About your upcoming Toast
Soon you’ll be asked to give a short speech honoring a person or an event. A toast is a short speech meant to honor a person and an event. Wedding toasts. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Retirements. Rank promotions. Award ceremonies.
These big occasions all require a toast from someone important—you!
But for too many of us, when we want to show gratitude become hard to put into words.
Or when it’s us being honored, we have trouble talking about ourselves and remaining humble.
Who this book is for…
Best men, maids/matrons of honor, fathers of the bride, mothers of the bride, grooms, and brides
You—upon a life milestone, a big award, a retirement, a birthday, an anniversary.
When you’re the one presenting the big award or you’re there to honor someone who has achieved something great in their life.
How this book can help you
Peace of mind: Know that by following the method outlined in here you can craft a speech that you’ll love and so will your audience.
Less stress: You don’t need to spend countless hours worrying if what you wrote is good enough. Follow the advice in here and you’ll have a winning speech.
A great toast: Once you’ve gone through the process of brainstorming, writing, editing, and rehearsing, your speech will be the one that sticks out (for a good reason) and everyone remembers.
There are repeatable patterns
You can break down a toast into predictable components. Learn how to honor the person, honor the event, and what else you need to say.
But this isn’t a book of generic advice to leave you on your own for crafting your speech. Specific toasts require certain parts or protocol and I want you to be prepared for them. Chapters are devoted to… Wedding toasts. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Retirements. Rank promotions. Award ceremonies.
Reuse the book for other speeches
This won’t be your last speech. Maybe it’s for a wedding. Maybe it’s for a retirement party. But in no time you’ll be asked again to “say a few words.” You can reuse the principles in this book over and over again for each similar speech in the future.
Beyond just ideas but a process for writing, editing, and rehearsing
Toast goes beyond just generating ideas for what to say. It also gives you templates, guides, and instructions, for how to write, edit, and rehearse your speech. Should you memorize the whole thing? Should you use notecards? Should you read it straight from the page? Find out.
Some people don’t think of themselves as writers and that’s fine. The techniques in here will bring your ideas out and help you to organize them from an incoherent mess. Trust me, it’s where we all start.
My favorite part of the whole book is the speeches themselves. In here you’ll find real speeches that match (or come close to) your toast. These aren’t the typical speeches found in other books but real ones that real people gave without a staff of comedy writers or ghosts at their side. These authentic real speeches will give you inspiration for your own words and toast.
Speed up your writing time:
Stop getting stuck on what to say or generating ideas. Brainstorming exercises will help you get your ideas onto the page.
Improve your draft and its organization:
Maybe you’ve got a ton of ideas but no clue which ones work and which ones need to be left out. Templates and organizational guides can help slot them in all while keeping the speech within a set length of time. Your audience loves you but not for more than about 10 minutes.
Be prepared on the big day:
Some speakers have great words but they wrote them the night before. Use the checklist and calendar inside to devote enough time to write, edit, and rehearse, so that your speech can reach its maximum impact.
Need to write your toast at the last minute? Use the emergency plan inside to get something together and still deliver a great performance.