What if Your Balloon Pops?

What if Your Balloon Pops?

What happens if your balloon pops bc Balloons may pop when exposed to sun, heat, weather, temperature changes and people…they can even just pop when they are sitting around and nothing seems to change!   There is something magical about balloons at the same time can be very frustrating as a balloon professional is not being able to fully predict when that burst may happen! The Balloon industry is full of artist expressing their creativity by putting, glitter, confetti and even Paint inside of balloons…beautiful effects but the Corporate Event Planner in me can’t help but think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS? I have been blessed over the years to work in some beautiful venues and huge Estates. One of my first thoughts is always about making sure I cause no damage to the venue or clients home with the decor I’m creating. I’ll never forget being on location at a brand new bank where we were asked last minute to inflate more Latex balloons with HIFLOAT, and one burst! HIFLOAT all over me, my hair, and part of a balloon stuck to the wall of the conference room.
Good thing is from experience I knew that HIFLOAT will wash out of my clothes and the wall with water…so I rushed to the bathroom to get paper towels and water. Due to this experience, that is vivid in my mind…When I see paint, glitter and confetti in balloons,  all I can think of is what damage flying paint could do to walls, carpet, furniture etc.   When you work with these items think about the potential damage, or the clean up time needed if  something pops.   Wet paint in a balloon – think of the bill to replace a linen, furniture, carpet etc or just be responsible for the cleaning bill for a Wedding dress, Prom dress or Tux that is covered in paint from my burst balloon! Confetti – large pieces of confetti are easier to clean up than glitter.  Do you have back up confetti with you, do you have a vacuum, broom or dust pan in your delivery vehicle to clean up messes that might be created. What if a confetti or glitter balloon pops all over the preset dessert, salad and water glasses of a table of 10 for your clients event? As Professional Balloon Artist I think it’s really important for us to always consider the what if’s. IE anything that you place inside the balloons…when the balloon pops it’s going to go Everywhere…DO you have a vacuum in your delivery vehicle? Broom and dust pan? Rags, water to clean a mess etc. When transporting balloons for indoor and outdoor events your balloons can pop!  Remember to pack the back up balloons to repair Names, Letters, custom vinyl prints, and any latex or foil that may deflate during transport or installation to help provide your client with the product they ordered.   What about special distorted designs. If part of a lovely flower petal pops, do you have time and supplies to make the fix?    Classic decor is the bread and butter for the balloon industry as you don’t have to worry about as many details as when you get into all the artistic flair.   As a professional balloon decorator,  remember to always build in extra time to your deliveries..and create designs for your customers based on the time you have available to provide them with the designs you sell. One key in our profession as we continue to branch out and create new techniques, designs and lovely pieces of art and want to be respected as professionals in the events industry as a whole, it’s very important we think about all the possible outcomes…As you create…always think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS and plan and prepare accordingly.
Your Partner in Success, Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor.  Motivator.  Speaker. Online and in person training and support. BalloonCoach.com Take Action THRIVE! Joette Lime and Teal March 2016 post

Steps to Transition From Hobby to Balloon Business

Steps to Transition From Hobby to Balloon Business

Welcome to the wonderful world of balloons! One of the top questions I hear from those new to the industry as Balloon Coach is “how do I become a real business?” If you want to create income or already are getting paid for your services, take time RIGHT NOW and click the link below to read these important tips from the SBA! Small Business Administration is a great resource! Many people get so excited about creating the balloon decor and thrilled that people are willing to pay them for what they are doing, that they don’t take time to look into all the steps of creating the business! Many times local chapters of the SBA hold seminars and training to help you get started and connect you with local resources. Another great resource for local business mentors to get an understanding of the expectation of a business owner in your city and state is Score.org If you know what you would like your business name to be, I encourage you to go to Godaddy.com or another resource to search and see if the name you want to use is available as a .com. If you do .biz, .org etc then someone else already has your name as a .com and people may end up on their website rather than yours. Before you BUY the name, go to register your DBA and see if the name you want is already taken by someone else. More information on how to register is in the SBA link above! Other steps to take as you become a balloon business: *Business license *Resale License to buy balloons wholesale *Collect Sales tax and remit to the state monthly or quarterly depending on your sales and state laws *Liability Insurance *Possible Commercial insurance for your vehicle *Inflation Equipment *Purchase balloons and products from Balloon Wholesalers.     Check out this blog for those resources.   bc coaching works!If this process seems a bit much for you to take in and you would like help creating your business plan, marketing and a place to problem solve with other balloon professionals check out the resources to grow your business visit BalloonCoach.com, click on Mastermind to check our our group coaching program and online training giving you support from a Balloon Professional who has been in the industry full time since 2003. Contact me directly with any questions Joette@ballooncoach.com We can arrange one to one coaching if needed to go over your business strategy. Balloon Boss Mastermind gives you access to over $2,500 of online training at your finger tips 24/7  for just $97 a month.   Balloon Boss Mastermind members have a private discussion group to share tips, successes and problem solve situations! Plus our live Balloon Boss Mastermind call the 1st Monday of each month and continued support. If you don’t feel you need our group coaching support but would  like getting perspective from successful business around the world – Sign up now for our Webinars! BalloonCoach.com  at just $47 a month, while an active subscriber you get access to all the past replays since Sept 2015 from over 40 different instructors around the world sharing their tips and hints to help you save time and money as you grow your business.   To check out a FREE mini webinar on gaining schools as a client, click on this link for a 25 minute replay with some of my tips on Marketing to Schools. School Spirit, Homecoming and Prom No matter what stage you are in with your business, gaining insight from others who are in the balloon business allows you to get on the path to success quicker. I look forward to supporting you as you grow your Thriving Balloon Business! Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Take Your Business to New Heights! BalloonCoach.com Join our Facebook Group Balloon Coach Community  

