Event organisers and companies are continually looking for a top professional MC to run their event smoothly. Audiences’ are always appreciative when they are entertained by an MC that comes across as professional. Yet to become an outstanding MC is not as difficult as you might think.
Here are some tips that may assist your next MC event.
1. Do the Research:
Collect as much information as possible about the event, the audience, the speakers and entertainers. What are the expectations of the audience? What exactly do the organisers want you to do? You may not require all this information for your duties, however, the more you have the more confident and professional you will be.
2. Contact Key Personnel:
It is always so important to get to meet and build relationships with the event planners, speakers, entertainers, venue staff and technicians well before the event to ensure that everyone synchronises their duties on the day. Not that this is your function, it helps to ensure your role goes well.
3. Familiarise yourself with the Venue:
Know where the key areas are; bathrooms, stage doors, exit doors, lighting box, air conditioning controls, speaker and microphone controls, etc. Find out about the emergency procedures, health and safety rules. Check where the audience park and how easy it is for them to get into the venue. How easy it is for them to find their seats. The more knowledge you have the better you are able to assist the guests at the function.
4. Prepare a Backup Plan:
As well prepared as you may be, things may not always go to plan. It is here when you need to have a backup plan – in the event a speaker arrives late or doesn’t turn up at all or where there are unexpected changes to the program during the function. As a Master of Ceremony, you must prepare additional material that you could use should delays occur.
5. Know how to introduce the Speaker:
Each speaker has their own unique way in which they wish to be introduced. In most cases, they will give you their written introduction. Be prepared to ask them for it well in advance. Make sure that the introduction makes them feel special, not only in what you say but how you present it. Part of your role is to thank the speaker when they are finished and to give a brief summary of what they presented and ensure that you relate the key message back to the audience.
6. Use appropriate humour:
Audiences deserve and ‘demand’ your respect. They expect you to have the ability to entertain without resorting to below the belt material. Part of your preparation is knowing the audience, so select material that will not offend them. Humour always works well when the punch line is not that obvious. If you do not have a sense of humour, research jokes or humorous material that is applicable to the audience or the industry.