Archive for January, 2012

Let the show flow

Posted: January 31, 2012

A good friend and burgeoning awesome Catch The Mania host recently described to me a revelation he was having while doing CTM shows.  He realized that he wasn’t the show!  Sounds simple right?  Well it’s a bit more depthy and an important distinction to make to optimize success.

Catch The Mania was designed to be super easy, super effective and interchangeable – meaning anyone can do it at any location without deterioration of the product – that is as long as the host realizes that the reason people come to Catch The Mania nights…actually more accurately, the reason YOU WANT people coming to Catch The Mania Trivia nights is because of the presentation itself.  You want people to come to PLAY TRIVIA, you want people to come to PLAY THE BEST TRIVIA GAME AROUND.

So what happens if you kind of make yourself the show?  Does this ever happen to you?  I know it does to me and I consider myself to be a seasoned veteran.  But sometimes you find yourself, for whatever reason, getting nervous or feeling good about talking on the mic, so good in fact that you just want to keep talking, maybe there’s the person who wants to talk back with you and you carry on a conversation that seems to be engaged but is really just you and another conversing over a mic while everyone else waits.  Maybe you feel nervous and want to make jokes or divert from the presentation.  Maybe you just like to hear your voice on the mic.  Or maybe it’s something that is specific to you.

Unfortunately although sometimes it may feel good to indulge in your “Mic Power” there is very little benefit.  In fact even in the best case scenario, say you are an accomplished presenter and very polished on the mic and very comfortable…if you begin to make yourself the show, more than the presentation itself, what you will create is a situation where you, personally, will be locked into that particular show because whenever someone else comes to fill in people will be so desirous of your “Way” that they will feel the night suffers when someone replaces you.  Now this doesn’t mean don’t be professional or don’t have fun, it simply means allow the presentation to be the focus of the night.  And on the other side of this, say your not accomplished, just starting, nervous and you talk or make yourself bigger than the show – it can come off as grandstanding or not genuine and will be a turn off to people.

Remember, people come to play trivia.  They make a night of it.  They are not coming to see you, although they may enjoy your style, they are coming and you want them to come to experience Catch The Mania Trivia, the best of all trivia games.  The true professional will create a night that does not suffer when he or she is not presenting it!  So present well and let the presentation speak for itself – that’s what it’s designed to do.  Have fun.

Circus Cafe Wins Saratoga Today’s Local Choice Award for BEST TRIVIA!

Posted: January 30, 2012

Congratulations are in order for Circus Cafe, who recently won the Regional Local Choice Awards sponsored by Saratoga Today Newspaper and for Best Trivia Night!

We’re excited that another venue is enjoying the local success so many clients of Catch the Mania enjoy, and look forward to future years of being partners in success with Circus Cafe!

If you’re in the area, check out their award winning Trivia Night.

Circus Cafe
(518) 583-1106

What hardware do I need?

Posted: January 6, 2012

What hardware do I need to be a CTM host?

We’ve designed Catch The Mania Trivia to be simple and easily accesible.  Like with every great service base product there is an initial investment of time and money but you don’t need much; if you want to be able to a Catch The Mania Trivia night anywhere that has a TV you will need the following equipment.

Generic List

  • Self Powered Speaker
  • 3 Channel Mixer (1 mic and 2 line inputs)
  • Microphone and Cable
  • Assorted patch cords
  • HDMI cable or VGA cable
  • Computer
  • Adapters for your computer
  • Mp3 player, iPod or iPhone (if you aren’t going to use your computer to play music)
  • Bag for your computer, mixer, cords, pens, score sheets ++
  • Bag for speaker
  • Tripod to mount speaker

Check out this gallery with all the equipment I use (as listed above).  For a larger picture, click on the image.

Check out the pics to get a detailed feel for what the equipment looks like.  As with all technology you can really spend as much as you want on things but you also don’t have to spend a lot to be up and running.  In fact for a basic system (not including the computer) you can be up and running for between $500 and $750.  With one Catch The Mania gig paying you can be paid back in less than 8 weeks!

Keep in mind that you may want to start small and simple while you are getting your feet wet.  Once you get the feel for the program and people begin asking you to do Catch The Mania for them you will have time to upgrade your system.  One of the things I’ve found very useful is as I upgrade I sell my used and well taken care of equipment to the hosts I am training.

Also you are essentially purchasing the ability to play amplified and mixed music and there are other opportunities to make money with a set up like that.  For that reason some people like to invest a little more upfront and get a more solid system.  For between $1,000 and $1,500 you can be well equipped to handle just about any small event.

To see what Software you need, click here.

Have fun with this an as always if you have any questions let us know.

2012 is the Year to Catch The Mania!

Posted: January 1, 2012

There has not been a way to present an exciting, professional, engaging, dynamic and profitable night at your location without shelling out $100, $200, $300 and trusting someone who’s not part of your business to do a good job…UNTIL NOW.

Catch The Mania helps you to make “Monday the New Friday” for no more than $50 per week.  That’s right $50.  Would you pay $50 per week to double your sales on a slow night?  What if you tripled them?  How about quadruple or more?  With Catch The Mania’s business building program those types of increases are not only possible they are actually happening now at more than 20 locations.

Don’t wait.  Everything you need to start next week is right here.  Sign up today and start bringing in more business for less money in the most professional way.  Catch The Mania has been developed for you…let us show you how!