You have been jittery about the fact that you are given the opportunity to make a speech for your parents' wedding anniversary. You do not have any idea how this goes. Because a talk to commemorate your parents' special day is not your kind of thing. And you are feeling skittish inside because you are not the speaker you thought you are?
Spoken words need not be long. As what Abraham Lincoln gave his ever famous speech- Four score and seven years ago..." that only lasted 3 minutes, but never made the world cease to remember. Your speech may also be long-remembered by the couple, and to guide you with here is the following simple tips:
Tip 1- Prepare. You must prepare your speech well. Try to write and structure what you have to say. Short and simple is the key. If you were given a spontaneous assignment during the event, then try to do some one-minute preparation.
Tip 2- Memories. When gathering some information about the couple, plan to tell their kaleidoscope of happy memories. How they met each other, how they raise their kids, how they keep in touch with their grandchildren.
Tip 3- The Introduction. Never forget to tell who you are and what you are with the couple. Start with something funny in order to get the attention of the audience.
Tip 4- Facial expressions. It is important to have your expressive gestures to establish a warm and positive relationship with the audience. Do occasional glancing on your speech so that you can maintain eye contact.
Tip 5- Involve the audience. If possible, relate your story with one of the guests. This would help establish a catching force from everyone.
Tip 6- Quality over quantity. Do not say it all! Don't bore your guests. Remember the 3-minute limit above. As Franklin Roosevelt said-- be sincere, be brief, be seated.
Tip 7- Notes. Glance at your cue cards every now and then, In that way, you will not lose any eye contact to the guests.
Tip 8- Quotes and poetry. Spice up your speech with famous romantic quotes and classical poetry. There are lots of free anniversary speech and quotes available in the Internet.
Tip 9- Anniversary gift. Each wedding anniversary is an exciting milestone for the husband and wife. Since you are given the opportunity to speak in behalf of a group, you might include presenting your gift. This is one of the many anniversary party ideas that make up a momentous occasion.
Tip 10- Inspiration and thanks. This is all about how grateful you are on the couple. Just as you gather information about them, return the favor by thanking them and let them know how much they inspired people in their lives.
Tip 11- Presentation of Memories. Photographs and memories... is one anniversary party idea that the husband and the wife would melt their hearts out. You can enhance it through a slideshow using animations and a musical theme from their past.
Tip 12- Anniversary toast- End up your speech with a Happy Anniversary for the couple and let the guests help up their wine glasses for a toast.