Darren Isenberg is one of Australia’s leading Awards Night MC’s because, for over 25 years, he has brought warmth, humour and personality into an otherwise stale and starchy Gala Dinner Room … or Zoom.
He uses the role of MC to make the night special for the winners, the nominees and their colleagues, maintaining appropriate levels of dignity whilst ensuring the night is as enjoyable as possible for everyone in attendance.
He is renowned for his speaker introductions as well as his razor-sharp and wonderfully-witty ad-libbed comments … all aimed at keeping everyone engaged, entertained and as involved as possible.
He is continually amazed that one week he can be MCing an Awards Night for a client in industries such as Finance, Medicine or Tourism … and the next be hosting Awards for with Vegetable Growers or Waste Management Consultants … and he is quite humbled by the fact that you are reading his bio on the website as, to be honest, he’s the kind of guy who would probably have glossed over yours.
Reckon recently had the pleasure of hosting a company wide team building event “iReckon” in December 2022, our MC for the day was Darren Isenberg. From day one of our planning sessions, Darren’s energy and expertise were paramount, and we knew we were in safe, professional hands.
The care and consideration Darren demonstrated in the pre-event documentation was exceptional, as well as producing an amazing video for us to share with the teams prior to the event – which was invaluable in setting the stage for what we wanted to achieve.
Darren was exceedingly fun during the event, keeping our teams laughing and engaged throughout, whilst always keeping us on schedule and on topic. We have had wonderful feedback from the teams involved on the day; on the ice breaker activities Darren facilitated and the schedule of the day, which was run with military precision.
This event was certainly memorable for us, and we were incredibly lucky to have Darren support us and have no doubt we will rebook his services in future! Congratulations, Darren, on the fantastic job you did for us – you truly went above and beyond.– Reckon Event – 2 December 2022 “iReckon”
Darren was a great suggestion. He was entertaining and professional on the evening, he made us a BBQ Anthem which was fantastic and even prepared a game that had everyone up on their feet. He ran the event seamlessly. We were extremely happy with how things went.– Michelle Brown, Executive Assistant, BARBEQUES GALORE
May I say on a personal level, I found Darren to be absolutely charming. He was so good managing the Exec’s and related Technical people, took a lot of pressure off my shoulders and really ran things very smoothly. He was very engaging with the audience and very funny when announcing. The feedback we have had has been very positive.– Robyn Holden, PA and Awards Night Organiser, IAG
I have been meaning to email you to say thank you so much for the amazing job you did at our awards night last week! You were fantastic and we’ve had excellent feedback from our guests. We were all very impressed! We also really appreciate that you went the extra mile to add touches to the night which made it extra special – your quiz, your music stings, the lot! It was all wonderful and ensured the night was extra enjoyable– Leonie Everson-Storer, Clients, Marketing & Communications Advisor, HYDER CONSULTING (now ARCADIS)
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your assistance in making the BSC Awards Dinner such a success. The feedback about your MC’ing has been fabulous and everyone loved the Stryker National Anthem in particular. The amount of pre-event work you did into researching Stryker and its people really shone through and it did not go unnoticed. You ensured the night ran smoothly and to plan despite the last minute changes!– Penny Csesko, Event Manager, STRYKER SOUTH PACIFIC
Darren was one of the most organised MC’s I have come across in my time within events. Darren’s preparation for the event was excellent. Most MC’s walk in a half-hour prior to the event, but not Darren. He was organised, had his own runsheet prepared, slides & music for the award winners. Thanks to Darren’s preparation he was able to bring a new style to our awards function. You wouldn’t find an MC who works harder for his client. If you’re after someone to have input and not just read from a runsheet – then Darren is your man!– Belinda Eade, Marketing Manager, THE PROFESSIONALS REAL ESTATE GROUP