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Christmas Dinner Toasts Speeches

Christmas Dinner Toasts Speeches - Christmas is a time for gatherings, and sometimes that calls for a speech. If you’ve been asked to speak at such an event, then you have an important job to do to help make the big day really special.

How you go about preparing your speech and what you say obviously depends on the type of ‘do’ it is; whether it’s a formal business meal, or an informal family get-together, a major regimental reunion or a gathering of old friends makes a considerable difference to the tone.

Christmas Dinner Toasts Speeches

However, no matter who the assembled group or where the meal’s venue, here are a few simple guidelines to help you get it right.

1. Set The Tone
Your opening should set the tone for the rest of the speech, and get your audience’s attention. How you start – a formal “Ladies and Gentlemen” or a “well, everyone” – really depends on the nature of the dinner and the diners, but however you open, do it confidently. If the start is tentative, everyone will be expecting even worse to follow – and switch off!

* Don’t dither – get off to a positive start
* A little humour or an interesting statement helps catch the attention
* Encourage your audience to want to listen

Example: (Ladies and Gentlemen / Well everyone) I’ve been asked to say a few words and after the magnificent feast we’ve just enjoyed together, I’m reminded of something somebody once told me about after dinner speaking. A good speech is like a good meal – it should have plenty of flavour, give you something to get your teeth into and never be delivered cold! I’ve always thought it was good advice and I’ll try to stick to it.

Christmas Dinner Toasts Speeches


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