- Write your own mini-biography to send or hand to whoever is introducing you
- Know who you're talking to
- A handout of some sort (business only)
- Prepare. The better prepared you are, the more you'll be able to make your talk sound less formal and friendly
- Give your audience the big picture in your introduction
- Aim for a balance of emotional and rational
- Humor is almost always welcome (not rude or too personal)
- Practice modulating your voice (up and down, no squeaks)
- Practice in front of friends (honest feedback please)
- Make eye contact with your audience
- Speech Making Explained: - exaggerated flattery is bou ....
- Speeches - the main one bei ....
MANY AFTER DINNER SPEECHES ARE IN REALITY TOASTS, OF IF...
Many after dinner speeches are in reality toasts, of if they are not toasts in the strictest sense they are quite often incorporated in the speech as such. All the hints given hitherto apply to toasts as to other speeches, but a few special factors need to be considered. One is that the proposer of a toast has the advantage of not having to worry about how to end his speech.
He simply invites the audience to drink with him and his closing words are invariably the subject of his toast.
This saves a lot of thought, for the ending of a speech is one of the two most difficult parts of it. The other difficult part is, of course, the beginning; and for this, in any social speech and especially in a toast there is rarely anything better than a humorous reference or a humorous anecdote. It saves the speaker from the danger of being banal; it enables him to capture the interest and good humour of the audience at once; and, because it is easy to elate, it gives him confidence in his ability to make the speech.
One more point must be considered in connection with toasts.
You have been advised to be sincere in your speeches, and not to say anything that you do not believe yourself.
This holds good for toasts, too, although they always call for praise of the person or persons whose health is proposed.
If you do not feel that you can sincerely utter such praise, then try as tactfully as possible to decline to propose the toast. If you agree to toast a person whom you can praise with a clear conscience, but of whom you are also critical you must for the sake of courtesy keep the criticism to yourself; but do not exaggerate the praise to make up for it.