EON Cape Town 2019

EON Business Events Showcase

Cape Town 2019

We had the absolute pleasure of being the EON entertainment partner for the second year running in Cape Town. We showcased a range of artists including musicians, comedians, speakers and magicians. This event is always so much fun we can hardly consider it work. Here are some of the artists we featured at the showcase, photographed by the talented Sarah Midgley. 

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Braai Olympics

Braai Olympics

Facilitated by Chris Forrest

What is the Braai Olympics?

The Braai Olympics is a unique way of celebrating our South African heritage while simultaneously breaking the ice between delegates, allowing them to show off their skills and enjoy themselves. By making sure that each individual is allocated a task, the Braai Olympics ensures no one is left out. Thereby guarenteeing teamwork as a result of everyone working together towards an end goal.

How it works:

Delegates will be split into teams of 5 to 7 players, they will need to choose a team name and assign each team member a number from 1 to 5(or to the total number of team members if the number exceeds 5). Once this is done they will receive a list of 5 tasks, each of which follow on from one another. The team member whose number corresponds with the task number has to complete said task. Most of which rely on time and skill, but in the end the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy creating tasty food. All the tasks require the support of your fellow teammates.

The winner in each category will be allocated 10 points, second place 9 points, third gets 8 points and so on, which means every team will be allocated points. After all the tasks have been completed and the points have been tallied, the team with the most points will be crowned the Braai Olympics Champions.

Judging of the food takes place on two levels. Firstly, purely on taste, directly after it is prepared(a trick learned from the set of Masterchef). Presentation is then done and judged after the food has been tasted.

Where did the Braai Olympics start?

Chris Forrest, comedian and winner of Celebrity Masterchef South Africa, created the Braai Olympics as a modern alternative to the traditional old favourite “potjie competition”. Chris facilitates the team building activity using his knowledge from Masterchef combined with years worth of experience as a professional MC, he makes sure everything goes off without a hitch and everyone is thoroughly entertained throughout the experience.

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The Randpark Golf Club hosted the Braai Olympics for Heritage day 2018. The competitors had an absolute blast, have a look at some photos of the event below.

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Erik Vermeulen

Erik Vermeulen

Behaviour | Teams | Adventure

Erik Vermeulen has been a Business consultant and international Keynote speaker since 1994. He specialises in Corporate Behaviour strategies, allowing companies to create more profitable behaviours by examining how their teams work and how they interact with their employees as well as their customers. Erik explores trends and behaviours that have shaped the business world, and ones that will be required to motivate and improve performance in a post-recession business world where corporate spin become less powerful than customer and employee experience.

He has served long-term consulting contracts with some of the world’s largest companies and leaders in the global marketplace. His clients have found that Erik has the ability to put plenty of reallife business issues into perspective and offer realistic alternatives to team and leadership issues. He is frequently singled out for his enthusiasm, down to earth attitude and refreshing approach to people.

Erik has helped an African mobile phone company say “Jambo Greatness”, and they delivered on the promise. He’s shown the staff at Africa’s most profitable airline how they can “Lift you Up”, and a medical Aid scheme how to become “Pacesetters”. He’s even managed a to get the IT division at a major bank to “Simplify Complexity” and a children’s Cancer Charity to understand “How Now Brown Cow?” to transition to bigger things.”

Erik believes that you cannot motivate people, he takes a highly effective behavioural approach to leadership that allows him to influence what people are motivated to do! He shows companies how to build “virtual” teams that include both their employees and their customers, making a significant impact on the bottom-line. He has helped a global mobile phone company sell 60 000 units in a saturated market in under 3 weeks.

Topics/focus areas

Erik is adept at speaking on issues relating to employee and customer relationships – soft skills that produce hard results. His insights into how consumers and employees behave and how to shape these behaviours in a new economy shaped by technology are essential in Leadership and bottom-line success.

