The warm climate and endless choice of tourist attractions make Orlando, Florida an ideal location for conventions, conferences and trade shows. In fact, Orlando hosts hundreds of national and international meetings every day of the year. When your audience’s attention will often be drawn away from your convention to Orlando theme parks and nightlife, it is important to provide entertainment entertainment and additional activity incentives on your event. Whether you are at the Orange County Convention Center or Walt Disney World, this article will give you useful tips for renting live entertainment for your Orlando meeting.
The first step is to decide what convention activities you want for live entertainment. Be creative in your scheduling, because adding a bit of unexpected pleasure at all conventions will help participants stay upbeat and positive. Everyone expects the show after the gala dinner, but what about before the morning session to wake everyone up or during a break from one of the long afternoon meetings. Thinking outside the box with your entertainment will help make your convention a prominent event.
Once you know where you want entertainment, you can start focusing on what type of entertainment you want. Today, the company’s entertainment choices are almost unlimited. You can choose to entertain your guests with costumed costumers, wizards, comedians, hypnotists, fire eaters, bands, lead singers, fortune tellers, or acrobats. If your event has a theme then you might want to try adjusting the theme. The Magic of Customer Service theme is perfect for magic shows. A Mardi Gras event can benefit from fortune tellers, magicians and other street entertainers. If you open a session with some entertainment, maybe you want to consider a comedian or comedy actor who can present fake motivational speeches to make everyone laugh. Don’t be afraid to break away from tradition. If you always have a stand-up comedian at dinner, try a hypnotic comedy or company game to give your guests something fresh and new.
When you narrow your choices to one or two types of actions, you need to start a search for a particular entertainer. You can make your search easier by first deciding the criteria for what you want in your entertainment. Do you want national action or local action? Should the action be clean or a little rated PG-13 or R material suitable for your group? Do you want events that are interactive and involve audience members? How long do you want the event to be? (Planning Instructions: Most after dinner runs between 45-60 minutes, longer and you risk making your viewers nervous). Does the player have to work with specific performance restrictions (is the show outside, limited space, etc.)? All of these items on your list must be used to filter out potential entertainment choices.
You can start a search for online entertainers. There is no shortage of entertainers with websites. If you find an entertaining site that interests you, contact the entertainers to find out fees, availability, and to see if they can meet your criteria list. If they are not on the website, be sure to ask for references or letters of recommendation from previous clients. If players are true corporate entertainers, they have already done it for clients in the same industry as your company. Also, be sure to submit a special request or potential unique situation about your event with the booking manager before signing any contract. Instead, it’s also important to ask what entertainers want you to supply for the show. This will allow you to budget for the needs of audio-visual rentals or staging, and avoid unpleasant last minute surprises.
When you search online for an entertainer, beware of directory sites like Gigmasters, which list thousands of entertainers who have paid to advertise on the site. Many of these websites will take your contact information and send it to dozens of their entertainers, and you will be flooded with emails and calls from entertainers that you don’t even care about.
Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resorts both have a direct entertainment department that organizes entertainment for theme parks and conventions held at the resort property. If you are holding an event at a hotel or place at one of these amusement park properties, you can ask your site for contact about available entertainment options. The positive side of booking an amusement park theme is allowing you to bring a little magic amusement park to your convention guests. The disadvantage is that you will pay a premium for entertainment that your guests often see for free when visiting the park.
A stress-free way to hire an entertainer is through an entertainment company that specializes in corporate entertainers. Funny Entertainment Company [http://www.corporatefunny.com] helps companies and associations rent entertainment for Orlando meetings by negotiating the best performing costs with their comedians. When you order through Corporate Funny, you can bring national entertainment to your meeting. Their goal is to give you “the funniest for your money”.
Funny companies make choosing comedy entertainers easy, because they have reviewed hundreds of national actions to bring you the top six for company hearings. This action has been chosen based on having a clean comedy show that is appropriate for the company’s audience, perfect references, professionalism, and total entertainment value from their performance.
For a meeting in Orlando, Brandy Swardson, booking manager for a Funny Company, recommends comedy magician Chris Linn, who has fresh, interesting actions, and not like any magic show or comedy show ever. Chris was named the best comedy entertainment star by the 2008 Best Entertainers and Speakers award.