Conference Facilitation

Why use an MC for your conference?

Every conference and seminar can benefit from the services of a professional conference MC. Leaving the job to members of your committee or corporate business is a poor second option and can make the difference between the success and failure of your event.

A good professional conference MC is like another pair of arms and legs. He or she can be involved in the development of your program and from their experience will be able to help you shape your program for optimum effect.

Your MC is a lynchpin in the running of your conference or seminar. They provide a consistent standard in the introduction and presentation of speakers, ensure sponsors are adequately recognised and can infuse the event with some light humour.

But we don’t have a budget!

A professional conference MC is not an expense; it’s an investment in your conference. Once you begin using a professional conference MC, you’ll ask yourself how you ever managed without one.

Your MC becomes the public face of your conference and elevates it from just a conference to a professionally run event.

Besides, most good corporate MCs are not as expensive as you might think!

Gerry Gannon, Professional Corporate & Conference MC

Gerry Gannon is a leading facilitator and corporate MC and is in constant demand for conferences, conventions, workshops and seminars.

Thorough research and preparation together with the ability to quickly grasp complex issues ensures your event will be handled with aplomb and professionalism.

Having worked with live audiences for over 25 years, Gerry Gannon has a terrific ability to involve an audience in conference proceedings.

A quick wit – a legacy of his Irish background – ensures conferences are enjoyable as well as meaningful.

With a background as a radio current affairs broadcaster, Gerry Gannon is also a terrific panel session facilitator and can infuse panels with energy and dynamism.

Call Gerry Gannon to discuss your next conference and find out just how affordable it is to have one of the leading MCs add value to your event or download his PDF brochure from the link in the menu.
Check out some of Gerry Gannon’s satisfied clients on the left hand panel.

What they said about Gerry Gannon.

Bryan and I want to thank you for your excellent role as Master of Ceremonies of the conference. We were worried about the expense, but your mastery of the event was clearly evident and it was apparent that everyone highly appreciated your skills and humour and it was well worth it.

Godfrey Bridger and Bryan King, Convenors, 3rd International Street Lighting Conference.

May I sincerely thank you for your professional and masterful role as MC of the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge Conference.  You did a wonderful job and your effort and skill was a significant contributor to the success of the conference.    We have received great feedback as to your chairmanship of the conference and from participants on the conduct and content of the conference and all of the related events.   For example, senior and usually taciturn scientists and managers from major international corporations have stated to me that the conference was the best that they had EVER attended.  This is high praise indeed.    You played a significant role in this success and THANK YOU Gerry.

Stephen Powles, FAA, FTSE,Conference Convenor, Director, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative; Winthrop Professor, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia – Feb 2013

The Conference Committee began by thinking that an MC was a luxury.  By the end, we were completely convinced of its absolute necessity!

Dr. Merran Smith, Chair, Planning Committee, IDLC 2012

A message of thanks for doing such a wonderful job as MC for our Technology Park 20th Anniversary Conference. You helped generate the discussion and make it really interactive…..plus you were very entertaining !

Carmel Lyttleton, DOIR, WA

Thanks for making a great conference even better. So many people had positive comments about your involvement. It was brilliant.

Phil Hogan, ISAS

Gerry Gannon is the best MC I have worked with. He is funny, professional, vibrant, engaging, extremely accommodating, supportive and knows how to generate audience participation and is a fantastic interviewer.

Nikki Graski, EventEdge International

As MC of the Retirement Village Associations State Conference, Gerry lifted the Conference program to new heights. He not only kept speakers on track, he engaged them in discussion with delegates and facilitated a highly interactive forum. Delegate feedback was extremely positive and it is our intent to invite Gerry back next year to MC our 2007 Conference.

Mary Fraser, Chairperson, Conference Committee, RVA Ltd.

Thank you so much for your efforts at the Western Rescue Symposium. Your professionalism, wit and great sense of timing was appreciated by us all. Feedback from the symposium has been extremely positive and there have been many favourable comments on the role you played in making the tight program such a success. Thank you!

Russell Stevens, Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA (FESA)

There is no doubt your facilitation of the event was a major contributory factor to its overwhelming success and this was attested to through the evaluation survey forms.

Your presentation on “Making and Maintaining your Relationship with the Media” was entertaining and informative and the evaluation indicated it was beneficial to the audience.

Andrew Ross,

Program Manager, Rural Health, Dept. Health & Ageing, Tasmania

Thank you so much for being our MC at the WALIS International Forum 2008.

The feedback we have received so far indicates this was a highly successful conference and the delegates loved you!

You definitely added the extra “something” the Forum needed.

Tess Barkman, WALIS International Forum

The WALIS Office would like to extend thanks to you for your Master of Ceremony services during WALIS Forum 2009.

Your sense of humour and ability to converse with speakers and audiences alike is commended. Feedback received from Forum delegates praising the MC has also highlighted how valued your services were at WALIS Forum 2009.

You managed the slight hitches during the dinner to the extent that no-one even noticed and your questions during all the sessions clearly demonstrated that you had attained a really good grasp of the industry, which is no mean feat.

We once again thank you for your efforts during WALIS Forum 2009 and we look forward to working with you in future Forums to come. I believe the chances you have of being re-engaged by any group in the spatial industry is much better than your professed “slim or buckleys”!

Marnie Leybourne WALIS Director

As both the CEO and former National President of a peak industry group I am regularly attending industry seminars and conferences both within Australia and overseas. I have found Gerry Gannon the most thoroughly researched challenging and entertaining conference MC I have ever worked with or been a audience participant with. His professional journalistic background and effort to understand conference purpose and key drivers ensures not only rigorous and robust debate but a thoroughly informative engaged and entertaining facilitation of your event. With Gerry Gannon in charge you won’t be disappointed.

Rob Gordon CEO.

Gerry Gannon was MC at our 2010 National SARRAH Conference held in Broome during 20-23 October. Gerry’s warm and engaging style along with his ability to ensure delegates felt at ease and informed throughout the conference contributed to the success of our event. He was well prepared and familiar with the key issues faced by allied health professionals practising in rural and remote Australia. We would definitely recommend Gerry’s services to other conference organisers.

Rod Wellington, CEO SARRAH

Gerry – he’s awesome! Brilliant researcher of his topics; a master of the stage and a gift of bringing a complex program of speakers together in a manner that is seamless, entertaining and extremely professional. A conference with Gerry Gannon as MC is always a better conference.

Esther Price, Managing Director, Esther Price Promotions

As Master of Ceremonies…you were well received and provided an excellent ignition point for discussion amongst conference delegates. Your professionalism and well researched commentary did not go astray and your sense of humour and ability to enliven the conference was most appreciated.

Bill Gillooly AM, Secretary General, LGSA NSW