“A Taste of Entertainment: Virtual Extravaganza” on February 18

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Lauren Ansley Comedy Productions to Showcase Four Virtual Entertainers During “A Taste of Entertainment: Virtual Extravaganza” on Thursday, February 18

Virtual Performances Include Award-Winning Magic + Mind Control, Comedy, Team Building + Improv, and Event Hosting

(Charlotte, NC – February 4) On Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Lauren Ansley Comedy Productions will present a special sampler event to showcase four virtual entertainers now available for virtual corporate events.

Since the pandemic hit and live events were put on hold, entertainers have pivoted to offering creative entertainment online. Four of these entertainers will be showcasing their talents during this virtual sampler event: Lauren Ansley, Chris Dugdale, Don Garrett, and Jenn Bianchi.

Lauren Ansley is the event producer and host. In September 2019, Ansley went full-time into comedy show production after quitting her job and selling her house to fund her dream. Six months into her 12-month launch plan, COVID hit and all her shows were cancelled. Ansley adapted to offering virtual comedy shows and have since expanded her offerings by partnering with other experienced corporate entertainers to include comedy, magic + mind control, mixology, trivia, music, casino games, and more. She most recently added music bingo and an international Elvis impersonator to her roster.

Chris Dugdale is an award-winning entertainer and magician who has performed for the Queen of England, Beyonce and at The Pentagon. Used to selling out theaters and performing internationally, Chris has transformed his home studio into a virtual stage. During the February 18 preview he’ll provide a “sneak peek” of his award-winning show “Down to 1,” a journey of magic and binary mind-control, into a virtual performance where now everyone gets a front row seat.

Don Garrett is a Charlotte-based stand-up comedian who was recently named Queen City’s Best Comedian of 2020 by Queen City Nerve. He will be performing a comedy set during the February 18 event. Ansley and Garrett shared many stages pre-COVID, and Garrett has proven to be a crowd favorite on Ansley’s virtual shows, as well.

Jenn Bianchi is a corporate training and improv coach and performer. During the February 18 event, she’ll be providing a sampling of group team building activities to show how attendees could utilize these to enhance their own working relationships with coworkers through the power of the “Yes And” governing principle of improv.

Ansley regularly hosts virtual sampler events like this one to showcase what’s possible in a virtual setting. She hosted over 25 holiday parties in December 2020 across four continents from her home office in Charlotte, NC. Ansley enjoys working with other experienced entertainers and has a true passion for creating much-needed joy and laughter.

For more information and to RSVP to “A Taste of Entertainment: Virtual Extravaganza” on February 18, please visit www.laurenansley.com.

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What Does “Dances With Wolves” Have to Do With Employee Engagement?

“Dances With Wolves” is a 3 hour, 56 minute movie. And I know that because that’s how I used to time my work day…

…I would come back from lunch in a past job and think, “I could watch the entire Dances With Wolves movie and STILL not be done with this day.”

So let me tell ya, I definitely know what employee engagement (and DISengagement) feels like. And it has a direct impact on the workforce – and your organization’s bottom line.

That’s why I’m so passionate about partnering with companies to enhance their employee engagement efforts through the power of joy and laughter through intentional events and training programs. And they’re all 100% virtual.

Find more info about employee engagement + resources in my latest fancy email campaign here.

Would You Like to Incorporate More Variety Into Your Employee Engagement Initiatives? Let’s connect and discover how we can work together to implement some fun and effective strategies at your company. Book a call today.  

Six Ways to Make Virtual Corporate Training More Effective

In a virtual setting you can cover more content in a condensed time, but you still need to make sure it’s delivered in such a way that it will be effective and retained as much as possible. 

1. Cameras On, Mics On!   
Ensure your participants are present and engaged. It also helps your facilitator know that everyone is following along or if any topic or individual needs more attention.

2. Switch it Up + Keep It Active
Fight the dreaded “Zoom Fatigue” by incorporating different activities in the virtual environment – i.e. the chat function, breakout rooms, and make time for health breaks (particularly for longer sessions). Engagement drives retention, so the more your participants are actively engaged, the more likely they are to retain the content. 

3. Consider the Different Learning Styles

  • Visual: Learn by Seeing – Share your screen to incorporate visuals, charts, PowerPoint, etc. 
  • Auditory: Learn by Hearing – Lecture and encourage group discussion (Hint: AVOID putting every word you speak on a PowerPoint slide – instead only put keywords or images and then SPEAK the content vs just reading off the slide). 
  • Read / Write: Learn by Reading + Writing – Encourage note taking, provide resources before, during and after the training whenever possible (worksheets, books, articles).  
  • Kinesthetic: Learn by Doing – Incorporate activities, encourage movement, incorporate the use and manipulation of physical items into your training (i.e. a deck of cards, origami, or other easily accessed items). 

    *Note: There are other learning styles, but these are the four most popular. 

4. Beware Information Overload 
Just because you said it, doesn’t mean they get it. Encourage active participation. Ask and invite questions. Be willing to sacrifice some content for more interaction. 

5. Incentivize + Consider Game Play 
Incorporate a fun game to the session. Better yet, raise the stakes by offering a team or individual prize (even just “bragging rights” can get people excited to play). Nothing like some fun, friendly competition to get attention spans going and energize a group.

6. Provide Practical Takeaways + Resources 
Provide resources for review, checklists, activities, books, and sources to learn more and continue the learning process after the training ends.

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Oh yeah, did you know that in addition to being experienced trainers, all of our facilitators have a background in entertainment??

Learn more about your offerings all designed to ENGAGE participants, BOOST morale, and make training STICK all while creating memorable moments of joy and laughter. View our corporate training offerings here.

Ready to find the perfect training option for your team? Let’s talk.

The Time I Hosted 25+ Virtual Holiday Parties

Yeah. I’m tired.

December 2020: The month of virtual entertainment. And I did it all while not wearing shoes.

I hosted, emceed, coordinated and produced over 25 custom holiday parties – all 100% VIRTUAL.

What’s my secret? I’m not telling! *smiles* But I will tell you a BIG reason for my success is that I am skilled at selecting and partnering with the BEST in virtual corporate entertainment…

Entertainment Featured:
– Comedy
– Trivia
– Magic + Mind Control
– Live Music
– Mixology
– Hosted Party Games (and more!)

What an amazing adventure. It’s all about #engagement and fighting Zoom fatigue through fun, interactive, engaging #entertainment. And we’re just getting started.

My January calendar is getting filled up, too. This is my life now. And I’ve got more things planned in the new year. So Look Out!

But for now… I’m taking a nap! Zzzzz…