Newbie question - or do I just need more hands?

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dunlopj

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I agree never blurt anything out especially in a live environment. When i first started in radio I sometimes had trouble holding thoughts and expressing them I learned to write everything down like a script and follow it it saves a lot of ums and ahs. Avoid crutch words and phrases like at this time, Ladies and Gentleman or right now. It's OK to say once don't repeat it the next time at the same event.

If you want to record yourself and send me the MP3 let me know I'll be glad to "air check" you
I have a friend who is a DJ and he now does not say "ladies and gentlemen" anymore after a guest got angry with him saying it was offensive to people who did not fall into either category. He now uses "hello everyone".
 

Albatross

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I have a friend who is a DJ and he now does not say "ladies and gentlemen" anymore after a guest got angry with him saying it was offensive to people who did not fall into either category. He now uses "hello everyone".

There are a bunch of these language changes that some people may or may not adopt as they go along.

Years ago I stopped calling it a "Bridal Party." When referring to the collection of bridesmaids and groomsmen. I now use the term "Wedding Party" so that I don't ever have to swap out Bridal party on the fly and have trouble removing it because it's built into a habit.

Similarly, to say something like "Good evening family and friends, it's a pleasure to be with you all to celebrate..." sounds very genuine. I don't think most groups are really going to get wound up over "Ladies and gentlemen," but there are plenty of ways to address the room when acting as the MC for an event.
 

Scott Hanna

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I have a friend who is a DJ and he now does not say "ladies and gentlemen" anymore after a guest got angry with him saying it was offensive to people who did not fall into either category. He now uses "hello everyone".
I’m all for changing things up to not be repetitive, but I’m not going to stop saying "ladies and gentlemen" because one fool was look for something to be ticked off about.