“But you want to make sure you have an expert who can take event hiccups and make them disappear. When a technical difficulty occurs or the sponsor’s name is dropped from the script, a pro can pick up the pieces and right the wrong without notice.”
“Emceeing is a different skill set than stand-up, a keynote or broadcasting.”
If you’re using a professional MC, make use of their expertise, advises King.
“They can be great at imparting their knowledge in terms of timing—where you’ve allocated a little too much time to a certain segment, for example.” You may also want to consider a conference weaver like Bill Carr, or a virtual expert like James Taylor or Patrick Ledwell.
Prep them for in person or Virtual.
Make sure your MC is well-briefed. This is especially important when it comes to hybrid events. Some planners choose to hire two professional MC’s to make sure both audiences feel the love!
They should have a copy of the script in advance—at least 48 hours before. It’s also important to help your “outside” MC seem like an insider at the event.
“They need to be comfortable with the event objectives and what they can play with at the podium—and what’s off limits,” says King.
Expect to pay in the range of $5,000 to $30,000+ for a professional MC.
“It all depends on the role of the MC,” says King. Is she there to keep the timeline going and add some humour and spark, or are they also lending their name to the evening and increasing ticket sales as well?”
Elevate your event to new heights, keep your program running seamlessly on time–hire a professional MC. Discover the impact they can have on engaging your audience and creating a memorable experience. Contact us to set up a time to chat about your next event.
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