When was the last time your attendees had a gut wrenching laugh or had fun all the way through a speaker's presentation?
Are your events just the opposite — solemn and serious?
After all, isn't fun and laughter reserved for only children? The answer categorically is: NO! Laughter and fun have been proven to improve every aspect of adult life from enjoyment in a work environment to getting the most out of a meeting and event.
Still not sold?
Here are the five reasons why you want to bring fun and laughter to your next event:
It creates a positive and productive environment.
Think about Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle which is the premise for the book Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. The employees have a physically demanding and stinky job but it is the attitude that they bring to their workplace that makes all the difference.
Are you creating a positive and productive meeting environment for your attendees, sponsors, and partners? The energy all starts with you and your team — if you are having fun, it will be contagious.
In a fun environment, people will be the best they can be.
If attendees feel you have their best interests at heart and are interested in hearing what they have to say, they will start to find the good in your event versus complaining about the cold food and long walk back to the hotel. They will help make your event better because they want the meeting to succeed.
Laughter reduces stress and tension.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response and increases your heart rate and blood pressure which results in a good, relaxed feeling. Laughter also soothes tension, stimulates circulation and aids in muscle relaxation.
While you do not have to have comedian speakers, providing moments of fun and laughter throughout the day will be very beneficial. Whether it be providing games during breaks or using your presentation services audio visual equipment to show funny clips, all of these efforts will help reduce the tension in the room and give attendees an energy lift.
Fun exercises can clear the mind.
By engaging in fun activities such as icebreakers, contests, or collaborative problem solving the group will be involved in something other than what is going on back in the office or the string of emails that needs their attention. They are focused on something fun and most likely working with other attendees toward a learning goal.
Having fun helps event organizers to engage more effectively with attendees.
Consider polling attendees either through wireless audience response systems or mobile devices by asking them the following questions:
1) What would make this meeting more fun for you?
2) What one thing would you change to make it fun?
3) Are you having fun and laughing now?
AV Event Solutions, now part of the SmartSource rental family, wants to help make your next event fun by providing interactive technology tool rentals to make it happen! Give them a call today at (888) 249-4903 to get started with the process!