How to Effectively Prepare for Your Next Emcee Gig
Emcee Singapore: So you’ve been tapped to emcee an event. First of all, congratulations to you! I always think it is an honor to be able to be in the position of the emcee. It is definitely more than just standing up and talking into a microphone. The role of an emcee is an important one so whether you are just starting out or have done this a time or two, here are some useful tips to prepare for your next gig.
1) Know your audience.
Knowing your audience is very important because it dictates the tone you set for the event. For example, the atmosphere you set for a women’s empowerment conference could be different from a friend’s wedding. The audience for a popular music concert will have different expectations than an annual work event. Your content as an emcee Singapore emcee will be different from one event to another so you have to know your audience and know how to cater specifically to them.
2) Rehearse Scripts Beforehand.
Don’t ever read a script cold. It is vital to get any scripts (bios, info) beforehand so that you can practice. This is so important especially when introducing people. Have you ever heard an emcee introduce someone and mess up the person’s name?! You want to avoid this at all costs. This is why getting bio’s beforehand and working out those 4-syllable names is crucial. Another reason why you want to practice your script is so that you can make eye contact with your audience more frequently. Reading from a paper word for word won’t allow you to do that.
3) Introduce Yourself!
You’d be surprised how many emcees forget to introduce themselves. People want to know who you are and how you are connected to this event. This is why emcee Singapore emcees who are not well known might lead with a story of how they got involved with a particular organization or even a short video that serves as an introduction. This also helps establish a connection with your audience.
4) Have a Secret Weapon.
As the saying goes: The show must go on. Sometimes unavoidable problems may occur! A video doesn’t play. Someone doesn’t come out on stage when they’re supposed to. Someone misses a cue. What do you do? You have to fill in the gap. There should absolutely be no dead air on stage. Even you have to take a 5 min break or tell the DJ to play a song, dead air is a big no-no. Have a story or joke that the audience will understand. You can perhaps even joke about the mishap if it’s appropriate. Whatever you do, remember you are in control and have to keep things going.
Ask any emcee Singapore emcee to tell you why an event went so well and I can bet one of the reasons will be because the audience was engaged! Some ways to engage your audience is through eye contact, asking questions, getting them to participate, giving away promotional items. An engaged audience is thee best audience and this is what you want. However, sometimes tough crowds are inevitable. No matter what, do your part and do your best.
6) Arrive Early.
Unexpected things happen at the most inconvenient times! (the last minute). Arriving early is important because if there are any last minute changes to your script, to the show or with the honorees, you’ll have enough time to make adjustments.