Best Man's Wedding Speech - Made To Fit You Perfectly
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Best Man's Wedding Speech - Made To Fit You Perfectly

Exercises & Tips Designed to Craft the Perfect Best Man Speech to Suit You.
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Last updated 7/2016
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Includes:
  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Show your individuality - this is why you were asked to speak!
  • Appear less nervous and so relax your audience
  • Structure a great wedding speech
  • Delight your audience and the newlyweds
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Requirements
  • You will need some means of recording yourself. This can be audio or video via your phone, tablet, computer, camera or old style dictaphone!
Description

Who better to guide you when making a Best Man / Wedding speech than Lynn Ferguson! Lynn has many years of stand-up comedy under her belt. She wrote jokes for The Late Late Show and consulted on Pixar's Brave.. She's also been Best "Man" at many weddings of course! She co-founded YouTellYours to help everyone to tell their stories authentically.

Most people don’t make speeches and then when they do, it’s on this massively important occasion. For many people doing a best man/woman speech, this may be the first speech they’ve ever done.

But even people who talk for a living can find wedding speeches daunting, because the stakes are so high. It's a once in a lifetime occasion. A load of planning has gone into this day and the people you care most about are depending on you.

It's also tricky because everybody seems to have a different idea of what the Best Man's speech has to be. It has to be funny enough. It has to be a little bit emotional. It can’t be too rude! And there are a whole host of things you must not mention and a whole host of things you must cover.

And whilst you’re remembering all the things you must and must not say.. and trying to be funny enough, emotional enough and respectful enough.. you also have to sound natural.

OK, so that’s where this course can help. This course is a series of lessons designed to help you craft the perfect wedding speech to suit you. Think of it as a kind of made to measure suit.

This course consists mostly of spoken exercises. That's because doing a speech at a wedding is by its very nature more of a spoken task than a written one. Though, we’ll cover how to find your written content too.




You’ll need some form of recording equipment - a cell phone would do. And somewhere to make notes. If you're a paper  person, some paper, and if you're more comfortable with a keyboard, open up a file on your computer.




Aside from that, all that's needed is you. A best man speech is both an honor and a wonderful experience. So let's construct that speech for you. One that is funny enough, emotional enough and respectful enough.. and all delivered so that you also sound completely natural and authentic.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you've been asked to speak at a wedding then this course is for you.
  • Even if you're a professional speaker or standup comedian, it's unlikely that you're often speaking at weddings. Wedding speeches contain elements of admin, intimacy, comedy and storytelling in an important public family event. So there's very little in our day to day lives that will completely prepare us for this type of performance.
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Start Here
3 Lectures 06:19

So why are wedding speeches a terrifying prospect? Well because most people don’t  go about making speeches regularly and then when they do, it’s on a massively important occasion. For many people doing a best man/woman speech may be the first speech they’ve ever done. 

But even people who do talk loudly for a living – I’m looking at you teachers – can find wedding speeches daunting because the stakes are high. It's a once in a lifetime occasion. A load of planning has gone into this day and the people you care most about are depending on you.

Its also tricky because everybody seems to have a different idea of what they speech has to be. It has to be funny enough, and it has to be a little bit emotional and it can’t be too rude and there a whole host of things you must absolutely not mention and a whole host of things you must do.

And when you’re remembering all the things you must and must not say and trying to be funny enough, emotional enough and respectful enough, you also have to sound natural.

OK so that’s where this course can help. This course is a series of lessons designed to help you craft the perfect best man speech to suit you. Think of it like a kind of made to measure suit.

Most of this class is structured in spoken exercises because doing a speech at a wedding is by its very nature more of a spoken task than a written one.

Though obviously we’ll cover how to find your written content too.

Practically , you’ll need some form of recording equipment  - a cell phone would do. And somewhere to make notes - if you're a paper person, some paper and if you're more of a typer, open up a file on your computer.

Aside from that all that's needed is you. A best man speech really is a wonderful thing to be asked to do.  So lets construct that speech for you  that is funny enough, emotional enough and respectful enough, and where you also sound completely natural.

Preview 02:39

A fast facts session of things you definitely need to know about a best man speech.


Preview 02:07

There are so many different types of weddings and different styles, different politics, different religions. How do you work out what kind of speech your happy couple really want.? Well you have a clue. You.


