Received a letter in the mail stating I was "nominated" to become an elite member of the National Association of Professional Women. Now I typically trash these come-ons as I see them for the scam they are. But this held my interest...for about a week. And that was only because I was trying to pad my resume. And the mailing never stated a fee for this club. Wow, could it be? A free membership? Well I eventually pitched it, thinking it couldn't be true, and then regretted it. So I got online and signed up. DUMB MOVE! About a week later I get a call at work from a lady who stated they were "reviewing" my application, as if I had to be approved. So I jumped in the conversation with "I did get a letter a while back saying I was already accepted!" with kid like pride and giddy glee. She then continued with the interrogation digging into my education, my goals and my extracurricular activities. It started to feel invasive. I was embarrassed I didn't belong to 20 other groups outside of work. Then the pitch was thrown.....batter up! "Congratulations! Your accomplishments qualify you to be in the Elite membership." Phew! I was approved. Not sure why I had a sigh of relief but I did. Then the boom was lowered. She stated for all the exposure and seminars and networking the fee was only "nine eighty-nine". Okay..."989" can be taken a number of ways. First my brain processed $9.89, which seemed odd. Most organizations are at least $150/year, so I thought this might be the monthly amount, so I was good with it but said I would need to think about it. And she stated "Oh, is it a financial issue for you?" I replied with "Yes, and I need to speak with others (my husband) about this before going forward". And would you believe it, the price dropped to $789/year? Again, I did not cave and she came back with yet ANOTHER price reduction to $489/year. Really? Wow, that's interesting. So being stubborn like I am, I replied that I would still need to consult others first, and how I found it odd that these dues are not on their website. She went on for minutes in regard to the benefits received for that money. Then she came back with "I will sign you up for a membership reserved for non-profits at $199/year". Gee, didn't know I was that bad off. Suppose my heels were dug in deep at that point and she came back AGAIN with ANOTHER rate of $99/year! So in a somewhat short phone conversation the dues went from $989 to $99. I felt like I was at the Dollar Store! AMAZING! And as I asked her for contact info and how I could think about it and get back with her she quickly shut the conversation down and hung up. WOW....now who is the "professional" woman???
So I will not give $989, nor $789, nor $489, nor $199, nor $99, not a pence to them. A lot of the training they and others provide is available for FREE at the good old library!
Now NAPW might be a great organization, but they really need to get their act together on dues and how they are recruiting. If the organization is good, they shouldn't have to recruit. Women talk, it's what we do best, word will spread and you won't have to pay people on a phone bank to do it. Word is spreading about NAPW, and it ain't good.....so take note if you have ovaries, because they will be looking for you, as you are awesome and newly nominated!