Here are some tips on giving a speech. You'll find over 100 pages of advice on public speaking and toasts on this web site, but here are some of the key points.
Tip 1 - If you know that you are going to make a speech then spend some time beforehand preparing and practising. Apart from anything else, it will give you more confidence.
Tip 2 - Don't insult anyone. You can't take your words back once a crowd of people have heard them.
Tip 3 - Drum up some enthusiasm. Again it will boost your confidence. Also, your audience will then be more interested in what you have to say.
Tip 4 - Keep it short if possible. It's better to have your audience wish you'd said a bit more rather wishing you'd stopped 10 minutes ago.
Tip 5 - Be clear in your mind of your main message. Start by outlining what this message is going to be. Then give the message in more detail. Finish by summarising what you've told them.
Tip 6 - If it's relevant try to talk about some actual events from your life. The reason is that these stories are often more interesting to your audience.
Tip 7 - Make it clear when you've finished! You can use words like, So that's my story. Thank you very much for listening. I've really enjoyed talking to you.
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