There has never been a better time to be a mobile DJ especially if you specialise in weddings. While club and pub work is good regular income the down-side is that competition is fierce and because supply outnumbers demand earning potential is limited.
In pubs and clubs the mobile DJ is working for two clients at the same time [the owner and the audience]. Sometimes the owner’s idea of music programming can be at odds with the audience which leaves the DJ with divided loyalties. This can lead to dissatisfied customers or to a disillusioned DJ and even worse a bewildered boss. Getting everything in harmony is more difficult than it looks. A good boss will appreciate the DJs knowledge, experience and expertise. A competent DJ will be able to read a crowd, be flexible regarding music requests and be a great communicator both on and off of the microphone.
Wedding DJs have a similar situation to manage. Their client is the person who engaged them, usually the bride. Her music tastes may vary and in some cases may have very little in common with her guests. This places the DJ in an awkward situation. How can you please everybody all of the time?
In order to tackle this dilemma we need to explore and understand why bosses and brides believe they know more about playing music in public than the professional mobile DJ does. Of course the answer is that they don’t. However they do have a fear and a lack of trust when it comes to handing over responsibility to a less than competent DJ. In order for us to take command and demonstrate our skill and talent we need to establish ourselves as experts in our field. We need to communicate effectively that we know what we are doing and that we are very good at what we do.
This kind of thing doesn’t come easy to DJs. I suspect most DJs expect to be allowed to do their own thing, after all is said and done their survival is based on their reputation…..or is it. Maybe things have got so bad that the clients are no longer interested in what the DJ thinks. Maybe these days they believe they can hire the cheapest Dj and tell him or her what to do. This includes making music selections [play-lists], advising on volume levels and what to say or not to say on the microphone.Little wonder average DJ fees are at an all time low.
And there lies the nub of the problem. “AVERAGE”
If there are too many DJs chasing too few bookings which pay low wages why would a DJ be bothered to challenge current beliefs and perceptions? To do so would require the DJ to bare his soul, insist that he knows more than his client and is prepared to demonstrate exactly HOW his Talent and EXPERTISE will make a big difference to the outcome of an event.
Unfortunately the majority of good mobile DJs struggle when it comes to marketing what they do and how they do it. Many have day jobs and they simply do not have the time to dedicate toward mastering the sales and marketing skills required to successfully communicate why they should be the clients first choice for a party.
The internet has a lot to answer for.
These days everyone communicates via email, social networking sites and information is exchanged via Blogs and web sites. The whole process of communicating has become less personal and mass media. Where people would once make a phone call they text. everything is dissected into soundbites. Twitter insists on the “meat” without the “Veg”
This week in the Uk a group of mobile DJs are attending a training course. This training has nothing to do with what they do, technically speaking, when playing music. Indeed general opinion is that teaching a DJ what to play and when to play it [with the exception of radio] is an impossible task. Mobile DJs and many club DJs are self-taught and have an instinctive ability to read audiences and make music selection on the fly.Whilst this is not an ideal method of learning a profession it is one which will over time weed out the wheat from the chaff. The competent DJ will prosper while the “Wanerbee dreamers” will fall by the wayside.
The amazing thing about this training for DJs and other training courses currently on offer is that they offer an insight into what customers really want from a service provider. Clients are better informed than they used to be thanks to modern technology. Clients have expectations which they expect to be met if not surpassed by their DJ. Thanks to YouTube they have seen plenty of examples of what they wish to avoid and they are better placed to make value judgements.
So like it or not modern mobile DJs will have to brush up on their presentation skills. They will need to be able to answer probing questions as well as being able to generate trust and confidence before an enquiry is converted into a booking. Modern mobile DJs will be aware that in order to separate themself from the competition they will need to know how to demonstrate just how different they are from other DJs.This may all seem pretty basic stuff to regular businessmen and women, alas it is still virgin territory for many DJs who still believe their music speaks on their behalf.
Today we have the opportunity to meet and learn. Yes many will argue that everything needed is to found out there in hyperspace and can be gleamed for free. Alternatively some DJs are keen to point out that their mates in forums and chat rooms can tell them all they need to know about any given subject so why should they pay good money for CDs, DVD’s, Books, seminars and courses?
