May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Each year Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, such as the 18.1% of Americans who suffer from  depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the negative attitudes and misconceptions that surrounds mental illnesses.

Studies have shown that Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. Whether we know it or not, people struggling with mental health may be family members, neighbors, teachers, friends, or coworkers. We can all take steps to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by doing the following:

  • Learning more about mental health: allows helpful support to those affected in our families and communities.
  • Advocating within our circles of influence: helps ensure these individuals have the same rights and opportunities as other members of your church, school and community.
  • Showing individuals respect and acceptance: removes a significant barrier to successfully coping with their illness. Having people see you as an individual and not as your illness can make the biggest difference for someone who is struggling with their mental health.

During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.

The theme for 2018 is Fitness #4Mind4Body.  During the month of May, the main focus is on what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures – no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness.

You can find more information from Mental Health America about their #4Mind4Body Challenge or download their mental health toolkit by visiting their website.



May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)! We all can join in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

If you didn’t know,  the description Asian/Pacific heritage encompasses a wide variety of wonderful people and places. Here is a comprehensive list of the areas that comprise the term Asian/Pacific.

  • All of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia including New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
  • Polynesia, Including: New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island.
  • Micronesia, Including: Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia.

As you can see, there are many diverse regions with many reasons to celebrate their beautiful heritage, but where did Asian Pacific American Heritage Month get its start?  

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage week. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” The following month, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed and on October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.

During the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990, when President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

We can all be thankful for the amazing achievements and contributions as well as celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Top 5 Things To Consider When Booking a Hypnotist

There’s no doubt that hypnosis is one of the most entertaining and versatile forms of entertainment around. From stage shows to empowerment workshops and team-building, you really can’t go wrong. But, finding the right hypnotist for your event is not as simple as booking the first name that comes up in your google search. You want to ensure a positive and safe experience for everyone involved. Take some advice from world renowned Hypnotist, Sailesh. Here’s the 5 most important things to consider when booking a hypnotist.

  1. Ethical Behavior

Make sure the performance is appropriate for the intended audience. Be sure to ask if the potential hypnotist has variations of the performance – from mild to more mature subject matter. Also, they should be willing to adjust their show content and their professional behavior among guests and participants accordingly.

Sailesh Says:

A Hypnotist should always take responsibility of their skits as well as possible responses from the volunteers. Conduct before the show, content of the show, and after the show should always be the first priority of the Hypnotist. Accommodating the current climate of being inclusive to the entire audience and creating a safe environment should also be taken to heart.

  1. Certified and Insured

Ask to see the hypnotist’s certification AND their insurance. Make sure that insurance coverage is up to date, valid in your area, and provides enough protection for everyone involved.

Sailesh Says:

When deciding on your hypnotist, a certified hypnotist guarantees the buyer a professional that has the knowledge of the mind and aware of triggers to avoid adverse reactions. Having an insured artist also protects the buyer and their patrons.

  1. Experience

Certifications are great but nothing beats experience. Always inquire about the amount and type of experience the hypnotist has. Keep in mind, hypnosis has many applications. You’ll want to choose a professional that has a decent amount of experience specifically in the area you’re booking for.

Sailesh Says:

I have been a hypnotist for over 23 years with certification form the American Institute of Hypnotherapy and the National Guild of Hypnotherapy. I teach at the Mitchell Institute of Hypnotherapy and have performed over 5,000 shows.

(It’s a safe to bet experience like this will make sure a hypnotist can handle any situation!)


  1. Adaptability to Audiences

When it comes to events, one thing is sure ANYTHING can happen. A successful hypnosis show depends on the ability of the hypnotist to adapt to the audience on all fronts. They are responsible for safely keeping the good time going and handling the unexpected, all while remaining calm, cool and collected. You can use the points above to gauge a hypnotist’s adaptability.

