Like Cox, ACG, ALB, a member of Crosswinds Toastmasters, in Marshalltown, Iowa, members around the world have high praise for the manual, calling it one of the most enjoyable and valuable in the current Toastmasters education program. What makes this manual so popular? For one thing, it reflects real situations. We all gather for special occasions to celebrate and commemorate. Speeches at these events reinforce the camaraderie of everyone attending.
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Like Cox, ACG, ALB, a member of Crosswinds Toastmasters, in Marshalltown, Iowa, members around the world have high praise for the manual, calling it one of the most enjoyable and valuable in the current Toastmasters education program. What makes this manual so popular?
For one thing, it reflects real situations. We all gather for special occasions to celebrate and commemorate. Speeches at these events reinforce the camaraderie of everyone attending.
Special occasion speeches are a special occasion in themselves because they confirm within all of us the beauty, dignity and joy of being human. This manual will help you develop top-notch skills for these unique and touching events. Its five projects are short, but like any speech, they require good preparation.
Fortunately, the projects are fun; preparation and execution lead to quick improvement of your skills. Origin of Special Occasion Speeches. Mastering the Toast. Today, toasting is more refined. Toasts are offered for a variety of occasions, including weddings, engagement parties, anniversaries and retirement banquets, to name a few.
When planning a toast, include a few words about the person or people being honored, your association with them and a closing phrase.
Here are more tips:. Speaking in Praise. The eulogy is probably the most challenging praise speech because it can be so emotional. He offers these tips: 1. Focus on the deceased. Write it out and read it word for word, especially if you get emotional. Share from your heart. Practice the lines that are particularly emotional to help you get through the most difficult parts.
Rehearse out loud, preferably on-site. This project is not limited to eulogies or actual events. Use your club meeting as your own special occasion. It was terrific! Or do the project at a real event and invite another Toastmaster to evaluate it. My husband, also a Toastmaster, was my evaluator. A roast includes brief stories about the individual, made funnier with exaggeration, one-liners and absurd twists.
It often unites the group, especially if the one being roasted is a person in authority. A roast can make someone seem more human and approachable, because they demonstrate that they can take a joke gracefully.
What a great gift we can give to others. For an effective roast, choose someone of rank or familiarity. Identify characteristics or facts about them that are easy to poke fun at. Tie the jokes and comments to the event, a retirement party for example. Be cautious. Many districts and regions roast outgoing officers. You can also create your own special occasion. Slate, etc. Presenting an Award. Briefly describe the meaning or history of the award and why the recipient was chosen.
Include a short story or interesting fact about the person as related to the award or the organization. Maybe include a personal observation about the person.
The speech should be three to four minutes long. As Franklin D. But if I covered everything, my speech would be too long. So I edited it to emphasize the most memorable things done by our VPE and area governor. Accepting an Award. Chances are you will at some point receive an award. When you give your acceptance speech, be humble, not prideful, boastful or entitled. Keep it to about three minutes. Long, rambling thank-you speeches are a bore to everyone, except the person speaking and the people being thanked.
After the banquet, the recipient and I gave our speeches again at our club to get credit. The second time, to prepare for presenting a Communication and Leadership Award to a community member, the presenter practiced the presenting speech and I role-played the recipient speech.
So if you want to tackle a fun, practical and rewarding manual, choose Special Occasion Speeches. Presentation Skills. She belongs to the Aerospace Toastmasters club in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit her website to learn more. Previous Article Next Article. Toastmasters International.
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Special events present special speaking opportunities. Part of the Advanced Communication Series. Get the Manual Item N. Skip to content Special events present special speaking opportunities. Project Time Objectives 1.
Special Occasion Speeches
Special Occasion Speeches. Giving a Toast - A toast is given in honor of a person, persons or a group of people. Customs vary from country to country, but in this country we raise a glass, touch the rim to the rim of another person's glass, and offer best wishes. Toasts are positive; wishing health, happiness or good fortune. Some offer advice. They can be serious, witty, sentimental or poetic. Toasts can be simple, such as "Cheers!