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Gorgeous Q: How To Be A Good Emcee

12/14/2010

A reader sent a question that is very timely this Holiday season.

Sender’s name : jhaz

hi

would like to ask if you have ideas or tips on how to be a good and funny host of a party. or do you have any videos too?

we will be having our company xmas party this saturday dec 11 and it will be my first time to host such event.

can you help me please?! i’m too nervous.

thank you!

I’m super sorry to Jhaz who sent me this question a week ago, I wasn’t able to see it in time to reply and I think your party is over.  But just in case you get invited to do an emceeing gig again here’s some pointers you could use:

  1. Do your homework and research about the event, the people and the company you are emceeing for. It will be easier for you to ingest trivia questions and information in a funny way if you know what you are talking about.  Know what’s allowed and what’s not allowed to say regarding company information especially if there are outsiders invited to the party.
  2. Prepare some cue cards to guide you on the flow of the event and your spills/script. This is to make sure that the event goes according to the program and that you won’t miss anything  out.
  3. Practice in front of the mirror or if you have a video cam practice on cam and see where your rough edges are and correct them. This will help you if you need to moderate your voice if you have a high pitch voice, minimize your hand gestures if you do it a lot, and minimize fidgeting if you are prone to wink a lot when speaking in front of an audience.
  4. Connect with your audience. Make sure you involve the audience if you are about to deliver a long speech or introduction.  Instead of reading a boring company profile or info about your boss address it like you are giving a trivia or a pop quiz that you answer yourself.  Example:  “Who blogged about a funny cat who was hot and bothered one day and now has the term hot and bothered on her top 10 keyword search?”
  5. Wear something comfortable not just fashionable. Make sure you wear something comfortable as you will be moving and talking a lot when you host an event.  People will see your uneasiness if you wear uncomfortable clothings. This will affect your performance as a host too.
  6. Don’t forget to Smile and enjoy what you do! No matter how nervous you are if you pack a lot of humor on your side and put on your best smile people will enjoy looking at you and listening to every word you say!

I hope these pointers will help you out in future events.  These tips are based on experience as I’ve hosted a lot of events in the past.   But if our readers have something else to share it will be much welcomed.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

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  1. I hosted some events back when I was still teaching in a small academy in Taguig. Yes, can be a little stressful esp. if you have “stage fright”.

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