As I’m getting ready to run my first Lia Sophia jewelry party, it hit me that all this prepping reminds me of something I love — back to school. Weeks before classes began, I would check over my reading list, shop for supplies (gosh, there’s nothing like freshly sharpened pencils, crisp white notebook pages and never-before-used erasers!) and coordinate my first-day outfit.
Fast forward and the feelings are similar: I’m going over the starter kit materials. I bought binders, notebooks and files to keep everything in order (at least in the beginning!) I even got a couple of new tops to show off jewelry pieces at shows.
But the best part of all my back-to-school days gone by was that knot of emotions in my stomach. Will I make a good impression? What if we have to go around the room and say something about ourselves? I was nervous and shy yet intrigued and optimistic.
And that’s how I’m approaching this new “September” of my life. I know I’ll be tested big time along the way. Will I make sales goals? Am I going to book enough parties? I would love to be a manager, but will anyone join me? How do I make a reputation for myself?
Like in school, teachers are essential, but in this wonderful world of social media, you don’t need a physical building. There are “teachers” at my disposal 24/7 on the Web. I’ve already learned a ton on Twitter from folks who are more than willing to offer tips and advice (especially women entrepreneurs — another one of my passions!) There’s webinars, telephone seminars, online how-tos — you name it, it’s out there.
I’ll keep you all posted on how my progress, but in the meantime you can also find me on Twitter @cindychin.