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What you say at a funeral, a wedding, when you introduce someone

“Due to a prior commitment” How To Use It

 How To Decline An Invitation One of the best ways to decline an invitation is to use a variation of “prior commitment” or “previous commitment” in your response. I personally prefer “Unfortunately I have a conflict.” These are some of … Continue reading

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How To Introduce A High-profile Speaker

How To Introduce A High-Profile Speaker Such As A Religious Leader Or Politician: An Example    By Gene Griessman, PhD Recently I was asked to introduce Ken Futch,  a Hall of Fame professional speaker. Afterward Futch told me it was … Continue reading

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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Apology Letter (or email) For Forgetting

What You Say If You Forget A Birthday Or Other Important Occasion I found an excellent sample letter in L.Sue Baugh’s Handbook for Practical Letter Writing. We have included it here, with some  modifications of my own. Here are words to … Continue reading

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Sample Graduation Letter or Note

What You Say In A Note Or Letter To Someone Who’s Graduating If you want to do it elegantly…. The sample letter below can be printed and sent on its own, or you can fold it within a pre-written card. … Continue reading

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Writing Personal Notes: Should They Be Hand-Written?

Is It A Good Idea To Hand-Write A Personal Note? If your penmanship is legible, do it. And if you’re artistic or if you can do calligraphy, by all means take the time to do it by hand. But if … Continue reading

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Beautiful Wedding Toast from The Prophet

A Beautiful Wedding Toast from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran Here’s an elegant toast that you can use. But a word of caution. The people at the wedding, and especially the bride and groom,  must meet at least one of … Continue reading

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Toasts:Here’s A Short Toast You Can Use

What You Say When You Make A Toast A toast should be witty and short. Here’s a toast from the movie “The Long Kiss Goodnight” that you can quickly learn and use the next time you need one. It is … Continue reading

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Humorous Wedding Toast by Chandler Travis

A “Wedding Warning” Recently I heard Chandler Travis and his Three-O at historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs (which, incidentally is one of my favorite places in the world). Reviewers say that Chandler can’t do anything with a straight face, … Continue reading

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Examples of Wedding Toasts

Wedding Toasts: By The Bride To Her Mother (Looking at the audience, say…) “I would like to propose a toast to my mother. (Looking directly at your mother, make eye contact, and say…)  “I am proud to call you mom. Thank … Continue reading

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