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Pride Weekend 2020 and National Coming Out Day

At the conclusion of Pride Weekend 2020 and National Coming Out Day:

As a cishet white female married to a man and mother of two cishet children, why would I a) join what was formerly known as the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; and b) why would I become an Ambassador?

At first I was puzzled by some of the looks I got when I introduced myself as straight—furrowed brows and all. In the interim, I’ve learned that there is a sense of apprehension. “Wait—she’s straight—why’s she here?”

I’m a member of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance because I can be. The shocking discrimination I’ve seen aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, family and friends, acquaintances, business partners, colleagues, and people I’ve known is a sickness that hurts and kills people. Ignore it? Never. What can I do? Let it begin with me.

Having community that has your back is crucial. For me, showing up, bearing witness, and speaking out are on par with how I try to live my life and how I’ve tried to raise my family.

It’s easy, way too easy, to live in a bubble. To not see the tear-stained faces of kids being rejected for being who they are, to see people denied access to resources and basic human rights because of how they identify and who they love hurts every one of us. If we believe for a minute that denying equal access and equal rights to any other individual or group while we ourselves enjoy these privileges will help us, we are delusional.

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Lip Readings

Thoughtful Seating

Thoughtful seating is an important part of events. It is the awareness of where we are seated and why, and the social, political, and economic impact of where we are. Are you really at the table? Did you choose your table or were you seated at it? The same thing goes for your seatmates, the proximity or distance you have to each other, and where your table is located in the grand scheme of things.

When you are beginning to plan your event, see how you can show guests how much you appreciate them by making them feel truly welcome.

Planners tend to set up a floor plan based on space and available furniture. That completely makes sense. Unless, of course, you have the means to base your design and seating arrangements on your guests’ needs, your priorities, and helping everyone feel included.

Informal events tend to be laissez-faire—more along the lines of musical chairs (think—who nabs the seat close to the dessert table?) 

Corporate events are intentionally more result-oriented. Who are the participants and what is the objective of the event: a meeting; presentation; awards ceremony; celebration;  conference, trade show, or break-out social time?

Social events can include a wide range of ages. Whether the guests are related (weddings, family reunions), a cohort (graduations, Bar- and Bat Mitzvahs), or loosely connected (birthdays, anniversaries, showers), there will be a scatter and a concentration. Maybe a large number of your guests work in the same field, or live in the same city or region, maybe they share a hobby, religion, or belong to a certain age group. Use this to your advantage when planning—chose to mix it up, or choose to set up groups of like-minded folks—just don’t make your seating arrangements based on alphabetization!

One thing I repeatedly notice is how difficult it can be for people to hear each other at events—even on a good day and without a DJ or loud speaker next to them! You can absolutely take this into consideration when planning where to put people—those who want to talk (and hear) might be further away from the loudspeakers.

How many of your guests have mobility challenges or need frequent access to the restroom? Do you have anyone who has sensory or audio processing issues? How about very tall people, or the inverse, and what affect that can have on your sight lines?

Traditionally people are seated according to their position in business or in a family. Make sure that those people on the fringe can see and hear, too.

You might consider using more and smaller tables to increase interaction. A six-top is definitely more conducive to getting people to interact with each other than a 10-top or a banquet table. Although banquet tables can help people get to know their dinner partners, it can be a long, arduous evening if they can’t (or won’t) communicate!

Look at some of the ways you can facilitate meaningful, memorable, and creative interactions at your event. Enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the entire experience by creating thoughtful seating.

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How do Virtual Events and Virtual Sessions work?

How do Virtual Events and Virtual Sessions work? You choose the kind of readings you want, how long, and when. After you’ve booked and confirmed your particulars, we’ll send you your Zoom login credentials, and a ‘How-to’. Virtual Sessions are for 1-6 people; Virtual Events are for larger groups. Schedule your group together, in smaller groups, or with individual time slots.

Lip Print Analysis, Palm Reading, Handwriting Analysis, Tarot cards, coffee- or tea leaf readings bring events to life. Engage your guests, coworkers, employees, friends, and family and tell them about the most interesting thing in the world–themselves!

You must be 18 years of age or have a parent, legal guardian, or chaperone present during your Virtual Session.

Set up your computer or laptop so you can see and be seen, hear and be heard. If you’re working with palms, lip prints, or coffee, make sure that they’re visible for us! Book your session, remit payment, and we’ll send you your Zoom credentials, along with detailed instructions and and voilá, you’re ready to go!

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Palm Reader with Canles

What’s a Virtual Event?

Event entertainment that is fun, safe, and will connect your people is more important than ever. Hosting more than six attendees per hour, or want to let guests schedule individual sessions during your event? Then a Virtual Event is perfect! Attendees can schedule Five-, Ten-, Fifteen-, or Twenty-Minute readings during your Virtual Event.

How? Send us the DETAILS about your event and we’ll send you what you need to book a One-, Two-, or Three-Hour Virtual Event. After you’ve booked the date & time and remitted payment, we’ll send you a form for guests to book their sessions. Embed the form on a website, or send it as a link in an email.

The event host (YOU!) chooses the length and kind of sessions: Palms | Tarot | Lip Print Analysis | Handwriting Analysis | Coffee Cup or Tea Leaf Readings. Attendees choose a time, fill out form and submit, then get a confirmation email with a Zoom link and a brief overview of how to use Zoom.

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