The Event Variety

Across the globe, in person events are back! 2022 is the year of The Event Variety. With options like virtual, hybrid, and real time events, keeping attendees engaged takes a tech savvy and charismatic entertainer.

As an Event Host, Will Gill has over 950 Five-Star Reviews on Google, making him the highest rated professional MC for event attendees. Because of his talents on stage, Will Gill was named Forbes Next 1000 for Media and Entertainment. Because of his unique way of keeping the audience engaged online (see, Will Gill was named Wall Street Journal’s Virtual DJ-Emcee for Corporate America.

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Will Gill The Event Host

Professional event emcee (MC) Will Gill works exclusively with event producers to bring high energy and engagement to corporate events. He hosts live events and virtual conferences with charisma and personality. His take on hybrid events offers an unrivaled performance. One where users are seen and heard, making them feel part of the event experience.

If you would like to make Will Gill part of your event strategy, please use our contact page. Provide brief event planning details including type of event and whether you need a virtual event emcee or a live event host. Our team will get back to you right away. We look forward to being part of your event team!

Will Gill’s Portfolio

collage of professional event emcee and corporate DJ Will GillAlthough he is known as one of the top live event hosts in America, Will Gill is most often booked for corporate events as the all-in-one Emcee-DJ.

DJ Will Gill is an open-format DJ who plays a variety of genres, decades, and artists appropriate to the event’s environment. His ability to seamlessly blend music types while interacting with the audience makes him on of the most versatile event entertainers in corporate America.

Below is an ever-updating list of events and clients Will Gill has had the pleasure of celebrating with.

Virtual Emcee (MC)

Will Gill was named Paypal’s Virtual Event Emcee (MC) alongside his UK counterpart in 2021. Will Gill was awarded this after DJing a 29-hour successful event for Paypal’s “All Together Gathering” in 2020. A year later, he has been hosting virtual live streams for employees and investors at the world’s #1 financial technology company.

Professional Emcee

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Event Host Will Gill on stage at Lenovo FY22 at Raleigh Convention Center

Will Gill has performed the role of professional mc, DJ, and Voice of God for tech giant Lenovo since February 2022. He began producing engaging corporate events on various virtual event platforms like Event Mobi and Zoom. He then returned to the live world as Lenovo’s professional emcee, entertaining audience members at the Lenovo FY 2022 Summit in Raleigh, North Carolina. He continues to produce and perform as the Virtual Emcee (MC) for Lenovo as they grow partnerships with brands like CDW and Google.

Crowd Warmup Emcee and Comedian

Will Gill is has been a crowd warmup emcee and DJ at the Emmy Award winning NBC talk show for 3 seasons. His style of event hosting on television is to embrace audiences with music and dancing. Surprisingly, the presence of an audience (or lack there of) can make or break a show. Therefore, Will Gill adds elements of “edu-tainment” during his crowd warmup, helping audiences to look and sound their best during tapings. Virtual Event Host

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In 2020, Will Gill created the award winning virtual event service called When in person events could not happen, Will Gill brought high energy DJ and interactive emcee hosting together for online events. On the front end, the mission was about engaging the audience with music, improv, and game shows as a live event on Zoom. On the back end, the event organization included a run of show with variety, keeping the audience engaged and energized. combined virtual emcee (MC) and event DJs with a powerful SEO campaign. Will Gill became the global name for event planners looking to hire a virtual emcee to help professional events run smoothly. Coordinators have learned how to keep users engaged, educated, and retained attendance with the help of Will Gill and

Many companies and event planning firms have Will on retainer as their professional emcee and DJ between keynote speakers. As their resident event host, he brings charisma, personality, and engagement while delivering key messages. This is because all of his virtual event hosts are live streamed, never pre-recorded.

Will Gill as a virtual event emcee has hosted over 400 corporate events online. All of which have been live streamed instead of pre-recorded. Virtual conferences and hybrid events start off with an engaging pop of energy, setting the tone for a fun and engaging experience.

The Ultimate Guide To Event Hosting

The remainder of this page is for event hosts and aspiring entertainers looking to grow their talents in the world of events.

7 Tips To Being A Professional Emcee

Have you been presented with the opportunity to emcee an event? If you are of the few and proud, what you do to prepare will make all the difference in how well your event goes. If you want to avoid performing awkwardly or embarrassing yourself with poor jokes, then you must to prepare in advance. To ensure your presentation captivates the room and engages with the audience, read below for seven tips to emceeing like a pro.

Understand Your Audience of Attendees

Knowing who you are performing for is vital.  This is because the atmosphere and demographic for an intimate wedding is much different than a virtual event or corporate conference. When you’re the emcee host, it’s important to realize what type of crowd you will be performing for and what they’d like to hear.

Plan and Prepare

There are moments when an emcee host must improvise on stage. However, for most of an event, an emcee script should be well prepared and rehearsed. To ensure moments go off without a hitch, one must make sure the order of events are set and tested before start time. An experienced emcee host will also carry a list of announcements needed to be made and emergency contacts in case of tech or medical emergency.

Start Out Strong

First impressions will make or break your entire set. The opening minutes of your speech will set the tone for the rest of the event. If an emcee starts with mumbles or terrible jokes, it will set an uncomfortable atmosphere for the rest of the event. An emcee host must present with confidence and engagement that establishes what the event is all about.

