#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: - she blushed and fee ....
  • Speeches - her husband, fee ....


The object of rowing is, of course, to win the race. But it is the race rather than the victory that counts most, and collecting trophies has its limitations as a pastime. We believe that rowing is a grand sport.

I am not trying to underrate the importance of the competitive element, but I do think you will agree when I say that it is the competition itself rather than the result that gives the greatest pleasure. So, ladies and gentlemen, when I ask you to drink to our future success, I should like to think of that word 'success' in its broadest sense. So, raise your glasses, if you please, and let us drink the toast-Success to the Club.

After Dinner Stories and Jokes THIS part of the website represents a miscellany of humorous stories and anecdotes, many of which can be adapted to suit special circumstances and bring in personalities who are present at the Dinner. In choosing any particular joke for retelling at a function, the first consideration should be as to suitability.

Firstly is it in good taste, bearing in mind the type of audience to be present; secondly does it have any connection with the main body of the speech. If the answer to both these questions is yes, then an additional interest will be added to your speech, if the story is told. Otherwise, leave well alone and save your favourite funny story for another occasion.

When telling these stories try not to copy them word for word; vary the retelling to suit your style of delivery. One final word of warning - If any particular story has already gone the rounds of your club, or association, it is better not to use it at all; find another story that is likely to have fresh appeal, or omit it entirely from your speech.

STRICTLY STAG. A very attractive, although rather naive, young lady had the misfortune to develop a bad cold the very night she was due to attend a fashionable dinner dance. Having no wish to miss the event, she wisely took the precaution of having two very large handkerchiefs with her. In common with most members of the female sex, her handbag was far too small to hold both handkerchiefs together with all the other items which fill a lady's handbag, and so she put one in the bag, and the other into the top of her rather low cut evening gown. During the course of the dinner-and the usual rather long, dull speeches which followed-she had to resort to the handkerchief in the handbag on more than one occasion.

Eventually it became unusable, but her nose continued to trouble her. Choking back yet another sneeze, she reached hurriedly into the top of her gown for the emergency handkerchief. Unfortunately, however, her movements during dinner had caused the handkerchief to change position and she could not find it.

Her hand explored a little to this side and then that. Still no handkerchief. Becoming desperate she plunged deeper, and at that precise moment noticed the amused eyes of the young man opposite fixed on her.

..... she blushed and feeling some explanation was due, she sought

She blushed and feeling some explanation was due, she sought desperately for words to explain the situation. Blushing still deeper, she finally managed to blurt out - 'I was sure I

..... her husband, feeling a little uncomfortable stammered and stuttered for

Her husband, feeling a little uncomfortable stammered and stuttered for a bit, finally blurted out 'Oh - er - just professionally, ....