ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9800 CONFERENCE - ALBURY - MARCH 2013
You were great thanks and you, and we, are getting excellent feedback and reviews on the conference. I am certain that you will get a lot more PAID work from Rotary when word gets out.
We knew you as a funny guy, which you are, but your performance, including your serious interviews, showed us that you are a consummate, professional MC.
Rotary International District 9800
Conference Chairman 2012-13
NT TRAINING AWARDS - DARWIN - SEPTEMBER 2012
What a night! Thank you so much for the absolutely wonderful job you did at the 2012 NT Training Awards. I have had numerous comments regarding how wonderful it was to have you as our MC.
I hope you enjoyed your short trip up here and hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future!
Events & Publications Coordinator | Employment and Training NT
Department of Business | Northern Territory Government, Australia
VANA INDUSTRY AWARDSD NIGHT - MELBOURNE - MAY 2012
VANA would like to say a sincere “thank you” for your outstanding MC performance at our Industry Awards Night on Saturday 12th May at the Plaza Ballroom.
We really enjoyed the opportunity to work with you in the organising our event, and the feedback of attendees was outstanding.
We are sure all guests will remember your performance and that it will be a source of inspiration as they pursue their business goals.
We look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Thank you again.
NT GOVERNMENT TRAINING AWARDS - DARWIN - SEPTEMBER 2011
John was fantastic – he captivated the audience which is needed during an awards night with so many categories. In the past, feedback has stated that the night was drawn out, long and uninteresting – this is not the case this year, I have had calls all week commenting on how great John was, and how he brought that something extra to the night. I cannot praise him enough!!!
Events & Publications Coordinator
Department of Education & Traning
Northern Territory Government
NATROAD ANNUAL CONFERENCE - QUEENSLAND - AUGUST 2011
2011 is the 5th consecutive year John Blackman has presented at our annual conference. Each time John has brought something new and exciting to our annual event, and has our delegates on the edge of their seat wanting more. He is fabulous!
KIDS UNDER COVER UMBRELLA BALL - MELBOURNE - JULY 2010
CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!! You were the BEST MC EVER, so professional, so amazing and absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your support and for making a difference. The feedback about you from all guests and colleagues has been incredible. You truly are remarkable and I hope that you realise how special you are.
Community Fundraising & Events Coordinator
Kids Under Cover
AUSTRALASIAN MINE SURVEYORS' CONVENTION - PERTH - AUGUST 2009
I must thank you so much - it was a delight working with you. We sent out surveys so will advise you of the outcome however I only heard excellent comments about you with one man stating that “John Blackman has lost nothing”
NATIONAL DIABETES WEEK LAUNCH - MELBOURNE - JULY 2009
Just a quick email to say a big Thank You for a fantastic job of "MCing " our launch yesterday.
We were so impressed by your professional approach , appropriate humour and fun you brought to the event.
Thanks too for your patience!
With all our changes and the extra things you had to do on the day - smile, meet and greet etc.
Projects and Events Coordinator
Diabetes Australia Victoria
TASMANIAN INDEPENDENT RETAILERS AWARDS NIGHT - MAY 2009
.... the Saturday Gala Dinner with John Blackman went off without a hitch. John was the perfect MC for the evening.
Tearna Wise - TIR
GUIDE DOGS VICTORIA SPONSORS' LUNCH - MAY 2009
On behalf of Guide Dogs Victoria I just wanted to say thankyou so much for being the MC at our Major Donor Luncheon on Monday. You were quite simply brilliant! All of the guests were so thrilled to have you there, as were the staff and we can’t thank you enough for your help. You made the day run so smoothly and had the crowd in hysterics at your quick wit and professionalism. Thankyou once again.
