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Engagement toasts: 5 short, sincere speech examples (father, mother, friend, groom-to-be, bride-to-be) to help you write your own.
Want a retirement speech sample? Use this farewell address from a teacher to kick-start the process of writing your own. Step-by-step guidelines and a large selection of retirement quotations.
Introduction speech: how to introduce a guest speaker well - step by step tips with an example speech.
A business thank you speech example - adapt it, personalize it, and use it to thank your employees for a job well done.
How to write the thank you speech or appreciation speech you'd love to receive. Adapt the ready-made template, choose a thank you quote, write, rehearse and go!
50th wedding anniversary speeches: the 'how-to' recipe to tell a golden wedding anniversary love story, speech topic ideas for toasts for family and friends
A 40th birthday speech sample to help you prepare a toast celebrating forty; fabulous, fantastic, fun...
Birthday speeches: In need of inspiration? Check this 50th roast/toast example. Use it as a guide for the speech you need to write.
How to write a eulogy: a complete step-by-simple-step guide to write and deliver a loving sincere funeral speech
Your maid of honor sister speech: an easy-to-use adaptable template to help you write a sincere, heartfelt wedding speech.
How to write a speech: step by step speech writing help, from preparing an outline (the beginning) through to delivery (the end), with examples and checklists.
Farewell speeches: how to write and give a gracious goodbye or leaving speech.
Improv games -5 superb warm-ups/icebreaker drama games to sharpen focus and concentration, encourage mental flexibility while developing awareness of body language and communication.
Phrases for welcome speeches: 3 ways, with examples, to tailor welcoming words to fit your occasion perfectly.
Welcome speech package: a 4 step 'how to' guide: template and sample speech to prepare effective opening remarks with ease.
Writing a persuasive speech - an action point checklist: how to choose your topic, set a realistic goal, analyse your audience, and select a persuasive speech pattern to write to.
Building rapport for public speakers: If your speech falls flat perhaps you have overlooked one of the most important public speaking skill of them all, understanding your audience.
Help for public speaking fears - a 7 part free e-course of step by step practical, do-able strategies to rid yourself of public speaking anxiety. Sign up to start changing 'can't' for 'can' now.
Speaking Out Loud - a free newsletter/ezine chock full of practical public speaking tips from write-out-loud.com
Quick easy effective tips for vocal variety: simple voice exercises to help you captivate, rather than bore your listeners.
Skype coaching - online, one-to-one, affordable, effective help to over come fear and develop public speaking confidence and competency.
Speech writer for hire - bespoke speech writing service for custom speeches at a competitive rate.
Student Council Speeches - a speech template to help create your winning 'vote for me' speech with planning and delivery guidelines.
Read a sample eulogy to stimulate ideas for the funeral speech you need to write. There are two eulogy examples here; different in style, unique, as were the people they celebrate.
Download and print impromptu speech topic cards
A public speaking rubric to download: 5 point rating scale with graded descriptors for every criteria. Useful for teachers, students or anybody wishing to improve their public speaking.
Impromptu public speaking topics - 50 interesting and diverse speech topic suggestions to practice unscripted, spontaneous, speaking.
Public speaking exercises: the top 10 simple yet effective warm-up and delivery exercises underpinning public speaking success
Free funeral poems; a timeless cross-cultural collection of the best loved funeral readings, grief poems and bereavement poems for your use in services, eulogies and sympathy cards.
Free sample eulogies: a heartfelt collection of funeral speeches submitted by readers from all over the world to help those in need of inspiration to write a eulogy.
Cue cards: simple step-by-step guidelines for preparing note cards to help you deliver your speech effectively.
Tribute Speech: a step by step guide, with examples, to prepare a sincere commemorative speech.
14 big benefits of public speaking: compelling motivators to get over fear of public speaking: more confidence, leadership skills ...
Free word games -10 fun, confidence-building improv speech and drama (public speaking) activities. Suitable for 13+ yrs
Public speaking games ebook: 28 fun speech games & activities for middle school to adult; complete with printable resources, and full how-to guides
Manage public speaking anxiety using self-hypnosis - an efficient, effective way to swap fear for confidence
Speech evaluation: Get or give valuable feedback with this 5 point scale printable speech evaluation template covering all aspects of a public speaking presentation.
Persuasive speech ideas - 50+ provocative topic suggestions to help you find a subject best suited to you and, your audience.
Build self confidence in a child while having fun through speech and drama activities. 36 postive suggestions plus games. Suitable for kindergarten upwards.
Impromptu speaking: Yes, you CAN learn to love it! Use the KISS formula, choose 1 of the 7 example impromptu speech templates or organisers, pause, think, open your mouth and begin.
Mrs Tongue Does Her Housework - fun, effective tongue exercises for articulation set to a simple story. Suitable for students of all ages.
Vocal warm ups - a set of essential exercises to ensure you are focused and ready to confidently deliver your speech.
Persuasive speech example -The affect of suicide on those left behind - a sample persuasive speech using Monroes Motivated Sequence
Types of verbal humor: an overview of differing types of verbal comedy, with examples, to spice your speech with laughter.
Commemorative speech topic: how to find the right idea to inspire your audience. Suggestions and research links to make the process painless.
Here's my wishes for you -
Have a wonderful new year!Happy speaking, Susan
Developing effective listening skills: 10 tips for speakers who want to do more than talk.
How to use humor effectively in a speech. Tips to ensure they're laughing with, rather than, at you!
American English Pronunciation: an interview with ESL training expert Mandy Egle on accent reduction.