There are many challenges to an anchor/ a host of an event. No matter what the event is, they would be the key person to drive the show and also responsible for the success or failure of the event. It is also crucial for an anchor to keep up and utilize the opportunity to cope with the competition and earn more events in-line. They not only have to check their abilities but also consider the other participants in the show and fade the negatives with their strengths. Like there may be nervous speakers who will do anything to avoid interacting directly with an audience. Some look over people’s heads or read from notes or slides. Others treat presentations like a performance, with the audience as mere spectators. But unless the anchor possesses the charisma, it will be a disaster.

To build a meaningful rapport, we need to rip down that barrier. Here are few tips for successful anchor/a host:
CHOOSE YOUR TECHNIQUE: Anchoring/hosting an event involves lots of activities and need to adaptable to the changes. Audience participation includes a broad range of activities–from asking them to simply show of hands, to appeal for short personal input, to involve them in playing and games, to small group exercises.

• The show of hands is good for voting the audience and gaining real-time feedback. It lets your audience know where they stand with respect to the group.
• A short personal input reveals the range of experience in the room.
• A role playing and games are excellent for practicing sales situations and interpersonal responses.
• Group exercises allow participants to learn and interact from each other.
A smart anchor could choose a technique that fits your objective and the allotted time.
PLAN AHEAD: You should be the best one to read your audience mind before asking for audience participation. Ensure your audience response is going to be meaningful and to help you make your point.
USE INCLUSIVE FRAMING: Make your questions easy and intractable. It is very important to keep respect of your participants and audience. So, it is very import to make your questions wise as well as to the crisp.
Inclusive questions are great for building a shared identity among the crowd.
4. ALLOW TIME FOR RESPONSE: A good listening skills and time management are two key traits of an anchor/a host. So allow your audience and participants to speak and respond. At the same time, try to cut the conversation when needed to short the talk due to time constraint.
It can be just a brief pause, but it’s important to let them digest your point. You can signal a rhetorical question with a simple phrase like “Think for a moment”
5. ACKNOWLEDGE CONTRIBUTIONS: Acknowledgement is a good sign of etiquette. Always spot an audience member’s contribution before moving on to the next point or participant, even if just to say “Good” or “Thank you.” Again, make the audience feel competent.
Along with these, there are must traits to be performed by any anchor/host. They should be energetic & vibrant; a smile must be carried throughout the show, meet & greet everyone, make your audience be part of the show, spontaneity and general knowledge, making a round of applause and being presentable are the key traits to be a successful anchor/ a host.
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