Gala Dinner

I’m just back from working as Master of Ceremonies at a huge 4 day conference in tropical Okinawa, Japan. Wow what a place! The conference was held at the Manza Intercontinental Resort which is a sight to behold. The resort had its own enormous beach, perfect for the beach team building games for the 220 guests. My role was to keep the event running smoothly working with the expert team from Spinergy Singapore.


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The view from my hotel room.


I hosted the welcome event, gala dinner and closing night dance spectacular as well as running group briefings and creating energisers along the way. The Gala Dinner Awards, particularly, is always a pleasure and a challenge, especially when it comes to pronouncing 220 Asian names from 14 different countries! I take the task very seriously and spend at least a week getting it right including recording and learning each name over and over. I believe it makes a huge difference to understand the difference between the Korean pronunciation of for example: ‘Lee’ and the Mandarin version. The moment when a 1st time winner enters the stage as the best employee out of 5000 candidates is very special. Hearing their name spoken perfectly by a foreign MC adds to the moment.


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Not entirely sure who that is next to me…





A busy month


It’s been a very busy month! I MC’d the Australia and New Zealand Geotech Conference at Crown Casino’s Palladium room for Leishman Associates and ICMI Speakers and Entertainers. The event was the Gala Dinner in a busy conference and adding some fun seemed to go down really well.

Next was a great event for Bosch at one of my have hotels the Sebel Albert Park in Melbourne. Working with Wacky Entertainment we rocked the night with our special brand of live and interactive quiz. The music questions were all played live and the interactive table games went down a treat.

I had the pleasure of co-writing the opening segment for the NICE Systems conference at the Langham Hotel. The brief was to create a funny, engaging and interactive opener for an 8:30am start! We also needed to fit in with the Mafia/WiseGuys theme. We did it, got the laughs and then I stayed to MC the rest of the conference. Lots of keynote presentations to weave in and out of and many moments of energy were required to keep the day motoring along. Thanks to Jon Smith from DG Global.

I flew to Sydney for one of my favourite clients – Perpetual. Their Private Wealth Awards took place at the Wentworth Sofitel recognising their top performers. My role once again was to make the prestigious night fun. I linked the night’s theme of excellence through great achievement to the London Olympics and played a hilarious short DVD that I edited and followed later with some stand up comedy. I also had some fun with the award winners as they came to the stage. Special thanks to Nancy at Saxton Speakers.

Next I flew back to Sydney to MC the stage at the Sydney Event Showcase (prev RSVP). This was a huge event bringing together some of the top event related people in the land. My stage duties involved warming up the crowd ahead of performances which included legendary Aussie/NZ band Dragon. Thanks to Harris, Kate and the team from Apples & Pears Entertainment.

Coming up this week, I am MCing my first TED event here in Melbourne. Can’t wait!