Mastering Mitzvahs

Mastering Mitzvahs

By Xplosive Entertainment
This is a podcast intended both for families planning bar/bat mitzvahs as well as an outlet for mitzvah industry professionals to speak about trends, topics, and the overall state of the bar/bat mitzvah industry.
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Episode 23: Mitzvah Photography Tips from Barry Korbman
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike Langsner interviewed the vastly experienced and highly regarded Barry Korbman of Korbman and Company Photography.  In this episode, Barry provides the listener with tips, suggestions and considerations when exploring the world of photography.  Barry also provides some great insight on preparing for a photo shoot and how to maximize your photography experience.   For more information about Korbman and Company Photography: https://www.korbmanandcompany.com/
40:19
July 11, 2019
Episode 22: Summer Mitzvah Planning
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Jordan and Mike discuss some reasons why a family should use their Summer months to plan their son or daughter's upcoming mitzvah.   We also discuss our summer plans and some new items coming to the table for the 2019 season.  For more info: www.XEevents.com
24:20
July 1, 2019
Episode 21: Mitzvahs on the Spectrum
In today's day and age we find kids diagnosed with special needs more commonly than years back.  With that said, as entertainers focusing on bar/bat mitzvahs we are often faced with situations where the guest of honor has varying levels of special needs or considerations.   In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we discuss some of the cases we have been involved in as well as some tips and suggestions for families who are planning a bar or bat mitzvah for their son or daughter who has special needs.   For questions or more info please visit www.XEevents.com or 866.Xplo.Ent
27:11
July 1, 2019
Episode 20: Divorced/Separated Parents
Episode 20 of Mastering Mitzvahs is a sensitive topic, yet as firm believers in real-talk, we were asked to chat about this subject that has become a regular norm for us at Xplosive Entertainment.  Divorced or separated parents planning a bar or bat mitzvah is a real topic.  Sometimes, the parents work together to ensure that their son or daughter has the time of his or her life.  Other times, the two adults bicker like children and forgot the reason why they are planning a simcha together.  In this episode, we discuss some past experiences with divorced families as well as offer some tips and suggestions to keep the focus on the guest of honor.   For more info, contact: www.XEevents.com 866-Xplo.Ent
23:29
June 19, 2019
Episode 19: Timeline and Flow... tips and suggestions
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner discuss their thoughts on a proper timeline and flow for a mitzvah celebration.  Really every minute of a party was discussed from cocktail hour through the very last song of the night.  This episode is full of tips and suggestions for those planning a bar or bat mitzvah.  For more info about Xplosive Entertainment or to suggest a topic to discuss, be sure to find us! www.XEevents.com 732-866-1620
43:27
June 12, 2019
Episode 18: The 2019 Thirteen Year Old Party Guest
In this episode Jordan and Mike discuss their encounters with the 13 year olds at bar and bat mitzvahs as well as the way we try to connect with the teen. 
29:54
June 5, 2019
Episode 17: A double recap & a discussion about drinking at parties
After missing one week of recording, we are back with episode 17 of Mastering Mitzvahs.  In this episode we talk about some epic events and some difficult events and happenings.  We specifically touch on a host to drank a little too much at her event and needed to take a little break from the festivities.  We hope you continue to enjoy our podcasts.  If you have any topics that you would like us to discuss, please let us know! For more info about Xplosive Entertainment visit:  www.XEevents.com or call 732-866-1620  
32:29
May 30, 2019
Episode 16: with special guest DJ Cory Minto
This was an exceptionally fun episode to record.  We called upon our original DJ, Cory Minto to provide some insight and ideas including his perspective on DJing, music programming at mitzvahs, and a unique event enhancement we offer called "Personalized Audio." For more information find www.XEevents.com or call 866-Xplo.Ent
25:17
May 16, 2019
Episode 15: A weekend recap | Topic: "DJ's have feelings too"
After an exceptional weekend of successful events, we like to revisit the "good and the should" on this podcast from time to time.  This specific episode has the general theme "DJs have feelings too."  Listen to the episode to get the low down.  
31:05
May 8, 2019
Episode 14: Preparing for the party!
Xplosive Entertainment's Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner give listeners tips for planning a mitzvah.  Suggested timelines have been discussed.  Ultimately, advice is provided to ensure a smooth flowing, picture perfect simcha!   For more info contact:  www.XEevents.com And please join the Mastering Mitzvahs Facebook group at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/439435603493782/
30:14
May 2, 2019
Episode 13: Introducing Xplosive's Newest Event Host, MC Gio
We are so proud to introduce our newest event host, MC Gio!  This podcast is our official announcement that Gio has joined the Xplosive family and will be representing the XE Team.    To learn more about MC Gio, check out his bio and page on our website:  https://www.xeevents.com/talent/mc-gio/
19:31
April 26, 2019
Episode 12: Advice from Cindi Kaplin owner of Simply Invitations and Events.
Wow... this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs is chock full of really valuable information. Cindi Kaplan is the owner of Simply Invitations and Events.  She is a planner, decorator, invitation specialist and friend of Xplosive Entertainment! Cindi guides listeners with tips on decor, theming, branding, invitations, and much more!  This is a fun and detailed episode.  We hope you enjoy.  For more information or to contact Cindi: http://www.simplyinvitationsnj.com/ www.facebook.com/SimplyInvitationsandEvents https://www.instagram.com/simply_invitations_and_events/
35:17
April 18, 2019
Episode 11: How to be a great guest!