Michelle de Klerk- Event Coordinator, Guide Dogs Victoria
PROVET GOLF DAY - Victoria Golf Club - FEBRUARY 2009
Excellent - the feedback from all delegates was great
Ken Seibel - GM Provet
JETSET TRAVEL GROUP AWARDS - NATIONAL - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2008
MM ELECTRICAL MERCHANDISING TRIVIA NIGHT - MELBOURNE - NOVEMBER 2008
AUSTRALIAN BULK HANDLING REVIEW AWARDS - SYDNEY - NOVEMBER 2008
Excellent - John was very professional and extremely entertaining. He quickly sized up the audience to help them enjoy the evening.
Peter Attwater - Informa
BIOFUELS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA CONFERENCE - MELBOURNE - NOVEMBER 2008
John Blackman was extremely professional and entertaining to the group of conference delegates.This was the first conference that we held and I would say it was the best $’s that we spent by having John MC the entire event. With his humour and professionalism, the attendees were extremely impressed with John at all times. It was an absolute pleasure having John work with us in helping us to achieve an extremely successful event.
Jackie Cameron - CSR Ethanol
SUPPORT ACT TRIVIA NIGHT - MELBOURNE - OCTOBER 2008
What stars you are. You both (John & Wilbur Wilde) carried our inaugural event and I've heard nothing but heaps of praise for the way you provided the best Trivia Night entertainment anyone has experienced.
Your generosity and all round fantastic zany stuff gives new meaning to the words 'manic' and 'enjoyment' specially when used in the same sentence.
Can we book you for the same event next year??
All the best from all the committee.
Keith Potger - Chair, Support Act Victoria
HARTLEY LIFECARE GALA DINNER - CANBERRA - SEPTEMBER 2008
AUTOBARN AWARDS NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 2008
Autobarn were very pleased with John and received great feedback
MENTONE GRAMMAR 85TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER - SEPTEMBER 2008
John was extremely funny, professional and easy to work with.
It was a pleasure having him MC our function. Would definitely look at hiring him again.
Natalie Wilson - Mentone Grammar
METROPOLE INAUGURAL VERY SPECIAL KIDS AUCTION BALL - AUGUST 2008
John, I simply want to thank you very much for giving us all a fun night. You did a great job (as I expected!!) and I have had fabulous feedback from guests
Pamela Yardney - Metropole Properties
NATROAD CONFERENCE - AUGUST 2008
Feedback from delegates and sponsors are now steadily coming back with fantastic positive reports.
It was an absolute pleasure to have met you and work with you as our MC.
I hope we could convince you to come back in 2009.
Sandra Nicholas - Executive Assistant - NatRoad Limited
HORSELAND ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT - JULY 2008
Fantastic. John was very, very funny. He took the time to come out and meet with us prior to the event and really learnt about our business and the people in it.
Kate Bucknell - Weatherbeeta
AMO UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE - JULY 2008
Whole meeting a great success – thank you SO much for your time and effort – the hypothetical went really well and the trivia night was a blast!!!
Client happy, we are happy, you are happy!!!! All works really!!!
Look forward to working with you again in the future.
Warm regards -
'Events Outside the Square'
OPEN FAMILY AUSTRALIA FUND RAISING BALL - MAY 2008
I am sorry I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye and thank you personally on Saturday night for your hard work as “Captain John Blackman”, chief pilot of Open Family Airlines.
Thank you for your assistance. We have had some wonderful feedback from the event and everyone seemed to have a great time.
It was a pleasure to work with you and I hope that we get the chance to catch up again.
National Marketing and Sponsorship Manager - Open Family Australia
LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS RETIREMENT DINNER - MAY 2008
I've heard from our MD, CFO, Chairman, guest of honour and other guests that the evening was well executed & managed. Guests were particularly entertained by the MC, John Blackman. You were the perfect fit for the evening; thought you were very witty, charming & absolute delight to work with.
EA to Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer Corporate Services
A note of personal thanks to you for your handling of the event last night. I enjoyed our conversation in the lead-up to ‘guest arrival’ and thought that your ability to entertain, engage the audience and speak with great depth of knowledge about the participants on the night was impressive.
