Questions

How do I contact the Event Host MC?
When will I hear back from an MC?
How do I book an MC for my event?
What duties does the MC role cover?
Why shouldn't we ask our friend or colleague to MC our event?
What time does the MC arrive?
Do we need to pay the MC for the entire event?
Will the MC's confident personality be too dominant?
What is a runsheet, and what's involved in creating it?
Can the DJ also act as a MC?
Should we provide a meal for the MC?
What are the advantages of hiring from the MC Directory?
*Why don't you use the term Master of Ceremonies anymore?

Answers

Found an MC* you reckon is perfect for your event? Excellent! At the bottom of their profile, fill in the date, month and year of your event and click ‘Check Availability’.

If the MC already has a booking for that day, you can select a different date or search for a new MC.

If the MC is available, the website will display their contact details instantly. Usually, this includes a phone number, email address, and online contact form. Don’t hesitate to get in touch – our MCs are extremely popular and get booked up fast!

If you sent an email or filled out the online contact form, you can expect a reply within 24 hours.

After you’ve contacted a MC and received a reply, they will answer your questions, discuss your ideas and, if you decide to hire them, guide you through the booking process. You’ll speak with your MC and book with them directly – it’s between the two of you.

We think this is the way it should be – the MC Directory doesn’t interfere or take a cut (it’s a free service) which means you get faster responses and better value.

Your professional Event host will keep your event running smoothly and to time.

Every MC is a real people-person, and gets along with everyone. They will coordinate everyone present, including guests, catering staff, wedding planners, photographers, videographers, DJs, entertainers and the band.

Your MC will seamlessly segue one segment into the next (a segue is a transition). At a wedding, this might be from the cake cutting to the first dance. At a corporate event, it could be from welcoming the guests to introducing the first speaker.

Live events hardly ever go exactly to plan. Your MC will keep everything stress-free by tactfully managing the intervals and sequence. Think of it like a personal insurance policy that covers any unexpected disruptions and hiccups. Often, attendees won’t even realise that something went wrong.

Your MC is trained to stay on task and be entertaining and organised no matter what happens.

Without enough training and experience, an inexperienced speaker can possibly capsize a live event.

Professional MCs learn how to handle the extreme pressure and can rise above it – making their presentation look captivating and spontaneous. But in fact, behind the show, are hundreds of hours of onstage lessons and learnings.

No matter how well intentioned, your friend cannot possibly be expected to turn up with all these skills and talent. And thats why the result is often a anti-climax for everyone.

When the pressure is on, novice speakers will panic and falter on stage, stumble over their words, be completely disorganised and resort to inappropriate jokes as a last-ditch attempt to salvage their role. It’s painful to watch.

Even if your friend or colleague is an experienced public speaker, we think it’s a terrible idea to ask them to ‘work’ at your event – MCing requires preparation, presentation, personalisation, performance and persuasion! Ask them to make a fantastic speech or toast instead.

We think it’s a much better idea to let your friend or colleague relax and enjoy the event right along with you.

Your Event Host will arrive at the venue at least one hour before the guests arrive. Often two. They’ll meet the staff, check the sound equipment, revise the runsheet with the function manager and take care of any last minute updates.

Absolutely. A sure sign of an amateur MC is that they charge by the hour.

Every MC Directory performer is a professional. They approach each event as unique and charge the same fee no matter long or short the function is. The reason is simple: the time spent intensely preparing for every event is the same.

Our MC’s are NOT clock-watchers – nor are they what we call ‘stand-up, sit-down’ MCs.

MC Directory professionals are there to make your event extra-special, right up until the last person has left.

We believe in paying professionals for their exceptional talent, not for the amount of time spent with a microphone in their hand.

No. Your MC will adapt their presentation style to suit the event.

Our MCs never have just one way of MCing. They tailor their delivery to complement the atmosphere, culture, the event hosts and their guests.

A runsheet is absolutely invaluable to every MC. In fact, it will hardly leave their side for the entire event!

The runsheet schedule is unique for each event. It details when the event begins and ends, when the food will be served and the timings of each entertainment and speaking segment. Your MC will use the runsheet to keep your event running smoothly, in the right order and to time.

Before the event, your MC will chat with you about the event. They’ll find out your needs and requirements, discuss your ideas and offer their expert opinions. Then, they’ll create an tailor a runsheet for your special event.

This is a really, really bad idea.

The two roles are very different. A professional DJ is excellent at judging the best music is to play at each stage of your event. That’s what they do best.

