A few months ago, we worked with Jon Favreau, the former speech writer for President Obama, as part of a large event we did for the University at Albany. I read a recent article in which Jon gave three tips he learned from his White House experience on writing great speeches and presentations. Continue reading
A Hawaiian state legislator wants to go back to the future to make buying concert tickets fairer. Sen. Donna Mercado Kim introduced a bill that would make a past practice – waiting in line for concert tickets – mandatory in her state. Continue reading
Who’d have thought that the longest running and most popular children’s show in the world, Sesame Street, sprung from the civil rights movement. It did and Roscoe Orman, who has played Gordon on Sesame Street for 40 years, recently discussed how during a lecture at the Smithsonian Institute.
Several colleges have booked Roscoe Orman to speak about that connection during Black History Month in February of 2014. Roscoe was also an early member of the Free Southern Theater in New Orleans and toured throughout the South for two years and served as the company’s artistic director for one season during the early 1960s.
Entertainers and speakers … they can be a glamorous part of winning events. But if you don’t have a full understanding of who you’re dealing with, then booking them can become a catastrophe for you.
Officials at a university in the northeast told us of how celebrities in three straight events refused to do their meet and greets. This created problems for the planners with the sponsors of the various events, who were expecting to meet the entertainers as part of their sponsorship packages. In each case they appealed to the person who booked the talent, but in each case that person represented the talent and not the university. They were told there was no recourse.
That, of course, isn’t true. Contracts must be honored by both parties, so you need to make sure you have leverage to get everything you’re entitled to.
That’s why it’s best to hire someone who represents you to book your events. If they’ve got you’re interests at heart then you’ll get the most appropriate entertainer or speaker for your event and they’ll fulfill every part of their contract.