Sailesh Says:

Can the hypnotist read their audiences? What happens when a volunteer has a reaction under hypnosis? With the years of experience, I can tailor the show to the buyers request for content and have the ability to read the diversity of the crowd to know which skits to use to create the greatest impact.

  1. Reputation

Always do your research. You should look for honest reviews and be able to request references. Check to make sure any awards and accolades (as well as reviews) are current and consistent.

Sailesh Says:

Being the most nominated and award-winning Artist in the college market in the past decade not only as a Hypnotist but also as an artist speaks for itself!

(and definitely something to be proud of!)


Think Global! Book Local!

Here at Metropolis, we love our Think Global, Book Local campaign!

    1. Booking a Local Artist or Speaker can save you money. You may not have to pay for travel costs, hotel or meal. Many times it’s easier for artists to bring their own equipment and that means you can save on tech rider requirements.
    2. It’s a great opportunity to invest and do business within your community.
    3. And in keeping with the theme of Earth Day, booking local artists and speakers is one way that we can help reduce our carbon footprint. Not only that, you don’t have to worry about flight delays!

Why Orientation Matters – Three Reasons Orientation Benefits ALL Students

I remember my first weeks on campus. A stranger in an even stranger land although I wasn’t more than an hour away from home. I was anxious, overwhelmed and for a brief moment- I was in way over my head.

My first semester looked like it would be a breeze. The classes weren’t difficult, I was familiar enough with the area and I even knew some people that had graduated from my high school a few years prior. I had meticulously taken care of every detail I could think of- from the application process, scholarships and financial aid, to securing my first apartment. Everything was in order. Despite all the items on my “college check list” being accomplished and things running smoothly, I struggled! Where did I go wrong? Could it be that I just wasn’t college material? It wasn’t until my second semester that I found the answer. I had underestimated the value of participating in orientation programs on my campus.

Orientation programs on campus are key to student success. While programs are versatile and really do meet a variety of needs for first year students, here are three reasons orientation is beneficial for ALL students!

Social interaction. The first few weeks of college is an essential time for new students to meet people and make friends. The social aspect of university life allows students to feel like they belong. It’s important for students to meet with their academic advisor, get familiar with the campus, and participate in activities that will help them forge a bond with other incoming freshmen. It is this sense of belonging that will be the foundation of successful students.

Physical transition. Moving to a completely different place without the safety net of having family nearby can cause great anxiety for students. Strive to provide students with information about things like the physical locations of different student services, safety on campus, and what they can expect from living in the area. Keep in mind to include those staying in dorms, commuters, and students living locally.

Academic preparation. Of course, the main reason students attend college is to learn and earn a degree! Orientation helps students with the first steps toward academic success. It’s essential to cultivate a relationship between students and advisors by focusing on creating intentional time with the faculty. When students are comfortable with their advisors, they are more likely to reach out for help and guidance to steer clear from failure.

Orientation is a Family Affair – Students, Parents, and YOUR Campus!

Successfully making the academic and social transition from high school to the college campus is the focus of these informative, fun programs that help to prepare students and parents for the journey that lies ahead. USA Today says, “Colleges and universities are learning to work with a new breed of parent.” David Coleman and Lenny Dave, co-authors of “Infinite Inspirations” and “Let Your Leadership Speak” have each been talking with (and working with) campus audiences for over 25 years. They’ve seen the changes; they know the challenges; they share the meaningful and essential keys for campus success.

“…the most highly evaluated part of our Orientation program. It has become an essential part of our success. I cannot imagine beginning our school year without it!” Ohio Northern University

Our Popular Program Options:

The Art of College Parenting

Anxious parents become a bit more relieved and assured after experiencing this informative, fun and educational program designed to help them to better understand the campus lifestyle challenges and changes ahead. Parent’s fears are alleviated; their most basic, pressing questions are addressed. Several campuses who regularly schedule this powerful parent program cite it as the most highly rated component of their Orientation program, whether it’s during Summer Registration or on Move-In Day. This presentation tells it like it is, addresses the realities of today’s campus environment and, perhaps more importantly, sends parents home feeling a lot less stressed!

