Master of Ceremonies

How to dominate your first Master of Ceremonies role

Tips to ensure your MC (master of ceremonies) debut goes off

Your first MC (master of ceremonies) gig can be daunting at the best of times, and the nerves can worsen if you don’t adequately prepare before the big day. No matter whether you’re a wedding MC or you’re hosting a major event, the most important thing you can do is practice and brush up on your public speaking skills. Take a look at these tips to ensure your debut goes off without a hitch.

There are many bases you should cover before the big event, according to MC expert Beth Horner.

Preparing for the gig

  1. In case of emergency information: One often-forgotten tip is to know what to do in the case of emergencies, and how you can communicate this to your audience.
  2. Know how to work the equipment: It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the equipment. If you or the hosts plan to hire av equipment you should run through your speech with the microphones and projectors you plan to use to ensure you know how to work the technology. Make sure speakers are set at an appropriate volume and you can move around freely with the microphone.
  3. Event run sheet: Communication with the event organiser is key to establish a framework for the party. Find out what the expectations of the event are, and how much of a role you will have. Ask for a run sheet that will outline timelines and what will happen throughout the day so you can plan out your time and material.

When you’re at the venue

  1. Check-in: The first thing to do when you reach the venue is check in with the organisers. Make sure everything is running according to plan and orient yourself with any equipment or areas you haven’t yet seen. Introduce yourself to event staff and key people so you have a few familiar faces on hand if you need to ask questions or seek help throughout the day.
  2. Don’t be the center of attention: As an MC, your role is to make sure the program runs smoothly and successfully, but you should remember that you are not the focus of the day. Make sure you keep things moving but avoid trying to be the centre of attention too much – after all, it’s someone else’s special day.

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