Selecting a corporate entertainer for the social part of your event or conference can be a tricky decision, as you need to balance the ‘fun’ element of whatever you plan to offer with the audience who can quite often be a sedate and serious bunch of thinkers whose are there mainly for the business or learning side of the event.
Do you go with a band, comedian, acrobats or roving entertainers? I’ve seen them all at one time or another, and I have to say that some were absolute stinkers! In my opinion, the vanilla option is best in these circumstances. Send your clients home mildly amused – don’t make them remember the entertainment due to it being bad or offensive.
If you’re using an MC, definitely hire a professional.
I know of one event fairly recently in Melbourne where the organisers had a friend running the MC side of things. Oh man, you can just imagine how that turned out. From missing cues to publicly embarrassing the CEO of a key client and forgetting to announce or mis-announcing sponsors. As you might have guessed, the entertainment couldn’t recover that disaster!
For the right crowd, who are easy going and want a little fun, but to mainly socialise and network, a roving caricature artist is a safe bet. People get to decline if not interested, the subjects get to take something home with them and usually most people get the chance to have a laugh at whoever is being drawn – it’s usually pretty good natured.
Corporate entertainment can add some fun to your conference or event photography so don’t forget to let your photographer know of any key events you have planned during your booking.