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Summer is the time for fetes and festivals

Summer is the time for fetes and festivals and someone has to pronounce them open. What should that person say? The purpose of such fetes is usually to raise funds for some good cause. So naturally the speech should emphasise the fact that those present are doing something very worthwhile by attending. The speech should explain just how the funds raised...
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Staff Motivational speeches shouldn’t always be given at Christmas

Staff motivational speeches shouldn’t always be given at Christmas. Yet many employers use the Christmas party as a time to encourage their staff to do better. Perhaps a better time would be just after the summer vacation. After all the staff won’t be too merry to listen to what they have to say. When they come back refreshed after their break they...
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A customised speech is well worth considering

A customised speech is well worth considering. That is if you want to make an impression and leave a memory. It all depends on the occasion of course but a wedding or a golden anniversary for instance are usually very important events in a family. Naturally too there are business occasions where a lot depends on what you say, especially if your boss...
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Nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve

Nurses are the unsung heroes and heroines of society. Over a lifetime of service they help patients to heal in a hundred different ways. They listen to confidences in the dark of the night. They are there to handle that new-born baby with care and to ease the suffering of someone who is dying. Isn’t it fitting then that when a nurse retires he or...
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Writing a fitting eulogy for a mother should be simple

Writing a fitting eulogy for a mother should be simple. Often, however, it is difficult if not impossible. You should know her well enough but because you are grieving so much you find it hard to put your thoughts into words. The first thing you should remember is that your eulogy should be short. That is often because there are other funerals after...
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Join a club

Does professionalism take the sportsmanship out of sport? Judging by the situation at FIFA just now with officials accused of bribery and underhand deals it certainly does. Yet football is still a wonderful activity and joining a club can still add a whole dimension to your life. At an amateur level there is enjoyment and entertainment to be had and...
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The Chinese aren’t the only ones who love fireworks.

The Chinese aren’t the only ones who love fireworks. Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with fireworks displays all over the USA. That’s fitting because fireworks express jubilation and on Independence Day they are supposed to be expressing jubilation over gaining independence from Britain. Most people, though, would not be thinking...
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You wouldn’t imagine there are many golden wedding anniversaries these days.

You wouldn’t imagine there are many golden wedding anniversaries these days. Yet a quick glance in a card store will show you there is a demand for cards for this event. There is certainly a need for a few well- chosen words on the day of the 50th anniversary celebration. Usually the toast is given by an offspring of the couple but sometimes an...
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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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