Monday, 8 November 2010

My BIG news!

I have some BIG news to share, if you will permit me to blow my own trumpet for a short while.

When I arrived at the Stampin' Up!® Convention I was given the usual kit... a special Convention bag like this one containing our two free stamp sets, a special Stampin' Up! pen, current Idea Book & Catalogue, event programme, meal vouchers for the event, a "Share What You Love" badge to reflect the theme of the Convention, a "My First Convention" badge, as it was my first time and another badge which I really couldn't understand.

This mysterious badge read "Demonstrator of the Year 2010"... but I KNEW I couldn't possibly be Demo of the Year, as I am not even in the same league as some of the ladies. Then someone told me that this meant I was in the TOP 25 demonstrators in the UK!!!! Unbelievable! This award is based on a combination of sales and recruiting, rewarding demonstrators for having a rounded and balanced business. Other than that, I have no idea how they work it out!

Then it dawned on me... this meant I would have to... WALK THE STAGE!!!!! Which, as anyone who knows me will tell you, is my worst nightmare.

There was an agonising wait until almost the end of the evening ceremony, when the list of top 25 was read out. Was it read out? Actually I can't even remember. But the list appeared on the screen, in reverse order, and I was staggered that my name wasn't on the first page ... I'd actually made it to number 12!!!!!!

On stage I received a single red rose from Stampin Up!'s lovely co-founder and CEO, Shelli Gardner - there she is, pictured on one of the big screens which were positioned around the marquee so that all of the 300 demonstrators there could see properly.

I can't say I enjoyed the experience of walking the stage, it was far too scary, but I am thrilled to be number 12! And it's all thanks to my wonderful customers and hard-working downlines!

So I'm sorry for blowing my own trumpet but I had to share that news... I'll tell you more news about Convention in the next few days.

16 comments:

  1. You deserve it Helen!! Top 10 next year?

    Kelly

    ReplyDelete
  2. I know it would have killed you to walk up there but TOP 12 is AMAZING!!! well done you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations Helen, well deserved. Was hoping to meet you at Convention, but sadly didn't. Paris perhaps. X

    ReplyDelete
  4. I met you at convention and you also queued behind me before the awards dinner as your friend Alison let me borrow a meal ticket as I left mine in the hotel!!!!

    I also saw you do you stage walk and clapped and cheered 'Congratulations' and thanks for the comment on my blog (you were in one of the photos I took)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Congratulations Helen well deserved, wished I had seen you walking the stage I hate that part too.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congratulations - what a star! You deserve it after having the best blog out there :-)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well, you heard me shreik with delight yesterday so I won't do it again but a HUGE congratulations to you! You ROCK!!!! I'm so happy for you and proud of you and just chuffed no end!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Congratulations Helen, and well deserved. You have worked really hard and done really well. Top 10 next year I suspect.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow - that's AWESOME! Congratulations to you! What a wonderful surprise.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Way to go Helen!!!!! Congratulations you must be absolutely delighted and if you can be the 12th best demo in the UK, then its more than deserved;)

    Hugs
    Vicki x

    ReplyDelete
  11. GO HELEN! that's fabulous, well done, you deserve it for all of your hard work and constant inspiration!! x

    ReplyDelete
  12. This isn't just big news, it's HUGE!!!!!!!! Forget about blowing your own horn, you should be shouting this from the roof-tops!!!! That's totally AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Woohooo my darling!!! What a fabulous year you had!! I am delighted for you and wanted to add my Congratulations WELL DONE. What a star you are and you looked cool as a cucumber on that stage. Big hugs and thanks you for your comments and congrats on my blog. Monica xxx

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congratulations! Scarey as it was, I'm sure you must feel really pleased with yourself - and rightly so.
    xXx

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I love receiving genuine comments - I do get bored of deleting dodgy links though!

The small print

This is my personal blog and my sole responsibility as an Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. All images are © Stampin' Up!® All content including photographs, projects and text are © Helen Read, unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to copy my ideas for your personal use and inspiration - if you are a SU demonstrator you may use these ideas for your events but please give credit where it is due. Please do not use my ideas for monetary gain, competitions or publication. The images on this blog - including blog buttons - should not be copied and used elsewhere on the internet or on CDs.