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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: - if you have any do ....
- Speeches - the safest perso ....
HUMOUR IS DESIRABLE IN MOST AFTER DINNER SPEECHES. THE PURPOSE...
Humour is desirable in most after dinner speeches. The purpose of a Dinner is usually a light-hearted one-the Annual Dinner of a Sports' Club or some kind of Association, a Regimental Dinner, a Reunion Dinner, a Ladies Night, or a pleasant means of raising funds for some worthwhile project. Therefore the speeches should not be too heavy in tone.
There may be need for a serious speech; you may be appealing for funds, deploring the drop in membership, or referring to some shortcoming on the part of the local Council.
In such a case a lot of facetious comment would be out of place, but even so if you can start your speech with a joke or some humorous reference, you will immediately engage the attention of the audience and, if your speech has been well prepared, continue to hold their attention. In introducing any form of humour into a speech there are several points to watch. First be sure that your jokes are in good taste and suitable to the present audience.