If you’ve been asked to sort out the office party, you’ll know what a big ask this is. It’s often a last minute job, casually tossed to an already overworked Executive Assistant with a short and sweet sounding, “…oh, and can you sort out the office Christmas party for next week sometime…”.
The casualness of the ask makes it sound like the task is super simple; that it’s the kind of thing you could do while waiting for the kettle to boil.
Organising a works party is hard.
I had a frantic call from an Executive Assistant whose boss has given her the casual request to organise a corporate event in Cheshire, because they suddenly realised that they had had a great year financially and could possibly do with having a works celebration.
“Yay!” from everyone (except the person who has to organise this last minute affair).
So, a week later, here I was at the lovely – and very convenient (I only live 5 minutes down the road!) – Carden Park Hotel, performing for 150 corporate guests, as they celebrated having an awesome year.
To help take the stress out of the event for the booker, I was there for a longer time period than usual. This allowed me to dip in and out during the “lull” moments (gaps between courses, between speeches, anything “inbetween” really).
This way, she knew that there was always something available to keep her guests interested and happy.
This is a big deal to an organiser, and it’s what you’re really paying me for.
It’s not about the tricks, or the jokes.
OK, well, it is a little bit, but as the booker of a corporate event, you want to make sure that there is always something going on to keep your guests interested and happy. If not, they’ll tell you…and your colleagues…and maybe your boss.
Booking a magician (or any entertainer really – though I shouldn’t really tell you that, should I? That’s terrible marketing on my part), can be a perfect way to relieve you of this pressure.
Maybe enough so that you can actually sit back and enjoy your perfect night.
And, as you’re sat back enjoying your corporate event, it suddenly hits you.
It’s gone TOO well…
…Shit, THEY’RE GOING TO ASK ME TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
“I bloody hate magicians!”