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  1. 1. 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 continued on page 2 understanding at each interaction and balancing between 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 Network. 5 From Our Executive Chef 6 From Our IT Department continued on page 3 Newsletter 1
  2. 2. continued from page 1 Our Events 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 productive. 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 profits Employee development is a key retention driver, and meetings facilitate development in many different ways. Meetings: Allow for direct communication from executives to employees 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. Newsletter 2
  3. 3. continued from page 1 Happy 1st Anniversary Informative, Inspiring and Empowering Charisma Productions Gazette Let Charisma Productions Network become your one-stop solution for all your corporate meeting, events and conference needs. For more information please contact or visit our website 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 upcoming editions. Newsletter 3
  4. 4. Artist Profile Aaron James 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. 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 Newsletter 4
  5. 5. From Our Executive Chef Healthy Chicken Piccata Directions: 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. Charisma Productions 5
  6. 6. 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: “” or “,” 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. Charisma Productions 6
  7. 7. Thank You for Your Support We wish to thank our readers and our clients for their support and feedback helping to continually grow the Charisma Productions Network. We look forward to another successful year in 2010 as we continue to grow and provide you with successful stress-free events. We appreciate hearing from all of you and strive to improve our articles and hope to have something for everyone at one point or another. Please send us suggestions for topics you would like to read about or if you have an article that you would like to share we’ll be happy to post it.: Please send all comments to: Earn A Referral Gift Card In Appreciation of a Client Referral That Is Converted Into An Actual Event, Charisma Productions Network, is offering a $100 Gift Card For Every Confirmed Account. The Gift Card Will Be Mailed To The Referring Party Within 14 Days After The Event Completion. Promo Code, & Full Details Of The Referring Party Must Be Given To The CPN Representative At The Time Of Receiving A Request For Proposal (RFP). Offer Valid Only In The Continental United States, & Is Subject To All Local State, & Federal Taxes. This Offer Is Void Where Prohibited By Certain State Laws Authorized by: Geoffrey R. Andrews Expires: December 31, 2010 Promo Code Number : CPN06010831-10 Charisma Productions Network A Geoff Andrews Company 805-241-0566 © Charisma Productions Network 2010, All Rights Reserved Charisma Productions 7