Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I've been accepted to host Calabash dinner party events in the North West of UK, which are a little like party plan, for World Vision UK, a charity. I take the story of Calabash to a group of people invited to the hosts home, with the aim of getting people to sponsor a child living in the world's hardest places (e.g. Myanmar, Cambodia, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone)
How successful I am depends on how many events (parties?) I arrange and how many sponsors I can "recruit".
I've never done this before, although I am passionate about the work of World Vision, I've got event and marketing experience, and I've done shop assistant work in the dim and distant past. Has anyone got any top tips for a) persuading people to host an event and b) persuading people to change a child's life by sponsoring them long-term?
I'm very nervous about this, as I'll be self employed (and I'll have to set that up, too) and I'll have to be pushy in order to get the first parties booked for May.
If I can do three a week, that'll mean I don't have to search for regular employment.
Hey, if anyone reading lives in the North West UK, would you book a Calabash dinner party through me?