I don’t remember making a post about this before. I was going though some pictures and found these. Our last Annual Meeting at the firm I work for was the best one ever. It was held at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City as we have about 300-320 employees now.
It’s a full day event held offsite and all employees attend. The morning is devoted to the typical things like numbers, graphs, mission statements, blah, blah, blah. The afternoon can consist of an array of different things like team building games or a guest motivational speaker or dodge ball, etc. This year was special. We have a new Managing Partner as Bryan Polster is retiring. So the baton is passed to Brian Kreischer and this was the first time in a very long time that someone other than Bryan was the MC for the event.
I’m always deeply involved with this event as I’m responsible for all the technology, audio and video running smoothly through out the event. I video the day and produce a DVD of the event afterwards. They wanted to do something like a Roast for Bryan, making fun of him. He has is own quirks and there is plenty to make light fun of and hes always a good sport about it.
Anyway, they decided to do a Family Feud style game with questions like, “If Bryan had a tattoo what would it be and where would it be.” Or, “What annoys Bryan the most?” It went extremely well. It probably helped that the family contestants consisting of Partners were doing shots backstage and were half gassed during the game.
We had benches made that looked very much like the real ones on Family Feud and one of our Partners, Mike Yates, played the MC for our version and he did a fabulous job. He even rented a special tux for the it and he looked great!
I was very lucky to find online an old program that some dude wrote to simulate the Family Feud game. I was able to customize it to our needs and it worked great.
We were able to keep Family Feud a secret from just about everyone especially Bryan and everyone was very surprised when we revealed the stage and started the game. We had the music and everything. Everyone received a little card that showed the day’s schedule and for the afternoon it didn’t say Family Feud. It said Breaking Barriers with Mindful Meditation. It fooled everyone. I’m tearing up laughing as I’m writing this.
And so did Bryan. He always speaks off the cuff. He has always felt that speaking unscripted is a more real, sincere way to get your points across. But, this day, he knew he was going to have to write down what he wanted to say and I’ll be damned if he didn’t choke up delivering it and just about everyone in the audience did, too. We all love and respect Bryan very much. Hes the type of person that makes you a better person just coming in contact with him. Its really hard to explain.
So it was a very memorable day for everyone, especially for those like me who had a hand in making the day happen and run smoothly. I really wish I worked in the entertainment business. It’s just so fun and rewarding being backstage working/coordinating and then hearing the laughs and claps from the audience.
We really set the bar high this time. It’s going to be really tough to produce an Annual Meeting that tops that one.