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A graduation speech to graduates should make an impression

A graduation speech to graduates should make an impression.  It should be interesting, entertaining and thought provoking. Too often though what is said has been said a thousand times before. After all if you are the Dean of a college or a Head teacher in a school you may have to give graduations speeches every year. It is tempting to use the same...
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Being a best man does not mean being a comedian

Being a best man does not mean being a comedian. Yet many best men try when giving a wedding speeches. They forget that a good comedian spends years training and has impeccable timing. That is not to say that a best man’s speech should not be light-hearted. It should because, after all, his speech is usually regarded as after wedding breakfast entertainment....
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The father of the bride gets off lightly

The father of the bride gets off lightly. After all it is usually his womenfolk who make all the arrangements for the wedding.  So generally speaking all he has to do is to walk up the aisle, hand over his daughter and be a genial host. It doesn’t matter how accustomed to public speaking they are many men quake at the thought of giving a speech on...
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60th Birthday Speech by husband

Ladies and gentlemen or family and friends Sixty has a nice round sound to it, doesn't it'? When you hear the word you think of experience and knowledge and wisdom and of course Mary. Today she is celebrating her sixtieth birthday and she has proven her wisdom by having a birthday party. Such parties, you see, liven up your life. They are the highlights...
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Father of the groom speech example

Title of clergyman, (if applicable), Ladies and Gentlemen. Greater love hath no man for his son than to get up in public and give a speech. However, I could not let Mary's father have all the glory now could I? Today is a very special day in our lives. Where there is any wedding there is a lot of fuss and bother. This one was no exception. Where there...
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Birthdays are not just celebrations

Birthday speeches should reflect the fact that birthdays are not just celebrations. They are also milestones in the life of the celebrant.  That is why birthday speeches or toasts are so important. They should reflect on the celebrant’s achievements and interests as well as being positive about the future. All of us like to feel special. We like...
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Have you been elected Chairperson or President of a club or association?

Have you been elected Chairperson or President of a club or association? If so your inaugural speech will set the tone for your time in office. Obviously it should be gracious and thank those who have served before you whether or not you have agreed with their methods.  It is worth remembering that few people take on such a role intending to fail....
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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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