georgeasamani

YOUR EXPERIENCE CAN PATTERN THE WAY YOU THINK


Leave a comment

7 tips to being a memorable wedding MC

Being asked to serve as Master of Ceremonies for a friend or relative’s wedding is a huge honor. But there’s a lot of pressure that comes with the job too. Contrary to popular belief, you’re not up there to be the center of attention or to be the official wedding comedian. You’re the host of the event and it’s your job to keep the proceedings on time and to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. I had the honor of serving as the MC at my sister’s wedding last weekend. It was the fourth time I’ve pulled MC duty over the past 20 years and I’ve learned some valuable lessons about this important role each time. If you’ve been tapped to serve as MC at an upcoming wedding, here are a few tips I hope you find helpful. This is by no means a definitive guide – just one guy’s lived experience about what works and what doesn’t:

1. Have a Plan

This isn’t ‘Open Mic Night’. Save the ad-libs for your improv class. Before the big day, you should have a very good idea of the order and flow of the evening, the proper pronunciation of important names and, to a very large extent, everything you’re going to say that night. That doesn’t mean you need to be 100% scripted. There will be those little spontaneous moments where you can inject an appropriate comment or a touch of humor or emotion. After all, that’s why the bride and groom selected you to be their MC – because you’re good in front of a crowd and can likely tell a good story. But a wedding is an emotionally-charged and time sensitive event and you need to have a plan.

If you can, sit down with the bride and groom a few days or weeks before the wedding and ask about their wishes and preferences. They’re likely to be distracted with a million other details, so keep your questions focused:

  • Who will be saying the prayer before the meal (if at all)?
  • Who will be speaking and is there a preferred order of speakers?
  • What’s the ‘tone’ they’d like to achieve for the reception?
  • What time do they want to have their first dance (you need to work backward from this time to ensure everyone sticks to the schedule)?
  • Are there any taboo subjects that you and the other speakers should avoid?

196272_1957842390701_3980834_n

2. Go Easy on the Alcohol

Yes, it’s a party. Yes, it may be an open bar. But you have a job to do. The last thing you need is to botch your hosting duties because you had one too many. Keep the drinking to a minimum (like none) until your main duties are completed (when the first dances begin). Remember, Facebook is forever. And so is the wrath of an angry bride.

3. Meet the Vendors

Prior to the beginning of the reception, make a point of introducing yourself to key vendors, including the wedding planner, site manager, DJ, band, photographer, videographer, etc. A reception entails a number of interconnected and moving parts and everyone needs to know what’s coming next. That’s your job. A quick hand signal to the photographer or videographer that another speech is about to begin will help ensure they don’t miss a special moment. A heads-up to the DJ or band that the first dance will be starting in 10 minutes can help ensure the bass player isn’t in the bathroom when the bride and groom are standing in the middle of the dance floor. Confirming with the kitchen that the meal is ready to be served can prevent a long pause between the prayer before dinner and the serving of the first course. This is all on you. So make those connections in advance and stay in communication with these folks throughout the proceedings.

200029_1957838710609_3098952_n

4. Test the Mic

Test out the mic and sound system before the wedding party is lined up to march in. For one wedding about a decade ago, I leaned toward the mic to introduce the wedding party and there was silence. It took 10 minutes for the technicians to get it working. Those were valuable minutes that were wasted and that was my fault for not checking in advance. Last week, I made a point of checking the mic in advance and discovered that there wasn’t one. This was about 20 minutes before the reception was set to begin. The videographer (who was helping me at that point) asked the manager for a mic, she located one, we plugged it into the band’s sound system and tested it out. Ready to rock. Mini-crisis averted.

5. Open Strong and Get Out of the Way

Your job is not to bring up rambling anecdotes throughout the evening and to tell a story or a joke before and after each speaker. To a large extent, your job is to keep things moving as quickly as possible. No one likes long wedding speeches. Be sure to have a strong opening. Be upbeat. Welcome everyone and thank them for attending. Recognize the out of town guests, maybe tell a quick story or two about the bride and/or groom and then get out of the way. Keep your introductions and segues quick and concise. Keep the evening rolling along. Otherwise, the dancing won’t begin until 11:00 p.m.

188391_1957852110944_1910743_n

6. Approach Humor with Caution

Again, this isn’t about you and how funny you are. Funny moments at a wedding can be great but, often, those are introduced by the various speakers (parents, friends, siblings, etc.). A joke told in poor taste can create an awkward moment and bring the good times to a screeching halt. Approach humor carefully. Test out potential jokes on the bride or groom or another trusted friend in advance.

