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Adam Christing is a popular Master of Ceremonies and Keynote Comedian. For 25 years he has been inspiring laughter & life change at corporate and non-profit events. (To learn more go to:

30 Ways To Maximize The Impact Of Your Master Of Ceremonies And Make Your Event A Winner

Adam Christing - Friday, October 13, 2017

As a professional master of ceremonies for events, I've seen it all over the span of my fortunate career. I wanted to create this post to fast track new event Emcees (or anyone looking to hire one) to success. Some of these may seem obvious, but if you've been there, you know how easy they are to forget! My advice? Print this out and keep it close. I only wish I had these tips when I first started. If you are an event planner, you now know what to look for in a great MC that will help make your event great.

Let the Show Begin

1.  Set The Stage Before The M.C. Hits the Stage
Have the microphone and podium set up in advance.

 2. Make Sure The Emcee Gets A Strong Introduction
Invite a VIP from your organization to welcome your emcee to the platform.

 3. Establish Your Host’s Personality First
Hire a likable master of ceremonies.

  4. Warm-Up The Audience With Laughter
Have your M.C. open the event with positive humor.

  5. Get People Participating
Work with an emcee who will involve and engage your audience.

  6. Build Excitement and Anticipation About What’s Coming
An excellent host will share a preview of the program.

  7. Introduce Your Guests In A Positive/Classy Way
The emcee should prepare a written introduction for each speaker.

 8. Send Your Presenters Off With A Round of Applause
Have your M.C. give each speaker an “outro” by thanking him or her by name.

 9. Create Smooth Transitions
Your host should build bridges between the segments of your meeting.

 10. Give Them A Break  
The master of ceremonies guides and dismisses attendees to breaks.  

The Show Must Go On

  11. Recapture Their Attention
The M.C. should welcome attendees back into the room and re-engage them.

  12. Salute Your Sponsor
A pro emcee will make the host organization & sponsors look great.

 13. Keep Things Moving!
The master of ceremonies is responsible for the pace of the program.

 14. Show Them What You Can Do
The host can delight your group with his or her unique talent.

  15. Make Your Team Look Good
Your emcee should acknowledge/involve your key players.

  16. Use “Callbacks” To Create Memories
An entertaining M.C. will refer back to fun moments during the event.

  17. Never Allow An Empty Stage
The host should remain on the platform until the next speaker comes up.

  18. Create Moments Of Magic
A polished M.C. will spark memorable interactions with attendees.

  19. Physically Re-Energize The Audience
Your emcee can boost the room energy with stretch breaks and icebreakers.

  20. Handle Announcements Like They Matter—They Do
  The master of ceremonies must keep the audience informed.  

That’s Our Show!  

  21. Be A Clock Watcher
Your host should help you run an on-time meeting.

  22. Handle The Unexpected
A pro M.C. can improvise and handle any glitches.

23. Have A Trick Up Your Sleeve
A veteran emcee can stretch when needed via a story, joke, or special bit.

  24. Keep The Program On Purpose
The M.C. should keep the audience focused on the main goal of the gathering.

  25. Give Them A Great Time... By Having One Yourself
Your host is the face of your event and should be seen enjoying the program.

  26. Hold Their Interest
The M.C. should maintain enthusiasm for the final part of the program.

  27. Recap A Remarkable Meeting
The emcee can remind attendees of the great experience they just enjoyed.

  28. Finish Strong By Pouring It On
Your host needs to bring the meeting to a climax and close.

  29. Thank Them…Thank Them Very Much
The M.C. should acknowledge the speakers, sponsors and event organizers.

  30. Send Them Out Smiling 
The master of ceremonies should dismiss the audience in a warm way.

Adam Christing is a popular Corporate Emcee and Humorous Speaker. Adam just wrote of his new book, Bob Dylan Can Change Your Life (For more information go to


From A to Z: How to Make Your Event a Super Success

Adam Christing - Monday, September 25, 2017

Attendees: The most important part of your event is your attendees. Create an event that inspires and engages them. Every part of your program should be designed with your audience in mind. Create a memorable experience for them.

Budget: How much money are you working with? Remember, your budget needs to cover your venue, food, décor, speaker, entertainment, and more. Plan ahead and budget accordingly. Create the “best show for the dough.”

Community: Why is this word on the list? Because you want your event to bring people together. Think about all of the ways your meeting can create a feeling of camaraderie. Your mission: Celebrate your people and the culture of your organization.