But DJs are not MCs as well. Although there are some DJs that swear they can do both at the same time, we believe its impossible to do justice to each role.

A professional MC is excellent at helping you to plan your event, public speaking over the microphone in a pleasant and resonate voice, elegant presentation, tactfully coordinating people with charm and ease, smoothing over disruptions and seamlessly segueing between segments of the event. That’s what our MCs do best.

Many agencies looking to make as much commission as possible will toss-in the ‘free MC’ sales pitch to entice you to use their music service. Please don’t fall for this trap.

Yes. Your MC needs food to have the energy for your entire event!

It doesn’t need to be as fancy as the food you serve to your guests – though if you choose to, your MC will be appreciative! A main course will do just fine. Its called a crew meal.

  • Benefit from their event planning experience
    Our MCs are an experienced bunch – it’s one of the requirements before they can join the MC Directory. They will chat with you before the event to research your needs and requirements, discuss your ideas and offer their expert opinions. They’ll help your vision become a stunning reality.
  • Entertain everyone
    Your MC will ensure that everyone has a fantastic time by adapting their delivery style to suit the audience and atmosphere of your unique event. Intelligent speaking, tasteful jokes and witty observations will keep everyone in a great mood.
  • Keep your event running to time
    Your MC will use a runsheet to ensure that each entertainment or speaking segment of your event starts and finishes on time.
  • Your guests won’t even notice if something goes wrong
    Things don’t always go to plan at live events. A speaker is late, the meals haven’t arrived yet … the guests won’t even notice with one of our experienced MCs smoothing things over with grace and tact.
  • Save Money with no agency fees to pay
    Make direct contact with all of our MCs. We don’t take a penny.
  • Free up your own time
    Relax, and join in the event. Leave the stress to your MC.

We have stopped using the old-fashioned term ‘Master of Ceremonies’ as it is gender-specific and does not describe what we do accurately.

There have been many different and confusing titles used over the years; none of which accurately described what we do like Event Host MC does.

The ladies did not enjoy using the ‘master’ term, the letters MC also meant a rapper, and no-one was quite sure if it was supposed to be Master of Ceremonies and Master of Ceremony?

Americans developed their own term by spelling out the letters ’emcee’. But then the word compere is known world-wide but not in the USA.

If the MCs were confused, then our clients were also scratching their heads.

 

How do I contact the Event Host MC?

Found an MC* you reckon is perfect for your event? Excellent! At the bottom of their profile, fill in the date, month and year of your event and click ‘Check Availability’.

If the MC already has a booking for that day, you can select a different date or search for a new MC.

If the MC is available, the website will display their contact details instantly. Usually, this includes a phone number, email address, and online contact form. Don’t hesitate to get in touch – our MCs are extremely popular and get booked up fast!

When will I hear back from an MC?

If you sent an email or filled out the online contact form, you can expect a reply within 24 hours.

How do I book an MC for my event?

After you’ve contacted a MC and received a reply, they will answer your questions, discuss your ideas and, if you decide to hire them, guide you through the booking process. You’ll speak with your MC and book with them directly – it’s between the two of you.

We think this is the way it should be – the MC Directory doesn’t interfere or take a cut (it’s a free service) which means you get faster responses and better value.

What duties does the MC role cover?

Your professional Event host will keep your event running smoothly and to time.

Every MC is a real people-person, and gets along with everyone. They will coordinate everyone present, including guests, catering staff, wedding planners, photographers, videographers, DJs, entertainers and the band.

Your MC will seamlessly segue one segment into the next (a segue is a transition). At a wedding, this might be from the cake cutting to the first dance. At a corporate event, it could be from welcoming the guests to introducing the first speaker.

Live events hardly ever go exactly to plan. Your MC will keep everything stress-free by tactfully managing the intervals and sequence. Think of it like a personal insurance policy that covers any unexpected disruptions and hiccups. Often, attendees won’t even realise that something went wrong.

Your MC is trained to stay on task and be entertaining and organised no matter what happens.

Why shouldn't we ask our friend or colleague to MC our event?

Without enough training and experience, an inexperienced speaker can possibly capsize a live event.

Professional MCs learn how to handle the extreme pressure and can rise above it – making their presentation look captivating and spontaneous. But in fact, behind the show, are hundreds of hours of onstage lessons and learnings.

No matter how well intentioned, your friend cannot possibly be expected to turn up with all these skills and talent. And thats why the result is often a anti-climax for everyone.

When the pressure is on, novice speakers will panic and falter on stage, stumble over their words, be completely disorganised and resort to inappropriate jokes as a last-ditch attempt to salvage their role. It’s painful to watch.

