"Yes please I'll take 3. Nice to meet you and good luck." said the kind lady next door.
I learned a lot about sales and marketing from simple candy bar fund raising events as a kid. I come from a large (church-going) family and when I say we had to work for what we had, I truly mean it. Our church was a smaller church and there weren't huge budgets for this or that but there was always an effort to keep local youth actively involved and interested in attending our services. Each summer, for example, our little church worked to raise enough money for the youth groups to go to Six Flags Atlanta (I grew up in Georgia). This was the "IT" thing to do each summer and created great back to school bragging rights. Since there wasn't a huge budget for these kinds of outings, we all had to put on the famous quote that says "IF IT'S TO BE - IT'S UP TO ME!"
Our youth group leaders worked hard
each year to figure out a way to raise enough money for the annual outing to Six Flags (plus gas for the cars, meals for everyone who went and a little extra for souvenirs or what have you). This planning usually involved some sort of fundraiser for the kids to do (typically selling candy bars door to door). If you're terrified of sales and public speaking, or if you have no sales experience at all - CONTINUE READING.
At the time of this writing, I decided to call one of the former youth leaders and ask for her reflections on those years and she said "We (the youth leaders) had to figure out how many kids were going, how much money was needed overall, and how we would make it happen. Of course the adults and parents contributed what they could financially but we still needed larger funding to get that many kids paid for. Also, it wasn't just a trip to Six Flags that we were working toward, there were so many learning opportunities with these fundraising events."
My father remembers those fundraisers and shared that they leveled the playing field for all of the kids going to Six Flags rather than shining a light on those that could or could not afford to go. Some parents, he said, could have easily afforded the tickets for their kids but not everyone was in the same boat. Because of this, the church requested that all kids participate in the Six Flags fundraisers. So the church ordered however many candy bars that were needed and those pieces were divided equally among the kids participating. On the day of the sale, we began with lessons of being polite when knocking on someone's door, and saying please and thank you even if we were turned down. We then piled into cars and off we went to earn our way. Throughout the sales day, as you can imagine, we heard everything from "I'm in the middle of eating!" to "I'll take 10!" We even heard "You kids get off my porch!" The best rejection line was always "NOT TODAY!"