Monday, 23 October 2017 21:25

The Silver Lining...

Just back from the Carnival VISTA and wanted to share a recent development and opportunity.

For nearly five years, the major part of my work year has been spent
in the Caribbean. As I travel port to port, I’ve been able to witness
the hard work and enjoy the warm hospitality of those who rely on
tourism for their living. In the places that I visit often, I have
come to know many of these folks personally. Of course, my heart was
heavy as news poured in the past few weeks regarding the destruction
endured by so many of those areas.

I’m pleased to learn that Carnival Cruise Line has committed more than
12.5 million dollars in financial support to the affected region in the
wake of the multiple disasters they endured this fall. Additionally,
Carnival responded to a FEMA request by making a ship available for
four months to provide food and lodging for relief workers in St.

Croix. I’m proud to work with a company that exhibits humanitarian
values, though now I find myself with a December schedule that is
much more “open” than I had expected.

Given that, I thought it would be fun to turn back the clock a bit and
seek out work that I’ve missed doing...the company holiday party.
These were a staple of my business from 2005-2012. I have many fond
memories of celebrating the holiday with companies large and small:
banks, accounting firms, contractors, car dealers...and few just plain
ol' rich folks... and becoming an adopted member of their
“work-family” for a day...albeit a family member who had to fill out a
W-9, but you get the idea. I have not been available to book these
functions for the last several years. But this year, I am available
December 8th-19th. That is prime holiday party territory and I’d love
to perform at yours.

If you are a decision maker (or decision-maker “adjacent”) looking for
a super-easy way to make your party a hit, reach out to me and we'll get busy on the details. By the way, if YOU put me in touch with the
decision maker (in any way, no matter how small) and it leads to a
booking, YOU will earn a “finder’s fee” commission.

In either case, inspired by Carnival’s example, I’ll donate a portion
of my fee to Caribbean Hurricane Relief.

It’s been a great year for me and I’d really enjoy sharing some
laughter with your group as the year draws to a close.

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