For me the choice is simple. There is an easy way to learn or a hard way.
I can spend time trawling the internet looking for information or contacting friends and acquaintances and asking them questions. Non of which will teach me anything, all I will gain is more information more facts. The biggest challenge is what you do with the information. How do you implement the facts and turn them into actions which will improve your business.
I can buy a copy of the Highway Code tomorrow but it won’t teach me how to drive a car or pass the driving test. In order to pass my driving test I will need an instructor, someone with a proven ability and track record of success. Investing time and money with a qualified instructor makes perfect sense. So too does the idea of seeking tuition from people who have been there before you, made all of the mistakes and found a better more successful way of doing business.
If you invest in formal training courses you take yourself out of your comfort zone. You expose yourself not just to the trainer but also to the other attendees. You share your experiences not just one on one but to the whole group. Very soon you develop an understanding of issues which not only impact on you but which are common to the whole group. Together you share points of view, experiences and ideas. Best of all you now have a point of reference.Questions can be posed and support sought not only on the day but subsequently. Feedback and support should be ongoing.
You won’t learn everything you need to know in one training course just like you won’t find the answers to your questions in one book or web site on the internet. the quest will be never-ending as indeed should be your development as an entertainer and performer. Footballers never stop being coached. Singers and actors need producers and directors. Mobile DJs need less ego and more skill. Training / coaching is the key which will lead to appreciation of your talent and your talent is valuable.
Some DJs maintain they can’t afford to pay for training. My response is you can’t afford not to. The cost of a course is the same as purchasing a new microphone or mixer. It can be offset against your pre-tax profits and is therefore a legitimate business expense. The taxman is happy to pay for your training and ultimate success. The more money you make the more tax you will be paying.
This year I will be continuing my training courses for wedding DJs. There will be two in Bolton this May and a couple more in Birmingham this September. Details can be found here.
SEDAbuzz – a full day of learning is once again being repeated this year in June. Check here for details.
BPM DJ SHow will also be providing three full days of seminars covering all aspects of being a DJ – mobile, club and radio. Take a look here.
Also look out for local seminars and meet-ups organised by:
best of luck, remember, DJs who learn more – Earn More – Honest!
Untill the next time, take care.Cheers.
A seminar is usually a taster. It is an introduction or an overview of an idea, a technique, a system, a service or a product The seminar is often given in the form of a lecture and will include the opportunity for questions to be asked of the presenter either during the event or as it is drawing to a close.This structure enables a large number of people to attend and evaluate whether the topic is worth pursuing or not as the case may be. Most seminars are of a duration of an hour or two or less.
Workshops are more interactive and practical. The presenter needs to engage with the delegates as individuals. Therefore usually the number of attendees is strictly limited. Much of the content is designed to be one on one or delivered to small “breakout” groups. People who attend workshops should be prepared to get involved. Delegates will be expected to do some practical stuff related to the workshop theme. A workshop will also include some style of critique. The presenter and the other attendees will be expected to pass opinion on exercises undertaken by the group. A workshop can often be a half day or full day duration.
Conferences can take many forms. Some will consist entirely of seminars while others are a mixture of seminars and workshops. In order for a conference to be viable they tend to be held on a much larger scale. In many instances conferences take place in dedicated venues which are equipped to handle large numbers of people. The venue will also be equipped with state of the art audio and visual equipment and have catering facilities on hand to feed the visitors. conferences can be a one day event or anything up to a week.
Why should I attend?
People learn and evaluate new ideas in different ways. Some people can read an article on-line or in a book and translate the written word into a process. Others are not so fortunate. They need to be shown how something works. Many of us need to be “Hands On” in order to comprehend an idea or method. Seminars, workshops and conferences gives the attendee a chance to ask questions, see for him or her self and seek clarification and support from presenters and fellow delegates. Often other people in the room will share their experiences and knowledge of the subject so that others can reason and evaluate the topic under discussion “in the moment” rather than having to reflect or review what had been presented at a later date.
