Podcast: What Makes a Great Event Host? (Episode 114)

Carla McDonald, founder of entertaining website The Salonniere, discusses best practices for party hosts, rules for dinner parties, and more.

September 11, 2018, 7:15 AM EDT

Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik
Guest: Carla McDonald

In this episode of GatherGeeks, David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, and Beth Kormanik, editor in chief of BizBash, speak with Carla McDonald, founder of entertainment website The Salonniere. McDonald discusses her annual list of the 100 best party hosts, sharing how the list came about, her selection criteria, and highlights from the 2018 list. She also explains why the need for human connection is greater than ever, what type of events are hot right now, the characteristics of a great event host, and why it's so hard to get people to R.S.V.P.

Sponsored by LEO Events and Hilton Meetings & Events
Running time 38:09

Show Notes

Roundtable Discussion: how hosts should handle political conversations; how to facilitate effective conversations at dinner parties; the greatest danger facing the entertaining business; her biggest pet peeves at dinner parties

Further Reading

Coming Soon to GatherGeeks

  • Experiential producer Michael Cirino, Walmart’s Mark Henneberger, Condé Nast’s Erica Boeke


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