The term elevator speech is taken from the concept that if you meet someone in a lift and they asked “what do you do?” You could answer quickly and succinctly before one of you got out?
Wedding reception speeches have a reputation for being, painful. Painful to write, painful to deliver and worse still painful to listen to. Sure there are the nice sweet ones, the quick ones and even the unmemorable ones (depending on how much you have had to drink) but the ones that people remember are generally one of two things.
While researching on issues around job interviews for applicants and the ways they could reduce nerves and anxiety I came across endless similarities in public speaking and some great new hints and tricks. In many ways, you need to undertake the same preparation for a job interview as a presentation and you can use the same tools. Preparation for both will reduce nerves. Simplified they are: