If you’re after a reliable, confident and amiable host for your event, then I would be delighted to help.
I’ve had the pleasure of hosting all sorts of events; everything from talking to a small room of people to hosting a Christmas Lights switch on in a city centre in front of a crowd of 15,000 people!
Events can take many shapes and forms and I have hosted them all. Sports personality of the years awards, a rural and business countryside fair and numerous auctions and raffles.
Hosting these events requires quick thinking, excellent timing and having the ability to think on your feet when things off stage are not necessarily running to plan. I have witnessed first-hand some absolute disasters going on behind the scenes but the gathered crowd would be none-the-wiser.
On the right, you can see me hosting the Christmas Lights switch-on in Exeter City Centre. This was around 2007 if my memory serves me correctly, in front of 15,000 people!
On the left is myself with the lovely Dani Webber who was my co-host at Heart between 2008-2010. We had the absolute privilege of hosting the 80’s concert at Powderham Castle, which was attended by around 6,000 people. We got to introduce acts like Doctor & the Medics, Howard Jones and Nik Kershaw.
These events often run through-out an entire afternoon and it was mine and Dani’s job to keep the event rolling smoothly in between stage changes.
More recently I have become involved in hosting corporate events like the Rural Business & Countryside fair which was held in East Devon in February of 2015.
I’ve just hosted a charity event on behalf of Living Options Devon. They’ve been celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year and wanted to host a big networking event which required me to be the MC for the afternoon. This was held at Woodbury Park, an excellent venue on the outskirts of Exeter. On the day, I was responsible for introducing guest speakers, short films and hosting an auction with high-value items. It’s that kind of responsibility which I’m happy to take on as it allows the organisers to concentrate on other things like entertaining the guests and making sure they can give that personal touch.
People often find the thought of public speaking daunting. I don’t! That’s because I’m used to it; it’s how I earn my living and I actually get a kick out of it too. Sure, I still get nervous, that’s natural but I’m confident that when I’m on stage, I can deliver what is required on the day, make it engaging and also ensure people have a great time.
I’m always happy to provide references from people who have hired me, please just ask.
I have had the great pleasure of hosting several large outdoor events over the summer this year. They have included the Colour Rush Run at Exeter Racecourse on behalf of the Children’s Hospice Southwest. I took the stage selfie (on the left) just before everyone headed off to run a 5km circuit… it was an excellent day.
I’ve also had the privilege of hosting a couple of Race For Life events on behalf of Cancer Research UK. These were based in Plymouth & Exeter and were attended by around 5,000 women. The starts are staggered and my job was to set-off the runners (roughly 500 at a time) at 15-minute intervals across the morning. At Exeter, this meant going through the starting procedure 9 times. These events are truly inspirational though and you get to meet some amazing women with truly life-inspiring stories.
Hopefully, that gives you a better idea of the experience I have hosting large outdoor events or more intimate indoor, corporate events on behalf of clients across the Southwest. if you’d like to discuss anything with me further or ask for a reference, then please pop over to my contact page and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks… Matt!