Rules & Regulations Meetings

November 25, 2007 by Mike Walter

This week we had our annual Rules and Regulations Meeting. This is a monthly meeting that I run every year in either May or June. My reasoning is twofold: We’ve hired some new people and though I hand everyone a copy of “Elite Entertainment Rules and Regulations” when they are hired, who really knows if they read the two-page document? Plus, for our veterans, it can’t hurt to do a brush up about the basics of working here at Elite as we dive into the deep end of the pool (that is, the busy season here in the North-East.)What I do at this meeting is hand everyone a copy of the document and then read through it point by point. I’ll answer questions if anyone has any, make comments on certain sections and generally drive home the most important points.

The document is sorta like the US Constitution, it’s a living and breathing thing that is always evolving (can you tell I just read “America’s Constitution: A Biography?”) so even though some of my veterans have been around for ten of these meetings, I encourage them to pay attention as little things change every year. For example, for years we had a strict “No Smoking” policy inside the banquet room. But two years ago New Jersey passed its own “No Smoking” law (which I guess supersedes our policy.) So now I have amended that Rule to simply say if you must smoke, clear your break with the people you are working with and go find a place where no one can see you (I happen to think smoking is the most disgusting AND unhealthy habit imaginable but I have to tolerate it I guess.)

Other topics covered in the Rules and Regulations include proper attire for events, communication between staff members and our No Drinking & No Drug Use policies.

I’m not one to have a policy for every single little thing as I rely on my staff to use common sense in most situations so the entire document doesn’t even fill two full pages. I have seen other company-procedures documents that are 40 pages long and while I marvel at their thoroughness, I question whether the meat and potatoes are being lost in the minutia. I would rather present the most important rules in a simple document and leave the smaller things (like how to turn the air conditioning in our warehouse off and on) to verbal instruction.

I’m confident that if my staff follows every policy, we’ll have a smooth and litigious free year. Going into every year, that’s a basic goal of mine.

After we’ve reviewed the Rules and Regulations I have every staff member sign their copy and hand them in. This way if anyone breaks a rule between now and next year, and I have to have “one of those meetings” at least they can’t claim ignorance.

If you’d like a copy of my “Rules and Regulations” I’d be happy to send it to you. Just shoot me an email at

Till next week . . .

Mike Walter’s emceeing career began in his hometown of Queens, New York in 1984. With an eye towards radio, Mike attended Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 1988 where he was chosen from his class of 25 as “Most Likely to Succeed.” After school, Mike helped to develop a staff of DJs from 12 to over 50 by training new recruits and handling an increasingly complex schedule. In early 1993, Mike felt an increasing desire to venture out on his own and by March of that year he became a partner in a much smaller Mobile DJ company, Elite Entertainment. He quickly had an impact on the Elite staff, imposing his high standards of emceeing and DJing. Mike bought out his partner in 1998 and Elite Entertainment has continued its growth (21 emcees in 2006) and sets the standard for excellence in New Jersey. Mike has always believed in training talent from within and his message has helped show hundreds of DJs from across the country that it is possible to grow their companies without sacrificing quality

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