Labels: How to give the perfect toast • 9.03.2010
We have all been there. The room is filled with unspeakable joy and the soft clinking of glasses provides the perfect soundtrack to the scene. Friend after dear friend pushes back their chiavari chair and offers the most heartfelt toast.
Then, you feel it bubble up inside. The time has come for you to give a witty and genuine toast. Your palms suddenly feel as if they have been residing in the Arctic and despite the deep freeze occurring on your palms, sweat appears in mysterious places. If you had the magic combination of right words and gumption, you are not sure if your voice would even hold steady. You begin to survey the scene for your quickest exit. It's not that you don't just absolutely adore your friends, the anxiety is simply overwhelming. Well, fear not my friends, below you will find simple ways to combat the nerves and give a memorable and meaningful toast.
First of all, be true to yourself and your friends. If you are not blessed with the funny gene- don't attempt a stand-up act. If poetry is not your gig- better not try to write a poem. Instead, work with your talents and if all else fails- use somebody else's words.
Secondly, be genuine and look the person (or people) in the eye when you speak. This will also help the hoards of other in the room disappear.
It is important to consider the audience when making a toast. It is likely that the crowd will be composed of people from all walks of life- be respectful.
Try to keep it short and sweet. Remember that as much as you love the person (people), this is not your day and you are not having a private conversation with them. In other words, the whole crowd doesn't need to hear about that unfortunate incident in fifth grade with the crimper.
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. - MLK, Jr.