Engagement that TRANSFORMS Events and Gets RESULTS !!

The Engagement Friday Wrap-up September 30th, 2022

Events and holidays for September 30th and this week:

1955 American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash at the age of 24.

1960 "The Flintstones" the first animated sitcom created by Hanna-Barbera premieres on ABC in the US.

1991 Jerry Springer's tabloid talk show "The Jerry Springer Show" debuts on TV.

  • National Love People Day
  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Hug a Vegetarian Day
  • Ask a Stupid Question Day
  • Chewing Gum Day
  • Blasphemy Day
  • National Mud Pack Day
  • National Hot Mulled Cider Day

In the spirit of Love People Day, wear an Orange Shirt to recognize Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and then Hug a Vegetarian and ask them if they want to go for a steak dinner (now that is a Stupid Question!!), and while Chewing Gum (Juicy Fruit?) ponder Blasphemy Day, which is the day to educate individuals and groups about blasphemy laws and defend freedom of expression, and then end the day with a nice facial Mud Pack while enjoying a glass of Hot Mulled Cider!!

Cheers 💓🧡🤗⁉️🍬🤬🤦🧉

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Video: Active Meetings

An awesomely fun, on-trend group activity that gets participants up on their feet, singing, dancing, and battling head to head in the ultimate music competition. Your classic game show host will divide the room in half and pit teams against each other in a series of music-based games.

TUNE TRIVIA: A round of light-hearted pub-style music trivia with questions like “Which rockstar wrote the infamous Bangles hit ‘Manic Monday’?” (PRINCE!)

SHAKE IT OFF DANCE-OFF: Representatives from each team are called up to show off their best moves to Taylor Swift’s dance hit “Shake it Off”. Top contenders on each side must face off before a neutral judging party and show off their best “Running Man” “Sprinkler” or even “Fax Machine” - whatever they can rock with the most confidence!

BLIND KARAOKE: An iconic pop/rock song is played, but right before the chorus, the music is cut and guests must guess the next set of lyrics.

e.g. “Wake me up, before you go-go, don’t leave me hangin’ on....” (LIKE A YO-YO!)

“I wanted to send you a note to say THANK YOU very much for all that you did to make our sales rally such a success! Kicking it off with Name that Tune was perfect, and everyone loved it! The team building event [Playschool Playscapes] was incredible, I have had so much great feedback about how fun it was, and how much they loved the fact that we were “giving back”. I know that was a lot of work for your team to prepare, and we truly do appreciate you working with us to make that happen! - Helen Pratt, Director, Sales Fairmont Hotels Pacific Northwest

"You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind." Irish Proverb

"Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind—and the mind is adaptable." Daniel Kish

PS. 😎 Some Friday FUN!!

Engagement that TRANSFORMS Events and Gets RESULTS !!

The Engagement Friday Wrap-up September 23rd, 2022

Events and holidays for September 23rd and this week:

1962 ABC's 1st color TV series - The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast.

1969 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford premieres.

2009 TV comedy "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara.

  • First Day of Autumn
  • Innergize Day
  • International Clean Hands Week
  • Love Note Day
  • National Ballroom Dancing Week
  • National Great American Pot Pie Day
  • Teal Talk Day
  • National Checkers Day

On this First day of Autumn, enjoy a morning of Innergize (an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, this is a day for you) and then Wash Your Hands so you can write a Love Note to your partner and invite them to go Ballroom Dancing with you, after you prepare a special American Pot Pie dinner, and remind them that today is Teal Talk Day (a day to increase ovarian cancer awareness among women), and cap off the night with a Checkers game.

Cheers 🍁🧘‍♀️🤲❤️💃🕺🥧♋🏁

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Video: Our Love Affairs With Our Smartphones

Our award-winning, world-class keynote speakers and emcees believe in active participation, interactive engagement and increasing the power of the people in the room or online, live, virtual or hybrid!!

