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Whenever you sit down to plan a meeting, there are probably a number of questions floating around in your head.

  • “What’s the biggest problem challenging the attendees or my team right now?”
  • “How do I provide the most value for them so they feel good about stepping away from their work for a period of time?”
  • “Can I find a way to make this experience entertaining and engaging as well as educational?”

If your attendees are anything like most people, there are a few topics out there that could bring a breath of fresh air to these individuals, no matter what industry or role they work in.

Many employees are currently struggling with their emotional, mental, and even physical health. The pandemic has served as a collective trauma, and left many with unexpected challenges. When deciding on the focus of your next meeting, you may want to consider how to incorporate an aspect of wellness into your event.

Potential Problems Ahead

When employers neglect to focus on employees’ wellbeing, the bottom line is sure to suffer. Overworked and underappreciated employees experience higher levels of stress and more instances of illnesses that can lead to sick days and decreased productivity. Without intervention, these employees will become disengaged and will often seek new opportunities outside of the organization. And we all know how much money and time it cost to retrain new team members.

The situation is slightly better within organizations that foster a culture of teamwork. These employees often feel supported by their coworkers and are able to handle challenges better.

While a strong team can help, it’s still essential that you keep your employees’ mental, emotional, and physical health as a top priority. It seems that in today’s offices, conventions, meetings, and special events, health and wellness programs are becoming the “new normal”.

 

Wellness in the Workplace

Employees spend more time at work than anywhere else (at least while they’re awake). There are a number of ways to create a positive work environment that will improve employee health rather than take away from it, and many of these ideas can be incorporated into events as well. Some of the options to consider when it comes to wellness programs include:

  • Encouraging and rewarding exercise
  • Opportunities and space for meditation
  • Access to healthy food
  • Concierge services
  • Flexible work schedules
  • And many more

There’s also one that you may have never even thought of… drumming.

Health Benefits of Drumming

If you’re currently imagining people standing around a campfire, swaying to a rhythm of their own design, you aren’t far off. Scientists have been studying the effects of music on our health for years and have discovered a number of physical, emotional, and mental benefits. Some of these include:

  • Increased happiness: Drumming releases endorphins, “feel-good” chemicals that relieve pain and boost happiness.
  • Boosts immune response: Barry Mittman, MD, a neurologist and President of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, found that group drumming naturally increases T-cells that help protect the body from infection and can even help fight cancer.
  • Creates a sense of connectedness: According to Christine Northrup, M.D., “Drumming circles and group drumming classes provide an opportunity for ‘synchronicity’ in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.”
  • Allows you to be present: Drumming helps take you out of the “past and future” trap and allows you to be present in the moment.

These are just a few of the many health benefits. Now, let’s take a look at how drumming can improve business when it’s incorporated into meetings.

Business Benefits of Drumming

In case the business benefits of drumming didn’t jump out at you in that last section, let’s go one by one and see how those health benefits are great for your organization as well.

  • Increased happiness: Drumming is fun! Who couldn’t use a break from the daily grind to rock out and put a smile on their face?
  • Immune response: Healthier employees who are better able to fight off infection take fewer sick days and are more productive.
  • Sense of connectedness: Looking for a way to improve teamwork and encourage your employees to work together and support one another? Look no further.
  • Be present: Would you prefer employees to be distracted, stressing about the past and worrying about the future, or would you like them to be in the moment, focused on the task at hand?

Rhythms in Business

When Marvelless Mark was crafting his Rhythms in Business keynote, he didn’t set out to incorporate a health and wellness program into his presentation… but that’s just what he did! Now that he’s seen the scientific data on the benefits of drumming, and received feedback from meeting planners and attendees, he knows it’s a win-win. For the convention attendees, the meeting planners, and for him.

When you plan your next meeting, consider including the power of drumming in your program. Your attendees will have fun, lower their stress levels, enhance their team communication, and be able to return to work with a new excitement surrounding their job. If you’re looking for a way to energize your team, create happier and healthier employees, and improve your organization as a whole, it’s time to bring out their inner rockstars. The bonus, they all get to keep the conference branded drumsticks and receive an additional benefit of the power of collaboration and teamwork.

Imagine you are on top of the world. You’re playing all the big stages with sold-out stadiums, your fans can’t get enough of you and the crowd goes wild!

Then one day it all stops.

Your tour dates are canceling one by one and new ones aren’t booking. The next thing you know you’re back in garage band mode.

