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Entertaining your staff, customers and suppliers is extremely rewarding, but here’s some of my top tips to help you choose an entertainer.
Singers, bands and tributes are among my favourite types of live entertainment. However they are what we’ll call ‘Passive’ forms of entertainment. By that we mean you can listen or you can talk over them. They are ideal for some events, but if you really want to have an impact on guests I’d recommend you engage the services of a professional Active form of entertainment.
Active entertainment is a form of entertainment activity that relies on people being actively involved in it. Some team games are active as they require people engage and participate.
For example, in my after dinner comedy mind reading show, people tend not to want to stand up and talk while I’m on. They’re far to busy being involved in the mind games that we play.
The reason so many companies engage active entertainment like this now over passive, is because I’m sure you can imagine people remember entertainment that they participate in far longer. And they usually enjoy it more to boot.
I’ve heard some of my clients telling me horror stories about other entertainers they’ve hired for their corporate events, telling me they were landed with higher fees than expected because the sudden appearance of travel, accommodation and equipment costs.
When you get a quote, ask “what’s included?” this simple question can save you a lot of hassle.
It’s often cheaper to hire things like PA equipment and other things through the entertainer, rather than an event production company. The other added bonus is that you only need to be dealing with this one supplier, instead of chasing 2 separate companies.
Make sure your entertainer can walk-the-walk, as well as they can talk-the-talk. It may not be possible for you to go see the particular entertainer live, in person but I’d certainly never recommend booking any entertainer without having seen a video of them doing what they do.
I’d say that this is more important than seeing a video. Some acts are awesome live but don’t quite translate to video. However you can bet your bottom dollar that reports from past clients, testimonials and names of clients really do speak volumes.