A Ten Point Guide to Giving the Perfect Best Man Speech by trafficmonsters


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									 A Ten Point Guide to Giving
the Perfect Best Man Speech
Psychiatrists say that one of the most
 stressful things in a person s life is being
 asked to give a speech in public.
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Certainly giving the best man’s speech at
 a wedding can be very daunting.
 But don't despair, this step-by-step g
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 will show you how to make the perfect
 best man’s speech.
Remember the three key words to
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 making a great best man’s speech:
 “preparation, preparation, preparation”.

1. Remember that the speech should
 have a beginning, middle and end.
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2.Remember the best speeches should
 last between 5 to 8 minutes
3. Do however remember that your
 listeners at a wedding will comprise
 many age groups with various
 sensibilities. So do not use words which
 might offend. If in doubt, err on the side
 of caution.
4.Make a list of the points you are going
 to talk about in your speech by following
 this outline
   a Thank the previous speakers
    a.                    speakers.
   b. Tell the audience when and how you first
    met the groom and in particular how old you
    were at the time.
c. Add in one or two humorous stories about
 the groom. People expect the best man to talk
 humorously about the groom, and in my
 experience there will be always be some
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 humorous event that took place in the groom's
 life which you can refer to. If you don't know
 any then it's a good idea to speak to his friends
 who you can be sure will be only too pleased to
 regale you with embarrassing stories about the
 d. Talk about the time when the groom first
  met his wife-to-be and his reaction – was he
  starry-eyed or did he look like a rabbit
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                 glare of headlights?
 e. Talk briefly about the bride. Refer to her in
  glowing terms, but do remember that your
  speech is about the groom.
 f. Remember to toast the bride and groom at
  the end!
5. Now that you have your points in a
  logical sequence it s time to flesh out
  those points.
6. At this stage, more is better than less
  as it is easier to cut down a speech than
  add to it.
7. My recommendation is to write the
 speech out in full and say it out loud just
 so you know how long the speech will
 take. It will also enable you to iron out
 any superfluous words, poor phrasing
 and any parts of the sentences that jar.
 Furthermore it will enable you to edit
 down the speech so that it runs for
 between 5 to 8 minutes
8.Once you are happy with the length
 and wording of the speech practice
 reading it out aloud, several times if

9.Go through the speech and underline
 or highlight the key words and phrases
 which will remind you of the gist of the
 sentence and which words you want to
10. Write out those key words and
 phrases on index cards There should be
 a maximum of four key words or phrases
 to a card. Number those cards in
 sequential order and practice your
 speech just using the cards to jog your
 memory to remember what you want to
This does take a little practice but when
 you come to the big day you will find that
 the speech will be more fluent and better
 received than if you read it from a piece
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 of paper.


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