Dale Obrochta, Corporate Enteratiner

Dale Obrochta, Corporate EntertainerIf you ask Dale where he learned his skills, he will tell you from a bunch of twisted people. While attending college, he met a group of professional entertainers, which met every Monday and would practice in the gym. Always wanting to learn how to juggle, Dale joined this merry group.

This Illinois entertainer learned from world-class jugglers, unicyclists, magicians, clowns, balloonists, fire-eaters, theatrical entertainers, and vaudevillians. “I did not realize at the time how lucky I was to be working with such talented people and the skills and techniques that were freely taught to me” said Dale “I have used all my entertainment skills over the years, but have decided I would rather be a Master of one form of entertainment, than a jack-of-all-trades. So I became a master balloonist.”

Dale’s unique mix of comedy and balloon twisting has been making people laugh since 1984. He actively writes for trade show blogs, an entertainment newsletter, and professional organizations while continually working on new communication techniques to improve his entertainment business.

Dale started DEO Consulting, Inc in 1988 to handle the ever-increasing demand for his performing expertise and specialized event know-how. Except for taking a little time out to earn a master’s degree in Communication from Governors State University, Dale has spent the past three decades performing at private and corporate events.

Dale’s background consists of 15 years as an Associate Professor, where he educated faculty, students and corporate America on techniques to improve upon their business and organizational skills while interjecting lighthearted comedy. His drive to get the most out of himself is infectious and quickly spreads to those who are around him.

Dale’s performances are always custom-tailored to the audience, whether performing at a college, entertaining corporate clients after dinner, or astonishing guests at a private party with his balloon twisting. Dale always integrates audience participation, humor, and unforgettable balloon creations, ensuring the event is specially designed with your needs in mind.

His many accomplishments so far in his life have been:

  • Married in 1998 with two sons
  • Completing a Master’s Degree in Communication & Training
  • Acting as MC for Cable Television Show
  • Performing on NBC and WGN
  • Serving as on-premise Promotions Entertainer for major US Corporations
  • Serving as Lecturer and Mentor for business entrepreneur’s
  • Owning and Operating an E-commerce Store
  • Authoring two books;  “Faces, Faces, Balloon Faces” and “Mardi Gras Bead Twisting.”
  • Introducing Festive Alien Head balloons to the balloon industry

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The Picture Perfect Corporate Event

Understand Human Nature at a Corporate Event

It is human nature for people not to interact when thrust into a large group like a corporate event.  If you cannot instantly associate with things, people, or environment that make you feel safe and comfortable, your internal mood level is compromised, and an uneasy feeling sets in.

Party DNA

Our DNA is to blame for this feeling.  Our ancestors’ survival was all about safety.  Failure to connect with a group meant danger and the need to flee, and we learned to avoid a hungry dinosaur feeding by making a connection with the group.  

Centuries later we are still doing this. We arrive at a company event, and we instantly become watchers as we must better understand our environment before interacting.  We all have done it;  we arrived at a party, and the first thing we do is check it out and look for people we know.  We are satisfying the basic human need of feeling safe.

Creating an Interaction and Reducing Fear

This is where I come into the story.  My job is to transform this human fear/flight reaction and create an environment where people are at ease and want to interact.  The primal fear changes to relationship building and emotion levels subside and move from safety to fun. 

Balloon animal Head-Pulled-Off

Now you might be wondering, how can I accomplish this internal transformation in my guests?  Over decades of entertaining, I have seen business professionals inner child emerge as they laugh, wonder, and are amazed as I twist a balloon figure.  A human mind is a puzzle-solving machine, and when you mix in social interaction, creativity, and the ability to see something being creating instantly before your eyes, it evokes curiosity and conversation, leading to social communication. 

Now in a state of relaxation, emotions turn to fun and sharing.  Cell phones come out, share buttons pressed, and the world is seeing your corporate event on social media. 

What once was a scary corporate event, now turns into a party that they want to share with their friends around the world.

Corporate Event Transformation from Scary to Fun

Guests stand with mobile phones in hand capturing every twist and turn. In the spotlight, a guest waits in anticipation for their cherished artwork. The crowd erupts in laughter and delight as Dale’s personality is only dulled by the smiles on guests face. A rich array of colored tubes is crafted into an exceptional headpiece as flashes erupt from friend’s cameras — your guest struts like a supermodel. Standing there is Dale with guests waiting for their personalized masterpiece.

“Dale’s entertaining and social skills are outstanding, and he had people interacting and laughing.  He made Urschel Laboratories, Inc 100-year celebration a big success.” – Karen Anselm, Vice President of Production.

Let Dale help you. As he has done with thousands of other corporate event coordinators, have him as your ice breaker entertainment and have people interacting and making your vision of the perfect corporate event come true.