Suggestions for Hiring an Emcee for Your Event

Why you should hire an EMCEE for any of your events: A promotional event is mandatory for any brand or company to gain a fair amount of social validation and establish a positive public image. Such events not only attract potential consumers, but also give a platform to the company to present themselves so that attendees become future clients and those future clients recommend the brand to others which is an acceptable way of gaining popularity and becoming a household name. The cycle continues after that. Hence, to serve this purpose of advertising practically we have a few reasons why an EMCEE is trained to represent the company and take control of the event by playing with words on the mic. A trained EMCEE is beneficial because he/she has experience of keeping a huge crowd engaged with material about the brand or the kind of work the brand is trying to do in the market and that material is witty, funny and enticing and in most cases, flows naturally like any other dinner table conversation.

Tips that would come handy while looking for an EMCEE: Before hiring an EMCEE who would be doing most of the talking in the big event you have planned as a part of strategy for forming an affirmative and constructive relationship with investors, influencers, reviewers, journalists and last but not the least, clients, you need to make sure that the checklist has these suggestions marked right away. The tips or suggestions are as follows:

Experience matters at all costs: Your event is hanging by a thread holding damage on both ends because, at the end of the day, EMCEE will either make sure that your company doesn’t get a bad name for poor execution of an organizational event or he will make sure that the event becomes dull by the time you reach the end. So, the first tip is to make sure that the EMCEE has worked with reputed companies and knows his area and pattern of work in a better way than you can think of.

Have a personal chat to get their ways of approach: If you can find time during all the chaotic preparations for the event, make sure you have a one-to-one talk with the EMCEE so that you know the way he can interact with guests and attend to any unexpected shortcoming with precise diligence. Being good at managing to cast a powerful impression on a few people is very different from handling a big social event that can make or break your career. So, a tip is to get acquainted with him/her.

Negotiate the charges: It is a general belief that famous EMCEEs have higher rates than new, young, talented EMCEEs but that’s not the case. The rates vary with the duration of the event, holiday season and quality of performance. So, it is very important to find out the budget and look around till someone fits into your set price for this part of the preparation for the event.

AI’s Move to Business

Artificial Intelligence is a marvel of human design that continues to improve throughout the years, garnering praise from people around the world. An AI that can post on Twitter has become something short of a miracle, but how much further can it reach in the next five years? Life-like robots, smart homes, and intelligent software are already here, so what’s next? The key is to look at the traditional business model and where AI can make its mark.

When we consider how a business is run, you begin to see a similar model: smartest one is the boss who runs the workers in the best way they see fit. With AI’s ability to pull in immense amounts of data and analyze it quicker than any one human, it is simple to see why a a company in China has already employed an AI “Boss” to analyze market changes. This move is the beginning of what you see as a complete shift in the traditional human model to one of computer powers. AI is much more efficient and consistent than any human can be. It will never need a sick day, it will never lose interest in its task, and best of all, it will not go against what you say. In the next five years, this will lead to many corporations turning to solely computerized work forces in order to reach maximum efficiency. The Article “Evolution of AI: Past, Present, Future” by Chrstina Aguis even goes as far as to say that around “70% and 90% of all initial customer interactions are likely to be conducted or managed by AI.” AI is likely to become almost the entirety of our workforce, increasing efficiency and revenue, the reason for every business. These businesses will then be able to expand and provide more in-depth services for their clients at a lower cost, benefiting both sides of the consumer/seller relationship. The list of pros for this new generation of AI looks to be a sure-fire way to boost business and the economy, but one cannot go without considering the cons as well.

A global change to computer science jobs and majors is the most prominent impact of AI in the coming years. Colleges will begin to pour more money into these programs in order to attract more future workers, but this will take away funding from other majors. Those that worked in the now AI controlled jobs will be forced to find other forms of occupation causing unemployment in many countries to reach higher levels than ever seen before. An example of this is within the legal system. Judges are used to officiate legal matters, major and minor. With AI, all smaller cases that don’t require much creativity and critical thinking will be passed to programs to cut down time. All human judges will thus only be required for more major cases that are far and few between, drastically cutting the hours that any one may work (Aguis). The final con to this evolution of AI comes in the form of class division. As the far superior AI is becoming more and more integrated into business, those who once filled those positions will be forced to take lower paying jobs within other corporations. The only human employee that will be necessary will be those very in power positions who already make top tier salaries. With those people making more and the middle-class workers who are laid off, the middle class will start to shrink exponentially, leaving a gap within society as a whole. As you can see although AI is going to be revolutionary for business, all the implications of this are not as positive as one might think.

When looking at both sides, it seems as though the direction of this evolution of AI is heading favors the upper class greatly. Those who are rich will continue to make more, while those below them will fall farther behind. In order to compensate for this, government intervention will be required in order to keep certain amounts of positions for human workers and also to what extent the AI will control within. The matter of whether this will happen worldwide considering the vast differences in governmental policies is unknown, but no AI will come without the outcries of everyone around the globe.

Experience Matters

I recently attended a PMI event on the age old question of what makes a project more successful than another. The discussion started by stating the obvious need to focus on the 5 W’s, but also the importance of ‘how’ things are done. The discussion was primarily philosophical, asking us to each think of the differentiators.

There isn’t a one size fits all approach to success, and while checklists and “best practices” are helpful, I believe it’s the team’s application and foresight that goes into the application of a tool or method that determines success. Sure, guidance from other sources is helpful, but the ability to apply experience and intellect is what makes it all come together.

They say you need 10,000 hours experience in an area to become an “expert” and the more experience and diversity in your background, the more scenarios you have encountered. Armed with our own experiences, we must be magnets for knowledge from others. Knowing how to learn, identifying areas needing growth and knowledge in ourselves and knowing where to go for the answers is very important. I think formal education helps in this area and helps build resourcefulness. It is impossible to always know all the answers. The ability to find the answers and make timely decisions based on the information available is what really matters. Awareness of a better way and for continuous improvement in all we do is what sets apart those with stellar results compared with those with mediocre and just satisfactory results.

Below are some tips I recommend for setting yourself, and your projects apart from your peers:

Develop an Inquisitive Nature – Search for a better way to do everything.
Experiment & Grow – The more we do, the more we learn.
Self-Reflect – Take the time to analyze events as they occur.
Identify a “Watch-List” of High Performers – Find a group of people that you deem as successful and respect and observe the behaviors and attributes of this group.
Research High Performing Organizations – Research successful organizations and the factors leading to their success.

Knowledge work requires us to always be anticipating events, bettering ourselves through continuous learning and applying our lessons learned to all we do. The more projects we have under our belt, the more situations we have seen. This exposure allows us to identify and anticipate events those with less experience may not have yet encountered.