It is important to talk to the organisers and get as much information as possible about the venue, theme of the talent show and type of audience to play the role of master of ceremonies perfectly. Participants in a talent show have the rare opportunity to showcase their unique talents to the world. You should find out the background and other relevant information of the participants to properly introduce them to the audience. It is an honour to be the master of ceremonies and you should be thoroughly prepared to play the role of a facilitator and ensure smooth conduct of the talent show.
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Develop personal rapport with the audio visual people, technicians and other personnel involved in organising the talent show. This will help you make changes in the arrangements on stage if the participant's talent display calls for it.
Schedule beforehand the line-up of participants and befriend them. Introduce each of the participants with a brief description of their personal background and unique talent. Make sure that you pronounce the names of the participants correctly.
Open the talent show by greeting the audience enthusiastically. Follow it up with a fun anecdote, quotation or short story based on the theme of the talent show. This will warm up the audience and give them a feel of what lies ahead.
Get off the stage and allow the participant to display her talents after introducing her to the audience. Don't make any comments on the participant's performance. Leave it for the judges to decide.
Tell a joke or small story during the time gap when one participant finishes his performance and the next comes on stage. This will neutralise the atmosphere and ensure that the next participant doesn't start with a disadvantage. Your jokes and stories should reflect the mood of the audience.
Keep a tab on time and ensure that the talent show is proceeding on schedule. Tell all the participants about the time allotted before the show begins. Intervene politely to end the performance of any participant who doesn't adhere to the time allotted.
End the talent show by thanking the organisers, audience and participants for their cooperation and encouragement.
Tips and warnings
- Talk to the organisers of the talent show and request them to designate one person as the point of contact. This will prevent confusion in case of any unexpected problem.
- Be flexible and use commonsense. Thoroughly prepare and memorise the script for the talent show but ensure that you don't sound like reading out from a text.
- Do not display any special talents that you possess during the talent show. Your job is to ensure smooth and timely conduct of the show.
- Passing remarks and showing prejudice towards some participants in a talent show is detrimental to your professional interests.
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