How to Be a Good Emcee


Being the emcee for an event can be a huge honor and responsibility. An emcee, or "MC," is an abbreviation for the title "Master of Ceremonies." An emcee serves as the host for a dinner, show, party or other event. A good emcee can make the event a huge success, and a bad emcee can ruin the time for everyone. Thankfully, by practicing your stage presence and following some basic rules of emceeing, you will be able to host a night that everyone will enjoy.

  • Practice an introduction and the names of any people or places that you are going to have to announce while you are on stage. Messing up an introduction can set a negative tone for the rest of the night. Additionally, pronouncing a name wrong is embarrassing and unprofessional.

  • Review the timeline for the evening and know how long you are supposed to be on stage. A good host is in control of the flow of action throughout the event.

  • Walk on the stage with energy and a smile on your face. The crowd will not get excited unless you are.

  • Speak clearly and directly into the microphone so everyone can understand you. Additionally, make sure anyone you are speaking with also talks into the mic.

  • Ask the audience questions and develop back-and-forth banter with the crowd. This is most effective when the audience setting is intimate, meaning the people are visible and close to you. In larger crowds it may be easier to just stick with pre-planned material.

  • Select material that will be appropriate for the crowd that you will be talking to. For example, the jokes that you would tell in front of a group of young adults may be different than the jokes you would use for an audience of small children.

  • Introduce whoever is following you by first listing their accomplishments or notable achievements. End your introduction with the person or group's name, as the audience will use that as a cue to begin applauding.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Emcee at a Rehearsal Dinner

    Wedding rehearsal dinners are held to help celebrate the upcoming nuptials. They typically occur after a practice run of the wedding ceremony....

  • How to Become an MC

    A Master of Ceremonies, or MC, is a personality who leads a party or event and introduces new acts to the audience....

  • How to Host a Successful Party

    Everyone loves a party but when you're the host, making sure the event goes as planned can be stressful. Before the big...

  • How to Become a Beauty Pageant Emcee

    The level of skill required to become a beauty pageant emcee increases depending on the level of pageant taking place. For local...

  • How to Emcee a Show

    Often the most important aspect to any stage performance, whether it be a comedy show, or a talent show, is the emcee....

  • How to Write a Good Emcee Speech

    If being chosen as a master of ceremonies is an honor, so is writing the speech--effectively doubling the pressure that accompanies the...

  • How to MC a 25th Wedding Anniversary

    If you've been asked to emcee an anniversary party, you may be a bit nervous or even intimidated, especially if you don't...

  • What Are the Duties of an Emcee?

    The job of an emcee, otherwise known as master of ceremonies, is a challenging and underestimated job that involves strong public speaking...

Related Searches

Check It Out

12 Tiki Essentials to Turn Your Bar Cart Into a Tropical Paradise

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!