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The art of the perfect toast

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to give a toast. Besides the fact that most of us hate public speaking, there’s a lot more about toasting that can make us nervous. What should go in a toast? How long should it be? How funny should you be? There’s a lot of questions. This Mental Floss article offers some seriously solid advice about toasting. For example, have you heard of the 3-2-1 rule? It’s a way of structuring your talk and balancing the different emotions you want to evoke:

Ideally, you’ll be funny, fast, and fervid. One formula is to start off by using the third person (“Here’s a funny story about Stacy….”). After that, segue to the first person (“I knew Stacy could do accomplish X when I first heard…”). To finish the toast, switch to the second person, speaking directly to the toastee. (“Stacy, you make everyone here proud…”).

Full story at Mental Floss.

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