5 Things To Look For When Choosing Entertainment
Boredom has its advantages.
When you’re bored, you’re forced to be creative - to find your own fun, so to speak. But if you’re hosting an event or a party, the last thing you want to hear is “That was so boring I had to make my own fun”.
Fear not! This brief post will help. We’re going to look at 5 things you should consider when choosing entertainment for an event:
What does my audience want?
Having a children’s birthday party? A clown could fit the bill for entertainment!
That is, of course, if your child isn’t afraid of clowns.
And if you’re hosting a corporate event, a clown is going to look very out of place.
So consider the needs and wants of your audience! If you have a broad audience, you can use tools like SurveyMonkey to canvas suggestions and get a better read on what the majority of your audience likes.
Obviously, you can’t please everyone all of the time, but trying to cater to your audience can be a serious boon to the success of your event!
Can I afford it?
You might poll your audience and find they all agree: a trip to Zanzibar for the entire staff of 200 people is their first choice!
Unfortunately, it’s probably not a viable option.
Entertainment should be part of your overall event budget - once you have an idea what kinds of entertainment your audience is looking for, scout around for options that fall within your price range.
Does it have a good reputation?
Reputation is an interesting thing when it comes to entertainment. When your entertainment is a person (or people!), it’s a good idea to look at reviews and testimonials, and to watch their past performances. You can also interview the people whom you’re thinking of hiring.
When your entertainment is an object, place, or thing (like a trip to an escape room or a dunk tank), reviews are also important.
Does it tie in with the theme of my event?
If your event is themed, tie the entertainment into your theme! If your event isn’t themed, consider picking entertainment that you can theme your event around. An insurance company hiring a magician in Toronto might consider “The Magic of Insurance”, while a fast food company hiring a comedian might consider “Big Laughs in Fast Food”.
Theming your event can make your entertainment more impactful - and by impactful, we mean fun!
Does it sound fun for everyone?
As we mentioned at the top, you can’t please everyone.
But you can go out of your way to make your entertainment fun.
Don’t go with the budget option just because they’re the least expensive - if you’ve seen reviews or watched the entertainment in action, and it doesn’t look, well, entertaining - skip it. The point of entertainment is to add levity to your event, to make people smile, to avoid the “That was so boring I had to make my own fun” catastrophe.