Let’s face it, corporate events can be boring. We’ve all seen 100 or more people, dressed in uncomfortable suits, sitting in uncomfortable chairs and listening to endless speeches and presentations before watching the monotony of awards being handed out. If all of these boring parts are a necessity in the event, then what is the secret to making certain that your employees actually have a good time and look forward to the next company banquet? The answer is good entertainment. All you need to do is to include solid entertainment that’ll leave a positive, lasting impression that’ll have your guests actually looking forward to the next company event. Finding solid entertainment, that’s suitable for the corporate environment, can be a daunting task. In this article, you will learn a few tips and tricks that’ll make your discovery of the perfect entertainer for your corporate event a piece of cake.
The first step is to find entertainment that will have your guests laughing out loud with clean humor that is corporate-friendly. Corporate events are often filled with boring and quiet moments that consist of sitting still and listening intently while trying not to doze off. Comedy is the key to mix up the emotions in the room. Laughter is a great release of tension and actually aids in heightening awareness and memory, and it creates a lasting sense of well-being. Choosing entertainment that evokes laughter does not necessarily mean that you’ll need to hire a stand-up comedian, although this isn’t a bad idea, assuming that the comedian you choose fits the bill of a “corporate appropriate” entertainer. Many other forms of entertainment do the same by combining comedy with juggling, magic, mind-reading or even ventriloquism. By choosing one of these, know as variety acts, you not only give your guests the chance to laugh, but you also stimulate them visually which can add even more entertainment value to the experience. The key is finding entertainment that will supply your audience with a change of pace, that is different to the pace of the meeting and allow your guests to actually loosen up and have some good clean fun.
When choosing your entertainment, it is also important to choose someone who specializes in entertaining at corporate events. You wouldn’t want to bring in a comedian, for example, who is used to working late night comedy clubs. Here you risk being embarrassed when the comic’s jokes begin to become offensive or embarrassing to the audience. Comedy club comedians are used to having an R rating and are free to say and do whatever they like in order to obtain a laugh. While that might work well in a comedy club environment on a Friday night with a drunken crowd, it is not something that you want to forcefully expose your event attendees to. This is why it is vital to find an entertainer who advertises that he or she works clean and also that he or she is comfortable working in the corporate environment. If you’re searching for your entertainer on Google, be sure to include words like “corporate entertainer” or “corporate magician” in your search. This will at least ensure that the performers you find have built their act for the corporate audience and will lessen your risk of embarrassment during the event.
Now, let’s say that you’ve found a possible entertainer’s website and you’re considering hiring them for your corporate event. The most important thing that you must see on his or her website is a video clip of live performances. Never hire a corporate entertainer blindly without seeing a video, and this video must have been filmed during a live show. It is too easy these days, with Photoshop, iMovie, etc., for people to make themselves look like Las Vegas-stars using flashy video clips that were shot in a studio without a live audience. Studio videos like this will give you no real idea of what the performer is like during an actual show. You cannot afford to take a risk and simply hope that their studio video-shoot will play equally well under the pressure of a live corporate audience. You might also want to do a quick search of the performer’s name on Youtube to see what other types of videos are out there, including videos posted from other sources. Also, make certain that these videos are shot in a professional environment. If a corporate entertainer has only one video, which was shot in a single location, it might indicate that he or she doesn’t actually have much experience. Most professional corporate entertainers perform 50 – 500 shows a year. With everyone on the planet having a video camera in their phones, it should be impossible that the performer, if they’re actually out there working, does not have video clips from numerous events and sources.
Now that you’ve found the perfect entertainer for your corporate event, the final step to to book the act. Make certain that you’re aware of all of the requirements that the performer will need. Will they need a certain size stage, special lighting, sound equipment, etc. As most working entertainers maintain a very busy schedule, it is important to contact the potential entertainer well before the event. By waiting until the last minute, the chance that your ideal entertainer is free is slim. Full-time corporate entertainers are generally booked anywhere from 2 months to 2 years in advance. All that’s left, is to sit back and enjoy the show and, if all goes as planned, you will look like a genius for finding the perfect act for your event.
Chad Chesmark is a full-time corporate entertainer who specializes in comedy magic & mind-reading. He is available to perform stage shows as well as close-up table to table magic. For more information, please visit www.ChadChesmark.com