If you need a compere for an event or conference you want to be sure that the person you chose can calmly handle whatever might happen, and put a good face on it. That’s where Bob Hughes’ experience and preparation count.
It’s also an example of practising what we preach in our presentation courses.
From standing in front of tens of thousands of people at Symphony in the Park, to reading poetry with the Kings College Choir in the Opera House, to MC’ing glittering awards nights, he has the experience to make your event run smoothly.
It’s not just what happens on stage that’s important – it’s making everyone involved in the presentation feel very comfortable and ready to give their best.
It’s also about understanding your concerns and needs as an organiser, and working to help you if circumstances suddenly change.
“Conferences and major events remind me of a duck on water,” Bob says, “on the surface things can look smooth, even though underneath the water you’re paddling furiously”.
The key, he says, is attention to detail, and taking the time, ahead of time to get things right.
And it works. This is what one organiser wrote:
Just wanted to thank you for your contribution. I had a lot of comments from attendees regarding how seamlessly the program flowed and how professionally it was delivered. The heads of audit had a meeting after SOPAC and they specifically recognised what a wonderful job you had performed in providing the narrative throughout and increasing the professional perception of the conference. Two years ago when I actively became involved in SOPAC the three things I wished to achieve were to increase the profile of the key notes, provide a strong narrative thread throughout the conference and improve the professional delivery of the content. You have been instrumental in achieving two of those three.
Thank you for your hard work over the three days.