Communications Consultant - Leighton Properties Pty Limited
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW - MITRE 10 EXPO - APRIL 2008
John was an absolute professional to work with. It was long days on our feet and he never missed a beat and he remained focused and enthusiastic in promoting the event. He never said No to assisting us with our requirements. I would highly recommend him for future events.
Keith Christenson - 212F
PERNOD RICARD AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2008
Just a quick note to thank you for your work on Saturday at the STC Ladies Day function. Feedback from this day was great and everyone really enjoyed themselves and I hope you did too.
Kristie Sharpe - Pernod Ricard Australia
CSL FLU VACCINE LAUNCH - NOVEMBER 2007
Excellent - John did an outstanding job. He took the brief and worked it beautifully!
Mandy Bromilow - Happenings Australia Pty Ltd
SEW EURODRIVE 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER - NOVEMBER 2007
John was absolutely fantastic and worth every dollar. Early on in the night when our hired sound technician was struggling to keep everything under control John was able to keep the night moving and light hearted, where people actually thought it was part of the act! He was superb, a great bloke, and I would recommend him to anyone. A true professional.
OLD BRIGHTON GRAMMARIANS FOOTBALL CLUB LUNCH - AUGUST 2007
This is just a short note to thank you very much for last Friday. The function was a huge success for our club and, as we agreed later, I’m sure something similar next year would see people lined up to get a berth.
Not only have a large number of the punters told us how much they enjoyed themselves but those who have been to a number of our previous functions have said it was the best we’ve had. The food and service were very good but the entertainment was what “made” the show and we’re indebted for your contribution.
NATROAD DINNER CANBERRA - AUGUST 2007
John Blackman’s involvement in MCing our dinner made the night. His professionalism and comic timing made the dinner the highlight of our conference. We will definitely look at using his services again.
DISPRAX 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER - AUGUST 2007
Thank you for your help in making our 25 year dinner a great success.
The night ran very smoothly thanks to your assistance and I have received many positive comments from our customers saying they had an enjoyable evening.
Andrea Dixon - Marketing Coordinator
MBA BUILDING EXCELLENCE AWARDS - AUGUST 2007
Thank you for efforts on Friday night at the awards.
We received much positive feedback on your delivery and attendance.
Thank you also for being flexible and assisting us with our theme.
From a production point of view, it was great to be able to work with you,
especially given the nature of the room set up and the noisy crowd
Ilona Tamm - Marketing Manager
FRANKSTON & MORNINGTON PENINSULAR BUSINESS AWARDS - JUNE 2007
Excellent- John was terrific. He was funny, irreverent, warm and witty.
He had the crowd of nearly 400 business people in the palm of his hand with his repartee and film clips. This was our eighth business awards, and it was agreed that John was the best MC we have had. He mixed well with the guests, and was immediately into the spirit of the event; making it light-hearted and enjoyable.
He was also very professional towards the production staff of Longitude Multimedia.
TELSTRA F & A TRIVIA NIGHT - JUNE 2007
Very Good - John is a true professional. He hit just the right note for our dinner and the feedback we have received from our guests has all been very positive. We would have no hesitation in recommending him for similar events.
Julie Trainor - PriceWaterhouseCoopers
AUSTRALIAN PACKAGING MACHINERY ASSOCIATION AWARDS - MAY 2007
Thanks again for your efforts at the APMA awards function. We all feel that you really made the night
Jack Winson (APMA)
MARS PETCARE 40th ANNIVERSAY - FEBRUARY 2007
John Blackman was the consumate professional.He was the first of a number of surprise performers for the Anniversary event. He was warmly greeted by the audience of 820 and he Hosted the Gala with aplomb and rye humour. The audience loved him all the performers loved him and we love him.’
