All professional emcees have to prepare well for their hosting gigs. Their prep routine entails getting to know the client, understanding the purpose and goals of the event, and knowing the program schedule and all the speakers and guests of honor.
Preparing for the event also means creating a script that will wow the audience from the start and keep them energized and engaged throughout the program.
Creating the Perfect Script
Whether you are still making a name for yourself as a reputable professional emcee or are already an established one, creating an amazing script will allow you to help guide the perfect event from start to finish.
With a well-thought-out script, you will ensure the smooth transition from one part or activity of the program to another. Additionally, you will be able to give the speakers the proper introduction that will excite the audience.
Lastly, with a great script, you will also successfully tie different threads together to reinforce the various themes of the event.
Since a fantastic script is crucial for the success of any event, you need to prepare the perfect one to follow for your next (and all future) emceeing gigs.
Below are five tips for creating an engaging emcee script:
Come up with an attention-grabbing introduction.
For emcees, the first and most important thing you have to do is to set the tone for the event. You can do this by creating the right impression from the start.
In the critical opening seconds of the event, you want to create interest, anticipation, energy, and suspense. This is something that won’t happen if you start talking over your audience or asking them to settle down.
To get the audience pumped up for the event, you need to come up with an effective opening patter. It needs to be elaborate — something that will quickly grab the attention of all spectators.
The perfect introduction should not be something that everyone has heard in nearly all the events they have attended. To come up with a unique, exciting intro for the event or host, tweak your usual spiel.
Add some fun wordplay to boost your credibility as an emcee. Play with the lights and background music to build an introduction that will wow your audience.
Lastly, don’t forget to back up your introduction with a powerful, serious voice. This will help you grab the attention of your audience faster. It will also allow you to establish your position as the event’s credible and commanding host.
Many emcees make the mistake of not telling the audience who they are. Although this error may seem trivial, it will have an impact on the spectators.
Failing or forgetting to introduce yourself will leave a nagging hole in your audience’s understanding of the proceedings. They see and hear you, but don’t know who you are or why you were chosen as the emcee. As such, whenever you take the microphone, your audience will start thinking about why you are talking.
To help the audience keep their focus on the event, take the time to introduce yourself. Mention your full name, background, and qualifications. Highlight your experiences or credentials that make you the ideal emcee for this affair.
Although you want your audience to know you, don’t forget to keep this part short. There are more important parts to get to.
Get your information right.
Another important job you have as an emcee is presenting all the speakers and VIP guests. Make sure you work with your client to get all the essential details you need from them so that you can create the perfect introduction that will get the audience excited to listen to them.
Aside from acquiring the details regarding the qualifications of each speaker and guest, make sure you get their names right. This means knowing the exact pronunciation of their first and last names, as well as their honorary titles, if they have any.
All your preparation and praises will be wasted if you mess up on this crucial aspect.
Include key event information the audience should know about.
Help your audience feel more comfortable and at ease throughout the event by sharing details about the program they would like to know about.
Some of the details worth sharing that you should include in your script are:
- The general order of proceedings of the event
- Snack breaks and lunch
- Time for special activities such as networking, an open forum with the speakers, etc.
- Location of certain places of interest such as restrooms, souvenir tables, the area for autograph sessions, etc.
- Expected time for the end of the event
Turn monologues into dialogues.
Lastly, no matter how informative and complete your script is, make sure your lines will encourage the audience to connect or interact with you.
You can do this by asking them questions on relevant topics. Try this at the start of the event and whenever you have the mic.
As much as possible, aim to get the audience to engage with you so that they will feel that they are esteemed guests of this event.
If you have always had difficulties in creating the perfect emcee script, start by following the tips above. When you become consistent with doing this, you will cement your status as an excellent professional MC presenter.
Hisham Wyne is an internationally recognised MC, broadcaster, presenter and moderator who helps the world’s best-known brands create memorable occasions. He regularly hosts conferences, panel sessions, gala dinners and award ceremonies for some of the world’s best brands. With 150+ events under his belt, Hisham is the professional speaker that brands and agencies turn to when wanting to interview, engage and entertain government VVIPs and Hollywood celebrities.