When making a toast, keep it warm!

People who are good to outstanding public speakers share one trait; they know their topic. The more passionate they are about it, the more engaging they are for an audience. Listeners want to identify with a speaker and that’s the secret to captivating a crowd. It’s the season for end of year speeches and toasts and people are feeling upbeat already so remember, the key is to feel the love and genuinely convey how much you care.

When making a toast your aim is to simply share your feelings for the couple, the person, the team or achievement. What you say can be outweighed by how you deliver and the golden rule – for all communication, but most especially for speaking to a group – is to be meaningful and warm. The length, content, humour and pace can all vary but get your major point across like you mean it.