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Secrets of the Great MC

Microphone

The Master of Ceremony. The one person whose voice is heard by every guest at the party.

With the spotlight on the MC it can be nerve racking figuring out the perfect thing to say.

Choosing the perfect words to control the energy of the crowd to guide them to do something.

This article will cover everything from the basics of MCing to Advanced Pro Tips to help you take your skills to the next level.

THE “DRIVE THRU” WINDOW

There is nothing more annoying than poor communication.

Imagine this:

Have you ever ordered food through a “drive thru”?

You first pull up to a nice menu and have to say your order through a tiny microphone.

How annoying is it when this happens:

You: Hi I would like to order….

Restaurant Cashier: PLEASE HOLD ON FOR ONE SECOND.

(5 minutes pass by……)

Restaruant Cashier: HI MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER.

You: Yes, I would like a small order of ….

Restaurant Cashier: CAN YOU PLEASE SPEAK UP I CAN NOT HEAR YOU.

You: I WANT A SMALL ORDER OF FRIES AND A….

Restaurant Cashier: SIR– OUR FRYER IS CURRENTLY BROKEN.

You: ok in that case I will have a….

Restaurant Cashier: CAN YOU PLEASE SPEAK UP I CAN NOT HEAR YOU.

This goes on back and forth for a while.

As you poke your head out of your car window and proceed to yell at a tiny box about how hungry you are.

MCing is All about Communication

Just like ordering at a drive- thru…

MCing is all about communicating what you want someone to do.

The MC is in the individual who knows all of the items on the agenda for the party.

They coordinate with the client, guests, and Disc Jockey (DJ) to make sure everyone knows whats going on.

The MC has to know how to communicate with each person to make sure they get their message clearly across.

For Example:

You are the MC of a wedding. The parents of the bride decided last minute that they would like to make a toast.

As the MC you are expected to:

#1- Make sure the DJ is aware of this toast so he/she can adjust the music

#2 – Make an announcement to the guests to be seated and listen for the toast

#3- Welcome the parents to the front stage as you hand them the microphone.

THE ROLE OF THE MC

Think about every party as this general structure.

Party Layout

The DJ is usually separated from the guests by a huge dancefloor!

PRO TIP: It is the MC’s job to bridge the gap between the DJ and the guests. The MC acts like a liason to pass messages between the two groups.

It is 25% of What You Say ; 75% How You Say IT!

Having a script of what you want to say is pretty important.

If you would like a quick cheat sheet of MC Scripts Click Here.  

#1 – Be Energetic

 Be Upbeat. Remember, everything you say is being projected to the whole audience.

How you say things will be perceived by the crowd.

Just like if you played a sad song, everyone would feel sentimental.

Or – if you played a loud happy song, people would get that “feel good” energy.

Remember – everyone is there to have a good time. Start the night right by showing the crowd that you are the most excited person there!

#2- Smile and make eye contact with the crowd

 

This one trick is the way to overcome fear of public speaking. Just go up on the dancefloor, look at people in the audience and SMILE.

Trust me, smiling is contagious. This will break the ice and make the whole environment a lot comfortable.

#3 – Project Your Voice

Learning how to project your voice can take lots of practice and skill to master. But to get started – listen to the radio.

You will hear how broadcasters throw syllables and put on that radio personality.

Projecting your voice mainly means adding more “UMPH” to your words.

(We go into more detail about projecting your voice in our classroom here)

#4 – Show Your Personality (ADVANCED TIP)

Once you have gotten done your scripts and are confident to get on the microphone it is time to show off your personality.

Giving hints of your personality is what will brand you as a unique MC. This is how you will be remembered by clients.

How do you show off your personality?

Humor is the primary way of adding to your stage personality.

This party is probably the first time anyone is going to see/hear you.

Be the best YOU that you can be. Throw in some improv humor when necessary and add small commentary when interesting events happen. 

For example:  

You are MCing at a wedding. The Bride’s parents just made a very heartwarming toast.

An average MC – “Ladies and Gentlemen make some noise for the Bride’s parents”.

A Great MC – “Wow. What a heartwarming speech. Ladies and Gentlemen please put your hands together for the bride’s wonderful parents. “