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Four Most Hilarious Event Management Stories

  • Years ago, a client handled their own pre-registration and on site check in staffing. However, one day, their staff had a bad full of badges in holders and literally dumped them on the check in table just as attendees were starting to line up. We asked the attendees to check in for the conference in 30 minutes. We had not been involved with aspect of registration, but after seeing that, we decided that we should Pre-registration and on site check in are both critical to the success of an event.
  • Another hilarious event management story occurred when we were producing a high level awards event. The chair person’s nephew was selected to sing the National Anthem of Israel to open the evening. Our director asked him to sit by the door for his entrance about 5-10 minutes in advance. No problem, right? Well, 5 minutes before he was to go on, he was no longer there! Various staff searched and searched. I was on headset, and we all decided that the emcee would ask everyone to stand and sing the anthem. Everyone sang. It was a wonderful moment believe it or not as everyone was quite emotional while singing. Right after that, the young man appeared and told us that he had gotten sick to his stomach (stage fright) and had been in the bathroom throwing up!!
  • We were producing an outdoor tented event and the off stage emcee during rehearsal, had a bee fly into his moth. The resulting sting was so uncomfortable, as one would imagine, that he was forced to ask to be excused from the event. Fortunately we had a back up plan.
  • At another large awards ceremony, one of the honorees, needed to use a wheelchair to get to the stage. However, right in the middle of the awards, he got up and walked off the stage!