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If you wouldn’t say it to your Nanna, don’t say it in your speech... not a bad rule to follow.
The best speeches are short and sweet (two minutes in length), sincere and with a few laughs.
When you’re writing your speech, use your personality and draw from your best traits, the
ones that your friends admire, such as kindness, honesty or humour.
A common mistake is to use a speech as an opportunity to be someone you aren’t normally.
If you aren’t known to have your friends or colleagues in stitches on a normal day, avoid turning
your speech into a comedy routine.
When you’re deciding on speakers for a personal event such as a wedding, birthday or
engagement, play it smart. If your father is adamant about giving a speech, but he’s an awful
public speaker, suggest that he does half the speech and your mother does the other.
For corporate events, spokesperson selection is crucial. It’s likely that your guests would
rather listen to nails on a blackboard than an awkward speaker (picture Mr Bean giving a speech).
Confidence is the key, and if your director avoids speeches like the plague, don’t force him to
give one. Suggest that he simply thanks everyone for their attendance and proposes a toast.
Music sets the mood for your event, but with
so many options available, it’s hard to know
where to start.
When it comes to music, keep in mind that
you usually get what you pay for; the price of
a band or DJ more often than not reflects their
popularity and experience. A band is a popular
choice for a large corporate event or fundraiser,
and it’s a good idea to ensure that a particular
genre of music (such as jazz, rock or cabaret)
is played throughout the night. If you decide on
a band, make sure you’ve seen them live – what
sounds fantastic on a demo tape might make
for a cringeworthy on-stage performance.
The flexibility of a DJ suits social events: they
can play understated lounge music when guests
arrive, to encourage socialising, then encourage
dancing by slowly upping the tempo.
If you’re playing your music from your phone
or Mp3 player, chances are you’ll find that after
a few drinks your guests will believe they can
make better music selections than you. To avoid
interference, locate your player somewhere out
of sight and wire the speakers to the main area.
Remote-controlled docks are a worthwhile
purchase so you can alter the music without
leaving your guests. To ensure a packed dance
floor, start playing your best foot-tapping tunes
with two hours of the event remaining. Any
earlier and you’ll risk an empty dance floor well
before close, with everyone already worn out!
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KEEP IN MIND THAT
YOU USUALLY GET
WHAT YOU PAY FOR;
THE PRICE OF A BAND
OR DJ MORE OFTEN
THAN NOT REFLECTS
& Power Music
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