Topics

• Find your 5 – Motivation
• Cordialism: How the best Companies lose their flavour.
• Ridgeline – Succeeding with an Adventure Mindset.
• Why can’t everyone just be NORMAL – Like ME?
• Purpose Driven Strategy.
• Custom crafted presentations – Delivering YOUR message

Facilitation

Erik facilitates Strategy using his “Purpose Driven Strategy” process and creates perspective when MCing or Moderating your conference.

Publications

Erik writes regularly for a number of international blogs and magazines on Personal and Team Performance, Engagement, Corporate Culture, Customer and Employee Behaviour and Sport Psychology.

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5 Things Event Organisers love about Speakers

5 Things Event Organisers love about Speakers

By Erik Vermeulen

25/09/2018

 

After spending 15 years on the global conference speaking circuit I’ve shared the platform with a variety of awesome speakers, bad speakers, arrogant speakers, and then some.

There are 3 things that I believe are important for a speaker to know – their topic is one, but I only rate it 3rd. The first is to know the audience, and the second, to know what makes the Event Organiser and guys paying your bill happy.

Here’s  some advice to fellow speakers on how I keep Event Organisers happy. If you’re looking to book speakers, why not ask them if they are prepared to deliver on these 5 aspects.

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Event organisers love working with speakers who:

1) Understand the event’s community 

Get to know your audience ahead of the event. Spend some time with them (online or in person), and make sure you’re current with the most relevant topics of discussion or debate. This will also help if you choose to have a Question and Answer session. Find out who the other speakers are, and publicly reach out to them. This will help build momentum and comraderie in advance of the event, itself.

2) Promote the event 

A speaker’s own following or readership is great source of potential attendees for a conference. Organizers are aware of this and will notice when you actively promote the event to your community. Get the word out on your blog, shared calendars, message boards and social networks.

3) Are dependable

Organizers will choose speakers who show up on time, have all their materials, are prepared for AV mishaps, and can adapt to last minute changes. Your reputation matters. Many speakers don’t realize it, but conference organizers of different events compare notes and talk amongst themselves to share their experiences working with speakers, on and off the stage.

4) Expect the unexpected 

When it comes to professional events, Murphy’s Law prevails. Don’t assume there will be a dependable Internet connection. If you plan on presenting a “live demo”, make sure you have backup screenshots handy in case the Internet connection isn’t as speedy or stable as you need.

5) Participate in the event 

Don’t just fly in, speak, and fly out. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, the event is your customer, and the audience is your extended community. Be approachable and make time to engage with attendees in the halls, in other sessions, at lunch. Be willing to do an impromptu podcast, and be a good sport about having your picture taken with attendees. It will be worth your time, you’ll meet interesting people and you just might learn something

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Bad Wolf

BADWOLF

3 to 8 piece, versatile Jazz Band

BadWolf is a fresh  band from Johannesburg created purely to rearrange top 40 and other highly recognisable songs with a hip, groove based approach.

BadWolf cover everything from Etta James’ classic “At Last” to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and everything in between.

BadWolf hosts some of South Africa’s young stars. Hannah Foster has created a name for herself as one of the most talented vocalists, Cameron Bruce, Idols finalist in 2009 as well as guitarist for 80’s superstar, Jennifer Rush. Together with Justin Badenhorst (Drummer for Elvis Blue) and Benjamin Jephta (renowned SA Bassist) holding down the rhythm, each song is sure to be tight and groovy.

The cherry on top is their fantastic Trumpet player, Neil Engel, who adds a touch of elegance and class to BadWolf’s sound.

All round BadWolf is a great band for any event, function or wedding with their constantly updated repertoire. The band is fronted by two singers and is available as a 3 piece for intimate occasions, a 5 piece for something with a bit more punch and an 8 piece.  They have amazing singers as can be seen in their videos, and they use some of the best session musicians in South Africa!  The aim is to be able to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for within your budget!

