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Dos and don’ts of MCing at corporate Christmas/year-end events

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Imagine a case in December 2013, where MC Oge was hired by Aunty Bimbo – an event manager/planner, to compere an end of the year party for company XYZ. MC Oge was told the event was slated for 2pm.

As a professional MC, she arrived the venue one hour before the event time. To her greatest surprise, all company staff and guests were present. Apparently, a memo was circulated the day before, stating the event had to start an hour earlier, in order to close an hour earlier, for operational, logistics and security reasons. Somehow, MC Oge was not informed. Aunty Bimbo apologised for the over sight, MC Oge saved the day with a fun-filled performance, company XYZ was grateful.

MC Oge was able to save the day, her brand and client relationship courtesy effective time management. Arriving the venue before time is one of the dos of MCing and should be non-negotiable. The concept of “African Time” should NEVER be associated with you as an event host (MC).

It is the PROFESSIONAL MC that gets repeat business. It is the PROFESSIONAL MC that is guaranteed to earn handsomely.

It is the PROFESSIONAL MC, that understands and adheres to dos and don’ts of our amiable profession.

Below is a quick list of some dos and don’ts of MCing – excerpts from my book “MASTERY”:

  • Do arrive early at the venue
  • Do get as much information about the event as you can
  • Do your research about speakers, panelists, theme, etc.
  • Do ensure that you know exactly what the client expects
  • Do work with the event planner
  • Do dress appropriately
  • Do ensure you are well rested and well fed
  • Do stay in touch with the decision maker
  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t fight for food or favours/souvenirs
  • Don’t mispronounce names
  • Don’t show negative emotions on your sleeves
  • Don’t speak with food in your mouth
  • Don’t forget, the event is not about you.

More details on the dos and don’ts of MCing can be found in Chapter 3 (MC Etiquette) of the book ‘MASTERY Boost your Speaking Income by Becoming a Professional Event Host MC‘ by Joyce Daniels. You can grab your copy at

To further refine your gift of the gab for professional use, consider registering with TALKADEMY Training School for Masters of Ceremonies, or consider signing up for a class in Public Speaking Mastery by Dale Carnegie at

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About Author

started her career as Master of Ceremonies in 2007 and has since compered numerous social and corporate events.

She has clients like Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria Agip Oil Company, Coca Cola International, Afrexim Bank, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Trade Union Congress, NIMASA and many more.

In March 2014, she founded TALKADEMY – Africa’s Premiere Training School for Masters of Ceremonies and has since trained over 70 individuals. Joyce is a Senior Trainer with the prestigious 105yr-old Dale Carnegie & Associates - Training/Performance Improvement Company, with presence in over 90 countries; and she facilitates programmes in Presentations & Public Speaking, ‘Sales Success’, ‘The Dale Carnegie Course: Increasing Personal & Leadership Influence’, ‘Team Building’ and many more.

She has trained and continues to train senior staff from organisations like First Bank Nigeria UK (FBN UK), Diamond Bank PLC, Union Bank PLC, Guaranty Trust Bank, Citi Bank, Main One Cable Company, First City Monument Bank, Airtel, MAERSK group, Tolaram Conglomerate, Coca Cola International, Interswitch and more, including business owners, Life/Business Coaches, and other individuals who seek self-development.

Joyce is the founder of "Talk With Joyce" quarterly mentorship live events and webisodes on YouTube addressing best practices for living.

She is an author, fitness enthusiast, wife and mother.

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