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25 January 2018 One evening when I was working at The State Theatre in Pretoria, the main entrances were found to be inexplicably locked just before showtime. This meant that audiences, performers (orchestra, dancers, actors) and crew all had to access the building through the stage door. A harassed security guard was trying in vain to keep order, check tickets and direct everyone through the maze of passages. As the confusion and frustration grew, I heard him spit vehemently: “This place would work so much better if it wasn’t for you… People!” People are unruly. That’s why your event needs a professional MC. Any crowd can make a herd of ADHD cats on fire look like a precision drill squad. Even without unforeseen complications, people add a healthy dollop of chaos to proceedings. This can be funny for the casual observer, but less so if it’s your company’s prestige function, designed to showcase your abilities and achievements. A good MC is part entertainer, part traffic conductor. It’s an invisible art that’s a lot rarer than clients realise, precisely because when it’s done right, nobody notices. The event flows seamlessly and both you and your guests can relax and enjoy yourselves. An MC makes even the most mundane “housekeeping” announcements interesting and amusing, without plumbing the depths of hack airline comedy routines. The audience is kept informed and the MC skillfully focuses their attention on speeches and formalities when required, without making them feel bullied. The best person to MC your function is one who will treat it and everyone involved with respect, take the trouble to prepare, use the correct titles and pronounce names correctly. Points to Consider when deciding on your MC: Will the MC add genuine entertainment and real value? Will you get reliable, value for money service? Is the MC willing/able to adapt to your event? Will the MC treat your event with respect? Will the MC add or detract from the occasion? Can the MC sight-read? Does the MC take the trouble to pronounce the names of your speakers and honourees correctly? I trust these few key points will assist you in future. Best wishes, Al
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25 January 2018 One evening when I was working at The State Theatre in Pretoria, the main entrances were found to be inexplicably locked just before showtime. This meant that audiences, performers (orchestra, dancers, actors) and crew all had to access the building through the stage door. A harassed security guard was trying in vain to keep order, check tickets and direct everyone through the maze of passages. As the confusion and frustration grew, I heard him spit vehemently: “This place would work so much better if it wasn’t for you… People!” People are unruly. That’s why your event needs a professional MC. Any crowd can make a herd of ADHD cats on fire look like a precision drill squad. Even without unforeseen complications, people add a healthy dollop of chaos to proceedings. This can be funny for the casual observer, but less so if it’s your company’s prestige function, designed to showcase your abilities and achievements. A good MC is part entertainer, part traffic conductor. It’s an invisible art that’s a lot rarer than clients realise, precisely because when it’s done right, nobody notices. The event flows seamlessly and both you and your guests can relax and enjoy yourselves. An MC makes even the most mundane “housekeeping” announcements interesting and amusing, without plumbing the depths of hack airline comedy routines. The audience is kept informed and the MC skillfully focuses their attention on speeches and formalities when required, without making them feel bullied. The best person to MC your function is one who will treat it and everyone involved with respect, take the trouble to prepare, use the correct titles and pronounce names correctly. Points to Consider when deciding on your MC: Will the MC add genuine entertainment and real value? Will you get reliable, value for money service? Is the MC willing/able to adapt to your event? Will the MC treat your event with respect? Will the MC add or detract from the occasion? Can the MC sight-read? Does the MC take the trouble to pronounce the names of your speakers and honourees correctly? I trust these few key points will assist you in future. Best wishes, Al
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