The master of ceremonies acts as the host at an occasion. His duties depend on the type of event he is hosting. Because the role is so visible, the MC's demeanor directly affects the mood of the guests, their receptivity and their enjoyment. A skilled MC, sometimes known as "emcee," monitors the agenda effectively so that an event goes smoothly.
The MC’s main tasks are to introduce performers or speakers in a way that puts them at ease, announce items on the agenda, and recognize sponsors. He must also be able to perform each of these tasks in a timely fashion, ensure a seamless transition between sections of the program and keep the event moving at a steady pace within time constraints. Skilled emcees create an atmosphere of interest and expectation. Most do so by providing some humor during the transitions or giving a brief description of the next item on the list.
BSc/HND in Mass Communication or related course