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t is an absolute fact that everyone loves to
laugh, and laughs are particularly needed
when there’s something serious going on.
With my vast experience of working at
meetings, conferences, product launches or
awards events, etcetera, I hear this all the
time. Having a laugh is like internal jogging...
and that can’t be a bad thing.
Sometimes providers of necessary laughs
are used at events but without success. In
fact, the audience feels cheated by having
someone who promised to give comedy relief
but failed to deliver.
Unlike the environment of a comedy club
where people are there to laugh at a comedian,
someone delivering humour at a corporate
business event has to fit in to the event.
A vital decision is whether to use the
provider of laughs for a spot or as the MC. A
great MC will lift the whole event and knows
how much humour to inject at any time. And
such an MC is particularly popular when
there are mainly serious speakers who
themselves don’t include some humour in
their talks. It’s not just more enjoyable for the
audience to have laughs but also they will
have better retention of messages as they
are saved from mental fatigue.
A great MC will also be adept at
spontaneous humour (ad libbing), and this is
essential to ensure impact and respect
through the event. A great MC will know how
to react when something goes wrong. For
Jack Levi, aka Elliot Goblet, gives some practical advice on breaking
up the serious business of a conference with some funny business.
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example, if the sound drops out for a short while I will keep the audience entertained with my
mimed yodelling and mimed juggling.
With my 37 years of experience coupled with much feedback from clients here is a summary
of what clients should expect of a hired funny person:
• Someone who has a good reputation at corporate/business events with testimonials to
• Someone who is motivated and excited about being at a particular event.
• Someone (if an MC) can happily do all of the housekeeping and formal announcements
with some added humour to make the listening palatable.
• Someone who is easy to get on with and displays some flexibility with time of presentation.
• Someone who is people friendly and will mix with the audience outside of their presentation
time. Attendees really value that informal time with a guest presenter/performer.
• Someone who is prepared to take a brief before the event and does some preparation so
that part of their presentation is relevant to the audience. Relevant material can also deliver
major benefits such as facilitating organisational change, reducing areas of conflict and
• Someone who is current with their content rather than relying on material that was more
relevant in years gone by.
• Someone who is great value for money and not just rewarded for a high media profile. A
number of organisations have hired corporate entertainers/MC’s largely based on a current
high media profile and often this has proven to be disastrous.
• Someone who is tasteful and politically correct enough for the audience. Just one poor
taste joke can turn the audience against the person delivering it and that can result in a
negative mood in the room. And there will be complaints.
• Someone who (if an MC) can ad lib well and inject humour between particularly dry
sessions to keep the audience motivated and awake.
• Someone who has emotional impact through their message and has a viewpoint of
The good news is that there are many choices of great corporate entertainers or MCs and
with a range of fees to match most budgets. m
Comedian/corporate entertainer/MC Elliot Goblet has had more than 1600 appearances at corporate/
business events and he always includes special material for the event. You can read his full story with
a visit to www.elliotgoblet.com.au.
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OPINION | JACK LEVI
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COVER STORY | FIJI MARRIOTT RESORT MOMI BAY
Levu’s south-west coast just 33
kilometres from Nadi
International Airport, Fiji Marriott Resort Momi
Bay is the only property on Fiji’s mainland to
offer over-water accommodation.
Surrounded by a large, turquoise lagoon,
the resort provides guests with an elegant,
tropical island experience. With a dedicated,
state-of-the-art events and conference centre
set back from the main resort, Fiji Marriott
Resort Momi Bay is designed to appeal both
to event planners and delegates alike.
With floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an
abundance of natural light, the resort’s Grand
Salon Ballroom can accommodate large events
or conferences of up to 400 people theatre-style
or be split into three rooms for smaller groups.
The resort’s events and conference centre
also features 1100 metres of outdoor pre-
function space set around a garden, with a
protective awning in case of wet weather
conditions; an Island Boardroom that can
accommodate up to 55 people theatre-style; and a separate porte cochère with space for a red
carpet to help create a sense of exclusivity and grandeur. Designed with flexibility in mind, the
multipurpose venues feature the latest technology, access to gourmet catering and expert event
Meetings and event planners can take advantage of the resort’s beachfront location by
extending their functions beyond the events and conference centre to one of three outdoor
event spaces. North Point, which is located at the far end of the resort, is a great spot for a
large cocktail event with swaying palm trees and panoramic ocean and lagoon views. Fish Bar,
the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, is perfect for intimate evening events where delegates can
witness a famous Fijian sunset. Alternatively, Vonu Beach can be reserved for the ultimate island
experience, with the capacity to host more than 500 people.
Thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of the picture-perfect setting, Fiji Marriott Resort
Momi Bay offers beautiful accommodation options to impress the most astute delegates. The
resort features 114 Bure Villas, including 22 over-water Bure Villas with decks from which guests
can dive directly into the turquoise waters. A further 136 Deluxe Rooms, which can be
interconnected, provide flexibility for groups.
Delegates can choose from three restaurants offering distinctive local and international
cuisines. At Goji Kitchen & Bar, delegates can engage with chefs and savour the inventive Fijian,
Asian and international dishes made to order at the open-kitchen cooking stations. At Fish Bar,
they can enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood overlooking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. For
those looking for a more relaxed setting, Lagoon House & Bar offers simple yet delicious
Mediterranean fare using the highest quality produce. Fiji Baking Company, the resort’s bakery
and delicatessen, offers freshly made pastries, sandwiches and salads as well as barista-style
coffee in a casual café setting.
For delegates who like to keep active, the resort offers a range of onsite activities such as
kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and tennis. The resort is also in close proximity to two golf
courses, including Natadola Golf Course (33km) and Denarau Golf & Racquet Club (37km).
For those in need of some rest and relaxation, Quan Spa offers a range of signature
treatments to help align the body and mind and restore clarity. There are also three large pools
and a whirlpool surrounded by stylish cabanas and loungers, including a main pool with a swim-
up bar and an adult’s only infinity pool. m
Learn more by visiting www.fijimarriott.com
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