Charisma Productions Gazette
Volume 2, Issue 10 October 2010
Why Have Off-Site Meetings and The WOW Factor!
Events! Your One Stop Solution
Measuring your ROI
Bringing Your Vision to Life
Charisma Productions Network
Working Smarter Not Harder
Charisma Productions Network Many large companies have an established relationship with
audio visual production companies for their presentations and
Meetings that are well executed and designed to meet meetings. They have worked together for a long time and
specific goals greatly contributed to company profits. they do a good job, but do they go above and beyond
Meeting benefits include: lighting, sound, video, and staging? And after the event do
you feel that you have achieved the WOW Factor?
1. Development of engaged employees With Charisma Productions Network we not only provide the
2. Improved company culture audio video, lighting, sound and staging, we do go above and
3. More satisfied employees beyond. Working with the meeting/event planners we
4. Increased employee retention become the extra pair of hands and eyes. Our philosophy is
“You’re only as good as your last event. Your success is our
success”. Yes we have made thousands of photocopies and
1. Development of engaged employees put handbooks together for attendees. Yes we have worked
Engaged employees form an emotional connection that around the clock when rooms were not provided at the
comes from being involved with their work, their company scheduled times and yes we’ve even gone to a venue to pick
and its brand. This results in both an emotional and functional up extra beds when the hotel had overbooked rooms and
commitment, which in turn leads to a more dedicated there weren’t enough rooms so people had to double and
workforce. Studies have shown that companies with engaged triple up.
employees are more profitable. When event/meeting managers work with production
companies do they know if the production company is a good
Gallup research indicates that public organizations ranking in strategic fit? Do they have a coordinated approach to
the top quartile of employee engagement had earnings per understanding their needs and business issues? Do they
share growth more than two and a half times greater than develop an action plan, including timeline, responsibility
organizations with below average employee engagement. assignments and deliverables? Are they client focused,
Innovative, quality and results driven? Charisma Productions
Findings also revealed that engaged employees are more Network is all this and more. CPN empowers the meeting
planner by working as an insider, building customer
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customization and complexity. The demonstrated
understanding and commitment that Charisma Productions
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Network brings is added value to their relationship and will
partner with your meeting planner in order to take your vision
and bring it to life.
1 Why Have Off-Site Meetings and Events We do all this because we want the meeting planner to feel
energized and refreshed and able to focus on the large
1 The WOW Factor! picture while we focus on exceeding the WOW factor. We
determine the best method of facilitating the sessions and
2 Why Have Off-Site Meetings and Events Cont make recommendations for a communication plan, then, we
develop both tactical and strategic action plans. We manage
3 Happy 1st Anniversary logistics, schedule, conduct and share results. This develops
an increased, trusting relationship with our clients. Becoming
4 Artist Profile complacent is not an option for Charisma Productions
5 From Our Executive Chef
6 From Our IT Department
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productive, safer, create stronger customer relationships,
stay longer with their company and contribute more to
profitability than less engaged.
2. Improved company culture
When employees know their company values them they are
able to focus on their work instead of worrying about keeping
their jobs, resulting in greater commitment to stay with the
company. When employees know the challenges their
company is facing, and what they can do about it, they are
able to play an active role in meeting those challenges.
Eighty percent of workers said that clear communications
motivated their performance and made them more
3. More satisfied employees
The three aspects of work that employees consider
most important, in descending order, are:
Exciting, challenging work
A chance to learn & grow
Great people with whom to work
Meetings address all three of these aspects:
Meetings are a means to communicate company
and brand messages, and to bring challenges to the
table. By keeping them informed, employees are
able to play a role in finding and creating solutions.
Meetings that include seminars, round tables and
other educational sessions address the employees'
desire to learn and grow.
Bringing coworkers together in a less formal setting
away from the workplace allows them to learn more
about each other, which translates into more trust
and better collaboration. Companies with satisfied
employees generate better overall returns in the
stock market, with firms on the list of "100 Best
Companies to Work For" generating up to five times
as much return as their competitors
4. Increased retention, which lead to greater
Employee development is a key retention driver, and
meetings facilitate development in many different ways.
Allow for direct communication from executives to
Provide skill and career development opportunities
with seminars and tutorials
Offer opportunities for employees to share
knowledge with each other.
What's more, higher retention rates are directly
linked to increased profits.
