Maine magician

The ‘Magic’ of corporate trainings!

Companies offer trainings for different reasons; it might be for compliance reasons, educational, or often motivational! The reasons are all important and valid to organize and plan to create results. WHY NOT MAKE THOSE RESULTS MAGICAL!

Often if you tie it into some kind of educational/motivational training then on top of the results and hopeful changes that happen throughout the organization you can also write them off via your company taxes.

What are you doing to get your message across to your team, co-workers, or employees? Power point is like email these days we see so many of them, they are not effective in creating change. The results your company is hoping for is some kind of change that benefits the company. More productivity (maybe tips on saving time, ways to automate some workloads, etc…) more positive energy (customer service or sales can benefit from changes in these areas.

I have had the pleasure of customizing presentations for companies that for compliance reasons need to do safety trainings annually. Blue Rock and Pike Industries both hired me to present Personal Protective Equipment (safety hats, googles, vests, etc… in a unique way. Live demonstrations are more rare and unique so they help get the message across via entertainment! 1 out of 3 employees want more fun in their trainings are the statistics being reported via Sh!ft.

My current corporate training is more of a creative exercise during lunch breaks for a financial investment company. Their themes are ‘Think out of the box’ and ‘Reimagine.’ I have customized some up-close illusions to tie into those themes to help co-workers think differently about how they approach their jobs!

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Entertainers: Quality vs Price

Ok, you have the job of scheduling the entertainment for your company’s upcoming event; WHAT DO YOU DO? Well first is the event for promotional reasons/marketing or employee appreciation? It makes a huge difference in the entertainer(s) you choose.

If this is my first time planning the company event how do I know what avenues to look at in terms of finding the right kind of entertainment and entertainer in that field? Ask your boss how important is this event? Have you had a great year financially? DId the team/department just go through some major challenges and aced them all? Or is this to wine and dine clients and attract potential new clients? All important questions to start with to narrow it down to budgets and what and who will help create the atmosphere you want at your event.

If it’s a client appreciation/or marketing event; such as, a trade show booth, grand opening, product launch you might have a budget and even additional funds from the marketing department for the event to help.

If it’s for entertainment purposes and not promotional then ask several team members what they might like to see for entertainment? A comedian, dueling pianos, a roaming illusionist?

Now that you have asked lots of important questions, how do you proceed? You can do a web search for the kind of entertainers you want to consider. Look at the ones that come up organically too, Google has valued them for a reason (as opposed to those with ads.) Next send out some inquiries to the specific sites you like. Look at their videos, testimonies those are the real look into what you can expect. If their prices is many hundreds cheaper compare apples to apples? Do they have less testimonies (most likely!) Do they have any videos of them performing in the kind of venue/setting/event your company is having you plan???

Consider spending more on the entertainer so you can get the best one for your money! Value is more important than price; i.e. the entertainer might be willing to offer a special, which they still might be $300-$500 more than others, but their standard fees might be much higher due to their track record at other corporate events. Quality matters! The guests/co-workers will not remember what they had for dinner, but they will talking about the entertainment (good or bad for months to come) make sure you hire on quality:)

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Magic in business meetings

Ok, it’s your weekly, or quarterly meeting and you have heard it all, the repetition, driving the same message over and over. How do you reach your staff, co-workers, or employees in a different and unique way that gets results? Add a little magic to your theme!

Everyone learns differently, but visual learning combined with participation is a highly motivating way to reach a high majority of your staff! And the element of surprise is a great way to engage your team. Imagine, someone is introduced as part of the new staff or a guest speaker. The audience is expecting the same old, same old when all of the sudden the guest speaker pulls a crystal ball out of the marker he had been using to write down topics. That is exactly what I did when presenting to The Provident Bank for their annual strategic goals meeting.

Or your group is at a safety training and after showing a box that is empty and black while talking about being in the dark regarding safety issues the speaker produces personal protective safety equipment? That is a fun way I introduced PPE to Pike Industry at several meetings.

Engaging participants/employees into the meeting is a much more effective way to help make sure they retain the information. And they will be talking about the dynamic way you introduced the topics; literally thinking out of the box. Exercises, break out groups, interactive decisions all lend to a more engaged meeting and Magic entertainment will go a long way to making your next meeting more memorable and ‘magical!’

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Why a magician works well providing cocktail entertainment

At holiday parties both corporate and private; a magician works well to loosen up the crowd!  Holiday/Christmas celebrations often involve pasted horderves; employees, staff, and friends milling about until they find someone they know to converse with.

holiday party magicianWhen a magician works the cocktail entertainment… the room comes alive!  We create an ‘ice-breaker’ so those that don’t know each other that experience our brand of fun talents they now have a common event to discuss even with strangers.   When I work corporate holiday office parties during the cocktail/social hours I bring people together by including them in the fun.  I might as I have my back turned to be fair to the group that I am wowing (by not trying to see their chosen card) I will say to other guests “watch what I am about to do.”   I give them permission to join our little group and then I am always asking the people I am performing for for their names.   Now we all know each other by our first names:)

A magician can loosen up the crowd also by acting as a co-host (that is part of our job) to give the host, CEO, owner, a chance to relax and not be in two places at once trying to connect with all their guests immediately.   When a corporate magician is doing their performance well we become like a silent co-host helping move the party along and engaging new guests as they arrive.

Strolling/roaming illusions allow us to be very interactive so it’s more of an experience rather than just watching entertainment from a distance or the marvelous DJ’s and bands that are more background music.  A magician’s job is to create the fun and then provide it to other small groups so everyone has a great time.

Of course our main goal is to create a ‘wow’ factor for our client, or company which kicks off their party in a fun, unique, and exciting way that will make everyone talk about the party for weeks and even months to come!

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Holiday Office Parties

Corporate Training Entertainment

Investing in your employees and co-workers is such a smart move on companies bottom line. The more engaged and feeling like their input adds to the success of the company empowers everyone to help grow the company. Retreats, workshops, motivational seminars are all aspects of corporate trainings.
More successful trainings do more than just verbally bombarding employees with information. The most successful trainings include as many of our 5 senses as possible. Finding creative ways to engage the team helps retaining of the topic become easier.

Entertainment is a super effective way to engage co-workers and get their own creative juices flowing. With entertainment employees are learning while having fun! Tying in the motivational topic is key to it being just a fun day. For example when I am working on motivating sales teams I first impress sales people with some sleight-of-hand and then tie in my life story of being a magician and how sales impacts my life and career. The fun interactive elements might include teaching them an illusion or two to help ‘break the ice’ on their own in person sales calls or to help warm up the gate keeper and make them become a friend looking forward to your next sales visit! Magic adds a live visual that Power Point can never beat, it’s two dimensional. But the leaning of a magic trick is also hands on which helps retain the information longer while their hands, minds, and eyes are all connected to the corporate theme/lesson.

Trainings need to be so much more than just sitting in a classroom and listening to a speaker
. People’s attention spans vary and the longer you
speak and nothing else stimulating is happening the more of your audience is quietly nodding off. Don’t let your next corporate training put your teams to sleep hire a corporate trainer that uses entertainment to get the themes across in an exciting way!

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