How to Be an Effective Emcee: How to Be an Effective Emcee Glenn Walker Agenda: Agenda The Role of Emcee
Questions?: Questions? The only dumb question
is the one you don’t ask. E = EMCEE2: E = EMCEE2 The Anatomy of an Emcee Emcee: Emcee Main Entry: 1em·cee Pronunciation: "em-'sE Function: noun Etymology: MC : MASTER OF CEREMONIES Source: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Master of Ceremonies: Master of Ceremonies Main Entry: master of ceremonies 1 : a person who determines the forms to be observed on a public occasion 2 : a person who acts as host at a formal event 3 : a person who acts as host for a program of entertainment (as on television) Source: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Emcee Responsibilities: Emcee Responsibilities Planner
Host Planner: Planner
Work with event sponsors to determine the program for the event.
Identify participants and their roles. Coach: Coach
Help the event sponsors with details.
Help the participants to prepare for their role in the program Host: Host Be positive.
Be prepared! Types of Events: Types of Events Weddings
Shows The Basics: The Basics Plan an agenda appropriate to the event.
Work with the event sponsor to incorporate their requirements.
Work with identified participants. Honoring Heads of State: Honoring Heads of State Loyal Toast
Ladies and Gentlemen, Her Majesty the Queen <everyone rises and raises glasses>
To the office of the President of the United States of America. Example Dinner Meeting: Example Dinner Meeting Call Meeting To Order
Loyal Toast (after desert, before cigars)
Introduction of guests.
Introduction of Guest Speaker
Thank Guest Speaker
Adjournment Example Banquet: Example Banquet Call To Order
Introduction of Head Table Guests
Messages of Greeting (M.P., M.L.A., Mayor)
Adjournment Material You Need: Material You Need Program
Introductions of Participants in Program
Filler / Bridging Material Introductions 101: Introductions 101 Glenn Walker, DTM Overview: Overview A Good Introduction
Things to Avoid
Speakers’ Responsibility A Good Introduction: A Good Introduction Makes a Transition
Sets The Tone
Gives Authority Answer the Questions: Answer the Questions Why this speaker?
Why this topic?
Why this timing? Keep It Brief: Keep It Brief Length should be proportional to the length of the presentation.
Try the 80-20 rule. Smooth Transitions: Smooth Transitions Smoothly transition the speaker to the lectern.
After the presentation, it is appropriate to say a few brief words to transition from the speaker to the next item on the program. Elements Of An Introduction: Elements Of An Introduction Generally
Credentials / Lead In Material Things To Avoid: Things To Avoid Never …
Wait to name the speaker
Speaker’s Responsibility: Speaker’s Responsibility Provide information to your introducer.
Background / Credentials
Write your own introduction. Points To Remember: Points To Remember Answer the Questions.
Keep It Brief.
Avoid the common pitfalls. Bridging: Bridging It’s About Smooth Transitions: It’s About Smooth Transitions Prepare material that can help smooth transitions from one part of the program to the next.
Listen to participants and use references to their presentation to build your bridge. Humor: Humor Humor Is A Tool: Humor Is A Tool Humorous material is all around us.
Humor can add to the enjoyment of the event.
Avoid questionable material.
If you can, use humorous events you experienced as part of the event. Be Careful!: Be Careful! Avoid embarrassing people.
Off color humor may offend people.
Overused jokes could draw a groan rather than a laugh. Weddings: Weddings Wedding: Wedding A special day for two people,
their families and friends. Wedding Reception Elements: Wedding Reception Elements Entry of the Wedding Party
Introduction of Head Table
Introduction of Special Guests
Toasts to Bride / Groom
Toast given by a family member or friend
Reply for Toast to Bride comes from groom.
Reply for Toast to Groom comes from bride Telegrams / Letters
Bride / Groom Thank You
Stories told by family / friends
Cutting the Cake
Tossing the Bouquet
Fun and Games Planning: Planning Programming
Find out what elements to include.
Find out who will be assigned to various roles.
Figure out timing of various elements.
Create a rough draft.
May require several iterations to get it right. Preparation: Preparation Contacting Participants
Couple should make initial contact.
Follow up and ensure participant understands their role and timing.
Agree on a time to follow up.
Remember that participants will be family and friends. Many of whom are not professional speakers. They may need help. Participation: Participation Be involved!
Go to the rehearsal.
Go to the ceremony.
Go to other events prior to the day.
Set the tone.
Preparation: Preparation Planning Your Part
Jokes / Stories
Remember, family show!
Fun and Games
Kissing Emcee Tips: Emcee Tips Do
Attend the ceremony (and any other events that help you to prepare).
Double check head table seating arrangements.
Acquaint yourself with the sound system.
Acquaint yourself with the hotel staff.
Use appropriate humor.
Have printed copy of the agenda.
Set a friendly tone. Don’t
Steal the show.
Use inappropriate humor.
Incorporate elements into the program without the consent of the couple. Special Touches: Special Touches Telling a personal story.
Fun & Games Summary: Summary Many types of events.
Preparation and Planning is key.