- 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: - the proper note to ....
- Speeches - our debt is the ....
THE CHAIRMAN HAS ONLY TO SAY 'I NOW CALL UPON...
The chairman has only to say 'I now call upon Mr. - to propose the toast of ' and 'I will now ask Mr. - to reply to the toast of on behalf of - '. When there is a musical or other entertainment, the Chairman introduces each item in turn.
At some Dinners it is the practice for the Chairman to ring upon various members present to 'take wine' with him.
This is just a form of exchanging salutations by the means of lifting wine glasses with special guests who may be present.
In these cases the Chairman will say 'My wife and I will take wine with . . .', and he will then rise to his feet, raise his glass to the guest in question, sip a drink and sit down again. The guest responds in a like fashion at the same time. This practice is not one which is recommended, however, as it means a constant bobbing up and down by the Chairman and the guests so called upon (any ladies involved remain seated; only the men rise slightly to their feet), and it causes a lot of interruptions to the meal.
It is far better to finish the business of eating, and then when everybody has relaxed and is sitting back with coffee, liqueurs, cigarettes, cigars, etc., to have all the Toasts and Speeches at one go. Loyal and Patriotic Toasts 1. THE QUEEN. This toast is almost always proposed by the chairman or host.
It always heads the toast list; and as smoking is not permitted until this toast has been given the chairman is expected to propose it as soon as possible after the last course of the meal has been finished.
The proposer is not required to make a speech. He simply rises to his feet and utters the time-honoured formula: 'Ladies and Gentlemen-the Queen' Immediately after this toast the Chairman should announce: 'Ladies and Gentlemen, you may smoke.' 2. THE ROYAL FAMILY. This toast is much less commonly proposed. Again no speech is required, but the proposer usually gives the toast in the following form: 'Ladies and Gentlemen-I have the honour to propose the toast of the and other members of the Royal Family.' The exact wording of this toast naturally depends upon Royal Births, Marriages and Deaths.
However, there is no prescribed formula according to rank and when the toast is to be given the chairman should ascertain the current correct form beforehand. This is issued officially from Buckingham Palace with the approval of the Queen, changes being notified as they occur. The toasts of the Queen and the Royal Family are the only two loyal toasts that are authorized. 3. HER MAJESTY'S FORCES. Obviously there must be a patriotic ring about this speech but it should not be overdone and there must not be any suspicion of bombast.