Alright, you’re probably not an actual rock star. But 2020 grounded just about every one of us. There you were, creating raving fans in your business, growing your organization, focused on the future when everything changed. Overnight, business dried up, clients canceled, and the market became a chorus of frightened crickets. Business plans you started the year off with, were worth no more than the paper they were printed on.

Thankfully, we are now entering a new year, a time to wake up our inner rock stars and take to the stages of business once again.

How do great leaders and top producers “find their way back?” The same way great band leaders get their bands out of the garage and back on tour.

Unleash Your Inner Rock Star

The past year has sent many businesses back to the drawing board. Without a steady stream of clients, many organizations have gone into crisis mode, cutting back on “non-essential costs” (which aren’t so non-essential after all), furloughing employees, or laying them off. They have gone from offense to defense.

While this may be necessary for a short period of time, the problem with operating from a defensive angle is that a business tends to get stuck there. While it sounds counterintuitive, it can be easy or “comfortable” to be in crisis mode. After all, you don’t have to take responsibility for your situation and you can dip a toe in, but never dive in fully.

What rockstars on stage and rockstars in the office know, is that in order to succeed, you need to be all in. Failure is not an option and you must commit to doing everything in your power to hit your goals and thrive. Now is not the time to hide in the garage sitting on speakers and drinking a beer. Now is the time to reinvent, repackage, and “get back on tour”… whatever that means to your business.

Drive Change

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said “Change is the only constant,” and he couldn’t have been more correct. If 2020 taught us anything, it was that we need to be able to adapt. From setting up home offices overnight to conducting all meetings and trainings through Zoom, we have been forced to accept the “new normal” and adapt accordingly.

But what if the key to success wasn’t just adapting to change, it was driving it?

Take Madonna as an example. The “Material Girl” is one of the most successful and highly-paid women in the music industry. She’s stayed relevant over multiple decades to a fan base spanning generations. She didn’t do that by following trends and adapting to change. She did it by creating change. Madonna considers herself and her art a work-in-progress and that’s exactly how you should look at your business.

How can you use your creativity to be at the forefront of your industry? Challenge yourself every day to do things differently. Don’t just ride change, drive it.

While the “noise” of competition has moved to a virtual platform, that doesn’t make it easier to stand out. It actually makes it harder. What are you doing to set yourself apart from the competition and become a household name?

Do you think Sting, Madonna, Elvis, or Rihanna earned their single-name status by doing the bare minimum? No! They sang louder, played harder, and more unique than anyone else. Now it’s your turn. Figure out what people say about you when you leave a room (or a webinar). Is this how you want to be remembered?  What they say is your brand. Find what makes you different and memorable, and then lean into it with everything you’ve got.

As you begin 2021, remember that now is your time to get out of the garage and back on tour. Don’t let a setback affect your comeback. Unleash your inner rockstar and take your industry by storm!

With the recent passing of rock legend, Eddie Van Halen, I’m reminded of one of my favorite songs “Best of Both Worlds.”

Wondering what a Van Halen song has to do with the future of events? Everything.

While the world may be headed towards another COVID-induced quarantine, it’s safe to say that someday, life and business will be back to normal. We’ve all become accustomed to working, learning, and networking from behind a computer screen. But eventually, the threat of COVID will pass, we’ll be safe to gather in crowds, and live conferences and in-person meetings will once again reign.

The question is will we ever return to meeting face to face entirely, or have virtual events brought about a change in the way the world works?

The Benefits of a Virtual Event

Anyone who has attended a conference or training from the comfort of their home, while wearing a pair of electric guitar pajama pants and Gene Simmons slippers, can attest to the benefits of a virtual event.

(Am I the only one wearing those?)

Virtual events rock because:

  • They are convenient to attend. And your ability to go is not hampered by location.
  • They require no travel (and no travel budget).
  • There’s no need to wear PPE or sit 6-feet away from your closest neighbor.
  • They are less expensive to host which translates to a lower cost for attendees.
  • Attendance is not limited to the venue’s capacity.
  • With today’s technology, it can be easy for even the least tech-savvy attendee to have a good experience.

When run properly, a virtual event can achieve the same desired outcomes as a live, in-person event.

 

The Benefits of an In-person Event

The more traditional route, in-person events have been going on since the days of the cavemen… although probably with less PowerPoint. You’re likely familiar with the benefits of an in-person conference, training, or tradeshow:

  • Being away from the office and family responsibilities allows attendees to immerse themselves in the experience and focus solely on learning.
  • Amazing networking occurs in the hallways between sessions. Relationships are forged, deals are made, and careers are catapulted.
  • The energy in the room is palpable and attendees can’t help but get swept up in the excitement.
  • The change of scenery can provide an opportunity for attendees to see more of the country and get a little break from the daily grind.
  • Swag bags offer the opportunity to showcase brands and products.

