Darren has spent the last nine years making people feel happy at corporate events, whether through his humorous MC'ing, his tailor-made team-building activities or by keeping his distance.
He takes the helm of a conference and, in his trademark sophisticated-yet-slightly-cheeky manner is able to add an integral element to a conference program ... Personality.
He has worked with top-level financial, accounting, IT, legal, pharmaceutical and retail concerns as well as having been used extensively in the lead-up to and during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games for SOCOG and related functions. He is also experienced in TV and radio, owning one of each.
His mix of humour with his well-researched industry knowledge enables him to provide unique introductions for people, no matter how often they have been introduced in the past. His ad-libbed observations that he throws in when working crowds or thanking a guest speaker have become legendary amongst his many regular clients.
He has introduced and interviewed politicians, business leaders and famous sporting identities, putting both his audience and his guests at ease through his professional yet easy-going approach. He has also worked amongst crowds in 'Vox Pops' situations, thriving on the interaction and spontaneity that comes from working with members of the public.
In all, Darren's quick wit, friendly demeanour and business training (he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce - majoring in Marketing - from UNSW), means he is able to have input in your conference over and above many other MCs.
From his facilitation of panels and brainstorm sessions, to his interviews of CEOs, to his ideas on planning an agenda structure that is best for the delegates - Darren offers much and always delivers. Reading the selection of client feedback over the page will indicate how he brings more than just a voice to an event.
The feedback and praise for Darren has been nothing short of phenomenal and they seemed delighted to have found an MC who understands how to simultaneously have fun with, and also maintain intellectual integrity with, all audiences.
He is often asked to facilitate Q & A and Panel Sessions, so he researches the topic and finds the balance between fun and seriousness needed for the occasion. His clients include the Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac, ANZ, MLC, Optus, MBF, Coca-Cola, Red Rooster, Nestle, Wrigley, IBM and Hyundai as well as many, many Industry Associations.
Darren injects a strong element of fun and believes that delegates learn more when they are enjoying themselves. Darren also runs Team Building sessions and tailors fun quizzes and Survivor Nights over dinners and creative hunts and movie-making activities during days.Some fun activities to brighten your next conference are:-
Master of Ceremonies
A casual yet corporate style, Darren injects humour, creativity and energiser activities to assist a long day of presentations become much more tolerable and entertaining.
An energiser is a brief, fun activity that are like little 'pep pills' in the middle of an arduous stretch of presentation, energisers make an event even more memorable for the delegates and, when positioned between speakers, help revitalise flagging attention spans.
A fully tailored trivia quiz where the questions and activities all relate to your company or conference. A quiz where intellect is the least important element, because trivia is the least important element. The emphasis is on group activities and team-building, usually over a meal, as teams work together to answer quirky questions and undertake fun challenges. Ideal for a conference ice-breaker or final night's dinner, a light hearted method of educating people about your product.
A fun, challenging treasure hunt, tailored to your company and conference venue, involving cryptic clues and fun challenges that teams solve and undertake in order to score points. A hunt
Seriously, We Need To Laugh
The 7 B?' Of Business Brilliance
Clarity or Disparity?
Without question, Darren was the best MC I have ever used for a conference. Darren exceeded everyone's expectations ... mine (the conference manager), the audience, the speakers and the sponsors. It was obvious that Darren put a huge amount of preparation into his scripts which continually produced an eruption of laughter and cheers from the audience. As an event manager, it was great to know that Darren was in direct contact with all presenters leading up to the conference busily gathering information, introducing himself and laying down the rules of engagement! The result was smooth and seamlessly flowing agenda that kept the audiences attention, motivation and importantly attendance from Day One through until Day Three. I only wish we had used Darren to his full potential which I have been told goes beyond the traditional role of a master of ceremonies ..."
In all my years of organizing meetings and conferences Darren was "Absolutely Fabulous" - Darren researched each of the presenters, he was funny, witty and most entertaining. Highly recommended.
As the conference's MC you managed to keep our audience alert and energised throughout several intense business sessions. The workshop debrief showcased your interview and facilitation skills, where you made a seemingly difficult task into an easy one using your intelligence, quick wit and intuition. As MC we also appreciate the research you put into preparing personalised introductions for all speakers as this helped to set the tone for a very polished conference.