Episode 11 is a really fun one!  We examined all the funny things that, we as event professionals, see at events and call them out.  Basically... we explore how can you be a better guest at a party.   Did you RSVP on-time?  Are you dressed properly?  Are you getting in the way of the photographer?  These and many more topics are discussed by Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner on this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs.   We appreciate all of our listeners so far and encourage you to share this podcast with others planning events.   For more info contact:  www.XEevents.com Or find our new Mastering Mitzvahs Facebook Group.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/439435603493782/
34:32
April 11, 2019
Episode 10: Event Enhancements Explored
Jordan and Mike visit the world of Event Enhancements...  Photo Booths, Live Talents, Games, Atmospheric Effects, Food Stations and more all discussed.  If you are planning a mitzvah or really any party, there are some great ideas discussed on this podcast as well as some very important logistical tips.   For more info, contact www.XEevents.com  or specifically  www.xeevents.com/enhancements
34:09
April 5, 2019
Episode 9: We explore magic at parties with professional magician David Corsaro
Magic is an incredible enhancement to any party.  Guests old and young all seem to enjoy magic.  In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, we interview a guest and good friend of ours at Xplosive, David Carsaro.   David is an very accomplished magician who has performed for many celebrities.  He also is a regular host at an off-Broadway weekly magic show and David also teaches magic.  This interview is very informative about how a client can incorporate magic (properly) into their next event.    David is available for events booked through Xplosive Entertainment.  For more info:   www.XEevents.com 
33:34
April 1, 2019
Episode 8: An interview with Boston's Johnny Kelly owner of Pure Energy
Mastering Mitzvahs, episode 8 brings another industry pro to the cast.  In this case, our guest is Johnny Kelly (better known as Johnny K) from Boston's Pure Energy Entertainment.  Johnny is widely known as one of the best MC/hosts in the mitzvah game. Johnny tells some of his story within this podcast as well as shares some really valuable information for our listeners.   To contact Johnny or learn more about Pure Energy, contact: www.PureEnergyEntertainment.com
42:35
March 29, 2019
Episode 7: An indepth conversation with Chicago's Jazmine of Hype Productions and Loft 21
Mastering Mitzvahs episode 7 is full of incredible information.  We have the honor of interviewing the one-and-only, industry veteran Jazmine, owner and founder of Hype Productions of Loft 21.  Hype is a high energy and nationally recognized DJ firm specializing in bar & bat mitzvahs.  Loft 21 is a 31,000 square foot venue in Lincolnshire, Il.  Jazmine gives the listeners a TON of valuable information when considering planning a bar/bat mitzvah (or really any event for that matter).  We hope you enjoy the episode, find a sense of inspiration from the content and continue listening/sharing our podcast. For more information about Jazmine, Hype or Loft 21: http://www.loft21events.com http://hypeproductionsinc.com
41:08
March 26, 2019
Episode 6: with guest Jessica Schwartz an Xplosive Client and the Sales and Marketing Director for iPlay America
This is a very fun and informative session where our hosts, Michael Langsner and Jordan Marshall have the opportunity to interview a very special guest, Jessica Schwartz.  Not only is Jessica the Sales and Marketing Director for iPlay America, but she is also a client of ours at Xplosive.  This podcast features her real-life experience and advice in planning two mitzvahs for her own children, but also gives her insight as a venue manager.  For more information about the incredible Event Center at iPlay America, please visit:  https://www.theeventcenteratipa.com/
40:02
March 22, 2019
Episode 5: Weekend Recap March 15th-18th.
Mastering Mitzvah's hosts Michael Langsner and Jordan Marshall recap a busy weekend with 6 mitzvahs.  Here's an unscripted open conversation recapping the weekend.   For more info contact:  www.XEevents.com
31:02
March 18, 2019
Episode 4: An interview with Venue owner Dave Esquanazi from Aurum, Freehold.
Mastering Mitzvahs episode 4 is our first "on location" episode where we visited one of our favorite venues, a place we like to call home away from home, Aurum.  This chic new event space is located in Freehold, NJ and is the brain child of owner, Dave Esquanazi.  This podcast shares some insight about Aurum and Dave and the incredible background that he has.   For more information about Aurum, visit:  www.Aurum.events
28:28
March 13, 2019
Episode 3: A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT for Xplosive!
Tune into episode three of "Mastering Mitzvahs" to find out some incredible exciting news.   This is the official announcement that we've been very excited to share with the world!  This is our first episode with a guest.   Tune in to hear who it is!  
30:20
March 8, 2019
Episode 2: Weekend Recap: 1st weekend March 2019: "The Good and the Should"
Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner recap the past weekend, specifically three of the mitzvahs handled by Xplosive Entertainment.  Three entirely different mitzvahs with unique themes and timelines each at different venues.  
42:51
March 5, 2019
Episode 1: What's it all about?
The first official episode of MASTERING MITZVAHS, a podcast featuring Xplosive Entertainment's Jordan Marshall and Michael Langsner.  Weekly discussions and guest interviews regarding all things mitzvahs including trends, tips, and talent!  For more information or if you have a topic you would like us to chat about, message us at info@XEevents.com or find us on www.facebook.com/xeevents or www.instagram.com/xeevents
31:55
February 27, 2019
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