Corporate Event Planners Tips on booking company party, banquet entertainment / entertainers
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Corporate Event Planners Tips on booking company party, banquet entertainment / entertainers

Hi I’m John Pullum. I just got up the phone with someone that
was planning the very important Corporate Event. Like I’ve heard time and time in my 20 years
of corporate entertainment.This person was thrown into the job of party planning with
no previous experience. She was given a really nice budget to work
with. After planning the meals, the drinks, the
appetizer and the center pieces, she soon realize that she forgot the most important
part of the evening, the entertainment. When she finally check her budget to see how
much she had left, it wasn’t much. She told me that just the appetizer alone
where 3 to 4 dollars per piece, not per person. Now I want you to think back to one of the
last corporate parties you went to the had Hors d’oeuvres or appetizers before the main
meal. Odds are you worked all day and you came home,
you were hungry but you couldn’t eat because you know you’re going out to the dinner. You get dressed up and go the party and they
start with the Hors d’oeuvres. Since you’re really hungry, you just don’t
pick one order or 1 appetizer, you probably get 1, 2, 3 or 4, 5. So you’re spending all these money on meatballs
but really when did the meatball motivate your employees? The lady that I talked to, budgeted $10-$20
per person, for just ordering just the appetizers. A week after the party is over, a month after
the party is over or even a year after the party is over. Are they still talking about how great and
motivating the meatball was? I don’t think so! As you know motivated and happy employees
worked better for you. So before you spend literally thousands of
dollars on little tiny appetizers on toothpicks, put some money of that money aside to get
a quality speaker or entertainer for your event. For her event for over 700 people is she had
simply opted out of one or two appetizers Hors d’oeuvres on the buffet, she could have
buy it a quality speaker or entertainer. But she didn’t do that and she was left
with the budget s small and she couldn’t afford a speaker, entertainer or even a DJ. After the party is over, she will left about
with guests not happy, not motivated and probably a boss that very, very upset with her. Don’t look like a goof ball, skip the meatballs. For more information on my 100% clean audience
presentation filled presentation, visit my website at While you’re there, sign up for my newsletter
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  • travis fessler

    John, thanks for this. I've been entertaining in both the corporate and festival world for over 10 years now, and I've heard this story more times than I can even remember. Sure, food is an important part of these events, and no one wants to go to a company gathering and get McDonald's, but you don't need to hire a 5-star restaurant chef to make meatballs on sticks!

    A great show with audience participation will be the most memorable part of any corporate event.

  • Rebecca Happy

    never thought about this before as I don't generally attend corporate events.. but I am astounded. You are so right, people recall experience because of the emotion or transformation that occurred…food is just filling a need.

  • John Pullum

    @RebeccaHappy When you go to an event (awards banquet, etc.) and you just eat and leave, you feel like something is missing. It's that presentation of some sort that shows the guests that they are appreciated even more. Yes, the food was wonderful, but entertainment makes the evening even better. 🙂

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