by Amy Rederburg
If you weren’t able to attend the IABC Saskatoon Holiday Mixer last night at Bamboo Shoots, you may have missed more than complimentary craft beer, roast chicken artichoke spread and cured-trout crepe roll-ups. From fork-bending mind control to recording a synchronized greeting it was a memorable night.
Here are three things you may have missed at the IABC YXE Holiday Mixer:
- A Green-Screen Group Synchronized Greeting
This is what happens when you line up a group of communicators in front of a camera backed by a green screen and ask them to send a greeting.
Have you ever seen a large group of people trying to sync up their voices to make an announcement? I’m not talking about the choir on Christmas Eve… Alisha Edgelow from CBC wanted us to join together and say, “Happy 50th Anniversary IABC Calgary, from IABC Saskatoon. Yeehaw!”
Having come from the radio world where group recordings are never a one-shot deal I know this is never an easy feat. A simple “Happy Anniversary!” wouldn’t suffice. Astonishingly after a few practice runs we did it (really everyone else did – I wasn’t able to catch on). We even added some choreographed fist pumps to make it really pop – thanks to Krystal Rudyk from Saskatoon & Region Home Builders Association for that idea.
Give yourself a pat on the back if you were able to pull that off while still looking cool.
- A Mind-Bending Illusionist
Magic, suspense, and… forks. This is what you get when you bring Hadlen into your holiday party. Hadlen’s tagline is “Creating Memories, Changing Lives”. I don’t know if he changed my life last night, but he definitely made a memorable appearance.
Armed with a deck of cards and a seemingly infinite number of forks, Hadlen took to the crowd with various tricks and illusions that left several IABC members picking their jaws up off the floor.
For instance he pointed a fork at my head and said, “don’t worry I’m not going to hit you” while using his mind powers to bend the tines completely vertical to the handle. What-the-what?!
If you’re curious about using these tricks in your own life, Hadlen runs a podcast on controlling your mind for success.
- Someone Overheard Saying “I Want You!”
Little known fact: a holiday mixer is also a hotbed for recruitment.
The free-flowing wine and beer act as a social lubricant to allow future employers to be bold about their intentions with qualified pros. Can you blame them? Many people in the crowd last night have a lot to offer our industry as well as our organization.
Whether you’re looking for a job, a mentor, or a volunteering opportunity in the ‘silly season’ the connections you make now could yield immediate results.
You may have missed one heck of a holiday mixer, but you don’t have to regret it too long. Give IABC yxe a call or get social with us if you want to chat around volunteer opportunities happening NOW and upcoming in 2017!
Amy Rederburg is the owner of Writerburg Content & Copy. She’s been sharing stories and newsletters since she was a geeky teen on her high school’s senior representative council, but received her formal training in both Broadcasting from Mount Royal University in 2007 and communications from the University of Calgary in 2015. A Saskatchewan native, Amy currently lives off the banks of the South Saskatchewan River with her husband, Chris and their lovable ball of fur, Abbey Road. She is into karaoke, crafting, reading, bike trips, and swinging kettlebells in the gym.
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A gigantic thank you to our event sponsor CNW Group for supporting our social event and helping us raise $ for the Saskatoon & Saskatchewan Food Banks!
Thank you to all our sponsors Ryde YXE Cycle Studio, Saskatchewan Rush, CBC Saskatchewan, SaskMade Marketplace, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and The Grazing Goat.