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How Corinthians helped me to give a better best man’s speech

August 13, 2012

Corinthians, Toastmasters, Friends,
 
Last week, I gave one of those speeches that every man dreads. The best man’s speech. There’s something about being a best man which puts fear into the heart of even the hardiest of men. The twin pressures of entertaining an audience to the point of audible laughter and not offending the grandparents can seem from the outset a tough nut to crack.  As I started speaking on the night, my throat went dry, and my planned “Good evening” disappeared into the ether. There was definitely potential here for it all going wrong.
 
And yet, as I started speaking, my toastmaster’s training took over. I hit that comfortable speaking rhythm that we all develop at the club. The audience laughed, and laughed hard. I even started to enjoy it. I couldn’t help but reflect that it is at moments like this that coming to a club like Corinthians really shows its value.
 
Coming to a club like Corinthians may not mean that you never get in the least bit nervous before that crucial pitch to the client or before that toast in a new social situation. What Corinthians certainly offers is developing the skills to give a much better speech  even when you’re nervous and there’s nothing like knowing you can deliver for reducing the nerves themselves.
 
Until next time,
 
George

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Working or living in the LondonVictoria area? Want to know more about becoming a better public speaker? Visit London Corinthians on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays @ 7.30pm. http://www.londoncorinthians.co.uk/.

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