Here's me interviewing an award winner at the Redshift annual awards show. She looks a little worried. I hope, by the end of the next bit of our show, she wasn't worried any more. That's because Jen O'Sullivan and I took the information I was gathering from her and turned it into a Shakespearean tribute to her. There's Jen mid-tribute. It's an old corporate improv trick but it still gets the same kick every time. The hero of the story gets something special. They become the a
I think I'm trying to smoulder here. That expression is certainly not because I'm bored. In fact, I'm in the middle of a great night's entertainment for the folks at Insurance Advisernet. Not content to let their Australian cousins have all the glory in the performance stakes the Kiwi crew organised their own challenge. This time they divided all their team up into smaller teams and tasked them with coming up with a lip sync to a classic song featured on the show "Soul Train"
When you're on the Earnslaw why not claim to be its eponymous captain? I see no reason not to (or to casually drop in the word eponymous). Captain Earnslaw appeared as part of my work for the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference for this year. I've done more than a few of these now and they are always a nice mix of comedy characters and just me being me (or a conference friendly version of me). Captain Earnslaw appeared as part of a welcome breakfast which was a new addition
Traumatised by this? You should be. After almost 30 years of dressing up as hundreds and hundreds of characters I have never done Frank N Furter - until now. Achieving this look is no mean feat for a man of my stature - corset and shoes had to be ordered from overseas for the occasion but it was certainly worth it. The client was Insurance AdviserNet. I've done quite a few jobs for the New Zealand part of the business, but this was my first outing for the Australians. And it
Lawyers are supposed to be able to convince people of anything, right? Well tonight Richard Falkner and I decided we would try some not-so-convincing convincing of our own. The event was a conference dinner for insurance lawyers. It's theme was James Bond. For James Bond themed gigs going with Bond as your character is never a good idea. To start with he's the easiest to costume - put on a tux. For the second, he's the hero. As entertainment you shouldn't go as the hero - tha
Every once in a while I forget to take a photo when I'm in character. This gig was one of those, I'm afraid. But if you look around the site you're bound to come across a pic of me in my lederhosen. In fact it was seeing me in those Lederhosen at another job that persuaded the folk at Nind Electrical that I'd be the right guy for their 40th birthday celebration. So down to Invercargill I went as Guenther Nind, the long lost German cousin of the founders of Nind Electrical. My
Another long-term client required a few tweaks to keep things fresh this year. This time we were talking about the IPENZ Transportation Group who we have helped out in 2014 and 2015. In the past I've normally MCed their conference days as myself but this time we wanted to try something different to keep things fresh. So I appeared as per usual for the first day conferencing - suit, tie, the usual business as required by this particular conference. And then we changed it up...
The last time I had to do any crying as part of a performance was back at University.But this job, with my old friends at MyFarm, required me to MC as myself, perform a dramatic piece about Safety and then, later on in the evening MC the gala dinner in character. It was a one day conference that had all the extremes! Beginning the day as MC things carried along business as usual until just before lunch when all the delegates came back from workshops to find me dressed as a fa
Its great to be able to talk about jobs that already have blog posts attached to them because this means that its repeat business! The IPENZ Transportation Group is a client I've had for a while and its always a great fun job to do because it is a mixture of character work (like my MCing the Gala Dinner as the Roman centurion Felinus Occulus Medianus Strada) and traditional MCing. It is also a real luxury being with the same group of people for a while - there is a real knowl
A little while back we talked in this blog about an awesome team-building exercise that we created for Te Papa. The great thing about the place is its uniqueness. There's no other venue around that comes close to it for size, variety of spaces and inspiration. So I thought it might be cool to put a few other suggestions of things that work fantastically in one of Wellington's most fantastic venues: THE BOGUS TOUR Take a tour unlike any other you will ever have at Te Papa! Our
Having just completed a conference for Beds R Us NZ in Australia Thom McGrath and I then did exactly the opposite. We joined Beds R Us Australia for their conference in Auckland! Its cool doing different branches of the same company because although there are many aspects that are different there is also a common language and previous experience helps with that. With the Beds R Us crowd there's a little bit of added pressure - some Aussies are invited to the NZ conference and
One of the great thing about doing a conference for a bed company is that you get to test the beds! That's one of the things that Thom McGrath and I got up to when we worked with Beds R Us New Zealand to MC their conference on the Gold Coast. Unlike other similar conferences we played the same characters the entire time but we did something a little different with them for this conference. The organisers wanted us to help support their message of growth and development that t
Every year Z Energy holds its "Gathering of Heroes". This is its recognition event where the best Customer Service Reps, Baristas and Forecourt Concierges from around the country are recognised in a big gala dinner. Its an event that really feels like its been done right - the mission is to create a memorable occasion that wows the guests and makes it an aspiration for next year. The nominees are really spoilt. They're flown to Auckland, put up in a nice hotel and given a fan
For the second of our jobs for MyFarm this year I headed down to Queenstown for their "Milk It" conference. This is where all the Farm Managers from the company's farms come together for workshops and a Gala Dinner that celebrates their achievements for the year. And that's where I came in. I MCed the workshops during the day and then the dinner that night as the German Goat Farmer Gunther. Gunther is a great match for the alpine setting in Queenstown so I was pleased to be a
The NZ Veterinary Association were one of the first clients to book a job with us when we got underway last year. Francesco and Fragrifert may have been the first actual outing but it was Leanne from the NZVA who was first in the inbox to book us for their function. The NZVA has been a client that I've had a long association with in the past and it was great to be back onboard for 2014. The format for the Vets is always the same but its the characters that we work on each yea