Won­der-full con­fer­enc­ing

An­drew Klein, pro­fes­sional MC and pre­sen­ta­tion skills speaker and di­rec­tor of SPIKE Pre­sen­ta­tions, pre­sents his front line ob­ser­va­tions on con­fer­ences in a reg­u­lar fea­ture in BEN.

Business Events News - - News - If you are look­ing for an MC for your next con­fer­ence or a speaker/trainer on pre­sen­ta­tion skills or pitch­ing skills, email an­drew@lunch.com.au or visit his web­site at www.an­drewk­lein.com.au.

“MU­SIC is a world within it­self - with a lan­guage we all un­der­stand.

With an equal op­por­tu­nity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands.”

OK, stay with me - I haven’t gone all new age and flaky on you. Those lyrics form the open­ing to Ste­vie Won­der’s song Sir Duke, a trib­ute to the late Duke Elling­ton and to the up­lift­ing, soul-stir­ring power of mu­sic.

I was re­minded of that song and the power of mu­sic to trans­form and up­lift as I walked into a con­fer­ence room in Noosa last month for the start of a re­cruit­ment con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence theme was the “Art of Work” so the stag­ing, con­tent and feel of the con­fer­ence was “artis­tic” while re­main­ing cor­po­rate. Del­e­gates walked into the con­fer­ence room, with art deco themed fur­nish­ings and art­work across the stage, to the sounds of a four man live band, play­ing a funk-rock fu­sion. The band be­longed to the open­ing speaker, the won­der­fully artis­tic and thought-pro­vok­ing Mykel Dixon (if you haven’t sought him out for your con­fer­ence – do so).

Around 99% of con­fer­ences sim­ply play the lat­est ‘song du jour’ (think Up­town Funk etc) as the walk-in mu­sic. But as these del­e­gates dis­cov­ered, the “vibe” cre­ated by live mu­sic has the power to trans­form a dull ho­tel ball­room into some­thing unique.

Del­e­gates did not sim­ply walk into the con­fer­ence room, they jived, grooved and shim­mied to their seats. They all smiled, they were all taken by sur­prise. And they all com­mented on the im­pact that the live mu­sic had.

This con­fer­ence started with a bang even be­fore it started.

The band was in­volved at other times of the con­fer­ence too, but as a kick-ass, up­lift­ing and dif­fer­ent way to start a con­fer­ence, mu­sic (and live mu­sic es­pe­cially) can’t be bet­tered.

You may not have the bud­get for a pro­fes­sional band, but as Mykel Dixon would ar­gue, think out­side the (mu­sic)-box. What about a lo­cal school band?

How about us­ing some of your mu­si­cal del­e­gates (so many com­pa­nies these days have their com­pany band). Even a lone gui­tarist or trum­peter would do the trick.

As Steve Won­der says in Sir Duke – “there’s no way the band can lose…you can feel it all over”.

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