The First Foundation Steps To Begin A Successful Emcee Career

There is not a favoured background to achieve success as an MC. A master of ceremonies career can be started with education from Toastmasters, public speaking experience from work, performance training as an actor or comedian, or teaching in schools. The only common denominator is a passion to help the event succeed.
starting Steps To an MC career

Answer the following questions to guarantee the best chance of getting started on the right foot and gaining good quality work as an MC in either corporate events or wedding receptions.

“What’s the first thing I need to do to work as an MC?”

This is a great question which every MC has asked at the beginning of their journey. You will need to work out how far along the road to success have you travelled? Everyone’s journey started at a different stage in their life and their MC skills will be shaped by experience and education in public speaking.

‘Where do I start? And How?’

You’ll need to evaluate the reasons WHY you want to MC and what’s your current level of EXPERIENCE including time on stage as a public speaker.

Have a good think about the questions below and then physically write down your answers on paper eg “I want to work as an MC because …”

Discover your own individual reasons why or select from the list below. You want to:

  • help organise a successful live event
  • get a return on your public speaking training investment
  • practise your funny one-liners and audience interaction
  • make cash from your communication skills
  • gain onstage experience
  • make the audience laugh at your comedy routine
  • use MCing to transition to the keynote speaking industry from another different career
  • refine your speaking skills
  • develop your own unique speaking style
  • satisfy this feeling inside you to be on stage in front of a crowd
  • you have watched a pro-MC before and believe you can perform the same role

Secondly, be honest with your level of experience:

  • How many hours have you spent on stage already
  • How many MC jobs have you had already?
  • How many were free and how many were paid?
  • How much were you paid?
  • Have you developed your own unique MC style yet?

Thirdly, I want to work as a

  • Corporate MC
  • Wedding MC
  • Both

Use your responses to decide where you are at in terms of your MC career. Your answer may be …

I am at the start AKA a ‘newbie’.

Don’t worry – we all started here. You probably have a ton of questions so I recommend you buy some good quality MC books and start reading and learning about your new career.


I have been an MC before and would now like to take it a lot further.

It sounds like you need some expert coaching and career mentoring (click the link to find out what questions you need to ask your mentor).

My advice is to find a professional MC in your local area or region and approach them about your desire.

Otherwise, Pete Miller has a mentoring service over Skype.

See you on stage
Pete Miller

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