Last updated on May 11th, 2020 at 09:02 pm
Picking high-quality corporate event entertainment is an essential part of planning successful events and delivering an experience your guests will never forget.
However, making the best choice in terms of what entertainment is right for your event is not always the easiest thing to do.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 5 effective tips you should keep in mind when shopping for an entertainment act. Keep reading.
1. Your Personal Preferences Shouldn’t Come First
When browsing for high-quality corporate event entertainment, there’s always the temptation to pick an activity you enjoy.
However, remember that you are not your guests and that the primary purpose of the entertainment is to serve your audience.
So you should always pick the entertainment keeping the audience’s interests and preferences in mind.
It helps if you take some time to build a profile of your audience by taking into account things like:
- the age of your guests
- their cultural background
- the industry they are in
- the number of guests (some acts like say an intimate solo live guitar act may not be the best fit if there is a large audience present at your corporate event).
2. Take Your Event’s Theme into Account
Nowadays, it’s pretty standard for corporate events to have a specific theme.
If that’s the case for your event, then you’ll need to make sure your choice of high-quality corporate event entertainment will tie in nicely with the theme of the event.
This connection will elevate the experience and make the entertainment much more engaging.
It’s true that some entertainers can adjust their shows to match the concept of an event better. However, it’s more efficient if the theme of your event is something to guide your research for the right entertainer -- not an afterthought.
3. Consider Evergreen Entertainment Ideas
When you are in charge of coming up with high-quality corporate event entertainment, you need to find the best solution for the type of event you are organizing. When you are in doubt, we recommend thinking about classic, evergreen events you can put together for your company.
Music acts represent a great form of entertainment because they can play quietly in the background while the guests are sitting at the table and enjoy dinner.
However, later on during the event, the band can turn up the volume, start playing and get everybody moving.
There are many different live bands out there, and each one has a different style and musical genre. So you can find the one that will match the atmosphere you want to create for your event.
A corporate comedian is more than someone who gets on the stage and starts telling jokes. Before standing in front of your audience, the entertainer will discuss with you all the details about their performance and your goals for the event.
That way, corporate comedy can even integrate the message your company wants to transmit. The entertainer is also a representation of your company, so you need to be careful whom you are going to choose.
You have probably seen that classic magic trick when you were little: the magician who pulls out a bunny out of his hat. Alternatively, a pigeon.
Luckily, there are plenty of talented magicians out there who have some amazing skills. Moreover, it is not only about making objects or animals appear (or disappear).
Some of the best magicians in the world can deceive audiences by using extremely small objects, such as coins. So if you want your employees to talk for days about how cool the corporate event was, then a magician will do the trick (pun intended).
Digital Deception merges interactive magic with the technology around us to create a unique stage presentation that forces audiences to re-examine what’s possible in today’s modern world. “Alakazoom” is the virtual version of Digital Deception, a tech-savvy, two-man magic and mentalism act. They have been featured in Forbes and on CNN Tech.
Mind reading is exciting, thrilling, and it is the perfect entertainment you can use to engage your audience and wow them throughout the entire event.
Mentalists have an incredible ability to inspire all sorts of audiences and make them believe there is no limit to what they can do.
What is great about this kind of entertainment is also the fact that the mentalist will usually walk around through the guests and perhaps even invite a couple of them to help them with the show. After appearing on America’s Got Talent and having a standing residency at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Colin Cloud has become The Cyber Mentalist.
4. Properly Research the high-quality corporate event entertainment You’re Considering
For every type of entertainment, you can think of; there are many options out there.
So, if you want to make an informed decision, you have to be willing to put in more than a couple of hours to research the specific entertainers you’re thinking about booking.
Here are a few resources which will come in handy at this point:
- Online reviews from past clients who describe their experience working with the entertainer.
- Videos showing the performers in actions. (YouTube is an excellent resource for this).
- TV appearances where you can get a sense of an entertainer’s charisma and personality.
5. Think About Working with a Professional Agency
Nowadays, you can do much research online and get in touch with an entertainer you want to book directly. However, there is no denying the fact that working with a professional entertainment agency can provide you with several notable benefits.
For starters, in a short amount of time, the agency can put you in contact with a large variety of entertainers, including top keynote speakers, variety artists, musicians and more. This saves you a significant amount of time and energy.
Secondly, working with a professional agency helps minimize the risks of booking an entertainer who doesn’t live up to his promises, as everything will be written down in a contract.
Whether it is a virtual event, online program, product launch, team building, or company anniversary, your employees need to have the best time at the event. You can count on us to make this happen through entertainment. Just give us a call at (615) 283-0039, and we can discuss more details about your event.