I can speak from the experience of running events with a professional Master of Ceremonies and of trying to run an event without a professional MC. Those polite men and women in neat suits save more than they cost.
Why Hire an MC?
I organise the occasional conference and several events. The most recent is the National Speakers Association of Australia NSW Speakers Academy. I set the highest professional standards for the event while keeping people’s time and cost to a minimum. I choose to have many hands on deck each doing one job extremely well.
Organising a multi day event is hard enough without having to organise every day in detail and then watch the clock every second of every day. An MC takes over the time critical detail on the day.
You do your work up front. The MC steps in part way and takes over some of the work. The MC does as much or more work before the event than they do in the event. When you think about their fee, think about the number of hours they do at the event then multiply by three.
The venues creates a run sheet for their view of the event, which is the inside of the event space at the start of the day, and everything outside the event space. The MC creates a run sheet for everything within the event space. An experienced MC can help guide the less experienced presenters, the crew who may be new to your type of event, and the venue staff who often have to service several events at once.
Why Hire a Professional MC?
I have worked with MCs who save you part of the work but none of the worry. During the 8.5 hours participants were in the NSAA NSW Speakers Academy event space, the professional MC saved me 8.5 hours of work and 8.5 hours of worry. A professional MC is a real advantage for events where there is more than one speaker or activity.