A corporate emcee has the power to influence every aspect of your event, from audience engagement to the overall flow of the evening. That’s why booking the perfect emcee is essential for hosting a great event!
- C – Charisma
- O – Organization
- R – Resilience
- P – Professionalism
- O – Observant
- R – Rapport
- A – Adaptability
- T – Timing
- E – Energy
However, it’s important to remember that not all emcees are created equally. You need to be sure to book someone with the necessary skills and qualities to shine on stage.
Keep reading, and I’ll share with you nine essential qualities that your next CORPORATE emcee should have!
#1. Charisma: The Lifeblood Of Any Great Emcee
Hosting a great event isn’t always easy. But if you want to ensure your attendees have an enjoyable and memorable experience, you need to be sure to book the right emcee.
When it comes down to it, the emcee is the person that will singlehandedly make or break your event. Oftentimes, some event-goers will show up to a function just to see the emcee!
As a corporate emcee myself, I’ve learned the incredible importance of the emcee role. When I step on stage, I know it’s up to me to use my speaking skills to keep the people truly entertained. And that’s how I create an exceptional experience for everyone in the crowd!
Booking the right emcee can be hard at first. It can be challenging to know where to start!
However, when picking out your emcee, it comes down to nine key qualities. These qualities are skills that every great emcee should have. So, when booking a master of ceremonies, make sure that the emcee you hire possesses all nine of these essential skill sets.
I’ll dive into each one by using the acronym “CORPORATE.” Keep reading!
The Mark Of Any Excellent Emcee: Charisma
Each emcee might be a little different, but there’s one thing that all performers and entertainers should have in common. And that is Charisma!
Emcees should be both excited and exciting. Their intrigue should radiate on stage and entice their listeners to lean in for more.
A great corporate emcee exudes charm and charisma, drawing the audience in with their magnetic personality. Using these skills, they should be able to make the audience feel engaged and entertained.
Great emcees have the ability to connect with people on a personal level, making everyone feel welcome. By properly utilizing their bountiful charisma, they can ensure event attendees have the time of their lives!
#2. Organization: The Key To Keeping The Entire Event Running Smoothly
Though the bulk of the emcee’s job will happen on-stage, their responsibilities aren’t exhaustive to that location alone. In fact, there’s plenty more that must happen behind the scenes in order for the entire event to run smoothly!
Emcees must spend plenty of time preparing beforehand to make an event successful. They need to be organized when researching and gathering information. And then they must correctly deliver that info on stage.
Great emcees are able to plan and coordinate the event and their act meticulously. This ensures that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. They also pay attention to things like small details and timelines.
Successful corporate emcees are highly organized individuals. There’s no way around it!
#3. Resilience: Being Quick On Their Feet
The thing about emceeing that many people might not realize is that there’s a fair amount of improvisation that goes into it. Emcees can’t always expect to walk on stage and have everything go according to plan.
Regardless of what gets thrown their way, whether it be a tough crowd or tech issues, emcees need to be able to deal with anything. After all, you never know what sort of unexpected challenges a corporate event might throw at you!
A great emcee remains resilient in any and all situations while maintaining composure on stage. They are able to find quick solutions and think on their feet.
#4. Professionalism: The No-Brainer!
Everyone loves some prime entertainment. Whether it be video games, TV series, or comedy shows, everyone can get on board with some type of captivating entertainment.
However, not everyone will love the same type of entertainment. And the same goes for your speaker on stage! You need to find someone that will fit in with your event.
For corporate events, the solution is simple. Your emcee should be someone that is able to be both hilarious and professional. Someone like a traditional stand-up comedian probably wouldn’t cut it.
Displaying professionalism is crucial for a corporate emcee. After all, they’re the ones who will be representing your brand, company, or organization.
At the minimum, your chosen emcee should be able to adhere to a high standard of conduct, maintain a polished appearance, and communicate with clarity and eloquence.
#5. Observant: Being Reactive To The Crowd
Emcees have unique skills and talents that allow them to communicate and connect with an audience on a deep and personal level while still being separated by a stage. And to do that, they need to be incredibly observant and able to react to the crowd!
The foundation of this is audience analysis. Any great emcee knows that before they step on stage, they must have a fundamental understanding of their listeners.
But even on stage, emcees need to stay reactive. For example, let’s say a certain type of joke just doesn’t land well. The speaker might then need to adjust the rest of their act to leave out that type of humor.
#6. Rapport: Creating The Perfect Atmosphere For Your Event
Your event-goers are hoping to show up and be wowed. They deserve to step foot in the venue and feel an incredible atmosphere of warmth and comfort.
And the best person to cultivate that feeling is the emcee!
Your emcee will be in charge of crafting the perfect vibe at the event. They’ll do that by building rapport with the audience while allowing everyone to feel at ease and comfortable.
Building a positive rapport with the audience is essential for a corporate emcee. By incorporating things like audience interaction through their adept interpersonal skills, great emcees will be able to engage the crowd and maintain lively energy throughout the event.
#7. Adaptability: Stay Dynamic!
A great emcee is adaptable and can adjust to different event dynamics.
They can seamlessly transition between any type of setting or environment, being sure to cater to the specific needs of their audience. Great emcees can thrive in nearly any situation on stage!
They also are fantastic at embracing change and can handle unexpected situations with grace.
#8. Timing: Keeping Everything Running Smoothly
Events aren’t just about filling time with meaningless activities and antics. Everything needs to be planned and timed perfectly for it to be successful!
Emcees will be instrumental in ensuring the timing of your event is spot on. The right emcee will be able to use their keen sense of timing to keep the entire event running smoothly while proceeding as planned.
They’ll be able to make announcements, do transitions, and deliver jokes all at the right moment without letting anything fall behind.
And that’s one of the keys to a great event!
#9. Energy: The Key To Keeping The Audience Engaged
Your event should be about treating your guests to a memorable and engaging experience. And the best way to do that is by booking an energetic and lively emcee!
No one wants to show up to an event and feel like the speaker on stage is more bored than anything. The emcee you pick for your event should be able to energize the room and keep the event’s atmosphere alive.
A fantastic emcee knows how to bring enthusiasm and vitality to the stage. This is one of the things that they’re best at!
They also know how to captivate the audience and keep their attention throughout the event. From start to finish, the emcee should radiate vibrancy and animation.
When it comes down to it, their positive energy is contagious. And their energy is what helps create a vibrant and memorable experience for everyone at the event!
Booking the perfect corporate emcee doesn’t need to be a complete challenge. Finding the right person might be a little tricky at times, but it’s far from impossible.
Just be sure the emcee you pick has these nine key qualities, and your event will be sure to thrive!
Adam Christing has been called “The Tom Brady of emcees.” He has hosted more than 1,000 company meetings, special events, gala celebrations, and more. He is the author of several books and founder of CleanComedians.com. For more event tips, follow Adam Christing on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.