What makes our speakers so valuable to you and your company, business or organization

  • Potent Keynotes, Engaging Emcees and Fantastic Facilitators
  • Hilarious stories to entertain, educate and engage
  • Expertly amps up and down the energy as needed
  • Playful Improv skills to entice and engage
  • Summaries and extensions of content that draw the audience deeper into engagement
  • Knows how to read the room, even virtually
  • Regularly receives comments from participants like: “best session of conference” “life-changing,” “high-impact” and “profound”

“It is an absolute pleasure to work with Roger Haskett and his team at Engagement Unlimited. Roger has been a dynamic key note speaker, engaging emcee and enthusiastic entertainer for the past two years at our Steward Council.

"Equally impressive is how Roger sits down with our planning team to get to know us, our Union and our desired outcomes, to help create and design specific educational programs. It is not surprising that we have had two of our highest ranking events since Engagement Unlimited came on board. We wholeheartedly recommend Roger Haskett and Engagement Unlimited to help elevate your next event to a new level.”

Robert M. MacDonald, Director, BC/Yukon Region, The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

"Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not." Dr. Suess, the Lorax

"A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone." Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

PS. 😎 Some Friday FUN!!

Engagement that TRANSFORMS Events and Gets RESULTS !!

The Engagement Friday Wrap-up September 16th, 2022

Events and holidays for September 16th and this week:

1972 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US.

1977 Ringo Starr releases single "Drowning in Sea of Love" in the UK.

1978 Filming begins for "Monty Python's Life of Brian", on location in Monastir, Tunisia.

  • National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day
  • National Collect Rocks Day
  • National Tradesmen Day
  • International Grenache Day
  • Global Be(er) Responsible Day
  • National Guacamole Day
  • National Mexican Independence Day

Start the day with coffee and Cinnamon Raisin Bread, before heading out in your Wrinkled Raincoat (today is the birthday of Peter Falk, born in 1927, the actor who played the rumpled detective Columbo) and do some investigating of your own by Collecting Rocks (to learn more about the earth's material and become a geologist for a day), or maybe hunt down a Tradesman and invite him/her for a beer or a glass of Grenache, which is a bright red fruit and one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, and be Be(er) Responsible and raise your glasses to toast smart and safe drinking, and try some Guacamole and nachos while celebrating Mexican Independence Day, with Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810, a day filled with national pride, colorful parades, mariachi concerts, and food.

Cheers 🍞🥼💎👷‍♀️🍷🍺🌮💃

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Video: Facilitation

One of the things we regularly get asked to do is facilitation. One day, multiple days, workshops. Often it's our content and schedule, other times it's the client's content and schedule. Either way we bring some interesting and innovative energy and ideas to these events.
We start with Roger's Rules of Engagement that outlines for the participants how to act to best achieve results.

Rules like:

  • Misery is Optional
  • Step Up/Step Back
  • Movement is Necessary
  • and the more fun YOU have the more fun THEY have
  • We create power in the room by empowering your participants. We create a 'hive mind' using the wisdom of crowds to lock in learning.

    We work through your challenges using our engagement systems and tools for maximum results. 

    And running through it all is:

    The POWER of PLAY

    We usually work with clients multiple times as facilitators. Because they come back:

    1. For more engagement energy.
    2. For more playful power.
    3. For more outstanding results.

    “We couldn’t of picked a more perfect way to create bonding and open communication channels between team members."  

     The Facilitation was fantastic; it was just what our group needed after three long years of not being able to get together."

    "It’s life. You don’t figure it out. You just climb up on the beast and ride." Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    "There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas." Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

    PS. 😎 Some Friday FUN!!

    Engagement that TRANSFORMS Events and Gets RESULTS !!

    The Engagement Friday Wrap-up September 9th, 2022

    Events and holidays for September 9th and this week:

    1908 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hour airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va.

    1956 Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the 1st time.

