Saturday, May 17, 2008


One week then, until I stand up in front of a room full of relatives, friends and relative unknowns to deliver a speech as my brother’s best man.

Dry throat, expectant faces, being the final speaker of the day… Let’s just say I’m not exactly looking forward to the prospect.

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking I’m going to read straight from A4 double-lined sheets, as opposed to prompt-cards or straight from memory. Try as I might I’ll strive to maintain a bit of eye contact with the audience here and there.

I’ve been working on it for the best part of a month now but it’s a tricky beast to get just right.

Do I stray too far into humour and end up with tumbleweeds rolling past?

Or do I keep it serious and watch the heads drop into the leftovers of the wedding breakfast.

The temptation is to steal the best one-liners from the book I bought on this very subject; however the long-suppressed writer in me thinks I should be shot for even considering such a thought.

I think I’m going to tread down the familiar route of recounting a few amusing stories from my brother’s youth – steering clear of any taboo subjects such as ex-girlfriends and-the-like.

I’ve got at least several minutes to fill and I’m too much of a coward to take any more of a risk than that.

However, any clever ideas / tips you may have – feel free to stick them on a comment or email. Should the speech be satisfactorily received then I may even publish it on here in the long run.


Anonymous said...

Okay, the heart is the best focus. Just give yourself a few cue cards- other than that all will sleep, regardless of your intent. What are the three things you waht to say about your brother? Three is safe.
A former pro
California me

SandDancer said...

My OH had to do a best man's speech a few years back and he was so nervous. I knew the speech off by heart and was ready to jump in should he bail out of it (as he looked like doing).

In the end, although his delivery wasn't brilliant, it was a good speech because he'd put a lot of thought into the content.

He did include one very bad joke, but he is known for his love a bad pun anyway: "Weddings are emotional occasions. Even the cake is in tiers".