#Immediacy on speech making

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Advice and help for would be speech makers

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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: - it has continued t ....
  • Speeches - gentlemen, on behalf of ....


For there can be no warp without weft and no weft without warp; and when the pattern is woven, all the threads are blended into one fabric. On behalf of this fabric, which is known as Her Majesty's Forces, I thank you.

5. THE ROYAL NAVY. Again the keynote is sober patriotism. If the proposer of the toast is serving or has served in one of the other Services, he can brighten up his speech with some inter-Service chaffing; but he should not overdo this, and ought to end on a note of sincere respect. If the proposer is not an ex-Serviceman, he should not try to make jokes at the expense of the Service. Historical allusions can be brought in, but should be used sparingly.

Example Speech Ladies and Gentlemen (or Gentlemen) - I now have the honour to propose the toast of the 'Silent Service'-the Royal Navy.

It may well be silent for it has no need to boast aloud. Its deeds have always spoken for themselves. From the days of King Alfred's first Navy to the Amethyst incident, it has held the supremacy of the seas. The task of our Navy has been a heavy one.

Not only has it had to guard our long island coastline, but it has had to protect our vital sea routes and keep them open for shipping in all the great oceans of the world.

As the senior Service it has a great tradition; but at the same time it has always shown itself strikingly progressive.

For many centuries naval warfare meant either ships against ships, or ships against shore batteries. In modern times ships have been attacked by two new weapons of deadly striking power, one from above and one from below. Together they constituted a challenge to the very existence of the Navy and, therefore, a challenge to the safety of our island.

Our Navy met this challenge and triumphed over it. In the Second World War it protected our lifelines when we were hardest pressed. It rescued our Army from Dunkirk; it supported the R.A.F. in the Battle of England; and it led the way to the liberation of Europe on D-Day. Its losses were heavy; but without it we could not have won the war.

..... it has continued to move with the times and if

It has continued to move with the times and if new weapons are levelled against it in the future, I am confident that it will find the answer to these as well. Our ships are the finest in the world. But ships alone do not make a Navy. ....

..... gentlemen, on behalf of the royal navy, i thank you.

Gentlemen, on behalf of the Royal Navy, I thank you.

7. THE BRITISH ARMY. See under the Royal Navy for Hints on construction of speech. Example Speech Gentlemen-Khak ....

..... the british, it has been said, never know when they

The British, it has been ....