10 More Tips for Professional Virtual Emcee / Master of Ceremonies
In my previous post, I provided 10 tips for virtual emcee / moderator work. Here we go with another set of tips to help you become a successful professional virtual emcee / master of ceremonies / host / moderator.
1) Work to a script. I don’t care how practiced you are as a master of ceremonies – virtual or on-site – winging it is not a professional practice. In working to a script, I don’t mean you have to have every word written in front of you, but at the very least, KNOW what you are going to say, when you are going to say it and how long each of your segments will be.
2) Rehearse. Rehearse. Rehearse If you think you don’t need to rehearse, I can’t help you. Indeed, if you are working with any major event, the client will expect you to rehearse and be available for numerous pre-event meetings.
3) Collaborate with producers and tech support. Whether it is zoom, onsite, Microsoft Teams or other, I always introduce myself to A/V and producers and let them know, my success depends on them and a good working relationship. I want them to know, I am an easy guy to work with while ensuring professional standards for my emcee work.
4) Have numerous fill–in stories / anecdotes available. This becomes easier as you get more experienced. You may not use any of these anecdotes, but the professional virtual emcee / master of ceremonies will have a reservoir of content to dig into when and if needed.
5) Research the client, location, date – anything that may bring an added level of personalization and customization to your virtual emcee work will help ensure you are achieving your goal to be an engaging, professional virtual emcee / master of ceremonies.
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6) In researching the client, understand the culture / mood of the event. Can you for instance make fun of or gently roast the CEO / guests of honor / presenters.
7) Build your content and script around the theme for the event. Reference the theme in an appropriate manner a few times during the event.
8) Put your phone on silent, but don’t turn off. Huh! Yup, the idea here is if the speaker / presenter says something interesting that you would like to comment on, get on the Googler and find some more information on that point. Then, miraculously, when summarizing the speakers points, you might add in one other fascinating insight to reinforce the speaker’s comment and everyone thinks – this person is a genius!
9) Do not make political commentary unless of course you are presenting to a GOP or Democratic event or one with clear political leanings
10) Event summary. As an engaging professional emcee / master of ceremonies, you will have prepared a good, clear, well scripted sign off, thanking all speakers / sponsors / client etc. Provide any appropriate information about upcoming events. Keep it brief.
The tips outlined above, together with what I wrote about in my previous post will provide a great platform for you to ensure that your client says you are a humorous, engaging professional emcee and master of ceremonies who helped the event to flow. And hopefully, you will hear the magic words – “We will hire you for our next event where we are seeking a professional and engaging emcee and master of ceremonies.”
IrishmanSpeaks Conor Cunneen is an acclaimed virtual emcee and moderator whose mission to leave his client with smile on the face, a spring in the step and the knowledge they picked a truly professional virtual master of ceremonies and host.