2019 Tour – Balloon Training with Balloon Coach Joette Giardina, CBA

2019 Tour – Balloon Training with Balloon Coach Joette Giardina, CBA

  Balloon Coach Joette Giardina, CBA has been in the balloon industry full time since 2003, based in Lakeland, Florida. Over the years Joette, grew her home based business to over $150,000 a year in sales through investing in balloon training, networking in the business and events community in her area and taking sales courses to improve her sales conversation to increase sales. Studies show that 30 % of most businesses fail in the first 2 years, 50% fail during the first five years and 66% during the first ten years. Being a balloon business owner can be overwhelming at times. This summer, Joette is bringing tips from 16 years full time in the industry to help you build the business of your dreams. In 2015 she sold her decor company to coordinate online and in person business building training for the balloon industry. Giardina continues to serve as the Marketing Manager for Party People Events that now grosses over half a million dollars in sales a year. Joette understands the daily obstacles faced by balloon business owners and brings you the tips that have helped Party People Thrive! After many requests from Balloon Coach members around the United States, this summer Joette and her husband Brian are packing up their inflators, Clik-Clik Magpole, UV lighting, Uplighting, pipe and drape, balloons, fun prizes from sponsors and workbooks to spread tips to help you grow Your Thriving Balloon Business! Thanks to our generous sponsors the full day class is only $150! Click here for full details and save your spot! Join BalloonCoach.com’s Joette Giardina on her 9 city tour. With years of experience in operating her own balloon business and coaching balloon professionals, Joette answers some of the most prominent questions artists have today. Additionally, Joette will teach you tips on choosing the right framing and rigging, along with tricks to foil and latex organic designs and neon lighting. This is a full day class packed with great information on how to choose the right design to recommend to your client, pricing your decor, closing the deal and more. Lunch is provided along with in-depth class notes, plus raffle prizes throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring your camera for decor photos and your business cards to network with fellow balloon pros! Definitely a class you won’t want to miss!   What will be covered in the class: • Backbone to Creating Profitable Balloon Decor – choosing the right framing and rigging • Tips & Tricks to creating profitable Foil & Latex Organic designs • Confidently educating your client on decor items best for their event • Lighting that increases the perceived value of your balloons • Checklist to price for profit • Quoting with confidence • Art of Closing the Sale • Overcoming Price Objections • Checklist for Creating Your Thriving Balloon Business and step into the role of Balloon Boss! BONUS: Everyone who registers by April 30th will get a link to a BONUS webinar on Thursday, May 2nd, 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific                   About the Instructor: Based out of Lakeland, Florida, Joette was always the one put in charge of organizing events and decorations for special occasions in college while studying for her Bachelor in Outdoor Recreation and Leisure studies. After working as an activities director and in social work, Joette decided to turn her creative passion into a full-time balloon business. In 2003, Joette purchased Party People Celebration Company. Joette is an award-winning designer, and most recently was presented with the Inspire Award by Betallic at FLOAT 2019 for creating new business resources for the balloon industry through BalloonCoach.com. In 2014, she sold her decor company, but she stays active in the company serving as part-time marketing director and crew leader for Party People Events that grossed over 1/2 million dollars in sales in 2018 and is growing. Joette serves as a catalyst in the industry for business education and increased resources by offering webinars, business coaching, and hosts the annual Promotions & Profits Retreat in Orlando near Disney Springs. Joette credits the success of both of her businesses in the balloon world to hard work and support from the extensive network of balloon professionals who inspired her throughout the years. We look forward to seeing you on the road this summer! While on the journey, Joette plans to stop by some balloon businesses, if you are on her route email Joette@ballooncoach.com Include the name of your business, full address and phone number to contact you. Are you unable to join us on the summer tour? Join us online for Balloon Boss Mastermind to have access to over $2,500 of online training and group coaching by Joette. Get some behind the scenes coverage from the tour! Balloon Boss Mastermind Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Create a Thriving Balloon Business! Balloon Boss Mastermind    

