5 Stars for The Wedding Speech Handbook by Michael J McMahon

However much or little experience you have, this book has something to teach you

I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest opinion. I’ll be frank: I didn’t expect to learn much. How wrong I was! Many years ago, when I began my sales career with IBM, I attended a course on public speaking given by a “resting” actor. Since then, in forty years of selling, I’ve spoken to large and small gatherings in many countries. I’ve been complimented from time to time on what people described as very professional performances. I thought I knew everything there was to know. Nevertheless, when this book was offered to me just before my daughter’s marriage, I decided it would be a good idea to see what Michael J McMahon had to say on this very specific branch of speaking. When I read it, I ripped up the speech I had planned to give and wrote another, following McMahon’s advice. The speech was received with laughter and applause. My takeaway: It doesn’t matter whether you have no experience of speaking in public or you’ve been doing it for years – there’s something here that you can learn from. If you’re going to speak in any capacity at a wedding, buy this book, read it thoroughly and do what the author tells you.

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