How to be a Professional Events Supplier

by Max Tiu, April  2018   Professionalism is imperative in any field of work. It has a direct impact on one’s reputation and success. Especially in the events industry, professionals are expected to be… PROFESSIONAL. So here are a few tips to those who want to get into the industry and enjoy longevity. 1. Be on time Always be on time, if not earlier. If the call time is at six in the evening, make sure you are there on or before six in the evening. It takes just one supplier’s tardiness to cause unnecessary delay on the entire event’s timeline. I normally arrive at around two in the afternoon even if the reception is pegged to start at seven in the evening. As there are so many things to prepare, I need to ensure that enough time is alloted before guests start pouring in.   2. Be proactive Do not wait to be reminded on what you have to do. As a professional supplier, perform your duties with minimal supervision. As mentioned above, the reason why I always arrive way earlier than my call time is because I do extensive sound checking; run down the program sequence and details with the coordinators; check if the various materials and equipment needed for our program are in place.   3. Be a team player It takes a team to create a successful event. Everyone has his own role to fulfill in order to make an event as perfect as possible. It takes just one missing puzzle piece to create an incomplete picture. As an emcee and singer, it is not...

Max Tiu – Born to be a Host

by Events Venue PH, September 2015 Article Source: http://eventsvenue.com.ph/max-tiu-chinese-host/ Aside from his obvious good looks, you may have already heard of his name due to his popularity and demand. Here is a man who had no plans of getting into the hosting industry at all. He who even just reluctantly agreed to be the emcee of his debutant friend’s party back in 1996, which unexpectedly turned out to be the starting point of his flourishing passion and career. No one has expected for this to happen. Coincidence? We don’t think so.  Max Tiu was born to be an event’s host! By hearing the name Max Tiu, people may already have recognised him as the famous Chinese host of most well known artists’ wedding and events. Max Tiu was the host for the highly talked about Chiz Escudero & Heart Evangelista wedding, and did the voice over emceeing for the much publicized Paul Soriano and Toni Gonzaga wedding of which he was part of Rita Neri Event Planners’ coordination team. Not only is this man popular for the big demand of renowned people, but for his outstanding performance in the acting industry as well! “Being a perfectionist, I always believe that my last performance will determine my next booking. I am my own worst critic!” Satisfaction is his topmost priority in this field. For him, delivering more than what is expected of him is part of his personal responsibility. He just has to deliver more because this is his heart’s desire. “… I make sure that I deliver more than what is expected of me!” he said. Despite the popularity and...

Top 10 Wedding Emcees or Hosts in the Philippines

by The Wedding Vow Singapore, November 2016 Article Source: http://theweddingvowsg.com/2016/11/top-10-wedding-emceeshost-philippines/  Max Tiu is a very well-known Chinese host when it comes to hosting wedding receptions. Most of the weddings and events that he hosted for are for famous personalities. Satisfaction is the Max’s topmost priority. He always makes sure that he gives more than what is expected of him. He is very dedicated to make his clients happy. Aside from his hosting skills, Max is also a very talented singer – which is also a huge plus factor on why he is a very in-demand host for weddings. Aside from his voice, may it be on singing or on hosting, he could hold the attention of his audience with his sense of humor that is absolutely charming – bringing life to your event always.    ...

The Truth Behind Celebrity Events

by Max Tiu, September 2016 Contrary to popular belief, famous people are not hard to please as long as you deliver quality service and pay close attention to details. After all, celebrities are just like us who simply want their milestones to be celebrated in style. That being said, competent suppliers are needed to make their special events memorable. As a supplier who has done a few celebrity events, local and international alike, I do not consider myself an expert, rather, just someone who is blessed enough to have experienced working with them.   Fortunately, the ones whom I have done work for are sweet, kind and considerate. They were not unreasonable and ruthless brats like how the media portray most of them to be. One of the incidents I remember vividly is when a bride mentioned in one of our planning sessions that she wanted a certain look for the event styling. The then groom-to-be responded lovingly, “Hon, that is way beyond our budget”. Expecting her to argue her case and get her way, I was pleasantly surprised when she said in a humble manner, “I understand. What if we do this instead… ”, then proceeded to her next option which was less costly.   This made me think… the media had painted her image as a rich spoiled brat, but nothing could be farther than the truth. This brings me to my next realization. I used to believe that celebrities, especially famous ones, are never concerned with budget constraints. I always thought issues like that are reserved for mere mortals like us. But I guess in times like this,...

How NOT to be a rock star wedding coordinator

by Max Tiu, June 2015 When I started performing in weddings, birthday events, and tinghuns in the late 1990’s, coordinators were scarce and almost unheard of. Having said that, all my events then require me to be self-sufficient. Apart from hosting and singing, I make sure that all the things we need for the program are ready and in place! In fact, a lot of my clients through the years have been asking me to come up with my own team to coordinate their events. Despite the demand for me to do so, I always decline because I personally do not believe in serving two masters at one time. After all, money isn’t everything. To this day, I ensure that I am self-reliant even if I am working with seasoned suppliers. I am hands-on when it comes to the program planning and its details. Yes! Apart from a host and a singer, I consider myself a planner when it comes to the reception program. In cases when there are no coordinators, I still end up doing everything for my beloved clients. Having been in the events industry for almost 20 years, I have come up with some tips on how not to be a “rock star wedding coordinator”, basing on my own personal experiences.   Stand around (or worse, sit around) doing nothing I understand that coordinators are not in an event to hop around like little bunnies, or to run around like hyperactive puppies. But there is nothing more unprofessional than to just sit around doing nothing, when quite obviously there are things that need to be done:...

An Interview with Max Tiu: Following Your Passion

by EntrepNegosyo, December 2013 Article Source: http://www.entrepnegosyo.com/Blog-Content/an-interview-with-max-tiu-following-your-passion Max Tiu has been in the events industry for over 16 years, beginning his career in hosting and singing way back in the late nineties. Who would have thought that performing in events could be enterprising? In fact, he left his stable job in Makati to go full time in this endeavor, which wasn’t even particularly high in demand around that time. “I started singing and hosting in weddings, debuts and birthday events in the Filipino-Chinese community”, says the trilingual host who is known for his good command of the English, Mandarin (including Fukien- a Chinese dialect) and Filipino languages. “The experience I gained in the corporate world helped a lot in developing my professionalism. In fact, I was the very first Filipino-Chinese emcee to come up with contracts for my services, at a time when verbal agreements were all that was needed to close a deal”. Over the years, Max Tiu has successfully crossed over to social events for Filipinos both local and overseas, foreign nationals, even corporate events landing him jobs with the likes of Reader’s Digest Asia, Globe Telecom, and various special events for five star hotels like the Edsa Shangri-La Manila, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Solaire Resort and Casino, Resort’s World Manila, amongst others. “I never thought that emceeing and singing would bring me this far. All I wanted was to perform, as I cannot imagine life without music”. As most Filipino-Chinese emcees are required to sing, Max Tiu is one of the very few who can really sing and deliver an impactful performance. Having been blessed with a rich...