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What’s Up with Rubber Duc

WHAT’S Up with rubber duc

18/09/2018

In honour of Ed Sheeran coming to South Africa, Rubber Duc pay him tribute with an African infused mashup

Rubber Duc released a mashup of Ed Sheeran song covers on 12 September and the public are absolutely loving it. The song has gotten over 6 000 views in only 6 days! Their post on Facebook has been shared over 300 times and counting. Comments are flowing about how much everyone enjoys the African flair that Rubber Duc have put on the popular songs. “Ed Sheeran is coming to South Africa and we couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to the legend but to add some South African flavour to several of his hits!”Rubber Duc.  We can only hope that Ed Sheeran himself sees the video and loves it as much as we do. 

Watch the video for yourself, if you like it then share it, you could be helping Rubber Duc reach their dream of sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran in March.

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Since their first hit single in March 2014, RUBBER DUC has become a South African
favourite on radio and at live shows across the country! Nick Jordaan, Amiel Gopal,
Sheldon Sham and Brendan Campbell have captured the hearts of fans of all ages.
They have just been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter
category finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition 2017! The panel of judges included Bastille, Lorde and Tom Waits. Organiser Candace Avery says: “Although being selected an Honorable Mention does not garner any physical prizes, with over 16,000 entries from 140 countries, ISC still considers you an ISC winner. This a remarkable achievement of which you should be extremely proud.”

Although their style and genre is hard to define, their music appeals to a diverse group of people across all age groups. RUBBER DUC believes that music provides a platform to bring people together, to change the world, even if just for a moment… In their own words: “When people sing your music back to you, whether it is one person or a thousand, the point is that the message has touched someone in one way or another.” And they have certainly done that! Their music is uplifting, positive and appealing.

Whether it’s a satirical take on life, like “AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT”, a
touching love song like “FEET” or an anthem like “IT’S ALRIGHT”, their songs tend to
stick in your mind… RUBBER DUC’s go-to director, the legendary Kyle White, creates
equally memorable videos! 

Their up-beat and interactive onstage personality makes RUBBER DUC a hit at live
performances. That, and the fact that each band member plays a part of the drum kit in addition to their “main” instruments on their feet, makes watching them as entertaining as hearing their music! Rubber Duc also calls on the incredible drumming skills of Leeroy Sauls to add some additional bang on stage.

Rubber Duc released their much anticipated debut album in September 2016. Conceptualised and created on the road between shows, “THE SECRET SUNRISE” was produced, recorded and mixed at Openroom Studios in Johannesburg by Grammy and SAMA-award winning engineer and producer Darryl Torr, and former Zebra & Giraffe frontman Greg Carlin.

“We can barely contain our excitement for this album! From Wellington, which is about a little town in the Western Cape that we fell in love with, to Feet which is about how difficult it is to sometimes be honest with the people we love, Leaving Town, letting go of that love, to Faithful, about being in love with what we do for a living. LOVE seems to be a recurring theme… These songs are a collection of our experiences, feelings, moments, and memories we have made on this flipping awesome journey, which are all as beautiful as a secret sunrise.”

The album has been enthusiastically received by the public and critics alike. Music blogger Al Broide writes: ‘The Secret Sunrise’ is a great debut record. This is a proudly South African album. Sure, it’s a pop album with an international appeal, but there are so many different African elements sonically. Not only does it broaden the appeal locally, but it also shows that Rubber Duc have released an album that is a true representation of themselves and when an artist does that, the audience can instantly pick it up and the connection is much stronger. There are plenty of single choices on the record and it’s easily one of the best pop records to come out of South Africa this year. This is definitely a record you should be adding to your holiday playlist this December.”

“THE SECRET SUNRISE” was nominated for 2 SAMA’s in the categories Best Alternative Album and Best Produced Album.


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Modern Weddings

Modern Weddings

By Chris Forrest

17/09/2018

Where is the love?