7. Think of Your Audience

The best way to ensure you’ll be remembered as a great MC is to focus on the audience. Are there a lot of out-of-town guests? If so, give them a special welcome or a few interesting facts about the city. Do the demographics of the audience give you any opportunities for a special moment? At the wedding I emceed last week, there was a sizable Slovak contingent. The day before the wedding, I asked someone to teach me how to say a few lines (welcoming everyone to the city and thanking them for helping us celebrate the wedding ) in their language. I had him speak it into a voice recorder on my iPad and I practiced it a lot. That one line, which I delivered in the first two minutes of my introduction, got a huge reaction from the crowd – the biggest of the night – and it got the evening off to a great start. Their reaction wasn’t because of my impeccable delivery or pronunciation (actually, I’m pretty sure I mangled the pronunciation). It was because I was thinking about the audience and made the extra effort to connect.

As the MC, your role is so important. Your performance can help make the evening run efficiently and it can help make the reception a special and memorable event for everyone in attendance, especially the bride and groom.

——-

If you found this post useful, please hit ‘share’, ‘like’ or leave a comment, which will help other future wedding MCs to find it as well. Thanks!


Leave a comment

Increase Road Tolls To $1 – Charismatic Bishops To Govt

The Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference has suggested an increment in road tolls as an effective measure of raising revenue for various road projects. The Conference in a communique signed by its General Secretary, Rev. Kwesi Deh, said road tolls should be raised to at least the level of USD1 per car across the country. “Raise the tolls, at least to the level of USD1 per car.

Even Zimbabwe, in its financial difficulty, charges $1 per car as toll rate. g. Create an office and let the local dwellers cast the concrete: Use the people that live in the towns and villages, along that stretch of road, to cast concrete along that stretch,” he said. The Conference also called for the construction of what it called “international standard” toll booths whose revenue will also be used to directly finance road projects. “Build the road network by using concrete roads. 10 inches of concrete can be cast, with the width of 3 lanes (12 meters wide), for several miles.

toll-booth-ghana

The Tema motorway is an example of a concrete road that has served Ghana for decades…Let Ghanaian roads be covered with multiple international-standard tollbooths that do not cause traffic. These tollbooths will be used to directly finance roads. Perhaps, every 40 to 50km should have a tollbooth,” it said. The construction of these toll booths, according to the Conference, can effectively be done by naming a tollbooth by “the stretch of road that it is to finance.”

“For instance, several toll booths can be created on the Accra – Kumasi Highway as follows: Achimota – Nsawam toll booth (approx. 28.2km); Nsawam – Suhum toll booth (approx. 30km); Suhum – Nkawkaw toll booth (approx. 77km); Nkawkaw –Konongo toll booth (81.4km); Konongo to Tech Junction toll booth (77km).” The Conference believes the efficient management of these tollbooths will encourage Ghanaians to pay more for road tolls. “Demonstrate a competent management of the tolls received from the different tollbooths.

We have had toll booths like the Tema, Beposo and Weija toll booths. When people see the tolls well-managed, they will be prepared to pay even more.” The Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference which was founded by the Founder of Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward Mills, and is chaired by Bishop Kwame Yirenkyi Ampofo, is made up of senior clergy who have been consecrated as Bishops.

The Conference has Bishops with their seats, comprising of a cathedral, and an office block in every region of Ghana.

Source: citifmonline.com


Leave a comment

Tonto Dikeh Cries Profusely During Interview… Says Husband Is Still Sleeping With Rosey Meurer (VIDEO)

In an exclusive interview with media personality, Azuka Ogujiuba, actress Tonto Dikeh wept as she spoke about her failed marriage to her estranged husband, Oladunni Churchill. According to Tonto, she does not regret her marriage and didn’t grant the interview to discredit her ex-husband. She stated that she indeed suffered domestic violence while she was with Churchill.

“The domestic violence is real. How I lived to suffer it and go through it over and over again, I do not understand. Alot of people have blamed me. A lot of people have said a lot of things. I stayed back in my marriage, not because of my child, but because I loved my husband with all of my heart. I stayed because he begged me to stay a couple of times. I stayed because I just didn’t want to give up. I didn’t want to give up on the marriage just like that.” Watch the video after the cut…

She shared photos and even a video of herself after she was physically abused by her ex husband. Tonto says sometime ago when they were in Ghana, she had to run to the Nigerian Embassy after he had physically abused her

“I also have pictures in Ghana. The Nigerian embassy in Ghana has pictures of me. I had to run to them at some point. The reason I can’t release those pictures is because I was stark naked. My husband has humilated me so much and for anybody to tell me I am lying against my husband, that even hurts me more”.

