Some people fear public speaking more than death and if you know someone like that, it might be a good idea not to call on them to make a speech at your wedding.
However, wedding speeches and toasts are a great tradition. It gives those close to the couple a chance to say how they feel about them and it gives the groom and even, the bride the opportunity to respond.
It’s only natural to be a little nervous about making a speech or an important toast but there are some speech-making tips you can apply to make the experience a lot easier and the speech, itself, well received.
Tip #1: Make it into a story.
The best speeches are those that engage the audience in a story – one that has a beginning, middle and an end. Find a way to wind up your speech by referring back to your opening comment and everyone will think they’ve been listening to a professional toastmaster.
Tip #2: Make it personal.
Capture the imagination of your audience. For example, if you’re the best man and the groom is your best friend, deliver an anecdote that reveals why there’s a bond between you.
Tip #3: Make it straight to the point.
Your speech should be original and sound like you – so stay away from Google and definitely don’t get someone to write it for you. It’s always best to stay away from gimmicks and lists like ‘The Top Ten Things …..etc’ – they’ve all been done a hundred times before and when it comes to speeches, definitely, less is more.
Tip #4: Make sure you are prepared.
Practice your speech, try it out on a friend who’ll give you some honest feedback but don’t try to memorise it word for word. Have some notes to prompt you but you will be surprised how easily it will flow once you’ve hit your stride.
Tip #5: Make it a great experience.
The most important thing of all is to have fun while writing and delivering the speech. Here’s your chance to celebrate someone you care about; so relax and make the most of it.