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Hosting Case Studies

Case Study 1: Awards Host: 
European Office Products Awards John has hosted this event three times.
Client:  Office Products International magazine
Audience: 600 – 27 nationalities
Venues: 2004, 2007: Messe Halle, Frankfurt Convention Centre;
2014:  Hotel Okura, Amsterdam
Brief: To “run the show” and be host and MC of the whole event. This  included pre-event liaison with the organisers, venue staff, lighting and a/v crews, checking awards scripts, rehearsals and ensuring the programme ran to time. John opened each event with a 20 minute “preamble” of humour relevant to the occasion, and then took charge of the awards ceremony itself.
Feedback:  “Thank you so much for your fantastic performance in hosting the European Office Products Awards in Frankfurt. Your unique blend of humour and audience observation was a total hit with our delegates and we have had an overwhelming response to the event. Thank you for making the first awards evening at Paperworld such a great success.”
Lisa Rollaston, OPI Conferences

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Hosting EOPA 2014 at the Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

Case Study 2: Combined hosting of daytime conference and Gala awards dinner
Event: Dell EMEA Solutions conference, followed by Awards dinner. John  has hosted the event three times.John Simonett hosting Dell conference in Paris
2013 – Pullman Hotel, Montparnasse, Paris
2014 – The Square Convention Centre, Brussels
2015 – Hilton Vienna, Austria
Audience: 600 distributors from 61 different countries in the Dell EMEA region
Brief: To run the conference, welcome delegates, introduce speakers and generally “take charge”! Also to host the evening Gala dinner and awards ceremony.
Feedback: From Conference Organiser: “Feedback from Dell has been great, they were really really pleased with how using a professional MC to pull the event together made such a difference to their event – your expertise was very much valued and I’m really pleased they listened to your suggestions and took your advice on board!!”
Erin Roberts, BI Worldwide

3) Case Study 3 – Combining roles of Conference Host, Keynote Speaker, Workshop and Plenary Session Facilitator,  Senior Management interviewer – plus evening after-dinner speaker.
Event: National Sales conference for a major Japanese owned tyre distributor
Venue: Day: Heart of England Conference Centre, Meriden; Evening: The Belfry
Audience: 120 sales, distribution and back office staff
Brief: to take charge of the whole event as Host and MC; deliver innovation keynote “Restless Curiosity”; facilitate innovation workshop session; host plenary Q&A/feedback session with senior management to discuss findings; summarise the day – then at the post conference dinner deliver a 40 minute humorous after-dinner speech in which the names, hobbies and interests of all 120 delegates were memorised and mentioned in the speech!

“We very much appreciated your input into both the conference and evening, we have received nothing back great feedback on your contributions to both parts. Thank you again for all  your hard work and effort put into the conference, it definitely bought a new dimension and is something we hope to continue for next year!”
Rebecca Reay, Marketing Manager, Stapletons Tyre Services

“You did a great job – thanks for everything it was really appreciated – your memory is just awesome!”
Dave Lea, Dealership Sales Director, STS

“Excellent daytime hosting and evening entertainment from yourself! I have never seen anything quite like the memory recall feat you displayed at dinner…remarkable!!!”
David Willock, I.T. Director, STS

“The team had a great night and everyone was blown away by your comedy, memory and magic skills!!!”
Campbell Strickland, Sales Director, STS

“A week has passed since the conference which I found quite meaningful and successful. This is for sure from your professional contribution to encourage every participant to join in the conference in a positive manner.”
Wataru Goroku, Managing Director, STS

Also check out my series of blog posts on what it takes to be a successful conference host! Hosting a conference: Behind the scenes

If you’d like John to take charge of your event – with humour and wit – and make sure it runs efficiently – please get in touch!

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