Wedding speeches for everyone – yes, really!

UPDATE March 24, 2019

Now that Spring really is bursting out all over the UK (in some ways flooding out, but that’s another story) it has got us all thinking about the upcoming wedding season.

(That spell of warm weather has also made the trees and bushes burst into flower which although beautiful, has had many tree pollen allergics like me coughing and sneezing and groping for the Piriton. Hay fever, unlike weddings, is NOT romantic.)

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Speeches for same-sex weddings: yes they can be different, but not for the reasons you might think

Tree pollen or not, it won’t be long now until spring weddings begin to unfold and if you have a role as any of the following officials, I have plenty of help right here for you to get you thinking along the right lines and inspire you with humour and love, so you can create the wedding speech of a lifetime.

Whatever your role in the wedding, there’s speech help for you here

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Should we still “write” business presentations, or go more ad lib?

Have you ever been on a public speaking or presentation course? I just got back from “Dynamic Delivery” with the one and only Ali Moore, and what a fab day it was. Despite having written scripts for countless speakers over the years, when I get up there myself I can get a little tongue-tied. But not any more.

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Whichever approach you choose, good preparation is key to a great presentation

There is no magic formula for good public speaking

One of the main takeout points of the day for me, is that there are far fewer rules and rigidly-followed customs in good public speaking now, than there were 20 years ago. In fact to get up and speak to an audience, these days, while seeming to be reading from a script, is often seen as an amateurish no-no. [Read more…]

Weddings – it’s official. Women’s speeches are IN!

Society eyebrows were raised in many well-heeled quarters a few weeks ago when Meghan Markle let it be known that she was going to make a speech at her wedding to the UK’s very eligible bachelor, Prince Harry.

Weddings: it's official - women's speeches are IN

In the modern world of the 21st century, women have been making wedding speeches for many years. But a High Five to Meghan Markle who, we’re told, intends to make a speech at her upcoming wedding to the UK’s Prince Harry in May 2018 despite this being a break in royal protocol…

“Meghan Markle will be doing things differently from those who wed at Windsor Castle before her, with reports that she is planning on breaking tradition by giving her own speech,” wrote Rose Burke in The Independent, Jan 29th 2018. “As an advocate for women, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Markle plans on ditching the tradition. In a not-so-distant past, women were considered to be little more than property worth about as much as a few cows and a small patch of grass. Owned by their fathers from birth, girls would eventually be married off to the highest bidder.” [Read more…]

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

When you’re writing for business, social, personal or other reasons, do you sometimes wonder if you’re “waffling?” Or if you’re listening to a long speech, could the speaker be “waffling?”

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

Now THIS is the kind of waffle that’s to die for. The verbal form isn’t.

Or do you think that “waffling” is making and eating delicious treats like in this picture, above? Sadly not.

What does “waffling” really mean for writers and speakers?

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What writing help would be the most useful for you?

We all have to write whether we like it or not. I happen to love it to bits, but I know many of you don’t so need some help. Many of you do, but need some help to get it rolling.

What writing help would be the most useful for you?

How can we help you with your writing? Just say!

So, I want to start a monthly newsletter to make you folks more comfortable with whatever you want or need to write. No bullsh*t, nice and concise.

It will share tips from my vast range of utterly hysterical experience in writing everything from books to funny jokes on toilet rolls (seriously), plus that of many other writing experts from all over the world.

Now, never mind what I think we should share. What do YOU want some help with? For example:

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How to write for thought leaders’ egos

Have you noticed how some “important” thought leader types get haughtily miffed if someone suggests they need an editor or ghostwriter to help them get blog posts or articles right?

Writing for thought leaders on HTWB

No-one could possibly improve on my writing…

These days, it’s not just professional writers who are (or should be) called in to help. It also can be people like PR consultants, social media consultants, marketing or communications interns, personal/virtual assistants, and quite a few more.

So how do you cope when the ego says “no,” but the reality says “arrrgghhh!!!?”

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