“Toni, you were a phenomenal MC”June Sarpong, MBE
Yes, you heard it right – June said I was a phenomenal MC! As a compere for corporate and charitable events I deliver a blast of energy and humour that brings the audience on-side and engages them with the theme and content of the event. If there’s a charitable element, I’ll encourage people to put their hands in their pockets too.
Using a mixture of stand up, poetry and even a good old-fashioned singalong if the mood dictates, I’m a little left-field but always incredibly professional.
With experiences of crowds that include literary festival types, corporate employees, raucous mixed groups and even a Masonic Lodge, I’m adept at judging the mood, keeping energy levels high and making sure that people enjoy themselves. I’ll even encourage them to ‘please, drink responsibly’!
What does a compere do?
Typically, as a compere, I will:
- Get the crowd warmed up and kick the event off
- Introduce key note speakers and special guests
- Provide links between sessions / agenda items that remind the audience of the theme
- Deliver a wrap-up
- Keep energy levels are high!
What does a compere not do?
- ‘Pick on’ the audience
- Make fun of speakers and special guests
- Forget the overall purpose of the event
Rates vary depending on the size of audience and event timings but as a guideline you should expect to pay anything from between £675 for a half-day event to £1500 for a full day.
I’ve acted as compere for the Sister Sister Network, Smart Works Reading, various comedy nights and performed services for Adobe and SAP. The other services I offer include stand up, speaker, writer and panel host.