"What differentiate your course with the others?" a business strategist asked me this question when I said I am organizing a basic training and workshop to train emcees. I then listed down the advantages of our courses but he said I must also list the weaknesses of our courses and turn it into strengths.
I did. In fact, turning adversities into opportunities is also one of the topics being taught in our Professional MC and PR Techniques (PROMPT) Workshop.
Top of my list, I put that our courses combine the best of both worlds. Both KT Pillai and Hoong Ling are GREAT Professional Emcees.
1. Paperless and Paper Emcee
Hoong Ling is the paperless emcee, relies on gadgets like mini laptop, her Samsung Galaxy Tab or even a BlackBerry to emcee. Pillai has been using papers all his emceeing life. When both combined, coupled with a faulty printer, Pillai finds no issue adapting to the use of a laptop to emcee. While Hoong Ling will need a power plug at the emcee rostrum, Pillai will only need a paper and pen. But for the sake of environment, Pillai is also slowly turning paperless.
2. From Different Beginnings
Pillai has been a disc jockey for years until he finally chose the career path of a Master of Ceremonies. Hoong Ling emcees since 13 and had a different world of perspective. However, both still share the same passion in emceeing.
3. Microphones... Do they make a difference?
Hoong Ling only talk and emcee, full stop. She comes, she finishes her job and mingles around and goes home. Same experience when she was a TV Presenter for Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Also, she can't hear on the left ear so forget about surround sound systems! Pillai is very particular with sound system owing to his years of experience as a DJ. He has his own team and even own PA System set as well as his own microphones.
4. Detailed Or Tell It Like It Is?
Being a detailed person, Hoong Ling likes to write scripts and have templates for her to fill in the blanks, copy and paste certain sentences and only take a couple of hours to prepare script for any full-day event. She is so particular with titles, names and designations that she researches, calls and asks and prepares complete scripts. Pillai prefers point forms and tell it like it is guided by simple script. While both have strengths, both will also share experiences so students learn from the BEST of BOTH worlds.