Category: emceeing

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Emceeing: a Barbershop St. Patrick’s Day script

Welcome! Here is another Barbershop presentation script–for those eager to read Barbershop presentation scripts. Enjoy! I’m Gordon Burgett, blogmaster of my own blog, which you are now reading. 90% of the posts here refer to writing, editing, publishing, speaking, and related commentary about selling one’s ideas and information. The other 10% discuss emceeing, which is […]

Tuesday April 26th, 2016 in Barbershopping, blog, emceeing, Gordon Burgett, introductions, MC, MCing, party, public speaking, speaking | Comments Off on Emceeing: a Barbershop St. Patrick’s Day script

Origin of the phrase “out in left field”

Chicagoans gave birth to the term “out of left field” about 100 years ago. The left field in the pre-Wrigley playing grounds butted up to a many-storied insane asylum, and when the crowds made too much noise the lunatics screamed out the windows and banged on pans. Their comments truly were “out of left field.” […]

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 in article writing, articles, blog, emceeing, humor in articles, MC, MCing, public speaking, sidebars, speaking, writing | Comments Off on Origin of the phrase “out in left field”

Little things not to say when you’re emceeing …

There may be a million things not to say when you are in charge of a program or ceremony. Let me share a half-dozen wee comments that, in themselves, aren’t going to get you hooked off the podium, but, done right, they will easily distinguish you as a professional who is comfortable and smooth… For […]

Using humor to sell your magazine articles

Funny you should ask! One rule always: some editors/publications don’t use humor, so don’t even try. At best the editor may open her lips to chuckle (or groan), then reconsider and toss the query. I can’t tell you which such publications  to avoid because I don’t read them. But it used to be that the […]

Emceeing: another modest example, from 7/5/15

(I was asked by a group of performers/students for some sample emceeing scripts four years ago, so here is my occasional response. This time I was asked by our Barber Shop interim director, Paul, if I’d do the emceeing for the Marin County Fair, in San Rafael, about 20 miles north of San Francisco. But […]

Monday July 6th, 2015 in articles, Barbershopping, emceeing, party, party giving, public speaking, speaking | Comments Off on Emceeing: another modest example, from 7/5/15

A paid speech you can book at every association any year…

I call it the “state of the art” speech, but it could have lots of similar names. And if you do it right, the sponsor is very likely to ask (perhaps even beg) you to give it again and again! (You can even build your own empire around it.) An example helps here. Let’s say […]

Sample evaluation sheet for seminars and other programs

If you are sponsoring or giving seminars you want to know what the attendees think of the presenter’s presentation skills, the worth of the information offered, and how that topic might be offered better. The speakers want to know the same thing. (I have given 2100+ paid programs so I think I have distributed and […]

How to gracefully accept and pre-answer a complaint

Whether you’re a school principal, publisher, engineer, or whatever, have you ever been swept off your feet by some windbag (sometimes well-meaning) bellowing one or many complaints at you? And then had to think up some positive (and intelligent) response, right on the spot, to at least level the one-person-shouting field so their problem could […]

Sample newspaper releases for a public seminar (#12 of 12)

Here are two typical newspaper releases I sent simultaneously to every newspaper within about 50 miles of the location, usually addressed to the city editor. They were sent about 2 1/2 weeks before the program. (I have altered some of the numbers.) Item 1: NEWS RELEASE HAROLD SMITH Communication Unlimited P.O. Box XXX, Novato, CA […]

5-step guide to seminar speaking success (#11 of 12)

Several years back my book Empire-Building by Writing and Speaking was published. It’s OP now (although Amazon probably has some dog-eared copies for a penny). Fortunately, I kept two copies on my shelf because some weeks back I was asked to update and share parts of that book for another publication. Since I’m also about […]