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Doesn't your father-in-law deserve to be toasted on his birthday?

Doesn’t your father-in-law deserve to be toasted on his birthday? After all most of us would be happy to give a birthday speech about our own fathers. That’s understandable because we owe them a lot and we love them. Nonetheless toasting your father-in-law on his birthday is a nice gesture too. That’s not to say that his own son or daughter will...
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Practise makes perfect, especially when giving a speech

Practise makes perfect, especially when giving a speech. There are, of course, accomplished public speakers who can speak off-the-cuff at a moment’s notice. Most speakers, though, need to practise if they are to give a good speech. Weddings, birthdays and anniversaries are the usual occasions when a sincere, perhaps emotional speech or toast, is needed....
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Rain doesn't stop play in golf as it does in cricket

Rain doesn’t stop play in golf the way it does in cricket. The organisors of the main events move to follow the sun of course. Yet whatever the weather there are games in every local club all during the year. That means there are functions such as Captains dinners and Captain’s prizes not to mention games sponsored by companies and individuals....
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The father of the groom isn’t just there for the photographs

The father of the bride isn’t just there for the photographs. At many weddings, though, he does not have his say. Some fathers of the groom may be relieved not to have to speak, of course, but others would like the opportunity to say just what their son means to them. After all most of the emphasis is usually on the lovely bride and by all means he...
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A 70th birthday is a time to look forward to less work and more play.

A 70th birthday is a time to look forward to less work and more play. After all most people are retired by then and have the free time to spend on hobbies. In today’s age too seventy is still young enough to be able to enjoy such interests. So a 70th birthday speeches or toast should reflect these facts. It should emphasize the fact that the birthday...
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When a military officer gives an order it is obeyed

When a military officer gives an order it is obeyed. When he or she gives a speech does it get the same attention? After all most officers have to give army retirement speeches, change of command speeches and graduation speeches all the time. For a busy officer it is difficult to find time to write a different speech for every such occasion. So he...
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The father of the bride is often a step-father these days

The father of the bride is often a step-father these days. If he is close to her she may want him to give a speech on her wedding day. Such occasions can be fraught especially if her biological father is present and wants to speak too. If that is the case tact and discretion are very necessary in a step-father’s speech. He might say that she inherits...
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The shooting of two journalists in Virginia makes it even more urgent

The shooting of two journalists in Virginia makes it even more urgent. It’s time we shot down the gun lobby. The fact that weapons are so readily available means that they are being used to kill innocent people. It means that the mentally ill and the disaffected can easily lay hands on weapons. It means that children are at risk in schools and citizens...
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If you give a good motivational speech you can change somebody’s life

If you give a good motivational speech you can change somebody’s life. Whether you are encouraging them to join a football club or motivating them to beat the recession your words can make a difference. You can motivate them to be optimistic instead of pessimistic or even to overcome jealousy which can ruin lives. So it is definitely worthwhile giving...
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When schools re-open teachers speak

When schools re-open teachers speak. It’s that time of the year when head teachers welcome staff and set down their agenda for the forthcoming year. It’s important that those speeches inspire staff members because they set the tone for the year. So head teachers should say what is expected of staff and how important their contribution is. Obviously...
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