Date: You’d be surprised how many event coordinators don’t give this more attention. The timing of your event can be critical. Are you about to launch a new product? Are you celebrating first quarter sales? When are your key leaders available? Would a holiday party in early January accommodate your attendees better than having the party in December? Picking the right date can make or break your event.

Entertainment: Meetings are serious business. But remember: Your people want to laugh and enjoy themselves. Make sure your meeting is fun. A live entertainer, musical performer, clean comedian, or funny magician, can go a long way toward creating wonderful memories for your audience. Look for a performer who can both entertain and engage your group.

Food: Everyone loves delicious food. But don’t blow your entire budget on a fancy 5-course sit-down meal. Select tasty food and let people serve themselves. A beautiful buffet meal will delight your guests more than a plated dinner that drags on. Plus it will allow them to select the foods that appeal to them. Bonus: Hosting a buffet will keep your program about 45-minutes tighter and on schedule!

Goal: Know exactly what you want to accomplish at your event? Is this a celebration? A sales meeting? An awards show? Design your program so the “big takeaway” is crystal clear to all your attendees.

Housekeeping: Have you considered the many small details that affect your attendees? Even the smallest item is important. Where are the restrooms? What is the dress code for the evening? Will attendees need childcare? Think through all of the phases of your program from an attendee’s perspective.

Invitations: Who would you like to see at this event? Send them a compelling invitation. A printed and personalized invitation is still the classist way to go. Extra points for hand-addressing the invite and using a live stamp. But use any method of communicating that helps you get people in seats—email, e-vite, phone calls, texts. Get your attendees excited about attending. Oh, and tell them exactly how to RSVP or confirm.

Jam-packed: The closer your audience gets, the better your program gets. The laughter and applause will feel electric when you pack the room tight. Big No-No to avoid: A giant dance floor between your stage and your attendees. Select a venue or ballroom where your guests will say, “Wow, they really packed this out” instead of “Man, this place feels like a barn.”

Keynote: The term “keynote” comes from the world of music. A note is struck that sets the tone for a song or concert. You want your keynote speaker to set the tone for your meeting or conference. Give him/her your theme and share your vision for the program. The best keynote speakers not only educate but also empower your people and are in tune with your agenda.

Lights & Sound: Don’t neglect the Audio-Visual piece of your event. Make sure your group can see—this means good lighting--and hear what your presenters are doing and saying. AV includes your video pieces. Make sure they can be seen and heard. A sound system with floor-based speakers—not audio speakers up in the ceiling—will sound best.

Master of Ceremonies: A great M.C. can turn a good event into a great event. He/she can make your attendees laugh with tasteful humor, keep things moving with seamless transitions, and fill in if there are any “glitches.” Hire a pro to host your program. You won’t regret it.

Negotiate: Don’t go cheap, but don’t be afraid to get the best prices for great value. Everything is negotiable: speaker fees, hotel prices, food, vendor services, even decorations. Go for the best quality and the best prices to maximize the impact of your event budget.

On Time: Show your guests you respect and value them by keeping your program tight and on time. If you want to impress, start on time and end on time. Have your speakers stick within their allotted times, and don’t allow breaks to linger on and on. Leave your group wanting more, not wanting to leave.

Producer: Who is in charge of your event? Make sure everybody involved with your event knows who is running the show. This could be you, or a professional event producer. Just make sure one person has the reigns—and the authority—to run your meeting. Important: Your event producer should be the one conducting the Talk-Thru pre-event meeting.

Quotes: Get written quotes and estimates for every item or service you are buying/renting. How much for flowers? What is your AV company charging? Are there extra fees for running overtime? Do you have an estimate for the cost of liability insurance coverage for the venue? Getting quotes before the event will help you avoid unpleasant surprises (and charges) after the event!

Run Sheet: Make sure you have a run sheet. What is a “run sheet”? It is the blueprint for your meeting. Print it out on one single page and distribute it to everyone who is participating on stage or backstage at your event. This is your working schedule, an event timeline that breaks down who is doing what and when. This is one of the most valuable suggestions on this list.

Staging: Lift UP what you want to highlight at your event. Literally. Invest in a stage or riser—don’t forget the steps. It makes a huge difference. Good staging sends your audience a message: What you are about to see and hear is important so we have elevated it.

Talk-thru pre-event meeting: Don’t neglect this. About 30 minutes before your start time, gather your troops (your M.C., speakers, A.V. team, and event producer) in a small meeting room and talk through your on stage program. This reinforces what everybody is doing. Get everyone on the same page before you hit the stage. Note: Sometimes a full rehearsal is in order. But even if you do a full rehearsal, do the talk-thru meeting too.

Updates: Keep everybody involved with your event—your production team, speakers, vendors, and catering manager—current. Inform them of the Who? What? Where? And Whens? Do not assume everybody knows what’s going on or where to be. Fill them in!

Venue: This may be THE most important of the 26 tips. Your attendees care about where the event is held. Remember, the nuts and bolts of the meeting are probably more important to you and your boss than they are to your audience. So find a venue that is appealing…even unusual. Note: If you need to be in a conventional space like a hotel ballroom, use décor and set pieces to make it pleasing to the eye, fun, and original looking.

Welcome: This is important! Have upbeat (but not obnoxious) music playing as your guests arrive. Invite a key leader (i.e. the CEO or President of the organization) up to the platform to officially welcome your attendees to your event. This is not a big speech but a brief heart-felt welcome. Then turn things over to your M.C.

X-factor: What can you add to your event that will make it unforgettable? The X-factor might be a special gift for each person in attendance. Maybe you bring in a celebrity or honor a legendary employee. You could hire a local marching band or have a famous chef prepare your dinner. How can you wow them?

Yippee! The best meetings feel like parties. Celebrate your group’s success. Honor key achievers or retirees. Make your award winners feel like the champions they are. No one likes a dour event. Turn up the good times via music, laughter, and audience involvement.

Zzzs: Producing an awesome event requires tons of energy. Don’t forget to take care of you. You don’t want to put your audience to sleep! But it’s critical that you get plenty of sleep before the event. You want to be alert and on your game at the meeting, so get good rest and good nutrition before your big night.

Adam Christing is a popular Corporate Emcee and Funny Keynote Speaker. He is the author of his new Bob Dylan Book, Bob Dylan Can Change Your Life (For more information go to

New Podcast with Michael Levine

Adam Christing - Friday, September 15, 2017

I am honored to have shared the mic with long time friend Michael Levine on his podcast "Without Notes".

Listen below:

Adam Christing is a popular Event MC and Funny Motivational Speaker. He is the author of Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to AHA! (For more information go to

How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

Adam Christing - Thursday, August 10, 2017

6 Tips to Move You from Chaos to Calm

how to stop being overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed is paralyzing. The inertia that sets in can result in you feeling even more overwhelmed. This sets up a downward spiral that will sap you of your energy, creativity and productivity. Stop the spinning and reclaim a centering calm by following these 6 key strategies to STEADY your self.
Stop fighting the truth
If you are overwhelmed and overextended . . . admit it. You will always lose the war against reality. Raise the white flag. Acknowledge that you feel like Barbara Johnson who said, I thought I had a handle on life, but it fell off. It’s going to be OK. You can’t put the handle back on until you accept that it’s broke.
Embrace your fatigue. Fully acknowledge the resentment you may feel towards the people—including yourself—who put you in this position. Use the pain of the situation to your advantage. Pain can be a good thing if you listen to it. We all respect wisdom, but we obey pain! So let your stress, fear, fatigue and resentment fuel your recovery. If you want to move from chaos to calm you need to take that first step. You need to . . . Key #1: ACCEPT that you feel overwhelmed.

Transform how you feel
Step 2 is about reframing how you look at what is overwhelming you. Instead of looking at the endless emails in your inbox as an ocean that is going to drown you, see them as a rising wave that can catapult you to new horizons. This works. Here’s why: Your energy doesn’t come from what you do or don’t do. Your energy comes from how you feel. When you feel overwhelmed it’s because your energy is sapped. Shore up your energy by taking care of you. You’ve heard it a hundred times because it’s true . . . if you exercise, eat healthy, and take time to recharge, your mood will improve and your productivity will skyrocket. You won’t feel anxious when you feel powerful. I do this experiment at the end of my keynote speeches. I have the entire audience stand up and I say, “Okay, everybody put a big smile on your face; even if it’s an I’m-at-work phony type of smile. Now, while you are smiling, I want you to raise your hands up high toward the ceiling and look up.” Then, when these 300 or so people are all standing up, looking up, and smiling with their hands up, I ask them to try and feel down. They can’t do it! It’s hard to feel down (or overwhelmed) when you are physically looking up. The Tao has it right when it says: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Don’t be like the comedian who said, “I turned my life around, I was miserable and depressed. Now I am depressed and miserable.” Rather, be like 3M’s Spencer Silver, who didn’t see yet another failure in his attempt to create a new, highly adhesive glue, he saw what ultimately became Post-it notes. So, if you want to conquer your sense of being overwhelmed, follow Key #2: REFRAME what’s overwhelming you. Things are not happening to you, but for you.