Preview 01:33
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Exercise 1
6 Lectures 13:35

So, lets start with the first exercise to help find out your speech tone.

Exercise 1 - Who Are You?
01:15

Exercise 1 Examples
04:43

Just a reminder to get set up to record...

Name Exercise - Get Ready
00:11

Handy 2 minute timer for the exercise. 

2 Minute timer video
02:15

Good job. Look at you, now you’ve made your first completely impromptu 2 minute speech. What’s brilliant is that a wedding speech is really ideally about 5 minutes so you’re pretty much already there.

This lesson draws out the lessons from the exercise and helps you listen back with context and rose-tinted spectacles.


There's A Time To Add Some Rose Tint
01:50

Alright, In the exercise..  How did you sound? Were you happy? Were you miserable? 

In this lesson we help put the Best man's speech into context and give some examples of how to sound happier, more vibrant and confident.

How it sounds
03:21
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Building Your Speech
3 Lectures 05:51

Fast facts for the structure of your speech.

Fast facts of the structure of your speech
00:42

In this lesson we cover in detail how to introduce yourself and lead into your speech / story. 

Starting 1 2 3
03:45

Yes, it's time to get ready to start telling your Best Man stories. A Best Man's speech is a spoken word activity, so there's no need to start writing...

Time To Tell A Story
01:24
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Exercise 2 - Repeat Till Amazing
5 Lectures 08:30

So in this lesson we’re going to have a timed exercise. We give you example topics to work from and you can use your own if you have a story you want to try our first.

And this is the time to find the problems. Get tongue tied or lost now really is no big shake. Just learn from the mistake and re-start again. 

Exercise 2: Tell A Story (Repeatable Exercise)
01:22

A reminder list of the main Best Man speech topics.

Exercise 2 - Topics
00:26

A 3 minute video timer to help you time your story.

Preview 03:11

When you tell your story, often you'll naturally have lots you wanted to say and may well now want to cut out a bunch of the details - keeping the core of what's important to the story. 

This lesson covers what to look for when listening to your story and strategies for the blockages that can appear. Like what to do if you don't like your story, or it doesn't sound that way you want, or you don't know what story to tell. 


Listen For Success
01:11

Are we there yet? Nearly? In this lesson we talk about how to polish / refine your story and how to solve any snags or doubts about the story you're telling. 

Second Rule Of Good Comedy (Repetition)
02:20
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Wrapping It Up With A Bow
3 Lectures 05:43

Ok so now you've got your introduction sorted and your two to three minute story and we’re rounding up the speech and heading into the toast. So how do you transition from the story to the toast? Find out here.

Are We There Yet?
02:27

There's one last very important thing to be done!  Don't forget to do this, it will make all the difference...

Before You Head Off, Have You Got Everything?
02:02

You know how we told you what we were going to tell you, then we told you exactly that? 

Well now we're telling you what we told you and wishing you and your newlyweds all the best!!

Lynn xox



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About the Instructor
Lynn Ferguson
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Lynn Ferguson is an award winning writer-performer.

Lynn Ferguson is an award winning writer-performer and a recognized force in the world of comedy.

As a regular storyteller for The Moth, she can frequently be heard on their weekly show broadcast on 200+ affiliate radio stations throughout the country. She often hosts The Moth’s live main stage events at venues such as Club Nokia (LA), The Egg (Albany), or the State Theatre (Portland Maine), as well as small prestigious events such as the World Science Festival at the Players Theatre in New York and fundraising for Bono’s World Aids charity, (RED).

In the UK, aside from being the voice of a plasticine chicken in the Movie Chicken Run, Lynn appeared regularly on TV and BBC Radio 4, writing and starring in three series of her own sitcom as well as creating several critically acclaimed afternoon plays.

She has performed in numerous Edinburgh Fringe Festivals where she garnered multiple award nominations, winning the prestigious Fringe First Award for writing and the Stage Award for Acting Excellence.

Since relocating to the US in 2008, Lynn worked as a staff writer for the CBS Peabody Award winning Late Late Show and as a script consultant for Pixar on the Academy Award Winning movie Brave. Recently, she was invited to join the judging panel for the International Emmys and to host their Comedy Panel in New York.

Lynn’s weekly video podcast 20 Minutes Till Pickup can always be found on the TodayThis YouTube Affiliated Channel.

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