Creative Visions is pleased to introduce the Event PainKillersTM video series where you’ll find tips and tricks we have accumulated during more than 26 years of live event and media services experience.

About the Series:

Events can be painful! We’ve all been there, enduring the excruciating feeling we have when something goes terribly wrong. Event PainKillersTM provide practical solutions to the most frequently experienced whoops, gaffes, and gotchas for events of all kinds. Watch and learn from the mistakes we’ve made so you never make them yourself!

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Event PainKillers #1: See and Be Seen

Yoda said, “Size matters not”, but one thing you don’t want to miscalculate is the screen size. Rest easy—we’re here to help. Our proven formulas will assure that the entire audience can see your presentation. Grab your calculator (we’re kidding)—here we go!

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Event PainKillers #2: Don’t Drop the Crystal!

How do you best present an award on stage? It’s not as simple as it looks…style doesn’t come easy! This Painkiller provides a sure-fire way to present awards in the most elegant and graceful manner possible. And the Oscar goes to…


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Event PainKillers #3: Avoiding Awkward Moments

We’ve all been there–how do you avoid awkward moments on stage? This Painkiller helps you navigate around the inevitable obstacle on stage, either with a presenter or audience member. Get ready to be remembered for your grace under pressure!

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Event PainKillers #4: No More Bad Introductions!

Everyone remembers the elegant introductions, so how do you emulate those? TIPS. No, not our tips, but TIPS—a simple acronym (Topic, Importance, Presenter’s qualification, Speaker’s title, and name), that will never leave you at a loss for words.


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Event PainKillers #5: Smooth Transitions Every Time

Transitioning to a new presenter is not as easy as it appears. When you need to switch gears, it can be tough to do so smoothly—it’s more than just words. We’ll get you on cruise control with our professional and effective process.


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Event PainKillers #6: Prepping Executives to Look Great

Ah, yes…prepping the executive…how hard can it be? It’s often said that great people make others feel great—that’s the dynamic here. This Painkiller provides advice on the teamwork needed to make any executive look great in front of the audience.

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Event PainKillers #7: How to Know Your Event was a Success

Great attendance. And a great time had by all. But do you really know the event was a success? We’ll tell you for certain—it’s analytics, Creative Visions-style!

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Event PainKillers #8: Your Radio and You

Testing, 1-2-3…testing, testing! Perhaps one of the most vital elements in any audiovisual setup, the two-way radio ensures that behind-the-scene staff are all on the same page. So how do you make the radio your friend? This PainKiller provides advice on how to use two-way radios for maximum effectiveness and to keep you from wearing out your soles.

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Event PainKillers #9: How to Stop the Noise at Your Event

Ah, the agony and ecstasy of event sound. Get it right, and it’s transforming. Get it wrong, and…well, you know. So how do you avoid bad sound that can ruin your event? Learn more about practical solutions to help you provide great audio.


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Event PainKillers #10: How to Make a Drawing Checklist

Paper planners, smart phones, iPads…it doesn’t matter how you create it, but you’ll need a great drawing for your event. Check out our checklist that assures an accurate and useful drawing.


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Event PainKillers #11: How to Have Great Audience Q+A

It’s an underappreciated skill…managing great audience Q&A. There are a multitude of considerations to ensuring effective, engaging audience Q&A; done right, it can serve as a great dessert for your main course presentation. Bon appetit!

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Event PainKillers #12: How to Run a Great Meeting

The planning meeting—done right, it can dramatically increase productivity. Do it wrong, and the recovery process can be a long and slow one. Want to avoid painful, unproductive planning meetings? This PainKiller provides the recommendations you need to keep meetings on track—and on target.


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Event PainKillers #13: How to Get Great Survey Response Rates

We all love feedback; it can be the difference between good and great. But how do you prevent the inevitable disappointment if nobody completes your survey? This PainKiller shares several techniques to assure that your response rates are superb. And no Amazon gift cards required!


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Event PainKillers #14: How to Design a Good Event Evaluation

The show is over, and the high fives are behind us. How’d we do? Start with a great event evaluation; it’ll help take the mystery out of knowing the results. This PainKiller shares our powerful 5-5-5 formula; don’t miss it!


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Event PainKillers #15: How to Create a Vision for Your Event

Vision—it’s in short supply these days. Those that have it can bring truly transformative experiences to their audiences. It’s easier said than done, obviously, but we’ll show you a simple, effective tip that relies on just one question being answered.


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Event PainKillers #16: Comedy Contrast and Conflict

We all worry about it until the event is over–how do you avoid losing the audience? As Captain Picard would say, “Engage!” This PainKiller explains the “Three C’s” that will help you keep audiences not only engaged, but moving at warp speed.


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