Cost verses value.
Generally the cost of attending an event is considered to be a legitimate business expense and is therefore a tax-deductible investment in your business. So one way of looking at it is that such education is free and that the real cost to a business owner is his time. Time invested in a business is precious so one would expect an educational event to result in added value to your knowledge and skills. Attending a seminar, workshop or conference will not in its self improve what you do in your business. Implementing new ideas, methods and systems will!
Networking – the added bonus.
A spin-off from attending educational events is the networking. Meeting and talking to people in your profession can be very therapeutic. You will be surprised at how many others are in a similar situation or who have similar issues and challenges in their line of work. Often solutions are shared in an informal environment over a cup of coffee or a drink in the bar. Simply knowing that you are not alone and that others are facing the same situations can be inspirational and will prompt you to see things in a new light.
Education can be fun.Take off your blinkers, step out of your comfort zone and S-T-R-E-T-C-H. You’ll be glad you did.
Many independent mobile disco operators & DJs aspire to landing a residency but is this really a good thing for the client?
[This refers to private parties and not bars or night clubs]
Traditionally the very term “mobile disco” relates to a DJ who transports himself and his equipment to a venue where he recreates the discotheque atmosphere in a room which would otherwise be devoid of professional sound systems, flashing lights and non-stop dance music. He or she delivers everything needed, including an extensive music library, and the ability to read an audience while keeping the dance floor packed all night long. In return he receives a fee which reflects the fact that this is no easy feat, one which few people can achieve and is therefore financially rewarding.
The mobile DJ needs to find his own work. He is independent and therefore seeks out his clients by marketing his services via word of mouth, flyers, business cards and web sites as well as referrals from satisfied clients. Very often third parties such as venues are impressed with the standard of performance and they offer to take contact details and pass them on to people interested in hiring their venue for a party. This is good news. Venues are keen to recommend service providers who do a good job. They are also happy to refer DJs who work well with the staff and “fit in” with the logistics involved in hosting a party for their mutual customer.
Some venues go one step further and are happy to offer a single DJ to become their “Resident DJ / Disco”. The venue knows who will be playing the music and the customer gets an entertainer who is recommended and is guaranteed to do a good job [theoretically]. The mobile DJ likes the idea of regular work at the venue which means he or she will not need to spend as much time and money on advertising his DJ service and finding his own clients. It looks like an ideal partnership. A win-win situation – but is it?
In an ideal world it probably is but this is not an ideal world. Firstly we need to consider the end-user by which I mean the person whose party it is. Is it possible for one DJ to be sufficiently talented, skilled and experienced enough to cover every type of party offered to him? Is it conceivable that he can deliver the same standards night in night out to the diverse eclectic clientele offered by the venue. Is it likely that the resident DJ would ever refuse to host a party because he admits he is not proficient with a music genre or a type of client?
Secondly we need to appreciate the venue’s position. They are looking to please as many people as possible. If they perceive the entertainment as “Music and Lights” and are looking for a predetermined level of service from their DJ it may well be the case that a “Jack of all trades and Master of Non” is what they value.
In other words the whole idea of resident DJs in venues works for the venue more so than the DJ or their client for that matter.
As in all walks of life there are exceptions to the rule. There are I’m sure Resident DJs who have the wealth of knowledge, skill, talent and experience to provide excellent performances for varied clients. Unfortunately they are difficult to find and their residencies are under threat. They are under pressure from venues and accountants who are keen to take advantage of the DJ’s vulnerability.
Venues are being constantly approached by DJs who want a slice of the action. You can guarantee that a venue will receive requests for meetings or offers of low-priced fees for regular work from dozens of DJs each and every month. These DJs are eager to get regular work, many have full-time day jobs and are therefore not able to spend time seeking work from individual clients. A residency is seen as easy money and they will be happy to undercut the existing fees attributed to the current resident.
All too often the accountants rule the roost and the pressure to reduce costs is too great to ignore. Quality is subjective and as long as none of the end-user clients complain then where is the harm in opting for a more competitive price? Unfortunately once a venue takes this stance the whole situation becomes desperate. More mobile DJs are keen to offer their services and the price keeps being driven down as is the standard of service offered. So what started out as a good idea quickly becomes a bad idea especially for the DJs and the end-user clients. The venues are left with mediocre talent and parties which at best may only be described as average.