You go through stages in life, where one type of event seems to dominate your social calendar. I myself am at that age where, for the last five or so years, I seem to go to a lot of weddings. Now while I believe it’s a fantastic thing for two people to commit to each other for life, or at least a while; until they have enough and call the divorce lawyer, I do feel that the wedding day has become a bit of a farce.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like tradition, I enjoy a dry, gamey bird at Christmas, I sing repetitive songs to people when they age, and I consume chocolate eggs to commemorate the death and subsequent resurrection of Christ (although this one confuses me a bit), but I do feel the traditions associated with marriage seems to be more about outdoing the Joneses next door, the video and photographs than the day itself.

Let’s start at the beginning shall we, the chapel. Now I’m pretty sure most readers of this fine publication aren’t religious fanatics (and if you are I would like to come to your church) and neither are most people in my age group, in fact I’d go so far as to say in most of the weddings I’ve attended, the ceremony is the first contact the couple have had with religion since Sunday school. Yet, all except for two, insisted on a man of the cloth in a chapel, one friend even went so far as to find one on the internet… most entertaining but a bit weird. This means that the rest of us, also mostly non-church going folk, now have to sit (normally on uncomfortable benches) through not only the vows (I actually don’t mind this bit too much), but also the mandatory hymn singing, and I use the word singing generously, and then a religious sales presentation from the chap in the middle, this has been known to last up to an hour… which seriously cuts into my drinking time.

Once this ordeal is over you’re all invited out of the chapel to welcome the newly weds, and throw random tiny items at them. This would be fine if it were purely an act of revenge for making you sit through “Paul’s letter to the Corinthians” one more excruciating time, but its not. Confetti is traditionally used to show celebration, however these days, when the Hitleresque photographer has demanded that everyone cease their merriment so that they can throw in unison at the count of three, in order to capture the “perfect moment” it feels less like being a guest at a joyous occasion, and more like being a stage hand on a low budget project for SABC 1. At this point the guests are obliged to congratulate the latest Mr and Mrs one at a time, by means of a handshake and a kiss, in that order, most of the time. Side note here, apparently the kiss should not involve tongue, or so everyone told me afterwards.

After the “perfect moment” has been rehearsed and achieved, it’s time for the camera-nazi to remove the happy couple from their congratulating friends and family to the furtherest place possible to take pictures of the bride and groom, their families, the wedding party and every conceivable combination thereof.

At this point, the guests are made to mull around outside, clad in their finest clothing, ladies in their high-heels constantly doing the sinking-into-the-grass dance, all the while coming ever closer to starvation, with only peanuts and orange juice cocktails for sustenance. This is the longest part of the entire day, especially when it’s one of those distant cousin weddings, and the only people you know are the family member whom you haven’t spoken to in years, and as you try to reconnect through clichéd, disjointed conversation, you can just feel them looking around the area for someone more interesting to speak to.

Finally after an hour or so of forced pleasantries the designated MC will invite everyone inside to the reception area. This is a very important part of the day, as this is when all the ladies in between the ages of 16 and 83 begin filling in their mental score cards, allocating marks for every aspect of the décor ranging from colours, to table settings to “thanks for sharing the day with us” mini gifts. Then of course there is probably the most important thing of the day, the thing that seems to be indicative of a good or bad wedding, the make of the entire day and possibly the marriage itself; the flowers. Every woman has a duty to herself and the female sex in general to access the floral arrangement in the middle of the table, and hope in her heart of hearts, that she be one of the lucky few who gets to take said foliage home with her, so that it may take pride of place in her home for the 3 – 4 days before it dies. The importance of this is not to be underestimated; I’ve seen reputable ladies get violent for this privilege. These days its also become a trend for some people to put a disposable camera on each table. This is a fantastic way to find out the sizes of all your male guest’s penises, if however your new wife can identify more then two of them, it may be a warning sign…

