June 2, 2011 10:06 AM Subscribe
I'm the best man at a wedding this weekend, and I have to give a toast.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Although it's an honor that my friend chose me as his number one, he keeps chiding me that he expects some grand 10 minute oration. I think he's only half-kidding. But I know from experience that I'm not good at public speaking. I can't speak extemporaneously, and reciting speeches off of paper is flat and awkward. I don't think I'm going to be able to deliver effective jokes, etc, even though that seems important. I don't even have anecdotes to tell that older people would understand.
Is there a way to do this that doesn't seem like I'm just blowing off the toast with a glib 30 second "cheers" because I'm lazy or don't care?