So…did any of you attend the CM "Premier" Event yesterday at the Sheraton in downtown Atlanta?
I wasn't sure if my pre-registration had been accepted, but I took a chance & dashed downtown at the last minute to see the latest from Creative Memories. I haven't bought anything from CM in years, but I love some of the trusty tools I collected from them years ago, so I thought it would be fun to check out their latest. After all, they are the ones that got me into all of this in the first place 😉
Now, let me say that I have never been to an event for a direct-selling organization. My expectations must have been completely off base! I arrived about 30 minutes late, at 2pm, for the 1:30 – 3:30 show. After getting shuffled around up & down the stairs a few times, I signed-in, showed my photo ID, got my "goodie" bag, and made my way into a dark, nearly full auditorium.
This was a surprise. I had expected bright lights & excitement. Instead, I found an audience, seated in the dark, listening to a speaker up on stage under a spotlight.
As it turns out, the CM Premier Event was an "inspirational" session for current CM consultants. Several people talked about how they had joined CM 10-15 years before and that it had become an important part of their lives through business successes achieved & friendships built. The stories were all positive and many were heartwarming.
The current CM consultants surrounding me seemed to be encouraged by the stories. And when the big new product reveal occurred around 3pm, CM consultants around me were cheering & whistling in excitement about its new features. Clearly, the Storybook Creator Plus 3.0 has some cool bells & whistles for the digital scrapbooker to be excited about!
But for me, the nonCM tradtional scrapper, I didn't get much out of it. (Other than a goody bag containing a CM catalog, an 8×8 CM album, and a sign-up sheet & contract to become a CM consultant 😉
Maybe I left too early. Since the presentations weren't as, err, exciting as I'd hoped, I did slip out the back after 90 minutes. As I left, they were showing a video on CM's involvement with the Make A Wish Foundation. Later there was to be an opportunity in another room to see the new products and talk with the speakers, etc. THAT might have been more fun, but I don't know if that was just for the CM consultants or if it was for us regular folk too — since our invites had been specifically for 1:30 – 3:30 (my departure time) and for the ballroom (auditorium) area.
So: Did any of you go? Were your impressions different from mine? What were CM's goals in opening the event to the public? Do you think they accomplish what they'd hoped?