How to Be a Good Mistress of Ceremonies at Church
Hone your skills as a mistress of ceremony by studying and copying other people who are successful public speakers in local and national settings. The mistress of ceremony responsibility can be simple or challenging, depending upon the type of event your church is conducting. For smaller events less preparation will be required, and of course for larger events you will have to do more homework and study. Remember that the key to successful public speaking is repetition.
Teach a Sunday school class at your church that has a small to large group of youth. If you can get their attention and keep it as well, then you're off to a really good start. Young people are pretty honest in their reaction to a speaker, so this will be good feedback for you.
Teach a teen and adult Bible study class at your local church to develop your speaking skill set even further. You will make announcements in class about upcoming topics that you will be discussing. This will serve as a precursor to your duties as a mistress of ceremonies because this will be a good portion of the congregation that you will be presenting to.
Volunteer to present at local school parent-teacher meetings, as these will be good practice for you in keeping the attention of your audience. Usually parent-teacher meetings take place in the evening after people have been at work all day, are tired and not necessarily excited about listening to anything. Use your creativity to get their attention, keep them awake, and get your point across.
Offer to teach continuing education class at your local community college because this will help you refine your research skills which are also important when seeking to be effective public speaker. Make your presentation style interesting as well as informative because information is what this particular audience came to class for.
Focus your commentary on the theme of the event. Prepare ahead of time with the host to go over the program, so that you will be in sync with them during the event. Stay connected to the host just in case they want change something in the program, and have a few jokes or short stories handy if an emergency or glitch should arise. Clear this with the host first.
Oteia Bruce started writing in 2001. She has authored several books, including "The Smart Guide to Grant Writing: For Individuals, Small Businesses and Nonprofits," "The Sheriff Ain't Comin' Right Away: A Practical Guide For Those Facing Foreclosure and Eviction" and "The Urban Guide to Biblical Money Management." Bruce graduated from DePaul University with a B.S. in finance.