5 Tips to Creating Sales When Non-profits Ask for Free Balloons!

5 Tips to Creating Sales When Non-profits Ask for Free Balloons!

  When non-profits call your balloon company asking for donations, it can be a bit of a challenge not to get frustrated. Before the 5 tips, I want to give a bit of an overview so you know where I’m coming from. I have always been taught – to whom much is given, much is expected. I have a tendency to want to help others whenever I can and feel in my heart that giving back to the community I live in is important. I have also worked for non-profit agency’s in my careers prior to owning a balloon business, so I know what it’s like being that person on the other end of the phone saying “Hi this is Joette with _________can you please donate for __________.” When I purchased Party People Celebration Company in December of 2003 it was my first time being fully self-employed and running a business! I knew I loved balloons, enjoyed planning parties and wanted to be my own boss. Other than that I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into! The previous owner of my company let me know that she gets a LOT of calls for donations, so that I would want to pick the ones I would want to give to, and give a discount to the rest. WHY give a donation to anyone? Many of the business people I respect have a special organization that they give money, or in-kind support to. The people I know who are extremely wealthy have many Non Profit Organizations that they give their time and money to, so I felt that it is the right thing for me to do the same. This Hot air balloon was created for a non-profit. The original call was asking for a donation, and I was able to turn it into a $1,000 budget (if it was a corporate client, I would of charged more). At $1,000 I was able to pay two staff to work with me, clear a nice profit and create something I had always wanted to build. I now sell the directions on how to build it and photos of the hot air balloon on my website has led to other great clients. (Those things would of not happened if I blew off the phone call asking for a donation!) bc business goals HA                 5 Tips to respond when a non-profit calls:
  1. Be Prepared. Know that your going to get emails, phone calls, and letters in the mail asking for donations from your company. Type up your response email now, have it as a template and all you have to do is copy and paste that response back in a reply to the email you get in your inbox. Use that same template as what to SAY when someone calls you. Do you give discounts, no discounts, or just business as normal? What ever your policy, follow up with the person as you never know if they may find a sponsor to pay for your decor.
  2. Show Interest in the event. Example when Laura from the Cancer Society calls you stating I would like for you to donate decorations for our upcoming Gala. Many people I know just state we don’t donate and try to get the person off the phone as quick as possible. Instead my approach is more like this: (put a smile on my face and think of Laura as every other paying customer) Hi Laura, thank you for calling Party People about your upcoming Gala, I’m so glad we were the first company you contacted about decor for your event. What is the date and location of your event? (this shows you have interest in their event and gives you information to see what you can suggest for them to purchase). We love working at The Lakeland Center, it’s a large blank slate that we transform with custom decor and lighting to create a memorable occasion for your guest. What is the theme of your event? (again gathering more information example we have many props and components to center pieces from past events I know we can offer at a deep discount and still make a profit). After gathering the information I state. A Masquerade ball – what an enchanted theme, I can see the men in their black ties, and ladies in their gowns. We can create a magical canopy over the dance floor, and elegant entrance to greet your guest as they arrive., centerpieces on the tables and room decor. The package for the items I have descriped retails for $2,000 , since this is a non profit we offer a 15 % discount so your total will just be $1,700. What is your email address so I can send you an invoice for the event. Well we don’t really have a budget, we only spent $500 last year on all the decorations, we did it ourselves and it just didn’t look very nice. So glad you called Party People Laura, for $500 we can create one of the items I described which is most important to you : a canopy over the dance floor, entrance decor, centerpieces or room decor? Over the years I became much more confident in the delivery of these statements and Won over many “can I have a donations” into paying customers – give it a try! As I always tell my coaching clients, if YOU DON”T ASK FOR THE SALE, the answer is always NO!
