It’s summertime, and wedding season is in full swing! When the happy couple has often spent months, or even years planning out their big day, and the caterers, florists, and entertainers have honed their craft over time, it’s no wonder that one of the likeliest things to go wrong is the toast.
Think about it – We’re asking our parents and closest friends to take a few moments and speak some words of encouragement or give advice on how best to start our lives together. Presumably, they’ve seen you grow together as a couple, and have possibly lived out their own relationships, and wouldn’t be there on your wedding day if they didn’t support the union – So why do we believe that good intentions and well wishes are all that’s needed for a good speech?
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We all know that public speaking is often ranked highest on the list of people’s fears. If you’re a person who’s expected to give a toast at an upcoming event – wouldn’t you want to feel comfortable and confident in what you’re going to say? If you’re hosting an event – would you feel comfortable when a guest of honor that you’ve known for years smirks, and tells you with a wink that they’re just “going to wing it”? While some people have a natural gift for extemporaneous oration, it’s much more likely that you could find your event the subject of an article like this one.
Preparing for that moment should be treated with as much thought and care as any other decision that goes into an event. A cake maker doesn’t tell you that they’re going to decide that morning what they feel like making. A DJ doesn’t watch the ceremony and then pick a playlist based on what they think your “vibes” are. The fact is, we can (hopefully) trust those closest to us to have their hearts in the right place, but that doesn’t mean they may not need help and practice to say it confidently and appropriately. Even Mark Twain is supposed to have said that “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”
At the Communication Leader Academy, we can meet virtually or in person to help you plan exactly what it is you want to express, give tips and tricks to overcome public speaking fears, watch you practice your speech, and make sure that the moment is memorable for all the right reasons.
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