Event Hacks: How to be an Emcee for an Event
What is the role of an Emcee?
Am Emcee is the host and facilitator of the event. The event can be either a party, a wedding or anything as long as you are holding the microphone on stage. The role of an emcee is to provide a warm welcome to the guests of the event and sets the tone and the atmosphere in accordance with the theme of the event. That being said, you set the tone for the entire event.
The best to be an Emcee is to Prepare. “Fail to Prepare is Prepare to Fail”.
1. Prepare and Plan
It’s safe to say that there are times that things may not go to plan but as an Emcee, you will tend to have to improvise when on stage but for the most part, the presentation should be well planned and practised. To ensure everything goes off without any hesitation, make sure everything is well-prepared in advance of the event.
As the emcee, you may need to introduce the speakers, entertainers, and other people on the stage. Therefore, you will need to pronounce the names correctly and share some facts anecdote of key figures that featured on the event.
2. Know Your Audience
Knowing your audience is as important as getting the names right because the theme of the event has set it to tone differently as a wedding can be casual while gala or conferences are more formal setup. Dress the part, For Corporate events, look like one of them with a suit and tie or skirt and blouse. If it’s a casual event, dress accordingly.
The last thing people want to hear is a dull emcee with low energy presentation. Any kind of event would want to have an event with an outstanding atmosphere that stands out and makes it memorable. As an emcee with low energy will also influence the low energy from the crowd.
As an Emcee, it is mandatory to bring positive vibes on stage that makes it sound bright and enthusiastic for the event.
3. Set A Common Ground
Regardless of the event’s agenda, it is best to remain telling such obvious things as to remind the audience that they are aware of why they are at the event in a respective manner. When the audiences are in its common objective, the event will spark up and the effort and contributions will be followed as well.
In your first few minutes on stage, put them at ease and set their expectations by giving them the full agenda for your event. There may already be a printed event schedule on the table in front of them, so just be sure to remind them that they are able to refer to the schedule if they have any questions about the timing of certain segments.
4. Introduce Yourself
Don’t forget to introduce yourself as an emcee and why you are here to hot the event. Statistically, there are huge numbers forget to introduce themselves. By introducing yourself, it allows you to immediately connect with the guests and make themselves feel comfortable during the event.
5. Set a Proper Closing Ceremony
People are will be likely to keep themselves in mind with a proper exit more than your opening. It is best to make sure to craft a big closing speech that will leave everyone to remember like a group activity or even last dance. Whatever it is, give some credit to behind the scenes supporting event staffs, thank the audience of the event and re-address some key points.