Start, Middle, End - Cris Takes Care of the "Hard Bits"
These are the trickiest parts of any conference - get these moments right and you'll go a long way to creating a successful event - and rave reviews. Cris specialises in handling these challenging moments for you.
Cris has educated and entertained audiences at conferences; monthly, quarterly and annual forums; product launches; team-building sessions; lunch-hours; executive and board meeting;, farewell speeches' private celebrations; social functions; organisational events; Christmas parties and science gatherings.
Through his emphasis on the "Power of Positive Performance (PoPP)" - Cris has engaged audiences as large as 2,500 (“Happiness and Its Causes Conference” - where he is a crowd favourite) and as small as 5 executives needing a break from a strategy session. His disarming and humourous manner is a “zest of fresh air” that helps bring home even serious messages.
Start With A Bang
You see it all the time. First thing in the morning, the audience is still waking up. The energy is low. Perhaps a bit of nervous anticipation. People don’t know each other and when the speaker tries to get some audience participation they just sit there with their arms crossed. Or start looking at their shoes. There’s a deathly silence. I’m feeling nervous just thinking about it. Who would want to be the first to speak up?
Get Cris to open your conference with an ice-breaking activity and they'll all be jumping up and getting involved. Can you think of any other way to introduce so many people all at once? After all you don’t have all day. Just picture it – they all quietly take their seats but then within minutes they’re back up on their feet and I have them laughing WITH each other. Great way to bond.
End Your Conference on a High
Have you ever noticed how people judge an event by the way it ends? It might have been a great event but all they seem to remember is the lukewarm finish and the squeeling from the PA at the finish. It works the other way too - even if some elements of the conference were less than you'd hoped - if you finish well then everyone is happy. When you have them in the right frame of mind - then give out the feedback sheets!. As they say "all's well that ends well".
So if you want a good evaluation and you want your participants to feel good about you and your event then put Cris on last. Yes last. He’ll put on a high-octane finish with a warm take-away message, that will reflect positively on you.
The After-Lunch Lull
Cris will energise the dead zone after lunch – you know the one, about 45 minutes after everyone sat down from the lunch break. Just picture everyone enjoying a half hour of laughter, (even 15 minutes has worked). Imagine how energised and stimulated they feel afterwards, ready to get back to participating in your event!
Formal or informal, Cris has an ability to get participants on their feet and make them feel at ease. It’s a unique capacity to both energise and relax the audience.
More than just an MC, Cris can help you plan and organise the event, and even help you run the even, or put you in touch with reputable conference organisors:
- What's the best way to start and end my event?
- What's the 'red thread' that runs throughout my event?
- How do I embed the learnings so they last long after the event is over?
- What pre- and post work should I ask my participants to do?
- In-house or outsource - what should we do ourselves and what should we entrust to others?
- Who is a reputable conference organisor to trust your event to?
- How do I deal with that dreary mid-afternoon lull? (We have a guranteed solution!)
- You should expect much more from your keynote speaker than just fronting up on the day - if you're not getting that - get another speaker!
Cris is the MC that “glues” the event together, provides a breakout session, pre and post conference workshops and gives you helpful advice based on his experience. Cris works in this area all the time so why not leverage his experience and expertise?
An MC That Brings it All Together
Driving your message throughout the day, keeping sessions on time and questions on topic.
Need an MC to intro and outro your other presenters? Someone who knows just how much work you have put into the event and just how much it means to your for it to be a success? Cris will keep things running on time and manage the flow. He will keep the audience engaged and run the front-of-house.
Benefits of a Professional MC:
Every Talk is Tailored For You
Every talk Cris delivers is tailored to your key messages and participants. You don’t want the same old rehash your audience has heard before. You want something new, fresh and customised. Sure there are some common themes but Cris adapts them with your unique needs in mind.
"Laughternoon" Refreshers & Icebreakers
Better than a coffee break.
A great way to start, finish and enliven your event.
15 minute ‘laughter refreshers’ throughout your event will do wonders for the focus, energy, collaboration and networking of your participants. We particularly suggest mid-morning and 'laughternoon' refreshers. See Cris’s programs, or visit our sister site www.laughterworks.com.au for more information.