Frequently Asked Questions.
The majority of these questions refer to weddings, but they can equally apply to any event.
Q. How much do you charge?
A. The cost varies depending on the nature of the job, the amount of preparation it entails, how many people I have to manage, and the length of the job itself. But rest assured that no job is too small. With prices starting at just £150, I offer excellent value at extremely competitive prices.
Q. What makes your service unique?
A. Me. Although all toastmasters essentially do the same job, we all have different personalities and, as such, work in slightly different ways. This is why it’s so important to consider aspects other than pricing. With each toastmaster being slightly different, it’s crucial that you find the one who best matches your personality, and the best way to do this is to have a conversation with them. I am a professional toastmaster and, while I am well-versed in the rules of social etiquette for formal events, I am more than capable of taking a more modern, informal approach when appropriate.
Q. Why do toastmasters wear a red tailcoat?
A. The red tailcoat is worn so that we are easily identifiable. It enables guests to spot us most easily and lets them know that we will be the ones guiding them through the event. However, I am happy to wear whichever outfit you deem most appropriate for your event.
Q. Why should I use you as opposed to the venue manager?
A. The reason you should hire a toastmaster is because while the venue manager works for the venue, the toastmaster works directly for you. As your toastmaster, I answer to you, fulfilling your requirements above those of the venue. While the venue manager will be willing to help, they will have a host of other responsibilities that will prevent them dedicating their full attention to your needs. In addition, as they will be wearing a suit, they will not stand out among your guests, and will therefore lack the air of authority that comes with the toastmaster’s outfit, adding a sense of order and organisation to the event.
Q. Why should I use you instead of a friend or family member?
A. While it may be tempting to ask a friend of relative to take on the duty of toastmaster, there are four main reasons why we advise against this:
1. It distracts them from the event itself, meaning they have added responsibility and less time to enjoy the day.
2. They lack the training that will ensure the event will run smoothly and with an air of professionalism.
3. They will not be covered by our £5 million insurance policy should they break or damage something not belonging to them.
4. Should something go wrong, it is difficult to hold loved ones accountable. However, with a professional toastmaster, we are fully responsible for ensuring your event runs smoothly from start to finish.
It is advisable to put the responsibility of the smooth running of your event in the hands of professionals. Organising an event can be stressful enough on its own without the added stress of ensuring everything is running smoothly on the day. With the help of my expertise, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the day with your guests without having to worry about the little details.
Q. What are the most important qualities of a toastmaster?
A. The following qualities are essential for all professional toastmasters:
• Being easily identifiable by both you and your guests
• To leave a lasting, positive impression on you and your guests
• Being perceptive to the needs of you and your guests
• Attention to detail
• The ability to inspire confidence among you, your guests and everyone involved in the running of the event.
Q. When will I need a toastmaster?
A. Toastmasters are a great addition to any event, whether big or small. I have worked at events with as few as eighteen people and at events with as many as two thousand people, all of whom required the same professional service to ensure that their day was relaxed, organised and enjoyable. While it is advisable to hire a toastmaster for any event with more than fifty guests, for an event with over ninety people expected to attend, it becomes essential.
“You may not remember what I say, but you should remember how I made you and your guests feel.”
While these are some of the questions I am asked most frequently, please do not hesitate to contact me if there is any information you require that is not listed above. I would be more than happy to talk to you more about your event and how to make it the most memorable day possible.