AICD ANNUAL LONG LUNCH - DECEMBER 2006
On behalf of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Victorian Division I would like to express our appreciation to you for your involvement in the Directors Christmas Long Lunch, held at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 12th December 2006.
Feedback from members and guests was extremely positive with many indicating they enjoyed the entertainment and your witty comments while MC the event. The luncheon was very successful, and your positive contribution was greatly appreciated.
Many thanks again, it was a pleasure to work with you.
FIRST NATIONALSA/NT AWARDS - NOVEMBER 2006
CO-INVEST 30TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER - NOVEMBER 2006
John, just a note from Stefanie and me and everyone at CoINVEST to thank you for your efforts on the evening of our 30th anniversary dinner at the Aquarium. The feedback on your performance from our guests was sensational. Your contribution to the success of the occasion was considerable. The quality of your contribution was emphasised when we saw you again at the AICD lunch recently. The jokes and videos still made us laugh!
John Hartley (CEO) and Stefanie Forgione-Evans
WIDEX DEGUSTATION 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER - SEPTEMBER 2006
John Blackman was absolutely fantastic, could not have asked for a better MC, he has everyone laughing, very well spoken, friendly and professional.
Nicole Karakasch - Widex Australia
BULK HANDLING AWARDS - SEPTEMBER 2006
John went further than simply delivering the necessary statements during our awards ceremony. He took the trouble to read out the judges’ statements on the various award winners, many of which were quite technical, without ever sounding as though he was reading from a script. He was perceptive, and sensitive to the needs of various individuals, while maintaining the pace of the evening with a balance of humour.
Peter Attwater - Informa
STOCKDALE & LEGGO AWARDS - AUGUST 2006
I wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for being the MC at the Stockdale & Leggo Awards Night last week.
You were a joy to work with and very professional. Your ability to read the crowd was great. Real estate people can be quite tough but you certainly could relate to them and had them eating out of your hand. The client thought you were great and so did I..
You have a very special talent - to make people laugh. You do it so well. Thank you again and I look forward to working with you again.
Dee Nicholas - Groups & Incentives Manager - Southbound Australia
BAYER CROPSCIENCE PTY LTD - FEBRUARY 2006
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for the magnificent job you did at our Awards dinner last Saturday night in Adelaide.
Your professionalism and humour was exactly what we needed for the occasion... and I have had so many positive comments from those who attended the night. Thank you also for your company at the VIP table... it was great to have a chat and to get to know you. I will definitely recommend you for any other events our company may hold in the future, and I hope our paths cross again sometime soon.
A.L.D.E. GOLF DAY - MAY 2005
Just a quick thank you for helping us out at our Golf Day. We have had 100% positive comments back from the attendees of the dinner, and I have already had requests from players to advance book them for the next event! Thanks again for helping us put our event on the “must do” event of the civil engineering calendar.
Karen Leoncelli - Executive Officer
MASTERS OF DENTISTRY - NOVEMBER 2004
OUTSTANDING!! Thank you for doing such a SENSATIONAL job for us at Masters of Dentistry!Thanks again John. Looking forward to working together again soon! We want you back for 2006 - can I book you NOW!!!
Kathy Metaxas - Masters of Dentistry
AUSTRALIAN ACHIEVER AWARDS - JULY 2004
Thank you for last night.We have relived the night many times - as one does.Your presence was invaluable. Many of our guests have said good things.
Geoff Harwood - Director
Excellent - John was the ultimate professional - displaying wit, charm, elegance and bawdiness where appropriate.”
Excellent!!! John was a true professional from our first meeting. His charm, wittiness, humour and charisma made our trivia night a huge success
Motorola Trivia Night
Excellent - Ideal for the function.”
Real Estate Institute of NSW
Excellent - A true professional from brief to performance to departure.”
Soudan Lane Advertising (Kelloggs)
Excellent - Very professional and extremely well suited to the audience.”
