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7 Tips to Turn Your After Dinner Speech Into a Memorable One

7 Tips to Turn Your After Dinner Speech Into a Memorable One

Many organizations and businesses hold meetings that include a dinner or some other type of meal. These types of meeting can be very popular. The idea of getting good free food and being able to have conversations with others is very appealing. The person that organizes these meetings will have different goals that they are trying to achieve. They may be looking to motivate employees or they may want to introduce a new product.

No matter what the reason is, having a great meal is only part of what will make this type of meeting successful. A good after dinner speaker is also essential to having a successful meeting. Not everyone will make a good after dinner speaker. It takes time to learn how to give a speech that will be well received. It also takes time to learn how to deliver the speech that is given after a meal.

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The problems a speaker faces

After dinner speakers may have to deal with several problems that can make it hard for them to deliver an effective speech. Many of these things are out of the speaker’s control. It is important that a speaker is aware of the pitfalls so that they can come up with a plan to overcome them. Here are the problems after dinner speakers face:

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  1. People are full. If the guests at the meeting have eaten a big meal, they may be full. A full stomach will cause people to get drowsy and to feel tired. A boring after dinner speaker will make this worse and people will fall asleep.
  2. People want to get out. Once a person has eaten their free meal, they may have a desire to get going. This is a bigger problem if the meeting is held later and people have been there a long time.
  3. People are still having conversations. The guests may have been having great conversations that they do not want to stop just because the speaker is ready to go.
  4. People have been drinking. If alcohol has been served, some of the people may have drunk more than they should have.

What to do about it

A good speaker cannot always control the things listed above that can happen. They may not have had a say in the time the meeting is held or the food and drink that was served. The after dinner speaker does have to find a way to deal with these problems. To avoid these problems you can head over to the JLA UK speakers bureau for more inspiration or you can use these 7 tips that can help you overcome the problems that may be faced.

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  1. Know who is at the meeting. The speaker should not only know the type of people that are at the meeting, they also need to know what has occurred before their speech. If they are aware of the mood of their audience, they can adjust their speech to make it more effective.
  2. Start out big. The first step to a great speech is to capture your audience. Make sure that you have a very strong start to overcome tired, drunk or satiated listeners.
  3. Don’t get stressed. You cannot control everything in the meeting and you should not try. Do not stress the problems that you may face. Work through them as best you can. Staying relaxed will make it easier for you to give the speech that you planed.
  4. Be ready to change. If you can tell your speech is not going over well, have a plan to change it. You need to have alternatives prepared ahead of time.
  5. Have a point. It is important that your speech has a beginning, middle and an end. It should not be a bunch of pointless words strung together.
  6. Practice. It is important to practice your speech before you try to give it. It is also important not to over rehearse the speech either. Try to find a place where you are comfortable with what you are saying without being too rehearsed.
  7. Don’t go on too long. A good after dinner speech will last between 20 to 45 minutes. If it is too long, all of the problems that can be faced will get worse. Keep your speech concise to capture your audience.

It takes time to become a good after dinner speaker. Every time that you give an after dinner speech, you should take some time to review what happened and look for ways to improve your speech the next time you are called upon. It is not always possible to give the perfect after dinner speech. If you use the tips above and take the time to learn from the work that you do, you can always get a little closer to the perfection that you want.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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