Here’s to the Short, Sweet Speech: Toasts!

May 8th, 2012   •   no comments   

“I’m sorry I wrote such a long letter. I did not have the time to write a short one.”

-Abraham Lincoln

In the past year, I have worked with four fathers of the bride and/or groom to cull down the millions of ideas running through their head. They need a 2-minute toast and have more than 2 hours of material.

We started by laying out the basic structure of a toast:

·        Welcome

·        Vignette about daughter/son

·        Vignette about early days with new spouse

·        Vignette about couple

·        Good luck to the couple

Then, I lower the boom: You have to say it all in about 400 words.

[crickets…]

[PROTEST]

“Yes, we can – together!”

You would be amazed what you can say in 2-3 minutes (around 400-500 words), when you focus.

If you’ve been called upon to write a toast, what was the hardest part?

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