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Christmas weddings are special

Christmas weddings are special. Naturally all weddings are special but a Christmas wedding has a unique atmosphere about it. It has a special ambiance and your speech should reflect that fact. You might want to mention that Santa has brought the couple the gifts of love and fidelity. You could say that there is a warm glow in their hearts despite the...
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Ten tips on how to give a Robert Burns speech

Make the speech welcoming. Mentions of Scotland as being home Speak of Burns Night as being a worldwide phenomenon Make it light-hearted as befits the atmosphere Study his background before speaking of the genius. Include his own words in your speech. Speak of his own enjoyment in such a gathering Mention his political views too. Above all speak about...
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New Year's Eve

New year’s Eve is intrinsically linked to the Christmas season.  It’s a time when people toast the New Year and speak about its promise. While one holiday is mainly about tradition the second should be about the future. After all the New Year is a time when we make resolutions about that future. It’s a time when hope for good things to come....
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Birthday speeches - Everyone likes to be praised

We all enjoy being praised and a birthday party is the ideal time to praise the birthday boy or girl. So give some thought to what you can say in that birthday toast.   What can you say that will make it a memory to cherish?  Everyone has good points but they are not always known to all the guests at such a party. So instead of saying something general...
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Club Christmas Speech

Companies aren’t the only ones who haveChristmas parties. Clubs and associations have them too. Whether it’s the local sports club, a charitable organisation or a residents' association someone usually says a few words on the occasion. It’s the ideal opportunity to be motivational and inspirational. Obviously a Christmas party is a social event...
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Ten tips on how NOT to give a retirement speech

Don’t mention reasons for a compulsory retirement such as ill health. Don’t mention any failures on the part of the retiree. It’s not a time to say how he lost that big order. Never give a long-winded speech at a retirement party. Don’t talk about the future in a negative way. Don’t ever drink alcohol before giving a speech. Don’t mention...
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Ten tips on how NOT to give a Robert Burns speech

  Don’t give false facts. There will be experts on Robbie Burns present. Don’t drink that Scotch before you speak. Don’t forget to allow for the fact that Burns Night is a worldwide event. Don’t be too erudite. It is a social occasion. Don’t forget that Robert Burns work included more than just poems and songs. Don’t attempt to use...
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This is the ideal time of the year to give a motivational speech to your staff

This is the ideal time of the year to give a motivational speech your staff. That is not to say that it should actually sound motivational. After all it is the holiday season and people are in holiday mode. So the message you are getting across should be hidden in a light-hearted speech about the season and what it means. We all love to be appreciated...
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Ten tips on how to give a retirement speech

Make sure your speech summarises the achievements of the retiree. If you are retiring yourself your speech should make reference to those who helped your career  over the years. A retirement speech should include mention of friendships made. Family may be present at such a function. If so mention their part in the future of the retiree. Make it positive....
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Thanksgiving day poem

Check out one of our poems for Thanksgiving day. You can find more poems and a full set of Thanksgiving speeches here. We don't often find the time To stop and say,”Thank you” For all that we’ve been given Enough, and much more too. We can say what we think Go where we want to go Have food and warmth and shelter And friends, so as you know We’re...
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