Q&A: What Do I Do When No One Is Watching My Show?

  We’ve all had that one event – where everything goes wrong, no one is watching, and we want to throw our hands up and leave – yet know we must honor the contract and finish the gig. This question came to me through Facebook from a very successful performer who is always looking to see the bright side, and asked my response: A majority of my responses here will fall within the “Preparation of the Event” category, as well as a few ideas to troubleshoot even when the Prep was handled flawlessly. Prep Call with Client – Upon receiving
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Getting Ready to Take the Stage – Pre-Game Warm-Up

Years ago I was backstage with a speaker friend, a seasoned veteran in the industry, who asked me why I was jumping up and down and looked like a complete spazz. I didn’t know the reason I started doing this practice, it just came natural to feel the need to bounce around until I was so buzzed, energized, and excited, that I was ready to burst onto the stage like Tasmanian Devil meets Winnie the Pooh’s Tigger. I told him, “A few minutes ago I was sitting down, before that I was on an airplane.  Now I have to go
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How to Emcee: Part 3 – Post-Show

Congratulations!  You have finished the event, been a masterful Master of Ceremonies, and your Emcee duties have come to an abrupt end. Or have they? As important as Preparation from Part 1 is, as well as Performance from Part 2 may have been, in my opinion the Part 3 portion is where most Emcees, Speakers, and Performers in general lose the ability to have work coming at them beyond what they ever thought they wanted. Imagine having more clients wanting you to return than you ever dreamed possible! Where the burden is not How to get the Gig, but rather
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How to Emcee: Part 2 – Performance

You have a big job ahead of you!  Congrats on the excellent Preparations that went into the day that is finally here (more on that in Part 1 if you haven’t seen it yet). Here’s a quick video to show some of the possibilities of what you can do as Emcee Here is your 10 Item Guidebook to being an AWESOME Emcee, as the Show has finally arrived, here we go: Sound Check – Get there before anyone else, other than AV, who pretty much live there.  Show up in an outfit that commands respect but also shows your flair for
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