The art of MCEEing with confidence : Master of Ceremonies.
A master of ceremonies. ( MC) is the official host of a staged event or similar performance. An MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the event moving. An MC also tell jokes or anecdotes. The MC sometimes also acts as the protocol officer during an official state function.
Being an MC is not a light job. As a master of ceremonies, you have to think on your feet and be able to make quick , thoughtful comments, to summarize a speech and to connect it with the next one - and do all these things in a manner that warms your audience's hearts.
All the responsibility for a successful event rests on your shoulders! As a host, you play a critical role in setting the tone for the event. You have a very large influence on the success of the event in general. The key thing is to prepare properly.
How to be a good master of ceremonies :
1. Know your event.
The key to being a good MC is confidence. Knowing what's going on ( and thus what you should talk about ) is everything.
2. Establish your contact well in advance of the event day.
Knowing the schedule and order of events allowing you to be prepared. Your preparation will let you focus on interacting with the crowd, instead of trying to be entertaining, and figure out what's going on at the same time.
3. Smile constantly.
Smiling shows the crowd that you're at ease and having a good time. You want them to be at ease and have a good time too.
4. Don't forget your main job is to talk to the crowd.
You're keeping them informed about the ceremony and giving the talent. Or featured individual time to prepare to go onstage.
5. Study your lines.
Usually people have lines before they do the actual thing. So, study them so your mind won't go blank during the show.
6. Don't stop when you mess up.
Sometimes people say the wrong things when they're talking because they're nervous. Don't stress and move on.
7. Try to be funny.
Nobody likes a dull host.
8. Stare at something or think of something that makes you " less " nervous.
9. Slow down with your words.
If you talk too fast it can lead to stuttering and people watching you can't understand what you say.
10. Ask questions that people might answer.
Especially younger crowds with answer " yes " or " no " if you ask a question. It keeps them focused and they won't get distracted.
~ Believe in yourself ! Have faith in your abilities ! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy ~
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