'Tis the season for corporate holiday parties as corporations all across the nation are busy making plans to bring their employees together. The benefits of having a fun-filled event are numerous. Having a company holiday party shows employees that their efforts are appreciated, and can boost morale, encourage teamwork, and enrich the company culture.
One way to ensure your party is a hit is to have the right entertainment. Having a DJ and dancing might be a great fit if you have a lot of people who love to dance, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes it's better to have interactive entertainment that will transcend generational differences.
As a corporate magician with over 20 years of experience entertaining at events all across the country, I have a few tips on hiring the right entertainment to ensure your event is a huge success.
1. Decide on the type of entertainment your group would enjoy. Comedians, magicians, and jugglers are all good choices for interactive entertainment, but be sure to watch a video of their performances before making a decision.
2. Determine a budget. Having quality entertainment doesn't have to break the bank, but realize that the best entertainers usually charge more than entertainers with less experience or with a show that isn't as polished. As with most things, you get what you pay for. Entertainers aren't interchangeable. Be sure that the personality and performance style fits the culture of your group.
3. Make sure your entertainers carry liability insurance. In the unlikely event of an accident, you don't want to be held financially responsible. Any professional entertainer will already carry liability insurance (I carry a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy). If your entertainer doesn't carry liability insurance, I'd stay clear. Many venues require a certificate of insurance from all entertainers and vendors, otherwise they won't be allowed on the premises.
4. Strolling entertainment or a formal show. Strolling entertainers are great during the cocktail reception, while a formal show is usually best after dinner. I usually recommend that my show is scheduled after dinner and before desert. Don't have waiters clear tables during a performance as it distracts from the performance.
5. Staging and sound. Make sure you have adequate performance space where the audience can easily see the performance. Depending on the size of your group, you may want to rent a riser or stage. You also want to make sure you have adequate sound reinforcement. If you have a small group, many entertainers can provide their own P.A. system. I always carry a P.A. system for situations like these.
It's very rare that your employees will remember the food, but people will remember great entertainment years afterward. This holiday season, show your appreciation for your hard working employees by rewarding them with a party they will remember for years to come.
If you have any other tips, please feel free to share them in the comments below.