In-person events are a powerful way to rally the troops, introduce new products or ideas, and prepare your attendees for the future.

 

What is a Hybrid Event?

There will come a time when a vaccine is widely available and it’s once again safe to gather. When that day comes, there will be many people eager to jump on a plane, gather in a meeting room with thousands of their future friends, and have the full “in-person live event” experience.

Of course, there will also be those individuals who aren’t ready.

Whether due to residual fears about the virus, the inability to travel due to finances or logistics, or just the realization that

working in your PJs is awesome; there will be some people who are not ready to attend in-person events.

In order to host a killer event that caters to all potential attendees, you’re going to need to embrace the hybrid event structure.

A hybrid event is held in a venue and welcomes in-person attendees, AND live-streams the event so people can attend from wherever they feel comfortable. A hybrid event is truly the best of both worlds.

How do you make your Hybrid Event a Success?

Now that you’ve embraced the hybrid event model, how do you create a thrilling experience that will leave your attendees wanting more?

Always include your virtual audience

There’s nothing worse for a virtual attendee than paying your attendance fee and then being forgotten. Utilize games, live polls, and Q&A sessions throughout the event to engage your virtual attendees.

Consider your content

 

Content must be entertaining to keep everyone engaged, but it must also be presented in a way where the virtual attendees don’t feel like they are watching a bootleg concert. Make sure that any visual content you create translates across the different platforms on which attendees may view it.

 

Offer breakout sessions

Your attendees don’t just want to engage with the speakers, they also want to feel like they are in the room with their peers. Smaller breakout sessions allow in-person and virtual attendees to chat and learn from one another.

Hire an experienced MC

No matter what type of event you create, you don’t want to play on-stage host while making sure everything runs smoothly on the back end. You also don’t want to rely on the organization’s leadership to keep the troops engaged and the event flowing smoothly.

In order to create the best possible event for your attendees, you’ll want to hire an MC who excels in presenting in-person and virtually. Marvelless Mark Kamp has over 25 years of experience delivering electrifying entertainment to audiences around the world (and on the computer). He will ensure that your event creates a rockstar experience for every attendee, whether they are in business casual or Gene Simmons slippers.  He’ll help you provide the best of both worlds.

The show must go on.

After months of pandemic-induced quarantine and a slow-down to business as we know it, many organizations have switched their focus from surviving this crazy year to thriving during uncertain times.

Do you are one of those businesses who understand that you need to adapt to current circumstances and find a way to keep your organization moving, growing, and rocking?  Do you realize that to do this you need to keep things fresh and exciting? These two words have never once been used to describe online meetings, virtual training, or team-building exercises done while your team members are nowhere near one other.

Most virtual meetings are boring, attendees are disengaged and distracted, and the event is quickly forgotten.

Until now.

There’s a way to keep your meeting attendees focused and enthusiastic (even when they are working remotely)? It’s called virtual or online gaming. If you are planning a virtual event, and you actually want your employees to enjoy it and benefit from it, incorporating online gaming is the way to go.

What is Online or Virtual Gaming?

Online or virtual gaming can be incorporated into your virtual training, team-building, or product development events, or used as standalone activities to reward your team for a job well done. These games can be broadcast on any platform and be 100% content-driven and customized. Here are a few ideas:

  • Virtual Golf Tournaments
  • Virtual Casino Games
  • Rock Star Bingo (this isn’t your grandmother’s bingo!)
  • Trivia
  • Corporate Feud (with customized questions for your organization)
  • Virtual Escape Rooms
  • Blinko
  • Wheel Of Knowledge
  • See more options at irlevents.co

 

Since these games are often just software programs that get launched during the virtual meeting, it’s essential to get assistance from someone with experience and the tools to take the stress out. That means a full digital show production with a green screen, production operator, executive producer, chat monitor, an engaging host or emcee, and everyone you need so you can focus on the rest of the meeting and enjoy your own event.

How Can You Get the Best Experience from Online or Virtual Gaming?

If you hadn’t yet noticed, technology issues are a big challenge in our current reality. With new platforms popping up every day, Problems are bound to arise.  In small, friendly meetings, most attendees just shrug off technical problems with “these are the times we live in,” and talk quietly amongst themselves while everything is sorted out, however, in a larger or more professional setting, a tech issue could send your attendees in search of a mid-afternoon snack, and your event off the rails.

