Whether you're raising a glass with family at a holiday meal or with friends at a virtual happy hour, an artful, heartfelt toast makes the moment even more memorable. Here are a few tips to make the most of holiday toasts...
Top 5 Tips for Holiday Toasts
- Prepare ahead of time. Scribbling a few thoughts moments before speaking probably won’t result in a memorable toast. Look ahead in your calendar to those special events where you want to be “toast ready.” Then carve out time to prepare. You’ll want to pull your thoughts together in a way that shows you at your engaging best.
- Don’t make it about you. Take the opportunity during this festive season to let others know how you value their contribution at work or their presence in your life. Making colleagues or family shine is a gift in itself.
- Get creative. As you prepare your toast prior to the event, let the creative juices flow. You might select a brief, fitting anecdote or story to tell. (Just be sure to keep it focused, and crisp, and don’t ramble) Or, search the internet to find the perfect quote to add to your toast. You might even try a bit of self-deprecating or “just in time” humor, based on something that happens at the event prior to your toast.
- Don’t forget to KISS. As the saying goes, Keep It Short and Simple. Three minutes or less is a good target for a toast. If it goes over five minutes, people will fidget and lose interest. Give guests the gift of surprise and delight by finishing up fast.
- Write and rehearse. Finally, we suggest you rehearse ahead of the event. Literally deliver your toast out loud a minimum of three to five times. Rehearse in front of a mirror until your style and delivery looks and feels engaging and confident.