Sunday, February 13, 2005

A Lesson Learned

I learned a valuable lesson this year at the Tucson Bead Show. I was invited to teach at "To Bead True Blue". I accepted a verbal contract to teach two class at a set rate. Each class had a limit of 12 students. For each class I prepared 12 kits and written instructions. I arrived a half hour early prepared to teach my first class which was a beaded bead. I was met at the door by a concerned vendor who heard a rumor that another vendor/teacher had been asked to teach my class because Anna did not want to pay me for teaching the class with only 3 students. The vendor/teacher told Anna no she would not teach my class. My next step I sought out Anna and asked her if she was going to pay me. She said yes and told me I could sell my books and kits at the table while I was teaching. I sold a few books and kits during my class. After the class I asked Anna when she was going to pay. She told me at the end of the show. She said if she did not get more to sign up for the class on Saturday she would have to cancel it without pay. The reason being she did not know if she would make a profit from the show. I told her you do not invite someone to teach and not pay them. I was told I could set up and sell what I had brought to make up the difference. I did not come prepared to set up a booth and sell. I came prepared to teach. I did not have enough inventory or the set up to display for selling. For that reason I declined the offer. Friday night I was at dinner with my family and I got a call on my cell phone at 7:40 pm from Anna. She told me my Saturday class was cancelled and I would not be getting paid for it. I was very disappointed with the professional ethics displayed at this show. Number One: It is unethical to ask another teacher to teach another teacher's class. Number Two: You don't invite a teacher to teach a class and not pay them. I was not the only teacher who's class was cancelled without pay. The lesson I learned, do not accept an offer to teach with out a written contract.


Joan of Ark said...

Good Heavens, Bev! How terrible! I can't imagine a reputable vendor sinking that low. I guess it just shows that trust can still be misplaced no matter how old or experienced we are.
Joan of Ark

The bad Liz said...

Bev - that is really awful news. This is not a vendor who will be in business for long it this is how she practices her business etiquette!

Evalynne said...

That's terrible, Bev! I know this vendor will lose her credibility; word will get around. I wish you could come to teach in CO at the Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar in April! I would be honoured to take one of your classes.


Red said...


That is atrocious behavior on
Anna's part and I just e-mailed
to tell her so. Sent you a copy
of same!

Bad, bad, very bad and extraordinarily stupid on her


Nahani said...

Bev, you are such a professional designer and it's so sad that an organizer would get you and others to travel such a distance on your own funds, make kits for the classes and then be told that you would not be paid, much less teach your class. Not only is it an insult to you and the other teachers, but the entire beading community and it totally undermines our trust which is sad.

iwilli71129 said...

Bev - I was just dumbfounded. Hard to believe at such a large show someone would stoop so low... When you have an agreement you should stick to it.. I have to agree with Joan guess we never are too old to learn... I do not know this Anna nor do I wish to met her. See you in Shreveport if not before....

nangel9 said...

This story makes me sick to my stomach. After all of your hard work and effort to prepare for your classes...makes my blood boil!

This woman has made a major mistake. Word of this will circulate.

A hard lesson to learn for you Bev. Sorry you had to go through that! And sorry we didn't get to see each other!

Will be interesting to see what come of this. I'm drafting a letter to this so called organizer as we speak.

Beverly Herman said...

I want to thank you all for reading my story and the support you have shown. I felt it was important to share my experience.
I would not like to see this happen to any one else.

Sandi said...

How extremely unprofessional of Anna. I feel so sorry for you, Bev. You certainly were in the right on this. You had a contract and she backed out of it. She deserves all of the bad press she will get over this poor decision.