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Star of The Quarter – Brian Sobel

Rewarded Star Of the Quarter, Brian Sobel has been a valuable part of the freelance family and we wanted to ask him a few questions about his experience at Bluehat Group before he leaves for his next exciting journey, Australia!”

1)      What is your favourite Bluehat event and why?

Beat the Box is definitely my current favourite. I’m a huge fan of simplicity when it comes to rules/regulations. The goal of this event is to “crack the code.” This allows the delegates to pool from their own talents and self-motivation in order to kickstart the event. It has really strong takeaways to every day life in the workplace. Little victories are so important and I love seeing people’s faces when they unlock one of their cases! This is an event I would personally love to participate in if it were presented to me.

2)      What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt in your time freelancing with Bluehat?

Delegation is not just key, it’s paramount. I openly admit to being a bit of a micromanager and to try and do everything myself. Bluehat puts together great teams for events and I’ve learned a lot from the event managers and project managers about how to maximize the team’s skill sets. Bluehat is my first real stint in the event’s industry and I really feel like they have taken me to a more professional level of organization. Thank you so much to the veteran freelancers and management for showing me tips/tricks towards positive event management/implementation!

3)      When you`re not busy presenting or event managing a Bluehat event, what are you doing?

Before moving to London and working with Bluehat I was a full time Acrobat and Circus instructor. London is a great city for business AND entertainment so I’m lucky to be able to both here. I freelance perform/instruct on the flying trapeze for a London based school called Gorilla Circus. I love acrobatics and plan to have it as a part of my life as long as I can!

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4)      What is the most exciting event you have ever worked on?

Immediate thoughts go to a 500 person Guinness World Records Team Challenge held in Nashville, Tennessee. This was a trip back to my home country, now a representative of the UK. Seeing the sites of Nashville and solidifying friendships with the bluehat team, all the while delivering a professional and successful event really made this trip exciting. However, flying back into London very early morning and seeing the London eye and Westminster Abby along the Thames was the highlight. Arriving into Heathrow really feeling like I was coming home… even though I had just technically come from my home. Strange but fantastic to feel so international!

5)      Last year you moved from your home country of the USA to London, what has become your favourite thing to do in the capital?

My girlfriend and I are really into musical theatre so being close to the West End has been fantastic. We’ve seen a bunch of shows and always leave the theatre already planning our next one. People watching on the tube has been a close second. Now THAT is fun.

6)      What is your favourite British dish?

Pies! So many pies! Steak and Ale Pie has been a great addition to the menu of life. Although, I can absolutely do without Mince Pies at Christmas time. What’s up with those?!

7)      You’ve done quite a lot of travelling since moving to London, what has been your favourite European destination?

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Being a 1-3 hour flight away from so many European destinations has been fantastic… but I have to give the top spot to Cinque Terre in Italy. This is a vacation spot made up of five little villages you can only get to via vineyard/oceanside hikes, or by a small train system. Each village has its own amazing views and famous meals. So beautiful! #nofilter y’all.

8)      What is your favourite joke?

Why did the scarecrow get a promotion?

– He was outstanding in his field!

9)      We know you have a talent for balloon modelling, what is the most unusual one you’ve created or have been asked to create?

Over the years there have been a plethora of suggestions. One of my proudest creations was a 4 metre tall mermaid complete with trident. This was overlooking an ocean themed party in NYC. Recently I’ve taken to instagram to promote my balloon business. The last creation I made was a scene from Super Mario! However, the most unusual ones I’ve ever been asked to create are inappropriate for this blog, surely.

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10)   What 3 words would you use to describe your experience with Bluehat?

Dry british humour.

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