Unique Entertainment For Your Corporate Event

A successful corporate event will require the consideration of a number of factors. From the venue to the food and even the amount of guests to arrive; every aspect requires thorough planning in order to help the overall success of the evening. An often overlooked aspect of corporate events is the entertainment. With a wide range of event planning services at our disposal, it can be easy to allow an external company to run ahead with every aspect of our special event. However, this can often have disastrous results if our guests are not correctly catered for.

When choosing entertainment for your corporate event, you need to ensure that your performer is not only suitable for your event, but that their presence will help to create a fun and happy atmosphere for all involved. In some respects, the entertainment can even be the one aspect that ‘makes’ the evening for some guests.

There are a wide number of entertainers you can choose from for your event, such as magicians and live musical acts. However, over recent years, comedians have grown in popularity for corporate events as a more unique form of entertainment. Not only can a quality comedian provide the level of entertainment you require for your event, but they can help to make the event more memorable for your guests thanks to audience participation and additional aspects of their act such as singing and puppetry. What’s more, should you comedian be well chosen and a hit with the audience, it can also help to cement your reputation as the event planner.

Depending on the purpose of your corporate event, the entertainment may be a crucial part of the night, meaning that it is essential that you hire a comedian who is not only available and within your budget, but also one who is appropriate for the intended audience and willing to cater for your needs. So, whether the occasion is informal or formal, there are a number of considerations you should make when choosing your entertainer.

Being a corporate event, you will need to ensure that your chosen comedian is one who specializes in performing family-friendly comedy. Although there may be some guests who enjoy more extreme comedy, comedy does not need to be crude or offensive in order to be funny. To eliminate any offence caused to your guests, it is important that your comedian either specializes in suitable comedy, or is willing to devise a performance that caters for this requirement. Always arrange to see a preview of their performance before hiring them to be sure of this fact.

The details of their performance are also important. Whereas some comedians perform simple stand-up comedy, many are renowned for combining a number of creative outlets such as singing and props in order to enhance their routine. By identifying what the likes and dislikes of the guests will be, you will be more able to decide which type of performance will suit your corporate event best.

If in doubt when looking for unique entertainment for your corporate event, it is always advantageous to turn to the help of a professional entertainment company that specializes in providing quality entertainment for corporate events. The Grable Group, in particular, has concrete experience in providing organizations and communities across the country with the highest quality comedians and performers. Featuring talented comedians such as Taylor Mason, your event will be provided with family-friendly yet hilarious comedy which is guaranteed to keep all entertained. Skillfully combining ventriloquism with stand-up comedy and music, Taylor Mason has entertained some of the largest organizations in America today, including Walmart, Disney and McDonald’s to name but a few. Renowned for his audience participation performances, Mason’s show is the ideal entertainment for any corporate event that you don’t want forgotten in a hurry!

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A Perfect Party: Help Your Entertainer To Help You

As a London children’s entertainer of over 17 years experience, I’ve been to a fair few parties. How many I couldn’t possibly accurately calculate, but I’d hazard a guess that I’m probably past my thousandth party. With all this experience I’ve become acutely aware of what can make or break a children’s party, especially from the entertainer’s perspective. Ideally when hiring an entertainer, the intention is to have a fun party with as little stress as possible. This doesn’t come without some planning and the best parties come from good team work between the client and the entertainer. Communication is vital, make sure you spend some time chatting to your entertainer to make sure they know what they are doing. Personally I feel an entertainer who is willing to compromise and bend to all requests may suggest an entertainer with little or no experience. An experienced entertainer is a source of many hints and tips for making your party successful, so don’t be afraid of picking their brains. A wise client is one who listens to suggestions from the entertainer and works in conjunction with them. Good teamwork is essential for a smooth and calm party. I don’t know about you, but I like to avoid chaos at all costs.

Let’s start with BALLOONS.

Balloons. What party is complete without them? They provide instant festive decoration and are a party must. Right?

Right. But there are also times when balloons can be the cause of party chaos.

As an entertainer who wants to make sure my client’s party experience is a calm and controlled affair, I walk a tightrope of sergeant major/party-pooper. It’s a fine balance of keeping control but also not destroying the fun atmosphere. After all, fun is what a party is about. But out of control fun can soon descend into very unpleasant chaos. This is easily avoided though by taking some precautionary measures.

When clients book a party with me, I suggest to them that if they are having balloons, to make sure they are kept off of the floor.

