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Jeremy Szafron is proficient presenter who can guide you to be a perfect Presenter or Host. Whether it’s a staff meeting you’re leading or a concerto performance, a short pre-show ritual pulls your energy into your center. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Jeremy Szafron Assist You How to Upgrade Your Presentation Competences

CTV News Anchor PressReader Spotlight Host
  • Jeremy Szafron Presenting Hosting Tips

  • Jeremy Szafrons competency as a
    television host and producer is unquestioned. He
    is simply the best in his field.
  • As a reporter, stay abreast of
    current events each day, thoroughly research and
    interview anyone from athletes to celebrities and
    though politics to entertainment in order to
    create educational and compelling stories that
    resonate with a range of audiences.

  • As a television host and producer , Jeremy
    Szafron is very motivated and enthusiastical . He
    is constantly looking forward to a new challenge.
    He is a source of inspiration. Jeremy Szafron,
    who recently became host of highly rated
    international web video series called Spotlight.
    He has worked in projects like TEDxKELOWNA and

Hosting Tips By Jeremy Szafron
  • Hosting, in my experience, takes as much
    preparation and skill as any other form of public
    performance. The host is responsible for
    maintaining the energy of the house, and weaving
    the thread that links all performers, sponsors,
    presenters and audience together.
  • Like all the acts that may take to the stage, the
    host has to be on unlike them, the host has to
    be on throughout the entire performance, and
    ready to jump in at a moments notice to cover
    gaps or smooth things over.

  • Be yourself.
  • Who else would you be? Well, you might try to be
    a big-voiced radio jock, an undiscovered comic,
    the self-aggrandizing star of the show, an ironic
    commentator on something youre way too cool for
    Forget it.
  • Trying to be ANYONE or ANYTHING but likeable
    little your-name-here will leave you high and
    dry. Just be you.
  • 2. Be a fan.
  • The best thing you can do for the show youre
    hosting is to let the audience know why it
    matters. Find what you admire about a given acts
    work, and speak to that. (If you cant find
    something you like, you may be in the wrong
    place, and you need to consider that before you
    take the gig.) If youre stuck, mention an
    artists schedule, albums or awards. Know what
    matters, believe it matters, and tell the
    audience about it.
  • The audience cares its why theyre there. You,

  • 3. Be prepared.
  • Confession I rarely take notes with me onto the
    stage, unless Im reading off a list of sponsors
    or something similar. I prefer to be spontaneous.
    Ironically, to do that you have to be prepared.
  • That doesnt mean memorizing a bio for me, it
    means simply having in mind three things worth
    saying about the act Im introducing, and
    improvising from there. You can learn those three
    things while the previous act is on stage, if
    necessary. But to be in the moment, on stage,
    requires experience, forethought, and the right
  • The more you do to prepare yourself, the more you
    can simply be yourself. You cant learn that at
    the last minute.

  • 4. Be a professional all the way.
  • A pro doesnt act like a snob, on stage or off. A
    pro doesnt make off-colour jokes. A pro doesnt
    make fun of acts or sponsors or presenters. A pro
    shakes hands, talks to the presenter, the sound
    crew and the stage crew, asks whats required,
    respects the time limits given, and whenever
    possible, says something meaningful that will
    enhance the audiences appreciation of the show.
  • A pro always puts the show first dress for
    success, ask for what you need, communicate well,
    do a thorough job, smile, and treat everyone
    well. It pays off, bigtime.

  • 5. Get to know the acts youre introducing.
  • Because of my work in the scene, I often know the
    acts Im introducing, at least by reputation, if
    not on a personal level. But if I dont, I make a
    point of getting to know them, first by doing my
    research, and second, by reaching out in person.
  • At Mariposa I even had a mutual friend introduce
    me to Emmylou Harris backstage so I could tell
    her Id be bringing her on, and ask her if there
    was anything I should or shouldnt say. That kind
    of heads-up puts lets artists know what to expect
    from you. It also reminds everyone that youre a
    part of the performance, and that what you do
    matters to the flow.

  • 6. Less is more.
  • Wordiness, and excessive praise can both throw an
    act off their game. You may think youre
    flattering, but take my word for it if you call
    someone a legend and they dont see themselves
    that way it will freak them out and affect their
    performance. Plus, the audience doesnt want to
    be oversold! And dont forget if you blab on too
    much, youre cutting into the time allotted to
    the act. Not cool. Until youre sure of what
    youre doing and can get philosophical or
    conversational on stage, three bullet points is
    all the intro just about anybody needs.

  • 7. Know your go-to material
  • That said, sometimes you have to fill dead air.
    This is TOUGH, even for people with the gift of
    the gab. Deep space is nothing compared to the
    vacuum of being at a loss for words on stage,
    where every second feels like a millennium. This
    is when you turn to your go-to material
    (including some tried and true stories or songs
    of your own) and be sure you can trust it out
  • By default, you can always thank presenters,
    sponsors, artists, crew, volunteers and audience
    remind people of the placement of the washrooms
    and the exits encourage patronage of the merch
    tent or table, and that sort of thing. You can
    highlight items from the program, or remind
    people how important this event is in the local
    cultural landscape. (Its still not the time to
    try out lame jokes or to engage in banter with
    someone in the front row no one else can hear.)
    But dont be afraid to talk when you have to.
  • If all else fails, sometimes its okay to say
    this is going to take a few minutes to set up.
    Get to know your neighbours and well be back

  • 8. Take your role seriously.
  • Hosting, like other jobs in our business, is
    frequently under-appreciated and
    under-compensated, but you shouldnt see your
    role that way. Make it your goal to show how much
    the host can enhance the show, and youll be
    amazed what you get back.
  • At the same time, you need to ask for what you
    need to do a good job. That means being
    compensated appropriately, in cash or in whatever
    form makes most sense, and it means ensuring you
    have the tools to do the job. That may be a
    dedicated mic, a stack of printed bios, a place
    to sit backstage, a warm meal or a warm welcome
    at the after party. Whatever it is, dont be shy
    to ask for it and negotiate what you need.
  • In return, you must treat your job as an
    important one and do it to the very best of your
    ability. Your own pride, at least, demands it,
    and the audience and the artists require it!

  • 9. Dont take yourself too seriously.
  • Your role is important to the show, but its not
    about you. To put it bluntly, all you have to do
    is say a few words and get off the stage. Youll
    be mercifully forgotten if you did it badly, and
    youll be kindly remembered if you did it well.
    Humility will help in either case.
  • While being the MC is special, and important,
    face it youre probably not who the audience
    paid to see. Relax. Its just a show!

  • 10. The audience is your best friend.
  • Your natural inclination may be to fear the
    audience. If so, you need to get over it, or get
    out of hosting, pronto. The truth is, the
    audience is your best friend. At your say-so they
    will clap, cheer, stretch, shake hands, shout
    encouragement, laugh or groan at your jokes, and
    acknowledge the work of everyone who
    participated. Plus, they have a vested interest
    in the show going well. They paid to get in! They
    dont want to have a bad time.
  • And think about it you, more than any other
    person on stage, represent the audience. You are
    one of them! They dont want you to fail. They
    are more terrified of public speaking than you
    are, believe me. They admire what youre doing
    even if you think youre botching it. As long as
    you stay classy, the audience is on your side,
    and they will come through with the thing you
    need most heartfelt appreciation for a great

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