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Toast Time? Here Are My Biggest Pet Peeves

The emcee says it’s time for so-and-so to make a toast. There’s a subconscious pause as everyone in the audience braces themselves for what

5 Do’s and Don’ts of Making A Speech

How much more enjoyable could it be for speechgivers (and by extension, their audiences) if they followed the simple do’s and don’ts of maki

Is It Okay to Read My Speech Off Paper?

Many people think they should deliver a speech from memory, without notes or paper in front of them. Are they right?

The Worst Speeches Ever!

Unfortunately some of the most memorable speeches are for all the wrong reasons. Check out this list of worst-ever speeches and make sure y

Five Tips for Giving A Great Bar or Bat Mitzvah Toast

Mazel tov! Your child is becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, experiencing a meaningful Jewish rite of passage and marking an important day for your family. You have likely spent months or years planning every detail of the event, from the service to the party and everything in between. It’s a day full of joy and celebration, and the speech or toast you give your child should reflect that. You may rejoice at the opportunity to speak about your child, while others struggle to tran

What's Your Tagline?

You have been asked to make a speech. Whether it’s for your brother’s wedding, daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, grandma’s 90th birthday or your boss’ retirement party, you will be standing in front of a group of people who will be listening to what you have to say. A common question I hear again and again is: Where do I start? First, remember that you should talk for no more than five minutes. If you can keep it to three, even better. Like James Roosevelt said, “Father gave me the

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