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Chapter 22. Entertaining Speeches > Cutting the Ribbon: Dedicating an Imposing ... - Pg. 189

Entertaining Speeches 189 Above all, don't steal the spotlight. You don't need to fill up the toast with funny stories about you and the groom fishing and playing baseball as kids, and how it has affected your life. The focus shouldn't be on you. Encores and Exits It is traditional to clink glasses after the toast has been proposed and before taking a drink. This tradition is rooted in earliest human history: Older cultures made a noise, such as the ringing of a bell or the clinking of a glass, to frighten away evil spirits. Toasts can be sealed with a sip of champagne, wine, a mixed drink, or non- alcoholic punch, but never with tea, coffee, or water. Whatever the beverage chosen, it should be served to the bride first, then the groom, then the maid of honor, then parents, and lastly the best man. Cutting the Ribbon: Dedicating an Imposing Edifice Here, your function is to pull together a community. The people who are part of the ceremony are there to reaffirm their commitment to the community and to help preserve the community's most important values. As a result, emotional appeals and efforts to increase the audience's identification with the speaker win out over the use of logic. To ensure a good speech, appeal to the interests and values that you