  3. Educate your caller. Hi this is John with the Kidney Foundation Walk. For June 20th we would like you to donate a balloon arch for the start of the walk, we see from your website you work with a lot of non-profits. (put a smile on your face and be glad to speak with him) Hi John, so glad you called Party People for your balloon decor! You are correct we do a LOT of WORK for Non-profits, as you know Lakeland is a very giving town, holding multiple fundraisers almost every weekend of the year. As you can imagine if I donated to every wonderful event you see on my website – I would have to be a non-profit myself! What decor caught your eye on my website? I really liked the pink a white arch you did for the Cancer walk for life in Bartow. Great that is a 30 ft garland arch on outdoor supports with Delivery and take down the total is $410, plus delivery and strike fee. Since you are a non profit we discount the arch 15 % so $348 and delivery fees based on time and location. (do not say anything else….do not set up your own objection just wait for John to speak) How much is the delivery fee? Where are we delivering to and what time? 5 am on Saturday to Downtown Lakeland. Your delivery fee is $75, and take down $75. We have some volunteers that can take down the arch. GREAT, you will just need to return the steel 2 ft by 2 ft bases and poles to me by 5 pm on Sunday. If not returned a replacement fee of ___________ will be charged. I will give you instructions on how to take it apart. Your total will be $423 what email address should I send it to and who do I make the invoice out to? Another response might be we only have $200 to spend. Then I give them the option of Topiary Balls on Stakes or 2 Columns.
  4. Written Policy: Have a written policy for what you donation procedure is. Many non profits ask for a Gift certificate or Item to put in a silent auction. Some balloon companies give every one a $20 gift cerficate with expiration date one year from the event for pick up only. I made gift certificate for $20 towards a decor order (client must pay delivery fees and have a minimum $200 order unless doing a pick up) If you wish to have a form people fill out and submit – create that. If you give 15% discount with proof of being a 501C Non profit have that in writing.
  5. Practice what you are going to say: The more you say creative things to get people to buy and smile when you talk to sound happy about their event the better the words flow when a live call comes in or you need to type up a response on facebook or an email. By educating my clients I cannot count the amount of times someone went from NO MONEY to sending me a check for $250 to $3,000 to work on a non profit event.
It’s all about being confident in yourself and the business you run, acting professional and overcoming objections. MOST people calling you for a donation are either a volunteer or NEW to their job. Many have NO idea how to ask a company to be a sponsor and pay for an arch or a column as a donation to an event. Over the years when people said “we don’t have money in the budget” I would say your total for what you requested is $300 when you find someone who can donate that money – give me a call and book. Sometimes it would happen that year, other times the following year as they now knew the amount to budget and ask for as they prepared their budget for the following years event. QUESTIONS to Consider
  • What is YOUR marketing budget for the Year?
  • How do you get your name out to the public without paying for advertising on TV, Radio etc?
  • Did you know people like to buy from people they Know, Like and Trust?
  • Do the people in your community know your business exist?
When I first started running Party People, I had only lived in my town for 3 years, so I did not know a lot of people. I did not have MONEY in the bank to spend on advertising, I was scraping by. One of the ways I built up people knowing that Party People existed was to be an In Kind sponsor for events. I would donate $200 to $2000 retail value of decor to be a sponsor for an event I felt strongly about and new my target audience would be attending. I would make sure I got tickets to the event so I could mingle with people and help them understand that Party People created the awesome decor in the room, and had an opportunity to see if they had need for decor during the year. Balloon Companies are not the only businesses that get asked to donate things. It happens to EVERYONE…all types of businesses. YOU determine which events will be best exposure to the TARGET CLIENTS you are looking for. Look at it as marketing dollars spent, to then have great photos of your work to put on your website, and KNOW the value of what you donated so when someone calls, I see you decorated for the March of Dimes Chef’s auction, I would like the same decor you are ready with “Wonderful, the total cost of that package to transform your space is $2,000 what email address should I send the invoice to?”   Are you looking for more support as you grow your thriving balloon business? Balloon Boss Mastermind provides you with access to online training 24/7 to help you on your road to success with access to group coaching so you don’t have to be on this journey alone. If you are new to ballooncoach.com I wanted to let you know we have many more blogs that have been written, some interviewing fellow balloon pros sharing tips on sales calls, creating professional quotes, hiring and much more! Ready for hands on training you can come to our annual Balloon Boss Pro Summit in Orlando to be one of 96 attendees with 18 amazing instructors from around the world. To be a part of the business conversation join us on facebook at Balloon Coach Community If you would like to be a part of small group or one to one training at our Party People Events Headquarters in Auburndale Florida email  Joette@ballooncoach.com Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1           Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Create a Thriving Business! balloonbosspro.com

