Hiring popular actors, on-air-personalities, broadcasters and comedians who have not been trained as Master of Ceremonies to compère your event is a bad idea. Learn to ask the right questions first.
In 2016, I attended a conference in Lagos, at an expensive venue on the Island, so much money spent on refreshments (I know this because I enquired), good speakers, top notch décor, social media and main stream media advertising, it promised to be a most memorable event. The only drawback, was the MC – though a popular person, he was unprofessional, uncoordinated, obviously unprepared, yet paid a lot of money, with a “big name”.
This describes a common occurrence at events, where popular actors, on-air-personalities, broadcasters and of course comedians are engaged as MCs, without acknowledging that a good number of them, have NOT been trained to be MCs.
The client forgets that the on-air-personality, broadcaster or actor, is usually given a script to work with and is more often than not, behind cameras or microphones, not live face-to-face audiences. So, these untrained MCs usually just make it up as they go along. They do not know, how to build rapport with the audience, watch and understand the ‘temperature of the audience’, link one speaker and his/her speech to the next item, many have a hard time pronouncing names, and the list goes on.
The ultimate panacea to this menace, is a clarion call on every perceived MC to get trained. Everyone who wants to play the role of an MC at events, should seek to understand the etiquette of MCing to enable excellent, professional performances and preserving the dignity of the profession.
There is also, a simple but important role the organiser of the event can play, to ensure they hire a top-notch, insightful, engaging and stimulating MC. This role, is to “ask the proposed MC a few pertinent questions”, like:
Asking these questions are now a necessity, in the process of engaging the service of an MC, because, having a poor MC could ruin the entire event, and question the intelligence and competence of the event owner/organiser.
For training and mentoring as an MC, I readily recommend TALKADEMY Training School for Masters of Ceremonies.
Here’s a short testimonial from one of our alumni:
First thing I learnt at Talkademy, was that you must be intellectually sound to be an MC – I had never really seen it this way. Then we went through the ‘vision’ module, where we had to draw pictures of what we want to see in future.
The truth is, what I drew then, is exactly what I’m doing now and that’s super awesome.
Talkademy taught me decency in speech, character and dressing. I would attend it over and over again if given the opportunity, as the facilitators brought life and light.
– Folake Obruthe, Warri.
To attend the masterclass for MCs, kindly visit Talkademy.joycedaniels.net
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