Erase it by facing it
One of the factors that makes us feel overwhelmed is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of embarrassment. Fear of the unknown. It takes courage, but if you face your biggest fear(s), you can overcome them. It’s not uncommon for the fear inducing “problem” to evaporate once you face it head on. After all, F.E.A.R. is often “false expectations appearing real.” That monster under your bed doesn’t exist. But you’ll never know that unless you open your eyes and take a look. You may be an incredible public speaker. But you won’t know until you try.
Myth expert Joseph Campbell said: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” What is the specific fear you must face in order to accomplish your biggest dream? What action can you take immediately to face and erase that fear? You can get control of your situation and cease to be overwhelmed if you obey Key #3: Put feared things first.

Act now!
Do what empowers you NOW. Procrastinate can’t stand up to action. They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But it will still take you a lifetime to get there if you never take that first step. Get the ball rolling. Create momentum. With momentum, problems that may have stumbled you in the past can be overcome. The finish line will greet you. And that feeling of overwhelm? It will be in your rear view mirror.
Delay is the enemy.
Imagine seeing the famous Eckhart Tolle book, The Power of Now and saying, “I’ll read that later.” Master motivator Danny Cox invented this classic piece of advice: "If you've got a frog to swallow, don't look at it too long. And if you've got more than one to swallow, swallow the biggest one first.” Don’t think about it. Do it. Swallow that frog you are facing. And when? Now! What is your frog? What should you act on first? Make a commitment to yourself to start acting on that issue today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next year. Today! Because an important technique for not feeling overwhelmed is Key #4: Create momentum by taking action today.

Delegate what drains you
To get past your feelings of anxiety you need to understand that you are not responsible for other people. You are responsible to them. One of your biggest responsibilities to yourself, your employer and/or your clients is to do your best work. So balance that checkbook, write that informative report, organize the next staff meeting. But to offer the best version of yourself, and to avoid feeling overwhelmed, you need to focus on your strengths and delegate to others what you do poorly. Delegate tasks to the right person. There is no advantage having Brittany call prospective clients if Brittany is a texter and not a talker.
Delegating the right job to the wrong person will not alleviate your feelings of being overwhelmed; in fact it may increase them. So choose wisely. When everyone on the team feels confident in what they do and valued for their contributions, the entire project will benefit. This all goes back to your energy and refueling it. Delegate things that are draining you. Working in your sweet spot and let others work in theirs. Are you an idea person? Delegate the details you have been drowning in.
To stop feeling drained and overwhelmed it is important to lock into Key #5: Soar with your strengths by delegating around your weaknesses.

You are the problem…and the solution
Let’s get real. Life is not fair. You can’t wait for other people or the world to change. As Shari Barr once commented: “Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian.” As we’ve already seen, fear is a big component of being overwhelmed. So is a sense of unfairness. Carrying a 30-pound rock up a hill will overwhelm you if it is a task that has been thrust upon you without your consent. But that same 30-pound rock can invigorate you if it is a link in a journey of your choosing. It’s all about perspective.
One of my favorite quotations of all time is an old Yiddish proverb; “If you are looking for a helping hand, there’s one at the end of your arm.” There are some things you simply cannot change in this life—the weather, politicians, teenagers, or the stock market. But you can change you. Change one thing at a time. Start with your story. The quickest way to change your life is to change the story you have been telling yourself (and everybody else). If you have a victim story, change it to a victory story. Then focus on the one thing that will make you feel most empowered, and do it. Don’t let feelings of being overwhelmed defeat you. Fight back with a new and improved version of yourself. All things are possible if you acknowledge and embrace Key #6: For things to change, first you must change.

Adam Christing is a popular Master of Ceremonies and Keynote Comedian. He is the author of Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to AHA! (For more information go to