Trish Brisbane. I learned about Essential Bodywear while looking online for current Direct Selling Association (DSA) companies. Prior to my search, I had never heard of EBW, nor did I know anyone who had. In 2014, My husband and I moved to Traverse City, Michigan, leaving my full-time job of nine years in the public sector. At that point, I knew I didn’t want to return to that type of work environment. I attended a Women’s Expo and met Essential Bodywear Independent Representatives, Jackie Vallier and Millie Heinz, which was where I received my first EBW fitting. Once I tried on the popular EBW Abbie Bra and Essential Cami, I was HOOKED! Having been a sales representative for another DSA company from 1991 to 2001 and enjoyed the flexibility, I decided to sign up as a new Rep with Essential Bodywear under Jackie as soon as I got home that day.
My sister held my first home party and I had nearly 20 women in attendance who were new to EBW. I attribute the success of that first party to my sister’s diligence in contacting and following-up with her wonderful guests and also my helpful up line, Jackie Vallier. Jackie sat down with each guest after receiving their professional fitting and helped them complete their order. Teamwork, baby!
Although I haven’t been with EBW for very long, I have gained so many wonderful friendships with other EBW Bra Ladies I’ve met since joining. My advice to new Representatives is to ask questions and to not be afraid to tell ladies what you do when the opportunity arises. It’s OK to make mistakes, just be honest when you do and learn from them.
One of my favorite quotes I live by is to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Treat your customers and hostesses like you would want to be treated and I believe you will succeed in one way or another.
In my spare time, I enjoy a lot. Summertime in Michigan is brief but beautiful. My husband works out of state during the week, so our time together is very limited. When we can, we LOVE to go kayaking. Our favorite place to kayak is the Lower Platte River in Honor, Michigan. It meanders out to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan and it’s our happy place. My husband and I have 7 children between us, 6 daughters and 1 son, along with 3 granddaughters with another one due in July! Spending time with our granddaughters is our joy … pure joy!