Party-pooper alert? Hmm, maybe, but balloons are great fun to play with on the floor as long as there is no other planned activity going on. If you are having a free play /soft play session for your party, by all means cover the floor with balloons. They are a simple and cheap way of keeping small children busy. Combine balloons with a few bubbles and that is a party in itself. But and this is a big BUT if you have booked entertainment for the party, keep the focus on the booked entertainment. Children find it hard to focus on one thing if there are lots of other things going on at the same time and that inability to focus often leads to all-consuming chaos.

Keep balloons tied up and out of reach if you don’t want loose balloons to become bouncy weapons and missiles, perfect objects to hurl into puppet booths or bash puppets/entertainers/each other with.

Don’t underestimate the noise balloons can create when in a child’s grasp, the squeaking and bursting and general distraction they can cause can’t be over-emphasized.

Helium balloon ‘forests’ can be a beautiful decorative feature, but make sure that the dangling string is just out of children’s reach otherwise expect a few children to take on the role of chief balloon collector and claim them all. If there is to be a puppet show, make sure helium balloons are away from the front of the stage as the constant bobbing of the balloons can completely obscure the view for the majority of the audience and also risk popping on the hot lights. On that note, do bear in mind that some children are balloon phobic especially if they happen to be autistic and sensitive to noise. Balloons can then be a very terrifying thing, unpredictable and very loud when popped. We want to minimize tears and disruption and maximize fun by thinking in advance.

So to summarize:

Keep ‘air’ balloons off of the floor if you are having entertainment and use them for decoration and going away gifts at the end of the party.

Make sure the string of helium balloons is just above the reach of the tallest child at the party to minimize squabbles and disruption if you want to make a forest of helium balloons.

Tie helium balloons firmly to the child’s wrist on departure- they have a nasty habit of flying to the moon if you don’t. ( The balloons that is, not the children!)

Consider tying helium balloon to each of the chairs at the tea table. This is a great way of adding instant party pizzazz but keeps the balloons in a secure place.

Be mindful of any left over latex from burst balloons, small children can easily choke. In my time as an entertainer, adults have been known to use the stretchy stuff to make makeshift caterpaults to fire at the entertainer… Hmm. Not great. Silly grown-up’s hey?

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Live Entertainment

Using an entertainment agency can take away any headaches sourcing live entertainment can bring.When planning an important event such as wedding receptions, corporate events, birthday parties, school and university parties such as summer balls, it can sometimes feel daunting finding the right entertainment! You may want to look at hiring a soul and funk band, swing band, pop band, rock band, hire a cover band or hire a DJ but haven’t got a clue where to start looking, this is where an entertainment agency can really help. They will have a wide range of live acts available to hire and will also have the knowledge and experience to ensure you find exactly what you are looking for.

One of the most popular events to have live entertainment at is weddings. Weddings are a special occasion and one that should be celebrated to the maximum so why not add a bit of spice to the proceedings by including some first class entertainment. Deciding on a wedding band or wedding entertainment can make people feel pressure because you want your guests to have a great time. This is why you may want to consider dealing with an entertainment agency that has a lot of experience in this area. They can come as a great help as they can offer advice and guidance, making sure you find whats right for you and your guests.

Other popular events to have live music at are corporate events. Corporate parties including the works Christmas party can be one of the biggest events in a companies calender. You may have been put in charge of organising the event or be a boss that wants to reward all the hard working staff but haven’t got the time to put into making sure you get the right entertainment. After all, we are all busy enough as it is without having to do all the research it takes into ensuring that the works parties entertainment is great – this is why you may want to consider an entertainment agency to do the work for you. The variety of live acts available means that you will be spoilt for choice! Also they will have many reviews and testimonials that will help to reassure you that they have done this all before.

Whatever the event an entertainment agency can help and give you advice and guidance you need to make sure you find the live entertainment and wedding band you need!

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Professional Children’s Entertainers

The general most popular entertainment comes in the form of; clowns, ball pits, magicians, face painter, balloon models, bouncy castles, party games and live animals.

Clowns are a very good choice as they are funny and their main aim is to keep the children laughing. It’s usually a single entertainer working alone, which means it is a cheaper option that can have very good results. A common problem with clowns is that some children really aren’t fond of them, and this could create a bad atmosphere with children at the party or event.

