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10 Tips for Public Speaking + Wedding Speeches



Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations:

Know your material

Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won't easily forget what to say.

Practice. Practice. Practice!

Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.

Know the audience

Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It's easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.

Know the room

Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.


Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. ("One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.

Visualize yourself giving your speech.

Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.

Realize that people want you to succeed

Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They're rooting for you.

Don't apologize for any nervousness or problem

The audience probably never noticed it.

Concentrate on the message – not the medium

Focus your attention away from your own anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience.

Gain experience

Mainly, your speech should represent you — as an authority and as a person. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.




Wedding Speeches


Deciding on Who Says What

When it comes to any kind of speech, whether the grooms wedding speeches or the father of bride wedding speech, it can help to get your stories straight and make sure that every single speech isn't repeating the other. This is why discussing bride and groom wedding speech ideas with your other half is a good idea.


Not all bride and grooms will do separate speeches. Perhaps only one of you is doing a speech, or maybe you even want to address it together! If you still haven't decided then I recommend you have a good discussion before moving onto the next steps.


Coming Up With the Perfect Speeches

Once you've decided it's a good idea to talk to your future wife and ask whether she's preparing a speech herself. Chances are that you will both have a few of the same ideas, such as telling stories of how you met and what you've done together.


One option is to decide to cover different topics. Another option is to both cover the story of how you got together – but from different points of view. This can make for exciting, funny, yet still poignant grooms wedding speeches that your guests will love!


Finding bride and groom wedding speech ideas together isn't always done, but I think sharing some ideas – while still keeping the speeches private until the big day – can be really inspiration. Better still, check out some wedding speech examples to really help your speech be what you want it to be!



Best Man Toast Examples

- How to be Fearless, Funny and Flawless!


Father of the Bride Wedding Speeches

- How to be Witty and Well Prepared!


Groom Wedding Speeches

- Saying the Right Words at the Right Time!


Maid of Honor Wedding Speeches

- Your Complete "How To" Guide


Mother of the Bride Wedding Speeches

- Words of Love


Bride Wedding Speeches

- Beautiful Words for a Beautiful Occasion!