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How do you make that corporate event a memorable one?

Event planners often have some “go-to” ideas when it comes to hiring a headline act for their big corporate event.

Maybe it’s a magician, or a cover band, or an impersonator.

There’s just one problem with all of those types of acts: they’re not improvisational.

And not only is the audience not connecting with the entertainment, (they’re just sitting and watching), they’re not connecting with each other.

Unfortunately, that means it’s not going to be a memorable event.

Think about it: would you rather watch a magician perform some tricks, or watch an entertainer that has your colleagues laughing, singing and having a terrific time?

The more you can make the entertainment memorable, and the more you can forge an emotional connection with your audience, the more meaningful the experience becomes.

It’s not just my opinion; it’s the opinion of “experts” as well. Take a look at this article and you’ll see what I mean.

Speaking of making your event a more personal experience, check out this  article too.

What I offer is a one-two-three entertainment punch: music, comedy and improv.

Working together, those two unique talents helps to ensure that the event experience invites, embraces, engages and delights the audience.

They’ll walk away with happy, lasting memories of having had a wonderful time for themselves as well as with their colleagues.

That’s exactly what you want to happen!

And whether you’re planning for a product rollout, sales seminar, trade show or other type of company event, I deliver an interactive entertainment experience that has your audience clamoring for more.

Sound exciting? You bet it does. And the best way to see how it fits into your overall strategy is to talk about it.

How about giving me a call me at your convenience? You can reach me at 773-527-7417.

How to take it from entertainment to a total experience.

The lights dimmed. The crowd quieted down. And as the spotlight hits me onstage, 700+ people in the audience at Navy Pier waited for me to begin.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Make that excellent history.

Make that decibel-busting laughter, applause, singing and clapping history for everyone who was in attendance at that particular show.

As an entertainer, I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s as if everything I strived for in my career came to a head that evening.

Was the client happy? If I’m telling the story, do you even have to ask?

(The answer was an unequivocal “yes.”)

The key was my being able to put everyone at ease, so they were engaged. They were leaning in from the very beginning, enjoying themselves in ways they never expected.

So it wasn’t just entertainment, it became an experience for the audience.

How did I do it?

Experience.

The kind of experience that ten years of improv at Second City gives you. You learn a lot on how to engage an audience using improv.

It teaches you how to read the audience’s responses. You hear what they laugh at, you see their reactions and you play off their energy and build on it.

But a memorable event doesn’t start when the lights dim. It starts in the planning.

I’d like to tell you more about building a memorable event, and the best way I know is to talk to you about it.

Why not give me a call at your convenience, at 773-527-7417.

I promise that it’ll be time well spent!

Pack your next event’s entertainment full of emotion

Putting together a successful corporate event means that a lot of moving parts are working together successfully. 

And if it’s your responsibility, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself the following questions: 

How do I make it perfect? 

What’s going to help me differentiate this event from all the other ones – in a good way? 

How can I personalize the event to create lasting memories for all of those in attendance? 

What can I do to ensure that my colleagues are singing my praises, instead of suggesting I take on a different job? 

Well, one way is to pack your event full of emotion. You’d be surprised just how important emotion is to the success of any event. 

Here’s an article that I found on the importance of emotion within event strategy, and I think you’ll find it interesting. Article

I understand just how important emotion is when connecting with an audience, and make it an integral part of every single performance. 

To get started on creating a successful and memorable event for you, let’s talk. 

You can reach me at 773-527-7417. 

I look forward to talking to you! 

Add music to the mix and your audience will stay engaged


Ten years on the stage at Second City taught me one important lesson: use a warm and personal approach to engage the audience.

If you do that, they’ll have fun and stay engaged.

That’s how I’m able to put people at ease, and receptive to hearing your message.

And best of all, I do it with music – the kind of music that makes people laugh, sing along arm in arm and smiling from ear-to-ear.

Here’s another thing – they’re not only engaged with the music and me, they’re engaged with each other.

Now, I could go on and on about myself, but I’d rather let some of my clients do the talking for me.

Excited about using entertainment with great music? Let’s talk more about it!

Just give me a call at your convenience, at 773-527-7417.

 

 

Here’s your one chance to get your event entertainment done right

Surprisingly, we have something in common.

We both want to make your company’s next big event a huge success – we just go about it in different ways.

You do it by hiring the best talent available, and I do it from the stage, making you look good for hiring me.

That’s a win-win for both of us.

But just in case you haven’t heard of me (pretty rare), or you’d like to learn more about me (most people do), I’m happy to oblige.

