I can still remember my first time emceeing for a wedding luncheon back in 2017. The memory in my head is still so vivid like it had just happened yesterday.
I wasn’t alone on that day. I had the pleasure to co-host the event with my partner or classmate at that time. In fact, we were the first ones among our classmates to take up the practical emceeing. It was indeed the bravest thing to do for an introvert like me.
The lights were dimmed. I walked up to the stage. I couldn’t hear a thing but my racing heartbeat. My mouth was dry and my legs were wobbly. Clutching my precious script in one hand and tightly grasping my silver microphone in the other; truly believing that they were the lifelines that I could hold onto from drowning in fear.
The bright spotlight poured on my face and I squinted my eyes to look at the hundreds pairs of eyes watching me. I quickly twitched a smile on my face, and greeted the audience with as much confidence as I could ever muster. Honestly, I was hopelessly terrified!
They always say, the beginning part is always difficult. As for me, I have had glossophobia, which is the fear of speaking in public. But guess what? The hardest part was not even the exact emceeing; it was my first self-introduction in the emceeing academy.
Signing up for an emcee course was crazy! It had never occurred in my head that I would be doing this. For someone who is a genuine plus authentic introvert, taking up such an extroverted career, is and truly still is, a crazy ride!
But I have always heard that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. Well, I never noticed how true that quote is until now. Cooping up in a shell is warm, fuzzy, safe and comfortable but it really doesn’t get you anywhere.
Throughout my emceeing course, I finally had the opportunity to taste that little change of excitement. I could not believe how much confidence it has given me. The learning was painful. Crawling out from my shell was excruciating. However, after a year of hurdles that you need to run over, the change in you is real.
Can an introvert be an emcee? Well, the answer is in you.
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Wendy discovered MC JO Academy in 2017 and she became an emcee ever since. Blogging her heart out about her passion and experience as an emcee gives her so much freedom in expressing herself. She enjoys learning and indulging herself in rapid aggressive challenges such as speaking in front. Spotlights and microphones are her essential accessories to make a difference on stage.