From Drab to Fab Corporate Events
The MC can make or break your event - here's how, and what you can do about it. Click To Tweet
1. Why Your MC Can Make It Or Break ItAt last, the big night is here. Everything is going swimmingly. The guests have arrived, mingled over canapés and are now seated.
Your MC takes the mic, introduces himself and delivers a few jokes that fall completely flat. Awkward! The audience is all sideways glances and raised eyebrows.
It dawns on you that the MC wasn’t the best choice, and you cross your fingers the night will get better. Here’s what you need to know about MCs to avoid your otherwise fabulous event going down like a lead balloon.
2. Set The Scene
As formal host, the MC plays an important role in setting the tone or ‘personality’ of your event. Delighting your audience right from the beginning gets things off to a flying start.
All these need to be considered when choosing an MC to ensure the right fit with your audience.
Understanding your audience demographics is mission critical when it comes to choosing an event host.
- What is particular to your audience?
- What is the general age, gender, income, industry and ethnicity of the group?
- What values do they hold dear?
These factors influence the audience needs, wants and interests, and how well the MC will resonate with them.
For instance, an MC with a strong presence, great comedic timing and the ability to speak off the cuff will engage an audience of 30-45 year-old, mostly male mortgage brokers at an awards night celebration. The same MC might overwhelm a mixed male-female group of accountants attending a new accounting software launch.
Even though both groups above are in the finance industry they have very different needs, highlighting the importance of understanding audience demographics before choosing an MC.
3. Keep The Audience Engaged
With the event off to a great start and the audience keen to hear more, it’s up to the MC to keep guests engaged right through to the end. Once the crowd switches off it almost impossible to re-engage them, spelling doom for your event.
Structural pauses, segueing, commentary - all in a day's work for a professional MC. Click To Tweet
4. Keep The Event Running On Time
Most people are busy with multiple commitments and families to get home to. An event that drags on and runs late is a sure-fire way to irritate the audience, leaving a less than favourable impression of your event.
Unfortunately, delays can occur despite all your hard work and flawless preparations. Perhaps the kitchen has a problem and the main course will be late; a keynote speaker might be stuck in a traffic jam. The MC will work with you to shuffle the running order, speeding up their own segments or even ‘padding out’ the time if things are running significantly ahead of time.
5. Take The Event From Drab To Fab
Drab is the event that runs late, with disjointed topics and a host that doesn’t grab the audience. Fab is the event that outshines all others you’ve managed before, because you chose the right MC and they absolutely nailed it!Avoid your event going down like a lead balloon - what you need to know about MCs. Click To Tweet
Your guests go home delighted, your boss is ecstatic and you’re tired but completely chuffed with yourself.
- Now you know why, learn how to choose the right MC for your event.
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