Use Home Party Observation Guide To Improve

Print the observation guide below and use it when observing other presenters to hone your skills.

One of the best ways to improve your home party presentation skills is to observe other speakers and consultants.

Perfect Your Party

Use Observation Guide & Watch Speakers!

Presenting home parties is public speaking, you know!

Unfortunately, this isn’t a skill that is learned by reading a book, listening to a podcast or studying your company’s flip chart.

When it comes to public speaking and your presentation skills, the two best ways to learn the trade are:
Do it.
Watch other people do it.

Perfect Your Home Party Presentation

There are public speaking events going on all around you every day, so pay attention!
observation guide
Use your down time to visit other consultants’ shows.

You will be amazed at how many tips you can pick up from another consultant – even someone in a totally unrelated field.

Listen to  Presenters’ Words

The first step to boosting your home party business by watching others make their presentations is to pay careful attention to what they are saying to sell their products and services to the audience.

  • What words did they rely on heavily?
  • Were there more nouns, verbs or adjectives in their presentation?
  • How did they employ emphasis?
  • What rhythm of speech did they depend upon to stand out as a direct sales consultant?

Next, Watch Their Body Language

Words are powerful but there’s another dimension of communication that will be critical in your direct sales business, and that element is body language.

Print or save this handy home party observation guide to take to the show when you are observing other consultants!
Download The Home Party Observation Guide
Make it a point to attend a number of different direct sales party events in your region that are hosted by leading consultants to see what they are doing – and not only saying – to make the sale and gain new distributors into their network.

  1. Do they smile a lot?
  2. Do they use their hands while they talk?
  3. Do they make a great deal of confident eye contact?

When you find a successful public speaker, try to mirror the things that they say and do and tailor them for your own dynamic approach.

Presentations Are Everywhere!

Opportunities to improve your presentation skills pop up everywhere; you just need to think creatively.

Your preachers, teachers, professional speakers, other party plan consultants, video conferences and commercials (never forget those infomercial pros!) all offer valuable insights during their “public speaking” event.

Pay attention and take notes on the observation guide of things that you thought were effective and those that were not. You can then incorporate the best into your presentation.

Using the observation guide and regularly attending other parties or presentations will give you clever strategies that you can use in your day-to-day home business to become an extraordinary success!


    Shared by: Derek Bly:

    Excellent tip, Deb. Something I think people should consider is joining local Toastmasters club. Here you’ll learn speaking and leadership skills in a non-threatening environment. I’ve completed the first manual and moved on to advanced manuals include Professional Speaker and Persuasive Speaker. Great cost-effective training for direct sales!

      Shared by: Deb Bixler:

      Congratulations to you Derek! Investing you sppeaker skills will pay off. You are right about Toastmastasters. I did an article on the organization for another blog and it is definately an affordable investment with great return!

    Shared by: Hope Groves:

    A fantastic tip and one I needed to be reminded of, too! Right on time, as you always are, Deb. Thank you!

    Shared by: Jenn Monterrozo:

    Thanks Deb and yes, I did win one of the past sweepstakes and have been enjoying my membership very much! You have some wonderful ideas! Thanks!!

    Shared by: Jenn Monterrozo:

    I have always thought that it is a good idea to watch several different people do the same thing that you do. Not only can you pick up some great ideas on what to do but you can also pick up some tips on what NOT to do! Sometimes I will go to another plan party as a guest with one of my friends and I won’t let the consultant know that I’m also in direct sales until the presentation is over. That way I know I’m getting the real person. If someone were to come to one of my shows I wouldn’t want to know in the beginning who they were. I think I’d be too nervous that they would critique everything and that I would try to be a little over the top. This way I do all of my shows as if there may be a “secret shopper” among us! 🙂

      Shared by: Deb Bixler:

      “Secret Shopper” I like that, thanks Jenn. Hey, didn’t you win one of the past sweepstakes?

    Shared by: Jeannine:

    I think this is a really great idea and I am going to give it a try. I also appreciated the other comments that suggested watching informercials or other public speakers. I recently attended a jewelry party and paid close attention how the consultant presented the products and her opportunity. Although she was polished I thought her presentationw was too long and I became very restless. Also, she said she planned to ask everyone to host a party and would overcome any objection to doing so. I was really looking forward to seeing how she would handle my objections but she never ever approached me!! This kind of made me feel like maybe she did find me suitable hostess material. From this I learned to keep it concise and always follow up on what you say you will do.

      Shared by: Deb Bixler:

      It is amazing what you can take away from and add to your own presentation when you watch other presenters. Check out other industry presenters, like ministers or school board speakers, or elementary teachers. There are so many speakers that we can learn from. Congratulations on investing some time into your business by visiting another companies show, Jeannine! (I am sure you are “hostess worth”, so don’t take that part personal.)

    Shared by: Cara:

    Great suggestions! I have become very friendly with quite a few consultants in my area, I will have to see if I can sit in on some of there presentations.

    Shared by: Jennifer Spark:

    I was watching the pastor speak the other day and found many things I could put into my program both to do and not to do. I am committed to stop using the word ummm!

    Shared by: Pat:

    I have been going to other sellers’ shows to observe them as I seek to “brand” the party experience I offer. Great tips!

    Shared by: Mary Hulett:

    I watch the infomercials to get some great ideas on body language, how to promote products, and how words are the key to sales.

    Shared by: George:

    This is a great idea Deb, thank you for such a great resource website!

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