Maybe you have heard this stated “Our next speaker needs no introduction… ” Well, if that is accurate mister/madam emcee, then why do we want you? As a Master of Ceremonies your function is to build excitement about each speaker or presenter that’s on your schedule.
Mr. Emcee aka Rae Stonehouse DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) is a Okanagan-based Corporate Master of Ceremonies that has spent the past twenty years honing his talking, presentation, leadership & media abilities. E=Emcee Squared provides useful tips and sage advice to quickly track your own personal growth and skill development.
While strengthening and developing my speaking skills at innumerable Toastmasters meetings and introducing countless speakers and their addresses through time, I have developed an appreciation for the value of a successful introduction. Whether you’re presenting a speaker/presenter, presenting an award or introducing a individual that’ll be taking on a part from the application, a professionally composed and delivered debut could exponentially increase the efficacy of the individual which you’re introducing.
Taking a notion type the performing arts business, as the master of ceremonies you’re the warm up action! Your function is to build enthusiasm in order for your audience can not wait to listen to what the person you’re introducing needs to say.
Below are a few strategies & techniques to make sure your next speaker openings are sent professionally.
Planning is the trick to success. If you’re introducing a skilled or very expert speaker that they may supply you with a script beforehand they would like you to provide word for word… nothing more, nothing less. They’ll also probably offer you details or directions about the best way best to deliver the debut. You could be advised to read it fast with a growing tempo or maybe slow and whimsical. Everything depends on what they’re attempting to accomplish within their demonstration.
If you’re able to memorize a number of it without needing to read your notes word for word, all the greater. As an EMCEE Services in Singapore I have regularly met the speaker only minutes before they go on stage together passing their debut and just using a quick view of what I will be studying. In case you’ve got the luxury of being able to get hold of your speaker beforehand to work out the particulars of the debut, then by all means do so.
However, what about the nonprofessional speaker that if requested to get an introduction of the demonstration answers with “Oh you know me. I’d muster up my creative writing abilities and craft an award winning debut. Alright, the awards have not been coming too fast however, if not in all!
Utilizing the six questions of who, what, why, when, where and the way that each story needs, you’d begin with collecting answers to every one of these very important questions. This information gathering contributes to another step of this procedure I call producing promotional copy. That’s a term borrowed from the direct marketing business to advertise and sell services or products. In our case we’re “selling” the speaker into the audience.
The most significant factor we must deal with in the viewer’s view is “what’s in it for me?” The ones who are alert rather than texting in their smart phone that’s. I’m sure it would be rather simple to construct a very long collection of ideas that undergo a audience member’s heads while anticipating an upcoming speaker.
In case the individual that I am presenting is talking on a subject that’s been picked for them beforehand and they’ve been chosen to talk because they have experience about the topic, I would build that to my own introduction. I’d mention any academic accomplishments or honorary awards they’ve been presented in case it adds to their authenticity. I’d do my very best to highlight their achievements and encourage what utopian wisdom they will probably have to share with us. Your debut serves as the warm up act in assisting your speaker into a solid beginning.
For a few speakers you might need to impose a limitation to the quantity which you state about them. I’m reminded of a workshop which I attended at which the introducer of this presenter told us that when she approached the speaker, that had been a psychologist, to get biographical info to perform the debut, she had been supplied with a 32 page facsimile of their physician’s accomplishments. I had been impressed until the stage that I understood that she had been planning to see every sentence on each page of 32 pages!
Occasionally as an emcee you may encounter a speaker that’s lacklustre, some could call them “plain vanilla.” Your challenge as a promotional copy author would be to work together and dig a bit to get those personal details which can “sell” the speaker. Your listening may even show an astounding actuality your speaker does not boast around, that although not directly associated with the subject at hand, has great significance. Have you ever thought about how athletes or actors become inspirational speakers? Their stardom empowers them to springboard to other subjects that attracts their authenticity together. Your occupation as they state would be to discover that hidden nugget and craft it into a gemstone.
I’d make a proposal at this juncture that when it will fall into your lap to make promotional backup to present a speaker, then that you examine it using the speaker prior to introducing it live. It could be awkward for your speaker to listen to an introduction which was not true, the entire truth and nothing but the facts. Others, might be ashamed to get their own achievements shown publicly.
As for presenting a featured speaker that has a prepared speech or demonstration the procedure is basically the same with the accession of promotional backup to construct excitement about the subject in addition to the speaker. Why is this subject important or of significance to the viewers? Why this specific speaker? Why today?
You certainly require the guidance of your own speaker in crafting this voucher. What info does your speaker would like you to impart to the crowd? Does the speaker need the viewer all fired up or at a thoughtful mood? Does your viewers have to get concentrated on something ahead of the speaker begins? Asking rhetorical questions of the crowd can be useful.
Your introduction ought to be crafted as another language. The small difference in telling a story is that you’re building the delight as a portion of this speaker’s narrative and it’s all up for them to complete it.
1. You do not wish to make a promotional debut which may embarrass the speaker.
2. Avoid making statements which the speaker could not possibly live up to. If not… do not use it.
3. Don’t slip the speaker’s thunder! Maybe you’ve heard the speaker’s demo before. Mentioning the material or paraphrasing their traces may remove the effects of the material once the speaker is introducing it. I’d suggest confirming using the speaker your introduction adds for their presentation, not remove from it. I’ve experienced on too many times in which I have been requested to provide a couple of words on a topic with brief note only to see that the introducer has said virtually word for word exactly what I had been going to provide.
4. Do not wing it. Regardless of the way in which the cliché goes, practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice with constructive comments and acting upon the hints, leads to excellence. Rehearse your introductions out loudly and also have a spouse supply you with comments regarding what worked, what did not and what you can do in order to boost your presentation. Toastmasters clubs are great areas to practice these skills and receive constructive comments.