When to Use a Master of Ceremonies

When You Need a Master of Ceremonies

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When You Need To Hire a Professional MC for Your Event
In your line of work, you might be called upon to organise diverse event types, sizes and formats.

How do you know when to hire a professional Master of Ceremonies rather than use somebody within your organisation?

Discover the types of events you’ll most likely need a professional host, and the roles an MC will play in those events.

5 Occasions You Should Hire a Master of Ceremonies

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1. Incentive & Awards Night

Celebration is at the heart of incentive events and awards nights. Rewarding employees or industry members calls for a ‘Wow!’ factor, and the choice of MC should reflect this.

Master of Ceremonies for Incentives and Awards Nights

The event host entertains the crowd with appropriate jokes, insights and commentary. Their personality and delivery style helps create an uplifting, celebratory tone that resonates well with the audience.

Awards nights can drag on if not punctuated by short breaks to keep the audience engaged and energised. It can be very difficult to rein in a crowd that has disengaged and switched off.

The MC plays a very important role in creating ‘light relief’ from the main proceedings, with humour, anecdotes and audience interaction.

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2. Industry Conference

Industry conferences are usually educational in nature, and often include interactive sessions with discussion, debate and consultation between a panel of expert speakers.

MC at an Industry Conference

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A professional MC facilitates the discussion to ensure the session stays on track and on schedule. They might also encourage audience participation and field any questions from the crowd.

In this scenario, the MC doesn’t need to have high celebrity status, but they will need good industry knowledge and polished facilitation skills.

3. Product Launch

A professional MC can lend credibility to a new product launch, whether it’s a business-to-business or business-to-consumer product. They may not need to have high-profile celebrity status.

A recognised industry leader – who of course has fundamental event hosting skills – can be a very attractive drawcard for potential customers to attend your event.

As a trusted industry expert, the MC can help reinforce the need for the product and endorse its use over others. This aligns with the corporate objectives to maximise product awareness and sales, and fits with the audience desire to learn about a new product.

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4. Special Event

Corporate Christmas parties and Melbourne Cup events fall into the category of special events. Your target audience and budget will determine the choice of MC, who needs to be skilled at both entertaining and event hosting.

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A medium-sized company’s annual Christmas party might be well served by an up-and-coming television personality who is lower down on the celebrity scale making them affordable.

On the other hand, an all-female crowd of successful entrepreneurs at a Melbourne Cup Day celebration are more likely to embrace a very high profile female comedian who can provide witty humour, fun and relief from their busy schedules.

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5. Charity Gala Dinner

Fundraising is the primary objective of Charity Gala events, usually held at a prestigious venue with a formal dress code. Ticket prices are relatively high, making a higher-profile celebrity a good choice for MC. The MC needs to be a drawcard for the audience to maximise ticket sales and fill the venue with guests ready to open their wallets.

Catriona Rowntree as Master of Ceremonies

The MC at a Charity Gala plays an important role in making guests feel comfortable and engaged, right from the very start of the event.

They will need to be highly accomplished at ‘working the crowd’ to encourage donations and auction bidding. The MC achieves this by roaming around the room, mingling and interacting with the crowd.

When You Need a Master of Ceremonies

Regardless of the event type, help is at hand to find a perfectly matched event host. Enhance Entertainment helps you source the best MC for your next corporate event.

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Gav George

When his school music teacher loaned him a cassette tape (yes, he's that old) of a fusion band, Gav entered the jazz world after years of classical music training. He was lucky enough to play with some of the greatest living jazz musicians and toured key festivals. Then Enhance founder Alison Clarke called on Gav to work on the company's marketing. This led him to his new passion of… marketing! Gav oversees Enhance's marketing initiatives, gets a kick out of connecting with clients and unearthing new talent. Gav still has that cassette tape, so if his music teacher reads this, please get in touch so he can return it.

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