Creating One Heartbeat

(Interactive Leadership Training for Orientation Leaders, RA’s, Student Staff and Student Leaders). Program participants will learn the important message that “Orientation is not about you, but it could not happen without you!” This highly engaging program teaches the elements of One Heartbeat Leadership (No one is more or less important and no one cares who gets the credit!) while incorporating interactive exercises that transform a group of individuals into a united, inspired, inclusive and selfless team!

Dating and Relating At The Speed of Life

(Making Relationships Matter! or #IWouldSoDateMe!) The internet has changed dating’s landscape forever. Be it Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Tinder etc., the pace of meeting, dating and relating has reached an all-time high. This award-winning program addresses essential topics such as: Meeting Others, Mutual Consent, Intervening, Safe Words, Red Flags, Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships, Surviving & Thriving Following a Break Up, Types of Love Found in Healthy Relationships and so much more! On campuses nationwide, this program has been a “must book” for many years in a row.

Hooray! Building A Caring and Inclusive Community of Classmates

This highly interactive team-building program has been honored as among the best of its kind. Hooray takes a group of “strangers” and, within an hour or two, turns them into a united, inspired and selfless family. Names will be learned, connections will be formed, friendships will be ignited and the closeness of those on campus will escalate. It also includes a training session for the Orientation Leaders (and RA’s and Student Leaders if you wish).

20 Key Points Every New Student Should Know

Research shows that if a new student acclimates to campus, forms friendships, feels a sense of belonging and is able to establish a skill set that allows them to be successful, there is a greater likelihood they will return for their sophomore year. This program is aimed at meeting each of those needs. 20 Key Points covers study skill habits, responsible socializing, living civilly together on campus, alcohol related issues, mutual consent, intervening, getting involved on campus, roommate issues and building confidence and momentum that will make their first year experience one that has them ready, excited and motivated to return for their sophomore year!

“…the perfect combination of relevant information, audience participation and overall content. And, it’s fun! You cannot help but smile.” -University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

The Orientation Masters:

David Coleman & Lenny Dave

  • Recipient of APCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Entertainment, David Coleman, “America’s Dating Doctor,” is the 14-Time National Speaker of the Year and is the only speaker ever voted Entertainer of the Year for CAM’s Reader’s Choice Awards! He has over 3,500 appearances worldwide speaking to more than two million people! David has been featured in: USA Today, People, Women’s World and ESPN The Magazine as well as having appeared on CNN, Fox and Access Hollywood.
  • Lenny is a veteran campus speaker and facilitator whose personal mission is “to end toxic sameness.” He helps students become more inspired leaders; he helps campus organizations move forward with creative confidence. Campus Activities Magazine has twice nominated Lenny as “Speaker of the Year.” He is also the recipient of 14 NACA and APCA Showcases and has presented numerous times at NODA, ASGA and AFLV. Lenny is co-author of “Infinite Inspirations” and “Let Your Leadership Speak.”

Click here to learn more about David Coleman and Lenny Dave; or see more great speakers and orientation programs!

For information and to schedule an engagement for your campus, please contact Joyce at Metropolis Management: 877-536-5374 x101

Orientation Icebreaker

Try This Engaging Icebreaker from Team Building Expert Troy Stende

Planning and implementing an orientation program can be a huge task with many moving parts. Of course, you want your Orientation Leaders to have the skills and confidence to run engaging icebreakers, to be a more articulate speaker, and to understand how to work with their small groups. Having this type of training could help take your orientation program to the next level!

Most of the tasks involved in creating a successful orientation may be in your wheelhouse, so to speak. It may be a strength of yours. But some of those tasks may not be your favorite. Maybe you don’t feel competent or properly trained. Or maybe it drains your energy and feels like drudgery.

For most people (unless you are a superhero) this is a common thing…great at some things, not so great at others.

