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A lesson in public speaking

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I went to a Jewish wedding yesterday and it was very different in many ways from the weddings I’m used to, both Christian and civil.  Of course there were lots of common elements too, but the one that really struck me yesterday was the speeches.  There were many more than usual; the best man, the groom, the bride, the bride’s brother, the groom’s daughter all spoke.  They would have won no prizes at Toast Masters or any public speaking course, but all were memorable and moving for one very simple reason, they all spoke from the heart. 

There is much importance attached to,and training for, public speaking and you can certainly improve your technique, but there is absolutely no substitute for saying what you mean and letting your true feelings show.  We were moved to tears and laughter by these people sharing their feelings and hopes for the bride and groom.

Like they say, “When you can fake sincerity, you’ve made it!”;in the meantime, why not take the huge risk of saying what you want and what you feel…?

I’d be interested to hear about your experiences of doing this kind of thing