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John Di Domenico


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How to use a Game Show to Spice up Your Franchise Conference


Our most in-demand franchise entertainer, emcee, awards night host, and game show celebrity host, John Di Domenico, continues to super-charge franchise conventions and delight and surprise franchise audiences year after year. In fact, many of John’s franchise fans, have brought him back again and again, considering John to be an integral part of their franchise meeting. When clients bring an entertainer back for 11 years running, they must be doing something right!  John’s contributions to a franchise meeting are as diverse as the more than 50 celebrity characters that he impersonates. From clean, comedic emcee, to surprise cocktail reception celebrity guest, John keeps the energy up and fun factor high whenever he’s on site.



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3 Reasons to Include a Game Show to Liven Up Your Next Franchise Convention!


Incorporating a game show into your next franchise convention is a great way to engage your attendees in a high-energy and often times hilarious learning experience. Whether using a game show as a way to reinforce new information, to build a sense of unity and teamwork or to just simply entertain and engage your franchisees, incorporating a custom game show is a fantastic way to spice up your annual franchise convention.


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John Di Domenico recently shared some of his many ideas with me in a short Skype interview…


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First let’s talk about content. When launching an initiative with myriad details that you want your franchisees to really grasp, a game show can reinforce the key messages and make the learning fun!

And with today’s smart phone interactive apps, audience participation can be tabulated real-time and projected onto the screen moment by moment, engaging everyone in the room.


Content driven game show formats might include:

  • Jeopardy
  • Family Feud
  • Minute To Win It – Celebrity Host Guy Fieri (AKA John Di Domenico)
  • Deal or No Deal – Celebrity Host Howie Mandel (AKA John Di Domenico)
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Next, let’s consider how a custom game show can be a dynamic team-building event for your franchisees. Whether used as an ice-breaker to help newer franchisees meet and interact with more tenured members of your franchise system or to create an opportunity for your franchisees to see things differently and use different thinking styles, game shows can help stimulate the brain, improve retention of ideas, and increase the fun-factor in the process!

Team-building game show formats might include:

  • Jeopardy
  • Family Feud
  • Who Wants to a Millionaire
  • The Apprentice – Celebrity Host Donald Trump (AKA John Di Domenico)

And finally, game shows are just plain FUN! You don’t have to have a reason to include a game show in your conference agenda other than simply wanting to create energy and fun for your franchisees. I have to warn you though, even if you choose a game show format just for the fun and entertainment value, your franchisees are bound to learn something new and become more connected with each other as a team.

‘Just-for-the-Fun-of-It!’ game show formats might include:

  • Minute to Win It – Celebrity Host Guy Fieri (AKA John Di Domenico)
  • Deal or No Deal – CelebrityHost Howie Mandel (AKA John Di Domenico)
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Regis Philbin (AKA John Di Domenico)

The best part – game shows don’t have to require a big investment! They are completely scalable and with the right host, can be customized to utilize the technology that is already contracted for your event. Whether your franchise convention is designed to be ‘no-tech’, ‘low-tech’, or is a full-on, professionally produced, ‘high-tech’ production, a game show can be fully customized to maximize whatever resources are available. In fact, John runs a version of Deal or No Deal with no technology and makes it possible for everyone in the room to be involved!

And now for a favor…we are compiling ideas and success stories on how to use game shows in franchise conferences and would love to hear from you.

  • Have a great idea to share?
  • How about a success story of what a game show did for your system moral?
  • Or even a tale of a game show gone awry?

We’d love to have your input for our 2014 Franchise Convention Game Show Idea e-book!

Drop me a note at Katrina@FranchiseSpeakers.com or give me a call at 720-304-3710 with your comments!

More soon…



Katrina Mitchell

Chief Match Maker
Franchise Speakers That Deliver!
We know the Franchise World. It’s all we do.

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Published on Friday, November 15, 2013

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Testimonials –

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“John Di Domenico was absolutely the PERFECT dinner speaker for our recent Regional Owner’s meeting.  He was completely in character for each of the four roles he suggested for our group.  As Austin Powers, he totally won them over and we loved how he had every one engaged. As Columbo he had us all laughing and looking for the right answer. As our anonymous French Executive who was taking over the company, John really had them guessing and when he finished the evening off as Donald Trump – well, he really make the event a fantastic success.  What impressed me the most was how detailed John was in his pre-program research of our company and how he seamlessly brought it all together.  Through the process of preparing for the session John was fabulous to work with in every way – he did his homework, was quick to respond, was proactive in keeping us updated and overall was extremely professional.  I would not change a single thing about the experience from start to finish. John was just absolutely perfect for our group and I’d give him a rating of 100 on a scale of 1 to 10!  If you would like to fully engage your franchisees with fun, surprise and content rich, system specific humor, John Di Domenico is the one!