For those of you not so great at (or not so excited about) training your OLs, I am here to help. In my 20 years as a full-time speaker/trainer I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to train great leaders. All these skills (and more) are covered in my typical 4-hour training.

Below is the full script of an icebreaker I would use in training. The way I work is very experiential. We might do an icebreaker and then I’d step out of the roll to talk about why I did what did, said what I said and behaved the way I behaved. In addition, each leader gets to facilitate twice with immediate feedback. They learn by doing. This accelerates the learning because it’s easy to say you can run an icebreaker after seeing someone do it, but it’s another thing to actually DO it.

Enjoy this icebreaker. It’s work for me beautifully with tens of thousands of students over the past couple decades.



Create groups

The first thing I do is get them into smaller groups- ideally no less then 4 and no more than 12. It’s best if the groups are the same numbers, but depending on the number of people, that can be a difficult thing. My favorite size ranges from 8-10. It’s important to get them into their groups in quick and succinct manor.

Move them to the outside

“With your group, stand in a circle linking elbows. Without disconnecting your arms, shuffle yourselves to the outside of the room so you make a circle of circles. Go!” Get them to spread out; ideally, they are an equal distance from you in the center. “Now count yourselves off, one through how ever many people you have in your group so that everyone has a number.” Give them time to do this. It always amazes me that some groups take about a minute to do this. “Number 5, raise your hand” Look around to make sure every group has someone with a hand up. If they don’t, get them to find out who number 5 is. “Good, everyone has a number, right?”

The set-up

“The game is called, Bring it to me; Here’s how it works: I’ll call out a number. If that is your number, you will be the runner for that round. You’ll come to me in the center and we’ll huddle up and I’ll tell you to bring me something. I might say, ‘Bring me a left shoe’. Then I’ll say ‘break’ and you’ll go back to your group, get a left shoe, and bring it back to me as quickly as you can- while being safe of course. A couple things first. If you’re in the huddle and I ask you to bring me a left shoe, you can’t just take your left shoe off and say ‘Here’s my shoe’. You have to go back to your group to get a shoe. Now, if for some crazy reason, you are the only one in your group who has a left shoe (pause for laughter-people WILL laugh), then you would go back to your group and get a left shoe from yourself and bring it back to me. But you must go back to your group before you bring it to me. “ If the groups aren’t the same size I say; “You’ll notice that some of the groups have different numbers of people. If I call out number 10 and you only have 8, just send someone else. You figure out who it is. Someone will run twice. “

  • Keep them safe “Please be aware that this is not a full contact sport. Be safe and take care of each other. If the only way to win is to knock someone over and step on their face, then just come in second. It will be ok.” “What questions do you have?”

Game on!

Here’s how the game generally flows. I’ll yell out “Runner number 5!” and all the number 5s will rush towards me in the center. This can be a bit crazy the first time. If a group gets overly excited someone can actually crash into you. You might need to remind them to slow down.

I have them gather around me in a huddle and usually I take a knee and repeat, “Don’t go until I say break. Bring me an article of clothing that has red on it”. I repeat this several times while looking around to make sure everyone hears me. Then I yell “Break” and they rush off. When they start coming back to me I tell them to stay until every runner is back with their item. When the last person has come back, I go right into the next number. “Send down runner number 4”.

How you run this transition is the key to the activity. I don’t make this a competitive game by announcing a winner. There is a different, much more competitive version, and generally takes a long time to complete. I don’t do it that way. I’m just looking for people to have fun, get excited, pump up the energy and meet new people. I keep the flow moving fast and move from one item to the next without any fanfare about who’s quickest.


I like to play music during this program. It helps drive the energy. It helps to have someone running the music during the activity by turning the volume up or down depending on if you’re in a huddle or everyone is running crazy.

