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Speech Christmas Party Office Image Credit: CLEO Malaysia
Speech Christmas Party Office Image Credit: CLEO Malaysia

Up Your Oral Skills

And improve your speeches, that is. Heed these tips and you’ll ace those Christmas party toasts, no jitters.

Joash Kong

THE IMPROMPTU TOAST/ /SPEECH

It happens and it can creep up on you. There are the times where you know it’s coming, like your best friend’s wedding (doesn’t mean you still like it!) then it suddenly happens at your Christmas party, your birthday, heck even your first day on the job. It’s a major compliment to give a toast in some cases but in others, just petrifying.

THE EXPERT’S ADVICE: While you may be empted to dish the dirt on your friends at the year-end festivities (especially after a gulp of wine or two), speech-writing pro Ian Heydon urges you to remember it’s all about celebration, not humiliation. ”Think about the achievements, hurdles overcome and the future. There’s room for embarrassing anecdotes but keep it light.”

THE BONUS TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW RN:

1 Consider your audience. If it’s a family affair, expect mums, dads, gong gongs and popos to be scattered through the crowd. Before launching into ‘An nd that’s why she’s never had another threesome’ story, make sure you won’t set someone’s heart rate through the roof.

2 Be heartfelt over going for laughs, always. Gently poking fun at someone is fine, but making them the butt of a joke isn&rs


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