Have you ever been to a wedding or an event where people give a speech or make a toast? Or, maybe you’ve even been that person at a major event or gathering. We’ve all had experiences with toast givers who outstay their welcome with the microphone in their hands. Keep reading for a few helpful tips to keep your toast appreciated and memorable—for the right reasons:
TIP 1 | Keep It Short
Just because a toast is long, doesn't mean it's great. Sometimes, the most can be said with the fewest amount of words. Keep your toast between 2 to 3 minutes. A toast that goes past the 5 minute mark leaves guests wondering how much longer they will have to listen before getting back to the party.
TIP 2 | Choose ONE story
Keeping it to one story will keep everyone's attention during your toast, and create less opportunity for guests to feel left out or confused because they don't understand the context of the story. Keep in mind that embarrassing doesn't always mean funny. You don't want to humiliate the guests of honor on their big day. Remember this is a toast, not a toast.
TIP 3 | Don't Make it About You
Remember that this is a toast about someone else. Refrain from making the toast about you, as people are there to celebrate the guest(s) of honor.
TIP 4 | Make it Meaningful
Meaningful toasts and speeches stick, and making it meaningful to you and the guest(s) of honor gives them just another piece of their event to remember. So much happens during these big events that some of the smaller moments get lost in their memory. Make it memorable by reciting a short quote, line in a song or poem that means something to both you and the guest(s) of honor.
TIP 5 | Rehearse
Mark Twain once said, "It usually takes me more than 3 weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." If you know you're going to give a toast or a speech at a wedding or an event, practice! It's always good to write down a few talking points as a back up plan in case you get stage fright or have a few drinks.
LC PRO TIP | Easy on the Drinks
If you are gearing up for a big toast at a wedding or event, go easy on the drinks! Yes, 1 or 2 may help calm the nerves, but save the real celebrating until after your speaking obligations are over. In moderation of course!
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