Newsletter for your downline

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This lady really has it all together! That’s what everyone thinks when they look at me from the outside.  Well, I kind of DO! But I also know when to ask for HELP!

A good leader knows their weaknesses and strengths. And the team newsletter was a huge time consumption. Numbers…which I hate.  And time well spent on things I could be doing to help my team.  So I decided quite some time ago, to outsource my newsletter for my team. I contacted Amy at Crown Virtual Services and it was one of the best business decisions I have ever made.

She not only does my newsletter, but she also sends it out. Your team deserves to be celebrated, encouraged, and rewarded for their accomplishments each month. It is your job as a Director to let them know where they stand and keep them informed.

Amy has pricing from $18 a month and up. You will get a GORGEOUS template that is customized to you and your team. It is professional and your team will love it! It’s kind of like order take out food. It may cost you $18, but you don’t have to go to the grocery store, cook, or clean up after! Right? Money well spent so you can focus on other things in your business. I HIGHLY recommend her and her team of experts!

And she can help any Direct Sales company: Scentsy, Mary Kay, Posh, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, Swiss Just, Younique…you name it, she can do it!

If you would like to contact her, here is her information:

Crown Virtual Services:


Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


Halloween Decorations

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How are you keeping all of your Halloween decorations stored??

I plan on going to Hobby Lobby after Halloween this year and getting all the great deals after Halloween is over to stock up on some cool Halloween decorations!

And Thirty-One’s large utility tote is the BEST tote to store your decorations in! We even have a lid for them to keep them safe as they’re stored away all year.



Item #3121

Get yours today!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts






Did you know you can fax from HOME on your iPHONE??

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Okay, you know I have to say it, “there’s an APP for that!”.

So I’m sitting at home with my thousand kids I have and needed to fax something today.  So my friend, Meaghean Farrington sends me this link for an APP where I can send a fax from my iPhone. SERIOUSLY?

So I checked it out! And I’m happy to say I have faxed my document. How crazy cool is that? For us busy moms working from home, this was truly just an awesome tool!  Meaghean gets the super hero cookie for today!

So check out this link to get the app that will actually fax it!

Now, I didn’t like the feature on here that lets you take a photo of the document and then change it into a PDF. So I actually use this app, Genius Scan, that was shared by my friend Melanie Moore.  This app saves a PERFECT PDF from any photo. So you can download that app here:

Both of these apps were easy to use and easy to figure out. Took me less than 5 minutes to take a picture of the document, and save it as a PDF to my Dropbox file, with the Genius Scan. And then FAX the document from iPhone with the iFax app! Problem Solved. Simply amazing!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director

at Thirty-One Gifts


Lead Boxes for Direct Sales Companies

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What’s Melissa doing in her crazy little marketing world today?

Who doesn’t love an EASY way to market your business and get your name out in your community?

A friend of mine, Bridgett Edwards, let me know about this company. And I am SO excited to get these, I ordered 4 of them this morning.

These are lead boxes for direct sales companies. And I love ANYTHING that is CHEAP and EASY to help me market my business and get my name out into the community. I will post all the links to order below. I love these because you can buy the drawing pads that fit right on them.




I made this graphic to put on my Lead Boxes:

lead box

So what can you do with these?

Leave at local businesses for a few weeks at a time. I ordered 4 of them. I will put these at 4 businesses in week. And then I will pick them all back up 3 weeks later and do ONE drawing prize.

A few VERY important things for you to remember about these.

1. FOLLOW UP IS KEY! These don’t make a bit of difference if you don’t follow up with the leads

2. Leave your mini catalogs sitting next to the box so they can take them

3. Make conversation and a relationship with the employees. THIS is where many of your connections will come from. I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten parties and consultants from the employees where I visit. Sometimes I even bring in a little gift bag of goodies for the employees.

4. Put these boxes in your trunk. Even if you work a full time job, I guarantee you visit more businesses on a daily basis than you think. You can ask the owners of the places you visit ANYWAY. On your lunch hour, dropping kids off, running errands.  There really is no excuse to NOT be able to market your business with these boxes!

Ready to order your own Lead Boxes?

Lead box:

Lead Pads to go on the boxes:


Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

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Want to go from ZERO bookings to TWENTY on your calendar???

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I went from ZERO bookings in April to TWENTY on my calendar today!

Do you want to know HOW? It’s quite simple. I got back to the HOME PARTY!

