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How To Ruin Your Event

How To Ruin Your Event

By David Deeble

There’s lots of ways to ruin an event. Let’s talk about ruining the entertainment portion, especially if you have gone with comedy.

With any type of live entertainment there is a relationship between the audience and the performer. Nowhere is this more pronounced than with comedy entertainment which, when performed at the highest level, is much more like a dialogue than a monologue. The audience might be able to chat amongst themselves and still enjoy a rock band, but not so with, say stand-up: to be successful the craft requires an audience that is totally engaged.

A professional, experienced and talented comedian knows when an audience isn’t with her and will prattle, prod and engage an audience until she knows they are focused and only then will he get to the heart of her act and the business of making them laugh.

But how, you may ask, can I make a comedy entertainer’s job as difficult as possible?

Let’s say you’re a professional event planner or someone who is otherwise responsible for planning an event for your company. You’ve done your homework and found a comedian who is accomplished, a pleasure to work with and perfectly suits your needs. Now the question is, what can you do to thwart this his remarkable talents and years of experience and make everyone in attendance uncomfortable at the same time?

Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure that the delicate, essential bond between an audience and a comedian is tenuous at best or, better yet, never established in the first place.

• Schedule The Entertainer Immediately After A Break

The room is pumped. The most-popular, hardest-working guy or gal in the company has just received his well-deserved award from the CEO and the energy in the room is at its peak. Whatever you do, don’t harness the audience’s energy by immediately introducing to the stage the entertainer you’ve budgeted a sizable sum to procure. Instead, have the CEO, emcee or whoever has the floor to announce a break “of about 15 minutes”. That should be enough time for the room to deflate, the energy vanish and allow the stragglers to head back into the room and settle into their seats while chatting with their fellow fellow employees about golf plans for the following weekend.

• Seat The Audience At Round Banquet Tables

For the love of God, you’re not going to ensure that all the seats in the audience are facing the stage, are you? No, no, no. When an entertainer walks on stage you want roughly half the audience facing the back of the room. That way more people will be able to tell when the line for the open bar is down to only a few people. You might also consider leaving the doors in the back of the room open, allowing those seated with their backs to the stage to “people watch” the smokers, stragglers and maybe even catch a glimpse of that woman from the coat check with the ineffable aura about her. Ideally, you want these people who face the back of the room to be completely unaware of what is going on on the stage. Think muzak.

• Serve Food During The Show

When a world-class comedy entertainer and a mediocre salad go head to head, the salad wins every time. Anything requiring utensils is best – after all, people are capable of enjoying a comedian with finger food like popcorn just as they are capable of enjoying a movie. Of course, it never hurts to have hard-working servers bustling from table to table pouring water, grinding pepper and sending that steak back to the kitchen until it’s done right.

• Arrange For A Large, Empty Space Between The Stage And The Front Row

Nothing is more conducive to an attentive, engaged audience like seating them as close to the stage as possible. There’s an intimacy to this seating arrangement that mimics the openness and rapport of an private conversation. This is why you want a large empty space surrounding the stage. Many venues place a small stage against the wall of a large banquet hall and surround it with a large, empty dance floor: this is the ideal way to ensure your money and reputation go to waste. Nothing sends the the audience the signal “You have nothing to do with this performance” quite like seating everyone no less than a metric mile of the edge of the stage. This way audience members can chat with each other throughout the show while feeling – wrongly – that it has no impact on the overall performance.

The above are just a few basic, feng-shui examples of how to ruin the entertainment portion of your event. The truth is, there are almost as many ways to ruin it as there are second-rate entertainers to ruin it for you.

Do you know other ways to ensure that entertaining at your event is as uphill a battle as possible?

David Deeble’s career in comedy began at the age of 8 when he joined the Long Beach Mystics, a now-legendary magic club in Long Beach, California. There, he was schooled relentless
ly in the importance of being a polished entertainer – not just a magic act. After opening for such comedians as Ray Romano and Kevin James, David made his debut as the variety star in “Bare Essence” at Harrah’s, Lake Tahoe. From there, he began making numerous appearances on American television including “America’s Got Talent,” “Last Comic Standing,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on which he performed his trademark grocery-sack juggling routine. To Hire David as your next Entertainer, click here or call 888-766-3155 to book him!