Pool Balloon Decor Tips

Pool Balloon Decor Tips

These floats were created for a fundraiser for the Mayor of Florida being held at my wonderful clients home. No one was going to be swimming in the pool, and she wanted to make sure the decor stayed in place. We used a 16 inch balloon filled with water to approx 6 inches to put under the middle balloon to help weigh it down to the top of pool. Then covered a large brick you can also use 10 lb or larger bar bell weight (based on depth of pool) with plastic the color of the bottom of the pool to blend in. Put Mono line from the float to the weight. When you get the call to create decor for a pool, one of the top things you want to find out is will people be swimming in the pool during the event. If the answer is YES people will be in the pool then you want to suggest floats that will be free floating and look at other key areas on the pool deck that you can access and decorate(in this photo the floats in the pool do not have any line on them, as people were going to be swimming at the graduation party)   Arcs are created out of 16 inch latex undersized and Taper toppers. For details on Outdoor balloon decor check out 5 tips on creating professional outdoor balloon decor Depending on the scope of the clients dreams for the decor and their budget a site visit is encouraged to check out the details they may forget to tell you on the phone. If you do not do a site visit ask the client to send photos of the pool and pool deck for you to look at.
  • Filters
  • Hot Tubs
  • Water fall
  • Salt water or Chlorine pool
  • Depth of the Pool
  • Pool Cage or no
Balloon decor in the pool can be wonderful when done right! Do you have to get wet to set balloon decor? Not always, but in some cases it’s the easy way to go, be prepared:
  • Have one of the people on your set up crew wear a swimsuit to the installation. (with change of clothes and 2 towels packed)
  • Ask your client in advance if there is a place in their home or pool house you can change after getting in pool (if yes make sure to stand on your towel while changing and dry up the tile floor if wet to leave things in good shape for their guest)
  • If you are unable to change at clients home have a plastic bag and extra towel to sit on in your vehicle after delivery.
List of What NOT TO DO!
  • Do not Put sand, marbles or rocks in your balloon weights, these items can damage the pools filtration system if one happens to break.
  • Do not run lines in the pool if people will be swimming as it can cause swimmer to become tangled.
  • Careful not to over inflate balloons exposed to sun, heat, pools with chlorine.
I look forward to seeing photos from your next pool installation! Your Partner in Success, Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Enjoy our free Ezine with Interviews, tips and hints from Balloon Professionals http://Elevated.Events If you would like more training in the industry or business coaching check out our services on BalloonBossPro.com

 

Great Alternative to Helium Balloons for Outdoor Events!

Great Alternative to Helium Balloons for Outdoor Events!

Have you ever had a client call you and ask you to create something outdoors that you did not want to do? I have been working in the balloon industry full time since 2003, and over the years I have learned that my #1 job is to go with my gut, and educate my clients on solutions that I can feel confident setting up for their event that will look the best to give them the results that want – but sometimes NOT be what they originally ask for. Many times I refer to the saying, “we don’t know, what we don’t know”. Professional balloon decor is not something most people have experience with. When they think balloons, they think helium, they are not aware of air filled decor, framing. and for that matter most do not know that Balloon Decor is a growing international career for thousands of people around the world.   I had a client call and say that she wanted to order 30, 3 ft. helium balloons to fly above tents for an outdoor event. I did what I always do and asked for a few more details. Found out they were holding an Ice Cream Festival and wanted to put the balloon on all the ice cream vendors tents. Now it was my time to educate. I said 3 ft balloons are a great way to mark the tents. However, I prefer NOT to use Helium whenever possible outdoors if there is another alternative that might be even better. If it rains, the helium balloon can come down to the ground and pop. RED outdoors attracts a ton of sun and tends to pop more than lighter colors. I’d love to use white or pink. She said NOPE it has to be red! I let her know that I would not promise the life of a 3ft. red outdoor in direct Florida sun and heat. They will look great when I first put them up – but they may pop during the day. She said she was willing to take the risk. I had her sign that on the contract! I suggested we make mini Ice Cream cones under each 3 ft. balloon to have fun with the theme of the event and put it on a pole that I could zip tie to the tent pole legs and fly about the tent so it would not blow down if it happened to rain or be a super windy day. (I use a 10 foot, 1/2 inch EMT) I Inflated the red 3 foot balloons to full size, let the air out and sized to 2 ft., I used 16 inch, 11 inch and 9 inch undersized yellow for the cones. Client loved it! It was a Very windy day so I was glad I was not installing Helium. At the end of the full day event about 1/3 of the red balloons had popped, as I had warned…but they had lasted the majority of the event which was good to know. The pink ice cream cone I set up for the photo opp at the end of the day looked just like it did when I set it up! Things that I learned from this event: I was delighted that I stuck with my gut and encouraged client not to use helium for the event. I was glad my contract stated I’m not responsible for balloons popping when exposed to sun, heat, weather etc. We are the balloon professionals, most of our clients have NO IDEA what is possible with balloons. I encourage you to keep educating yourself no matter how long you have been in the industry. The Balloon Industry has a great amount of training available in person and online. Get as much of it as you can! As a balloon professional it is important to do research to see how balloons hold up in your environment. I do several test throughout the year of how balloons react to the sun and heat outdoors in Florida where I live. I encourage you to do the same types of test so you can confidently speak to your clients about what to expect. Some of those results and videos are in my facebook group, come join the conversation if you are working on your career in balloons. Balloon Coach Community   If you would like to increase your skills and confidence in how to create sturdy outdoor framing and designs Chris Potts of Balloon Masters in Buffalo New York shared his tips from over 25 years of experience in one of our webinars, Outdoor decor and tracking your $$$ You can purchase the replay for $50, or join our Balloon Boss Mastermind Program for online support, group coaching and access to all our past webinars (including this outdoor webinar) with tips and hints from successful business owners. Save time and money by learning from others mistakes and successes to grow your Thriving Balloon Business even quicker!   Your Partner in Success,         Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Create Your Thriving Balloon Business Balloon Boss Mastermind  

