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As we announced this week, our next mega trivia night at The Bell House in Brooklyn is going to be on Wednesday, July 24th – the theme is “Pat Kiernan’s Summer Slam,” and will test your knowledge of all things summer pop culture: the greatest summer movies, TV shows, events, products and more! Hosted by Pat Kiernan – longtime NY1 morning news anchor, former VH1 “The World Series of Pop Culture” host and current co-host of CNBC’s new reality competition “Crowd Rules,” we are looking forward to another high-energy, raucous evening in Brooklyn!
Even though Pat’s trivia events always sell out in advance, we have set aside a pair of tickets each week between now and the event date, to give to the winner of our weekly current events/pop culture trivia contest held in partnership with Pat’s Website, Pat’s Papers. Let’s see how well you’ve been paying attention to the news this week!
Watch the above video with TrivWorks founder David Jacobson to learn how to enter the contest – and win! (Please include your Twitter handle in your submission, and we’ll give you a shout-out if you’re our winner!)
Don’t want to risk missing our July 24th event?
In addition to our customized trivia team building and corporate entertainment events, TrivWorks has the unique privilege of producing the largest public trivia nights in New York City. We are delighted to share that our next mega trivia night has been announced, and it’s going to be an amazing one: Pat Kiernan’s Summer Slam!
On Wednesday, July 24th come join us at The Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn as Pat Kiernan – NY1 morning news anchor, co-host of CNBC’s “Crowd Rules,” former VH1 “The World Series of Pop Culture” host and TrivWorks “Special Host” – leads an incredibly fun, high-energy team trivia contest about all things summer: the greatest movies, TV shows, music and other pop culture gold which define the season! As always, we will be featuring a huge array of theme-appropriate prizes including shows, concerts, tours and more, and EVERYBODY in attendance will be entered into a raffle to go onstage for 1-on-1 trivia with Pat!
We only produce a select number of public events with Pat a year, and they always sell out – advance ticket purchase strongly recommended!
Watch This Video to Enter Contest!
This past Tuesday, we got to see the premiere of “Crowd Rules,” the new reality competition on CNBC co-hosted by TrivWorks “Special Host” Pat Kiernan! To help mark Pat’s exciting new venture, we’ve kicked off a new FREE weekly online trivia contest, to complement our corporate team building & public trivia nights in NYC (the next of which will be announced very shortly, FYI!) Held in partnership with Pat’s Website Pat’s Papers, as well as The New York Post Headlines Tour, let’s find out how well you’ve been paying attention to the news this week.
Watch the above video with TrivWorks founder David Jacobson to learn how to enter the contest – and win! (include your Twitter handle in your submission, and we’ll give you a shout-out if you’re our winner!)
Let me start by saying I’ve never watched “Arrested Development” (Boo! Hiss!).
It’s true – in fact, I know absolutely nothing about the show – nothing, that is, except for two things:
1. People are absolutely crazy about it, and
2. It somehow involves frozen bananas
How do I know this? Because unless you’re living under a rock it’s impossible to be a New Yorker this week and not see the absolutely ecstatic and ubiquitous media coverage of the “Arrested Development” frozen banana stand, which apparently is touring all over Manhattan. This darn banana stand has gotten so much buzz, it’s insane – to the point where people like me, who have no idea what it’s all about, are writing about it.
Read: it’s a HUGE brand win.
When it comes to experiential brand marketing engagement events in NYC or anywhere else, the idea is for brands to go “offline,” allowing core enthusiasts to “touch” the brand in a fun and unique way while simultaneously attracting the attention of potential new enthusiasts. When done in a smart and creative way, the results can be phenomenal – as the frozen fruit stand demonstrates. Not only are the show’s most passionate enthusiasts going “bananas,” waiting in line and tweeting/posting about their experiences, but those with previously no exposure to the brand are now curious about “Arrested Development” – and want to be “in” on why people love the show so much.
All brand marketers should sit up in their chairs and take note of this massive win “Arrested Development” has chalked up – huge media coverage, huge excitement among the base, huge interest by new audiences, all for the cost of running a mobile stand for a few days.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go try a banana and see what all this fuss is about…
Image courtesy of WSJ.com
Before starting my own professional trivia production company in NYC, I spent over a decade working as employee at a variety of places, just like most of us do. I can’t say that I enjoyed all of those experiences – in fact, because my career path was anything but straight and well-defined, I often found myself working jobs that I absolutely detested.
By the time I was ready to leave and put in my notice, I was fired up, man – looking forward to that exit interview. I was gonna lay it all out there, let them know exactly how messed up the place was, how frustrated and angry I was and why, and bring proof of the many times I’d been wronged. Part of it was me wanting an opportunity to vent, of course – but mostly it was a genuine desire to right some wrongs: fellow employees being mistreated, managers getting away with stuff that they shouldn’t, lack of development opportunities and incentives, poor morale. And I’d follow through on it, too; I was always polite and professional, since it’s important to leave a job in the best way possible – yet during those exit interviews, I was always honest about my experience.
Know what the result was? Every time?
Nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch.
I’d be inclined to chalk it up to my own lack of influence in workplaces I probably didn’t belong in anyway – however, I know for a fact that I’m not alone. Everybody I’ve ever talked to who has left a job – and I’m betting this includes you – has provided feedback during their exit interview on what didn’t meet their expectations, what the organization could do better. And everybody who has kept in touch with the firm after they’ve gone, either informally as friends or as a hired consultant, has always reported the same thing from colleagues who are still there: nothing’s changed.
Of course, there are exceptions to be made; if a longtime senior manager leaves or there’s huge turnover, a merger, or other unusual workplace event than sure, change can happen. But by and large, companies do what they do and frankly, employee happiness just isn’t one of those things senior management spends much time dwelling on.
This is unfortunate. The employee exit interview is a wonderful opportunity for leaders who genuinely want to learn and grow to discover those elusive “known unknowns” – things that your staff knows and feels about the company, the workplace and you personally, yet which you yourself can’t see. It’s a window into your employees’ true emotions and motivations, since people who are no longer afraid of losing their jobs won’t hold back as much as those who are.
Let’s put some meaning back into the exit interview, and not simply go through the motions. Rather than dismissing the feedback gleaned from former employees (if such feedback even makes it to your desk at all), as a leader of people you have a chance to learn valuable information about how you’re doing – and what you may need to do differently.
Take advantage of it.