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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Corporate Event

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Corporate Event

Are you responsible for helping to plan a corporate event in the near future? If so, then of course you want everything to go off without a hitch — but that requires a great deal of careful planning. There’s a lot that can go wrong in planning a corporate event, but you can save yourself a great deal of hassle by avoiding these all-too-common corporate event mistakes. Failure to Hire Entertainment Even if the purpose of your event is to focus on the business (such as training), you should still make some time for entertainment to keep your attendees feeling excited and energized about being there. For example, in between presentations, you might consider having a live band perform, along with serving up some light snacks and refreshments. This will make your employees feel less like they’re being lectured to and more like they’re attending a fun event. If the event is strictly meant to show appreciation for employees, the entire event could revolve around entertainment. At a place like 401 Mini Indy mini golf and go karting provide your employees with a chance for a little competition and a time to unwind. Boring Guests With Speeches No matter what kind of corporate event you’re throwing — whether it be a training session, an awards ceremony, or a corporate holiday party — there’s a good chance that you’ll want to have some speeches delivered throughout the event. However, it’s also important to remember that being directly lectured to generally isn’t the best way to deliver information. Try to make things more fun by keeping speeches short and having more interactive experiences for your attendees; games, trivia, and video presentations can be a great way to keep your guests intrigued. Not Choosing a Date Carefully When planning a corporate event (especially one that’s outside of regular business hours), be sure to keep your employees’ schedules in mind. For example, you’ll want to be careful not to hold an event during popular vacation times for your employees. At the same time, if a lot of your employees are parents, then scheduling an event on a work night might not be ideal; a weekend might be a better choice. Not Allowing Enough Set-Up Time Finally, make sure that you incorporate plenty of set-up time into your venue reservation. However long you think set-up is going to take, double it and make sure you have the venue for at least that long before people start arriving. You never know what kinds of snags you might run into when it comes to setting up AV equipment, computers, and other forms of technology. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that planning goes as smoothly as...

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How To Be A Great DJ

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Be A Great DJ

If being a DJ is a dream you’ve always had, then you need to make sure you possess certain skills. Simply enjoying music and crowds won’t make you a great disc jockey. Here are tips you need to be an excellent and successful DJ. Know your basics You should know how to ‘scratch’, or manipulate your turntables so a unique sound is created out of music. The most basic scratch is called the ‘baby scratch‘, followed by the ‘scribble scratch’ and a ‘transformer scratch’. If you don’t know what these are or how to execute them properly, then training is likely what you need. There are DJ training courses that you can take over a period of a few weeks to a year to learn the tools you need to be an effective DJ for live performances. Create stage presence Being a DJ is not about putting the headphones on and scratching until your fingers bleed, it’s about engaging an audience. This is why so many DJs wear eccentric hair and clothing and have a unique stage name. Your outgoing personality needs to be amped up to get a crowd confident in your skills. You need to be willing to lead a crowd, stand up to criticism without causing contention, and generally be able to get a crowd pumped up for dancing and socialization. Come up with a unique stage name and style and maybe even a few dance moves to really get your crowds motivated. Keep learning Even the best DJs in the world know that there is always new equipment to learn about, new scratches that can be tried, and new styles of music they need to get used to. You never stop learning as a DJ. Visit conventions, seminars, or DJ parties to meet experienced disc jockeys who can teach you some new techniques. As you learn new moves and styles, you can incorporate them into your stage routine so your live shows really stand out to your clients. Being a DJ is a great career if you are willing to stick with it. You need basic training in order to get started, and continuing education will help you gain more success. As you come up with your stage presence and name, keep in mind that our outgoing personality and tenacity will help you get where you want to be. A successful DJ is one that is always willing to try something new and see if it matches their style.   For more information, contact a DJ service in your...

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Three Tips To Help You Succeed At Your First Open Mic Night

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips To Help You Succeed At Your First Open Mic Night

If you’ve often been told you have a great sense of humor and you enjoy making funny comments throughout the day, you might be interested in taking this skill to the stage. It might take a little time before you’re signed to a pay-per-view special, so why not start where virtually every other aspiring comedian began? Hitting a local comedy club on open mic night and performing a few minutes is terrifying — there’s no way to get around this emotion — but it’s also the best way to see if you’re cut out for comedy. Before you grab the microphone for the first time, here are three important tips to help make your act a winner. Be Original And Genuine One of the central keys to crafting a comedy act that people will enjoy is to be original. No one’s looking for an amateur to copy a well-recognized performer. Although every aspiring comedian has influences, try to determine your unique voice. Being genuine behind the microphone is something people will notice and gravitate toward. If you’re carrying a big-time persona onto the stage that doesn’t seem realistic, you’re risking coming off as being a little cheesy or unbelievable. Be yourself — you don’t have to take the common approach of using curse words or acting ticked off, for example, if these traits aren’t in the nature of your personality. Invite Friends And Family Members It’s a lonely feeling standing on the stage and looking out toward a sea of strangers, but having a few familiar faces in the crowd can quickly reduce your anxiety. Plus, you know these people are attending to support you and that they’ll laugh at even your weakest jokes, which might prompt others in the club to chuckle, too. Don’t forget the fact that comedy clubs are businesses that rely on cover charges and drink sales — if you show up with a crowd that spends money all evening, the club owner might remember you and invite you back. Be Prepared To Fail Ask 10 comics about their first open mic night and the vast majority of them will tell you that they bombed. Trying anything the first time puts you at risk of failing, but if you know that this first attempt is a learning experience, you’re already on the right track. Try to remember which jokes didn’t go over well and refine them before you hit the stage again. While it’s important to find your own voice, don’t be afraid to learn from those performing before and after you. The right timing can often be just as important as a funny punchline. Look here for more...

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