Pointers in Preparing and Delivering Master of Ceremony Speech and Graduation Speech
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Pointers in Preparing and Delivering Master of Ceremony Speech and Graduation Speech

To be chosen as the Master of Ceremony of a special occasion is not only fun but it also gives you the opportunity to give enjoyment to the audience. You are chosen to be the speaker at a graduation ceremony. For this reason, you must learn some valuable hints in preparing and delivering a speech for this special occasion.
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Pointers in Preparing and Delivering a Master of Ceremony Speech

To be chosen as the Master of Ceremony of a special occasion is not only fun but it also gives you the opportunity to give enjoyment to the audience. Since being asked to be a Master of Ceremony for a special event (such as Oscar Awards or introducing outstanding men and women in all fields of human endeavor where these individuals have accomplished outstanding deed and merited public honor for their achievements in their special areas of knowledge, etc.) is a compliment to your skill as a good public speaker, you must know some helpful hints in doing this task.

  • Conduct the event well. You probably already have the knowledge and the skill to handle almost any event but don't underestimate what it takes to make this particular occasion work.
  • Remember that "you are not the show." You're the only the instrument to make the event run smoothly. Remember that the organizers of the special event have the talent and the people and they have it all ready and packaged. All you have to do now that you are chosen to do the task of Master of Ceremony is to present the package in the most gracious, lively manner as possible.
  • Avoid personal jokes and antics so as not to appear that you are trying to steal the show. Such jokes and antics actually detract from the presentation of the important personages and the speaker.
  • Be totally familiar with the special occasion. Demand a list of the participants and the schedule of the events before the day. Carefully review your speech and if you anticipate any problem of memory or pronunciation of technical or scientific terms, write down these minor problems and rehearse your speech so that you can master whatever difficulties you encounter in memory or pronunciation of words.
  • When you are now the Master of Ceremony of the special event, don't read your speech from a sheet of paper before your listening group or try to sell the event or appraise it afterwards. Remember that the special event will speak for itself. Also, don't demand applause where there is no need for it.
  • Once you assume the role of Master of Ceremony for an important special event, be sure to come earlier than the time you are expected to do the task so that you may have ample minutes to familiarize with the stage, the sound effects, the organization, and the type of audience you will have. Coming earlier than the time appointed for you to do the Master of Ceremony will provide you with the precious moments to relax and to prepare for the event. In this way, when you start doing the job as Master of Ceremony, you are fully in command of the event and certainly qualified to do the job.

Pointers in Preparing and Delivering a Graduation Speech

You are chosen to be the speaker at a graduation ceremony. For this reason, you must learn some valuable hints in preparing and delivering a speech for this special occasion.

  • As a speaker in a commencement rite, you must remember that the audience is there to see only one single person - their graduate. Therefore be forewarned about this attitude of your audience. Certainly, the audience is interested in no one else but only on the person who will graduate.
  • Always bear in mind that the audience you will have will be composed of family members from the eldest to the youngest, and, usually, this type of audience will be noisy. For this reason, learn to develop a way of handling the situation at hand - be calm and be composed as you come forward to deliver your speech.
  • In delivering your speech, make sure that what you will say will be brief and direct to the point. Be forewarned that the graduates are interested only in getting the ceremony over with and so are the faculty members. To make the situation worse is the obnoxious presence of photographers who are oblivious of everything else except their job of getting good shots of the graduate. After all, remember that this is one affair to be remembered once-in-a-lifetime. Aside from these difficulties, the formal regimented graduation rites make the administration and the graduates edgy and distracted and only a handful of the audience would be interested to listen to the speaker and his speech. For this reason, in your speech, state only the most important points of the commencement exercise such as stories about campus life, their academic activities, and their goals after their graduation, etc. Be brief and direct to the point on this matter.
  • When you deliver your speech, specify the most important points of the commencement ceremony. If it is needed to enliven the situation, poke fun at some of the faculty members and state special surprise awards to unsuspecting peers.
  • Lastly, don't brag about the administration or the faculty qualities. Also, avoid any preaching by telling the graduates how glorious their future will be, etc.

     

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Good read. Well done.

Valuable article filled with lots of info for a successful speech.Promoted

Fantastic series, I wish I have enough votes, thank you.

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