The Best Master of Ceremonies in Canberra

You’ve invested heaps of time and effort into a special event and want to make sure nothing goes off the rails. If so, you’ll understand the importance of a great Master of Ceremonies. This is someone with the right personality and style who acts as an official host for your event.

A Master of Ceremonies keeps your event on schedule and keeps your audience engaged. They also introduce performers or speakers.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a Master of Ceremonies, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great Master of Ceremonies?

Choosing the right Master of Ceremonies can make or break your event. It can also take the worry out of keeping your event on track. That includes for weddings, conferences, product launches, official openings, awards nights, fundraising events and gala dinners.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a Master of Ceremonies.

  • Experience. You’ll want a Master of Ceremonies who is experienced and confident about their role and how to keep your event on time. Check online and discuss experience with the Master of Ceremonies before choosing one.
  • Personality. While you’ll want a Master of Ceremonies who is positive, energetic and engaging, you won’t want one who acts like they’re the star of the show.
  • Cost. There’s no standard fee for a Master of Ceremonies so compare costs and choose one that suits your budget.
  • Expectations. A great Master of Ceremonies welcomes guests, introduces speakers and warms up the audience. They also keep things running smoothly and maintain audience interest. Finally, they wrap the event up. Make sure you and your chosen Master of Ceremonies have a common understanding of the role they’ll play.
  • Delivery style and fit. No two Master of Ceremonies are the same. Select one who fits the aim and style of your event. This includes one with similar values. You’ll want a Master of Ceremonies who understands the brief and sticks to it.

The best Master of Ceremonies in Canberra

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Cam Sullings

Host, presenter and conference facilitator Cam Sullings is highly experienced in being a Master of Ceremonies for many styles of events. For around 30 years, he has presented on corporate, community and sports stages. Cam was a full-time broadcaster for decades and still presents each Saturday on Mix 106.3 in Canberra.

Cam is one of Canberra’s most experienced event professionals, including for corporate events, awards evenings, product launches and charity events. Enthusiastic and professional, Cam always holds pre-event meetings to determine expectations and objectives. He conducts pre-event research and prepares well so events run smoothly, and audiences remain engaged.

On Google, Darla Hopkins wrote, “Cam was the MC at our Summer of Cricket Luncheon and did a fabulous job on the day and in the lead-up to the event. We were in regular contact in the weeks prior and he provided valuable advice when needed. He brought a light and friendly air to the event and was very efficient in keeping everything running to time.”

55 Bellenden Street
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If you’re looking for more information on running events in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best event planners, best function venues, best sound and lighting companies and best catering services Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with Master of Ceremonies in Canberra

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose the right Master of Ceremonies?
When looking for the right Master of Ceremonies, first determine what your event objectives are and how guests will benefit. Conduct research to determine experience against the type of event you’re running. Check out their website and online presence. Also check online reviews. A preliminary meeting with the Master of Ceremonies will help you decide if they’re a good match for your event.
How much do Master of Ceremonies cost?
This varies and so it’s best to ask for a written, detailed quote. Cost can depend on factors like experience, profile and where the event is. If travel is required, for example, the Master of Ceremonies will likely want to be paid for the time needed to get to and from your event.
What traits should I look for in a Master of Ceremonies?
While a great Master of Ceremonies has personality and style, being a great performer on stage isn’t always enough. A Master of Ceremonies is skilled at managing events so nothing is missed and schedules are kept. They need to be able to think on their feet and manage a crowd professionally.
What should I avoid when choosing a Master of Ceremonies?
While an amazing Master of Ceremonies can be a drawcard for your event, it’s important they don’t take over and become the star of the show. They might have a high profile but will understand that this is your event, not their event.
How do I hire a Master of Ceremonies?
Some Master of Ceremonies work independently and have their own websites and a social media presence. Some work through a speaker bureau or entertainment company. These are organisations with hands-on experience in matching the right talent to your audience, event and budget. If you’re using an event management company, chances are they can source a Master of Ceremonies for you.

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