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Ready, Set, Earn! New Troop Leader Series

January 28, 2014

By Tiffany Haywood, Daisy Troop Leader

Girl Scout - NC Coastal Pines Cookie SaleThis week we had our very first Troop Meeting since the holiday break AND our local Cookie Rally!  We were so excited!  Ummm…WE being the Troop Leaders!  We couldn’t wait to get our girls ready and prepped for the Cookie Sale including learning how to set their goals and how to approach the customers and earn!

That’s right folks, it’s more than just “Do you want to buy some cookies?”  Even at the Daisy and Brownie levels, we teach the girls how to introduce themselves, the Troop and the product.  We also make certain each girl knows how to be safe, to be confident and to be successful right from the beginning.

We decided the best way to teach the girls were to divide and conquer different aspects of the Cookie Sale. I focused on teaching the girls the value of the money – how much we earn for each box we sell, how to tell the customer the prices, and even how to know what more than one box will cost.   There is nothing that can give you more confidence than knowledge.

In addition to teaching the girls the costs we also shared how achieving their sales goals they will help them earn rewards and prizes.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines along with the cookie baker’s website allows the girls to track their progress, badges, and rewards and recognition throughout the sale.

After I had my lesson time with the Daisies we came together with our Brownies to practice our customer service skills .  My Daisies were the customers and our Brownies were the sellers.   Since this is their first year selling we had them approach as if in a door-to-door situation. As they went through each step we coached them.

After all our prep, our girls are out and ready to sell! To all you Troop Leaders out here – tell me how your cookie sale is going or post questions for me in the comments below!

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5 Tips for Selling Girl Scout Cookies

January 6, 2014

Ami P., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

Girl Scout Cookie SaleWhether it is your first year or your fifth year participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, each year is always different and exciting!

As I enter my eighth and final year of selling Girl Scout cookies I thought I’d pass along a few helpful tips things I’ve learned along the way.

Here are my five tips from a long-time cookie seller on how to stay safe, be efficient, and sell a lot of Girl Scout cookies this season!

1. Wear Your Uniform! 

Nothing says Girl Scouts like wearing your vest or sash! By wearing your uniform you immediately let customers know who you are and what you are selling. Personally introducing yourself helps create a comfortable atmosphere and gives you the opportunity to establish a long-lasting relationship with a potential reoccurring customer.!

2. Safety First!

When selling cookies – whether at a cookie booth, during walkabout week or going door-to-door, remember to always put safety first! Make sure you have a parent or adult with you at all times and try to sell with a fellow Girl Scout from your troop or area.

3. Make Recommendations!

If a potential customer shows no interest in buying cookies, recommending a personal favorite may cause them to rethink their decision. Often times, customers will be hesitant on making a choice and would benefit from your help. Make sure you have some handy tidbits of information handy about each cookie. Using these awesome Cookie Sale lanyards (created by Wake 16) is a great way to keep information close!

4. Suggest Alternative Options!

Not all fans of Girl Scout cookies can consume them due to diets, allergies, religious reasons, etc. Although it is important to respect these decisions, you can make suggestions such as Operation Cookie Drop, buying cookies as a gift, or simply making a donation to Girl Scouts to support girls across our 41 counties.

5. Create A Memorable Bond! 

As you sell cookies, create personal bonds with your customers to create customers for life. Making conversation (see tip #1) is a great first step to generating repeat customers. Tell customers why you joined Girl Scouts, what you plan to do with your cookie proceeds, or all the fun you’re having as a way to stand out. Also, writing thank you notes to customers such as friends, family, neighbors, or teachers is a great way to encourage people to buy cookies from you next year and for years to come!

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