Cindy Gaudette, Project Manager, Franchise Sales
Fantastic Sam’s Hair Salons



“John utilized his amazing comedic talents at our national sales meeting to drive content, educate our attendees and make us laugh while learning important product information. His Donald Trump, Dr. Phil and Austin Powers impersonations were spot on. Some people thought he was the real thing and most people couldn’t tell they were all the same guy. John is a skilled professional and worked directly with us to craft scripts that integrated the ‘take away’ content that needed to be communicated. During our Dr. Phil segment of our show he was able to rearrange the script on the fly and integrate attendees into the performance. We wanted our people involved and he did it beautifully. He knocked the ball out of the park and we plan to have him back next year.”


Edward Waller, VP CRM,

CertaPro Painters



“We are looking forward to having John back at our Summer Sales Conference. John has appeared as Donald Trump, Austin Powers and Dr. Phil at past meetings and has been a huge success. John’s characters educate and inform the franchisees while being very entertaining. John has already shot a number of hilarious videos for the meeting and we’re excited to have him live and in person in Las Vegas. Most importantly John gives fully in time and commitment to making each event with CertaPro bang on in terms of messaging and entertainment value. We are thrilled to have him back again are will be sure to keep involved in future events as well.”


Mike Stone, Regional Vice President, East Division 
CertaPro Painters



“On behalf of The WOW Factory and our client Carpet One, thank you for an outstanding job! Your performance carried the entire event. Your impersonations of Donald Trump,Austin Powers, Wayne from Wayne’s World and Ozzy Osbourne were the hit of the meeting. Your scripts nailed the key information that had to be communicated and the characters were dead-on funny. You have exceeded our expectations and we look forward to working with you again soon.”


David Carr 
President/Executive Producer 
The WOW Factory



What Our Clients Say About Us!


“Working with SPEAK! was a great experience from start to finish. We made a last minute decision to bring in an outside speaker for our Area Developer Retreat and Katrina and her team found us the perfect match. SPEAK! anticipated every detail and the entire process was fabulously smooth and easy. Overall working with SPEAK! was an awesome experience and we’ll absolutely continue to make SPEAK! our first call for future events.”


Karen Halman, Director of Training

Liberty Tax Service


“Working with SPEAK! was a great experience from start to finish. Katrina and her team went above and beyond in helping us find the right speakers and entertainers for our annual franchise convention. The relationship was fantastic – easy and stress-free just as SPEAK! promises! From bringing us speaker options that fit our content objectives and our budget to tracking all the logistical details for our speakers, the SPEAK! team nailed it. Our franchisees enthusiastically and repeatedly have been telling us this was by far, the very best convention they have ever had and having SPEAK!’s help was a big part of our overall success. We will continue to work with SPEAK! for any future speaker, trainer, emcee or entertainer needs.”


Chris Buitron, VP of Marketing

Senior Helpers



“We recently worked with SPEAK! to find the right speaker for our annual convention and what a great experience. Katrina and her team helped us find just the right speaker to deliver a truly inspiring message on teamwork. Though we have an excellent convention management process in place that has served us very well over the years, adding SPEAK!’s services to our convention team to manage the speaker portion was a great asset. We look forward to continuing to work with SPEAK! for any of our upcoming speaker needs.”

Brian Spindel, President & COO



“SPEAK! helped us find the perfect speakers for the annual Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit. Katrina took the time to really understand our attendees and made her recommendations based on the event culture and our learning objectives. SPEAK! knocked it out of the park for us and my only concern, is Katrina, how are you going to beat this next year!? Overall an outstanding experience. If you are a franchisor looking for franchise-savvy outside talent to support your franchisees, SPEAK! should be your first call.”

Brian Schnell, Partner
Faegre Baker Daniels



“We just had, by far, the very best convention speaker we have ever had and you made it possible. I cannot think of a single thing I would change in my experience of working with you and your team. You delivered everything as promised, you were consistently prepared and most importantly we felt well cared for with your proactive communication and follow-up. This is the first time we have ever worked with any outside organization to help us with our speakers and you absolutely knocked it out of the park. You have earned a customer for life!”

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The little Gym International



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