- 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: - our debt is the sam ....
- Speeches - in the army we ....
THE PROPER NOTE TO STRIKE IS QUIET, SOBER SINCERITY, WITHOUT...
The proper note to strike is quiet, sober sincerity, without any striving after effect. If the proposer himself has served in the Forces, a little gentle humour may be introduced as relief, but it must not be pompous or patronizing. If the proposer has never served in the Forces, humour is best avoided, and gratitude and respect should be expressed. Example Speech Speech Ladies and Gentlemen-I do not think that any sailor, soldier or airman is going to take me to task when I say that we are a peace loving nation.
Fighting is not one of our national sports or pastimes. Our only conception of war is self-defence. It is often said that it takes two to make a quarrel. I suppose there is some truth in this.
A quarrelsome person has to find someone to quarrel with, and his victim is not bound to defend himself. In this sense we must plead guilty to having taken part in some long and hard struggles in modern times. But it is worth remembering that if we had not been in this extreme sense such a quarrelsome nation, we should not be a nation at all today.
We have a clean record. We have done all possible to avert war and we have taken up arms only when our national existence and freedom have been threatened. For a people who are so slow and reluctant to fight we have fought pretty well.
I say 'we' for modern war is total war in which everyone is involved. But although the character of war has changed, let us not forget that the grim business of fighting is still done by the Armed forces. I do not mean to belittle the Home Front when I say that civilians whatever their own efforts, are in the eternal debt of the men who have fought with the enemy on land, at sea and in the air. Nor is this just a wartime debt.
Our Forces not only win wars; they prevent them. Whatever contributions our statesmen and diplomats have made to world peace-and I think they have made many-they would have been powerless without the backing of our Armed Forces. Our Forces are not numerically large and they have won wars against heavy odds.
Their great strength, I think, lies mainly in their efficiency and especially in their high morale. Sane discipline is tempered with individual self-discipline, and it is this latter quality that has made our Servicemen our finest Ambassadors in every part of the world to which duty has taken them.
The toast is to Her Majesty's Forces, and I do not want to discriminate among the different Services that together protect our nation and freedom.