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Tips for a Great Toast

Cheers!!

  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves…..Whether you are planning to give a toast or receive one.  Here is some great advice to guide you.

 1. Keep it brief.  Think of a toast as a miniature, one- to two- minute speech.  Because it is short and sweet, memorize your toast.  “Two big mistakes are that people read their toast and don’t make eye contact,” says Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Viva la Repartee.  Nervous about blanking out? Use a note  card with bullet points, suggests Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning Wedding series.

 

2. Look to others.  Turn to the honoree’s favorite author or singer for inspiration.  “If they  like Mark Twain, find a quote that speaks to the occasion,” Grothe says.

 

3. Rehearse.  Deliver your toast to a friend or into a tape recorder, especially if it’s an emotional toast.  “Heartfelt tears are wonderful, but not if folks can’t understand what you are saying,” Bussen says.

 

4. Be appropriate.  Stay sober- an alcohol-fueled toast can be longwinded and inappropriate.  Another no-no:  toasts that      become roasts, Grothe declares.  Humor is key, but consider the audience and avoid controversial remarks or sore subjects.

 

5. Ask everyone to raise a glass.  Make sure you are holding a drink too.

 

Information from USA Weekend Magazine, author Kelly Di Nardo

Cheers,

Kim