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


Happy Mail for Direct Sales Consultants

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I absolutely LOVE to send Happy Mail to my customers, team members, and hostesses.  I wanted something fun to be able to stamp onto envelopes. I found this ladies shop from my friend Corrie, and she is making this stamp for me. it’s a 2 inch stamp!



It was $26 for the stamp and she does self inking or a regular one where you use an ink pad. You can order yours here:


If you would like some examples of things I send as Happy Mail, check out my Pinterest board:


And here are some reasons you might send Happy Mail:


Happy Mail to team members:


top in sales

top recruiter

top party girl

getting qualified

just helping another team member out

new consultant

….anything really!

Happy Mail to Hostesses:

thank you for hosting letter

reminders before the party

happy mail for 3 months AFTER her party

Happy Mail to customers:

if you see a life event on Facebook:

son is having surgery

just became a grandma

someone passed away

***just showing someone you care…


Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director

Thirty-One Gifts



Effective lead generation for your direct sales business

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How to create more leads for your direct sales business!

In Direct Sales, every single action you take in your business should have to do with lead generation.

What is Lead Generation?

It is getting someone’s information in order to follow up with them and add them to your customer base.  Ideally, you need to be setting a goal for 25 new leads per week.  You can do these by passing out your mini catalogs and asking for a business card in return. You can leave lead boxes and do a give a way at businesses, day cares, offices, grocery stores, restaurants, gyms,  anything you can think of! You will also be getting these at your parties.

Whatever you do, this is one of the most important things in your direct sales business as far as marketing goes. If you are not marketing your business, you might as well throw the towel in, because your lead pool will eventually dry up!

You’ve Been Spotted with a Thirty-One bag postcards!

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This is quite possibly one of the easiest ways to market your business! And how GORGEOUS are these? Of course, I’ve covered up my “key” word…but you get the idea! And there is a code to get 10% off your order before July 19th. Just find all the links and codes below!


Back of post card, with my text word covered up 🙂

Spotted Postcard - Back (2)


When you’re out and about running errands or at your kids sports functions, it’s so important you’re utilizing every moment of your time.  If I see someone with an older Thirty-One bag, I want to make sure they get my information. Because let me tell you what normally happens…

Someone goes to a Thirty-One party or places an order for their friend, they get their bag, and they NEVER hear from the consultant again! Their loss and my gain, right? Because you better believe my customers know how to get in touch with me!

I was at a basketball game 3 years ago for my son. Lady in the stands had an old pattern of ours, cheeky elephant to be exact:) So I walked up to her, said, “I saw you had an older pattern and wanted to give you this catalog so you could see all the new stuff!”. That’s it. That’s all I said. She called me two weeks later and had over $200 in orders that she wanted to know if “it was okay if she turned those in to me”. Ummmm…YEAH! This lady, Bree, had quite a few more catalog parties over a couple of years.  And THEN…she signed up to be a consultant.  All because I gave her a new catalog.

If you’re wondering about the “text this word to the #31996”, see this past blog post:

If you’d like to order your own postcards, here is my new best friend, Beth Kocol! 

Use the CODE BMBB10 through July 19th to get 10% off your order

Here is a link to her shop for all the other cool ideas she has:

And  here is a link to her Facebook page, where she does  giveaways and stuff!


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



Fundraising Facts with Thirty-One

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All the answers you ever wanted to know about a Fundraiser with ME and Thirty-one:


**How do you earn money for your group?

Earning money with a Thirty-One fundraiser is SO easy! There are a few different ways we can set it up, but you will earn 30% of ALL SALES. That’s HUGE! I’ll go over the different ways we can set that up below.

**What kind of groups can I help?

People have all different reasons for wanting to earn money for their group. I can help absolutely ANYONE!

Baseball teams

Church groups

Missionary Groups

School Trips

Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts troops

Non-profit organizations


Teachers for classroom supplies

A family or friend with a specific illness or medical need

Relay for Life

Breast Cancer Awareness (I would donate to your specific fund or research)

Football teams

Dance teams

Cheer teams

Gymnastics teams

Softball teams

Volleyball teams

Show Choirs

**What can I do to help you spread the word about your fundraiser?

You will have tons of packets to carry around.

We will have a link to your event on my main Thirty-One website that you can send friends and family to order online.

I can mail packets to individual people to help you collect orders.

You will also have a Facebook event (that I set up) where you can add all your friends and family.

**Can people earn prizes?

I LOVE to give away prizes for top sellers.  So if a group of people are collecting orders, top sellers will get prizes!

**Do you have to be local to do a fundraiser?

No. You can live halfway across the country and we can still make this a success for you and your group! I just closed an $800 fundraiser to someone whom I never saw once. I mailed packets and we communicated over the phone and email! We can accomplish some pretty amazing things with technology!

**What types of fundraisers can you do?

There are so many different ways we can hold your fundraiser.

1. We can do groups…where each parent takes a hostess packet and collects orders. Some people like to keep their own earnings, and some like one big lump sum to go to the whole team. Completely up to YOU!

2. We can also do raffle tickets. I purchase raffle tickets, you agree to sell a certain amount, usually each person agrees to sell 10, and then we raffle off $250 in FREE Thirty-One product.

3. We can also do a very specific fundraiser with just a set amount of products (usually 4-5).

4. We can do a home show where I come out and set up and do a short presentation. And there’s always prizes and give a ways!

5. We can do a complete ONLINE fundraiser

6. Or I can set up at your church or your event and collect orders so people can see the product.

**Any way we decide to do it, it is sure to be successful with the two of us working together!

If you are interested in hosting your own fundraiser, fill out the survey below:

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


Chicken Penne Pasta

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I LOVE to cook. And this is a family favorite! Chicken Penne Pasta




3-4 chicken breasts

pack of Chicken Penne spice (found in spice isle)

Penne noodles (2 cups cooked noodles)

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 cup heavy creamer or half and half

1/2 cup parmesan cheese


1. cook noodles, set aside

2. cook diced chicken, throw in all other items and toss (tomatoes, spice pack, half and half, and parmesan cheese

3. lightly toss in 2 cups of noodles and ENJOY!


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





Geocache 101

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So if you haven’t heard about geocaching, you NEED to! It is something that is FREE to do with your kids. So much fun and creates priceless memories for the family. This is something great and easy to do all summer long.


So I made a video to explain what geocaching is! Check out this short video. And I’m posting some pictures below to show you some of our fun caches we’ve found.

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If you want to learn more about geocaching, head on over to the official website:


We also got a Thirty-One backpack with our team name on it to keep some needed supplies with us at all times. SO.MUCH.FUN. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And a BIG thanks to my friends Melanie Moore who told me about this. It’s our new obsession!



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


Marketing and Customer Service for Direct Sales

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For those of you who missed the Marketing conference call last night….here is the video! It’s 13 minutes…so give yourself some time to sit down and watch this! 🙂


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