Get Writing! 10 Ideas to Kickstart Your Father of the Bride Speech

If your daughter’s wedding is fast approaching, it won’t have escaped your attention that you’ll be expected to deliver the opening speech.

Traditionally the Father of the Bride Speech is warm and welcoming and includes fond words about her and memories of her growing up.

And while there isn’t the same pressure on you to be as entertaining as, say, the best man, a personal and gently humorous speech will definitely kick things off on the right note.

But what if you’re stuck for ideas? There’s nothing more daunting than a blank page staring back at you. Do not fear…

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5 Public Speaking Secrets You Can Steal From The Pros

If you’ve got a wedding speech coming up, there’s a good chance it’s the first time you’ve spoken in front of a large group of people.

So it’s only natural that you might feel a little anxious.

The truth is, the best way to nail it is simply to do lots of preparation and practice.

But even then you might miss a few tricks that experienced speakers take for granted…

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What People Are Really Thinking About Your Best Man Speech

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Are you nervous about giving your Best Man Speech?

It’s only natural.

You’re the headline act. People are expecting to be entertained. They want the speeches to finish with a big bang, not a damp squib.

The truth is, much of the anxiety that comes with delivering a speech is a result of endlessly pondering the question: “What will people think?”

If you want a glimpse into the mind of your future audience, read on…

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How to Turn Your Outline into a Kickass Wedding Speech

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In a previous post I showed you how to jumpstart your wedding speech preparation by producing a rough outline in just 5 minutes.

This is a great first step, but there’s still some work to be done before you’ve got a speech you can deliver with confidence.

So what comes next? How do you turn your outline into a fully-blown speech that totally kicks ass?

Well the good news is that it’s pretty straightforward.

As long as you know the right steps…

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How to Outline Your Father of the Bride Speech in Just 5 Minutes

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How are you feeling about giving your Father of the Bride Speech?

Excited? Nervous? Stressed out?

Sometimes the hardest thing is just to get started.

You keep putting it off, hoping that inspiration will suddenly strike, but it never does. And all the while the big day draws closer and closer.

If this sounds familiar, creating a basic outline for your speech can really help.

So grab a blank sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. We’re going to outline your Father of the Bride speech in just five minutes.

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The Hidden Benefits of Making a Start on your Wedding Speech Today

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Ever had this thought about something on your To Do list?

“If I get started today, and work on it little by little, I’ll easily get it finished in time and without any stress!”

But of course that perky little voice usually gets completely ignored – only to be replaced weeks later by:

“OMG! I should have started this ages ago. There’s not nearly enough time left to do it properly. Help!”

Preparing your wedding speech is exactly this sort of task. You know you should start it right away, but you inevitably end up leaving it to the last minute.

However, it’s worth taking that little voice of reason a bit more seriously, because there are a surprising number of benefits to starting your speech sooner rather than later.

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Boring! 5 Groom Speech Clichés That Make You Seem Dull and Unoriginal

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When it comes to planning a wedding, it’s not unusual for the bride to do more than her fair share of the work.

That’s not to say you haven’t helped – of course you have. But there’s a good chance she’s running the show.

However, there’s one crucial task that’s entirely down to you. And she probably won’t even remind you to do it.

Preparing your Groom Speech.

The good news is that there will be so much goodwill towards you and your bride on the day that even the simplest groom speech will be well-received.

The bad news is that far too many grooms resort to well-worn clichés that can seem lazy – and even insincere – when they come to prepare their speech.

So here’s my list of 5 Groom Speech Clichés that you should avoid “like the plague”.
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6 New Year’s Resolutions for Wedding Speech Success

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It’s traditional to greet the New Year with a mixture of excitement and optimism. But if you’re due to give an important wedding speech in 2013, you might just feel a bit of trepidation too.

Maybe it’s the first time you’ve spoken in front of a big group of people. Or perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say. It could just be a fear of letting people down.

Whether the wedding is just round the corner or several months away, there are some simple resolutions you can make right now that will greatly improve the chances of delivering a winning speech on the big day.

So here are 6 commitments that will put you firmly on the right track if you’re giving a wedding speech in 2013…

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10 Best Man Jokes You Should Avoid at All Costs

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Giving the Best Man Speech is tough – not least because everyone’s expecting you to be funny.

But not everyone’s a natural comedian, so who could blame you for borrowing a few “tried and tested” jokes from the internet?

The trouble is most best men look for inspiration in exactly the same places – and they end up finding exactly the same best man jokes as everyone else.

So if you want to avoid telling jokes that many guests will have heard before (and make them wonder how much more of your speech is borrowed from elsewhere), check out my list of over-used and predictable best best man jokes you should avoid at all cost.

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6 Common Causes of Wedding Speech Nerves (And How To Beat Them)

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Are you terrified of public speaking?

Would you rather pull out your own teeth than stand up in front of a crowd and “say a few words”?

You certainly wouldn’t be alone.

According to one survey the average person is more afraid of speaking in public than they are of dying!

The best thing to do is just to avoid public speaking altogether, right?

Well that works fine until someone close to you decides to get married and suddenly everyone’s expecting you to give a speech. Total. Bloody. Nightmare.

So what’s the answer?

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