So on we go, after we’ve all stood to welcome (once again) for the first time (since the church) the brand new Mr & Mrs whoever, everyone is then seated and house keeping rules are explained, and then the over priced starters are served. The guests are then sentenced to a minimum of three speeches, traditionally the father of the bride, the best man and the groom, (I’ve been unfortunate enough to experience everyone in the entire bridal party, a total of 9 people saying their “few words” – it was a long evening). Although one would think that a person not skilled in the art of public speaking would want to keep as short as possible, in my experience, this is not the case, but its normally from the heart, so I can accept a man stumbling, sweating and stuttering his way through a 20 minute speech, what really bothers me is when the best man has downloaded his speech from “askjeeves.com” or a similar website. It may sound funny and original to you and a large portion of your audience, but know this; some of us have heard those same corny jokes and witticisms at three other weddings before you read them to us and although we may have joined in the polite laughter, just like your lady friends, we were faking it.

After dinner we move on to what is becoming my favourite part of the modern day ceremony, the first dance. Traditionally this was an intimate and romantic moment, where everyone could look on, jealously longing for that same connection and closeness with another human being, but in the interest of looking good these days many couples have decided to choreograph their love. Watching bride and groom nervously trying to remember steps, whilst visibly counting beats, one feels there is about as much intimacy as home affairs at lunch time.

The evening continues in a hurry, after all the “graphers” –both video and photo are only booked for another 40 minutes, so in a panic the mc gets every one inside to witness the cutting of the cake (for a time I thought this might be symbolic) and the joy of newlyweds lustily shoving it into each others faces (I still think this may be). Then its on to the throwing of the bouquet and garter respectively, where all the single ladies collude as to who should catch the superstitious bunch of flowers, whilst the men pretend they don’t really want to be there yet all rush and wrestle over the decorative elastic.

Finally, with the formalities over, its time for the real party to begin. The DJ spins all those wedding favourites like Zobra  the greek, the birdie song and the Macarena, what is it about having a woman in a ridiculously expensive white dress that makes people want to move in unison to bad music? I just don’t get it, but I do enjoy watching old white people perpetuate the stereotype about their dancing ability, until of course we call it a night.

My advice if you are ever planning to get married is to forget the video camera, forget trying to compete with other weddings you’ve been to, no-one should ever take out a second bond to pay for these things, just have fun and enjoy the day. In five years time no-one will remember your colours or what flowers were on the table, but they will remember if they had fun.

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The Capitals Announce their Nationwide Tour

Awesome News from The Capitals

13 September 2018

The Capitals Sign Exclusive Management Deal and
Announce December Tour

Upon first glance, The Capitals don’t take themselves too seriously, cracking jokes left, right and centre – because the only thing better than a good pun is a really bad one. And let’s face it; you can’t even start a sentence without a capital.

Spending more time with the band, it is clear that behind their happy-go-lucky demeanour are four hard working musicians with an insatiable passion for their community of fellow South Africans.

Hailing from The Capital city of Pretoria, South Africa, the band formerly known as Upsexy, have finally settled on a new and permanent line-up that will see them soar. Originating members Conrad Rudolph and Rics Eltze are joined on stage by Seth Fobian and Wesley Ward – the foursome becoming a sought-after act at top festival line-ups. Additionally, the band have joined forces with Indie Does It, signing an exclusive management deal in the hopes of taking their career to the next level.

“I am extremely excited to be working with these guys, knowing that their hearts and heads are in the right place. The Capitals are an extremely fun loving band and their catchy guitar riffs haunt you for days, in a good way. I cannot wait to take their music around the country and garner them some new fans,” says Indie Does It founder Genevieve Vieira.


Frontman Conrad Rudolph adds, “I’m unbelievably thankful to have someone who believes in us. This industry is savage, so it keeps us motivated. Having an experienced, objective opinion to bounce off of is pivotal in staying sane.”

This news comes together with a teaser of their end of year Capital to Coast Tour announcement. The band will travel from their hometown of Pretoria through to the Mother City, promoting their new music and spreading positive vibes.

The Capitals still remain largely in control of their own brand and music as they continue to develop their personal sound. Before they disappear into studio to make their onstage magic a little more permanent, catch them at Das Oktoberfest Pretoria this Saturday 15 September.

