Some of you have a fear of speaking in front of large groups. Luckily for you, I don't. Being a Master of
Ceremonies includes being the spokesperson for you. Also, it includes being able to keep everyone on time, the
ability to think fast and react to any situation that needs a little help. Some people will be asked to get up and
"say something". How to address a crowd is important. Proper etiquette is essential to making a great impression
on your peers. I can help make that person feel more comfortable getting up and speaking in front of crowds.
Just having a person out there that smiles back, a time keeper, a person to help answer questions that come up
and how to do it properly for your event are some of the reasons people hire a Master of Ceremonies. When the
owner or president doesn't want to work the event but wants to enjoy it, hire a MC. When the person in charge
just needs some help, hire a MC. When you are dealing with multiple personalities of speakers, hire a MC.
A friend once told me that being a MC included being the "bad guy" for your clients so that they didn't have to be
that " bad guy". That can help you in a tough spot. A client told me that they had been the spokesperson for the
past ten years and it was time to sit back and enjoy the event. After our event was over he told me that he
wished he had hired me ten years ago. Having your event run by a Master of Ceremonies can help make it
appear more professional. Hiring a Master of ceremonies is having someone that can speak eloquently, react
calmly to stressful situations, make connections flow seamlessly and coordinate to make sure everyone knows
what and when things need to be done. Many businesses and event coordinators use a MC so that they can
make sure things get done correctly, your way.
A Master or Mistress of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee), sometimes called a compère or
an MJ for "microphone jockey," is the host of an official public or private staged event or other
performance. The MC usually presents performers, speaks to the audience, and generally keeps the
event moving. The MC sometimes also acts as the protocol officer during an official state function.
The term originates from the Catholic Church. The Master of Ceremonies is an official of the Papal Court
responsible for the proper and smooth conduct of the elegant and elaborate rituals involving the Pope and
the Sacred Liturgy. He may also be an official involved in the proper conduct of protocols and ceremonials
involving the Roman Pontiff, the Papal Court, and other dignitaries and potentates. Examples of official
liturgical books prescribing the rules and regulations of liturgical celebrations are Cæremoniale Romanum
and Cæremoniale Episcoporum.
In the early 1970s, the term MC (master of ceremonies, which in hip hop is sometimes changed to Mic
controller) became associated with what would change to become known as the rapper in hip-hop / rap
music and culture. Originally, the term was simply used as Master of Ceremonies. It's believed that the
first musician to call himself an MC was Melle Mel from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.
Traditionally, an MC uses rhyming verses, whether pre-written or freestyled, to introduce and praise the
DJ he or she works with, to hype up the crowd. As hip-hop progressed, the title MC has been thought to
mean a number of acronyms such as Microphone Controller, "Microphone Commander", Mic Checka,
Music Commentator, and one who Moves the Crowd.
I like to get the crowd to get involved in the evening. I like to let them go home with a feeling of not just
attendance but participation. Having fun for some is just watching others have fun but for a lot of your
guests they will want the chance to get up and have some fun. I give you the options of ways to get the
guests involved and let you choose what you like.
Have you ever heard a DJ get on the Mic and try to pronounce the names of your wedding party and
fail. Being a DJ means playing music and keeping the dance floor packed with great songs. Being a
Master of Ceremonies means talking to the crowd and making announcements. Talking to the crowd
does not mean saying "please applause", it is using words to elicit an applause without having to
actually ask for it. Pitch and volume, tone and pronunciation are tools that a properly trained MC can
use to help you and your guests enjoy the event more. I'm trained at both being a DJ and MC. Don't
think that you are just hiring a DJ when you use my services. I go to great lengths to maintain proper
skills through training on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.