Tech challenges are one of the reasons why you need to have an experienced virtual emcee at the helm who won’t freak out when your platform does. If a tech disaster strikes, and you aren’t able to load a program, your emcee knows how to keep the attendees entertained and engaged while your tech team can search for answers.

Even without tech challenges, an emcee is there to makes sure the event runs smoothly, keep everyone on time, and maintain high energy and engagement throughout your corporate conference. They are the virtual glue that holds your meeting together.  Please don’t leave this role to the sales manager or CEO who has better uses for his or her time… not to mention no experience!

Marvelless Mark Kamp is a digital emcee/virtual host who can make your event a success. He’ll have your meeting attendees rockin’ in their home offices and participating as if they were all in the same room. Don’t you want to maximize the retention of the content and increase the level of experience of your virtual meeting or corporate conference?  Contact him today to find out how he can make your online event unforgettable with virtual games and gameshows.

 

While virtual presentations have become a way of life in our current world, some online experiences are falling flat for attendees.

Your goal for an online event is the same as for a live event… create an experience that your attendees won’t soon forget. Yes, you want to deliver content, and you also want to deliver it in a memorable way that will leave a lasting impact on the people you serve.  If you’re planning a virtual event for your organization, there are ways to ensure that your guests are not only engaged but wowed.

5 Ways to Make Your Virtual Event Fun and Engaging

While your goals are the same, the way in which you achieve those goals is vastly different. A virtual event doesn’t mean your presenters can “phone in” their performance. In fact, the energy level of an online event will have to be even higher than in-person in order to transfer to an audience at home. It’s not difficult to feel the hum of energy at a live event, just think about the last time you went to a rock concert or a hockey game. You’ve probably never felt that excitement watching a live music performance or a game while sitting alone in your living room.

What used to stand in your way at an in-person event (room temperature, seat comfort, access to the restrooms, and food choices), has been replaced by comfortable bunny slippers and the draw of a television strategically placed in your attendee’s home office.

The great news is there are several techniques you can incorporate into your virtual events to raise the energy level.

Green Screen

Let’s face it; most speakers don’t have the most interesting backgrounds. Your presenters may have even upgraded their home office or studio with draping or a classy backdrop. Sure, it’s better than looking at a blank wall or their kitchen, but will it bring the energy you need to get your attendees fired up?

A green screen allows the presenter to dazzle your audience with exciting visuals that change frequently to keep them on their toes.

Music

Music is powerful. From the spine-tingling notes of a classical piece to the heart-pounding excitement of rock-and-roll, the music we choose can affect our emotional and mental state. A good virtual presenter can craft the perfect playlist to guide your attendees through their journey.

Props

Everyone learns differently. While some need to hear a concept to take it to heart, others have to see it in action before they can absorb the information. Props can be used to demonstrate a point, add humor to the presentation, and give the audience a visual cue to really capture a concept.

Humor

There’s nothing quite like humor to drive a point home and to keep us engaged. Audiences love to laugh and humor breaks up the monotony of dry content. Incorporating humor into your event will go far in making it a memorable experience for everyone.

Interactive Activities

Even the most fascinating presentation can be a challenge to focus on when you’re sitting behind a computer screen. Sitting still, all alone in your home office or living room, can make anyone tired and disengaged.

How do you remedy this?

Make your audience work! Using interactive elements where your audience needs to stand up, move, and do something will keep them awake and interested.

The even better news is you don’t have to do all of this by yourself.

Hiring a Virtual Presenter

Just like live speakers and entertainers, all virtual presenters are not created equal. Many speakers made the shift to virtual events; few really understand what goes into a successful virtual presentation.

In order to make your event stand out, you need a virtual presenter with character, personality, and enough energy to make your attendees feel like they are back in a conference hall, rocking out together.

You need Marvelless Mark for your next event.

 

“Marvelless” Mark Kamp has more than 20 years of experience as a speaker, entertainer, and Las Vegas headliner. This has given him a unique perspective on the event industry and an array of tricks to pull out of his hat.

Mark knows what it takes to keep your audience fully engaged. He uses a $15,000 back-up band in the form of a multimedia presentation with videos, high-resolution photos, music, stimulating visuals, and cartoons. He harnesses the raw power of rock-and-roll to keep your attendees on the edge of their seats… until they jump out of them. He encourages the audience to drum to the beat, using items they can find on their desk and teaches them how to use hand cues and signals to communicate with him on video.

If the visuals from his green screen backgrounds and props don’t wake up the audience, his branded jackets certainly will.

You need your next event to be a success and that means you need Marvelless Mark Kamp as your go-to virtual presenter.