In Part One and Part Two of this series of articles on the Convention Club concept, I outlined the program, shared the "why" behind the idea, and listed many sample business-boosting activities that could be used to implement your own rewards system. In Part Three, I will be sharing my FAQ document as a sample to be used when explaining the system to your downline, should you choose to implement a Convention Club program. As with any special, sale, or promotion, the "fine print" is really important. This document will cover your backside for any one of a number of common situations that might arise.
Because this is my personal system, developed and highly specialized for my own group, I ask that you do not just copy and paste this document. Rather, please feel free to use it as a starting point for developing your own "fine print." After you have finished figuring out your own policies, ask a discreet demo friend to go over it and make sure it is clear and concise, as well as exciting-sounding, before you release it to your team.
NEW! Announcing the 2013 Convention Club
Do you suffer from Convention Envy? Really want to go but can’t swing it? Started saving but lost your motivation? Need a way to make sure it happens next year?
I have a program for anyone in my downline who is serious about going to the 2013 Stampin’ Up Convention in Salt Lake City and needs help getting there. Convention is WORTH EVERY PENNY and costs more much more than Stampin’ Up actually charges us, but it can pose a financial obstacle to the average demonstrator who hasn’t been planning carefully and saving up during the previous year.
As much as I’d love to, I can’t pay for your plane ticket or your hotel. But I CAN help you with your registration fee, lowering your costs by a significant amount. Let me help you MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Q. When is Convention 2013?
A. Date: July 18-20, 2013
Q. Who can participate in Convention Club?
A. Any member of my Stampin’ Up downline in levels one through five can participate in this program for the SU year 2012-13. The program is evaluated on a year by year basis and may not be offered again.
Q. How do I earn points towards Convention Club?
A. Completing specific challenges such as sales goals, recruits, promoting, and other business-building, consistency-promoting, leadership-building behaviors.
Q. What about the prizes we currently receive at our group meetings?
A. Instead of receiving an item from my prize basket as an award during a given month, you could choose to receive points towards Convention Club. You can pick Convention Club points or a prize from the basket on a per-case basis.
Q. How many points can I earn in Convention Club?
A. The entire amount of your Convention registration. Once you have earned that amount (usually about $275) you will not be able to earn any new points until the next calendar year.
Q. About how much more than the registration fee will I need to save up on my own to go to Convention?
A. We generally try to stay cheap and eat cheap. Many of us save up miles on our credit cards to help with tickets. Last year we paid $130 per night for the hotel and $260 for our flights. Depending on the hotel, the number of people sharing a room, and the airline, you will need $500-600 additionally. You will also want some money to spend in Memento Mall and for food.
NOTE: It is imperative that you save up money or make a plan for funds on your own in addition to the Convention Club fund. The registration money will not help you if you can’t pay for your plane ticket.
Q. Who keeps track of the Convention Club?
A. You will be given a booklet similar to a check register, in which we will record your growing balance each month after the monthly meeting. I will initial the individual entries as they are approved. You are responsible to keep track of the booklet and bring it along to be updated.
Q. How are the Convention Club funds transferred to me?
A. I will issue you a personal check for the full amount you earned after you send me the confirmation number from Stampin’ Up at the completion of the Convention registration process.
Q. What happens to the Convention Club fund if I can’t make it to Convention after all?
A. If something unavoidable comes up and you can’t go to Convention after all, you can choose to redeem it for catalog merchandise for half the dollar value of the fund (during the month of June).
Q. Why only half the value?
A. The whole point of Convention Club is to try to encourage my downlines to go to convention, and not just to provide a program for you to save up money and spend it later. It is not my intention to penalize you for not going to Convention, just really encourage you to go!
Unforeseen Circumstances Disclaimer
- While I always make it a priority to attend convention every year, I may not always be able to go due to health or family conflicts. The availability of the Convention Club program for the year does not mean that I will be attending convention with you.
- The availability of Convention Club for the 2012-13 year does not mean the program will be available next year or any year thereafter. The program is re-evaluated every year and I am dedicated to continuing it as long as it is financially feasible to do so.
- If for any reason the program must be prematurely cancelled before Convention 2013 registration, participants will be able to redeem their points for product equal to half the value of the points they earned to the date of the last meeting. This is highly unlikely to occur.
- If for any reason a demonstrator participating in Convention Club resigns, becomes inactive, or has their demonstratorship revoked, all Convention Club points earned during the 2012-13 year become null and void.
I seriously hope you will consider making Convention a priority. You can’t imagine how fun it is, and what a shot in the arm it would be to your business. I consider Convention a game-changing event in your business life. Once you go, you will never want to miss it again.
Please let me know by the August meeting if you would like to take advantage of this program and earn your registration to Convention 2013 for free, and I will give you a booklet so you can begin saving up points. You may join Convention Club later in the year, but you might as well start saving and planning right away to make sure you earn the full amount possible, right?
Dream BIG, my friend! The sky truly is the limit with Stampin’ Up, and your biggest cheerleader is right here rootin’ for you. Convention is a possible dream, and together we can make it happen! ~Lyssa
This completes my three-part series on the Convention Club concept. I hope you have gotten some food for thought about a motivational rewards program of your own, or maybe just helped you become personally super excited to get yourself to convention next year. It is my dearest wish to benefit Stampin' Up in any small way for the amazing blessing they have been to me, so please let me know if you have been touched or encouraged by this or any other article or series on my demonstrator blog.
Dream BIG, friend!