The banquet hall is warm, and I can feel sweat beading up on my brow. At present, I have thirty people gathered watching and listening. Instantly, I start to make every movement larger, funnier, and without thought. This is about showmanship and not detailed twisting.
Like a theatrical producer orchestrating a Broadway show, I must maintain control and dictate who, what, and how they will get their moment in the spotlight. You would think that a seasoned professional like myself would not stumble. Yet, the restrictions placed on me not to create mythical or cartoon characters forces me to be conscious of each decision. No longer could I rely on reflexes and memories, it was about processing, filtering, and thinking. I caught myself looking at my apron blankly. An array of balloons at my disposal and the first thing that pops into my mind are restricted options. No dragons, aliens, or Mickey Mouse for this group. I mentally walk through the Zoo, yet this is not time to stroll through memory lane, it was more like sprinting though the Zoo.
As I worked, sweat dripped from my head, the line of little people was diminishing. Still surround by kids, the thought process turned to hats. Color has slowly filled the banquet hall as the crowd of kids turned to adults. When adults start seeking balloons you have made an impression on the audience. As time ticked by, the crowd disbursed, I wiped the sweat from my brow knowing the client was happy, the kids were content, and adults were requesting business cards allowing my overburdened mind to relax.
Tips For Working Large Groups
- Using Showmanship to win over the crowd
- Make eye contact with audience members making them feel special
- Interact with every audience selection, left, middle, and right side
- Periodically, inform your audience how you are selecting who gets your next balloons. I prefer cute little kids to the big creepy kinds and all in between.
- Select designs that are oversize, colorful, and require 3-4 steps max. You want to produce quantity with quality. If you forsake either, you risk the chance of being ordinary and who is going to ask for a business cards if you are just “ordinary”.
- Educate clients prior to contract to get the best kids to time ratio. More kids then time, does not hold well for anybody.When in question, fall back to hats. Hat are colorful, quick, and make an impact.