With the return to in-person events, here's what to cover as the MC.
In my book, it's all about R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I'll tell you what that means to me.
It means you understand
+ who speaks first and who speaks last. We always finish with the highest status person on the list.
It means you get your text ready so you know how to:
+ open the event
+ describe your business/organization
+ welcome the VIP guests
+ thank speakers
+ move the event forward
+ honor achievements
+ give awards
+ end the event so people know what's next
It means you get yourself ready physically so you:
+ know what to do as a speaker approaches the mic
+ know where to stand on stage when a video is shown
+ prep a balance of warmth and high status body language cues
+ practice OUT LOUD the text that you will be delivering
Respect. You give it, you get it.