Lets get one thing right from the outset, being an MC is significantly different from being a speaker. The set of skills involved are quite different from what you would ordinarily use when delivering a speech, but public speaking skills are still necessary when presiding over an event. Penda Ireri , one of Nairobi’s finest Wedding MCs explains the basic prerequisites of being a good emcee.
a) A good grip on the opening line
Just like an Olympic tourney does not kick off with random races (a short ceremony precedes the real events), so should you be able to craft a killer opening story that draws in the audience and keeps them glued. This will prove useful when you start delving into the humdrum yet necessary issues such as introductions, thanking organizers and acknowledging those in attendance.
b) Remember that the event is not about you
The whole event does not revolve around you. As an MC, the focus remains on you by virtue of the fact that you are standing before everybody, but at the end of the day you are there to keep proceedings moving. It is your unwritten obligation to maintain the spotlight on the couple celebrating their nuptials, the prize winners and so on.
c) Crack jokes, but only if you can pull it off
Many comedians also double up as emcees, and that’s great. However, if you are strictly a master of ceremony then you might consider keeping off futile attempts at breaking tension by cracking jokes. A good sense of humor is important for an MC, but going off tangent or bombing the crowd with horror one liners could be disastrous to the success of the event.
d) Keep the script short
Whether the event organizer handed you a horrible strict or not, your overall performance will still be reviewed on the basis of your delivery. Deliberately review and modify the script if you must, you will be glad you did.
e) Punchy closing remarks always win
“Great is the art of beginning but greater is the art of finishing” is a creed that every MC must abide by. An MC worth his salt should be able to provide a summary of the day’s events and then bring the curtains down through some form of call to action. Encouraging the audience to turn up for future events is equally important. You can reach Penda Ireri on +254 721 736 114