Try not to:
- No gum it was good advice in your high school public speaking class and it still is.
- Watch those hand gestures they can become pretty distracting. Also keep your hands away from your face they want to see you.
- Try to stay away from any story that would need a lot of information (i.e. back story). Just give them something sweet or funny that everyone will enjoy.
- Do not include jokes that would be inappropriate for a most likely, all ages audience.
- Do not use catch-phrases you don’t understand or words you rarely use. The bride and groom asked you to speak because they want to hear what you have to say.
- Do not over-indulge on the alcohol prior to the speech. You do not want to fall into the cliché of drunken wedding toaster.
We know you’re going to be a little nervous at least. It’s completely normal to feel a bit jittery. The best thing to do is be prepared. Read and re-read your speech. Ask someone to watch you deliver it before the big day and give some constructive criticism if need be.
As we’ve said before there is nothing wrong with notes, but you want to make sure you know what they say.
Hopefully if you follow our tips and okay maybe have one glass of wine before taking the stage your delivery will be flawless. (or close enough)
Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3