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Giving a toast to the ladies can be challenging

Giving a toast to the ladies can be challenging. After all they have been done a thousand times before. Yet every year at balls and functions someone gets this unenviable task. You want to make your toast unique. So how do you make it light-hearted enough for a social occasion yet also meaningful and sincere? Your speech should be flattering of course...
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Ladies’ Night is a very special night in the social calendar

Ladies’ Night is a very special night in the social calendar. The toast to the ladies should be special too. In fact a good toast should be the highlight of the evening. So how do you write such a speech? Well it has to be meaningful for the occasion. That means that you think of all the things women do and achieve and you mention such facts. Some...
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Robbie Burns would have no problem in responding to the toast to the lassies

Robbie Burns would have no problem in responding to the toast to the lassies. He was, after all, a ladies man and his songs prove that as far as they were concerned he had words at will. It’s not so easy for anyone else. Naturally good speakers are few and far between. Most of us who have to give a speech have to work hard at getting it right. On...
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Burns night should be celebrated in speech

Burns night should be celebrated in speech. After all the Bard was the expert with words. His poems, writings and songs were lyrical expressions of the life he led. So those attending a Burns night celebration should try to do him justice with their words. Whether you are giving a toast to the immortal memory of Burns, a toast to the lassies, 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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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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Burns' Night Reply to Toast to the Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen It might seem a little audacious to use words to express our thanks. After all, we have been privileged to listen to some truly memorable words tonight. The spirit of the Scottish Bard must surely be busy. For here and in many towns around the world it must warm his heart to hear his words spoken with so much warmth, eloquence and...
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Burns Night 2014

Burns Night is a night when the life of one of the most famous Scots in history is honoured; a night when Scots the world over remember the man who put Scotland on the cultural map. And of course, as a salute to the man's own humour and fun-loving personality, it is truly a night for celebrations and speeches that are completely unique. Who but the...
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