I’m Dan Gillogly, aka “Dan the Piano Man.”  I’ve been providing music and comedy entertainment for company events, product rollouts, sales seminars and trade shows for many years.

I’ve been successful because I deliver the three main things that you and other event planners want: unique entertainment, attendees who really enjoy themselves, and a truly memorable event.

I offer live piano music, featuring original and parody songs that drive your message home faster than a ballot box getting stuffed during a Chicago election.

I honed my craft at Second City in Chicago, where I was hired for a 3-week fill-in stint and ended up staying for 10 years. I joined the ranks of Bonnie Hunt, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Chris Farley, Tina Fey and Dan Akroyd, just to name a few.

Understanding improv and how to relate to an audience in personal ways is what sets me apart from all other entertainers.

With my live music, it becomes a truly interactive show, engaging the audience in a truly memorable way.

Everyone at your event wants to join in and be a part of the fun. It makes for a very successful event.

I’d love to talk to you about what I bring to the table, er, piano, and a short conversation is the best way to do it.

I call it “phone improv.” I promise it’ll be enjoyable.

Please call me at your convenience at 773-527-7417.

How You (and Your Team) Can Be More Creative

The last couple of weeks I have been writing about how I remain creative on demand; whenever I need to be, No matter how close the deadline. These are ideas you can put in place with your team and your staff too …. or I can come and show you and your team in concert.

Sure I spent ten years at The Second City mastering the art of improvisation with the best of the best in the entertainment industry today. Yes, I continue to write and record and perform on stage on a regular basis. But there are multiple ways to teach creativity. Cultivate it if you will. And you don’t have to be a professional entertainer who plays multiple instruments to be able to do this too.

But people always ask me how do you make up so many funny parodies to popular songs?

Basically, it’s my job. I spend hours and hours writing new bits and memorizing current pop hits (so I can roast those songs to the joy of everyone). This is what I do.

But there are techniques that anyone can use to become more creative. It doesn’t matter what line of work you are in. We are all creative to a certain degree.

The seminal book written by Julia Cameron helps maintain my Muse in the manner to which she has become accustomed. There is journaling which we talked about last week. Writing about three pages longhand in a spiral notebook every morning is a fantastic way to ‘clean the pipes’ of all the debris that clogs up the creative water lines.

The other side of that same coin is to go on what Ms. Cameron calls an Artist’s Date.

This is time spent by myself in an activity that allows me to play. To do whatever I want. I turn off the phone. I go by myself. I am alone. I may be around people like if I want to go to a candy store or a movie. I am essentially taking myself out on a date.

It was very unnerving at first. I thought I was dating a little kid. That was what it felt like cuz that was what I was doing.

We all have a playful side to our personalities that gets ignored as we get older and have more responsibilities. As creative human beings it is important to remember what that part of us wants.

At first, I was at a loss to think about what to do or where to go on my Artist Date. So I started simple.

I took myself to a toy store. I looked around at all the toys and asked myself which one would I like to play with the most? I picked out a paper airplane kit complete with instructions on elaborate flying forms to make out of the included cardboard. It wasn’t until I had made one of them, that I realized as much as I thought I wanted to play with paper airplanes, my playful self didn’t like following directions.

So the next time I went to an art supply store. I bought some crayons and a coloring book. Again, I realized I don’t like coloring inside the lines. So I took some paper out of the printer and started coloring.

I have since collected numerous crayons, markers and paints. I have a sketchbook and I bought a book about different patterns I can use as inspiration to get me started.

I love having my crayons with me when I go on the road … when I’m in between gigs in my hotel room … or I’m waiting for my flight at the airport. It relaxes me and it keeps me in tune with that ‘still small quiet voice’ that we all need to listen to more often. (And now I’m finding I don’t mind coloring inside the lines — sometimes)

I do other Artist’s Dates. Now that I have gotten into the rhythm of it. I make a date with myself at least once a week. Every other month I go off by myself for a whole day. Sometimes even an overnight. It still shocks me the amount of chatter I hear in my head. The criticism. The negativity. And I’m a positive person. I become a grown up fighting with the little child. “You can’t do that.” “That costs too much.” “That looks dangerous.” “People will laugh at you in that helmet.”

But I do things anyway. Because that is the essence of creativity. Doing things that no one else would do. Doing things even if you don’t do them right or …. you’re gonna make a mistake or … because it might …. look silly … be stupid ….. sound weird … fail … succeed … and on and on and on

So take a look at this book. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It has opened up multiple avenues of creativity for me. You don’t have to be a professional entertainer or music producer. You can use this in all walks of life, business, family, with the kids, without the kids …. just get the book and try out the exercises within the pages. Or better yet … call me up and I’ll come over and run through some Fear Erasing, Brain expanding, Playful Games that will help you and your team become more productive. Team Building Sessions for grown ups who like to play.

