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December 09, 2013
It's getting to be that time of the year again.
To get ready to raise your glass and make a toast at the holiday party.
But unless you're a naturally gifted elocutionist--or one of those rare people for whom a few drinks actually improves your soliloquizing--a few tips might be in order.
From the folks over at Entrepreneur:
Think of a toast as an opportunity, or a tiny speech.
Use sentiment, but don't be sentimental.
Don't use notes. (Notes beforehand = okay. Notes during speech = not preferable).
Hold your drink chest-high for the entire duration of the toast (Remember: "Arm fatigue is a natural toast timer.")
Don't poke fun at your boss (Exception allowed if you're the boss).
Using lines from an Irish toast is not necessarily recommended.
I'd raise a glass to hearing your stories of toasts gone right and wrong.
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