Can You Say a Few Words?: How to Prepare and Deliver Award Presentations, Dedications, Eulogies and Prayers, Introductions, Retirements and Farewells, Acceptance Speeches, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary Toasts, and More.

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 182 pages
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-Your alma mater asks you to say a few words at an upcoming fundraising dinner
-You've won an employee award and will have to give a short acceptance speech at the ceremony
-Your parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and you'd like to make a toast at their party

Everyone's counting on you to sound polished, to be prepared, to speak with savvy-in short, to give a speech that's as memorable as the occasion itself.

Don't dread these invitations to speak. Instead, learn to prepare clear, concise, and engaging speeches that will live up to your audience's expectations and match the mood of the occasion.

Award-winning corporate speechwriter Joan Detz offers solid advice for tackling this nerve-racking task-with pointers, tips, and trade secrets that will help you make the most of every speaking opportunity.

Clearly written and fun to read, this invaluable guide provides all the practical advice and encouragement you need to deliver a winning speech.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
SPECIAL OCCASIONS
5
Anniversaries
7
Giving Them and Getting Them
12
Birthdays
22
Building Dedications
28
Childrens Groups
33
Commencements
36
Patriotic Ceremonies
87
Prayers
91
QuestionandAnswer Sessions
96
Retirement Tributes
111
SalesInformation Booths
117
Sports Banquets
122
Substitute Speaking
126
Toasts
128

Eulogies
44
Farewells
55
Fundraising
59
Honorary Degrees
64
Impromptu Speeches
67
Introducing Speakers
71
Master of Ceremonies
77
Meetings
79
Panel Presentations
84
Words of Welcome
132
LESSONS IN COURAGE
135
Do you Feel a Little Nervous?
137
LESSONS IN STYLE AND DELIVERY
151
How to Add Sparkle to Any Speech
153
RESOURCES
169
Where to Find Great Quotes and Anecotes
171
Index of Speakers
181
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About the author (1991)

Joan Detz, author of How to Write & Give a Speech, is a leading speechwriter for senior executives. Previously on the faculty of New York University's Business and Management Program, she now lectures on public speaking around the country.

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