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- 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: - cut out any irrelev ....
- Speeches - if you concentr ....
THEN READ THE CONTEXT OF THE SPEECH IN THE DAILY...
Then read the context of the speech in the daily paper or The Listener and see the difference. The written speech is lifeless, dull and uninteresting. It needed the personality and special delivery of the speaker to bring it to life and to give it warmth and interest. To convince yourself even further try reading an interesting article which you have seen in a magazine or news site aloud.
It was probably an enthralling article, but it sounds wrong somehow when it is delivered as a speech.
So by now, you will have seen by practical application the vast difference between the notes written up for oral delivery, and the article written for publication. Obviously then when you are preparing an After Dinner speech you should keep trying it out aloud to make sure that it sounds right. In certain respects, however, good speeches and good articles have points in common.
Both should be clear, not muddled; the arrangements of facts and arguments should be orderly and logical; there should be no waste of words or digressions; and the style should be simple and direct. First stages in speech-making. You have been called upon to make an after dinner speech, to propose a toast or move a vote of thanks at a dinner given by your club or association, so how are you going to go about it? The first thing to bear in mind is that whatever the nature of the toast it needs preparation in advance.
One of the biggest speeches you will probably ever make in your life is the speech on your wedding day. For a groom just recently married, it can be absolutely terrifying. Sandwiched between your new father in law and your best man in the running order, you have to cover so much ground - thanking everyone for being there, thanking everyone who has helped or provided a service, praising your new in laws, praising your own parents, praising the bridesmaids and groomsmen, giving everyone gifts, and of course talking about your beautiful new wife. You have to be thorough or people will be upset, but you can't go on too long or people will get bored. You have to be funny - people expect laughs - but you also have to be serious and tender and loving. It really is quite a tall order! And the speech writing is only one small part of what you have to do to prepare for your wedding - there is the hiring of the venue, sorting out suits and dresses, catering, drink, decorations, etc. But one of the most important is sorting out the invitations. The time can really fly between the time you propose and the wedding day itself, and people need early warning to make sure they can make it. Custom made bespoke wedding invitations are always best, but make sure they are thorough and detailed, giving all the information that is needed well in advance. And start your speech with "my wife and I" - it always gets a cheer!
Some people can get up and make an extempore speech without any preparation, but those who do this are usually persons who have had a lot of experience in public speaking. If you know in advance that you are going to be called on to make a speech, do not leave it till the last minute. Do not imagine that you will be able to rise to the occasion without having given it any thought beforehand. Do not delude yourself with the idea that 'You'll think of something when the time comes'. The chances are strongly against your doing any such thing.
You will probably be tongue tied and stutter, and feel so absolutely miserable that you will probably decide never to make another speech ever again. To start the preparations, choose a time when you can sit down quietly for about half an hour to consider the whole matter. Do not try to begin preparations for a speech during a hurried lunch-hour or while waiting for the water to boil when making a cup of tea.
Sit down with a pencil and some scrap paper and really concentrate on the subject in hand.
First of all think of the subject about which you are to talk, decide what queue you are going to follow and then start to jot down your ideas. In the first instance you will probably have several ideas, so write them all down. Then get them into order so that one sequence follows upon another.