The name “Master of Ceremonies” epitomizes the talent of an MC. These people are highly skilled in managing the entertainment as a host at a variety of events. They keep your event going in the desired direction, establish a tone for the event, and provide a feeling of community. The larger the number of guests, the more important the services of an MC become. A DJ alone often cannot give the crowd the attention that it needs and will need an MC to assist them.
There are several duties of an MC, some more obvious than others. Behind the scenes, the MC should be planning with you. Throughout the event they will make announcements or an introduction, making sure that each person has the perfect grand entrance. They may also tell the guests specific instructions or information about the venue, increasing safety. Events run on a tightly timed schedule. The MC will keep the event on schedule by making announcements at specific times and creating smooth transitions. Last, and perhaps most importantly, they keep the atmosphere thriving. The MC will keep the crowd engaged by interacting with them, and they may event tell stories to keep them entertained.
Finding the MC who fits your event perfectly is important. Not only are they a very memorable part of your event, but they will be responsible for keeping the crowd entertained and engaged. Find an MC who is willing to have a planning session with you and whose personality and style fits the vibe of the event. Choose someone with a pleasant stage presence, who can think of their feet, is a good multitasker, and who remains calm under pressure. Someone who becomes flustered easily may increase stress on whoever is coordinating the event and potentially put a damper on the event. An MC who lacks a stage presence and is unentertaining may result in your guests simply tuning them out.