Things to do before attending a balloon convention

Things to do before attending a balloon convention. Here is the Recording from our Live Webinar, hope you enjoy! Look forward to seeing YOU at an industry convention!   Congrats you have invested in attending a convention to elevate your balloon business! No matter if this is your first convention or 25th convention, here are some steps to follow to make the most of your investment! # 1 Reserve your hotel room #2 Set up to have a room-mate if you need someone to share expenses with Things to ask potential room mate – I have heard many horror stories from conventions past when people room with people they have never met. I know people who ended up sleeping in the tub or on the floor in someone else’s room to escape some crazy stuff!
  • sleep habits
  • smoker or non smoker
  • likes to turn room into a bar or likes to go to bed early
  • Snore?
  • Light sleeper?
  • Allergies to perfume or foods you love?
  • Shower Morning or night – how much time do they take?
#3 Schedule travel early to get best rates. Check on shuttles, Uber, Lyft, to the airport etc. #4 If driving, note if there is a daily parking fee at the hotel #5 Visit the website for the convention and take time to review the information!
  • Print the Event Schedule
  • Print the Class Descriptions
  • Print the Class Schedule
  • Look and see who the staff are, find out a bit about them
  • Check out the competitions and deadlines to enter
  • Review the classes and make your tentative schedule
#6 Take time to fill out the Registration forms and get them back to the producers to make their life a little easier (and save you time on site). Putting on a convention is a HUGE undertaking, help them help you by doing things in a timely manner. #7 Make an email file folder on your computer for ALL emails about the event to go in
  • Make it a habit to put all the notes there
#8 Make sure you are on the group Facebook page for the event and either turn on the notification or check it often to see new info. #9 Select your classes wisely; take time to really review the information Click on the link below and print this worksheet to help you with your decisions Picking your Class Schedule
  • If 2 or more people from the same company are attending the convention, it is best to divide and conquer. Learn as much as you can. You may take 1 or 2 key classes together, but splitting up gets you the most information.
As mentioned, putting on a convention is a huge undertaking. Take time to thank the producers, staff, instructors and sponsors. One way to show your support is by purchasing items from those folks at the vendor showcase, or if they sell from a class etc. No, you can’t purchase everything. But realize the reason people are selling items is to help make back the money they invested in the event. I do my best to support distributors that attend conventions and that provide education for the industry (something to think of next time you go to look for who to buy your balloons from).                   Packing List for Convention  
  • Positive Mental Attitude
  • Smile and a good handshake
  • Check what the size and weight requirements are for your airline
  • Put suit cases out a week in advance so you are not totally rushed at the end.
  • Hotel and Plane Reservation numbers in my calendar
  • Deleting photos from Phone and Tablet, camera or purchasing additional cards to have room for over 1,000 photos!
  • Pack a lot of business cards! You are meeting hundreds of new people it’s great to share cards to network after event
  • Portfolio or marketing materials that you may share during conversation to get ideas from others on improvements you can make
  • Bring a special baggie or ladies even a cosmetic bag to put all the business cards in of the people you meet.
  • Pack your Power Cord for all electronics (WBC 2012 Jani Blocker was nice enough to buy me a universal power cord when I left my laptop cord at home – not cheap!)
  • Pack an extension cord they come in handy in your hotel room since we all have so many electronics! Make sure it is 3 prong, 3 plug end or power strip
  • If you have a back up power pack or battery for your phone – bring it!
  • Chap Stick
  • Hand lotion
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Logo Clothing to show off your brand
  • Backpack or day bag to keep your notebook, notes etc in from class to class
  • Clothing for the Awards Dinner, and anything within theme or fun for other parties and special events.
  • At least 1 Pair of scissors in your checked luggage
  • Hand pump for jams
  • Vitamins or Emergen-C! Typically you get lack of sleep and you are hanging out with about 800 people so keeping healthy is key!
  • Notebook, it’s nice to have extra Pad of paper for notes
  • Pens – easy to lose a pen or run out of ink
  • Highlighter if you like to highlight notes during class
  • Gum/Mints
  • Travel cup or money to buy one to have beverages in class and in your room
  • Travel Kleenex
  • Nail Clippers and file, with all the balloon work you are bound to break a nail!
  • Static spray
  • Swimsuit
  • FILES for the weeks events. If you are running crews while you are away and plan to be in touch with your crew. Email the information to yourself if you wish to review.
  • $$$$ You will want to have some cash and credit cards ready for meals and purchasing items from vendors
  • IF at all possible plan for a full 8 hours of sleep night before your flight. Once you get to convention it is easy to lose track of time and be up in the lobby talking to a new friend til all hours of the night and morning!
TIPS While at Convention Make friends with someone who has a car or split Taxi or Uber cost and run to a store to grab snacks and food for your room to reduce food cost. Volunteer to work on the hands on builds, teacher prep, or competition teams to learn new techniques and make new friends. Be proud to say “Hey, I helped make that and I know with confidence I can recreate for my client” When meeting new people that you do not want to forget take a photo of them with their name tag up by their face, this way when you return home and your memory is mush from meeting hundreds of new people you will easily be able to reference back to who is who! 2014-03-28 21.13.42 2014-03-28 21.13.47   Brenda Eng and Pearlyn Tam from Singapore After meeting at WBC they then came back to the USA for FLOAT 2014, and then WBC 2016, I enjoy spending time with people from around the world that share my passion for the Balloon Industry! Lots of fun memories are about to be created!       Eat meals with different people. It’s great to see old friends, but make some new ones too! IF you are not an outgoing person,and have a hard time meeting new people, relax and say hello! Networking is one of the main reasons I attend conventions. YES I want to learn from the classes. But the friendships I have made over the years from conventions have been my support system to grow my company and lead to many wonderful travels. *** Remember, lots of business cards!**   COME introduce yourself to me at my classes at Ballooniversity Classroom to Client – Tips on Selling the Decor you learn to create. The Power of a Press Release – Make a quick return on your investment with Free Press! Wishing all Safe travels! Click below for details on the next BalloonCoach.com workshop Promotions & Profits Orlando, Oct 11 – 14th, 2017 Your Partner in Success! Joette Signature 1             Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. BalloonBossPro.com           Enjoy our Monthly Ezine http://elevated.events          

