What Do I Actually Do?
Of course. When you think MC you think ‘Person with microphone who can chat through the awkward silences.’ Well yes, that’s a major part of the job. But there’s intricacies that hide behind the curtain.
I HELP YOU TALK
Maybe it’s you infront of a thousand peers, maybe it’s your Maid of Honour or Parents making a speech. Whoever it may be, I’m there to steal a hot minute and run through how everything will work.
Have you spoken into a microphone before, do you know how to maintain your composure if you skip a beat? Where do the photographers want you to stand, what’s your eyeline for the videographers etc…
All these things that you might not have considered before, I have the answers right there on a platter for you before we need to do anything. Not a literal platter, that would be weird.
Well, not Winston, but your suppliers. Weddings, Functions, Corporate Events, they’re all stressful beasts, and within that stress is every different Suppliers runsheet that they’re desperate to stick by.
Photographers are like Skittish Cats. Very well presented but watch them freak when the sunset is fading and the married couple aren’t racing toward their picture perfect positions.
Videographers are a little more sloth-like, so long as their tripods are set they’re fairly languid. Kinda like a reptile that’s found a good spot in the sun.
DJ’s just wanna drop the beat and get people dancing. As long as they have a clear songlist in front of them they’re fine to just sit in their headphones and do great things.
Venue Managers are a mix between the nicest people in the world and Einstein's hair. Some of them just can’t be tamed.
So what am I doing amongst this?
Well, I’m watching all of these people freak out about their run sheets going skew-iff and making the necessary calls to bring everything back into line.
I’M A REAL LIFE HUMAN STRESS BALL
You’ve done enough stressing getting this day off the ground.
Now that you’ve said the ‘I Do’s’, it’s up to me to take on all of the above and guide you in the decision making as to what’s going to help the day/night run smoothest.
You may also think that because I’m a stress ball you can squeeze me. If you do, I’ll be letting HR know about it in the morning.
MASSAGE THAT ENERGY
You might hear this and think it sounds a little naff, but every event has its own energy. It might sound even more naff, but this energy needs to be massaged throughout.
We’re not at some Bush Doof Rave where everybody’s peaking from the first second. Your Guests/Audience need a chance to breathe, laugh, cheer, clap, listen and breathe again. Are they losing focus right before an important speech? How do you get them to buy back into the formalities at hand?
You don’t. I do.
It’s all about working the energy of the room so that people can feel refreshed and ready for the formalities whilst enjoying the lighter elements of the event.
There’s a key aspect about key messages, and that’s that they can often get lost in the fun. How many times have you gotten to the end of a Wedding Reception and nobody’s signed the guestbook?
Clearly this is not a question you’ll be able to answer, nobody’s done any research on this, and let’s be honest, rightly so.
Who are the sponsors of the mass participation event?
What’s the hashtag everybody’s supposed to be using again?
Humans need triggers attached to information or it’s too easily lost. When I’m working an event I’m finding individual and unique aspects to an event that help everybody remember the key messaging.
Every function/event I work is unique and presents its own challenges.
It’s an ability to work on the fly that I’ve trained over time that helps me ride the wave with you, the Client, so that nothing is derailed or lost.
It’s why I do what I do, and I love it.