Corporate Travel Services (CTS) (Aust Ski Awards)
“Excellent - He became an integral part of the conference and the success of the conference was in no small way due to his enthusiasm, friendliness and professionalism.”
“Excellent - An outstanding job!”
United Travel Agents Group
“Excellent - Extremely professional and friendly, fully involved himself in the night and couldn’t have expected any more from him.”
“Excellent - Very professional, easy to work with.”
National Australia Bank
“Excellent - John is a delight to work with and really made our convention successful.”
Small Business Development Corp.
“Excellent - John Blackman was professional and made a difficult night run like clock work. He was a pleasure to deal with.”
Australian Hotel Association
“I loved the way John mingled with all the guests after he had completed his presentation. John doesn’t ‘JUST’ do the job, but takes it that extra step in order to ensure that he’s absolutely part of the show and most importantly the team. A wonderful MC!
Big Event Company Pty Ltd
“From my point of view, John was great to work with (extremely professional) & from the many comments we have received since, John was very funny yet at the same time retained the prestige & quality of the event.”
“Excellent. John needed no introduction. The crowd applauded as he walked on stage. He was fabulous with very little advance brief. Definitely will use John again.”
On Q Event Management
“Excellent. John quickly grasped the feel and nature of our Annual Business Awards evening and added humour, poise and professionalism to the event. Fantastic.”
“Excellent. Simply the best performer our delegates have had the pleasure seeing. The best ever.”
Tricon Restaurants International
“Excellent. John Blackman brought a lot of humour to our function and his professionalism came through to make the event so successful.”
National Electrical Contractors Association
“Excellent - The stage performance was excellent and all comments from attendees was extremely positive.”
Dromana Secondary College
“Excellent. John was great, he know how to manage an event and he has great people skills.”
Landscape Industries Association
“Excellent. A professional and a gentleman to work with. He sounds good, he presents well, and he is calm under pressure. Great to work with and we will definitely use him again.”
Realcorp Systems Ltd
“John added humour and light relief to a program heavy in awards presentations. He received favourable comments from guests.”
Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA)
“Excellent. John was fantastic and our corporate clients really enjoyed his presence at our function.”
Corporate Nation - Flight Centre Ltd
“Excellent. John was able to assess correctly the mood and tone of the event and produce a most valuable and vibrant performance. He was very obliging and also presented as though he was enjoying what he was doing, which made an incredible difference to the whole evening. Fundamentally he was able to make a very boring format come alive. I would like to commend John for his efforts and professionalism and would without a doubt use him again.”
“Excellent. John is extremely professional and adaptable”
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
“John Blackman is not only a very funny man, but a true professional. He accepted from VACC an extensive brief and really did his preparation well. As a MC he is a maestro, with such a beautiful, strong voice that instantly grabs the attention of everyone. He immediately put our guests at ease with some hilarious jokes and quips and really broke the ice of what can be a rather formal evening. It was a great pleasure working with John.”
Great MC, plenty of laughs delivered all weekend. Mingled with guests outside of the official functions all weekend and kept them laughing.”
“Excellent. John Blackman was the perfect MC for our function. He was funny and entertaining, while at the same time very professional. He was a pleasure to work with and ensured the evening run like clockwork.”
Fairfax Community Newspapers
“John gave the Delfin Lend Lease event a sparkling polish with his excellent skills in hosting the awards dinner. He is not only a professional MC personality, John picked up on the brief we gave him and the guest laughed in all the right places. We had some late changes that did not worry him and in fact he assisted by picking up extra lines in the script.”
Hannafords Special Events
“Excellent. John was fantastic and he really worked the room well. He got everyone in to the spirit of the evening which was to have fun and raise some money for our charities along the way. He was a great addition to the evening.”
Mortgage Industry Association of Australia
“Very Good. Very Easy to work with and of course John's own unique style of humour was appreciated by the audience. He also took the time to do some research on the people he was introducing, which obviously was appreciated by them. He was very professional.”
Corporate Business Productions