Children’s magicians are able to create a great atmosphere in parties as the children are usually too young to understand what happens behind the illusions. Pretty much all kids will find this type of children’s entertainers very interested and as long as you hire one of the quality magicians they will have enough tricks to keep your children entertained for hours. If you’re looking for someone who can do balloon modelling most magicians will kill two birds with one stone; although there are specific balloon modellers available.

Looking for something extra to keep your children entertained and give the professional a break?
Ball pits and bouncy castles are very fun, however hours of the same thing could make the event very boring in the eyes of a child. Children get bored easy, so you want something that changes into a different act when needed. If you combine one of these methods with another such as a clown or magician you can easy keep switching between the two or use the pit or castle as a breaking point for the entertainer. Either way they are sure to keep your children satisfied for a good amount of time. They are usually relatively cheap and can be rented out for the day at a private or public location.

Party games are a classic method of entertainment, as at some point in our lives all of us have done them. Games include pass the parcel and musical chairs, and usually incur some sort of prize for the winner. Games like these are sure to take a sufficient amount of time whilst keeping children fully entertained.

Live animals are a more expensive option, but most kids really do enjoy the chance to touch and see live animals. You can usually get horses along with various other farm animals. Usually a professional entertainer will come along with the animals to ensure goes as planned and the environment stays safe.

Finding professional children’s entertainment in your local area usually isn’t very hard. The paper and the internet are great places to start looking, although most entertainers have their services advertised around town and on their own transport.

The author runs Children’s Entertainers [http://www.childrenentertainers.net/] the online resource for finding the perfect professional kids party entertainment.

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Learn How to Get More Entertainer Gigs

Get more gigs. Entertainers that know how to get their own gigs are in full control of their own destiny. Those who rely on agents or others to book their own gigs will always be at the mercy of someone else.

I don’t know about you but I would always want to put my own future in my own hands. If you want to be a successful entertainer then no one is going to work at it harder than you. Learn to book your own gigs.

It amazes me that a magician will spend $100’s of dollars on magic tricks and a guitar player has 4 very expensive guitars but neither one has invested even a $100 into a good looking business card. And I hope you noticed I said “INVESTED” into business cards not SPENT on business cards.

I would also be willing to wager that the majority of entertainers spend 20 hours a week rehearsing either on their own or with their group but they won’t INVEST an hour a day on really going after the gigs. And I hope you noticed again that I said INVEST an hour a day not SPEND and hour a day on getting more gigs.

SPENDING time and money means your time and money is gone forever. INVESTING time and money on promoting your talent could bring you results beyond your wildest dreams if you INVEST your time and money wisely.

Building a successful career as a professional entertainer is no different that building a house. It takes time, money and a GOOD PLAN to consistently get more gigs.

Have you ever heard the famous phrase ” Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door”? Well its not true. You could be the best juggler or singer in the world but if you don’t learn how to market and promote your skills, you will get the same result as the guy with the better mouse trap that no one knows about.

INVESTING a little time and money into learning how to book your own gigs could very easily provide amazing returns on your investment.

Going after gigs without being prepared can only lead to more frustration.

I suggest spending 30-60 minutes each day learning how to position your self as a professional entertainer.

Then I suggest that you invest at least another 30-60 minutes each day implementing some of the things you have learned.

One of the most challenging parts for many new entertainers is deciding how much to charge for your services. In fact there are 7 main reasons entertainers do not get the gig. Having your act priced incorrectly is one of those 7 reasons. You are probably thinking of ways to cut your prices. Chances are you are prices are too LOW. Having the lowest priced act is not always a good thing, It is OK to charge more than the entertainers. Just offer more to your clients.

It is important that as an entertainer you learn to think out of the box. Don’t follow all the other entertainers. You have to not only have a unique act but also a new slant on promoting your self. Study other entertainers and see how they are promoting them selves. What can you offer your clients that no one is offering?

You are not only in the entertainer business you are also in the problem solving business. What problem does your act solve for your clients that no one else is able to solve the way you can?. Take some time and start thinking in that direction.

What you put in is what you get out. Start investing some time into learning the business side of being an entertainer. Learn how to book your own gigs.

Claude Haggerty

Claude Haggerty is an expert in getting more gigs. His Grand Scale Illusion Show has performed many thousands of gigs and toured full time for more than 30 years.

Recently he has put together his Entertainer Bootcamp Video Series to help other entertainers in booking more gigs.

Free videos are available by visiting [http://www.entertainerbootcamp.com]

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