MASTER OF CEREMONY
The Master of Ceremonies is the “conductor” of an event or meeting. A Master of Ceremonies (MC), or compere, is the host of a staged event or similar performance. An MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the event moving. An MC may also tell jokes or anecdotes. The MC sometimes also acts as the protocol officer during an official state function. The primary responsibility of the Master of Ceremonies is to serve as a genial host. An ideal MC is a person who has poise, presence and who can command the attention of an audience.
A Master of Ceremonies (MC), or compere, is the host of a staged event or similar performance. An MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the event moving. An MC may also tell jokes or anecdotes. The MC sometimes also acts as the protocol officer during an official state function.
The Master of Ceremonies is responsible for ensuring that the program/event runs smoothly, runs on time and that all important people at the event are introduced in a complimentary, professional manner. Being a successful Master of Ceremonies requires, preparation, a friendly manner and ability to adjust to/ad lib as necessary to ensure a successful event
What an MC should and should not do. Then, perform in front of the class as an MC.
1. You are the stage setter.
2. Create an inviting environment.
3. Be really interested in the speaker and subject.
4. Unless the speaker is a celebrity, use his or her name several times.
5. When you make an introduction, speak to the audience, not to the person being introduced.
6. Do not upstage or over praise.
7. Welcome the speaker with a handshake, nod, smile, or slight touch on the shoulder.
8. Lead the applause.
Here are a few tips/steps to get you going as a master of a ceremony/MCEE.
1. Start by welcoming the audience, and thanking them for their presence (introduce yourself while you are at it).
2. Thank the upcoming speakers and lead the applause for them and the organisers
3. Know the theme of the event and say something about it – remind people what they get to benefit by being there
4. A great way to introduce the theme is to tie it to some relevant humour or humorous situation
5. Tell the audience about the proceedings (starting times, speaker line-ups, presentation times, question times, breaks etc.)
6. Introduce the first speaker
7. Listen to their speech and pick up some interesting points that you can refer to – and attach to the next speech
8. Try to relax and have a glass of water nearby at all times
9. At the end, thank the audience and mention some highlights of the event.
Name each part of the MC script as mentioned below.
Introducing the event
Welcome to this event.
I want to welcome you to ….
It is greatest pleasure to welcome you ….
Good afternoon. My name is ….
Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Good evening, the distinguished guest, Ladies and
Introducing the speaker
Our speaker for this day is ….
It’s our pleasure to have … here with us.
Mr/Mrs … will talk about ….
We have had a fascinating talk ….
Thank you for your participation.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the end of this reception.
Thank you ….Study
Example of MC script :
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Our session now will deal with the topic “The Importance of Home Education for Children” to be presented by Dr. Nina Bisono, M.Psi from Tunas Ceria NGO. Now I’d like to call upon Dr. Nina Bisono, M.Psi to proceed to the stage to present her paper. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mrs Bisono is the director of Tunas Ceria. It is a non-governmental organisation concerned about children education. She has written several books in the same fi eld. She has also involved in a number of seminars dealing with education for children. I’d now like to invite Mrs Bisono to present her main.
points in her paper within 30 minutes. Afterwards, we’ll spend the rest of the time for questions and answers. Mrs Bisono, please. Now we still have twenty minutes for our session and I like to invite questions and comments on what has been presented by Mrs Bisono. Please mention your name and institution fi rst. Ladies and Gentlemen. We are running out of time. I’d like to extend my appreciation and thanks to Mrs Bisono for her lucid presentation. She deserves a big applause, then. Thank you.
Good afternoon! My name is Andi Soraya and I’m a sophomore here at SMU Tunas Bangsa. I want to welcome you to the fi rst of a three-day English for You programme sponsored by First English Course. Our speaker for this day is Helvy Nadia. Helvy earned a scholar degree in English Literature from Padjadjaran University. A syndicated columnist, she is a member of an outstanding writing society in Indonesia and is the award-winning author of some best selling books. She has spoken to thousands of students in Indonesia. She has appeared on television talk shows across Indonesia. Today Helvy will be speaking on “How to Write a Good Book”. Let’s give Helvy a warm welcome to SMU Tunas Bangsa.