Here’s a list of items you might use:

1. Article of clothing with red on it

2. Three Cell phones

3. Two Rings

4. Two Earring

5. Bracelet

6. Three Watches

7. Six left shoes (I like to make a comment about how stinky it is in the room)

8. Pocket lint

9. Sweat (this is pretty gross and I only do this with certain groups who are ready for it)

10. Two people carrying one person (Make sure you stress safety. Tell the runner they can be a part of this or not. Only do this one if you think the group is ready for it and can be safe)

11. Two belts that are connected

12. A piece of hair that is not connected to the body

13. Bring everyone to me (This is the last round, and I do it differently. I tell the runner to bring everyone in their group to me and as they are running back to the group, I run off somewhere else– like the stage or end of the room– and stand on a chair, and as they all rush the center of the room I yell, “To me, to me!” and they all rush over to me. Sometimes I run from them and have everyone chase me for a few seconds.) After the last round I have them all give themselves a hand or give high fives all around as they go back to their seats to end on a playful, fun note.


About the Author

A professional keynote speaker and high impact trainer, since 1998, Troy Stende has been helping colleges and universities develop student leaders and increase retention rates. Troy presents unique and dynamic campus programs that include student icebreakers and orientation keynotes; customized programs and retreats for student leaders; and programs for staff, faculty and student advisors.Troy has become an integral part of orientations, retreats, and leadership series on campuses. He has presented in 47 states, including Alaska and Hawaii and presented international as well, having spoken in Singapore, Hong Kong and even Canada. Troy is co-author of; “College Success Secrets: what they don’t teach you in the classroom”. He is dedicated to developing campus leaders and increasing student retention.

Tuesday Tunes – SAGA Strings

Saga Strings is an all female electric/acoustic string band based out of Los Angeles, California. All women are virtuoso classical musicians & at the same time highly skilled improvisers, creating a unique & energetic show entertaining audiences around the world. Strings rocking high energy Electronic Music to make your crowd dance? A classical ceremony quartet? Rock Music like you’ve never seen by violins sounding like electric guitars? SAGA STRINGS DOES IT ALL.

Appearances include: Latin Grammys, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Music Awards, European tour, Conan O’Brien, E! News, ESPN, Soul Train Awards, American Idol, BET Awards, Late Show with Letterman

For booking information please click here!

Intersectional Feminism – By Dr. Megan Stubbs

From ‘Me Too” to ‘Ask Her More’ and ‘Don’t tell me to smile’, its clear that the current climate has feminism at the forefront. While these initiatives and more are starting very important conversations, it is important to note that when we say we are fighting for equality for women, that it truly means all women.

When using the term ‘women’ it is imperative that we look at marginalized populations, who incidentally are the ones who need feminism the most. Women, referring to gender, but are the challenges the same of a white woman vs a black woman? What about a straight woman versus a lesbian woman? What about a white lesbian high school graduate vs a straight Latina woman with a masters degree?

When taking into account all of the nuances that encompass differences women have in society, we are being intersectional. Widening our view on these important distinctions helps us on our way to practicing intersectional feminism. Universalizing the claims of relatively privileged women can often take away or even silence those in marginalized populations.

So if you are really into feminism, see how intersectional feminism fits into your world and see if you need to make any adjustments.


Holding degrees in Human Sexuality and Biology, Dr. Megan Stubbs is an energetic multi-media savvy Sexologist. She often hosts seminars, appears on television, speaks on radio and writes for many online and print publications such as Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and Playboy; and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, AskMen, Bustle, Refinery 29 and more! She is mindful of inclusion and brings a sensitivity to ethnic diversity rooted in her own complex heritage. Her programming is designed to entertain and educate with actionable steps and information the participants can use as soon as they leave!


Tuesday Tunes – Tana Matz

Tana Matz is an up and coming singer/songwriter in the Cincinnati area. She knew she had a love for music at a young age, but she is now putting those dreams of hers into action.

With a country and pop mesh, Tana brings a cheery tune out of Cincinnati and I’m excited to hear more from her.” – Infinity Beats Music

You can follow her exciting career by liking her Facebook Page.

For booking information please click here.



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