Event Yak

Event Yak

An industry-related podcast, where Event Pros share their stories about the past, present, and future. Grab your Backstage Pass, and come take a peek into the most interesting world you’ve never heard of. Join your host, 30-year Events Industry Veteran, Terri Walters as she talks with a diverse crew who live, eat and breathe Live Events.


November 11, 2020 19 mins

Episode Highlights:

Meeting a milestone, Episode #25!

Taking a holiday PAUSE from Event Yak.

Political turmoil – win or lose, I’m hopeful both sides can dig deep and find grace.

In the spirit of the holiday season … reflecting on what I’m thankful for and having perspective.

Thanks for taking the Event Yak ride with me and my fantastic guests!

Lessons in the rear-view mirror.

And remember … Standby to Standby!


Terri Walters


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In this episode, we speak with Experiential Marketer and Events Producer, Tiffany Green and ask her what makes for a memorable experience, and how brands can leverage events to push their messages forward. Other topics include the art of Collaboration; what elements help to make virtual events more engaging; and what virtual events might look like once IRL events come back.


Tiffany Green

Website:  www.xoxoTiffanyGreen.com


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Sometimes, the path that you choose puts you right where you’re meant to be. That seems to be the case with Kyle Morris. His past experience has positioned him uniquely to ford the current stream of virtual events. In this episode, we discuss having the guts to take the virtual leap very early in the COVID crisis, how content is STILL King, some common misconceptions about virtual events, key differentiators for success while using...

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September 27, 2020 48 mins

Mike Aug is an amazing example of resiliency. As a Project Manager and a Production Manager, you have to be. In this episode, we talk about COVID-19 Compliance, and what film and event locations might look like in the coming months. We also discuss courses you can take to get certification as a COVID-19 Compliance Officer, and talk about who pays for your quarantine time, as well as the value and fun of re-inventing yourself in a n...

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September 11, 2020 41 mins

Hyatt Alum, Sarah Thompson takes time to talk with us in this episode about what guests should expect upon check-in, new positions evolving within the Hotel industry, creative new approaches to filling venues, the value CMP designation, and how working at Hyatt is a lot like having an extended family.


Sarah Thompson, CMP

Email: Sarah.Thompson2020@Yahoo.com

LinkedIn: @SarahThompsonCMP - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahthompsoncmp...

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August 27, 2020 41 mins

What’s the one thing every successful presentation should have? Find out in this week’s episode where I speak with Graphic Designer and Technical Guru Adriana Boring. We discuss the finer points of budgeting, the importance of the message and content, what skills and traits make for the “ideal graphic designer,” and hear the one piece of advice this seasoned graphics tech has for all presenters.

Adriana Boring

Email: connect@lyndin...

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In this episode, I speak with Entertainer, Mike Duseberg about the importance of creating connections through shared experiences. We discuss the significance of entertainment as it relates to corporate events, in both Live/Live and Virtual/Live, how great entertainers are able to “not cross the line,” and the evolution of everyone’s home studios.


Mike Duseberg

Website: www.MagicMeansBusiness.com

LinkedIn: Mike Duseberg - https://...

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August 6, 2020 22 mins

Event Yak Host, Terri Walters reflects on her 17-week live event-related podcast journey, including discussions about technical challenges and advancements, for both, herself, and the industry at large. She also shares what she’s learned about the people she’s interviewed, how she feels she has evolved personally and professionally, and what both she, and the people within the industry must do in order to soldier on and create the ...

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Working in the cloud and over the ether have always made me a little nervous as it relates to live production. But, Geoff Butler is creating a production world where that’s the new normal; and it works. In this episode, we talk about Cloud and Remote Production, the future of Sports and eSports, and what production peeps need to do in order to reinvent and move forward.


Geoff Butler

LinkedIn: @GeoffButler - https://www.linkedin.c...