You will be glad you did.

Oh … BTW … this is an affiliate link. When you get your book through this link, I do get a small percentage. It won’t cost you anything extra. And since it is through Amazon, you can donate a portion of your sale price to go to a charity of your choice. Pretty cool if you ask me.

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To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.
Check out some of my other projects.

I always love the feedback!

All the best,

Dan Gillogly

The Artist’s Way and Creativity

Last week I talked about The Artist Way. As one part of The Artist’s Way exercises that I use to stay so creative and productive all the time is Journaling.

It’s a pretty simple tool. I’ve been journaling pretty much every morning now for … I don’t know …. maybe ten years now. In that time I have written countless blog posts, newsletters for subscriber lists, sales letters and other marketing materials for my music business. I also use it to stay fresh on stage with my improv comedy. But I am constantly writing songs, lyrics, piano pieces, for my CDs and for other artists, podcasts, plays, stories …. I mean the list goes on and on. It seems to be a never ending font of available source of creative energy.

I credit it, in major part to, writing in my journal everyday.

I think of it as ‘cleaning the pipes’, if you will. A data dump from the chatter of useless thoughts that get in the way when I am trying to write for a deadline for a corporate event or for an advertising piece.

What I do, what is suggested in Julia Cameron seminal book, The Artist’s Way, is to write 3 pages long hand in a notebook every morning right after waking up. Boom.

I can write about anything. I can write jibberish. Mukka Lukkah Whukkah Bukkah Blabber Dab fest swing set.

I can complain. “Oh my horrible hang nail.” “I need a haircut.” “When am I gonna get a new car?” Anything.

It can be dreams. Ambitions. Goals.

It can be Mantras or prayers. Or affirmations.

I think of it as transmitting to the universe. Clearing the way to work things out that I am thinking about.

Everyone talks about being positive all the time. I find that next too impossible. Sometimes I need to whine a little bit. The daily journal is a good place to do it. Plus, once I got into the routine of constantly writing every morning, I found that on the days that I didn’t get to it, I really missed it. So I would do it in the afternoon when I got a break.

It is suggested to get a notebook. But sometimes I write on my lap top or on my ipad if that’s what I have available. But its not the same. I can tell by my hand writing what kind of mood I am in or what I am feeling even if the words don’t exactly communicate it all.

I know some folks keep a really nice journal book. They maybe have a nice leather bound cover that they swap out new notebooks in as they get filled up. I like to go with the Standard College Ruled 1 Subject Notebook. Spiral bound.

Sometimes I splurge a little on nice pencils. But I prefer the mechanical pencils with the .09 lead. I press down on the page pretty hard some mornings when I get going and I’m in my zone. I like the different colors and feel of the pencils in my hand. I’ll put a link at the bottom of this page so you can see what I’m talking about.

So look at this book by Julia Cameron if you want to develop your creativity. It is excellent. It’s not just for musicians or artists necessarily. She talks in the book about people from every different occupation benefiting from these activities. Anyone can use them to enhance their creativity. Try it. I’ve had mind boggling good results. You will too.

Oh … BTW … this is an affiliate link. When you get your book through this link, I do get a small percentage. It won’t cost you anything extra. And since it is through Amazon, you can donate a portion of your sale price to go to a charity of your choice. Pretty cool if you ask me.

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To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.
Check out some of my other projects.

I always love the feedback!

All the best,

Dan

I wish I could do what you do. But I’m not creative.

Many people tell me, “I wish I could do what you do. But I’m not creative.”

Cue the game show buzzer.

Ladies and gentlemen. We are all creative. Come to one of my shows and observe how I can get a room full of people who, in some cases, have never met each other, come together in one unified voice and sing like they’ve been friends for seven lifetimes.

We are all creative. You probably haven’t been given permission or found a safe way to explore.

My wife told me of a friend of hers who decided to take singing lessons in adulthood. She is only doing it now because she was told she wasn’t a good singer when she was younger. She has joined a singing ensemble at The Old Town School in Chicago and is really enjoying it and has joined a band.

We tend to think more inside the box than youngsters do. We have jobs and rules and penalties for not following the rules and lawyers that cost money to get us out of trouble when we do. Or we’re afraid we might fall down and get hurt and then our insurance premiums might go up or we’ll have to wear a bandage on our head to church and we’ll look stupid. But that’s wrong. Incorrect. Totally fake.

