It requires considerable effort and time. I'm sure you're up to it! How to MC a conference: Relax When you see this second tip on how to MC a conference you may groan if you are feeling nervous and up-tight about the event. However, it is important for you to be relaxed. There are many methods that you can use to relax before the event. Some of these methods may be used immediately prior to the event when you're doing your warm-up exercises.
If you need to know more about warm-up exercises these are covered in the MC e-book for you. The reason you need to relax is that the audience does not appreciate a tense or terse MC. Also, on the day, if you are tense you are more likely to get stressed if anything goes wrong. The one thing that I have learnt from running, emceeing and attending conferences, is that very few finish without something going wrong.
The event emcee has to cope with anything going wrong. The more relaxed you are about emceeing the conference the easier it is for you to go with the flow on the day. Being an MC of an event is quite a responsibility as it is the event emcee who has to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
It is hard to do this if you are anxious and nervous. I once had to MC a large international conference in the Perth Convention Centre. It was a complicated conference with many foreign delegates attending who had difficult names to pronounce. Pronunciation of unusual words is not my strength. Prior to the conference I felt daunted. At one stage I even offered my resignation because I was sure I wasn't going to be any good! However, my resignation was declined.
Instead, I started practising a loving-kindness meditation. Every time I thought about the conference I sent loving kindness to the event. On the day it worked and I was relaxed and had a good time, and got great feedback from the audience. In conclusion, the second tip on how to MC a conference is clear. You need to do everything you can prior to the event to be relaxed and at ease and get rid of nervous tension.