Nando Miranda is an American based in Helsinki. He has more than 15 years of business experience in Marketing, Advertising and Sales. He is a very active member of Toastmasters International. He is often asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at several types of events.
What is a Master of Ceremonies
A Master of Ceremonies (emcee) is the person who acts as a Host for a special event. The emcee steers the audience through the itinerary, through the program of entertainment. The event can be a speech contest, talent show, a wedding reception, etc. The emcee is the manager of the protocol, saying what is allowed, what is not, introducing the speakers and performers, letting the people know when to applaud and when to be silent.
His favourite Master of Ceremonies
Nando admires Ryan Seacrest, who is American Idol’s host. Ryan dresses and looks the part and he piques the audience’s interest by telling short stories about the performers he is introducing. And he is very encouraging. All these elements make the show always runs smoothly.
His top piece of advice to be Master of Ceremonies
1. Gather information from the organizers. You must know exactly what the program is. Know what is off limits as there might be some subjects that are taboo. Learn how to pronounce well the performers’ names.
2. Rehearse. Write a script in advance. Using note cards is OK, especially useful for introductions.
3. Dress and look the part. Wear a suit and put on a tie (for men), wear a dress (for ladies). Look like a Pro even if you haven’t acted as emcee before.
4. Relax! Have fun because you are there to entertain the audience.
How to introduce a speaker or performer
You want to build the excitement but you don’t want to overhype the moment. Tell a concise story why the audience should be attentively listening to a speaker or watching the performer. Lead the applause.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda (Star Wars’ Episode V: “The Empire Strikes Back”)
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Routine to Shine
On a daily basis, make a list of goals of what you need to accomplish both in your personal and business life. It’s a day to day tactical way to see what you accomplish towards your goals. Just pen and paper.