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Mice Net : August 2009
the mc Who tippled too much “We hired a well-know kiwi MC for our annual awards dinner a few years ago. All was going well: he arrived early, we had time to run through his material, and add in a few extra personalised bits, then off we all went to get dressed up for the evening’s events. Cocktails were served before dinner - standard stuff really. Then the awards presentations started. Our MC took his drink up onto the stage and proceeded to run off the awards with a joke here and there thrown in to keep the night flowing. We stopped half way through for desert to be served and give everyone a break. More drinks were consumed and then the second part of the awards was due to get underway. But hold on… where was the MC? We found him in the loo a little disorientated. Apparently he couldn’t find his way out which in hindsight should have been a big clue to his condition. As we were walking back to the function room it became obvious that he was a little intoxicated but was happy to continue. (Most event organisers are shaking their heads at this point and screaming - don’t let him carry on! But being very new at this I didn’t know what else to do). He got on the stage, slurred through one more award presentation before our entertainment guy stepped in and took over the rest of the awards for the evening, with no rehearsal, no familiarity with our awards structure, or even knowledge of how our awards are worked out. He did an amazing job without even being asked to help out. He saved the evening from being a complete disaster. Needless to say, we now do not allow our MCs to have more than two drinks before their part of the evening is over.” pizza anyone? “At the start of 2009 I was put in charge of the team responsible for the largest program of events and activities ever undertaken on a Queensland university campus. We ordered 1400 pizzas from a well-known pizza brand across four days at two campuses to be delivered at 30 minute intervals during the event. The well-known pizza brand called one morning - three weeks prior to the event - stating they had 200 pizzas in the cars ready for the first delivery and another 200 prepped ready to cook and delivery for the remainder of the day. They had been preparing and cooking since 1.30am (now 11.30am) and had used in excess of $5k worth of stock. The miscommunication was traced to an email from our office which only listed days and quantities. With no mention of dates and a request for them to call my team to confirm all details, they presumed the pizzas were for the immediate week following receipt of the email. We also ordered 5000 units of soft drink to be delivered the day prior to the events at each campus. These were booked to be delivered at 10am, the day prior to our first event day. By 3pm, three trucks from the supplier had visited the campus but none were carrying our order. We contacted the supplier to be informed the order had been cancelled… by us. We had to get three cars on the road with $3k worth of cash to purchase 90 per cent of the drinks from three Woolworths stores and a Coles supermarket. We traced the miscommunication to a manager of another team who controls stock for the bars on campus. Without consulting with any member of my team, he cancelled the order.”