- Commonwealth Bank
I trust you enjoyed the event as much as our delegates enjoyed your "Yoga Class" during the Energiser session and I don't think many of them will forget the "Voyage Of Discovery" around Cairns ... it was a great way of introducing our delegates to a greater amount of local product knowledge in a fun-filled environment.
Having had the great benefit of Darren's expertise as MC at two conferences to date, I cannot recommend his services too highly. From the beginning of the event until 'the curtain fell' Darren overlaid his own brand of humour on proceedings including well-researched comments and anecdotes that were extremely well received by the delegates; in fact they were rapturous in their feedback - of the Conference in general and Darren in particular. As one delegate wrote, "How good is this guy?" I am sure that the major reason for the success of both Conferences was Darren's ability to keep the pace moving along and the whole event a lot of fun. A professional MC preferably one with a sense of humour, makes all the difference.
- Howard Storage World
His introductions to the sessions ensured that the audience started each session with a laugh and a little excitement, which not only made the conference more memorable, but also managed to tune their attention into the speaker.
- CSL Pharmaceuticals
In many ways his witty, and well researched interludes, between the various sessions proved to be the highlight for the delegates. Darren succeed in keeping everybody on their toes and brought them to life with a few amusing anecdotes in the intervals. We were very impressed with the amount of background work he had done and the way in which he managed to weave his light-hearted comments into the conference content. Darren's work with us highlights that being a good conference MC needs a professional approach, which is well researched and rehearsed. In the past we have used well know personalities as MC, often at considerable expense - and, apart form being a well known face, they are in some instances not particularly good MC's. Darren is a professional at what he does and this shows through. We were also impressed at how flexible Darren was in his work, being highly approachable and being able to ad lib and cope with last minute changes.
- Hyundai Motor Company Australia
In the past we had our own internal person act as the MC which meant that the event was a bit like an end of school year speech night. By having you as MC, it brought the entire event up to an entirely new level of professionalism. One of the most impressive things was the amount of research you did to make your MCing role work for this particular industry and the delegates at the event. The highlight was watching a Ballroom full of 'meat' men, actually standing up and hugging each other, as you had instructed them to do, as the ice breaker to the awards dinner. It was hysterical for everyone in the room. Not only did you MC the event exceptionally well but you did it with style and wit, the likes of which we had not experienced before. Without a question, you are worth every cent. This was the third time that Lehman ' Associates had put you forward as MC and we did not hesitate to accept their recommendation.
- Australian Meat Industry Council
BRILLIANT!!! Beautifully prepared and completely in the moment. Very witty, very knowledgeable. The perfect MC!!
Darren Isenberg as MC really made the long sessions and workload easy to handle. There was great content over the two days but without Darren's MC role it would have been hard going at times. 85% of those who responded to our post event survey rated your services as excellent.
General feedback that I would like to add is that you did a great job in keeping the Forum to schedule. As you know it was a full agenda for the full 2 days so keeping to schedule was very important. You were also vital in keeping energy levels up with the icebreakers at the beginning and during the day and helped to ensure smooth running of the speakers. I also thought your closing speech was relevant and upbeat and believe that it resonated with everyone at the Forum, demonstrating that you had an understanding of our business and what we do.
- Head of Private Banking, WESTPAC
Darren gave us some great, easy to apply tools to enhance our presentations to be more engaging and enjoyable for both presenter and audience. It doesn't matter how many times you have done presentation skills courses you can always learn more and improve.
- National Sales Director, CSL
Darren's session was first class... a great mix of humour and content!!
- Benn Furlong, MLC Sales Manager Ã¢Â€Â“ Investment
We've had such presentations before but what set yours apart was that you gave people practical ideas and applications, which they could take away and use immediately.
- Executive Director, AUSTSWIM
His presentation is full of facts, figures and ideas complimented by his excellent delivery style. The delegates not only thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiastic, humorous and well-researched talk, but gained much valuable knowledge from Darren's free-thinking range of ideas and solutions. We can recommend Darren to others looking for a relevant, effective and humorous speaker as he has the ability to hold the audience's attention and encourage feedback and real involvement in the subject matter.
- Phil Newby, CEO, Hire and Rental Industry Association