It’s Remarkable How a Story Told Well Can Move an Audience to Action!


It’s Remarkable how a story told well can move an audience to action.

When I first met Christina Daves by Zoom, what I noticed first was her high energy and giving personality!

“OMG – you are phenomenal ” – “I had goosebumps” – “You made me laugh and you made me cry” – “I can do this!!!” These are all things Christina has heard after her presentations.

I laughed when I heard this: one gentleman waited in line for an hour and a half to have his book signed and take a picture with her. Afterwards he said, “I’d love to come see you speak again but President Obama just appointed me to head a task force in Cuba and my family and I are moving there next week.” WOW!!!

What Is it that Christina does to move her attendees? She engages with them. She relates to them. She IS them. Anyone in the room can do anything she’s done and by the time the presentation is over, she has transformed a room.

Much of Christina’s journey involves what it took to invent a product and then try to share it with the world (before she lost her house to a bankruptcy because she mortgaged it to manufacture her idea). One failure after another finally led to the break of a lifetime – winning Steve Harvey’s Top Inventor Competition on his Emmy® Award winning daytime show.

She’s not afraid of failure and she’s willing ask anyone for anything – ask her how she got Diana Ross to wear her product when she sang for the President or how a “guerrilla marketing” stunt landed her on the Today Show with Savannah Guthrie.

Life and business take guts and the willingness to make things happen. Christina shares all of this in her presentations.

Her ultimate business success came through the power of free publicity and her proven three step process that, when executed properly, is almost foolproof:

1) Be Newsworthy

2) Create a Great Hook

3) Find the Right Journalist

Then, combine this with a social media strategy and you have the recipe for success! This is what she calls her secret sauce. PR + Social Media = MAGIC. Because what we know for certain is that more visibility means more customers and more customers means more profits.

Christina holds nothing back and there are no excuses when she’s done to not getting massive visibility for a product, service, or brand.

I know you will love having Christina Daves at your events, and look forward to working with you to make that happen!

Sue Falcone
CEO- Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau

The DNA of a Great Speaker!

telling our storyAmong the top characteristics that make a great public speaker is the ability to tell a good story. Think about some of the best speeches you’ve ever heard, what sets them apart? The numbers and statistics? The lesson? Probably not.

Very likely, the thing that stands out in your mind after a memorable speaker’s presentation is a great story or two. The speaker has the ability to create lasting images in your mind. Visually painting a picture by connecting the story to the message drives home the focal point and makes a terrific impression on the audience.

Telling a story invites the audience in. It makes them comfortable, both with the speaker and the message. Of all the tools in a speaker’s toolkit, it is by far one of the most powerful.

Great speakers weave life experiences throughout their message, creating a rapport with the audience, and giving life to the topic. Stories help the audience relate and creates a message that will live on long after the speech is over. That’s success through great story telling.

Our talent here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency have the ability to do just that – tell a great story. It’s part of their DNA and makes for a riveting presentation with some serious #WOWfactor!

Whether you are looking for an inspiring and entertaining keynote speaker, engaging media personality, interactive conference speaker, mesmerizing seminar presenter, critical thinking corporate trainer, forward moving executive coach, entertainer that will amaze you with their talent, content driven commencement speaker, best-selling author that captivates your audience, or a challenging retreat speaker, we will match you with the perfect talent that will tailor their presentations to your needs.

Whatever the occasion or topic, with our award-winning talent, you can be sure that the stories will be memorable and unforgettable; and you will be seen as a “rock star” for choosing our agency to bring a #WOWfactor experience to your audiences!  Less stress guaranteed for you too!

We are honored to earn your business and look forward to serving you soon! Contact us today and we are ready to meet the needs of your large or small company, association, university, college, small business, non-profit, or government agency.

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Have a wonderful Fall and Winter event season.

Sue Falcone
Sue Falcone-Booking Expert and Owner of “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency