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Are You Tapping Into the Laughter Factor?

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Whether you are a professional communicator, marketer, or sales person, making people feel good will help you build a positive relationship, and when it comes to making people feel good, laughter is magic. It’s the easiest way to improve your speaking, selling, teaching and persuading. Power Point doesn’t move the heart. Videos don’t create genuine human connection. Sharing a meal comes close, but in the end, when it comes to creating closeness to others, laughter is the most powerful way to connect.

I am a comedian, mc, and a keynote speaker. I have spent my entire career honing the 5 habits of humorous people. (Stay tuned for more on this topic). For more than 25 years, I have worked with more than 1000 companies and non-profit groups to entertain and empower people. I’ve made ‘em laugh in every state in the U.S.–except for Maine, I haven’t been to Maine yet!–in companies as diverse as Apple and the Associated General Contractors.

My mission is always to inspire laughter in audiences so they can improve their lives. It nearly always works in that sequence. Laughter first. Learning next.

One of my goals here is to teach you how to up your game when it comes to humor. Many authors who seek to do this, begin their books with E.B. White’s infamous warning:

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. 
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

But then for some unknown reason, the author proceeds—as though an exception is being made in his case—to spend a hundred or so pages analyzing humor. The reader dies…of boredom. In my coming blogs about The Laughter Factor, I have put the lessons and quite a few laughs into a fable, instead.
My goal is to entertain you and empower you via stories and examples.

All success in your personal and professional life comes down to mastering certain behaviors. You will soon learn the 5 habits of humorous people, and you will discover that you don’t have to be a stand-up comedian to benefit from exercising your own unique style of humor. Keep reading here and you will begin to identify which of the humor habits that best fit your personality. And you will see how you can begin to use laughter to lift others…and yourself.

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

5 Secrets for Telling Better Stories and Jokes

By | Entertainment, Jokes

As a comedian and keynote speaker, I have discovered 5 amazing keys for telling great jokes and stories. Use these tips to enhance the entertainment level the next time you give a speech. Apply these techniques as you sprinkle stories into your presentations. And keep this in mind: facts tell, but stories sell. Your audience will thank you for sharing funny stories (and jokes) with them.

Here’s how you can improve your ability to connect with humor and storytelling:

• Let your set-up sink in.

Ever notice how most good jokes begin? The joke-teller says something like: “These two guys walk into a bar…” The key thing to establish, in your jokes and stories, is the WHO, WHAT, and WHERE. Comedians call this the “set-up.” The same idea applies to a good story. Remember, before your audience can follow your story, they have to know who it’s about. Make sure you set the table before you serve the meal. Before you launch into your joke or story, let the listeners know who/what it’s about and where the action is taking place!

• Don’t just tell it . . . live it.

You must invest in your story. What should you put in? More of yourself. Your listeners are silently hoping you will put your heart, voice, and movements into your joke/story. If a funny event happened to you, don’t just re-tell it, RE-LIVE IT. Help the listeners see and feel what you experienced. A great joke is not just told–it is performed. Here’s another little secret: When you enjoy sharing it, your audience will enjoy hearing it.

• Punch up your punch line!

Do you remember Coca-Cola’s classic slogan? “The pause that refreshes.” Well, a strong pause in your story or joke might be called the pause that empowers. Every good story, and every good joke, has a surprise twist. You can hit your audience much harder—and make them much happier—when you pause before the joke’s final punch line or your story’s big finish. Sometimes, this silence might feel a little uncomfortable to you. Use it anyway. You will be amazed at the way a well-placed pause will draw your audience in. And BOOM. It will make the impact of your tale so much stronger.

• Keep a straight face.

Steven Wright is one of the great comics of the last 50 years. His humor is outlandish, but his delivery is always straight serious. When he says hilarious things like: “A friend of mine has a trophy wife. Apparently it wasn’t first place”, what makes his humor even stronger is the way he delivers it. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you need to be silly to tell a good story or joke. You don’t. The straighter you tell a joke or story—like it really happened—the funnier it will be. Rick Reynolds once performed a solo show based on this premise: only the truth is funny. Keep this in mind the next time you speak to an audience. Present your material as fact, even when it’s funny.

• Wait for your audience.

Here are three things you can learn from famous comedians and great storytellers: A) Don’t laugh at your own jokes! 
B) Don’t step on the laughter. This means, give your audience the space to react to your joke or story. Let it breathe. 
C) Listen to the reactions you are getting (or not getting). This will help you crank up what’s working and tone down what isn’t the next time your tell your funny story. When you wait for your audience to respond, you will to improve your “LPMs” . . . Laughs Per Minute.

Now you try these techniques.

Here’s a classic joke/story you can tell. Try it out loud in front of your friends, family, and your next audience. Can you apply the 5 Secrets to your telling of it?
 I’m worried about my health. My doctor called and said, “Your test results are back, and I need to tell you that you have ten . . .” I interrupted him. “Ten what? Ten years? Ten months? Ten weeks?” He said, “NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX …”

• Did you set the table for this joke by emphasizing your health concerns and the word doctor?
• Did you invest yourself and your emotions into the joke?
• Did you punch-up the ending with great emphasis?
• Did you tell the story straight—like it really happened to you?
• Did you wait for the laughter?

The next time you are asked to make a presentation, give your group the gift of laughter. Use these 5 Secrets to make your jokes and stories more fun and maybe even unforgettable.

The most important thing is not the joke or the tale you tell, it’s how you tell it!

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

7 Reasons to Avoid an Amateur Emcee at Your Next Event

By | Corporate MC, Ideas

It’s tempting to ask Fred, the funny guy on your marketing team, to fill the role of MC at your annual gathering. Don’t do it! Fred may be funny in the break room. But working with an amateur master of ceremonies can turn your special event into a real disaster.

I have been in the events industry for more than 25 years. The following list of “No No’s” is based on stories from meeting and event planners that used a non-pro to host their meetings. Some of these stories are funny to the planners now, in hindsight. But these experiences were not fun when they were happening. Don’t let these things happen to you. Note: I have changed the names of the event producers to protect their innocence.

These painful programs all had one common denominator. The meeting or event planner decided to go with an amateur master of ceremonies, instead of an experienced, professional corporate event MC. The acronym AMATEUR will help you discover why it’s a giant mistake to entrust your meeting—and your attendees—to an amateur emcee.

Audience boredom:

It’s a sin to be boring. Jennifer Johnson once invited a married couple to co-emcee her gala fundraiser. The couple decided to read their original poetry to the audience during the program! At first the attendees thought this was a joke and began to laugh. But it was not a joke . . . and it was not funny. Job #1 for the MC: connect with your audience and make them feel good about your program and agenda. Make sure you work with a master of ceremonies who can engage and entertain your audience.

Missed opportunities

Patty De Silva decided to save her organization money and asked a “volunteer” named Sally to emcee her program. She got what she paid for. Sally was so nervous and stiff she was unable to interact with Patty’s group. Instead of acknowledging some birthdays and anniversaries that were in the room, Sally read from a pre-printed script and missed the chance to make the event fun. A professional emcee is “tuned in” to the crowd and looks for ways to create magical moments with your attendees.

Awful humor

Shawna Reed was in charge of the annual awards program at her university. She invited her former high school drama teacher to host the proceedings. Sounded like a good move–except for one thing: Turns out, her old drama teacher is the king of puns. His groaner style humor had Shawna’s group dreading his ongoing jokes during the evening. It could have been even worse had his humor been crude and not just lame. Make sure your host has a great sense of humor. A terrific MC is nearly always a master of humor and fun.

Terrible introductions

When Sheila Brown asked good old “Larry” to serve as the emcee at her group’s annual dinner, she thought, He’s a warm and witty guy. What could go wrong? Turns out: plenty. Though Larry is a fine human being (and one of Sheila’s board members) he gave her guest speakers some terrible introductions. Larry poked fun at her presenters as he announced them. Though he meant no harm, he hurt the credibility of Sheila’s keynote speaker and other important presenters. This put the speakers on the defensive right as they walked up to the platform. An experienced master of ceremonies knows how to put your guest speakers in the best light possible with classy introductions.

Embarrassing moments

Gene Rodriguez, a wonderful man and a terrific event coordinator, made the mistake of emceeing his own event. This happens more often than you might think. The problem? Hosting your own event is like trying to pilot an airplane full of passengers while simultaneously working as the lead flight attendant. Your attention is divided. Gene ultimately felt embarrassed because, instead of delighting his audience, his head was focused on the food, the sound, and what was happening in the back of the room. At one point, one of his associates interrupted the flow of the program to shout out a question to Gene about the seating arrangements! Having a polished MC at your event will free your mind to focus on all the other details.

Upset VIPs

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to upset your VIPs. Natalia Blevins discovered this the hard way. To save money at her event she plugged an amateur emcee into her program. She told him, “It doesn’t pay, but we will feed you.” Her CEO became upset when the MC bungled the pronunciation of his name just as he took the stage to give his speech. Her amateur host also upset members of her planning committee by continually talking about how he was getting paid via the “free food.” Don’t risk offending your big shots by getting a “free” emcee. It may cost you.

Running long

Not all amateur emcees are weak. Some are funny and charming. But Eileen Pruett found out that there are other important qualities in a great emcee. Eileen asked her comedian friend Molly to host her big fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Molly was fun! But she didn’t know when to quit. Her looooong stories and non-stop “riffing” with the audience ended up causing Eileen’s event to run nearly an hour late. The main speaker had to cut her time short. This hurt the “ask” part of the program. Ouch. A superb emcee knows that her/his job is to keep the train on the tracks and run a timely program.

You put a lot of time and attention into your special event, annual dinner, fundraiser, or sales/awards meeting. Be careful about wrecking your results by asking an amateur MC to host your big night.

Don’t take the risk of handing the steering wheel of your meeting to an amateur emcee. Work with an experienced and entertaining emcee. Your audience will have more fun at your event. And you will look good for making your meeting a smashing success.

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 Adam Christing’s Homepage)

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Two Famous Speakers – And Their Impact On World Peace

By | Inspiration, Keynote Speaking

Here’s how one keynote speaker nearly destroyed the world. And how another keynote speaker saved it . . .
I want to quiz you. Are you ready? Here goes. A famous speaker wrote these words:

“Only a storm of hot passion can turn the destinies of people. 
And he alone can arouse passion who bears it within himself.”

Who do you think said it? I’ll give you a clue. It was a famous leader (and dynamic speaker) from the 20th century. Who was it? Do you know? Take a guess:
Billy Graham? No.
Coach John Wooden? No.
Mother Teresa? No.
Ronald Reagan? No.
Oprah? No!

Are you ready for the answer? It’s shocking. Buckle up . . .
The answer: Adolph Hitler.

It’s true. Hitler wrote these words in his book Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) about ten years before he rose to power.

Like you, I hate Hitler and everything he stood for. But there are a couple of interesting things I wan to point out to you before I make my big point about this.

• Hitler wrote this while he was personally quite powerless. He was in jail. This was before he became the Nazi dictator of Germany. His predictions about his role and the future of Germany came true because of the overwhelming power of his passion.

• Through his wildly passionate “keynote address” he was able to mesmerize his audiences. His passion was contagious. Hitler took over Germany and nearly took over the world. Think about that.

So what’s my main point? Why would I use an example of an evil, despicable dictator here in my blog? And—more importantly—who was the other Keynote Speaker who stopped Hitler?

First, I want you to notice something, something important: If an insanely evil man can take over a country and destroy the lives of millions of people with the power of passion, what can you accomplish for good with your passion?

Do you remember the name of the individual who stepped up to stop Hitler?
Winston Churchill.

Both men were tremendous communicators. Both had powerful messages. But Churchill had even more passion and commitment than Hitler! And he had truth and justice on his side. Churchill rallied the British people, and in turn the United States, to fight Hitler. Here’s an excerpt from one of Sir Winston Churchill’s keynote speeches:

“You ask, What is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.”

“You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word—Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

One leader, a dynamic speaker, vs. another powerhouse speaker. One man with an evil agenda vs. one man with a life-affirming agenda. Each man used the same powerful tool: Communicating with total PASSION BEHIND A PURPOSE. Thankfully, Churchill had a worthy purpose and more passion than Adolph Hitler, who in the end was such a coward he took his own life to avoid the reality of his defeat.

WHAT are you passionate about? WHAT is your major purpose? Can you turn the fire of your passion way up? Can you triple the level of your enthusiasm for your worthy goal? Can you turn your current “mist” into a mighty storm of passion?

To set your world on fire (in a good way!) you must first “set yourself on fire.” Become your own best cheerleader—become a keynote speaker with a message for yourself, and the world. When you do this—with total passion–several great things will happen in and for you:

First, you will cut through obstacles like a hot knife slicing through butter.
Second, your passion will be contagious. You will attract people to your purpose. Have you noted how this type of “attraction” happens when people fall in love, find a new spiritual path, start a new business. They become almost impossible to resist!

Your passion can make you irresistible too. Make sure A) You are passionate about something good. B) Like Churchill, you never, ever, give up!

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 Adam Christing – Entertainer)

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8 Ways A Trade Show Host Can Help You Make The Most Of Your Booth

By | Ideas, trade show hosting

Your company is spending thousands of dollars to gain attention—and hopefully lots of new customers—at your trade show event. The pressure is on. You need trade show ideas to attract visitors to your booth and keep them there.

Your goal: To make meaningful contact with your ideal customers or clients. It’s more than just meeting them. You want to begin a win/win relationship with them. First impressions are lasting impressions. You need your company to be seen, heard, and felt at the convention.

Here’s how a great host can help you make maximize results at your next trade show:

• Don’t Forget To Have a Host!

Hoping that attendees will grab free candy or promotional pens at your trade show booth is not a winning strategy for success. To rock your next trade show, make sure you have a great quarterback, i.e. a professional host at the helm. Hiring an experienced host/emcee will help put your company in a great light. An outstanding emcee—with great presentation skills—can make all the difference. When you visit a nice restaurant there is a maître de or a host. It’s part of a wonderful experience. Here’s the key to your results: Hire a pro.

• Make Sure Your MC Knows Your Product/Service

The main job of a corporate master of ceremonies is simple: He introduces an audience to new experiences, ideas, and interesting people. Remember this: before your host can educate convention attendees about your produce or service, he needs to know all about what you do himself. Does your host understand the Who’s and Why’s behind your organization? Who are you serving? Why should people trust your company? Train your host to represent you well from an attendee’s perspective.

• Your Emcee Should Highlight Your Top 3 Advantages

Every person who walks by your trade show both is secretly asking this question: “What do these guys do and how could it help me?” Human beings are tuned into the “WIIFM” frequency. What’s In It For Me? Your host must be able to articulate the reasons why people will benefit from doing business with you. Do you save attendees time? Do you save them money? Do you offer a money-back guarantee? Your host must be able to highlight how you help people.

• Find A Master of Ceremonies Who Can Attract a Crowd

A good tradeshow host must be a “Showman” (male or female). Be sure to hire an MC who is likable, fun, and captivating. This means more than merely hiring a good talker. Work with an emcee that can bring the wow factor. Examples: Can he incorporate humor, magic, juggling, improvisation, or drama into your script? Think in terms of a good game show host, not a boring product rep. You have to draw them to your booth before you can tell them your story. It’s essential that your host is able to draw people to your both and keep them there.

• Hire a Host With Big Talent…But A Small Ego

A good emcee will help you increase your reach and visibility at the show. What’s the secret? You need a host with a lot of talent, but not a need to make it all about himself/herself. This may be the most challenging item on this list, but it’s critical. After the convention, you want attendees talking about your product/service, not about how amazing your host was. Just like Johnny Carson in days of old, and Jimmy Fallon today make their show and guests look great, you want a host who makes your company look great. 
Be crystal clear with your host. You are seeking new relationships and business at you booth, not just applause.

• Get the Right Things Into Attendees’ Hands…and Hearts

Most trade show visitors take all of the gizmos, business cards, promotional fliers, pens, and stickers they receive and throw them right into the trash as soon as they can. “Freebies” are not as fun as you might think. To most attendees they are junk. This is a fact. Nobody wants to come home with tons of nonsense in his or her suitcase. Don’t let your materials end up in the round file. If you must distribute materials, make them: A) Memorable. B) Lightweight. But more than giving out promo materials, you want to give your visitors an experience. Your host can help your visitors have a powerful encounter with your business. This is far more effective than loading them up with more brochures.

• Make Sure Your MC is Interactive

People don’t retain information. People remember people. One of the secret weapons of a great tradeshow host is the ability to interact with the men and women who visit your booth. Your ideal host is more than just a speaker; he will be an “interactive entertainer” who engages your guests as he is educating them about your unique product/service. Remembering names and faces is a huge plus. Ideally you want attendees to come to your booth multiple times during your convention. Tip: Hire a host who will create lots of people participation.

• Your Host Must Help You Capture Contacts

One of the biggest mistakes you can make at your booth is handing out a bunch of your printed information and not capturing the contact information of your attendees. Don’t let this happen! A super-experienced emcee gives people an incentive—prizes and fun!—for leaving their business cards at your booth. Keep in mind that the real purpose of your booth is to build relationships. A solid MC will help you collect the follow up data you need to continue the conversation.

Don’t make the mistake of focusing only on what your trade show booth looks like. The key thing is who is interfacing with your prospects? Who can help you generate excitement and interest at your booth?

When you work with an expert trade show host, you will make a stronger impression at the conference. Most importantly, you will have more prospective customers to follow up with. This will help you grow your business while enhancing your brand at the same time.

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

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How To Create A Captivating Keynote Speech

By | Inspiration, Keynote Speaking

“Let every man or woman here, 
if you never hear me again, remember this, 
that if you wish to be great at all, 
you must begin where you are 
and with what you are . . . now.”

~Russell H. Conwell “Acres of Diamonds”

Over the years, I have delivered many keynote presentations. But I haven’t come close to the record set by legendary speaker Russell Conwell back in the late 1800s. Conwell delivered one captivating keynote speech “Acres of Diamonds” 6,152 times! Now there’s a guy who stayed on message.

He pulled this off before the invention of cards or Southwest airlines. The speech generated millions of dollars. Conwell funneled that money into his ream—building a college for underprivileged but deserving students. He raised nearly six million dollars—that’s like 3.2 zillion dollars today. The university he founded, Temple University in Philadelphia, is still thriving today.

Conwell became famous as a lecturer. His keynote message was delivered as part of a traveling tent show that visited towns in America’s heartland, presented musical performances, plays, political speeches, and spellbinding storytelling. Russell Conwell’s “Acres of Diamonds” talk was part sermon, part drama, part stand-up comedy, and always entertaining. He never got tired of delivering his “Acres of Diamonds” message. Each time he shared it, he made it seem like it was the first time he had ever given the speech.

What was the main idea behind his famous keynote speech?

Conwell told about a farmer who lived in Africa. The farmer was tired of farming—it was such tedious, hard work—and he became obsessed with the quest to find diamonds instead of raising turnips. Vast quantities of diamonds had been discovered on the African continent. This farmer was convinced that mining diamonds was a much better kind of work that digging turnips. He sold his farm. He left his family and friends and wandered all over the African desert.

Here’s the sad part . . .
Years slipped away. The poor farmer never found the diamonds he longed for. He ended up completely broke and miserable. He threw himself into a river and drowned.

Here’s the amazing part, and the lesson:
Meanwhile, the new owner of his farm picked up an unusual looking rock and put it on his mantle as a conversation piece. A visitor came by, and when he saw the rock, he nearly fainted. He told the new owner of the farm that the crazy-looking rock on his mantle was actually a diamond. A very large diamond! It would, in fact, prove to be the biggest diamond that had ever been discovered. The new owner of the farm said, “Really?” The whole farm is covered with them.” And indeed it was.

The farm turned out to be the Kimberly Diamond Mine . . . the richest diamond mine the world has ever known. The original farmer was literally standing right on top of his own “Acres of Diamonds.”

Here’s the point of Russell’s legendary keynote speech: Everything you are looking for is right under your nose! You are smack in the middle of your own “Acres of Diamonds” right where you are now.

Magicians are known for closely guarding secrets. Some magicians say, “The best way to hide a secret . . . is to put it in print. The idea is that people don’t notice what is in plain sight. Here’s a true story about a magician friend of mine: Dana Daniels is an award-winning comedy magician. He does a hilarious act with “Luigi” . . . his “psychic parrot.”
Back before 9/11, when you could actually get through airport security without having to undergo a colonoscopy, Dana wanted to save the hassle of traveling with Luigi in a birdcage. So, he resorted to smuggling. He thought it would be a fun challenge. Dana hid Luigi in his inside coat pocket.

When Dana checked in at the baggage counter, the ticket agent looked at him and said, “One bag to check in?” Dana said, “Yes, sir.” The man then asked, “You want to check in the parrot?” Dana thought, How does he know I have a parrot? Did he see my show last night? He he was bewildered, so he thought he’d just blow it off an said, “What parrot?” The ticket agent looked up at him and said, “The one on your shoulder.”

“If you’re looking for a helping hand,
there’s one at the end of your arm.”
~Yiddish Proverb

One of my own favorite keynote messages is entitled: It’s Right Under Your Nose! The main idea, inspired by Russell Conwell’s “Acres of Diamonds” is that what you are looking for may be hiding from you in plain sight.
Your best opportunities are right in your own backyard.

The big “break” you are looking for . . . the job you really want . . . the love you are seeking . . . the extra income you need . . . the friends who will care abut you . . . it’s ALL right under your nose.

One day I was rushing off to the airport to catch a flight. I couldn’t find my cell phone. I was hunting everywhere for it, while talking to my friend about it . . . on my cell phone.

We tend to look everywhere else for what we already have in hand.
My wife and I took a bunch of nine-year-old boys to the movies for our son James’ birthday party. ON the ride home his best friend Ryan suddenly burst into tears. “Oh no! I left my iPod in the movie theater!” Are you kidding me? We were almost home and guests were waiting for us at our house.

We called Ryan’s mom and left her a message, “You need to go to the movie theater. Ryan left his iPod there!” We called the theater and (after listening to the recording of the eighteen movie screenings,) asked the manager to search our seats. “Please help us find this little boy’s treasured electronic device.” Ryan was in the car, crying. The kids felt it was an emergency. WE MUST FIND RYAN’S iPOD.

We pulled into the driveway, got out of the car, and Ryan instantly stopped crying. He said, “Oh. Cool. It was right here in my back pocket.”

What’s in your back pocket? Who is already in your address book? What opportunities are awaiting you—in your own backyard?

As the wise philosopher, Justin Bieber, once sang, “The grass is greener . . . where you water it.” When you notice, choose and cultivate what you have, something powerful happens. Your attention moves from looking for what’s “out there” to realizing that what you are looking for is right here.

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 Adam Christing’s Website)

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

By | Corporate MC, Ideas, Inspiration

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

By | Corporate MC, Ideas, Inspiration

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 classiest 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

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

How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed & Anxious

By | Inspiration, Keynote Speaking

6 Tips to Move You from Chaos to Calm

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

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

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