Wedding season is upon us. The summer air is perfect for weddings and that means toasts to the happy couple! Are you a best man, maid of honor, or a parent that raised the bride or groom? Then get ready to brush up on your public speaking skills because you will be writing your toast before you know it! Speaking in front of a whole banquet hall full of people may seem overwhelming, but a few helpful tips might go a long way:
- Start with a story – something you remember and would be fun for all guests to hear.
- Keep the story short – no more than 1 minute (about 225 words)
- Try humor if you are funny. If you’re not, don’t try to be (it usually doesn’t work well). If you do use humor, keep it clean!