Speaking at Social Occasions
How confident are you if you’re asked to say a few words at a social occasion?
Many of us are not confident and shy away from standing in front of an audience.
Whether you are speaking in front of teenagers, attendees at a 21st birthday, black tie dinner for an award ceremony, or presenting a eulogy for a departed friend, the recipe is the same as for any other speech.
Begin with an opening which immediately commands attention. Develop the body in a logical sequence and conclude with an ending that leaves them laughing, crying, or both.
As you know, there are various social speeches and some of the common ones are discussed below.
You should ‘sell’ the speaker to the audience. Include facts about the speaker and let the audience see why she / he is the right person to address the particular topic. Your introduction should be brief and well prepared so you can be spontaneous.
Know the speaker’s name and qualifications. Ideally this comes from the speaker. If a third person supplies the information, check for accuracy with the speaker before your presentation. Mention her / his name three times to assist the audience to remember it.
Know the correct title of the presentation and something about how the speaker intends to develop the subject. Know why the subject is of special interest to the audience. At the end of your introduction speeches lead the welcoming applause
Avoid clichés such as: “It gives me great pleasure” and “It is a great privilege to introduce to you . . . “
Remember to be friendly, enthusiastic, warm and sincere. Address the audience throughout your speech to its end and then turn to the speaker.
Making a Presentation
A presentation speech acknowledges the recipient and demonstrates that she has succeeded and is deserving of honour. This speech may be remembered for a life time so meticulous preparation and careful attention to the words is vital.
• Tell why the award is being made. Keep it simple.
• Tell something of the life and activities of the person being honoured.
• Tell how much the award is deserved.
• Congratulate the recipient and convey everyone’s good wishes for the future.
• Be sincere.
• Don’t over praise. Exaggeration will make the recipient uncomfortable.
• Don’t exaggerate the importance of the gift itself. Stress its intrinsic value and the warm sentiments of those who are giving it.
Learn about Acceptance Speeches, Retirement or Work Farewells, and Eulogies and their suggested approaches. All social speeches command your attention as the speaker and for your respective audience.