A five percent increase in employee retention can
generate a twenty five to eighty five percent
increase in profitability.
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Thank You for All of Your Comments & Suggestions
Congratulations to all of our staff who have been
involved in the publication of our monthly newsletter
and to all of our contributors throughout this past year.
You have brought us great articles, great recipes, and
also many great IT tips. We look forward to the coming
year and the many surprises we will be seeing in
Irish singer songwriter, Aaron James is based in Dublin, Ireland.
Aaron has already won an award in Italy for his music, with his arrangement
on his song, 'Carry Me Through', which is the title track of his
co-produced, debut album, 'Distance Between' and is now receiving National Air Play from,
RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM and RNAG Radio.
Aaron's song 'Carry Me Through' was also picked up by a popular Belgian
singer/actor, Guillame Devos. The song will feature on Guillame's
forthcoming album, released by, EMI records this year.
The track “No Prisoner” was selected from 500 entries by a leading synchronisation company
from the US and played at a listening session at Midem 2009 as an example of music that
would be used by music supervisors.
Aswell as existing quality material on his MySpace for you to hear and
choose from, Aaron can write high caliber songs for your Feature Film/Short
Film/Commercial/TV Series/Documentary/Computer Game and perform them
himself, or, can write song(s) for another performer to sing.
www.aaronjamesmusic.com www.myspace.com/aaronjamesireland guideline songs to listen to, 'Can't
Decide', 'Carry Me Through', 'To and Fro' and 'No Prisoner'.
Aaron James' contact details, (00353) 85723 4904 e-mail
From Our Executive Chef
Healthy Chicken Piccata
6 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 chicken cutlets (3/4-1 pound total), trimmed
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 10-ounce package mushrooms, sliced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 teaspoons butter
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes or according to package
directions. Drain and rinse.
Meanwhile, whisk 5 teaspoons flour and broth in a small bowl until smooth. Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish.
Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge both sides in the flour. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large
nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink in the middle, 2 to 3
minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; keep warm.
Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they
release their juices and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add garlic and wine to the pan and cook
until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved broth-flour mixture, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4
teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in parsley, capers, butter and the reserved mushrooms. Measure out 1/2 cup of the mushroom sauce. Toss the
pasta in the pan with the remaining sauce. Serve the pasta topped with the chicken and the reserved sauce.
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From Our IT Department
Just a few tips you might have forgotten
* When you’re searching for something on the Web using, say, Google, put quotes around phrases that must be
searched together. For example, if you put quotes around “electric curtains,” Google won’t waste your time finding one
set of Web pages containing the word “electric” and another set containing the word “curtains.”
* You can use Google to do math for you. Just type the equation, like 23*7+15/3=, and hit Enter.
* Oh, yeah: on the computer, * means “times” and / means “divided by.”
* If you can’t find some obvious command, like Delete in a photo program, try clicking using the right-side mouse
button. (On the Mac, you can Control-click instead.)
* Google is also a units-of-measurement and currency converter. Type “teaspoons in 1.3 gallons,” for example, or
“euro’s in 17 dollars.” Click Search to see the answer.
* You can open the Start menu by tapping the key with the Windows logo on it.
* You can switch from one open program to the next by pressing Alt+Tab (Windows) or Command-Tab (Mac).
* You generally can’t send someone more than a couple of full-size digital photos as an e-mail attachment; those files
are too big, and they’ll bounce back to you. (Instead, use iPhoto or Picasa–photo-organizing programs that can
automatically scale down photos in the process of e-mailing them.)
* Whatever technology you buy today will be obsolete soon, but you can avoid heartache by learning the cycles. New
iPods come out every September. New digital cameras come out in February and October.
* Just putting something into the Trash or the Recycle Bin doesn’t actually delete it. You then have to *empty* the
Trash or Recycle Bin. (Once a year, I hear about somebody whose hard drive is full, despite having practically no files.
It’s because over the years, they’ve put 79 gigabytes’ worth of stuff in the Recycle Bin and never emptied it.)
* You don’t have to type “http://www” into your Web browser. Just type the remainder: “nytimes.com” or “dilbert.com,”
for example. (In the Safari browser, you can even leave off the “.com” part.)
* On the iPhone, hit the Space bar twice at the end of a sentence. You get a period, a space, and a capitalized letter at
the beginning of the next word.
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