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Working on Broadway is a dream for a lot of folks. In this episode, I speak with Production Manager, Liza Luxenberg about Broadway’s close-knit family, and how that family is dealing with the effects of social distancing and COVID-19, and how might it re-start once we are able to. We also discuss the differences between Broadway and Tours, the role of the Production Manager, and how she, and the people at Aurora Productions, bring ...

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Join Stand-Up Comedian Terry-Ann Zander and I as we discuss the business of Comedy. How and why did she decide to become a comedian? What’s the path to achieving your dreams, and how do you employ the art of networking to further that dream? What’s the impact of Social Distancing and Zoom, and how is that helping or hurting live comedy events? PLUS, we have a very special announcement regarding a new podcast, coming soon to a PodCa...

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Adapt or die seem to be the words of the day. Join Show Designer, Jeremy Thom and I as we discuss adaptability – on so many levels. We also talk about how the show business has evolved over the past couple of decades, where AR, VR and Gaming fit in, and how to help clients manage through the abstract into reality.


Jeremy Thom

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-thom-bb54946/

Email: Jeremy@JeremyThomDesigns.com


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July 2, 2020 47 mins

EY 13 WHAT THE TECH? – with Matt Ward


With Technology evolving before our very eyes, it was awesome to speak with WorldStage’s Chief Technologist, Matt Ward. We talked about adapting technology to create something new, collaboration and competition w/in the industry, what Producers can do to embrace the tech, and the evolution and incorporation of AR, VR, and XR into the events world and beyond.  



Matt Ward

LinkedIn: https://...

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She never thought she’d actually BE a Wedding Planner, but now there’s nothing she’d rather do. Tara Consolati and I discuss the art of Destination Weddings, in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts. We talk about Style, Destinations, Networking, Social Media and what it takes to be a boss Destination Planner.



Tara Consolati

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taraconsolati/

Email: tara@taraconsolati.com


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A first-ever, on Episode 11, Michelle Newbon debuts her playful, industry-related poetry! Michelle and I talk about the inspiration of her poetry, and about the state of the events industry in general. We also yak about the value of having a Content Manager on your next show, the importance of processes and managing content, the key attribute successful Content Managers must posses, Yea or Nay on Google Docs, and, oh yeah, did I me...

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In episode 10, I talk with my new old friend, Trish Simitakos, of DC’s Trish Star Events, AND of Trish.O Show Fame. We discuss how COVID has us walking similar paths and sharing similar growing pains; using technology boldly and not letting perfection stand in the way of progress, and embracing Social Media to propel your brand and yourself to stardom!


Trish Simitakos

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trish-simitakos-ab803610...

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In this episode, I speak with long-time friend, Bruce Wood of Hi-Tech Staffing in Louisville. We discuss the challenges COVID-19 is throwing at the technical people in the Events Biz, the power of word-of-mouth advertising, work ethics, the importance of treating people right, and being ready when the live events world starts up again.


Bruce Wood

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-wood-56955517/

Email: bruce@hi-techstaf...

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David Landgraf is a storyteller, and if you have an event, he wants to tell your story. In this episode, we discuss the importance of getting those stories right. We also discuss the unique ability to see the details while not losing site of the big picture, staging in NYC, and we wrap with a topic near and dear to David’s heart: Sustainability.


David’s “4 E’s” – Excite, Empower, Educate and Entertain

Our newly-created “hashtags ...

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Chief Bobby Halton is nothing if not authentic and genuine. I speak with the Education Director of FDIC, one of the biggest Fire and First Responder events in the world, about how he prepares for a week-long odyssey, from a city-wide takeover with real hands on training, to a monster-large exhibition, to preparing for and rehearsing for his part in Opening Ceremonies, Bobby provides a lot of punch in this hour.


Bobby Halton


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Mary Adams of Event Consulting Group (ECG) seems to have found her niche…or maybe a couple of them. I speak with Mary about event planning and the value and benefits of focusing in on a specific sector. Mary also gives this introvert a few solid tips about how to get the most out of networking. 


Mary Adams, CMP

Twitter: @confproducer

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/eventconsultinggroup/

Email: Mary@eventgrp.com


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