17. A master of ceremonies who engages his audience

Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute and author of "Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking" and "How to be a brilliant master of ceremonies".

What does it take to be an excellent master of ceremonies? 

Take a look at the video below and see someone who shows many of the important features of being one. He engages his audience. That is the crucial component of being a brilliant master of ceremonies, audience engagement.

Does it take emotional intelligence? Yes. Emotional intelligence is paramount as an emcee, as engagement is all about managing emotions.

What makes him a good and emotionally intelligent master of ceremonies?

  1. He is very personable and has an easy-to-listen to voice with warmth and clarity. The audience will listen to this emcee.
  2. He is adaptable, he changes what he does to meet the needs of the audience. The audience will find his Mc'ing relevant.
  3. He is audience focused, he knows his audience and will be responsive to them and involves them. The audience will feel included by his master of ceremonies tactics.
  4. He has energy and is flexible and moves magnetically - who would not join in? People join in as he role models what is required. He is a good MC!
  5. He evokes a positive audience response, not by telling jokes but through the tasks he chooses.



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Can you be this good when you are a master or mistress of ceremonies? 

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