That’s F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real. .

You are creative. Now. Today. No matter how old (or young) you are. I mean honestly …

Is there a time limit?

CUE THE ANNOUNCER

“I’m sorry. You didn’t do it before you turned 30 so you must return to your seat and place your tray in the upright position…. or … off with your head!”

I know. I know.

There is a bit of a hitch. As adults we tend to be much tougher on ourselves than kids are. We feel like if we make a mistake that it’s over. We’re wrong. We can’t undo it.

But that’s why the arts are perfect. There are no rights and no wrongs. Someone will not get injured or killed because we sing a different note than everyone else. It’ll just sound — well, different.

There are no attorneys waiting to litigate you in a courtroom for picking up a guitar or taking salsa lessons.

Arts are great for kids because it allows them to crack that shell of conformity and see what’s inside. It’s ten times better for adults to experiment in the arts. Our societal instincts get to be shattered and replaced with a whole new perspective. Step outside the safety of the herd. Be different. Be unique. It’s risky. But compared to what? Cliff diving in Honduras? Taking up chiropractic medicine on your Gramma?

Sing like no one can hear you. Dance like no one can see you.

I had one woman in an audience at a cabaret show I was doing last week tell me “Oh no. I don’t sing.”

Ha! I told her what I thought of that thought. “If you can talk you can sing,”

So get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Try and do something someone told you you were no good at when you were younger but you want to do it anyway. Just go do it.

I used to be a pretty crappy singer. Some would kid and tell me I haven’t improved much. But I tell them at least I know which notes not to sing. And if I do, I try not to repeat em

But like my piano playing I got better with time. I repeated mistakes and called the good mistakes jazz.

Same thing as a creative writer. For years and years now, I have written countless bits, jokes, plays, sketches, songs, lyrics, commercials, scripts, stories and podcasts. They weren’t always good. Some were perfect. Exactly what the client needed for their product roll out or corporate event.

I have cultivated my creative abilities over time. It has been an occupation to be creative and it has been a choice. Out of either the necessity of the deadline looming over the horizon or out of the curiosity to discover the right combination of music and lyrics, I have developed a system of being creative at will. On demand if you will.

It’s not an original system I use. I learned about it from a woman named Julia Cameron. She wrote a book called The Artists Way.

I can only keep recommending this book for forever. I still use her very clear, loving and supportive direction to develop new projects all the time. I still write piano music both with and without lyrics. Listen to this podcast. PMSPODCAST

Her system of awakening and nurturing our creative beings — that resides in every human being, is effective, safe and possible for everyone. No matter your occupation or position in life.

I can go on and on about the tasks and the methods and the joy and the fears and the breakthroughs and the ecstasy of accomplishment that comes from taking a risk  from trying some thing new. Of being creative. Of being unique and significant and, well, being human.

If you buy The Artist Way through my link l will get a small commission. It won’t cost you anything extra. But I will get paid for my referral.

Be creative because you are.

​​​​To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.

Check out some of my other projects.

I always love the feedback!

All the best,

Dan Gillogly

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How do you know so many words to so many songs?

One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know so many words to so many songs?”

Long answer? I’ve been doing this for so long it comes to me pretty easily. But not before some long years and months putting in the hours.

It wasn’t always like this. I studied. A lot. I went to college for music AND I played with some stellar musicians and entertainers along the way. I learned from them as well.

It’s also a combination of physical memory combined with an emotional memory.

Many times I will be on stage singing a song and I’ll be in the middle of the first verse and silently ask myself what are the words to the second verse? But then I calm myself down and say well I’m not on the second verse yet so I don’t have to know them. So then I get to the chorus with everybody singing along and here comes the second verse and sometimes I don’t remember what the second verse is while I’m singing the chorus. But when I finally get to the second verse, my memory banks kick in and I’m right there.

Another trick is if I can start off with the opening line of a song, I can usually get it after that. But if for some reason I stop in the middle of a song to crack a joke with someone in attendance, a song like Devil Went Down To Georgia or Baby Got Back, I need to go back to the beginning of the verse to get back on track.

It also helps if I can read the lips of someone singing along. Really! I can see them mouthing the words and I think, “Oh yeah. That’s the correct version.”
To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.

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Dan

EP1: Piano Music Show Podcast-Soothing Melodies for Work

Piano Music Show Podcast offering great live piano music to get you through your day at work, at home, in the car. From Dan Gloglee at www.PianoMusicShow.com

Tell us what you think and how you would like the show to go in the future.