news-n-views
  
Newsletters > Archive > This Week's News >
Toasting 101
by: Michael Varma
0 Comments    
Raise their glasses, not their eyebrows.
Raise their glasses, not their eyebrows.

Last June I witnessed the worst, most horrific and tragic toast in my life. The best man, who by all accounts was sober, grabbed the microphone and proceeded to embarrass everyone at the reception. His voice boomed throughout the ballroom as he began, “There once was a bride from France,” and after concluding the off-color limerick he forged on, “There once was a groom from Nantucket.” The guests were not amused, the newlyweds were mortified and the man with the mic quickly labeled himself as “that guy.” This soon to be ex-friend must have thought his humor would be enjoyed by all, but he was very sorely mistaken.

Everyone (well at least everyone who has good judgment and a socially acceptable sense of humor) knows that the purpose of a toast is to shine a gentle spotlight around and pay tribute to the honored guest or event (one that doesn’t scream “I have no idea how to be funny.”) Toasts typically proffer well wishes and good fortune, so composing an eloquent toast that is eloquent, poignant, whimsical and witty can be a challenge and worth every effort.

If presented well, every father of the bride will raise his glass with glee and every mother to great grandmother will pick up the designated-for-guests disposable camera in the center of the table and snap a shot.
And with a company party and holiday season a month for the next four calendar pages, being well-informed on how to give a toast is just about as important as being up to date on how to prevent your body from being swine flu positive. If you have a mother-in-law you need to impress, a promotion you’d like to get or a knot you’d like to tie, remember and practice the three most important concepts to a successful social life: be brief, be bold, be done.

Be Brief. In most cases, less is more. Keeping your remarks short gives your toast a greater impact and gets you on and off the stage. Well crafted words and a succinct delivery will be appreciated by your audience and more likely remembered for years to come.

Be Bold. Stand proud and speak loud. Ensure everyone in the room, including folks sitting in the back row, can hear your tasteful toast. Belting out to the rafters may not be needed. A quick run-through in the room before the crowd assembles will calm frayed nerves and help you gauge how far to project your voice.

Be Done. When finished, sit down. Avoid the urge to take a bow or return for an encore. Smile, nod, and accept any applause or acknowledgements then refocus the spotlight on the guest of honor.
 


Michael Varma is a freelance writer, professional magician for more than 20 years, and an award-winning distinguished Toastmaster and knows what it takes to entertain an audience. Varma is a published author of educational puzzle books and games and frequently performs at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif.
close    

What do you think? Leave your comment here.

 Articles
 Tommy Pastrami
"Now Serving Coors Light, Samuel Adams and Blue Moon on Tap!"
CLICK to see our Mondays and Tuesdays specials on pitchers.

 Celinda`s Great Mexican Food
Try Our Delicious "3 Enchilada Entree" For 1/2 Price, CLICK To See How!
Don't forget Dessert! We have a new Choco Taco Ice Cream for only $1.49..

 Jersey Mike`s Subs
2 Dine For $12.99!
Includes 1 gigantic sandwich, 2 regular drinks and 2 regular chips...

 El Toro Gourmet Meats
Receive $10.00 Off Your Next Purchase, View Our Specials And See How!
For the Absolute Best in Premium Meats, Seafood, Deli, Produce and Premium Wines

 Saddleback Plumbing
Pre-Season Air Conditioning Tune-Up Special: Save Nearly 50%
$94 for an 18-Point A/C Service, Cleaning & Inspection. CLICK to see all our Money Saving Coupons!

 Friends The Sports Tavern
Buy One Sandwich and get the Second Sandwich FREE!!!
25% off all bottles of wine! CLICK to view our exciting week.

 Selma`s Chicago Pizzeria & Tap Room
B.Y.O.B Party, Thursday, April 29th, 6pm to 8pm!
Bring your own favorite 22oz Bottle of Beer to Share. CLICK to view our party...

 Teen Road To Safety Inc.
Taught By Current And Retired Law Enforcement Professionals
What more could a parent ask for! CLICK today to make an appointment!

 Orange County Plastic Surgery
Come To Our Evening of Beauty, Hors d oeuvres and Wine, April 20th
Reserve your seat today, Great Gifts and 20% off on products!

 Daily`s Sports Grill
Come By Any Day And Get 1/2 OFF Your Lunch!
Ice cold beer, great food & sports. CLICK to see whats NEW at Daily's!!

Terms of Use   |    Privacy Policy            
© Copyright 2009 - 2010 by News-n-Views. All trademarks are used as property of their owners.