April Love 07 Dear Rest

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Dear Rest,

At times you elude me. Most of the time you elude me in fact.

There is no rest for the weary…

But Rest is more than Sleep.

Rest is being content

Rest is allowing yourself to have a break, to take a load off.

Rest is putting your mind, body and soul at ease through meditation.

Rest is a music note, asking to take a break.

Rest is a time for refreshment.

Rest is to stop movement.

Rest is to cease working.

Rest allows you time to recover your strength.

Rest means ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.

Rest is also an object that is used to support something.

Rest is but a small word, yet means so many amazing things.

 

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rest/
verb
verb: rest; 3rd person present: rests; past tense: rested; past participle: rested; gerund or present participle: resting
  1. 1.
    cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
    “he needed to rest after the feverish activity”
    synonyms: relax, take a rest, ease up/off, let up, slow down, have/take a break,unbend, unwind, recharge one’s batteries, be at leisure, take it easy,put one’s feet up; More

    • allow to be inactive in order to regain strength, health, or energy.
      “her friend read to her while she rested her eyes”
    • leave (a player) out of a team temporarily.
      “both men were rested for the final game”
    • (of a dead person or body) lie buried.
      “the king’s body rested in his tomb”
    • (of a problem or subject) be left without further investigation, discussion, or treatment.
      “the council has urged the planning committee not to allow the matter to rest”
    • allow (land) to lie fallow.
      “the field should be grazed or rested”
    • LAWNORTH AMERICAN
      conclude the case for the prosecution or the defense in a law case.
      “the prosecution rests”
  2. 2.
    be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position.
    “her elbow was resting on the arm of the sofa”
    synonyms: lie, be laid, repose, be placed, be positioned, be supported by

    “his hands rested on the rail”
    • place (something) so that it is supported in a specified position.
      “he rested a hand on her shoulder”
      synonyms: support, prop (up), lean, lay, set, stand, position, place, put

      “she rested her basket on the ground”
    • (of a look) alight or be steadily directed on.
      “his eyes rested briefly on the boy”
    • be based on or grounded in; depend on.
      “the country’s security rested on its alliances”
      synonyms: be based on, depend on, be dependent on, rely on, hinge on, turn on, be contingent on, revolve around, center on

      “the film script rests on an improbable premise”
    • place hope, trust, or confidence on or in.
      “she rested her hopes in her attorney”
    • belong or be located at a specified place or with a specified person.
      “ultimate control rested with the founders”
noun
noun: rest; plural noun: rests; suffix: -rest; suffix: -rests
  1. 1.
    an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.
    “you look as though you need a rest”
    • a motionless state.
      “the car accelerates rapidly from rest”
      synonyms: a standstill, a halt, a stop

      “passengers queried why the train had come to rest several miles before the next station”
    • MUSIC
      an interval of silence of a specified duration.
    • MUSIC
      the sign denoting a rest.
    • a pause in speech or verse.
  2. 2.
    an object that is used to support something.
    “a chin-rest”
    synonyms: stand, base, holder, support, rack, frame, shelf

    “she took the poker from its rest”
    • a support or hook for a telephone receiver when not in use.
    • a support for a cue in billiards or pool.
Origin
Old English ræst, rest (noun), ræstan, restan (verb), of Germanic origin, from a root meaning ‘league’ or ‘mile’ (referring to a distance after which one rests).
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rest/
noun
noun: rest
  1. 1.
    the remaining part of something.
    “what do you want to do for the rest of your life?”
    • the remaining people or things; the others.
      plural noun: rest
      the rest of us were experienced skiers”
      synonyms: remainder, residue, balance, remaining part/number/quantity, others,those left, remains, remnant(s), surplus, excess;

      technicalresiduum
      “the rest of the board members are appointees”
verb
verb: rest; 3rd person present: rests; past tense: rested; past participle: rested; gerund or present participle: resting
  1. 1.
    remain or be left in a specified condition.
    “you can rest assured she will do everything she can to help her”
    synonyms: remain, continue to be, stay, keep, carry on being

    “you may rest assured that he is there”
Origin
late Middle English: from Old French reste (noun), rester (verb), from Latin restare‘remain,’ from re- ‘back’ + stare ‘to stand.’

So rest on my friends.

Allow time in your day to rest.

Schedule it if you have to.

Your soul depends on those moments of rest to be the strong, beautiful, powerful you that you are.

 

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Take time for rest. To at lest close your eyes for a moment, Breathe deeply and re center yourself as many times as needed throughout the day!

Until Next Time, Namaste,

XoXo TrishaTrixie

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Vendor Show Craziness

So glad it was the last of my three sets of shows. Now this is not to say I won’t do any more because I will. However, I will be different and refined about what shows I do, how I advertise them and what I do and when. I was literally beginning to feel psychotic. I mean it. Crazed.

People trying to get in last minute, people trying to send replacements, people still badmouthing me from another show, and the race to advertise and send out press releases knowing full well that no matter what you do, some, or all of your vendors are going to be unhappy with you.

I have come to terms with a few lessons for myself and some tips for myself and others I thought might be helpful:

Do what you love.

When you stop loving it, it becomes work. I was not in love with the shows I was doing and how I was doing them so I changed the plan. Instead of going to shows, I put on shows. Then, I hated that too. So, unless it is a show I will like, no matter what, I refuse to do it.

Enjoy the Show

Sound redundant I know but I promise you it is not. There is a Lenka song called Enjoy the Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7AGAe3WzMc

The whole point is to stop complaining, stop griping and stop worrying, just Enjoy the Show. I apply this to my life as well as to the vendor shows. No matter what happens, I decided on this last one especially to just enjoy the show.