Ironically the mobile DJ has become his own worst enemy. In chasing what seemed a pot of gold he has helped devalue the pricing structure and played into the hands of the accountants. Clients are suffering as standards fall and all DJs are being tarred with the same brush.
Good news. All is not lost. There is an emerging breed of DJ who is carving a new path through the doom and gloom. The new thinking is based on individual personalised marketing. Some DJs are now opting to offer their services as preferred suppliers to a venue. They are looking for referrals based on a client’s needs. They are prepared to offer their services directly to the end-user client but not to be held to ransom by the venue. Developing this relationship also means that the venue would be encouraged to offer a selection of preferred supplier DJs to their clients. This would create competition based on talent, service and professionalism. It means customers have a choice. They can make an informed decision based on their needs and not the needs of the venue.
Overcoming the accountants may well be a stumbling block. In order to become a preferred supplier the DJ may well have to offer a commission or finders fee to the venue. This is not uncommon in the industry and if all is above-board and transparent then it is an acceptable cost of doing business.
If I were planning a birthday party, corporate event or a wedding I’d be suspicious of a venue offering me a resident DJ. Who are they to tell me who will entertain at my party. They don’t know me or have any idea what my tastes are. Choice is what I want. Let the venue recommend by all means but please leave the final decision to me.
Let me apologise in advance if this blog has offended any of my fellow DJs. It was not my intention to offend anyone. My aim is for all of us to reflect on the state of the market as it is today. We need to be honest with ourselves. We need to know our limitations. I write from experience.
Think of me as poacher turned gamekeeper. I have held residencies in venues. I admit to becoming complacent. It’s so easy to think I can play the same music on Saturday for a wedding that I played on Friday for a birthday party, How difficult can it be – play the current chart music and throw in a few requests if I happen to have them, right?
I have been a multi-operator / agent. I’ve been shafted by DJs who worked for me and screwed by venues who wanted to reduce my fees.I’ve booked DJs who have proved inconsistent and unreliable. I’ve worked with some fantastic talented DJs who are much better than I could ever hope to be.
The debate will continue of that I am certain. However the question still remains. Are residencies all they are cracked up to be. Whose interests do they best serve – the DJ, the client or the venue?
Answers on a postcard please – or you can leave your comment below.
New image – new skills – new focus – new ideas – new clients.
There is a very quiet revolution taking place across the United Kingdom.
Mobile DJs are shedding their dated images. Gone are the huge speaker systems which deafened audiences. Gone are the banks of flashing lights and strobes which dazzled and bemused your guests. Gone are the egotistical “all about me” DJs who are only interested in playing their music and consider the party to be a huge success when the dance floor is “rammed”. [Even though you can only get twenty people on the dance floor and there are 200 people at the party]
If you look in the right places you will find a new breed of wedding DJ. One who has embraced new technology and invested in a compact sound system which still delivers great digital sound but does not need to be the size of a wardrobe. The lighting has also been reduced to create a more sophisticated, soft and atmospheric effect. “Mood lighting” can now illuminate the venue walls as well as the dance floor.
Dance floors too are changing. Drab wooden floors are being replaced by stunning sparkly floors which are available in a variety of colours. Available in Black, white and pink [or a combination of the three] as well as floors which can change colour at will thanks to modern LED DMX technology.
More and more brides are concerned about the “Look” of the venue and our new breed of DJs appreciate this and are investing in new equipment which facilitates this new image.
The Specialist wedding DJ is also investing in himself and developing new skills which enable him or her to offer new services which are a natural extension to his existing music and sound knowledge base.
Many DJs now offer a custom music package to enhance and compliment a civil ceremony in a hotel. They will work with a bride to ensure that the selected music is played at the right volume and most importantly is edited to ensure maximum effect especially during the processional and recessional stages of the ceremony.
