Seeming like an overwhelming task, finding entertainment for a corporate convention, holiday party, or conference can be challenging. Literally thousands of corporate entertainers are available, ranging from excellent to good to down right horrible. This list can provide guidance on how to refine your search and identify entertainment that will ensure your event is a success!
Plan ahead. Popular dates are often quickly booked up by the most popular corporate entertainers. Entertainers can begin to book up over a year in advance for the corporate holiday party season (Nov-Jan). Start planning for entertainment for your corporate event as soon as you know the date, to avoid disappointment.
Understand what you desire (and, more importantly, what your audience desires) If you have an idea of the type of entertainment that would work well for your group, you can make your search for an entertainer easier. Corporate entertainment that is popular includes:
Laughter can be a great way to bring your group together, and comedy acts can be a perfect source of it. Stand-up comedians are not the only type of comedy act. Stand-up comedians are not the only type of comedy act. This variety ensures that there is something for everyone in the performance.
Be sure that whichever type of comedy act you choose, the material is suitable for your group.
For corporate events, many headline singers and bands are available to provide music.
Magicians can offer strolling magic, which involves going table to table at an event, large illusion shows with special effects and a cast of dancers, or comedy magic that engages and entertains the audience. Be sure to find a magician who specializes in the particular style of corporate entertainment that you are looking for. You will find magicians who will tell you that they offer everything from illusions to comedy to strolling, but this is usually because they lack proficiency in any one style and their performances tend to be mediocre. If you want the best performance possible, it is advisable to employ a corporate magician who has experience in one specific kind of magic. Because they only specialize in illusion, comedy, and sleight-of-hand, these performers will be the best in their field.
Hypnotists can be a great asset for the appropriate group when it comes to hypnosis. In order for hypnotist shows to be successful, a very outgoing and uninhibited group is necessary, as they are very interactive.
Booking directly with The Entertainer will help you save money and avoid headaches. By booking your corporate entertainment directly through the entertainer, you will save money on entertainment. An entertainer's fee is usually increased by 15-35% by corporate entertainment agencies. You have the convenience of being able to talk with the entertainer (or their office staff) about any questions or concerns by booking a corporate entertainer direct. You will not be able to talk with the entertainer until the day of the show, according to most corporate entertainment agencies. By booking your corporate entertainment directly through the entertainer, you will save money on entertainment. By conducting an online search for terms such as "corporate entertainers" or "california comedian", you can find direct contact information for entertainers.
The maxim "you get what you pay for" holds true for entertainment too. Saving a few dollars should not be a priority when choosing entertainment. You would never skimp on the food you would feed your guests, and likewise should never skimp on the entertainment. Just as bad food can ruin an event quickly, so can bad entertainment. It would be impossible to find a GOOD quality corporate entertainer to do a show for $400. The cost of hiring a highly-skilled professional corporate entertainer can vary from $1500 to $100,000+ depending on the scale of the event and the performer's experience and renown.
Find out about the performer's experience. You are looking for a corporate entertainer who mainly performs for corporate audiences. Have no fear in inquiring; is the entertainer a full-time performer? Have they had experience with events similar to yours in the past? Have they provided you with letters of recommendation and reviews from past clients to read?
If you have a special request, ask! For your event, many entertainers are willing to tailor part of their performance. Be sure to discuss any special requests you have in mind with the performer at the time of booking.
The requirements for entertainment differ greatly. The requirements for entertainment differ greatly. Ensure that you verify that your venue can accommodate the setup requirements of your entertainer before making a booking.
Make your guests desire more. Planning a corporate event may seem like a great idea when you consider 90 minutes of entertainment, however, most audiences do not prefer to sit through a show that long. A longer show does not necessarily equate to a better show. Planning a corporate event may seem like a great idea when you consider 90 minutes of entertainment, however, most audiences do not prefer to sit through a show that long. Most professional entertainers and corporate event planners agree that the ideal duration for corporate live entertainment is between 35-50 minutes. Rather than having them get tired and start looking at the watch, it is always better to leave your audience excited and wanting more.
Understand what is included in the fee. For some entertainers, travel expenses are included in the performance fee, while for others, travel will be an additional expense. surprises
To prevent any costly surprises, make sure to understand what is included in the fee you were quoted. For some entertainers, travel expenses are included in the performance fee, while for others, travel will be an additional expense.
Always ask to see a demo video MOST IMPORTANTLY. The only way to accurately assess if a corporate entertainer is suitable for your company party is by watching a demo video. The demo video should consist of short clips showcasing the different segments of an entertainer's show. Filming the video in front of a live audience will allow you to observe the genuine response of the audience to the show. If an entertainer's video is filled with only split-second clips and flashy graphics set to music, it could be a sign that they are attempting to mask an inadequate performance, or worse, that they have never even performed live in front of an audience.