Having a good MC is crucial to the success of a forum. The MC will take care of introductions, set the agenda and pace of the forum, handle the audience and keep things running on time. He or she will also create the mood of the event in terms of language used, humour and tone.
It is recommended that you find someone who has a strong presence, has experience in public speaking/running groups, and is knowledgeable about AOD. It is important that this person knows how to handle difficult questions and situations that may arise during the forum, e.g. audience members becoming upset or angry. If media representatives are present, the MC will need to let attendees know so they can remove themselves for photos etc. if they so desire.
Try contacting the following to find a suitable MC:
Troubleshooting difficult situations that could arise.
Just as we encounter different personalities in life, we can expect to meet them at a forum. Here is some advice for the MC on how to handle such people.