Remember that episode of the apprentice when they had to sell stuff on a shopping channel? Well it was my turn on Saturday night when I appeared on QVC's Small Office Home Office show to sell Home and Student Edition at the very good price of £63.24. It was good experience and there are few things I would do differently next time but all good learning. Here's the video of my 4 mins of fame - that was all it took to sell out and I barely had time to show off a smart art before they moved on.
All the demo files I prepared were using Office Online templates - and a real Chemistry project from when I was 13. If you fancy the look of the Rugby World Cup tracker spreadsheet I show, here is a part populated version.
In the green room there was a chatty supportive camaraderie amongst the guests and everyone cheered if someone managed to sell out their stock. It was a bit of a shock to find out though that the planners had put Star Office 8 and Microsoft Office back to back on the same show - this only serves to split sales. Luckily Tom George from Avanquest who was selling Star Office was a top chap and although not happy about it, did switch to selling his photo project product instead. He sold quite a lot of it too - quite impressive since it seemed to me it was a duplication of what is already in windows Vista anyway.
We all sat in this little room watching the numbers of calls and sales on this little teletext style screen readout. The whole thing is filmed in a small studio where they have three sets in different corners and just swivel round from one to the next as they switch products. It's amazing to see the sales too - even in a quiet hour up against X-factor, they can shift a lot of units in a few minutes. I may well be on again this weekend if I have time. If you would like me to demo Office at your wedding or bar mitzvah do get in touch.