Even if your friend or colleague is an experienced public speaker, we think it’s a terrible idea to ask them to ‘work’ at your event – MCing requires preparation, presentation, personalisation, performance and persuasion! Ask them to make a fantastic speech or toast instead.

We think it’s a much better idea to let your friend or colleague relax and enjoy the event right along with you.

What time does the MC arrive?

Your Event Host will arrive at the venue at least one hour before the guests arrive. Often two. They’ll meet the staff, check the sound equipment, revise the runsheet with the function manager and take care of any last minute updates.

Do we need to pay the MC for the entire event?

Absolutely. A sure sign of an amateur MC is that they charge by the hour.

Every MC Directory performer is a professional. They approach each event as unique and charge the same fee no matter long or short the function is. The reason is simple: the time spent intensely preparing for every event is the same.

Our MC’s are NOT clock-watchers – nor are they what we call ‘stand-up, sit-down’ MCs.

MC Directory professionals are there to make your event extra-special, right up until the last person has left.

We believe in paying professionals for their exceptional talent, not for the amount of time spent with a microphone in their hand.

Will the MC's confident personality be too dominant?

No. Your MC will adapt their presentation style to suit the event.

Our MCs never have just one way of MCing. They tailor their delivery to complement the atmosphere, culture, the event hosts and their guests.

What is a runsheet, and what's involved in creating it?

A runsheet is absolutely invaluable to every MC. In fact, it will hardly leave their side for the entire event!

The runsheet schedule is unique for each event. It details when the event begins and ends, when the food will be served and the timings of each entertainment and speaking segment. Your MC will use the runsheet to keep your event running smoothly, in the right order and to time.

Before the event, your MC will chat with you about the event. They’ll find out your needs and requirements, discuss your ideas and offer their expert opinions. Then, they’ll create an tailor a runsheet for your special event.

Can the DJ also act as a MC?

This is a really, really bad idea.

The two roles are very different. A professional DJ is excellent at judging the best music is to play at each stage of your event. That’s what they do best.

But DJs are not MCs as well. Although there are some DJs that swear they can do both at the same time, we believe its impossible to do justice to each role.

A professional MC is excellent at helping you to plan your event, public speaking over the microphone in a pleasant and resonate voice, elegant presentation, tactfully coordinating people with charm and ease, smoothing over disruptions and seamlessly segueing between segments of the event. That’s what our MCs do best.

Many agencies looking to make as much commission as possible will toss-in the ‘free MC’ sales pitch to entice you to use their music service. Please don’t fall for this trap.

Should we provide a meal for the MC?

Yes. Your MC needs food to have the energy for your entire event!

It doesn’t need to be as fancy as the food you serve to your guests – though if you choose to, your MC will be appreciative! A main course will do just fine. Its called a crew meal.

What are the advantages of hiring from the MC Directory?
  • Benefit from their event planning experience
    Our MCs are an experienced bunch – it’s one of the requirements before they can join the MC Directory. They will chat with you before the event to research your needs and requirements, discuss your ideas and offer their expert opinions. They’ll help your vision become a stunning reality.
  • Entertain everyone
    Your MC will ensure that everyone has a fantastic time by adapting their delivery style to suit the audience and atmosphere of your unique event. Intelligent speaking, tasteful jokes and witty observations will keep everyone in a great mood.
  • Keep your event running to time
    Your MC will use a runsheet to ensure that each entertainment or speaking segment of your event starts and finishes on time.
  • Your guests won’t even notice if something goes wrong
    Things don’t always go to plan at live events. A speaker is late, the meals haven’t arrived yet … the guests won’t even notice with one of our experienced MCs smoothing things over with grace and tact.
  • Save Money with no agency fees to pay
    Make direct contact with all of our MCs. We don’t take a penny.
  • Free up your own time
    Relax, and join in the event. Leave the stress to your MC.
*Why don't you use the term Master of Ceremonies anymore?

We have stopped using the old-fashioned term ‘Master of Ceremonies’ as it is gender-specific and does not describe what we do accurately.

There have been many different and confusing titles used over the years; none of which accurately described what we do like Event Host MC does.

The ladies did not enjoy using the ‘master’ term, the letters MC also meant a rapper, and no-one was quite sure if it was supposed to be Master of Ceremonies and Master of Ceremony?

Americans developed their own term by spelling out the letters ’emcee’. But then the word compere is known world-wide but not in the USA.

If the MCs were confused, then our clients were also scratching their heads.