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You love events. We love events. Welcome to GatherGeeks, a place where people passionate about the power of live experiences come together. Join hosts David Adler and Beth Kormanik, as they discuss the latest news and trends affecting event marketers, meeting strategists, nonprofit organizers, and everyone in between. This new podcast by BizBash is the destination for information, innovation, and inspiration for anyone involved in planning events and meetings, from conferences, trade shows, and fund-raising galas to product launches, festivals, award shows, weddings, and birthdays.

Jul 24, 2017

Host: David Adler

Guest: Michael Cerbelli

In this episode of GatherGeeks, David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, sits down with Michael Cerbelli, a 40-year event-industry veteran and the creator of “The Hot List.” Cerbelli discusses how he made the leap from bar mitzvah DJ to global event producer, using the same principles and skills of leadership and charisma, and the ability to engage and understand an audience. He gives tips for creating and marketing your own company, and shares stories from the brash 1980s and ’90s that will either leave listeners yearning for the past or shocked at what the industry used to look like. He also discusses his current career, in which he plans high-profile meetings and social events, as well as gives his predictions for the future of technology, explains how to keep a personal connection while maintaining a “wow” factor, and shares what he’s learned from career mistakes. This episode offers invaluable lessons in the importance of reinvention and flexibility.

Download or subscribe to the show at bizbash.com/gathergeeks. Running time 43:33.