by Hudson Fernandes
KUWAIT, APR 27, 2016: St. Therese of Child Jesus Church, Kuwait, organised a professional 'Master of Ceremonies (emcee or MC)' training programme for almost 20 parishioners over three days in April.
The programme is the vision of parish priest, Father Blany Pinto. "In an ever- changing and fast paced world, training and development is an indispensable part of promoting growth. The aim behind this was bring out the best in the parishioners, to acquire new skills and sharpen existing skills, " said Father Pinto.
Christopher Pereira of the parish was assigned to lead the training program along with two MC's, Lloyd D'Souza and Hudson Fernandes, who have been anchoring for decades at all community events and also for corporates. The participants learnt first- hand from the professionals.
Preparation and Practice (P&P) was always emphasised during the programme. One exercise involved participants introducing themselves at the beginning of the programme and then, once again after two hours, when they had absorbed all that was taught. The results were remarkable. In addition to being a professional emcee, the participants were also trained to manage on-site crisis and to work with third party event planners.
MC D'Souza and MC Fernandes shared their experiences and other areas of event management that can have an impact on the performance of emcees. Pereira reiterated to all in attendance to keep practicing and upgrading themselves, through parish events and by taking up leading roles within the community.
"A big thanks to Lloyd, Chris and Hudson as it was a great training program for our development and now we will be able to serve our parish in a more effective way," expressed a participant, Mildred Amara.
On the final day, all participants presented their own event scenarios with the curriculum provided and were evaluated on their performances. Various key techniques were rated including challenging moments, time management and engaging the audience.
All participants scored beyond expectations and are ready to take on emceeing activities in the parish. Certificates were issued to all. Lucy Pereira, a trainee said, "We had a wonderful time and the immense knowledge shared has benefited us all."