Tonto says if she had her way, she would love to delete everything about herself on the internet because of her child

“If I had my way, I would like to delete everything. I would like to delete my whole existence because of my child because I know that the internet never dies. He is going to grow up, he is going to read them and it is going to hurt him@.

The mother of one says associating her with drugs is the most hurtful misconception people have of her.

“Something that has really hurt me in recent times is someone associating me with drugs as a mother. That hurt me so much because nobody sees how good of a mother I am. Nobody knows the sacrifices I have made for my son. I do a drug test almost every month. I write a letter to my son every month on his birthday about how much he has changed my life, how much he has made me a better person, about how I have stopped so many things for him. That really destroyed me. That really broke me into a million pieces. That is the worst thing I have heard”.

Tonto says she is aware that her ex-husband PA, Rosey Meurer is sleeping with him

“I am aware of her. I am aware she is sleeping with my husband. I am aware my husband is taking care of her. I am also aware that she is the reason why my husband abandoned his son with me for close to two months just before the big foundation thing we did in December because he took her on a trip. No she is not my husband’s sister. My husband is not her brother. She doesn’t know me. I have never spoken to my husband about her before but I do know their story and I do know that they are in love. It is not just a mere relationship. I have picrtures of them being on a trip abroad together, that is something my husband has never done for me or his family. Where that hurts me more was that I watched my husband make every single dime that he owns. I know the sacrifices that I have made for my family. All I expect was for him to be good to his family. Women are not the porblem I have with husband”she said

She denied allegations that she physically assaulted her mother in-law.

Watch the interview below.


Leave a comment

An open letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Dear Mr. President-Nana Addo 

 Congratulations on being elected to the highest position in our land, and indeed, the leader of our country–Every elected position is a great responsibility, and indeed, one that is always driven by a higher “invisible hand,” as stated in the book of Proverbs (21:1): The heart of a king is like a stream of water in the Divine hand, wherever He wishes, He will direct it.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.jpg

 But your election, Mr. Nana Addo , stands out in particular as unprecedented in history: You defied all the predictions and pollsters, you upended both the NDC and Other parties, you did not follow the “established” rules and guidelines for a political campaign, you exposed the media’s biases and inadequacies – you basically broke every norm. And yet you won a resounding victory, breaking the blue wall and turning over country that no one expected you to win.

 One can hardly find an equivalent event in the history of presidential elections that qualifies for a true “invisible hand” directing the electorate to upset the existing systems and infrastructures.

 One word stands out to describe this cataclysm: Disruption.

Mr. Addo, you tapped into the fibre of this country’s restlessness and eagerness for change; to change the existing political norms of the Johns and to bring this county back to its great legacy.

 

This is the reason for my writing to you today:Creative Arts Council Appointments

 

I read on http://www.myjoyonline.com/entertainment/2017/March-1st/okraku-mantey-akufo-addos-daughter-appointed-to-creative-arts-council.php of your appointment to the creative arts council I was very glad to see the likes of Mark Okraku mantey as the head because over the years we seen what Mark has done in the development of this Creative Arts Industry but for Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, your daughter I don’t know the roles she has played over the years to help this industry but very checked on her prove that she is a smart girl, there is nothing wrong appointing your own daughter to work in your government but please is she the same person who  crushed the car of the then Governor of the Bank of Ghana, one early morning when she had left the Club House?

6831280517702_4307429853102

If the answer is yes then please you need to advise her well now that she has taken a public appointment and as the daughter of the President all eyes will be on her because  we heard not too long ago that a certain government was for family and friends , so what has changed ?is that  principle  dead ??

 

Mr President please when are you going to appoint the like of my Uncle Mr Fred Kyei Mensah who is still been owed by the Ghana statistical service for works he did for them during the last 2010 Population and Housing Census.Nana for your information during the election he played a very key role to help you get more votes he was always on radio and tv preaching your gospel so please today if you are in power don’t forget my Uncle Mr Fred Kyei Mensah..

16142219_1320836074640028_2944606934112444948_n

 I hope and pray for you, Mr. President, that you serve as a divine agent that leads this country and the world into a new era, a country driven by the moral principles upon which all civilization rests, in all their rich diversity, live in harmony and peace, humbly serving the higher calling for which we were all created.

 

God bless you and God bless Mother Ghana and the Creative Arts Industry

 

Respectfully,

 

George Asamani

Admirer of the Creative Arts