Dave Ternier


Dave Ternier

Dave Ternier began his DJ career in 1997 as a self taught, part time, mobile DJ. Since 2011, Dave has gone full time as a single operator DJ/MC for his company, Special Request Weddings. He is a proud Canadian DJ, MC, member of the CPDJA and recipient of the international WED Guild® certification. Family life is kept busy alongside his beautiful wife Kathryn and their two daughters, Kiana and Marika. Dave is also the founding author of www.aDJthought.com, an industry blog focused exclusively on mobile wedding DJs.




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Mobile Education

September 19, 2017 by Dave Ternier
In March 2017, many of my colleagues and I were in Nevada for Mobile Beat Las Vegas. We went to network, learn, inspire and catch up with old friends. That was my 7th consecutive year attending Mobile Beat Las Vegas and I have no current plans to change the frequency of my attendance. If you have not attended a DJ conference, you probably already know that I HIGHLY recommend them. DJ conferences only happen for a few weeks out of the year though, so how do I keep up on education and inspiration in-between these great events? My answer to that, is podcasts. My thought for you this this week is simply a quick rundown on a few DJ specific podcasts that I highly suggest you add to your weekly listening routine. I often find myself listening to podcasts while commuting between meetings, on the way home from ... [read more]
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To Friend, Or Not To Friend

September 12, 2017 by Dave Ternier
“Do you friend your wedding clients on Facebook, Dave?” The above inquiry is one that comes up often with mobile DJs and is the question I will be answering this week. My decision on the matter has led, in part, to greater success in the relationships I have both inside and outside of business. For many, social media is a private place reserved for everything but business. Some treat Facebook as a digital scrapbook where they can write about what’s going on, share articles and post images without any concern over the impact those things might have on business. That unforgettable trip to Vegas, the crazy night out with the guys, one’s take on recent political issues…it’s ALL out there. Sometimes, when self-employed, it is best to keep those things private. But like anything, quite th... [read more]
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For The Record

September 5, 2017 by Dave Ternier
There is a grave misunderstanding out there, with many of you, about an important element of my work. It is something that comes up in conversation every now and then and today, I’d like to “set the record” on this matter. The matter is really quite trivial, unimportant to me. But through conversations with many of you, it has become very apparent that this needs to be shared. So allow me just a moment, if you will, to put this on the record. I don’t live in metro-(fill-in-your-city) or even a city itself. In fact, I live nowhere near a city. The countryside is my home. Well, not quite. Our current home is in a lovely little town called Minnedosa in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Population 2,587. (our house is bottom, right, in the above photo) We’ve got a post office here…two groc... [read more]
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Let’s Agree on Agreements

August 29, 2017 by Dave Ternier
Have you ever received a phone call like my friend Brian Harris of Brian Harris Entertainment in Dayton, Ohio did the other day? BRIAN: “Brian Harris Entertainment, this is Brian.” CALLER: “Yes, I wanted to see if you were available for a Valentine dance, and actually it’s tonight.” BRIAN: “Oh no, I have an event tonight myself. What happened with the DJ that you had?” CALLER: “He canceled on me an hour ago.” BRIAN: “Did you have a contract?” CALLER: “No, just a verbal contract. He’s a friend. (Quickly throws in…) He’s a professional DJ, but he is a friend.” Mobile DJs all over the place receive phone calls like that far too often. They may not always be on the day of the event like this one, but many times for events that are just a few weeks or sometimes ... [read more]
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Are YOU as Glossy as Your Marketing Materials?

August 22, 2017 by Dave Ternier
You influence the public perception of your brand every moment, of every day, in so many ways it is impossible to count. If you are in business for yourself, who YOU are is tied to your brand as much as your glossy marketing materials. Are YOU as glossy as your marketing materials? When it comes to brand awareness for my company, Special Request Weddings, each and every little thing I do makes an impression on my company. Every time I come into contact with another human being, I add to my company’s brand. But the important thought to consider is, am I adding positive or negative influences to the public perception of my brand? I am adding to my brand all of the time and everywhere I go, regardless of:
  • the time and day (morning, weekend, night, etc.)
  • the location (at the sh... [read more]
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Getting Face Time

August 8, 2017 by Dave Ternier
“Hi there. My name is Tegan and I’m getting married on July 21st next year. Are you available and how much do you charge?”
Regardless of how those words were delivered to me, I use a sales process each and every time that follows the same guidelines. (I’d rather call it something less business like, but for now, let’s leave it at “sales process”) The origin of the written inquiry, be it through email, Facebook message, website inquiry, text message, etc. makes no difference to my process. (unless the inquiry called me directly, which bypasses the written part as detailed below) The three elements I require to make a sale are: a written inquiry, which leads to a phone call, which leads to a face-to-face meeting. My goal with each written inquiry is to make a pho... [read more]
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Stepping Stones: PT to FT

August 1, 2017 by Dave Ternier
Nine years ago, in September 2008, I shut down my DJ business. At that point, I had been spinning tunes for 11 years at party after party and figured enough was enough. So I quit. My girlfriend and I had just moved 8 hours away from home for a new job she was starting and I wasn’t sure what to do. I was pretty confidant I would marry the woman I was with and that I was probably going to have a family with her. “Time for a ‘real’ job!” I remember saying to myself. Just one month later, I decided the home building business would be the career choice for me. I knew nothing about building anything. But I was eager to learn and was sure that with enough dedication I’d rise to the top! Obviously, that isn’t what happened. What did happen though is that I become part of the retail team that st... [read more]
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Feeling Comfortable?

July 25, 2017 by Dave Ternier
In August 2011 I attended an “event” that set the stage for what getting uncomfortable felt like. I had travelled to Minneapolis, Minnesota with a colleague and the truth was that neither of us had never felt so incompetent and unsure of ourselves. We nearly left half way through, but in the end, we allowed ourselves the experience of becoming incredibly vulnerable in a space with complete strangers. It was my very first MarBecca workshop…and it was very, very uncomfortable. I don’t recall a single time in my life prior to that point when I felt pushed to become so uncomfortable. It sucked. Plain and simple, it was awful. But yet, since then I have travelled to many more MarBecca workshops for more of that feeling…that unique experience of being made to feel completely, nakedly and uncontrollably... [read more]
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An Unexpected Surprise

July 18, 2017 by Dave Ternier
About a year ago, during dinner with some good friends, I was introduced to a husband and wife couple that my friends (past weddings clients, actually) brought with them. After our initial exchange of pleasantries, we moved on to topics around work, family, etc. At one point, the woman mentioned that she’d just joined a Toastmasters club at work. This was a brand new club just getting going and she was excited to help get it started. After a few questions about her Toastmasters group, I enthusiastically asked if I could come to a meeting as her guest. I’d always wanted to try out Toastmasters, but hadn’t yet done so. Almost immediately, I began to recognize the possible benefits for me professionally, as both a business owner and performer. Little did I know then, one of the greatest discoveries woul... [read more]
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Planning For Success

July 15, 2017 by Dave Ternier
Great events seldom just “happen.” Study, planning and organization are all key components to creating exceptional parties. And weddings, even from the DJ and MC point of view, are no exception. Now is the time of year when I find myself fully immersed in first planning sessions for my weddings to come later this year. My wedding couples and I are in full swing, brainstorming, outlining, and putting together the pieces for the great weddings that each of them will be hosting this year. With the significant number of details that come with planning the average wedding today, it is imperative that I insert myself into the conversation of the wedding planning details many months in advance. I do that in a variety of ways such as communicating with all vendors involved in that wedding and doing venue si... [read more]