- 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 chairman has on ....
- Speeches - the proper note ....
THE SAME THING APPLIES TO DELIVERING A SPEECH; AFTER A...
The same thing applies to delivering a speech; after a few practise runs in front of the bedroom mirror all these things will operate in a perfectly automatic normal fashion and you will be scarcely conscious of performing them. To sum the whole thing up, however, we cannot do better than quote the immortal words of the Eugene Shakespeare in his advice to the players. Through the mouth of his character Hamlet, he says :- 'Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my lines.
Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest and as I may say, the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor; suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.' Duties of Chairman, President or Host THE proceedings at a public Dinner or Banquet are usually controlled by a professional M.C. with the co-operation of the Chairman.
The Chairman can be in fact the Chairman of the Society, Club or Association which is holding the Dinner; he may be their President, or he may be some local dignitary who is in some way connected with the body who are organising the Dinner. Where there is a professional Master of Ceremonies or Toastmaster, he will make all the necessary announcements, calling upon the various speakers and performing the duties of his profession. However, when the services of a M.C. or Toastmaster are not employed it is the duty of the Chairman to make all the announcements. The chairman (or host, or president) may make his first announcement when he calls upon any clergyman present to say Grace before the start of the meal.
Otherwise his first duty will be to propose the toast of the Queen.
This does not call for a speech, he will merely say 'Ladies and Gentlemen -the Queen.' Following this he will immediately announce 'Ladies and Gentlemen, you may smoke.' If there are any persons of title present he will, of course, include them in his opening-'My Lord Archbishop, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen' ; 'Your Grace, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen' ; 'Your Royal Highness, Your Grace, Your Worship, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen' and so on according to the circumstances. Certain of the toasts may be proposed by the Chairman himself and his speech in proposing such toasts is made in the same way as similar speeches by others. Otherwise the chairman has only to ring upon the other speakers whose names and toasts will have been decided in advance. No speech of introduction is needed here.