    1984 First episode of daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host.

    • Bonza Bottler Day
    • National Teddy Bear Day
    • Care Bears Share Your Care Day
    • Stand Up to Cancer Day
    • International Buy a Priest a Beer Day
    • National Steak Au Poivre Day
    • Wienerschnitzel Day
    • Wonderful Weirdoes Day

    Start this Bonza Bottler Day (the number of the month coincides with the number of the day - September 9) by giving your favorite Teddy Bears a hug, to thank them for their companionship, and include hugs for your Care Bears Share Your Care, who help to motivate significant giving and volunteerism, and support Stand Up to Cancer Day, which creates cancer awareness, then Buy a Priest a Beer, to express your appreciation for all that priests do for their broader communities, and also share a dinner of Steak Au Poivre, Pepper Steak, and Wienerschnitzel, which is a traditional Austrian dish of breaded veal, with one of your Wonderful Weirdo friends.

    Cheers 📅🧸🐻♋🍺🥩🌭🥴

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    Video: A Leg UP!

    A Leg UP develops presentation, confidence, and stress management skills. It helps you become a bigger, better, more powerful version of yourself. It teaches you how to ‘rise to the occasion’ even when that feels like an impossibility.

    By exploring new, powerful, rules for life, the class directs participants into behaviors that guide them more easily, more directly, to the me they want to be.

    We focus on creating internal power by a combination of engaging and interactive sessions that focus on each participant working on these skills each class. Participants will be up on their feet working on controlling their brain and body before, during, and after walking into stressful situations.

    This program changes people’s lives by disrupting the way you think about confidence, stress, internal power and who you want to be. And exploring new, powerful, rules for life, helps direct participants into behaviors that guide them more easily, more directly, to the me they want to be.

    This work is immensely important for getting A Leg UP:

    • For Young Adults entering the workforce and adult lives. It gives them a Leg UP on some of the most important elements of real success: creating their own internal power, communicating well with others, creating positive energy and a healthier relationship with stress, adapting to change…
    • It's essential for Managers and Leaders to manage their internal worlds and create internal power that makes their jobs easier, more enjoyable, and far less stressful.
    • For the Executive Suite who are constantly being asked to rise to the occasion in a variety of different ways.

    “I'm seeing positive changes in my team. Your work is changing lives. Thank you!”

     “I found that your lessons and notes really help, in fact they help so much the interviewers commented on my positive energy and personality! Thank you so much for teaching me! I'm excited to use more of your lessons in other places in my life!”

     “Already seeing the lessons pay off!”

    "Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." Mark Twain

    "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Theodore Roosevelt

    PS. 😎 Some Friday FUN!!

    Engagement that TRANSFORMS Events and Gets RESULTS !!

    The Engagement Friday Wrap-up September 2nd, 2022

    Events and holidays for September 2nd and this week:

    1897 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures.

    1954 "Rear Window", directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, is released.

    1984 "What's Love Got to Do With It" single tops the charts, giving Tina Turner her 1st #1 as a solo artist.

    • National Wear Teal Day
    • Bring Your Manners to Work Day
    • National Doodle Day
    • National Food Bank Day
    • World Coconut Day
    • National Sweet Corn Week
    • National Blueberry Popsicle Day
    • National Lazy Mom's Day

    Start the day with by Wearing Teal, (which shows your support for survivors of sexual harassment and abuse, and is the color of sexual violence prevention), and then show Your Manners at Work by creating a Doodle that will highlight a Food Bank collection box you set up, and on the way home stop at the store to pick up Coconuts (you can’t make a piña colada or a decent Thai curry without them!), some Sweet Corn and Blueberry Popsicles in preparation of the special dinner you will make for Lazy Mom's Day, to give your mom a much-deserved break from her daily tasks.

