Read the introductory 'blurb', watch the ad, and see what you think. Then read my comments below.
The first ever start-up whose employees will go to all your meetings in your place, in all 43 destinations nationwide where Widerøe is flying, leaving you more free time. On www.norwegianmeetingservices.no, you can book a person to go to your meeting in your place, a time and a place. The website allows you to specify the type of meeting from among countless alternatives: from strategy conferences, to sales meetings to parent-teacher evenings or quiet dinners for two. And it doesn’t stop here: you can also state the details of your personality, food allergies, preferred drinks and meeting behaviours of the person you are meeting. After everything is completed, the most important part follows: Norwegian Meeting Services handpicks the meeting “stand-in” who best suits the client’s needs.
So what did you think? Did you realize it's a spoof (= humorous imitation of something)? Norwegian Meeting Services doesn't really exist as such, although the website is real enough. It's actually a rather brilliant campaign for the Norwegian airline Widerøe (there's a clue in the blurb above). The hoax is so well constructed that you can actually book an 'agent' to go to a meeting on www.norwegianmeetingservices.no (try it, it's fun), and even get as far as the Paypal invoice. I'm not sure what would happen if you clicked on 'Pay', however, as I didn't try! Once you know it's a joke, you can appreciate all the excellent touches of humour in the video and on the website (those hoverboards, and the 'stock photo' look of it all). Excellent!
This would be a great video to use with a business English class - especially on April 1st. You could present it as a 'real' service, and ask if they think it's a good idea. See if anyone suspects all is not what it seems. I've also done a quiz based on the voiceover below.
To build and maintain strong business relations, people need to meet face-to-face. But do you always need to be there yourself. Well, not any more. Norwegian Meeting Services are specialized in attending meetings for others. Your meeting is our business. We’re experienced with all kinds of meetings: board meetings, negotiations, strategy development, and emergency meetings. Let’s not forget conferences and seminars, team building and leisure events. Private matters are also our business. With help from Widerøe and their frequent departures to more than 40 destinations across Norway, we can attend your meeting, anywhere, any time. To book one of our agents or get more information, visit norwegianmeetingservices.no today.
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