First impressions count. You DJ has the ability to introduce the bridal party into the room. He can select rousing, dynamic sound beds which will add tension, suspense, emotion and energy into the room. If you want your Wedding Breakfast to “get the party started” you would be well advised to seek out a new breed specialist wedding DJ.
Master of Ceremonies.
If you would rather not have a professional Toastmaster host your wedding reception why not ask your DJ to be the MC. Many DJs have this skill set and the talent to make announcements. Usually this is in a far more relaxed style and one which reflects your personality. Many DJs are now researching the Toasts and traditions associated with weddings and are keen to share and introduce to you little “Spotlight Moments”. They are designed to personalise your wedding and make it be remembered as being different and special. Microphones are also often provided for toasts and speeches should they be required.
Do you know why there is a wedding cake? More importantly why you need to cut it and share it with your guests? Will you pose for the photograph, stick a knife into the cake and have it taken away to be cut or will your DJ / Host do it differently. Will he or she share the history and the full details of the ceremony and invite you to “Spotlight” that moment by doing something your guests have never seen before?
First Dance – Father Daughter Dance – Family dance.
A wedding reception party is like no other party and is a one-off, never to be repeated event. How will your first dance be received by your guests, Will they be involved or will it go unnoticed . Has anyone ever mentioned the idea of the bride dancing with her father to a special tune? How about the idea of a custom song for the bridal party – a family dance. “Spotlight moments” don’t just happen. They need to be organised, produced and directed by an expert. In this case the expert is our new breed of specialist wedding DJ & party host. He or she has the skill and talent to present these dances in such a way as to involve every one of your guests. Photographers and videographers love the way such dances are produced. Your guests will enjoy them too. In fact they will be talking about your wedding reception for weeks, months and years to come – for all of the right reasons.
Enjoy your wedding, relax in the knowledge that the celebrations are in good hands. Seek out a new breed of specialist wedding DJ today and set up a meeting. You will be pleasantly surprised how things have changed.
Where can you find the new breed of wedding specialist DJ?
Organisations like The National Association of Disc Jockeys, or The South Eastern Discotheque Association and The Alliance of Mobile & Party DJs would be a good place to start. There are also a number of groups on Facebook wher you can find like-minded DJs. Mobile DJ Network is one such group.
Your customer only needs one good reason to book you – do you know what it is?
Mobile DJs are not alone in thinking that all of their competitors are undercutting their prices and that the whole world is looking for the cheapest option.
However I would argue that many DJs are blinded by this simple assumption and as a result are blinkered as to the actual reality of the situation when a potential customer makes contact.
Unfortunately very few of our fellow DJs realise that what they offer is a SERVICE and not a PRODUCT. They continue to take the easy option and market their speakers and lights as an item, “A Disco”. This is further exasperated by the same “Discos” fighting for exposure on numerous collective web sites which promise the visitor a large selection of “Discos” to choose from.
Little wonder then the result is a prospective client sees no DIFFERENCE between the “Discos” and shops on price alone.
If you are suffering from persistent price shoppers you really do need to reassess your marketing and examine the kind of client you are being exposed to. You also need to stop marketing your “Disco” and start pushing yourself forward because the only DIFFERENCE between you and the others is YOU.
You can’t be hired for less than your chosen fee. Yes you can get another “Disco” but that is not the same as hiring you. You are the DIFFERENCE. Your expertise and your experience, your Skill and wait for it = your TALENT can not be purchased for less.
Your TALENT comes at a premium which deserves to be valued. You need to be blowing your own trumpet more and educating your clients as to the DIFFERENCE between YOU and the competition.
Be confident and agree with people when they enquire as to your availability. “Yes you can get a cheaper “Disco” locally. I personally know of dozens locally, however I would not recommend any of them”.
Explain, “All of my clients last year knew they could have hired a DJ for less but chose not to!
The simple fact of the matter is – Customers only need one good reason to book you. The challenge is for you to understand what that one reason is.
Do the research and check with your past satisfied clients. Ring them up, thank them for their business and ask them a simple question, “why did they book you, what was it that convinced them to hire you”?
