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Christmas Speech

 Most Christmas speeches are given at some kind of party or Christmas meal. Consequently when you give your Christmas speech expect your listeners to be very relaxed and in a fun mood. This may make them a little less likely to want to stand (or sit) and listen for a long time. Also be aware of  the fact that you might have been celebrating with an alcohollic drink as well. If possible wait until after you have given your speech to indulge!

If you're aware of the fact that they will have been drinking for quite some time before you speak, try to shorten your speech a little and make it very informal.

Giving a Christmas Toast

You might not want to give a full speech whether it be short or long but you may wish to raise a glass and give a toast. Although giving a toast usually feels as though it is a spontaneous action, in truth, you need to have thought about it at least a little in advance. Finding the correct quote or thought for the day is important. The toast should include everyone present and everyone should have a drink of some description. 

Sound confident and don't rush. A toast can be very short or longer and the important thing is that people can hear you. If you need help with this aspect, have a look here

What will your Christmas speech be about?

Your Christmas speech might be looking forward to Christmas Day and the holiday ahead, it might be looking back at the year, it might be very religious and want to remind people of the religious reason for Christmas and the good will involved, it might be about the importance of family or it may be more commercial talking about presents and spending.

You may want to prepare a speech before hand and if so I would suggest you make a few headings on a piece of paper to remind you of what you want to say. If the speech is in a more formal setting I would suggest you write the whole speech out and possibly read it. People would rather listen to a well thought out speech that is easy to listen to and to understand being read from a sheet than the muddled ramblings of someone who thought they could speak 'off the cuff'. Speakers who appear to do this effortlessly are usually experienced speakers who know what they want to say from memory because they have said it so many times!

Make sure you leave plently of pauses between each new thought so that the listeners get a chance to take in what you've said. It's better to give a short christmas speech with adequate pauses than to give a longer speech full of more information but spoken so quickly that no one has a chance to understand it.

If you think you do speak too quickly or too quietly have a look at my page that helps you slow down for tips and help on giving any speech. The most important things to remember are to open your mouth so that the sound can get out, pause at the end of a sentence and make eye contact with the listeners. If you are reading from notes don't be ashamed of them, don't try to hide them.

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Christmas Reading in Church

If you have to read in church this Christmas and would like some tips specifically for reading in Church please read my Bible Reading Page Whether you're Bible reading, reading from a Prayer book or doing any other religious reading - it will require the same skills as reading aloud any other good literature.

Although I talk about Bible Reading, these same rules apply to any religious reading from any religion anywhere in the world.

Christmas School Play

If your child has been chosen to perform in a school play this Christmas and you want to give them a bit of extra help have a look at this page where you will find lots of tips about practicing for a play.

Speak clearly and confidently
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How to speak clearly and confidently will demonstrate to you how to speak so that you have more confidence in your voice and are more easily understood when talking to people at work, school, making presentations or public speaking. This is an hour and a half course that you can dip into continually and forever because the information I teach in this course will never go out of date - it will always be an essential part of communicating. It is only 1 hour 30 mins  long because I have been teaching this since 1994 and I know what you need to know - we get straight to the point so as not to waste your valuable time. The course also includes as a download my 31 page ebook about speaking well and goes into the topics in the course in a little bit more detail.


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What people say about my courses

'Recommend to all speakers of the English Language who wish to improve or correct their pronunciation. The Teacher has a great way of explaining concepts and the reasons why a pronunciation should be correctly pronounced in a certain way. I like the tutor's way of teaching,which is a traditional style,that has substance and clarity. Video and Audio quality is very good.' - Shaun, Aug 2018

'I had a mumbling issue which led me to go to a speech therapist and pay £100 per session, after losing £200 and still not having a solution, I came across this course and I had quickly found the solution to my problem. Over and above that, I got a lot more out of this course, more than anything a real enlightenment as to how I speak, how that comes across and how I can improve my speech to get better outcomes out of conversations and speeches. Thank you Serena.' Reuben, Aug 2018