    Cheers 🎽💼🖼️🥫🥥🌽🍧👩‍🦰

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    Video: Get Comfortable Being UNcomfortable

    Join Richard Dawson Jr. as he hosts your very own customized version of the hit game show Family Feud! This version gets the whole gang involved with 3 rounds of questions with 10-15 team members per round. A lightning round face-off determines the winner and everyone is treated to a fun game of Name that Tune. 

    We bring an amazing host, assistant, and everything needed to create the best experience for your guests. Top 5 answers are on the board…let’s play! 

    Perfect for interactive after-dinner entertainment!


    • Warm welcome, rules, Team set-up
    • 3 Question Rounds: 3 "Top 5 answers on the board" questions per round are asked. This allows for 6 teams of 5-15 guests each
    • The Lightning Round: Our tech keeps score throughout the game and announces the top 2 teams, who then face off in a fast-paced trivia battle.
    • Name that Tune: After the winning team is awarded, the energy in the room will be high, so we end the game on a literal high note by playing Name that Tune with everyone.

    “Thank you for providing our group with a professional, energetic and truly entertaining show. We have received such positive feedback from not only our staff and partners in attendance, but also from the banquet employees who watched the show. Your rapport and engagement with the people on stage as well as the audience, allowed the entire room to be involved and participate in the fun!” 

     -- Paula D'Souza, RBC Richmond

    "It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe." Muhammad Ali

    "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams

    PS. 😎 Some Friday FUN!!

    Engagement that TRANSFORMS Events and Gets RESULTS !!

    The Engagement Friday Wrap-up August 26th, 2022

    Events and holidays for August 26th and this week:

    1907 Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater in 57 seconds, at Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California.

    1964 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke premieres in Los Angeles.

    1975 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's landmark third album "Born To Run".

    • Women's Equality Day
    • Make Your Own Luck Day
    • Forgive Your Foe Friday
    • Daffodil Day
    • National Cherry Popsicle Day
    • Musical Yoga Day
    • National Dog Day
    • National Toilet Paper Day

    Remember to celebrate Woman's Equality Day (which commemorates the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote) and start by Make Your Own Luck Day and Forgiving Your Foe with a Daffodil and a Cherry Popsicle as a peace offering, before doing some Musical Yoga, and then taking your Dog for a walk (remember a doggy bag and some Toilet Paper just in case!!).

    Cheers 👩🍀🙏🌻🍧🧘🐩🚽

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    Our award-winning comedic improvisers know how to grab the crowd fast and then dazzle them with a performance that’s full of action, audience participation and belly laughs. 

    Improv Comedy is a guaranteed crowd pleaser that has generated worldwide applause, praise and recommendations from thousands of performances!

    Perfect as post-dinner entertainment or for in-home parties!


    • In advance of the show we send you a questionnaire asking for info your guests. This will be used as the basis for the content of the performance.
    • During the show actors on a stage ask for input from the audience and improvise comedy sketches and games on the spot - much like the popular TV series “Whose Line is It Anyway?” or the quick witted comedy you would see at an Improv club around the world.

    “Thank you for the fantastically funny Improv Group you provided! It was exactly what the client asked for - interactive, customized and FUN!”

    — Kelly Clarke, Production Manager, Cantrav Services

    "The best way out is always through." Robert Frost

    "Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE." Joss Whedon

    PS. 😎 Some Friday FUN!!

    More NEWS available here:

    "I wanted to say how much I love your ‘Talking To People in a Pandemic’ series. You are so wonderful on stage and know just how to adjust to being on an intimate screen. I am endlessly impressed.”

    Heather Sharpe
    President, Sherpa Group Events

    "I really enjoyed how you and Roger conducted the session (Virtual Engagement Strategies) as a demonstration of what you were teaching lol! I also think the action-oriented way in which you engage virtual audiences (striking poses and using hand gestures to communicate) is so great!”

    Amy Casebolt
    Health Services Systems Trainer

    "Here to Help You Engage: Digital + Live + Hybrid"

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