Archive for April 16th, 2007

Emcee Or Not To Emcee (That Is The Question)

Monday, April 16th, 2007

What does a professional emcee mean for your event?

In a word, insurance.

The same factors that led you to consider professional photographers and/or videographers (rather than your cousin’s brother-in-law), veteran caterers (as opposed to your mom’s bingo buddies), decorators, event planners, and musicians also apply to Masters Of Ceremonies – and for many of the same reasons.

The Pros (in all of these professions) have experience that can benefit you. They have talent, a proven aptitude for their respective tasks (after all – they are making a living at them), and – as their references demonstrate – a track record of knowing what does or doesn’t work.

The professional emcee’s job is to get the audience’s attention, lead the applause, and keep the event moving smoothly. When the next person or item on the agenda is delayed, good MCs fill the empty space seamlessly, just as they invisibly push the program along when it is behind schedule. True pros bring an almost endless fund of jokes and stories, a well-honed sense of timing, and the gift of knowing which lines not to cross. They even have their own tuxedos!

Because they come from outside your company or organization, hired emcees aren’t subject to internal politics. And – because they are pros – they aren’t overcome with stage fright/amnesia when the beam of the spotlight hits them squarely in the eyes.

Not every event needs an emcee to warm up the crowd, waken them again after dull, dry speakers (also known as the “cool-down”), and remind them to get their valet parking tickets validated on the way out the door. And not every car you own will be involved in a wreck. But isn’t a little insurance a good investment – just in case?