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 50: Top "regrets" or "wishes" that families speak about following events
In this episode, Mike and Dylan discuss the top items that they hear from families who have have planned mitzvahs.   Specifically, this discussion is based on the top items they wish they did differently.  
38:49
February 26, 2020
Episode 49: Factors for Selecting The Right Venue
Ok... this was an in-depth conversation!   There are so many different factors involved in finding and selecting the right venue.  This podcast features Jordan and Mike chatting it up about the factors to consider when selecting the proper venue for your son or daughter's bar/bat mitzvah. 
30:26
February 19, 2020
Episode 48: 4 hours or 5 hours? What's right for your mitzvah?
In this episode, Jordan and Mike discuss the topic of "how long should the party be?" Some areas are well known for 4 hour parties. Other regions typically have 5 hour parties.  In this podcast, Mike and Jordan chat about the difference of 4 vs 5 hours, when to lean one direction or the other. Plenty of great content within this cast.  Tune in and enjoy!
15:04
February 14, 2020
Episode 47: A recap of the Super Sunday Showcase
Jordan and Mike from Xplosive Entertainment chat about the recent Super Sunday party showcase.  
36:02
February 5, 2020
Episode 46: Favors, Give-aways, party props...
Hats, Tees, Glow Items, Blinky Items, Sun Glasses, Hats... It's mitzvah swag.  Is there a method, a plan, a reasonable quantity?  In this podcast, Jordan and Mike chat it up about give-aways.  We hope you enjoy!
26:21
January 31, 2020
Episode 45: Curve balls at events... The Show Must Go On!
In this episode, Mike and Jordan chat it up about some recent difficult and unexpected scenarios each have encountered at recent bar/bat mitzvahs.  This is certainly an episode worth listening to if you have an upcoming event you are planning.  There are plenty of tips and suggestions within this cast on ways to ensure you are prepared for the big day and any curve balls you may encounter! For more info, visit us at: www.XEevents.com
34:17
January 22, 2020
Episode 44: Successful Appointment Tips
In this podcast, we provide tips to maximize the value of appointments with event professionals.  Jordan and Mike speak candidly about appointments with clients.   For more info: www.XEevents.com
30:36
January 17, 2020
Episode 43: Attending showcases without being overwhelmed
As the party showcase season nears, we wanted to provide some tips and suggestions to maximize your showcase attending experience.  We love showcases and hope you take value in joining us.   For more info visit us at: www.XEevents.com To attend the superbowl showcase:  www.superbowlshowcase.com
22:04
January 9, 2020
Episode 42: Our first video cast & 2020 New Year's Plans
This is our first video recorded podcast.  So if you want a peak into the behind the scenes, check out this podcast on our youtube channel, www.youtube.com/XEevents In this episode, hosts Mike Langsner and Jordan Marshall bring guest MC Joey on the podcast.   The conversation revolves around our 2020 New Year's goals and resolutions for Xplosive.  Like all of our podcasts, you will find some tips and tricks within adding value for those of you planning your own upcoming simcha.   Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! www.XEevents.com
23:29
December 24, 2019
Episode 41: Last cast of 2019 - An interview with Xplosive's MC Mike Schaefer and Office Manager/Dancer Bridgitt
What a better way to tie up the end of 2019 than speaking with two of Xplosive's finest.  It was a pleasure having MC Mike Schaefer and Dancer/Office Manager Bridgitt on the podcast.  This cast discusses some top events, custom built items, showcasing and knowing what's right when it comes to selecting event options.  Tune in and enjoy!  For more details check out:  www.XEevents.com
25:49
December 20, 2019
Episode 40: How to get more out of your vendors
This is a very fun episode full of value for clients.  We decided to provide tips and suggestions on how to get more out of your vendors. This goes for photographers, DJs, videographers, venues, etc.  We hope you enjoy and get plenty of value from this episode.   For more info, please contact www.XEevents.com
30:57
December 13, 2019
Episode 39: Some of our memorable events of 2019
In this episode, Jordan and Mike share conversation about some of the most memorable events they participated in for 2019.  Tune in and enjoy.  For more info contact us at www.XEevents.com
28:16
December 10, 2019
Episode 38: An interview with Photographer Veronica from Veroluce
Mike had the opportunity to interview Veronica from Veroluce Photography, an award winning photographer who focuses on bar and bat mitzvahs.  Veronica offered plenty of valuable tips and suggestions for those planning mitzvahs.  This was a very fun and informative recording.  We hope you enjoy!  If you want to connect with Veronica directly you can find her at:  www.verolucephotography.com or on IG at @verolucephoto As always, thanks for tuning in!
32:21
November 26, 2019
Episode 37: A FULL week's review including the DJ's worst nightmare a trip to AZ and the most incredible photo booth options!
