How To Be A Great MC

Posted on by Jimmy Cruz

Do you need some advice on how to be a good host at an event being held soon? Well, the specific advice depends on the event content really. While you may be experienced at certain events, being able to keep an audience of teens hooked is different to taking care of a crowd of snooty accountants in their button up waistcoats. Winging it is not the best choice. In fact, it is one of the most terrible ones you can make. Now, there are a few key differences between being an emcee and being a speaker. For one, the set of skills that are needed is totally different. In truth, the role of the MC is a lot harder for some people than that of someone delivering a set speech. While all MCs are speakers, not all speakers are MCs, if that makes any sense at all. 

Prepare Your Opening Lines Well

One thing you need to prepare for in advance is your opening pitch. Even lawyers have to follow the same procedure to keep a jury hooked. Don’t go straight in for the kill. There needs to be some ceremony with which you open the event to the audience, before going into the contents of the program. If you are a bilingual emcee you could draw some quotes from the other language that you know, pushing it off to a culturally diverse start. Try telling a story from your “life” that the audience can relate to. It needs to be one that gently flows into the purpose of the event actual. Sure, at some point you are going to have to jump to the important tasks, giving thanks to the hosts and all of that, the boring stuff. To start off though, make the audience happy and interested.

Be Charismatic, But Don’t Steal the Show

While being a bilingual host makes you pretty awesome, you really shouldn’t try and show this off to the crowd. No one likes an attention hog. Even when the role of being the MC requires you to take the spotlight on yourself, never stop the process of keeping the show going. The Show Must Go On!

Keeping the event constantly moving and not allowing it to grow stale even for a second is what you are there for. To do this, you need to give a mood to the event, and you are the leader of attitudes for the night. The more positive you are, the more positive the crowd will be.