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 his local dialect if you can’t master it.
  • Don’t be too longwinded in your speech.
  • Don’t forget to speak about his political convictions.
  • It won’t be a good speech if you neglect to speak about his liking for the ladies.
  • Your speech to the immortal memory of Robbie Burns will not be complete without a toast to his memory.


If you liked our sample speech, see more Burns' Night speeches here.

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