Monday, July 23, 2012

Stampin' Up Convention 2012

WOW!  I just got home last night from my first Stampin' Up Convention and "they" were not kidding when they said it was exciting and wonderful!  I hardly know where to start!  Here's a photo of the Salt Palace Convention Center:

This is just a sample of the free goodies we were given in Salt Lake City, Utah:


Is that not the cutest bag with the yellow chevrons on the white with grey trim???  Stamp sets, fabric, paper and gobs of accessories!

This is what it looked like just before the first opening session:


And here is some of the decor:



I have to say that the highlight was my up line, Desiree Spenst, being awarded the Founder's Circle, and being invited on to the Advisory Board, one of only 6 demonstrators in the U.S. and Canada, a huge honour.

(Desiree is the third from the left!)
And here is a photo of Desiree's team "on the red carpet"!


I'm on the left.  Amanda, Desiree, Holly and I had a blast along with two friends of Desiree's, Sarah and Tara!   This is the whole group: (minus me, the photographer)


I'm usually sceptical of the hype of sales conventions and I don't like being "played" by a company with tactics that create sleep deprivation and emotional responses.  This time, however, I definitely got the sense that Stampin' Up sincerely cared about it's demonstrators and wanted to support, encourage and motivate them.  The seminars were excellent and I learned notebooks full of valuable information at every one of them:

In "I am Doing Business My Way" with lovely Bonnie Thurber, I heard examples of creative ways of doing the Stampin' Up business by Ronda Wade, and Tami White.

I learned to set my goals on earning bonuses in "I am Making Money" with Pam Morgan (who I happened to sit beside at Awards Night!), but also had the example of Deb Snyder who uses her business as a ministry of encouragement to others!
At "I am Having Fun" with Shannon West, I learned how to "set the scene" at any event I'm planning to maximize the FUN.
I learned how to make a fabulous Hostess Gift using our new Simply Scrappin' divided page protectors at "I am Savvy" by Donna Griffith, Meg Wheeler, Dawn Griffith and Laura Milligan.


2 comments :

jennifer said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time, Heather....and nice to see 'your group' front and centre!

~ Cynthia said...

Dear Heather
I hope the tips you heard in the Incentive Trip Class were helpful. And I hope you DO earn the Caribbean Cruise!! Glad you enjoyed convention. God Bless, Cynthia Millan