RSVP Request for Responses
(French: répondez s’il vous plaît)
A simple yes or no response is all it takes and then keep your word.
It seems many may not understand that RSVP means that you are requesting a response with a yes or a no, as if you will or will not be attending an event. How does a hostess know how much food, prizes, drink, etc she will need if she doesn’t receive the correct numbers for an RSVP? A lack of response only has a hostess wonder if the guest has received the invitation, will the guest be attending or not, should she plan food and drink for her. Hostesses are not mind readers.
In this profession, it can become quite frustrating when you are not able to receive the RSVP’s needed to plan a party with food and prizes. You have those that do not RSVP and then just show up, and then you have those that RSVP that they will attend and not show up at the last minute, after you have already purchased food and prizes which included them. Emily Post must be rolling over in her grave!
It is not something that only direct sales professionals deal with. It is something that no one is immune to. Kids birthday parties, weddings, dinner parties, we all have dealt with the lack of RSVP’s at one time or another. Is it social ignorance, fear of commitment or lack of manners?
So how do we get past the lack of RSVP’s? Well we really can’t make the guest do it, but we can take some steps to help improve the responses. These tips will help with Home Parties and Virtual Parties.
1. In this profession, always remember the guests point of view. Ask yourself, why would my guest want to attend this party? Don’t ever rely only on the product you are selling! The product is not about the guest experience. The product is about you and you selling product. Use themes, fun, prizes, contests and food to make the guest experience memorable. We have discussed this in our training modules and on the blog before.
2. Make it easy to RSVP by providing a email address, text number, stamped RSVP Card with return address or online invitation for responses.
3. Make it very clear that you must have a yes or no answer. Also that a yes answer, means the hostess will be expecting on them to show up.
4. Make it very clear that food and prizes will be provided and you must have a guest count and this count is based on the yes answers.
5. Instead of RSVP, use words such as I will be attending, reserve your seat, reserve your prize, get your ticket (must be present to win). Get creative. Prizes can be as small or as large as you wish. For the no’s, I will not be attending. There are no maybe’s.
6. Do reminder calls the day before and if you need to, the day of as well.
7. Use Eventbrite. Use the Free tickets and hold a raffle for a door prize with the tickets. You can also offer paid tickets and raffle off something big for those tickets such as a gift card to a favorite store, etc or offer prepaid tickets to your Jewelry Pool Game (located in your business center) which works out best for you and your hostess!
8. Use the custom seating chart on Eventbrite to allow guests to choose and reserve their seats. (This will show who is missing and will be more likely to be noticed and the guest knows this)
9. If you do not mind guests bringing a friend, state it on the invitation and then encourage them to do so with extra incentives. Set your settings so that Eventbrite can be shared.
10. Now for the no’s and no shows. Yes, sometimes people already have plans and sometimes last minute emergency’s do happen. This is no reason to snub this person. After your party, collect their orders. If you know in advance that someone can not attend the party, do this in advance. Just because they were not able to attend, does not mean they don’t want to order, host a party of their own or start their own business. You can’t get that order unless you ask. By not asking, you aren’t providing great customer service and the answer will always be no. No show’s and non responders. Take them off your guest list and do not invite them to any future events. It stresses you out and costs you money.
11. Give each guest a task to do at the party. This let’s them know that they will be missed if they no show.
Keep this in mind for your future events as a hostess and always RSVP to your received invitations.
What has been your experience or tips for RSVP’s?
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