I'm a Master of Ceremonies
Study what an MC should and should not do. Then, perform in front of the class as an MC.
- You are the stage setter.
- Create an inviting environment.
- Be really interested in the speaker and subject.
- Unless the speaker is a celebrity, use his or her name several times.
- When you make an introduction, speak to the audience, not to the person being introduced.
- Do not upstage or over praise.
- Welcome the speaker with a handshake, nod, smile, or slight touch on the shoulder.
- Lead the applause.
Study the following expressions for opening, introducing the event and speaker, and closing a ceremony.
- Good afternoon. My name is ….
- Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen.
- Good evening, the distinguished guest, Ladies and Gentlemen.
B. Introducing the event
- Welcome to this event.
- I want to welcome you to ….
- It is greatest pleasure to welcome you ….
C. Introducing the speaker
- Our speaker for this day is ….
- It’s our pleasure to have … here with us.
- Mr/Mrs … will talk about ….
- We have had a fascinating talk ….
- Thank you for your participation.
- Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the end of this reception.
- Thank you ….
Note : The expressions used by MCs are generally formal expressions.
As a master of ceremonies there are many things that you have to do and don’t have to do. Determine which one an MC should or should not do.
- Understand the events and activities.
- Understand the audience.
- Understand dress requirements.
- Introduce only the notable speaker.
- Read the speaker’s entire biography.
- Fumble for words.
- Look at the speaker when introducing him/her.
- Tell lengthy jokes.
- Use curse words.
- Allow the meeting to taper off.