I’ve been doing this for 6 years. And it took me 6 years to figure out that everything they’ve been telling me all along was RIGHT. We are a party plan business, and the home party is where it’s all at!

At the beginning of the year, I had a newborn and FOUR kidney surgeries. Coming off of maternity leave in April, I woke up with zero bookings on my calendar. I woke up one day and said NO MORE.

I revamped my home party presentation, my hostess coaching, and my hostess rewards program. And then I told EVERYONE about it. I knew that all I needed was ONE party! And I didn’t stop until I got it.  And then I ROCKED it! And now 4 months later I have 20 parties booked. 5 home parties in August and 5 for September.  And I haven’t picked up the phone once. All brand new hostesses booked AT THE PARTY.

So here is the first part I want everyone to see. My presentation is SO intentional. Every last bit of it is said or done for a reason. Booking, recruiting, and sales. All over the place, seeds are planted throughout my presentation.

And the purse booking game is something I will NEVER do without. It is the single most important thing that has created bookings for me. PERIOD. So watch this video! And if you’re on my team, the party presentation is in our files. If not, I will share it on the Director’s page and you will have to contact YOUR director to get a copy of it.


Personal Power Hour for Your Direct Sales Business

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If you are in Direct Sales, you need to be doing SOMETHING every single day to work your business.  This is my personal system I have created in order to track my activity for the following core areas of my business:

1. Booking leads

2. Recruiting leads

3. Hostess Coaching

4. Customer Care

I’ve got this system down to organized time blocking, working my Direct Sales business in 15 minute increments a day.  Not only have I seen my business blossom by doing this, but I have also fallen back in love with my business.

The biggest problem direct sales consultants have is not being organized. You sit down to work in the small amount of time you have, but your information is so scattered that you get next to nothing done. NO MORE! This is a series of videos I will be doing to teach you how to organize your business to the MAX.

Watch this video to learn more!


Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

GREAT idea for Lead generation for Direct Sales Consultants

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So I was talking to my friend Chanette McKibben and we came up with this FUN and easy way to help our teams generate some leads for the fall selling season. The idea is to get 10 people to get 10 slips filled out for you. And each person who gets 10 completed forms back to you, will get a gift!

Watch this 3 minute video!







So a sample post would be…

Alright ladies! I need your help! I need 10 people to assist me and help me reach out to some new customers.  EACH person who does will get a FREE gift from me! All I need you to do is take 10 of these forms to your friends, family, or coworkers and have them fill the slip out. Return 10 completed forms to me and YOU get a FREE gift!! I will also do a drawing for one of my lucky new customers!! So who wants to help me out? So EASY to do!!

Not local to me? NO PROBLEM!! I will mail them to you with a pre-paid envelope to send them back to me!


And then just like that…BAM! You have some new leads to follow up with for the fall selling season! Merry Christmas! Love ya’ll! And happy lead generation day 🙂


Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director


Guest Packet folder for Direct Sales parties

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Everyone needs an organized and INTENTIONAL way to engage your guests at your direct sales parties. This is the system I have come up with!

Watch this 10 minute video:


Front pocket:

bundle pictures and catalog

4 sheet protectors:

~booking calendar

~customer special

~embroidery guide

~living your dreams flier

~fundraiser with a  twist

Back pocket:

order form and Let’s Book a Party form


Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


2015 4th Annual Director Powerhouse

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It’s that time of year again! Registration is wide open for 2015 Director Powerhouse. To check out all the details and register today, here is your link. 2 days of training that will knock your socks off!


This is for Directors and above ONLY! You do not have to be a member of Team Trendy to register. To check out last year’s Powerhouse, click the link below:

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts


Hostess Coaching 101 for Direct Sales Consultants

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Hostess coaching is the #1 most important job in Direct Sales.

Without hostess coaching, we have no business. So you better make sure you’re taking care of those hostesses! And better yet, everything you do needs to be consistent and intentional.

Hostess Coaching will:

~increase sales

~increase guest attendance

~increase hostess return rate

~increase your credibility as a consultant

~increase YOUR marketing efforts by your hostess

~and increase your hostess free and half price items earned

Which all makes for a HAPPY hostess and one that will return to you over and over again. But most importantly…she will tell her FRIENDS to book with you too!

Watch this 15 minute video to see what I do with my hostesses from the moment I book until AFTER the party. And lease let me know if something works really great for YOU! That’s what’s great when women share instead of compete. We empower each other!


Melissa Fietsam,

Ind. Senior Executive Director