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18 LIFESTYLE FRIDAY MAY 11 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 WELCOME to another Ask Annie. You ask the questions or tell your story about interesting or not so memorable occasions you have heard of or attended. A question that was put to me during the week. What makes a rite of passage whether a funeral, wedding, naming ceremony/or other a stand out moment for guests attending the ceremony? Having officiated at over a thousand weddings, 400 funerals and countless naming ceremonies a few things stick out for me. The main one is to engage the five senses as this then seems to work on peoples short and long term memory. How often do you hear people say Oh that was a fabulous wedding and when you press for more information they might say the music was fantastic, or the food was so yummy and there was plenty of itor the smell of the frangipani just lifted the spirit. These things can conjure up in a persons memory past events that were happy and pleasurable. MUSIC: There is nothing like live music as guests arrive for a wedding ceremony. From my experience it sets the mood for whats to follow and relaxes peoples mood, especially if they have travelled long distances. Twenty minutes of snappy tunes sets the mood of excitement and expectation and soon to be revellers may think Gee, they have really pulled out all stops to create a special moment. Personal music, or something meaningful to the bridal couple is great when introducing the bride. Why not a bit of fanfare to get people engaged? Perhaps something snappy and toe tapping as the newly married couple are presented to their audience. I remember one wedding that I authorised way up in the foothills of the Australian Alps and the cheeky bride surprised her new husband by having the band play Were in the Money. As they gleefully walked down the aisle all present burst into a raucous applause. At the reception venue keep in mind the size of the venue and the acoustics. These must be taken into consideration as Newlyweds dancing Cue music for perfect moments people will want to talk to each other. How often do you hear people say after a fabulous event The music was great but you couldnt hear yourself think. Communication and connecting with others are two very important facets of a ceremony that stands out. Sometimes I listen to a song and think that would be great to get a bit of wriggling on the dance floor and make the wedding celebration really come alive. Ive included some examples, so let me know what you think. Send me an e-mail with songs that have worked for you . Lets Stick Together - Brian Ferry Youre My Best Friend Queen I Married You Because Your Good In Bed - not sure who? Start me up - The Rolling Stones What I like about you - The Romantics This weeks zip or zap: Take some professional dance lessons at a dance school some months before the wedding is to take place. It will give you confidence to glide around the dance floor. Its not a pretty sight to see the bride and groom sprawled all over the parquetry wooden floor because the groom has inadvertently clodhoppered on the brides frock and OOpsys!- gone for a tumble. Till next column Annie Godde - civil and authorised marriage celebrant ask Annie Time to talk networking ones got one. If you dont know them well yet, start with things like the food, venue, music or atmosphere. Ask for an update. If you know anything about their business or industry, ask how its going or what is the latest. Ask for their advice or recommendations. If you can, ask their advice relating to their field of work, otherwise ask things like Which wine do you think is the best choice tonight? Comment on the environment. No, not the weather, but the space around you. If you get stumped for conversation, comment on the music, food, lights, speaker, venue etc. The secret to powerful networking is to be memorable and the best thing to promote this is to be helpful. Introduce people you know to one and other, share useful information or resource, or give a colleague a lead. It may not help you directly but in the long run it will. Time Tamer with Barbara Clifford HI Readers, welcome to my new column in which I will be sharing strategies on time management, stress management, leadership and communication. When you bring your business to Alice Springs or Tennant Creek, you need to be willing to learn that the normal rules of business may not apply here. But rest assured, there is one thing small towns do very well. Networking. Word of mouth is the most effective and cost effective marketing tool for any business. This can be nurtured through strengthening your local business connections. However, some people find it challenging to put themselves into a room full of strangers, let alone brave it alone. Heres some tips on how you can improve your networking skills. Do the asking not the talking. Ask more questions and talk less about yourself, believe it or not, youll be more memorable. Be inquisitive and intrigued by what they talk about. Ask how they got into that line of work? People love to share their story. Their career story will be far more interesting than a chat about the weather. Ask for an opinion. Every- There is value in networking. Dance has kept Lynne on her toes SITTING in the RFDS Base Caf brought back a few memories for Lynne Hanton. Her mum used to work for the flying doctor, raising funds and facilitating tours. Hanton, the artistic director of the Duprada Dance Company, grew up in Alice Springs after their family moved up from Adelaide in the 1960s when her father got a contract to help build the Memorial Club. The work never ran out. We didnt actually ever leave, Hanton said. The family bought a block on Babbage Street and at the age of about 12, Hanton started earning money by riding the race horses, over the road at the old racetrack. It was the middle of an eight year drought and she has vivid memories of racing home from school to beat the dust storms, and the technique of vacuumsealing the house by closing all the windows and putting the swampy on. She attended the high school on Anzac Oval, and remembers the drought breaking cars washed down the Todd. My five-year-old brother was hysterical. Hed never seen rain, she said. The mother of two and grandmother of three was interested in ballet, and had a great teacher who she is still in touch with today. In those days the West ern Australian Ballet Company used to come to the Northern Territory every second year, she said, adding the dancers used to stay with locals. Territorians cant help but to show city people around, she said. One of the companys dancers jumped off a rock at Simpsons Gap and broke her ankle. The only replacement who was old enough and the same size was me, so I ended up doing the performance, Hanton said, by now 16years-old. The company was in the middle of a tour, so arrangements were made for Hanton to leave school and do her exams externally. She found her way into teaching through a similar twist of fate, stepping in for a teacher who was unwell. No one else really knew what to do, so I ended up teaching the class at the grand age of 17 and realised I liked teaching, she said, noting her desire for polished performance. Im not the star, I dont need to be the person being watched. I like to create what people are watching, so Im glad I worked that out early on, rather than become miserable doing what you think you should be doing. Hanton has used her skills to create the Duprada Dance Company and the Australian Dance Academy. She was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011, which she said was an absolute complete surprise. coffee & characters with andrea ...at RFDS Base Cafe P: 8958 8412 LYNNE HANTON LOCAL troubadour Colin Lillie may have come to the end of his journey on The Voice but his musical career continues. Lillie won the heart of the shows judges, but was eliminated in the knockout stage of the talent show which aired on Monday night. But the interest he has garnered as a result of his appearance will stand him in good stead for his musical aspirations. Colins raw emotional singing style won him many fans during his on-air appearances, as did his gritty backstory. His version of James Taylors Fire and Rain was impressive and showcased what Colin can do. In a post on Facebook after the final show, Lillie mentioned his mentor Boy George and the other judges, saying you have a friend for life and a new super fan. THANK YOU ALL !!! A big shout oot ti the world thank you, he wrote, in his Scottish brogue. Colin talked up Alice Springs while on the show, crediting his home town with helping him pull his life together. And now, for Colin, the future awaits.Colin Lillie sings on The Voice in the early stages of the show. Colins swan song
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