The comic genius Herb Gardner said, “Once you get people laughing … they’re listening.” And isn’t that really the ultimate measure of a successful meeting, event or trade show exhibit: getting the audience to really listen to your message!
That’s where Richard Laible
comes in: as a professional meeting host and presenter with over two decades of
corporate hosting experience (including many years with Chicago’s legendary
“The Second City” improvisational comedy theater), he’ll definitely get your
audience laughing; but even more important, he’ll get them – and keep them – listening closely to the messages you
wish to communicate throughout your program.
Working as the Host, Master of Ceremonies, or Spokesperson for your event, he makes it a point to:
-Prepare by understanding your company, speakers, and messaging to assure that my contribution is targeted to the strategic goals for your event.
-Open the event in a fun, upbeat, and highly interactive manner.
-Provide personalized and entertaining introductions of speakers, segments and topics.
-Maintain a dynamic and engaging flow and pace to the activities and agenda.
-Sustain audience involvement and interactivity.
In short, Richard Laible uses laughter and humor as a strategic weapon;
not to overshadow your key messages. But rather, to support and enhance those
messages by capturing your audience’s attention and interest and never letting
that interest wane over the course of the event. Richard’s clients include such
respected organizations as SAP, Honeywell, Dannon, Dow Plastics, Kraft Foods,
Cisco, Lincoln Financial, Sara Lee, Discover Card, Starbucks, InvisAlign,
Pepsi, Abbott Laboratories, Kellogg’s, Mattel & Fisher-Price, and many,
Host & Emcee responsibilities:
· Introduce speakers, segments, breaks, housekeeping, etc.
· Support management’s presentations using innovative, engaging techniques
· Create a dynamic room environment
· Keep the event moving and on schedule
· Heighten audience involvement and interactivity
· Entertain the attendees between speakers and at break times
· Maximize opportunities for humor and fun when appropriate
· Assist in the Q & A process from both on stage and in the “house”
· Stay flexible – presenters’ formats can be interview, partial interview, or traditional monologues
· Help with any auxiliary functions (e.g., Awards banquets, Golf outings, etc.)
· Help facilitate any breakout meetings as needed
· You name it ... I’ll help out!
What some satisfied clients had to say …
It was critical we get Discover's celebration of our 25th
anniversary off to a powerful start. Working with our internal communications
team, Richard organized and delivered an all-employee meeting that was very
entertaining but also hit all the strategic messages. It perfectly set the tone
for the entire year, and had employees talking for months. The best meeting
I’ve ever seen! We look forward to continuing to work with Richard. -Roger
Hochschild - President and Chief Operating Officer, Discover Financial Services
Richard Laible performed with boundless, senseless, and shameless energy. If you need a comedy host for a live event go with Richard Laible … funny enough to cause seizures.– Screen Magazine
Congratulations on the best National Sales Marketing/Kick-off I have ever participated in- EVER! That is not hyperbole. Over the last 25-30 years I have seen it all … well done! -Tom Prescott – President & CEO, Align Technologies (InvisAlign)
You really "get it" in terms of business meetings: you took the time to understand what we do and really understand the mechanics of "show business" at a conference. It’s difficult to express the uplifting effect you have on all of us. Best of all, you have made our audiences laugh in the midst of long, dry meetings. I look forward to next year’s event. -Dave Laurello – President and CEO, Stratus Technologies
I want to express my appreciation for your generous contribution in helping make this year’s Elite Performer’s convention a huge success. We are pleased you could join us and look forward to a continued prosperous relationship. Couldn’t have done it without you. You were great! Thanks for everything! -Paul Toback – President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Bally’s Total Fitness
It was a pleasure working with you… thank you for an A+ job! I almost believed that you were an IBM’er except that you have a great sense of humor. We certainly met our objectives for the show, and you brought kept the attendees focused on our messages. I’m glad you were part of my team. -Larry Stein – Manager Marketing Events, IBM
You did an excellent super great job on both events. Got lots of great feedback. You took both events to the next level, could not have done it without you! By the way if you ever need any recommendations please know that I would be more than happy to tell anyone how you part the oceans and walk on water. Thanks! -Patty Laca – Marketing Manager ProCurve Networking by HP
Thank you again for doing such an AWESOME job at our National Sales Meeting last week. It was a blast and I enjoyed the opportunity to work with you. The overwhelming feedback from my peers is that this was by far the way we should do things moving forward. I have no doubt that you could make an insurance seminar provocative and entertaining. -Mark C. Rogers - District Manager, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.
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