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How to Give a Best Man Speech Like a Pro

Aug 8, 2008
If you want to learn how to give a best man speech like a pro then you should read on. Specifically we'll discuss what makes a good speaker stand out, what makes a poor public speaker and what you can do to make your best man speech exceptional. After reading this article, you'll be ready to start preparing for the big day.

While it may seem that the confidence of a good speaker is innate, the truth is that anyone can learn how to speak in public well. Self-confidence is expressed in a variety of ways including body language, clarity of speech, how well they connect with the audience and eye contact to include all, as well as familiarity with the material being presented and how clearly the message is conveyed.

When all of these fall into place the result is often a speech that effortlessly flows, but the truth is that even the best speakers have to put in work before hand to enable them to reach this level.

Most of us are not used to speaking in public and therefore get nervous about the thought of it. If you fail to prepare a speech so that it is well thought out and the audience can relate to, are not familiar enough with it so that you have to read it aloud instead of speak it - a vital difference - or rush it due to nerves the result can be painful for both the speaker and the audience.

However the good news is that it doesn't have to be like this.

First of all you should allow plenty of time to prepare a speech that you are completely happy with in terms of content and then ensure that it is polished to allow you to speak it easily. Think up some good ideas, write it all down, rewrite it and read it aloud until you are happy.

Once you've got to this stage you should rehearse the speech as much as you need, making sure your voice carries clearly and you don't speak too fast, a common problem when nervous. You should also be aware of where you should pause for dramatic effect or to allow the wedding guests to laugh - you don't want to speak unless you can be heard.

On the day try and relax, but nerves are normal and the adrenaline rush will help your confidence. If you really know your material and have it down to a few notes to guide you through your speech you should have few problems on the day. The wedding guests will be looking forward to your speech and so it's not like doing stand up comedy to a hostile audience - they'll laugh when you want them to and enjoy your speech even if you are showing nerves.

Being asked to be best man is both a pleasure and a curse for many men. However, you can enjoy the day and your time in the limelight providing you put in some time to prepare both your material and your presentation skills. By doing this you'll naturally feel more confidence and on the day should be able to really impress with a professional sounding best man speech.
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If you found this article by Ted Davidsen interesting you might like to read more about Best Man Speeches at Simply Wedding Speeches. See http://www.simplyweddingspeeches.com/best-man-speeches/ for more details.
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