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Teachers often do more than is expected of them

Teachers often do more than is expected of them. That is why, in later life, many people say the person who influenced them most was a teacher. Obviously for many teachers theirs is a vocation and not just a job. That is why it is appropriate to show them your gratitude and appreciation. They get lots of gifts at the end of term of course but saying...
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Rehearsal dinner speeches are not dry runs for wedding speeches

Rehearsal dinner speeches are not dry runs for wedding speeches. They are a more intimate expression of your feelings before a wedding. Generally speaking those present are close families and friends. A rehearsal dinner is sometimes the first occasion the two families meet and the atmosphere is more relaxed than on the big day itself where wedding nerves...
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Farewell speeches should be positive and evocative

Farewell speeches should be positive and evocative. Whether you are saying farewell to a colleague who is retiring, a neighbour who is moving or soldiers going on a tour of duty doesn’t matter. It is what you say that they will remember. So it is up to you to ensure you know their good points and mention them in the speech. That colleague might, for...
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These days the best man might be a best buddy instead

These days the best man might be a best buddy instead and her wedding speech should reflect that fact. More and more men are choosing as their attendant at their weddings a girl or woman who has been a good friend over the years. Their relationship is obviously different to that of a brother or a male friend. So a best buddy’s speech should refer...
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Every birthday is different

Every birthday is different. The same should apply to birthday speeches or toasts. After all what you would say to someone having a 90th birthday party should be different to what is said in a coming of age speech. An older person will, for instance, remember the world war and might even have fought in it.  By mentioning it in a speech you will be...
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Every bride does not have a father

Every bride does not have a father. Often someone else will give a wedding speech or toast instead. It may be a brother, an uncle or an old family friend. Obviously then the speech will be slightly different to that of a father. It should reflect the relationship in question. A brother will probably tell more funny tales about their growing years than...
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We won’t know if any speeches are given at Princess Charlotte’s christening

We won’t know if any speeches are given at Princess Charlotte’s christening. It will, however, be a right royal affair. Any baptism or christening though is a very special day and is, quite rightly, often celebrated with a family party. So a few meaningful words would add to what is a very special occasion. A Godparent or a parent could speak...
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A graduation speech to graduates should be as memorable as the day itself

A graduation speech to graduates should be as memorable as the day itself. It should be part of the kaleidoscope of events that make the day special. After all students have worked hard to graduate and they deserve that their hard work be acknowledged. More than that though they need to be challenged. Whether you are speaking as a teacher, the Dean...
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A step-father is also entitled to speak at wedding

Traditionally a wedding speech or toast is given by the father of the bride. Weddings today, though are often not traditional affairs and every couple does not have that nuclear family of yesteryear. The bride and groom though, still deserve to be toasted and to hear a speech in their honour. With divorces so common it is often the step-father of the...
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Speeches can seal the fate of nations

Speeches can seal the fate of nations. An inflammatory one can cause war while a conciliatory one can bring about peace. Politicians’ speeches can bring about tax reform, a boost in the economy or a strike against proposed Government plans. Most of us though give our speeches at private or personal functions. We give birthday toasts, retirement speeches...
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