A Message From the President:
One down, eleven more to go. Well, my first monthly Ring meeting as your new president is now history, and I have eleven more times to get to do it again. Am I excited? You bet!
In fact, I’ve already put together a full list of fun and exciting activities, talks/presentations, learning opportunities, games, performances, etc. for upcoming Ring meetings… and I’m a bit concerned about having enough time and space to get it all in!
Speaking of space, if you attended either of our first two Ring meetings at our new meeting location (Hampton Inn), you’ve probably noticed that space is a bit of a premium commodity. Although we are saving about 60% on our monthly meeting room cost (which is great!), we are dealing with less space. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily!
Years ago when we had England’s Bob Read at one of our WORKSHOPs, I had Bob do a late night show for the registrants. Bob was a hysterically-talented entertainer, and he taught me one very important thing. When preparing for his show at the WORKSHOP, he insisted that he do it in a meeting room that was small… quite small, in fact. He wanted the audience members nearly shoulder-to-shoulder in their seats, and a bit of a “standing room only” feel to the set-up. He explained that this is the secret of creating energy within an audience. “Cram them all together and they’ll respond better, laugh louder, and keep the energy levels high,” he explained.
When I saw the way the group responded to Bob’s show that night, he was exactly right! From that day forward, when I do a show for a group in a community room, hotel banquet room, or any place where tables and/or chairs are set up, I insist that they’re set up as close to each other as possible… and the first row is as close to the stage area as possible. An audience that is spread out all over the room leaves lots of empty spaces… and these empty spaces become a vacuum for audience energy. Trust me, it’s true!
So, back to our monthly meetings… the fact that we’re in a smaller room is GREAT for energy and performances, but we could soon outgrow the space. We are currently committed to the Hampton Inn through our June meeting. We love the staff at the Hampton Inn, and according to the recent survey, 53% of the respondents who have attended a meeting at our new location are either Satisfied or Very Satisfied with the venue. Only 21% of the respondents indicated they were either Unsatisfied or Very Unsatisfied. The board is already looking at options as we are anticipating continued increased meeting attendance over the coming months. It’s a very excit-ing problem to have!
Thank you to everyone who completed the emailed survey last week! You provided some very valuable information and feedback to the board, and last week during the board meeting, we went through each response and category score and discussed at length. Your feedback has given us the tools to make Ring 129 even better… and I promise you’ll soon see some changes as a result of the survey. Without question, the survey indicated that you want to SEE more magic and LEARN more magic at our meetings. So, come prepared to do both!
Before I close out this month’s column, I want to ask a favor of each of you. According to the recent survey, one of the most common “suggestions for meeting improvement” comments was concerning the amount of talking at the back of the room during the meeting. We received numerous requests that we somehow try to eliminate the conversations and talking going on during the meeting, presentations and performances. I understand that some people don’t realize that their voices can “carry” throughout the entire room and cause a distraction, but let’s all try to be respectful to our presenters and performers by refraining from talking to each other or the dealers while the meeting is going on. If you simply MUST carry on a conversation during the meeting, please take it out to the hotel lobby. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
I hope to see you all at the March Ring meeting. In addition to the quarterly competitions, I have some fun things planned. Join us, won’t you?
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Ring 129 President