Introduce Yourself

Unfortunately, many emcees forget to establish themselves with a formal introduction. By not introducing themselves and explaining why they are hosting the event, the audience never fully connects. Let the audience know how you are connected to the event and why you were selected. This creates immediate connection with the guests.  If the audience deems an emcee important, they will continue showing interest in what the emcee host is saying.

Explain Why the Event is Important

As an event emcee, it is my job to bring life into the event. My role is to promote and showcase why the event is an important one. A wedding emcee may talk to uplift the bride and groom. An emcee hosting a charity event may speak on why the cause is one of the most important of its kind. It is the emcee’s job to give importance to the event and bring excitement to those in attendance.

Add Interaction

An emcee host who talks the whole time is bound to instill boredom in guests. Instead, getting the audience engaged through questions and chants is a great way to create a sense of engagement and inclusion. At a wedding, an emcee can ask for a show of hands for those married for X amount of years. The emcee could then ask for a round of applause. Audience interaction helps lighten the mood in the room, creates cohesive confidence, and keeps people engaged throughout the event.

End With A Big Closing

Audience attendees are more likely to remember your final words than your opening monologue, well after the event.  Make sure to write a big closing speech that will leave guests with something to remember you by. This can be a group activity, a chant, or as an emcee-DJ, a last dance.

Stage Emcee

Emcee is a phonetic abbreviation of the phrase Master Ceremonies. Emcee is also known by its initials “M.C.”.  The emcee is similar to the circus ringmaster, whose role is to introduce various acts of the event and guide the program to a climactic conclusion.

The professional emcee works the crowd from start to finish. When an event starts, a good emcee establishes stage presence and positive energy that sets the tone for a comfortable event. An emcee script can include comedy, dance, and call-and-response activities that results in the audience hearing themselves.

At live events, a proper sound system will determine how well a Master of Ceremonies will emcee love events. Volume and room acoustics play a factor in the audience hearing a stage emcee loud and clear.

Before taping a television show, many times the audience feels a bit nervous around the massive amount of cameras. Despite many of them sitting behind the lights and cameras, audience members can still have stage fright.

Never fully connecting with the audience is a stage emcee’s most painful experience. This happens when the emcee forgets to introduce themself at the start of the event.

The trick to being a professional stage emcee is mastering eye contact, presence, and the audience hearing you loud and clear.

Event MC

The professional emcee sets the tone for an informative, engaging, and entertaining event. As an event host, one’s duties involve making sure audience members are experiencing and comprehending all aspects of a corporate event. This includes crowd warmup, guiding of the run of show, and promotion of the keynote speakers to come.

The event mc and event planners of a corporate event work together to make sure all aspects run smoothly. This ensures all audience members and virtual event attendees are left with a memorable and inclusive experience.

Since the pandemic, the role of host has evolved. Running an event now means event hosts have to engage those in person and those video conferencing. Since in person events now include virtual guests, a professional has to make sure the hybrid event is inclusive to anyone attending the best way they can.

Event Host Definition

An event host oversees guests at functions like ceremonies, corporate conferences, banquets, and private parties.

They help prepare and facilitate events, ensuring all aspects run smoothly that day. On the mic, an event host welcomes guests, moderates questions and answers, and works with support staff behind the scenes.

Will Gill the event host is a Master of Ceremonies who delivers information and guides event attendees through the run of show.

The job description also includes crowd engagement, Voice of God, and timeline management with corporate event planners.

Will Gill is the highest rated of event hosts in America. Whether he is called the Emcee, MC, Master of Ceremonies, or live event host, the job remains the same: to engage with energy while boosting morale and retention. Follow his adventures via his social media here.

Event Host Responsibilities

The live event emcee is first responsible for warming up the audience. Their mic savvy and personality sets the tone for the program ahead.

Throughout the rest of the program, the event host will execute smooth transitions between event segments. If there are unforeseen changes or hiccups to the run of show, the event emcee can improvise on the mic and right the ship.

The event host’s job is to build hype for all other acts and keynote speakers. Will Gill executes this job description at every event. He has received over 800 Five-Star Reviews for his ability to deliver information and entertain guests,

The Professional Event Entertainer

A Crowd Warmup Emcee sets the tone for the event ahead. A real DJ uses turntables as a musical instrument. A Voice of God adds can act as a corporate “hype man” and narrator without ever setting foot on stage.

Will Gill can execute any and all aspects of event entertainment. Dont delay when you can book today.

The Crossword Clue

If I may add an op-ed piece here. I’d like to talk about the synonymous nature we endure as event hosts. At parties, I am billed as the M.C.. At conferences, I am known as the event host. At corporate events, I am called the emcee. At ceremonies, I am aptly called The Master of Ceremonies.

You can call us Master or ceremony, mc, or emcee. They are all one-in-the-same. Planners and end-client don’t always know this. In fact, searches for an Event Host don’t often yield results for a Master of Ceremonies.

This is why a professional stage emcee must read each prospect in depth. We call this The Crossword Clue. Prospective buyers are like crossword puzzles, meaning their initial clues are often brief and therefore open to interpretation.

An end-client, like a CEO’s executive assistant, may search for an event host. In this instance, these individuals are searching for a venue and their in-house event management. The hire they are looking for specializes in overall event planning, customer service, and hospitality.

On the contrary, a professional event planner themselves often looks for an event host. In this scenario, they are searching for the best stage emcee to bring charm, charisma, and communication skills to a corporate event.

During the inquiry process, an event host responsibilities include identifying all possible scenarios, aka crossword answers. Upon receiving an email for an event host, one may think they have the clue answered. As an emcee, one must remember that with synonymity comes misdirection.