1) Practice makes perfect! Your speech may be well written, but you don’t want to end up reading your speech from the cards. Spend time rehearsing and that will help you familiarise yourself with the words.
2) Talk slowly. Make sure everyone can hear every word and avoid mumbling, if you get nervous speaking in public you may rush your speech.
3) Prepare yourself for interruptions. Some speakers prepare a couple of responses to a noisy member of the crowd, remember to keep it light and cheery.
4) Don't get too drunk before! You may feel like you need some 'dutch courage' to get through it, but we promise that won’t seem so sensible afterwards.
5) Body language is key. If you're addressing someone with a section of your speech, look at them. Use your arms to emphasise your points.
6) Emphasise those keywords. Keep your tone pretty informal and tell stories how you would if you were just chatting to friends, just be sure to articulate all of the key words and phrases for effect.
7) Have confidence! This may be difficult for some but remember that great material is irrelevant if it's delivered badly. Lift your head and be confident when you deliver your speech - if you wrote good material it would be a shame for it to go to waste!
8) Pause for effect. Your audience may need small pauses to digest a story or joke before they get the punchline.
9) Control your shakes. Holding a shaky piece of paper will not only distract the audience but it will also make it more difficult to read. Either use cue cards or a stand to hold your speech.
10) Toast to the Most. Be sure to stop regularly to toast the key members of the wedding party, family and friends or maybe just the key person in a particularly entertaining story. This will also give you a moment to take a breather!
11) Enjoy it! This is probably our most important tip. Relish in having all eyes on you and entertaining your friends, family and loved ones!
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