Anchoring Script

Anchoring Script in English | Format, Tips, Tricks

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To start with, there are no fixed types of anchoring scripts. But we can vaguely divide it into two basic types, formal and informal. Most of the events like annual day, cultural fest, farewell party, and others follow a typical, formal anchoring script format. In informal events like Christmas, wedding, birthday party anchors can bring in creative ways to host the event.

Any event generally divided into a couple of sections. Events start with a welcome note, Ganesh Vandana, welcome song or dance. Then chief guest and principal speech. Later you introduce various dances, dramas, song performances, etc. In the end, you may host prize distribution and guest felicitation. This is a common flow you can use in your anchoring script preparation. But again, it totally depends on types of event, audience and other factors. We will talk about those in the following section of the article. Here are some tips and guidelines for some important sections of the anchoring script.

Welcome Note of Anchoring Script

You will be the first person on the stage. You may also get a co-anchor. You have a big responsibility here as an anchor, you will be setting the tone for the event. I personally, don’t like mugged up, monotonous speeches, so I guess no audience will like the same. It simply doesn’t connect with the audience. Whatever you are doing it is for entertaining your audience, If they are not going to like a typical anchoring format then you should not use it. Place yourself in audience shoes and judge yourself. I understand that sometimes you don’t get complete freedom to do it your way, school/college authorities may not allow an informal way of hosting the event. In this situation, you can take the best of both worlds or simply stick to the formal method.

Try to keep your welcome note short and relevant. It is not compulsory to use quotes, poems, and shayaries. You can use them if they are relatable and if you can build a story around it. Most of the sample anchoring scripts over the internet still start with old school shayaris, I think not all people receive it the way they used to. Do not force it to the audience.

Most of the time in Indian events especially in school and colleges, next part will be Ganesh Vandana or Saraswati Puja and Diya Ceremony where chief guest will come upon the stage and light the candles or Samai lamp (Deep Prajwalan). Then chief guests will deliver his/her note. Try to have short chief guest speech or else your audience will get bored (I know it’s not in your control; if you have politician chief guest they will take at least half an hour or so). After that, you will be giving an overall idea of the day, and then you introduce first act or performance.

Announcements

You will be spending most of the time in announcements and introductions. Try to cheer up the audience before the performance, that bo participants. You can talk about the particular section or act like dance, songs, drama, comedy, etc before calling in the performer/s. Try to create a bit of curiosity about the upcoming act. {Check our Song Performance and Dance anchoring scripts.}

Felicitation / Thank You Note

Once all games, shows, acts, and performance completed you need to declare the results. Later you will felicitate the chief guest, other honorable members, and event sponsors. You can take a chance to thank your event organizing team and volunteers too. Most of the time some senior teacher/employee will give Thank You note. It is also called Vote of Thank. {Check out our sample Vote of Thanks Speeches}

At the end of the show, you must close the event formally and inform the audience about exit routes and transportation arrangement if any or next planned activity like breakfast, dinner, hi-tea, etc.

Tips for Anchoring Script Preparation and Delivery

Here are some basic but important tips for anchoring. In the next section, we have given more tips. Do check that section too. 

  1. Never Copy Paste anchoring script. Follow the basic template but the real content should come from you only. Only you can understand your school/college, the audience, their personas.
  2. Never mug up the script, the audience will catch you in 30 seconds. They will not connect to it and they will not respond. Follow the basic template and let your heart do the rest. But you need a lot of hosting experience for that. If you are new to anchoring it is better to stick to basics.
  3. Do not overdramatize the speech or make it monotonous. This happens in school a lot, students either deliver the sentences like they are reading a book or they exaggerate it. Try to have a conversational approach. Ask questions, crack jokes, occasionally respond to comments made. This will keep your audience interested in your event.
  4. Please note that whole attendees are your audience, not just first row.
  5. Don’t fake humor. It should be in your personality. You cannot fake it. If you are not a funny person, then take a co-host who can do it. If you can’t be funny, then please don’t or else you will end up making fun of yourself.

Here we are answering some common questions regarding anchoring script preparation and delivery. You can find specific tips in each answer.

Question: How do you compere a program? How do I host an event?

Answer: First and most important thing is compering a program or anchoring an event well is knowing your role and your audience.

You as an anchor of the program run the show, you set the tone. Your role is to welcome and warm up the audience for the programs ahead. Remember you are not the star of the show, you make real stars looks good in the event. You facilitate a smooth transition between different segments and cover up the awkward pauses, disturbances that may occur.

Before the beginning of any function, the audience is restless and high on expectation. So these first few minutes are very important. You need to impress your audience at start only or else they will lose interest in the subsequent segments.

You need to bring energy and positivity on the stage, it passes to the audience. Laugh, crack jokes, interact with the audience; be enthusiastic. These emotions will pass on to the audience. You also need to dress apart. Your attire and personality should reflect your professionalism and seriousness towards the event or the cause.

Know Your Audience: No one else on the internet can understand your audience, the overall atmosphere of the event, venue, etc. Make sure you know whether it is a formal or informal event, what type of language, gimmicks are acceptable. What are buzzwords on your campus? More the local and relevant reference you have more the audience will be interested.

Shit Happens. It is possible that you make some mistakes or blunder for that matter. Cover it up if you can. If you can’t cover it up ask for an apology and move on. Last but not least, practice… practice… practice… That’s the only way to go. (You can read more such tips here)

Question: What is a formal and Informal anchoring?

Answer: Formal anchoring events include programs like School/college annual days, official farewell parties or conference, seminars, etc. At such events more professional and bit restricted approach is needed. You need to dress accordingly, you need to use formal language. You need to call in people with respect and with their titles etc. Your body language will be also a bit restricted.

Whereas at informal anchoring events like birthday parties, Christmas celebration, sangeet, etc anchor can enjoy the freedom and be creative with it. Actually, a funny and enthusiastic host is expected in such informal anchoring scenario. You can crack jokes, interact with the audience or jump around too.

Question: How do I start anchoring?

Answer: You can read this article (https://teenatheart.com/write-best-anchoring-speech-script-best-lines/)

Question: How can I become a good anchor? What makes a good anchor?

Answer: You can refer our previous tips and answers given above. First and the most important thing to become a good anchor is “Confidence”. If you are confident then you can handle any situation. As anchoring is live in action task, you need to be quick-witted, you should able to cover up things. Confidence comes with experience and practice.

One more important aspect, you need to have a genuine interest in hosting the function. If it is forced upon you and you are doing it just because of it’s forced on you and you cant get out of it, you probably going to suck at it. This true for any job, relationship or any other things. If you are doing something you don’t enjoy you many not feel willing to improve and succeed.

Question: How can I improve my anchoring skills?
Answer: Practice… Practice… Practice…

Question: How do you engage the audience when anchoring? How do you keep a crowd entertained?

Answer: Be approachable and open. Be warm and wear a smile all the time. Interact with the audience, occasionally reply to comments passed with humor. Speak their language, use their lingo. Use internal/local/ campus buzzwords. This will make the audience comfortable to connect and engage with you.

Random Information: Anchoring also called as compering or hosting. The anchor is also called as a host, Emcee (not MC) or Master of Ceremony.

Sample Anchoring Scripts

Christmas Day Anchoring Speech
Freshers Party Anchoring Script
Prize Distribution Speech
College Farewell Speech
Anchoring Script for Annual day
Anchoring Script on Teachers day
Anchoring Script on Independence day
Anchoring Script for Republic day
Anchoring Script for a Cultural event

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