Learning that you have to give a speech or talk can be stressful.

Why?

Because most of us have not done it before. We don’t know the tricks to making it easier. We know that we’ll need to prepare but we don’t know how to prepare. And if it has to be given before a crowd of family and friends, that might make the situation worse — not better.

Having to give a wedding reception toast or rehearsal dinner toast does not have to be such a traumatic event. There are certainly places to look and learn about how to do it successfully.

The bookstore? The local national-chain bookstore will surely have a book or two for you to look through. But at what cost? Most books on speaking and “etiquette” are only available in hardcover form, thus making them rather expensive.

The library? If you can find your card then you can certainly head down to the local library to peruse their section of books and they might actually have something that can be of use to you. But how updated will it be? And then there’s the fact you’ll always have to return it.

The online book “store”? You’ll undoubtedly save money going this route but now you have to deal with the delay in getting the material and paying the shipping costs. To receive the book earlier means you’ll have to pay more for shipping — and even that does not guarantee that you will receive it when they say you will.

Most of us probably head right to the internet when researching a subject. It’s both fast and free.

But most websites can be difficult to read or follow, or they go on and on about their product without getting to the details. That is, until now.

There is now a website that offers free resources and a great list that ranks the various websites out there that offer wedding toast materials. From speech templates to tips on how to deliver the toast itself, these websites are truly the best of the best.

Businesses Celebrate St Patrick’s Day With Giveaways of Cheap Promotional Products

St. Patrick’s Day brings businesses the Luck of the Irish with another excuse to distribute cheap promotional products. Imprinted with company names and logos, these giveaways are more meaningful to customers because of their association with this popular occasion. With huge numbers of Americans claiming some measure of Irish heritage and many others emotionally attached to Ireland, reaching for these products is almost instinctive.

Small But Effective St. Patrick’s Day Giveaways

Mugs and glassware are particularly timely for St. Patrick’s Day, toasting the Irish and spreading good cheer. The association of businesses with these high spirits and boisterous gatherings is a good thing indeed, with company information presented as part of something positive. They are also substantial enough that customers are likely to keep them, reusing them year after year, each time with good memories.

Another set of business promotional products to consider for St. Patrick’s Day are eco-friendly items such as water bottles and tote bags. The green connection makes these a clever fit and doubles the bond being created between business and customer. Both get to feel they are contributing to a healthy planet as well as celebrating St. Pat’s. Environmentally-friendly kites and Frisbees join cork coasters for those frosty beer mugs to offer customers playful choices. Calendars and journals made of recycled paper appeal to more serious business types doing their part for the planet.

Trade Show Exhibitors Share in Irish Luck

Another reason that businesses are happy to see St. Patrick’s Day come around is that it typically coincides with spring home and garden shows. Attracting huge numbers of people, these trade shows are the perfect way to put cheap promotional items in the hands of potential customers. Attendees expect to receive these giveaways, often attending trade shows primarily to get as many free things as they can.

Customers like these hang onto these items, putting key chains, flashlights, and magnets to use. Whatever information the company chooses to put on the product remains on their refrigerators and in their cars for years. Like subliminal advertising, these items gradually leave the company’s name imprinted on minds as surely as on tote bags. Added to the free promotion a company gets when those tote bags are carried into offices, banks, and stores, a lot of advertising is being purchased with little expense.

A cheap way for exhibitors to attract trade show attendees to their space, these promotional products allow companies an opportunity to expand their customer bases. Tied in to St. Patrick’s Day with green and a greeting added to the information imprinted on these items, people are likely to keep them. Especially if the items themselves connect with St. Pat’s, like beer mugs, coasters, and snacks, these trade show giveaways can be appreciated year after year.

Businesses Toast the Luck of the Irish and Themselves

More than just an occasion for drinking green beer and eating corned beef with cabbage, St. Patrick’s Day is cause for businesses to celebrate. Not only is it a natural time to distribute promotional products but it is often joined on the calendar by spring trade shows. With the Luck of the Irish, companies can choose from a wide array of items, including eco-friendly products, to toast themselves and their customers.

Best Man Wedding Speech and Toast – Some Secret Strategies For an Impressive Delivery

Well, you’ve finally finished writing the best man speech for your friend or brother’s wedding. It turned out to take a lot longer than you thought it would, but you are very happy with the finished product. It is heartfelt and sincere, with a good injection of humour and mild character assassination of the groom to make it genuinely funny. Now, who can you hire to stand up in front of all those people and read it out for you? Just kidding!

Seriously though, after all the hard work that has gone into it, you obviously want to be able to deliver it with pride. The good news is that there are a few techniques that will help you appear relaxed and at ease. (Even if you do have a hidden case of stage-fright.)

My first piece of advice is one that most people don’t want to hear. However, it is to avoid alcohol completely before your speech. Make the toast your first drink. Honestly, ‘dutch courage’ is much overrated. Having your wits about you and being fully focussed is the only way to go, not only during your speech, but also afterwards when all those guests are going to be complimenting you on your amazing tribute.

When it is time to give your speech the easiest way to quieten the room and get attention is to tap a fork on a glass. Don’t get stressed or impatient if some guests just have to finish whatever they were saying to their neighbour! It just means folks are enjoying themselves. Some guys prefer to remain seated until the room is quiet and then stand up to address the guests.

When standing make sure your weight is equally spread between both legs. It will give you a good upright posture, and also helps to sharpen your thinking. Before you start to speak look slowly around the room, engaging as many of the guests eyes as you can. Be sure to do this with a smile, and you will immediately appear confident and at ease.

Starting your speech with a one-liner that gets a laugh is a strategy that a lot of people find gets them over their nerves quickly. Many best men have reported that after they had produced that first laugh, it was suddenly a breeze.

Speak fairly slowly and clearly, with pauses for laughter and also to look at cue cards. During the pauses be sure to make eye contact with the guests again. Taking your time gives the impression that you are very comfortable talking with them all. Rushing through your delivery just looks as though you are trying to get the ordeal over with as quickly as possible.

If you find it difficult to stand still without fidgeting you don’t have to stay in the one spot. Walking around the room while giving your speech can be a great way to engage the guests and make them feel a part of it. If you decide to wander it’s not particularly important to time things so that you are back at the bridal table by the end of your speech. It can actually be very effective to toast the bride and groom from the opposite side of the room. You are then directly facing them when presenting the toast, and your sincerity and good wishes will be seen clearly on your face.