For those of us who get married, a wedding is one of the most important days of our lives.
Weddings are generally happy occasions for all involved, but for anyone who’s ever been part of one, they can be quite stressful. The bride and groom often have to run a tightrope keeping their respective families and friends happy, there’s the venue to organise, a bridal party to choose, food, the dress … and of course … the speeches!
Because so much energy and planning goes into a wedding day, it’s little wonder that brides and grooms get nervous about their wedding speech. As with everything else associated with a wedding, we want our wedding speech to be perfect, to capture how we feel about our partner and the people present at the wedding.
Equally, if we’re speaking at a wedding – either as the best man, Master of Ceremonies, a parent or friend – we want our speech to be memorable and go down well with the bride, groom and guests.
For those not familiar talking to a crowd, a wedding speech can be very daunting if there are numerous guests hanging off your every word!
One of the biggest turning points for the way I learnt to deal with my fear of public speaking was when I was asked to give a speech at my brother’s wedding. Try as I did to get out of giving a speech, I realised that to do so would let my brother down, and I’d regret it for the rest of my life. When I realised I couldn’t run away from it, I set off on a long journey to learn techniques to manage the anxiety I felt about public speaking.
Whether you’re a bride, groom, best man, Master of Ceremonies, or a friend/parent who has to give a speech at a wedding, rest assured there are proven, simple techniques to help you manage your fear of public speaking.
Speakology can teach you these techniques, and can help in many other ways such as helping you write the speech, speech rehearsal, speech suggestions and much more. Speakology also offers personalised Master of Ceremony services for the special day.