I recently received an email from a listener who wanted advice on how to create a clever toast for a friend at her wedding. She wanted to make a play on her name (Blessing), where they met (in church as a Sunday school teacher), and certain characteristics of her personality and appearance.
This is a great skill to have, whether you’re toasting at a wedding or introducing a speaker. I've written about telling a story, making a toast, and creating a speech quite a bit on the podcast and my website, and below I share those posts again.
It's always a good idea to tell a story. It's the basis of all good communication. Especially with so much ripe material, as this reader has, to create a clever story to toast the person. Storytelling is an art, which takes a lot of practice, but it would be much more memorable to tell a story than simply to say, “My friend Blessing is such a blessing! We met at Sunday school, which is really neat, considering her name, isn’t it?” Turn it into a narrative, weaving in the person’s characteristics in as a metaphor, and you have a toast that not only honors her, but will be remembered for years by all the guests!
Here are the links to help:
All About Stories and Storytelling:
It's extremely important that you learn about stories and storytelling:
How Understanding Toy Story Can Help You Get Into College (don't let the title fool you)
How to Make a Toast:
In addition, here are two episodes on how to make a toast:
How To Make a Speech:
And try these two episodes on how to make a speech:
So if you have a speech, an introduction, or a toast to give, use these tips to be memorable and effective.
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