Welcome to free birthday speech tips page.
Birthdays are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the joy of living, family, and friends while focusing on that one special person whose 'day' it is.
After singing 'Happy Birthday', blowing the candles out, making a wish and eating the cake, it's time for the speeches to begin. And that's what you're here for: birthday speech tips!
Before you write the actual speech get the background information you need.
This determines what you'll put in, and the tone of the language you'll use.
Now you have your background notes you are ready to begin writing.
Here are some more free birthday speech tips to guide you:
Your opening and ending hold the middle in place.
Find out more about birthday customs
This Wikipedia entry provides a great overview of the history of birthday celebrations in Western Culture as well as charts of the zodiac, birth stones and flowers.
My flower is the humble but beautiful forget-me-not. What's yours? A rose? A violet or maybe a carnation?
If you'd like more information about speech structure and the writing process, read my 'how to write a speech' page. You'll find detailed instructions as well as a quick 'see-at-a-glance' overview of the process for those of you just needing a refresher.
If the birthday is a special one marking a significant milestone celebrate it by picking an appropriate quotation or two.
You'll find a large selection of birthday quotations here.
Try these suggestions:
Do read my page on how to rehearse.
Rehearsing makes a huge difference. Try it and see for yourself. You'll find out if your speech is too long, too short, not funny enough, phrased awkwardly ...
Rehearsing exposes any glitches and allows you to fix them privately.
Give yourself a congratulatory glass of wine or two when you've finished speaking, not before!
And remember ...
Giving the birthday toast can be the ultimate enduring gift. Words live on in the minds of those who hear them long after the bouquets of flowers drop their petals and the last of the chocolates has been eaten. A birthday speech given from the heart with love, wit and wisdom can last a lifetime. It is worth your effort!
If it's your birthday and you're delivering a speech to welcome and thank everyone for coming to celebrate it with you, apply the relevant free birthday speech tips to yourself. And, yes, you can toast yourself!
Did I miss something? Do you have special birthday speech tips, quotations of your own?
Are you willing to share them?
Readers are always on the look out for that extra-special suggestion that will make a birthday celebration magical. And I'm always keen to have more.
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