Neon Party Tips

Neon Party Tips

When you have a neon themed event the way to make it amazing is by using professional neon balloons and adding professional UV lighting. As a balloon decor company, informing your client from the start that the NEON balloons do not just GLOW on their own is really important. Here is a video you can use to show them the neon balloon with regular lighting in a ballroom, and then turning off the overhead lights and turning on the UV lighting. For the decor in this video I rented lights from a local DJ/Lighting company. Click here for Video If you are asked to do neon parties often you may wish to invest in the lights yourself and rent them directly. UV floods and cannons give off the most light. I have had clients in the past tell me they went to a box store and bought the black light bulbs and would be putting them in each light in the banquet room. I told them in advance that that would not work and if they returned the light bulbs and put the money towards professional lighting they would be thrilled with the result. They did not listen and the lighting they went to so much time and trouble to put up did not work. I use that example often with my clients now so they can learn from that situation and make their choice based on the effect they really want to achieve. balloon-coach-neon-curtain-in-regular-light               Room with the regular room lights on – fun neon balloons by Betallatex…the WOW happens when the lights go off! Bead curtain created with pipe and drape supports (you can also make out of EMT conduit and balloon base plates). 12 Inch Betallatex Link o loons, with 660 accents on the top. 2017 made out of 660’s and 5 inch neons, attached to the airwall with the new Mini Clik-Clik Magnets! (Not all air walls are magnetic you will want to check before offering to your client). balloon-coach-neon-curtain-room-btg-2016                 Professional UV lighting, room lights off ballooncoach-com-neon-curtain-uv-lighting Create a Wow when you guest walk through a larger than life balloon bead curtain entrance out of neon balloons! ballooncoach-com-neon-full-room-uvlights This hotel ballroom had 22 ft ceilings, was 35 ft wide and 55 ft deep. We used 2 UV Flood Lights, 2 UV Cannons and 2 UV bar lights to focus light on the entrance, 2017 and then cover the ceiling decor. All the lights were on the ground and aimed up, as I did not want to have to transport the extra light stands. When you work with a professional lighting company or DJ, they often have their UV Floods and Light Bars up on stands and you MIGHT be able to get away with few lights. The KEY is to let the lighting company or DJ know what was used in this photo and that the GLOW factor is really important for your event.   The other option is to purchase your own UV lighting to rent to your clients as part of your decor packages. ADJ is the brand of light used in the photos above, the UV FLOODs are great, along with the Eco UV Bar lights.             Another brand of lighting you can purchase on amazon is

