10 Steps To Create The Corporate Event Of The Year

The stereo-typical corporate event will have awards, maybe some music, and perhaps a few lessons to teach and motivate your sales team, but little else in the way of entertainment. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are a few off the wall recommendations for making your corporate event, the EVENT of the year!

#1 – Bring in Elvis

Seriously, if Elvis is in the room, how can the event be boring? Hand the man a microphone and let him present the awards? Give him a guitar and let him bring back some Blue Suede Shoes! Bring in Elvis and rock the Corporate Event Season.

#2 – Add class with a String Quartet

Nothing in the world says House Party like a string quartet in the garden. If your event has the plausibility of including an afternoon tea, sunshine, and some exciting discussion over cucumber sandwiches and watercress salad, make sure the string quartet is playing your song.

#3 – Strolling Musicians Rock

Just sayin’ – you can do all kinds of incredible music selections, but if you have a few amazing strolling musicians mingling with your attendees, you’re going to improve the overall atmosphere of the event.

#4 – Invite a Professional Motivational Speaker

Outside of training, your single most impactful speaker should be a professional motivational speaker who will energize and innovate a desire to accomplish greater things.

#5 – Select Cover & Dance Bands

Raise the volume with cover bands that do ‘hot’ current hits, dance numbers, and improve the show with trending popular tunes. The more current hits the better your audience will love what’s happening on stage.

#6 – Stellar Theme Events

Who wouldn’t want to attend a masquerade party with delightful dance numbers, and the “Lady in Red” on the stage? By connecting early with your bands of choice, select themed events can happen with costumes and showcase selections. You choose.

#7 – Celebrity Showdown

Hire the band, and a selection of popular look-a-likes to attend your event, and give the celebrity look-a-likes microphones and a different corner of the audience where they can appear. Start the music and let the stars shine in their corner of the room.

#8 – Latin & Salsa Bands

CanCans and Hoop Skirts? Yes. Oh yes. Just smile and nod, we know you understand the impact these amazingly skilled, high-quality entertainers will have on your audience. It’s more than the dance, it’s the atmosphere.

#9 – Pianists Invite Mingling

A concert pianist playing a baby grand through dinner, during an interlude, or even later, as your audience mingles, getting to know each other and building strong teams can make your event stand out – for years. Memorable tunes will motivate and encourage your sales teams.

#10 – Jazz up a Show Stopping Event

Who can resist a jazz band, adding rhythm to the event?

Top 10 Reasons Why Most Corporate Health Programs Do Not Work

  1. They are “programs”. Right away this implies a finite, set time, usually based on a predetermined agenda. Let’s help our employees on a process to evolve into healthier steps and give them the tools to continue this process.
  2. Don’t help the participants set the right goals – often unrealistic, superficial, or non health centric goals are set which lead to non compliance or learned helplessness. Many people reach for superficial goals normally associated with a fitness program which are temporary at best. By guiding them to dig a few levels deeper, addressing their own unique set of needs and any pre existing demands in their lives – a sustainable growth oriented process is developed and embraced. And yes, those original more superficial goals will be achieved in a more livable lifestyle.
  3. The Program is based on “pop fitness” vs. cellular fitness which is the only way to address health issues. If the Pop fitness paradigm doesn’t fit – which it usually doesn’t – leads to frustration and a sense of failure. The other aspect that very few consider – the “pop fitness” paradigm can be dangerous for many. Instead of fitness from the outside and assuming its helping on the inside (big assumption) fitness needs to be addressed from the inside out.
  4. Programs are one size fits all – not addressing needs, time, medical issues – possibly creating greater biological mayhem. Needs assessments do not have to be that complicated – and they set the stage for compliance and employee confidence. We all like to feel someone cares about us – not just filling in forms checking off boxes.
  5. Programs present a list of “shoulds” and “should nots” – Nobody is looking to feel deprived, guilted or more on their to do list. None of us are looking for another miserable thing to do in our lives.
  6. Missing Measurable Outcomes: The process helps participants recognize progress & work through setbacks providing mathematically measured success at regular intervals. Nothing assures adherence more than progress and victory.
  7. The Providers: most “fitness professionals” are limited to the limited outer appearances side of fitness mentioned earlier. The same information can be obtained searching online. That same information we shake our heads and say “tried it”. An understanding of hormones, circadian rhythms, agents in their environment that can be sabotaging their efforts beyond junk food in the cupboard and no time for exercise… if these many deeper aspects of cellular health are not incorporated – the program is far too simplistic, misleading and incomplete.
  8. Accountability: We all have greater appreciation when we have invested time and effort into the project. Employees can see a direct, quantitative relationship between individual changes and outcomes
  9. Follow through – Evolution did not happen in 1 session new habits. Psychologists say it takes 2 months of consistency to integrate a new lifestyle habit. Progression into habits often takes 2-3 cycles of testing, growth and evolution. We all know about going to a seminar – getting all Ra Ra – and then… flatline.
  10. Fitness Baggage… Attitude is everything. We all have experiences we are less proud of – and unfortunately that baggage weighs us down and doesn’t allow us to move forward. The go forward is far too often nothing more than either a pep talk or lost in the fine print.

What an incredible way to build corporate camaraderie and show employees how management cares for the person – not just the worker.

Nurture a person’s heartbeat – Nurture the Corporate heartbeat!