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Quirky House places great emphasis on a comprehensive brief and a good script. Why spend money on a prestigious event if the MC is going to be unprepared and make mistakes? They could be costly mistakes too, like the time an MC said the overseas trips awarded that night included partners!

MCs booked through Quirky House don’t make costly mistakes because they have a pre agreed script guide to work off. People often don’t realise the importance of a well prepared MC and a good script guide. When we hear “Oh, a script is not necessary...” We turn the job down because we don’t want an MC booked through Quirky House to be part of a slapgat event – it can only be bad for the brand!

Below are a few excerpts as example of scripts by Ronnie Whitaker of Quirky House.

Excerpt from “Night of Fine Dining” – MC Marius Roberts

Event: Horizon for Visa

Though the smell of cigar smoke might be enough to make non smokers want to see you choke to death, relaxing with a cigar is good for mental health and won’t kill you any earlier than good old Johannesburg air. Even insurance companies concede that cigars do not pose the same health risk as cigarettes. A good cigar is an all natural, organic product.

On this evening of fine dining, we are talking about the pure, premium class, unadulterated real cigar – like those smoked by George Burns, and he lived to 100, smoking 10 to 15 a day.  At the age of 98, George Burns said  "If I had taken my doctor's advice and quit smoking when he advised me to, I wouldn't have lived to go to his funeral."

The biggest difference between cigarettes and cigars is that cigar smokers don’t inhale. The pleasure is in the taste and aroma.

John F. Kennedy loved his Cuban cigars so much that he gave his press secretary 24 hours in which to procure 1200 Petit Upmanns before signing an embargo on Cuban products into the United States in 1962. He actually tried to have cigars exempted from the embargo but couldn’t do it.

There’s a long  list of famous cigar smokers  – Alfred Hitchcock, Winston Churchill, Rudyard Kipling, Jack Nicholson, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan, Groucho Marx, Babe Ruth, Al Capone; even  Marilyn Monroe and Whoopi Goldberg. Bill Clinton always has a cigar with him on the golf course, but nobody has ever seen him actually smoking one. After Monica Lewinski, it appears that he has more imaginative uses for a cigar.

He obviously didn’t study Sigmund Freud, the father of phallic symbolism,  who smoked 20 cigars a day but who stressed “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”  Or  Rudyard Kipling, who said  “A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke."

Excerpt from Shoprite conference gala dinner – MC  Jo Ann Strauss:

Event manager: Out the Box Productions Natal

“I have learned a lot in  researching the history of the supermarket concept. I can’t imagine the old grocery store – where you were served by a clerk behind the counter. There was no choice – grocers carried  one brand of each product. And nobody questioned this. It was only when customers could walk through a narrow aisle and select products from the shelves that packaging and brand recognition became important to companies and consumers.  

And so, the relationship  between suppliers, supermarkets and consumers grew. Shoprite Checkers prides itself on its good relationship with suppliers and that is why the annual awards are so important. Casinos can thrive on a 48% profit margin, but a supermarket needs to operate very efficiently to survive on a 3% profit margin. Without you, the suppliers ... Your prompt deliveries, the special deals, the back up service, the in store promotions, the reasonable returns policy ... it would not be possible.”

Excerpt from CTICC 5th birthday celebration – MC Colin Moss

I remember, five years ago, when the CTICC was launched. It was a brave and audacious step according to many people. The economy in 2003 wasn’t great and there were doubts about South Africa’s ability to draw enough international conferences to sustain huge conference centers in three cities. 

But  the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and Sun West International were forward thinkers. South Africa’s global competitiveness soared after 1994 and they identified  the opportunities for Cape Town.

Over 1500 guests and VIPs celebrated the launch of the CTICC on Saturday 28 June 2003 during an evening of world-class entertainment, which included a unique performance by  pop-violin sensation Vanessa Mae and our own diva Sibongile Khumalo.

Within three years, it was impossible to imagine business tourism without the CTICC. From the creation of almost three thousand jobs during construction, to joining the list of SA’s top 500  companies  earlier this year, the CTICC has been a success story.

And why shouldn’t the CTICC be a success story? Apart from the excellent team behind the scenes ...

Excerpt from Lara’s Travel 10th Birthday celebrations (2007) – MC Krijay Govender

Even Freud said he could understand most things but he could not understand women. It’s easy really ...  Mostly, we just want it all ... men, careers, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love and cheap silk stockings that won’t run.

That’s not easy and  most women end up sacrificing some of their dreams as the road gets longer – either give up on careers for the sake of  family, or give up on dreams of having children in order to reach the top in business. 

But, now and then ...  you come across a woman like Ginger Rogers. She did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels. Such a woman is multi tasked but handles one thing at a time. She doesn’t give up on a major goal when she’s down; because she doesn’t lose sight of the big picture. She enjoys a challenge and solves problems with creativity and tenacity.

Lara Casasola is one of those women. 

Ten years ago, expecting her first child, she asked if she could work from home for a few months. When the company refused, she took a leap of faith and started her own business.  Fortunately babies don’t have recall of their early months in the world, so her daughter won’t remember the time spent  in a filing drawer while Lara got busier and busier. And, in true Superwoman style, she completed the family project in record time ... Two children in 18 months ... And being a perfectionist ... The second baby in the filing cabinet was a boy!  Through this time, her service to clients never wavered and  Lara Travel continued to grow. She registered her  CC in 1996,   attained IATA membership in 1999 and became a fully fledged (Pty) Ltd and  SEEKERS Franchise Partner in 2002.

From small beginnings in a home office, the growth of Lara Travel was meteoric, but I think – apart from the two children in the filing cabinet -  the most surprised person at the success of her company was Lara herself.

Theodore Roosevelt said “the most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people”  and that’s definitely one of Lara’s strengths.

The ability to work with people and develop relationships is absolutely essential in the tough travel industry.  People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. And the fact that clients who took the high road with Lara ten years ago are still with the company attests to that.

Retail Sales Conference: Survival of the Fittest - MC Mark Bayly

Event Manager: Out the Box Productions Natal

Over the two days here at this conference, you will be workshopping what needs to be done to be top of the game ... to outwit, outplay, outsmart your competitors ...

So, what ingredients are needed to win in 2007?  In this next challenge, you will be given half an hour in which to come up with a cocktail that best demonstrates the elements of a winning formula. It’s called the Cocktail Game.  You can help yourself to the ingredients on hand and decide on exactly how much of each you need to add – do you need something sweet to sweeten the clients to your cause? Do you need a kick up the ass …. So what would you add for that?

You need to use your imagination and creativity but remember that creativity can be negated by the number of cooks involved in the broth ...  so teamwork, the art of listening and the ability to bow to another person’s point of view or expertise in the topic will all play a part in your success as a team.

Your cocktail has to have a name ... and it will be judged on three criteria: 

Excerpt VW  launch and dealer awardsMC Jeannie D

Event manager: Loudfire

Volkswagen has come a long way since the prototype in the early thirties which was designed to carry two adults and three children or three soldiers and a machine gun.

After the Second World War, the car was considered obsolete but, 22 million bugs later, Volkswagen was firmly entrenched as a world leader in people’s cars.

"Quality is never an accident” said William Foster. “Quality is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution” Volkswagen prides itself on quality and without its committed, inspired and motivated dealerships it would be impossible to maintain the proud VW record of quality.

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