- Do not do most of the talking but keep things moving. Put the attention on those the event is recognizing; keep introductions brief (1 minute or less).
- Actually know something who is being honored or recognized; read about their backgrounds before you show up and understand why that honoree is being recognized.
- Be clear on the overall objective of the event.
- Create a relaxed informal mood; show your genuine enthusiasm and talk about why everyone has gathered in that event.
- Dress the part; if it is a casual event, dress accordingly.
- Don't be a jerk; be nice to everyone.
- Avoid joke telling, you are not there to be a comedian.
- Force yourself to play the part - you're the glue holding the event together.
- Review the emotional highlights of the event.
- Know when to "wrap it up" when someone is going too long with the microphone.
- Know how to pick up the pace and energy level in the room when a speaker or presenter is flat or dull.
- Do not leave the stage before the next guest or act comes on.
- Keep your eyes on the audience and observe how they are responding to things happening in the event.
- As the emcee, keep a pace close to the high energy opening. Look and sound bright and you will boost the mood of the audience.
- Leave them wanting more. Get off the stage while the audience still feels entertained.
- Wrap things up at the end of the event and once again congratulate everyone who were given recognition. Thank everyone for coming and keeping things on a high note.
Emceeing job is really a big deal.
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