Better still break your simple survey into two groups. One group who have booked you but you have not yet done the event and the other group where you have completed the booking. You only need call about half a dozen in each group. I suspect the answers will be very revealing. I also suspect that the answers will not be what you think they may have been.
Use the answers to define what it is about you that is DIFFERENT from a client’s perspective and use their answers in your marketing.
Remember clients only need one good reason to book you and “price” you will be happy to know is not the primary reason. Price is a contributory factor but only an important one when compared with quality and value. We have all regretted buying the cheapest in the past. Your clients are no different from you. Fortunately you are in a position to help them from making a mistake. It’s down to you to focus your marketing and address the situation because if you don’t you will be lost in the maze of other “Discos” who simply roll over and compete on price alone.
It’s time to tell Sid to take a hike and stay out of your business. It’s time to distance yourself from where Sid is lurking. It’s time to target your clients and to decide who you would like to work for and which venues you would like to work in. Leave Sid to the Bars, Pubs and Social clubs and start looking for clients who appreciate quality and are prepared to pay more for professionalism.
Start building relationships with venues, photographers, florists, cake makers and Dress hire shops. Get your face and name known to as many people as possible who are in a position to recommend you. PERSONALISE your marketing. We DJs offer a very personal service. There is only one of you. Only you do what you do in the way you do it. There is no competition. You are unique.
Market your DIFFERENCE and let your clients make their decision.
After all, they only need one good reason to book you and that reason, I believe, is YOU!
A new begining
This year i brought in the New Year at The Beaufort Park Hotel In Mold, North Wales and found myself the following day on a train out of Liverpool heading down to Southampton. My latest workshop “Specialist Wedding DJ A-Z” was to be launched on January 2nd.
I was excited and nervous. When i write a workshop I have little idea as to who will be sitting in front of me on the day. Many of those in attendance had been to previous workshops while for one or two this would be their first time at such an event. This means the content has to be flexible enough to be relevant to beginners and experienced DJs as well as challenging enough to be interesting and stimulating to all.
On the day of the workshop there is always time upon arrival for informal chat over coffee and a chance to put delegates at ease while I prepare the documents and set up my computer and sound system. This half hour also helps me “Get into the zone” and focus on the day ahead.
My primary objective when presenting and hosting a workshop is to engage everyone in the room. I encourage people to speak out and interrupt / interject at any time. The difference between a workshop and a seminar is that there is INTERACTION. The delegates provide valuable content by sharing their knowledge and experiences just as much as I do.
Surprisingly It’s amazing how quiet and subdued a group of DJ s can be at ten o’clock in the morning! however if I get the introductions right and the first topic presented hits the spot then the room quickly comes alive. By the time we get to our morning break for more tea & coffee the room has a “Buzz” and the cross conversations are flowing. Often the information & views shared over coffee produce little golden nuggets which delegates can take away and add to their armoury of expertise.
During the workshop i show video clips from other leading DJ trainers and advocates. Glimpses of material available from Peter Merry, Jim Cerone, Randy Bartlett, Mark Ferrell & Rick Brewer are often included as well as material from You Tube featuring British and American DJs.
The current workshop focuses on opportunities for a DJ at a wedding. It goes into great detail about what actually happens at such an event and concentrates on what happens if a dj is NOT involved. Weddings are in danger of having all of the fun and emotion stripped from them by chain hotels who treat wedding as little more than, as DJ Dave Windsor describes them, “an expensive meal”.
Brides “Don’t know what they don’t know” and only you, the DJ, will be the one to tell them the reality of the implications of not hiring you “the Expert” Specialist Wedding DJ / Host.
Throughout the day we examine each segment of a wedding. opportunities abound for an interactive DJ who understands how music can add to the energy, dynamics and emotion of the ceremony itself as well as introductions and Toasts. It’s not long before delegates appreciate that they can bring unique skills and talent to a wedding reception. DJs who understand and appreciate the responsibility placed in them can reap many rewards not least financial by offering to be involved in the planning, production and coordination of the may ceremonies which make up the wedding day.
