The Host with the Most: The Importance of Hiring a Professional MC
We cannot emphasize enough just how important it is to get a professional MC to host your fundraising event. An experienced MC will make all the difference when it comes to keeping your guests well informed about the scheduled activities for your event.
An MC keeps your event on schedule, ensuring that everyone is in the right place at the right time. Welcome announcements, speaker introductions, live auction commentary and other important announcements are just a few other aspects of an MC’s job. It takes an experienced MC to know exactly how to control a room with the right kind of announcements at the right times.
Now that we have established the importance of a professional MC, let’s take a look at some things to consider when you go to choose your MC.
Is the MC familiar with your organization?
This is an important question to ask. Your MC should be familiar with your organization and its mission. Along with familiarity, your MC should also care about your mission.
An MC with passion for your cause will go a long way. When an MC speaks to your guests about your various contributions to the community, you will hear passion in his or her voice. This kind of passion will connect with your guests in a meaningful way. It’s this kind of compassion in an MC that should never be overlooked.
Consider a local TV Reporter
A local TV reporter is usually a great option to MC your event. Having a local TV reporter MC your event will help your marketing efforts.
People like to come out when a local celebrity is involved! You also get an experienced MC who is familiar with how fundraising events should operate. Best of all, you could get a local TV reporter to MC your event for free. Most TV stations like to have their reporters and anchors involved in high profile community activities. The opportunity to appear in front of an audience of 200 to 2,000 people or more is great PR for the station.
How do you get a local TV Reporter on board to MC?
Contact the TV station and ask to speak with the anchor or reporter. If you are unable to connect with this person directly, ask for the person who is in charge of the station’s marketing and public relations department. Explain what your organization is about, along with the details of your event. Be sure to specify the anchor that you would like to MC, the date of the event and the exact hours that this person will be needed. You may not be able to get the exact anchor that you were hoping for, but you should be able to get someone from their on-air staff as an MC.
For more tips and insights on how to choose the right MC for your next fundraising event, contact us at AmFund. Our friendly and experienced staff helps raise funds for hundreds of non-profits every year. We look forward to learning about your worthy cause!