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Speech! Speech!

imageWith two days left until my sister’s wedding, she called me up and asked me to, “Give a speech.  It’s not a big deal.  Just talk for a minute or whatever.”  But it is a big deal because I love her.  Also, I’m still that crazy student who wants to do an awesome job so she stays up late the day the assignment is given, writing and perfecting it.  This means it’s done waaaaaay too early, but there’s time for it to rest so I can go back and check/change/perfect it some more.

Not so in last-minute-speech-writing-hell.

I thought I’d been looked over since I’m already singing “Ave Maria” at the ceremony (practiced that at least–totally going to nail it!) To be honest, I could give a decent off-the-cuff speech, but I can’t have the best man outdoing me!  I’ve seen maids/matrons of honor give awesome speeches, and their words are always heartfelt–just right for the couple.  So here I go, reminiscing, writing, and hopefully kicking best man butt!  Wish me luck.

P.S. What speech-giving experiences are tumbling in your dusty closet??  Show your bones below!

Michelle Joyce Bond

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30 thoughts on “Speech! Speech!

      1. Mere mention of childhood should get everyone giggling
        The odd habits, the funny photos,
        strange cravings, innocent games,
        first kiss, PE miss
        Stuff is there, just share 🙂

      2. You are most welcome, if Michelle won’t do the killer speech who would…, just keep it simple, no big words 🙂 felicitations are in order, looking forward to see some photos of you in a dress 🙂

  1. I have spent hours pouring over the perfect words and then, at the last minute, tossed it and just spoke from the heart…always seems to turn out great when I do that. Impromptu.

      1. Unfortunately, when I try to memorize something word for word, I screw something up, so all that beautiful stuff I wrote on paper just gets tossed to the wind.

  2. I had to give a speech at both my siblings weddings. I was Maid of Honor for my sister’s wedding and I gave the speech to welcome my sister-in-law to the family. For my MoH speech I used a quote I found on the internet and it turned out that there were guests who had heard it before during a speech at another wedding. I was embarrassed…even though it was only a quote.

    For my brother’s wedding though…I decided to wing it and it turned out much better than I expected.

    You will be fine.

  3. You definitely have my respect. I am terrible at giving speeches & Ave Maria makes me cry.
    I have a little social anxiety so speaking in front of large group, tends to send me into a nervous, shaking mess.
    If it’s a small group of people I know, I might be okay. Room full of strangers, though? I’ll look just like your drawing.

  4. I have never spoken at a social gathering. I have spoken in connection with work, but soon gave up planning what I was going to say since I could never stick to it.
    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do well.

  5. Good luck with both the speech and the singing! You’re a multi-talented woman. And congrats to your sister on her upcoming wedding!

    On an unrelated note, last week, I discovered that many blogs had been unfollowed FOR me, not BY me. After I saw your ‘like’ on my recent post, I paused and thought, “Hmm, I haven’t seen a post from her for a while.” Sure enough, I pull up your blog and see WP unfollowed you for me. Not cool, WP, not cool. I wonder how many others there are that I still don’t know about. Sigh.

  6. I wrote a MoH speech in fifteen minutes during one of my best friend’s wedding receptions since we weren’t sure if her father would be able to speak! Still managed to make the bride shed a tear. ^_^ Hope yours went well!

    1. That’s amazing! I suppose some of the best writing people do is under pressure and in the moment. I’m glad your speech went well, and I’m happy to say that mine did, too. I made everyone laugh more than once and, though my sister never cries in public, she was beaming. 🙂

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