Imagine a room full of people gathered, wearing their tuxedos and gowns, sitting at fancily decorated tables, in a grandiose ballroom venue. Somebody is standing on the stage, but people are discreetly chatting with each other, or tapping their phones, or just staring into nothingness. Yep, that’s how your event is going to look like if you create a program with 3 courses and one speech after the other interrupted by just a few minutes of sloppy, underwhelming or inappropriate entertainment.
Okay, maybe that’s a little exaggerated, but it can happen at any event. Speeches and lectures are interesting but when you’re left in your seat with nothing to do but listen to people talk for an hour or two, you’ll probably find something to distract you too.
They may take a piece of the budget, but professional entertainers are popular for being lifesavers to event organizers everywhere. The emphasis should be on what it would cost if you didn’t hire professional entertainers or a popular act for your event.
There are a lot of things that might get compromised because of your not hiring a professional entertainer for your special event. But for this list, we’ll look into the most obvious ones:
- Your audience – Whether we agree or not, this era where attention spans are growing short, putting people in a situation where they have to listen to people speak for hours is a sure way to kill a special event.
- Quality of the experience in the event – The goal in event organizing is always to give the event attendees an experience that they wouldn’t forget, even after they leave the venue. If you want to create a successful event, it’s best to go all out on all elements, and that includes the entertainment.
- Good Feedback – Okay, maybe people will not look straight at you and tell you that the event was boring but you’ll know whether they enjoyed it or not. It’s not to say that all events created without professional entertainers bore their attendees to death, it’s just that they probably won’t be that memorable.
If budget really bugs you, then negotiate (some companies are willing to negotiate a price with organizers). One good example of a company that delivers good performance with most budgets is Lovegrove Entertainment, one of Australia’s premiere entertainment companies. They have a fixed package for each act, however, are well known for applying favorable discounts when more than one of their acts are hired for an event.
Overall, it’s important to note that the key to a good event is the experience that people get from it. Whether you’re looking for corporate event entertainment, musical theatre entertainment, or wedding entertainment bands for the party you’re organizing, investing in professional entertainers and popular acts do a great deal of difference to any party.
Darryl Lovegrove is an award winning corporate entertainment producer, keynote speaker & MC with a global business success story of ‘operatic’ proportions. In 2009 he founded Lovegrove Entertainment which has produced 9 acts including two time Australian Event Awards ‘Entertainer of the Year’ finalists THE LEADING MEN as well as the 2012 winner DARRYL & HARMONY. He has twice been voted as the event industry’s top 5 best performers in Spice Magazines ‘Hot 100’ and is now one of Australia’s most in demand MC’s. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.darryllovegrove.com.