Toastmaster, Master of Ceremonies is there a difference? In my view, no. A Toastmaster will, depending on the type of event act as a facilitator; someone who will make sure that people get to where they need to be at the time they need to be there. Make sure that speakers, performers are relaxed and ready, then make sure that the audience knows what is going to happen. In brief a Master of Ceremonies acts as the glue that keeps an event running. Think of the old image of a swan swimming on a lake, what we see is above the water where everything is calm and serene, beneath the calm surface the swan id paddling like mad.
Is a Toastmaster necessary? In my view he or she is vital. If you ask a friend or family member to take on the job will he or she enjoy the day? Probably not, if the venue uses a member of staff to act as your MC I seriously doubt if that person’s only job during the day is looking after you and your guests and quite frankly, someone banging a soup spoon on the edge of a table and screaming at the top of their voice I always fell lets a day down.
More to follow, when I’m happy to consider the role of a Toastmaster at different events but I would love to hear your views and any stories you may have about using a Toastmaster/MC.