We had a lot to talk about this week.  It's been warp speed the last few days here at Xplosive.  This includes some amazing bar and bat mitzvahs as well as an industry conference and a corporate event full of unique activations.  This episode also touches on a significant close call where we were faced with a very tough scenario leading to a family's very important day.  Tune in and enjoy this episode! www.XEevents.com
25:28
November 22, 2019
Episode 36: Mitzvahs and Music
In this episode, Jordan and Mike talk about music at mitzvahs.  The discussion circles around proper mixing, playing for the crowd, making play lists, selecting the right tracks, etc.  This is a great episode full of useful music planning tips.  We hope you enjoy. www.XEevents.com
37:29
November 15, 2019
Episode 35: Planning and mastering a mitzvah timeline
In this episode we discuss all the different considerations when planning a timeline for a bar or bat mitzvah.  From rushing, to taking too long, Mike and Jordan discuss the pitfalls and accolades associated with different options.  We hope you enjoy this episode and look forward to hearing your thoughts.  For more info: www.XEevents.com
34:11
November 8, 2019
Episode 34: Dealing with difficult kids
As entertainers for Bar and Bat mitzvahs, we see it all!  Most often the parties are incredible and the guests are amazing.  However, at times, we have difficult kids.  In this podcast  we discuss some of the tougher experiences we have ran into as well as how we handle the cases.  We are also looking for your feedback, so parents.. if you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions, please reach out and let us know what you think. For more info and to share your commentary: www.XEevents.com or info@xeevents.com
32:51
October 29, 2019
Episode 33: Mitzvah Dancers/Motivators
Mastering Mitzvahs host, Mike Langnser and guest Dylan Weisman chat it up in this episode about the importance of dancers, as well as the many roles the dancers take at bar and bat mitzvahs.  This episode is full of tips for clients trying to figure out if they need dancers, how many dancers, how to dress them, and what to expect from them.   for more info: www.XEevents.com
35:48
October 24, 2019
Episode 32: A Venue Spotlight, thinking out of the box at High Exposure
Mastering Mitzvah's hosts, Mike and Jordan took this recording on the road.  We visiting Stephanie Schultz at High Exposure, an indoor rock climbing and Ninja Warrior training facility located in North Jersey only minutes from the GW bridge.  Stephanie provides her venue's guests with the opportunity to host unique and memorable events in a very fun and exciting venue.  Please  For more info contact: Xplosive Entertainment:  www.XEevents.com High Exposure:  https://www.highexposureclimbing.com/  (201) 768-8600
21:00
October 10, 2019
Episode 31: TGIF - what should you be doing the Friday before your party!
Mastering Mitzvahs hosts, Mike and Jordan discuss the day before your party and some safe and encouraged routines to follow before the big day! For more info contact: www.XEevents.com
16:45
October 4, 2019
Episode 30: Understanding Pricing
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Mike and Jordan speak about the taboo topic of pricing.    With such vast pricing in the event planning world, we wanted to touch base and provide some valuable education to help our clients and listeners understand where pricing comes from, how it's figured, and where discounts can came into play.  We hope you find this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs helpful.   For more info contact: www.XEevents.com
39:10
September 25, 2019
Episode 29: Showcases, the importance of attending and some tips for visitors.
With some upcoming showcase season, we here at Mastering Mitzvahs wanted to share some tips and advice for showcase attendees.  We also are proud to announce two upcoming showcases: October 2, 2019:  The Fuge in Warminster, PA at 6pm Oct 17, 2019:  Industry at Beat Street, Huntington Valley, PA at 7pm. Dylan and Mike provide some valuable insight for those planning mitzvahs within this podcast.  We hope you enjoy and share this content with your friends and family. 
26:46
September 17, 2019
Episode 28: A weekend recap: Two extremely unique and incredible parties
This episode of Mastering Mitzvahs is a casual conversation between Jordan and Mike while discussing two very cool, very different and very out of the box events.  One was at an airport and the other was a pool party.  Both were so unique, fun, and memorable.   Tune in to get some ideas and inspiration for your next event. www.XEevents.com 
17:28
September 9, 2019
Episode 27: Here we GROW again! Big news to share along with some back to school and showcase details!
Xplosive Entertainment is so proud and pumped to announce another BIG change to our team.  This podcast announces it officially as well as provides our listeners with some important detail about back to school time and upcoming showcases.   Thank you for the support and continues listening! www.XEevents.com
30:07
September 3, 2019
Episode 26: Chatting it up with Bridgitt and Jaymie from the Xplosive Crew
With Jordan out of town this week, Mike took advantage of the opportunity to interview two key members to the Xplosive family, Bridgitt and Jaymie.  Both young ladies started with Xplosive as dancers.  Overtime each have jumped into different roles including photo booth attendants, air brush artists, and event coordinators.  Recently Bridgitt started working in the office at Xplosive full-time.  Jaymie has been in the office for a few years already.  This podcast featured both Jaymie and Bridgitt and included their thoughts and opinions towards bar and bat mitzvahs.   We appreciate you tuning in and following the Mastering Mitzvahs Podcast! For more info contact: www.XEevents.com
27:30
August 21, 2019
Episode 25: A round table with mitzvah pros: Adam J and Dylan W
In our 25th episode, we had the pleasure of bringing two industry friends into our office for a round table discussion about talent and specifically how we use our talents in the mitzvah world.  We hope you enjoy this podcast and value the content.   Big thank you to Adam J from AJH Entertainment and Dylan from Flare Event Group for being guests on our weekly podcast. For more info contact or if you want a topic discussed feel free to hit us up! www.XEevents.com
35:17
July 31, 2019
Episode 24: Photo Booths
In this episode of Mastering Mitzvahs, Jordan and Mike discuss the differences to consider when thinking of a photo booth for your next event.  From price, to styles, to trends, and unique considerations, photo booth options vary vastly.  Within this podcast, we share some tips and considerations for clients thinking about adding a photo booth to their next celebration! Within the podcast, we mention a link of unique examples.  This link can be accessed here: http://xplosive.partysampler.com/ps/ConceptList.aspx#/ConceptList And, our main photo booth website page can be accessed with this link: https://www.xeevents.com/enhancements/photo-booths/ Thanks for tuning in! www.XEevents.com
27:07
July 25, 2019
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