Step out of your comfort zone
The most interesting part of the day for me was when I asked delegates to write a simple introduction. It could be introducing a B&G onto the dance floor or an introduction into the room. I also add a little twist to this to make it more challenging and interesting. Its amazing how this seemingly simple exercise can produce very varied results. DJs in a small room among their peers can find this task difficult. It’s strange and uncomfortable for them. However the workshop is the best place they can do this. Practise and rehearsal are vital to getting things right and making things better. If you can’t do this in a rom of colleagues and friends how can you do it elsewhere without benefiting from positive critique and support.
By the end of the day the delegates are filled with ideas and have seen for themselves just how they can implement simple changes to what they are currently doing which enhance their performance and which brides will value.
Feedback has been very good.
Within a few days I had taken the workshop to Southampton, Reading, Maidstone and Glasgow. Around fifty Djs attended and many have already seen a change in their business. One attendee has managed, within a week, to secure two events at a significantly higher fee then previously and also booked his first all day wedding.
I was so pleased the other day to receive this testimonial from a DJ who has attended a number of my workshops. If you have any reservations about attending one of my events Dale’s story should overcome them.
An attendee wrote on January 25
2/3 years ago, a local DJ told me that he heard a rumour that a mobile DJ in the Liberty stadium in Swansea was getting ‘XXX’ much [per gig), which was more than double what the local average was. We chatted about how AMAZING it would be to earn that amount per gig but came to the conclusion that the DJ or the rumour was full of BS (lol).
About a year after the above conversation, I came to hear of Mr Pengelly and after reading numerous recommendations I attended a 2 day workshop run by him ( Wedding Marketing & Unlock the cash).
I was pretty quiet for the 2 days. I sat there like a sponge taking in as much as I could.
Over the last 12 months I implemented the changes in my business, took further workshops to increase my skill set, and had advice on tap from Derek whenever needed.
Last year was great for me. I took a number of weddings at fee’s I thought only household club DJs could earn, not local wedding DJs. The best thing is though that my job is MUCH better, I am appreciated more, valued more and feedback is better than ever.
Today I have a bride and groom coming to my home at 10.30 to finalize contracts and pay the deposit.
The deposit is the amount I charged 3 years ago and the overall fee is just under double what that DJ was ‘apparently’ earning at the stadium.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
Mr Derek Pengelly – THANK YOU
Thank you for Showing me a new way
Thank you for making my customers value me
Thank you for making my job even more enjoyable
Thank you for showing me how to earn a livable wage
Thank you for changing my lifestyle – YES – my lifestyle has changed.
Good News – New workshop dates for March 2013
I have added three more dates and one provisional date – location to be confirmed.
Enter discount code “DAP” to get £10 off your ticket place.
Tuesday March 19th in Reading
Thursday March 21st in Bolton
Sunday March 24th in Leeds
25 -28th March? TBA – somewhere in the midlands
Thanks for your support:
If you can’t attend a workshop but would like an insight into the topics covered and a condensed presentation of the event including hints and tips on how you can become a Specialist Wedding DJ there is a CD / MP3 download available for £9.99
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There has been a great deal of debate regarding mobile DJs who are turning their attention toward expanding their services and presenting an alternative to the current choice of formal toastmaster and hotel duty manager, or family member, acting as a MC. So what is the difference?
Geoffrey Cornwell is a well-respected toastmaster. His website offers this explanation. “A Professional Toastmaster is trained to find out what you want and to then liaise with everyone involved on your day. He will work with all parties concerned and with your guests to ensure that timings and arrangements are complied with as you have requested them. He will work closely with your photographer, caterer and other services to ensure that the day runs smoothly. Your Toastmaster will guide you through your day and look after your guests to ensure that you enjoy a stress-free special day.”
He goes on to explain, “I will be available to advise you in etiquette and protocol from the day that you decide to use my services. I can call on a wealth of experience to help you make decisions about your big day. I will liaise with the other service providers to ensure that we are all working towards the same goal, which is fulfilling your wishes and giving you the best day of your life.”
An M.C. (Master of Ceremonies) generally will make announcements only, which will not necessarily be personal to the bride and groom. According to The Free Dictionary an MC is