Eventful Spending in 2016.
18 Jan 2016
With the economy growing ever tougher, corporate companies are faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to host their annual calendar of conferences and team building events.
Eventful Spending in 2016. - 18 Jan 2016
Eventful Spending in 2016.
With the economy growing ever tougher, corporate companies are faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to host their annual calendar of conferences and teambuilding events.
I read a Thomas Jefferson quote this week that goes; “The man who stops advertising to save money, is like the man who stops the clock to save time”.
Advancing the right company messaging should never be limited to external stakeholders only, as some of your most important ambassadors are your employees. Even though we would like to believe that everyday corporate communication is enough to bring all employees in line with company messaging, a more engaging approach remains the most effective way of generating collaborative company buy-in.
Truth is; employees need to be motivated either by penalty or by incentive. It is innately human to want to be part of a pack, and fostering an environment where your unique attributes are valued & respected is the highest level of incentive if you think back to Maslow’s pyramid of needs.
That is why, well managed, thoughtful and clear message driven team building events & conferences, are positive ways to motivate, inform and improve morale in your organization.
Investing in your people is essential, especially in tougher times and the equation of how much you might lose by not making employees part of your decision making, and by not including them in your future plans, far outweigh your inset costs.
The best way to ensure that you retrieve the maximum value out of your events this year is to align yourself with a vendor that is an industry expert. When appointing a supplier ask yourself the following questions to select the correct value proposition:
- How long has the supplier been in business?
- Who are their clients? And,
- What do they bring to the table that no one else can?
where the most important question, is the last one.
"What The Craft"
26 Nov 2015
Real men drink beer. This is a saying many a group of men have uttered in pubs, around braai's and after sinking some balls on golf courses. . In fact one can even imagine a small"What The Craft" - 26 Nov 2015
Real men drink beer. This is a saying many a group of men have uttered in pubs, around braai's and after sinking some balls on golf courses. In fact one can even imagine a small group of guys huddled around a fire with the half build pyramids in the background enjoying lively conversations, lubricated with delicious ale.
Beer brewing has been part of recorded history for a very long time, and it could be proclaimed that civilization was floated on this traditional libation. Making it a very important part of professional life since, well, work was invented.
Fast forward back to the recent decade and beer has really returned to its traditional roots in the form of Craft Beer.
So what is the big deal about Craft Beer? - Well, these are no ordinary pints. They are so special that the definition of Craft Beer, is not definite. Most who have written about, or established breweries also struggle to give a universal meaning.
In layman’s terms, its beer that has been brewed and distributed on small scale in comparison to the large, global industrial breweries.
Most micro breweries use Malt, Hops and water to artisnally create their tipple, and some even include fruits for a sweeter brew. You read correctly, a sweet beer for customers with an adventurous palate (as long as it’s not a pink beer). The process is not complicated but you will need a degree of patience.
As a beer loving nation of over 135 craft breweries, also known as handcraft beer, Hop-heads around South Africa have turned this one time hobby into boutique businesses. Smoked Malt beer, beers made using fruits, spices, honey, or herbs, and even seasonal beer cater to the discerning taste buds of South Africa’s beer enjoying community.
To accommodate most craft beers, Chef Brett Ladds from Essence Catering recommends smoked Eisbein and Sauerkrauts served on a bed of Almond mashed potatoes. We realize that this is a very German meal, but as we respect their proud beer drinking culture we are sure this combination is perfect for any South African man too.
The pickled pork leg should be smoked whilst the sauerkrauts should be served cold and obviously everyone loves their mashed potatoes nice and warm, all washed down with your favorite, or newly tried Craft Beer.
#Movember with our Visual Communicator
13 Nov 2015
For the month of November, we are celebrating all things men. As the #Movember campaign is all about awareness and healthy living, we find out more about Roderick and his insights on#Movember with our Visual Communicator - 13 Nov 2015
For the month of November, we are celebrating all things men. As the #Movember campaign is all about awareness and healthy living, we find out more about Roderick and his insights on design.
Who is Roderick?
Simply put, I'm an art instillation, a piece that’s constantly changing and adapting, with little or no notice but still holds consequential value.
What do you do at Contemporary Events?
I head up all things design at CE from maintaining and building the corporate Identity of all three (3) companies to requiting and maintaining new and existing clients through proposals and other design elements.
What does that mean?
It means I'm the plumbing of the company, everything passes my desk but I'm always behind the scenes so no-one really notices me which goes hand in hand with who I am.
What’s your best work?
My best work... Personally i love the showcase invite and thank You, but the masses that follow the Contemporary group say my women’s day post
What’s your take on events as a man?
Events for me is a couple things, because I”m visually inclined to notice things. It must be ascetically appealing, good food, good entertainment and great conversation go a long way.
Any personal aspirations?
I live my life according to a saying: “Live an inspiration so others can aspire to be you”. I’d love to become an exhibiting artist currently working on ideas to showcase my work in a way that’s different and that can set me apart, watch the space I’ll be in an art gallery near you soon.
I’ve always had a love for print media, namely magazines I would love to become a prominent figure in different magazines and start my own, I can’t tell you the idea just in case you steal it before I get my patent “LOL”
I’m also an amateur photographer. I’d like to shoot covers for magazines and the ultimate dream is to go on an assignment for National Geographic.
Lastly I would love to travel the world, couple bae-cations here and there, well I’d have to find a girlfriend first, I am available HINT HINT.
Aspirations about Contemporary Events?
CE Aspirations, I would love to see the design department grow bigger and better in terms of the role we play in every event, bracing out in a full production house from design all the way to print all in-house nothing outsourced.
As a young, healthy bachelor (ladies, he did hint twice,LOL), How do you keep fit?
I keep fit by trying to eat healthy food and going to gym, as often as I can its tricky sometimes because I tend to get really busy at work, but should never skip leg day. “LOL”
November aka #Movember is cancer awareness month; ever had your pair checked?
I have actually never checked my reproductive babies hey, I think I need to consider going soon.