Employees think meetings are long, boring and offer nothing new or interesting, according to a 2012 survey. Only 56 percent of meetings are productive, say senior and middle managers. Instead of motivating staff, sales meetings are often a complete waste of time. It doesn’t have to be this like this. Here are four ways to make your sales meetings more fun.

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In August of 2016, Sydney Adeniyi made the courageous leap from working at a regular day job to actively pursuing his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.

Since his first performance at a venue in Belleville, IL, he has performed professionally hundreds of times at some of the nation’s top colleges, comedy clubs, and comedy festivals.

Read our interview with Sydney Adeniyi to hear his advice to event planners,  learn more about his style of humor, what drives him, and what he likes to joke about.

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From helping to raise money and awareness for worthy causes to boosting employee engagement, morale and even retention rates in some cases, workplace fundraisers account for approximately $4 billion in annual charitable giving according to industry data. But a successful fundraiser involves more than asking for a donation or selling tickets or merchandise to raise funds. Like any transaction, fundraising also involves relationship building that will add both value to the event and organization, and reward donors and guests for their generosity and commitment to the cause.

Whether your event is designed to raise funds and awareness for education, the environment, or medical issues, offering entertainment like comedians and variety acts can help elevate your fundraiser to the big leagues.

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Americans donated $373 billion to charity in 2015 — a 4 percent increase from the previous year. Fun runs, auctions, galas — all of these events raised money for good causes. Live entertainment was a fixture at many of them as bands, DJs and motivational speakers charmed donors. Stand-up comedy was another popular draw. Planning a charity drive of your own? Here’s how live entertainment can market your fundraiser event.
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I am a huge soccer fan. I play on 4 teams a week and usually spend my Saturday and Sunday mornings watching the English Premier League.

I’ve been playing on and off, competitively and recreationally, since I was about four years old. Playing a sport typically teaches someone things that are applicable to other areas of their lives, and soccer is no exception.

So, what can soccer teach you about hiring a comedian?

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Hiring a clean comedian for a fundraiser can be tricky, especially if you don’t have much experience. Finding the right entertainer for any type of event requires careful consideration before coming to a final decision.  Comedians can vary greatly from squeaky clean, PG, and to very offensive. Carefully consider what entertainment agency you might work with and which comedians you intend to hire.

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It’s hard to believe that Gilda’s LaughFest 2017 has already come and gone. Each year LaughFest demonstrates why it’s the best comedy festival in the country (in our humble opinion), and this year was no different.

Now that things have settled back down, we decided to look back at this year’s festival.

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After moving from Michigan to Chicago, Jeff Arcuri quickly became a regular at The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Bar, and Zanies Comedy Clubs. The Chicago Tribune called him a, “Joke Machine.” But Jeff has a human side, too! Get to know it by reading through our interview with him below:

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Gilda’s LaughFest 2017 is less than a week away and we couldn’t be more excited! After a year of brainstorming and booking talent, it’s always special to see some old favorites and meet some new comedians.

There is so much to look forward to during this 10 day festival of seriously funny stuff!
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I’m a little biased, but I think that Gilda’s LaughFest is the best comedy festival in the country.

Well, technically it’s not just a comedy festival, but a festival of laughter.

The festival aims to celebrate all things funny by including stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy performances, in addition to funny films, a FUNdearwear run, lip sync contests and more (seriously, there’s a ton of stuff. Go to LaughFest Events Page to see).

Gilda’s LaughFest is a big deal. It’s a 10-day festival in the heart of Grand Rapids, MI that has attracted an average of 50,000 people to West Michigan each year.
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If you’re thinking about hiring a comedian for your next event there are a couple of ways to go about it. 

One way is to do it yourself and the other is to book through an entertainment agency.

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Are you considering hiring a comedian? Want to know what to avoid? Having been in the industry for over 30 years, we’ve heard plenty of stories of the mistakes those have made when hiring a comedian.

Wouldn’t it be nice to learn from other’s mistakes so you don’t follow in their footsteps?
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