up SHOES! Yes those 4 inch heels are THE BOMB! But it may be wiser to wear a stylish but more sensible pair of shoes. At the very least tuck a cute pair of flats in your tote bag. Bonus Mindy Tip: Even Sensible shoes may cause blisters or raw spots. I usually try to bring 3 different styles of shoes so that they rub in different places! Blisters may be inevitable, but nothing is worse than already having a blister and having to wear the same shoes that caused the blister and limp around all day. Rotate the shoes each day and you may be more comfortable. Bring blister relief pads or special Band-Aids that will stick better than regular Band-Aids.
Now that we have the shoes covered… 2 more things to remember… 1. Bring a light sweater or wrap. It gets chilly in the Arena and in the classrooms as well! 2. Bring a stylish tote bag that is comfortable to carry (not too big, not too small!) You really just need to carry a notebook and pen, business cards, product labels with your contact info to easy entries for contests or vendors, a change of shoes, a water bottle, some snacks, and tissues!
You gotta buy stuff! OR do you?? Speaking of Vendors… Avoid impulse buying…Yes those vendors are wonderful and oh so tempting. Be a collector or catalogs. IF you still like the item when you get home you can always order from their website. At least you’ve given yourself time to think it over. You’ll find that once you get home you may not have NEEDED that sequined tank top after all!
You gotta PLAN your spending! Make a spending plan BEFORE you go. Think about all you do in Dallas. If you have never been there before take a seasoned consultant for coffee and tips and some pre-Seminar dreaming! It is very beneficial to try to predict what you will need to spend money on and set limits for yourself. Once you are there, carry an envelope to collect your receipts and write down what you have spent. At the end of the day check in with yourself to see if you are on track or if you need to make adjustments. This might help keep you on track!
There are TONS of great benefits and reasons to attend Seminar…with a little pre-planning of HOW you intend to spend your hard earned money… the trip doesn’t have to break the bank! Have a fabulous time in Dallas!
What is your best Tip for Seminar?