|Spiritual Leader Winston Mason teaches powwow volunteers|
In case you're wondering what a powwow is, for Native Americans it is a social gathering of sorts that includes singing and dancing. Some of them have dance competitions which are judged. There are a variety of dances for each category of dancer and social dances that allow people to chat and mingle. Where we live in Utah, Boy Scouts is popular and they hold merit badge powwows - completely different type of event. People often get confused between the two.
At the UVU powwow, I am in charge of registration and tabulating. I have developed my own program for adding up all the points and determining the winners and I have loved the challenge (except for the year when an electrical problem cleared out everything I had entered and I had to start over just 15 minutes before winners were to be announced).
- Talk to people as they walk by your table. They are more likely to stop and look.
- Talk to people as they look at your items. It can be very intimidating to the customer if they feel like you are just silently watching them and waiting for you to buy. Make them feel welcome at your "store."
- Don't be afraid to start showing off your items as the customer is looking. Some people are more likely to buy something if they know the story/history behind it, understand how it works, etc. Help them understand how much they need what you have for sale.
- Be open to other options. If they can't decide which of two items to buy, offer them a deal for both. Let them know about possible custom options you may be able to offer.