Chapter 14

Facilitate Interactive Meetings and Programs

I’ve had a wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.

COMEDIAN GROUCHO MARX

Did you see the 2014 Academy Awards? Host Ellen DeGeneres delighted 43 million viewers by turning a three-hour marathon of “thank-you” speeches into a delightfully interactive evening that was wonderful. She ordered pizza (really!) and had it delivered to the theater, where she handed out paper plates and napkins (with the help of Brad Pitt) to some of the planet’s biggest movie stars including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, and Julia Roberts.

She asked people in the audience (“Come on, Harvey Weinstein, get out your wallet. I know you’ve got money”) for some cash to pay for it and took a selfie (now being called a

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