Planning Your Speech and Toast

As with most anything in life; you must be prepared if you want your presentation to be a success. I can tell you from experience in the entertainment business, that there are only a few things worse than standing up in front of tens or hundreds of people and realize that you have no idea what you are going to say, how you are suppose to say it or what is expected of you. So to put it bluntly, it is imperative that you prepare what you want to say beforehand. Begin far enough in advance to allow you to put some time and thought into your presentation.

The best way to write your presentation is to divide it into three sections; the Introduction, the Body, and the Closing. The following are some examples of what to include each in section. You are not obligated to include in your presentation everything listed in these examples, and it is highly recommended that you don't.

After You Have Prepared Your Speech and Toast

After you have prepared your speech and toast, you need to practice. You may have written a great speech, but unless you practice what you are going to say and how you are going to say it, your speech may come across very weak.

In case you didn’t catch what I just said, here it is again; practice, practice, practice until you have memorized it frontward and backwards, then practice some more. By doing this you will not only sound spontaneous, but you will be more confident and your presentation will be more memorable. I can tell you that there is no greater experience than earning the laughter and applause as a result of a well thought out and practiced presentation.

Delivery of Your Toast

Whether you are speaking to 10 guests or 1000 guests, remember that you are surrounded by friends that want to hear what you have to say; everyone is on your side! You are not expected to be a comedian, or a professional speaker, all they want to hear is a heart filled comment about the bride and groom.

Always Remember, The audience is on your side!

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