Hiring A Great Emcee Can Make Your Meeting a Super Success
Adam Christing: The Funny Event MC
Your group is guaranteed a great time with Adam Christing as your event Master of Ceremonies. He keeps everybody laughing with appropriate humor. Adam will customize his comedy for your program and keep the spotlight on your people and your organization. He knows what’s important: to make your award-winners, speakers, and VIP’s the stars of the show.
You can trust Adam Christing to keep your event flowing, your audience engaged, and your meeting on track. Warning: Once you have Adam at your event, you will never go back to using an “in house” person as your corporate MC for events.
“Adam Christing is the Tom Brady of MCs.”
Mark Green, CEO, W.H.I.
- Adam was booked 7 years straight as the corporate event MC for the National Outreach Convention in San Diego, California.
- As an inspiring, funny event emcee, Adam has hosted more than 500 fundraising events that have generated more than $100 million dollars for various non-profit groups.
- “Laugh Makers” magazine featured Adam in a cover story about positive humor.
- Ranked among the Top 5 After-Dinner Speakers in the U.S.
- Featured on 100+ Radio & TV shows including PBS, FOX News, and “Entertainment Tonight”
7 Mistakes Amateur Emcees Make and How YOU Can Avoid Them
1. Bad Beginnings
When you hire a corporate emcee whether for virtual events or in-person events, his services include being in charge of introducing your speakers and other key presenters. An amateur host or MC may try to act funny while making these speaker introductions.
This is a problem because you want your attendees to know that your speakers are important and have something valuable to say during panel discussions. At other times, a weak corporate emcee will read a way-too-long biography of the speaker.
Note: An intro is not the same as a bio. And an event emcee with a plethora of emcee gigs and corporate hosting experience will know that.
The Corporate Emcee should prepare a brief yet engaging 3-point introduction for your keynote speaker or motivational speaker that sets him/her up in a super positive way.
This Intro should tell the audience: WHO the keynote speaker is. WHY the speaker has credibility. And, WHAT the speaker will be sharing.
2. Hogging the Spotlight
You definitely want to hire a Master of Ceremonies (MC) with personality, skills, humor. But be careful.
Your event host or MC should not be hosting the program just to talk about how wonderful he/she is to the audience. But about how great your company, organization, leaders, event organizers, and corporate events are!
Otherwise, the tone and voice of your virtual business event will be completely skewed. And it will create confusion amongst guests.
And besides, bragging isn’t entertainment. And the services offered by the MC you hire should be focused on engagement instead. An MC acts as not just entertainment, but as your company’s values.
Work with a professional Host or Master of Ceremonies who “gets it” and keeps the spotlight on your keynote speaker and corporate event success. Give your event emcee specific additional information about your company, organization, and employees, like their demographics, age group, professional success, and more.
Example: “This group is unstoppable when it comes to winning sales awards.” You may find this is the event emcee you want for your next event too. One who acts with the company’s best interests in mind.
3. A Naked Stage
Your Corporate Emcee needs to keep things m-o-v-i-n-g. The host or Master of Ceremonies you hire is responsible for transitions between speakers, videos, and other segments at your corporate event, all while keeping your audience’s attention.
An amateur Master of Ceremonies will slow run a slow-paced event program and your audience members will see dead spots. If the crowd was interested before, they won’t be after this kind of messaging.
Hire an emcee or event host with professional entertainment experience and high energy, and seat them close to the steps of the stage. Invite your speakers to be “on deck” and near the platform before they go up.
Tell your virtual event emcee and all of your program participants that you want to fill the stage, not drain it empty. And this will help to keep the audience energized and engaged.
4. Time Overruns
Your attendees, companies, and organizations in the audience will be pleased if your MC starts and ends your event program on schedule. A weak emcee will allow the program to run long and will often insert too much of his/her own material into the agenda.
Work with a professional Emcee who runs a tight ship. If a speaker runs over, an effective emcee will begin to move toward the platform and be ready to artfully interrupt the long-winded presenter to keep the event ceremonies moving along.
5. Skipping the Details
Your audiences are silently hoping your virtual event emcee or host will tell them what to expect, where to go, and what to do next. Many amateur Emcees forget to give attendees the event facts:
Where is breakfast? What time are the break-out sessions? How do I get the event app?
Shortly after hiring, give your professional emcee or host the conference details. Remind your host to share all of the announcements regarding Who? What? Where? Whens? with your group.
6. Room Gloom
Your event guests want to feel entertained and energized at your event or business meeting. Weak emcees will forget or fail to bring the “fun factor” that makes for a memorable and entertaining session.
Most clients and C level executives feel drained during long business meetings and general sessions. Make sure you have an experienced emcee who knows how to keep the audience engaged with fruitful entertainment.
Whether that’s through tasteful humor that keeps the audience laughing, stretching throughout the event, ice breakers for your in-person or virtual conferences, and more.
7. Failure to Communicate
Your meeting, conference, gala, charity events, live events, or virtual events have many moving parts. It’s best to talk about the flow of your event program with your virtual emcee or host before it starts.
If you hire a Master of Ceremonies that’s an amateur, he will try to “wing it” and present your corporate events on the fly without discussing/rehearsing each piece of your presentations first.
Communicate with your corporate emcee long before your next event. Provide your host with a “Run Sheet” document that breaks down every part of your business meeting, including the timing for each of the events.
And lay out some event goals that you have in mind. Talk about what components will make this a successful event.
And create a tone of professionalism amongst your virtual emcee, speakers, event planners, and attendees. Having this focus from the very beginning will help you formulate your ideas and keep everyone on track.
Key: Have all of your presenters, including the virtual emcee, meet for a talk-through one hour before the events begin on site. This way, speakers, virtual emcees, and speakers can have the opportunity to make contact and hear out the goals for the event.
Adam Christing is a popular Event MC and Speaker with over two decades of experience. He is the author of Your Life is a Joke: 12 Ways to Go from Ha Ha to AHA! (For more information, including contact details, go to AdamChristing.com)