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Making toast: 5 simple tips for the dinner speech

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Spreading toast: what to look for

A toast can be wonderful, sweeping away all listeners and making a lasting impression. In addition, you can demonstrate your friendship or appreciation for the person you are talking about. Probably everyone who has heard one or two toast in their life knows from their own experience that things can be very different. Not every dinner speech is a cause for joy for those present.

The reactions to the speech can range from openly shown boredom to being ashamed of others. So that you are spared this fate and you are positively remembered with your words, you should pay attention to these things:

  • Don't let the toast grow too long.
    Even if you like to tell a lot, there is power in brevity. Please never overstrain the patience of the audience. Depending on the occasion, you can take a few minutes for the dinner speech. Speaking time should never be misused for an endless monologue. A healthy average is ten minutes. Sounds like little - but it seems long to listeners. And a lot can be said in ten minutes if you don't talk.
  • Do not read any texts.
    As long as the toast is not spontaneous, you have plenty of time to think about it: What do you want to say? What are suitable formulations? The essential characteristic of a toast, however, is always free speech. Absolutely taboo: reading the table speech from the sheet or speech manuscript.
  • Avoid embarrassing jokes.
    A toast often includes a few humorous anecdotes about the guest of honor. Laughter in the audience is encouraged. But humor has its limits: the dinner speech should honor someone - not make you lose face. Embarrassing stories from the past do not belong here. Just as little jovial jokes, shoddy sayings and allusions below the belt. No level! Rather, rely on punctuation marks or amusing things that make the other (and yourself) look good.

Why does it say "make a toast"?

When most people think of toast, they automatically think of toasted white bread. Indeed, the custom of making a toast in honor of someone has something to do with that very slice of bread. The exact origin is still not certain to this day. Still, most of the explanations refer to UK drinking habits. Already in the 18th and 19th centuries it was customary to dip toasted bread in the wine to enhance the taste.

Another explanation also comes from Great Britain and refers to the custom of passing a glass of wine and a slice of bread around until everyone has had a drink in honor of the guest. Accordingly, the term “making toast” has been used to this day for a unifying speech or an amusing and motivating toast.

Making toast: this is how your dinner speech works

Should you be asked to offer a toast, you should enjoy the honor. It shows how much people think of you and your eloquence. Especially on festive occasions such as a birthday or a wedding. To decline this honor would be an affront. So at least try to give a speech or an impromptu speech for a few minutes.

The more confident and relaxed you approach the matterthe easier it will be for you to speak in front of others. It doesn't take long. We have summarized the most important tips to ensure that the dinner speech is a success and resonates with the audience:

  1. Draw attention to yourself

    The first thing you should do when making a toast is to make sure that everyone in the room is listening to you. Stand up, stand where everyone can see you, and knock on your glass. Before you start speaking, give your audience the chance to turn to you and focus their attention on you. So don't start talking right away, but wait until there is silence. If there is still some chattering, you can repeat the tapping on the glass with a friendly smile.

  2. Don't apologize at the beginning

    There are speakers who pile deep in the hope that it will be less embarrassing (“Actually, I'm not a good speaker”, “Sorry, I'm very excited right now ...”). Please never do that! Such an early apology may be understanding, but it also diminishes the impact of your words. Some people switch off even more now. Better start your speech right away.

  3. Save yourself adjective strings

    It is certainly only meant nicely when you describe the guest of honor as "funny, courteous, friendly, helpful, responsible, tidy, good-natured and unique". But it's not nice to follow such endless adjectives. It still looks powerful. Your presentation will gain more weight if you describe properties with examples or underpin them with suitable anecdotes.

  4. Tell us about your relationship with the Guest of Honor

    Especially if you and the person you are toasting to have known each other for some time, it will be interesting for the audience how you got to know each other or what you experienced together. It is precisely these stories that make a toast special. They are personal and give what is said a high degree of authenticity.

  5. Don't talk about yourself

    A dinner speech usually begins with the words "I want to make a toast to ..." But that should be all you say about yourself. The other guests don't listen because of you, but because of the guest of honor to whom the toast is addressed. So stand back and focus on the guest of honor. It starts with the fact that your laudation contains only a little “I”, but the name of the guest all the more often.

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