OPPSK UV LED Bar with 9LEDx3W Black Light, Metallic Black

  Fill the ceiling with “giant glow stick garland” using 660’s with 5 inch quads between them to bring your ceiling to life! Chandeliers made out of 660’s, Link o loons, 5 inch and the clear polk a dot neon. Centerpieces created with 5 inch, 5 packs and a White polk a dot neon, under inflated to not be too big on the table. Lot’s of events love NEON themes including: Sweet 16, Homecoming, Prom, Class Reunions, Corporate Parties, Flash back events. Grab some balloons and UV lighting to create dynamic effects for your clients! THANK YOU to the team of Balloon Professionals that created the Neon Decor in Orlando at the BalloonCoach.com Bridge the Gap to Success Workshop. The “reveal” happened during lunch on our first day of classes! Thank you Betallatex for sponsoring the balloons. Balloons installed to the ceiling using large ring Clik Magnets and the 23 ft tall Lime Monster Pole, and Mag Mover from Clik -Clik. If you are reading this and NOT a professional balloon decorator email joette@ballooncoach.com to find a local decorator in your area. Hope you enjoy these Neon Party Tips, I look forward to seeing your photos of decor. #ballooncoachjoette when you post..I’d love to see your work!   For more information on building a Thriving Balloon Business, join Balloon Boss Mastermind for Balloon Tips and business building steps with support in a Group Coaching Setting   If you are looking for hands on balloon training to increase your confidence in creating and selling balloons join Balloon Coach, Joette Giardina at her Yearly Promotions & Profits Retreat in Orlando or check out her upcoming teaching stops at BalloonBossPro.com Your Partner in Success, Joette Signature 1             Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Create your Thriving Balloon Business BalloonBossPro.com  

Fall & Halloween Balloon Ideas

Fall & Halloween Balloon Ideas The following photos are from Florida Balloon Network held Sept 19th in Orlando. Florida Balloon Network was created by Blenda Berrier, Balloon Construction Company, Jacksonville Florida, and Joette Giardina, BalloonCoach.com, Lakeland Florida. Our goal is to create and online and in person Network for Balloon Professionals in Florida to strengthen our industry, support each other, be able to refer work to others and have partners to work with when extra hands are needed on an event. We meet every other month. If you are a Florida Resident request to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/1553973618160686/ fbn-group-working-sept-2016                     Thank you Betallic, Betallatex and Qualatex for providing balloons for the network to create with. You Sell what you Share! It’s great to get together with others and be creative and then be able to sell new ideas to your clients. Feel free to recreate the items we are sharing in the photos..that’s what they are for! These ideas are great for Halloween parties, fall festivals, decorating an office or storefront. Printed 646 by Betallic with their Mega Bright Candy corn shape on top is a Sure Treat for Halloween! 2016-09-19-13-13-36The little Trick or treater is adorable! 2016-09-19-12-12-03 fbn-photo-frame-misha-in-it                       Linking arch was designed by Johnathon Fudge and put together with a team at the meeting. fbn-sept-2016-post-johnathon-and-group-arch fbn-marlee-joette-smile-arch                           Qualatex Jack faces links are happy on one side, scary the other. 2016-09-19-12-18-04                                       Betallic Sugar Skulls added to the arch 2016-09-19-12-10-10 Awesome 5 ft tall Scarecrow 2016-09-22-14-22-58                                 Fun Fall Columns 2016-09-19-15-21-40 2016-09-19-14-38-38 2016-09-19-15-09-512016-09-19-14-37-23   2016-09-19-13-26-24                     For monthly webinars and training head to BalloonBossPro.com   Hope your Halloween is full of more Treats than Tricks!!! Your Partner in Success,   Joette Giardina, CBA Mentor. Motivator. Speaker. Free Monthly Ezine http://elevated.events Join our Monthly Webinars and check out our Hands on Workshops to take you business to New Heights!              

What if Your Balloon Pops?

What if Your Balloon Pops?

What happens if your balloon pops bc I have been seeing a lot of photos shared recently with Paint inside of balloons…beautiful effect but the Corporate Event Planner in me can’t help but think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS? I have been blessed over the years to work in some beautiful venues and huge Estates. One of my first thoughts is always about making sure I cause no damage to the venue or clients home with the decor I’m creating. I’ll never forget being on location at a brand new bank where we were asked last minute to inflate more Latex balloons with hi float, and one burst! Hi float all over me, my hair, and part of a balloon stuck to the wall of the conference room.
Good thing is from experience I knew that Hi float will wash out of my clothes and the wall with water…so I rushed to the bathroom to get paper towels and water. Due to this experience, that is vivid in my mind…When I see Paint in the balloons (especially bubbles as I don’t know if the paint can dry since it’s not exposed to air…I’ve not given it a try yet…if anyone has tested it please let me know.) All I can think of is what damage flying paint could do to walls, carpet, furniture etc. Personally I do not plan to ever offer that option to my client, as I would hate to have the bill to replace furniture, carpet etc or just be responsible for the cleaning bill for a Wedding dress, Prom dress or Tux that is covered in paint from my burst balloon! As Professional Balloon Artist I think it’s really important for us to always consider the what if’s. IE anything that you place inside the balloons…when the balloon pops it’s going to go Everywhere…DO you have a vaccume in your delivery vehicle? Broom and dust pan? Rags, water to clean a mess etc. KEY is in our profession as we continue to branch out and create new techniques, designs and lovely pieces of art and want to be respected as professionals in the events industry as a whole, it’s very important we think about all the possible outcomes…As you create…always think, What Happens if Your Balloon POPS and plan and prepare accordingly.
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