Make Love not War

Some of you might understand the reference. My point here is to be happy. Make friends. Make connections. Get leads. Get contacts. Get leads.  Be happy about whatever outcome you get. Be Happy.

Stand Up Get Up Stand Up for your Right

Stand up at shows. If you have to get a cushioned mat or double up a towel to stand on do it. Sitting down at a show says tot he consumer “I am not engaged in your business”. Stand up, greet them, share with them a deal you are having. It makes a big difference. Also get out from behind the booth. Sit on the side or make your booth so you can be in front.

Put Down the Cellphone and No One Gets Hurt

So many times, sadly most especially NEW vendors or young vendors sit at a booth on their cell phones or smart phones. Again, if a customer walks by you and sees you on the phone, you are telling them you don’t care. Besides, not using it will save your batteries for when you need to use it to make a sale. Turn off your apps. Clear messages out. Put the phone down. If you are bored, bring things to do, or take time to talk to the vendors around you. Look at their displays. Network.

Learn from other Vendors

I have changed my booth and displays more than I can count. I do so because I learn from others by looking around at how they are displaying something ask ask them about it. If I really like it, I ask if they mind if I did something like it. Generally, most people are willing and desirous to share. This is also why it is good to put your cellphone down and engage in those around you. It will help you all be more successful.

Talk about your Brand 

Develop your 3 minute spiel about your brand. Don’t make them feel like they can’t get away. Don’t talk for hours. Just give them a few tidbits.  Share a deal. Answer questions. Ask them about their day, Ask them about the show. Ask them if they are looking for anything imparticular. At least , TALK. Don’t just sit there or stand there like a mouse. They don’t’ know your brand. You do.

The System

I have devised a new plan I am going to start implementing at all my shows from now on. I am going to adhere a sticker to my card or have special cards made per show that say the name or the date of the show. Why? Because then when someone calls me and says “ I got your card somewhere.” I can ask “Does it have a sticker on it or did it come with a special card?” Then they can tell me the date or what the card said and I can start entering it into a tracking system. This way I can see  these thing in my new system

Vendor Show Name

Date(s) of the Show

Estimated # of people attended (came to my booth) ( if you make a certain # of items to give as mini gifts then you know how many stopped by the booth once those are gone)

Sales per show

Referral by someone at the show?

Response afterwards

By capturing this date, I then can tell which shows I get the most out of. I am even thinking of creating a Google Docs form that asks Show Survey. How did they hear about it? etc.

Last show I made 30 gifts. They were all gone. So I know at least 30 people came to the show. Then we had stragglers before AND after so I would say about 50 people probably stopped by. I wish it was more like 100 but hey, at least SOME people stopped in!!

Shows are for Leads, Sales are Nice

Most shows were created to get leads. Get info, get contacts. Share your brand. Get your cards out. If you get sales, that is great. It is like the dessert after a meal. This is why creating a Feedback or Survey even if only for yourself, is a good idea. Then you can see where those leads are coming from.

I hate it when others say “That show sucked, I didn’t make any money. I didn’t even get my booth rent back.” Well, honestly, how do you know that? Are you literally saying NO ONE took your card. No one will contact you for business? You didn’t book a aprty? You didn’t hand out your card? You didn’t talk to anyone? Unless you can answer those with NO’s, then you really dont know. Unless you are tracking results and you can see that nothing came in from that show. Then guess what….??? You did get SOMETHING out of it.

You got experience. You made connections. You also learned, Don’t do that show again. lol. Seriously. Or maybe you know about the location. You learned if a location of a show is good or bad.

GIVE FEEDBACK/ SUGGESTIONS

AS Vendor Planners, we DO appreciate feedback. Honestly. If you are unhappy or you have ideas how to make things better, contact us, tell us. We want to know. If you don’t tell us, how can we be better?

No Gossiping or Back Talking

Please just talk to the Vendor Planner. Don’t go talking smack about them. We will hear. I also have been bad about this to other planners. In an effort to help another planner be warned from a bad vendor, I perhaps have spoke too openly about it. I am not perfect and after it was brought to my attention, I realized that sharing my thoughts openly may not be taken the right way. It could potentially make ME look bad and that is not what I want of course. I am not perfect. But I can learn.

Family Emergency

Please use Family Emergency if it really IS a family Emergency. I had six people cancel on me last minute. Now either there was a major crisis this weekend, or some people used that as an excuse not a reason. Most vendor shows clearly state no refund. We are not going to change that because it is or isn’t a family emergency. You are a big kid. Just state. You will not be able to be there. Or tell the real reason if you must say anything. Either way you are not getting your money back, so why lie?

Check the Address BEFORE the Show

The planner should have sent out an email of all the info. The map or Google directions or the address. don’t rely on Social Media, use the info the planner sent you in the email. In a place like des moines, there is Des Moines, East Des Moines, South and West Des moines and many of the addresses sound alike.

Be on Time

If you checked the address, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting lost because you SHOULD know exactly where you are going. Thus, you should be on time. There should be a set up time (s) and you should be set up BY the time of the show. If you are gonna be late, please try to let the planner know. It is not the planners job to chase you down.

Get Confirmation, then Mark your Calendar 

It is up to YOU to make sure you have been confirmed for the show and mark your calendars. Hearing “I forgot” lately however did not make me happy. The vendor could have at least tried to still attend my event.

Don’t Book too far in Advance: Replacements Not allowed

With a lot of vendors NOT allowing replacements, it is better for you to book only a month or two in advance, not a year. You will be out money and a replacement WON”T be allowed to show up.

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I know that was a lot of info to digest but I didn’t want to forget to tell you things.

Please comment, send feedback or any other suggestions or questions you might have.

Until Next Time,

XOXO Trisha Trixie