Everyone has the opportunity to watch as many TED and TEDx talks online as they like, but one thing is conspicuously missing from every one of those videos. That is getting to see the way that the speaker is introduced by the master of ceremonies. The emcee has an important role to play, but the is some divergence of opinions as to what that role is. Should the emcee function as an entertainer? As a nearly invisible bookmark between speeches?
Having attended a number of TEDx events I have seen a variety of emcees. Among the best of them has been Mike Watson (@emcmike) of TEDxCharlotte. At a regional TEDx Organizers meeting Mike shared his own opinions about what makes a good emcee. His lesson follows; do you agree with it or not?