Thank you to everyone who was out there rooting for me and sending me messages on twitter and facebook. It helped so much!
Presenting on a shopping channel is not an easy job let me tell you. The hosts that are on there every day make it look effortless and that is part of their magic. The reality is you have an ear piece with people telling you which of 4 cameras to look at, how much time is left in the segment etc. There are monitors right in front of you while you are on air showing you how well you are selling (I tried not to look at those!). You're talking to your host, trying to get in all the features of your product before the time is up, and all on live TV with only a 6 second delay between what you are saying and what the TV audience sees!
No stress at all right?
Somehow I managed to do it and I know next time it will be even easier because I won't feel like the new kid at school. I'll know where to go, how to set up my tables, where the storage room is, the all important bathroom, greenroom and all the little details that keep you up tossing and turning the night before your show date!
My first two segments I presented my Super Swell Scrapbook Kit and Sweet Treats Chipboard Kit with Shivan Sarna and then my last two segments I presented the Super Swell Scrapbook Kit again and then my Rub on Kit with Suzanne Runyan.
It was great working with both hosts and seeing their different takes on the products and how they responded to it, the different things they pointed out etc. Being live on HSN is like being in a job interview. It's not until after you get off air and later in the day you start thinking of all the things you wished you had time to say or what you would have done differently. You get the one shot and it goes so fast it's over before you can blink!
I am really happy with how it went and it was such an exciting trip and event. One of the best treats about the whole experience was the sense of camaraderie with the other presenters. I got to hang out with Beth Kingston from Xyron, Andrew Hiller the owner of We R Memory Keepers, Donna Stork from 3 Birds, and my life saver friend Chasity Sivanick who showed me all the ropes.
We also met "real housewife" Jill Zarin, I didn't know who she was but I was all excited because she brought her little chihuahua with her. I asked if I could pet him/her and she said no he wasn't friendly. But later he was running around the halls (so tiny!!) and came right up to me and let give him a nice little cuddle, so maybe he made an exception for me!
Below are the clips from my segments. You can still get all these kits on HSN.com!
I'll be back on again March 6th with THREE new kits! Yes no rest for the weary. I'll be making more samples as soon as I get myself back to DC! There will be a crazy cute laser cut wood shape kit, a card making kit and a 3-d sticker kit too!
I feel that way when I'm teaching classes, so I can totally sympathize! I can only imagine what it's like in front of a camera!
I thought you did a fantastic job on your "maiden voyage", and I know it will just get better & better each time!
*hugs* and many best wishes! :)
@Heather - if you wouldn't mind giving a review on hsn.com I would so appreciate it! thank you!!