We were so happy to have Jan Spragge act as an MC for Shelter Valley Folk Festival’s Songwriters’ Showcase this summer. Jan came well prepared to our event, having read about each participant beforehand. She spent time before the event talking with each person that she was introducing to build a relationship and gather a better understanding of them before their introduction at the event. On stage, Jan read the audience well and was able to build up and draw out enthusiasm and energy from the crowd. Jan lent an attitude of professionalism and positivity to the entire event. We will definitely ask Jan back to MC an event with us in the future.
Lesley Marie Boileau
Artistic Director – Shelter Valley Folk Festival
Speaking at an event is an honour and a priviledge. As a leader, you are trusting the person behind the podium to carry the tone and ensure your messages are delivered in ways that they will be best received. I know that. And, that is precisely why I dig in behind the scenes before and during an event – ensuring that the tone you want for your event is being set with intention.
Why do I enjoy the role of emcee? – because it gives me opportunity to create a connected experience for all concerned. While it is important to be engaging on stage, the real meat of the work is done behind the scenes – asking the right questions so I can do everything in my power to make sure that the strengths of your organization are highlighted, your additional speakers are comfortable, things run smoothly, and your guests are feeling connected with each other, your organization, and themselves. It’s all about digging in to bring out your best.
Three words for Jan – Professional, poised, and smooth. She kept our event flowing throughout the evening – ensuring that the committee’s talking points were communicated in an engaging and entertaining manner that helped to make the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation Gala the most successful yet. Thank you, Jan!
Bruce V. McCartney
NHH Foundation Gala Chair 2015, and Division Director, RRC, Investors Group Financial Services Inc
I had the pleasure & honour of working with Jan on the committee for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Candle Light Walk for breast cancer research. Jan added an element to our evening as emcee that put the finishing touches on our event. Her thoughtfulness & poise kept the evening light-hearted & inspiring. Thank you Jan for taking part in this event, and keeping it meaningful for so many of us.
“We could not have asked for a better ambassador to grace the main stage as host of Cultivate: A Festival Food and Drink. Jan helped us run a smooth Saturday evening program, engaging the crowd with enthusiasm for the music, food, drink and arts that filled the festival grounds. Her energy and spirit translates strongly on the mic. Well researched and informed, Jan presents with confidence and grace. We were proud to have her as one of the presenting voices of Cultivate! Thank you, Jan for all that you do for beautiful Northumberland!”
-Nicole Beatty, Executive Director, Local Food for Local Good