Conrad concludes, “We’ve been itching to take our music outside Gauteng after seeing how people respond to our songs, especially the holiday crowds. Having the new line up settled has really enabled us to level up our performance. We can’t wait!”

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The Importance of Good Entertainment

The Importance of Good Entertainment

by Chris Forrest

Corporate events and the importance of having them is underrated, people don’t realize how effective a tool such an event can be.  Whether you’re looking to attract new business, cement relationships with your existing clients, educate your staff or boost team morale thereby increasing productivity, a successful corporate event has immense power.

The thing is though, if you want to make people feel special, you have to make your event special.  I’ve done a lot of events in my nineteen years as a comedian, I’ve seen some amazing events, I’ve seen some complete duds and a lot that are somewhere in between. There are many elements that can influence this. Obviously, as a comic I’m biased and I feel that the most important is entertainment. I’ve sat with delegates at the breakfast table many times after an event, and I can’t recall too many conversations about how spectacular the centre-piece was or how much they enjoyed the malva pudding & custard (the desert of choice at 90% of these nights). The subject that’s got tongues wagging is normally a toss up between how much they enjoyed the comedian (or other entertainment but as I said, I’m biased), who won which awards or how many shooters everybody manage to force down their throat on the company account  – if I’m honest this one normally comes up first.

Now if you’re an events planner or planning your company’s upcoming function, you’re probably looking at a comedian to make it awesome, and if you’re not, you really should be. Comedians, in my humble opinion, are the most versatile, best value for money and also great at improvising if things don’t go according to plan. The thing is when you book a comic, there are certain things you can, and should do in order to get the most out of it for all involved, so here are a few tips to help:

Track record

It’s all good and well if three of your friends saw a guy ripping it up a the Rusty Hook comedy night, but it is important to remember that a formal function is very different from a comedy club. The subjects discussed are normally quite different, the “F-bombs” need to be locked away in a secure location, hecklers, no matter how belligerent and drunk, need to be treated with a level of respect rather than destroyed and lastly it must be kept in mind that the audience are not there for comedy so they’re slightly harder to amuse, which can be the undoing of someone who is not experienced in such things. Make sure the comic you hire has either been in the comedy game for a fair amount of time, or has a proven corporate track record, the former if any good, should have the latter. I would suggest getting references rather than believing a self-written bio, just to be safe.

Reliability 

While you’re doing the reference check, make sure that the individual you’re hiring is reliable. Since these events normally have a strict time schedule and you have enough to stress about, without worrying because your funny person is an hour late. Furthermore they should be able to stick to time, if you’ve allocated a twenty minute spot, a good comic will be able to fill exactly that time, give or take a minute either side, they should also be adaptable enough to shorten or lengthen it (within reason) if necessary.

Match the comic to the audience

A good booking agent should be able to assist with this. The nature of the industry means that there are a lot of comedians out there who can cross over to a wide range of people, which is great especially if your company is big and diverse, in this case, make sure your comic can cross over and appeals to all. In other cases it may be more specialized, if 90% of your audience only understands Chinese, it makes no sense to book an English-speaking comedian, its happened to me, and was terrible for the audience and myself.

Give a briefing if required

If you want your comic to do something different from the norm, give them a briefing. This isn’t always the case, but often I’ll get asked to make industry specific jokes (which decent comics should do anyway), or take the mickey out of “Dave from accounts” which is a lot easier if I have a bit more insight into your product and industry, or who Dave is, and why he’s been chosen for this “honour”. It’s best to request a briefing, especially if you are quite nervous about how the event will unfold, or if this is your first time organizing an event with a comedian and you are looking for some reassurance. If the comic refuses to meet for a briefing, you may want to tread with caution, rather look out for a comic who is professional and willing to go out of their way to make you feel more comfortable about your event.

A good comedian will elevate your event, as they say “Laughter is the best the best medicine” and at this point in time, I think we could all do with a good chuckle. So book a comic and make it better.