I suppose expecting up to 8000 demonstrators registering for OnStage was part of the reason they held it in Orlando. I heard that there were about 7000 there and from all over the world. When you have that many it gets pretty crowded and noisy at times.
I was so happy to have these downline demonstrators and friends there with me. It was the first OnStage for four of them. Here with Connie Chandler, Judy Shapley, Karen Knox, Betty Herring, and Carol Hall.
Everyone gets a numbered pin in their convention bag which is used for Prize Patrol. Over the 3 days everyone will win a stamp set but they are not all the same.
And finally on the last day we won Prize Patrol. And I must say it was worth the wait. It is my favorite stamp set in the occasions catalog. Here I am with Diane Baxter, Connie Chandler, Mary Wesche, Mickey Roberts, and Suzy Flores.
There are several recognitions during OnStage. Some are simply “stand and wave” while others are a walk across the stage. I was surprised that I had earned 3 of the stand & wave’s and 2 walks. I was most proud to have reached $200,000 in my career sales thanks to my many loyal customers. You may think a walk across the stage isn’t much of a recognition but it’s surprising how exciting and special it makes you feel. And it did come with a nice monetary bonus.
As I mentioned before, this is a good opportunity to meet new people and I met this gal who just happens to be named Beth AND she is from Iowa! I grew up in Iowa for those who may not know that. Small world isn’t it! We had such a lovely chat.
The doors to the main stage presentations with all 7000 of us open at set times but people get in line up to an hour before to get in first and get a good seat. This particular morning top demonstrator from Canada, Genevieve Ko, hadn’t finished her 50 swaps and they needed to be done by that afternoon. So I sat down and helped her. It was a good way to pass the time and that’s what stampers do, support each other.
This is the group from that swap. All 150 of us. It was a closed swap with 3 groups of 50 people. I am in the 2nd row on the right. We are all members of Rhonda Wade’s Creating Success group. She is one of the top demonstrators in the US and just reached 1 million in career sales. That is almost hard to believe that anyone can sell that much. But there are a few now who have. And when they do they get $10,000 plus a trip to the home office in Utah and they get to create a new stamp set with the help of the concept artists. When their stamp set is put into the catalog it is marked with a special emblem and their name. Look for them in the catalogs.
I can’t believe that I didn’t take a photo of my swap. I will have to try to borrow one to get the photo. After making 50 full cards I was tired of it. (smile)
She was the inspiration for even trying to do an all day retreat.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 3 where I will be showing you much of the new products that will be available in January.