The Role of the Emcee

 In Auction Tips & Tricks, Event Planning

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Carl W. Buechner

Consider the Emcee the host of your entire event; the face (and mouth) of your night.  Select someone who is a confident, high energy speaker onstage and is personable and engaging with your guests off stage.  Ideal Emcees will be outgoing, succinct speakers who can convey much information to your crowd without being a ‘ham.’  Stage presence, a lovely voice and a commanding demeanor go a long way towards a successful event.    

Emcee Duties Include

Duties can begin as early as the silent auction (depending on responsibilities) but should always plan to arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the Live Program commencing. Schedule accordingly.  Smart fundraising strategy varies the voices heard onstage (ie: male emcee paired with female auctioneer) in an effort to redirect your audience back to the stage each time someone new speaks.

Audience’s Attention = Increased Revenue $

  • Emcee can make event announcements, facilitate games, raffles, drawings, etc. as needed/requested
  • Emcee can thank and recognize volunteers and/or sponsors
  • Emcee welcomes all guests, speakers, entertainment, etc. to the stage
  • Emcee will introduce/read all Live Auction descriptions during the Live Auction setting up the Auctioneer to effectively sell them
  • Emcee refrains from interrupting the auctioneer while selling
  • Emcee is friendly and welcoming to speakers as if they’re old friends creating chemistry and rapport which translates into trust and engagement from the audience
  • Emcee thanks speakers as they exit the stage
  • Emcee refrains from drinking until they have completed their duties on stage

A professional Emcee is often recommended but never required.  If you have someone in your network who fits the bill, by all means, recruit them!  There are many public figures you can hire as your emcee for as little as $250 while others charge up to $1500 per event.  Ask us if you need referrals or ideas!



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