What they say about Ian and toastmaster services...
''Having little knowledge on what a toastmaster actually does, we weren't really sure if we needed one for our special day... I'm so glad we did! He was like a 'wedding fairy godfather' and was always on hand to help aid all those bits that you didn't even consider! ...You need an individual who knows what they're doing; Ian is him.'
Lindsey & Rick, Cheshire
'Ian performed his Toastmaster duties to perfection at the recent corporate dinner in Liverpool... Not only was he 'word perfect' but his calm nature, warmth and dry sense of humour made him the perfect choice! I would not hesitate to recommend him for any event.'
Astrid L, Liverpool
'Thank you Ian for making the day so special. You made the day absolutely perfect for us and our guests! Can't thank you or recommend you highly enough!'
Jonathan T, Chester
'His pre-event communication, combined with an effortless approach to looking after our wedding parties on the day, has helped us to provide a memorable experience for our Bride and Grooms. Highly recommended by ourselves.'
The Century Pavilion, Liverpool
You may be wondering what a trained professional toastmaster is and what they actually do! Think of having a ‘Personal Event Manager’ and you won’t be far off the mark. It’s interesting as, on the one hand, they are there to be very visible – the red jacket drawing attention to their fundamental ‘master of ceremonies’, public-facing role. On the other hand, a lot of what a toastmaster does is ‘behind the scenes’ – ensuring that everything that has been planned to happen, actually does. They are there to ensure that the event runs to time, that every detail to do with the organisation of the event is taken care of, needs are anticipated, and any issues resolved – before they become a cause for concern and affect the enjoyment and success of the day. Our mantra is to ‘check, check and check again!’
A reassuring function of a trained professional toastmaster is complete dedication. Some venues may say that they will offer a hotel manager to fulfil the role of ‘MC’ – announce the entrance of the happy couple at a wedding, introduce the speakers and speeches, say ‘grace’ etc. In reality, as hotel managers, they may have other issues to deal with that are not going to allow them to focus completely on the running of the function. To focus on you. It’s not their intention, but they may be called away to deal with a hospitality issue elsewhere. However, having a trained professional toastmaster solely focussed on delivering the little (and large) details of the carefully planned event takes away all of that concern and worry. They are dedicated to you.
At a wedding, in addition to the master of ceremonies function, ‘meet & greet’, receiving of gifts and cards from arriving guests, assistance with wedding party buttonholes and flowers, smartening of ties and pocket squares, guest book completion, advice and guidance on speeches and protocols, efficient marshalling of guests for those all-important photos, checking the knife is actually there for the cutting of the cake, and supplier of safety pins and shoelaces for those last-minute mishaps are just some of the typical tasks that a professional toastmaster may undertake.
At an awards ceremony, or formal dinner, the role of the trained professional toastmaster is to show that same dedication and commitment to the detail and delivery leaving you, as the organiser, as ‘worry-free’ as possible and able to enjoy the event which you have striven so hard to organise.
I am confident that having a trained professional toastmaster present at whatever function you are organising will offer you reassurance, peace of mind, efficiency and professionalism - all delivered with an elevated sense of occasion, visual impact and undoubted style and class – all for a very modest charge.
If you’re interested in engaging me for your function, or have any questions, please either click on the ‘Contact Ian’ button below or call me on 01244 649000 for an informal, 'no-obligation' chat.
I’ll be happy to help you in any way that I can.