Ethan Rotman

Giving thanks: Your toast for the holiday meal

In Delivery, Organization on November 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

It is a gift when you are able to stand and deliver warm, heartfelt words at a gathering of friends of and family. To speak in a manner that makes makes those around you, smile, press against their spouses, hug their kids, and laugh. Maybe you will even bring out a happy tear or two.

As you prepare for your holiday, whether it is at home or elsewhere, take time to reflect on your family and friends, and why you love them. Look around for all the wonderful blessings around you. Think about the holiday and put those thoughts into a short outline.

  • Keep it to three points or less.
  • Practice saying it.
  • Speak slowly and look around the room as you talk allowing your gaze to meet the eyes of each person at your table.
  • Keep it light, keep it postive, and focus on the beauty and abundance around you.

You will amaze your family and friends will a heartfelt toast at dinner Thursday.

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  1. That is really lovely, Ethan. I have been a guest of someone whos heartfelt welcome to the table and gracious toast were a natural part of her hospitality.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • Thank you Theresa.

      A well delivered toast adds to flavor and feeling of the meal. Spending a few minutes to gather one’s thoughts, to put it together in a cohesive manner makes sure all that needs to be said is included.

      We often feel it is best to just “wing” these types of talks – but a bit of planning does add to the meal. It is very nice gift for the host who has spent considerable time and money preparing the meal.

      Happy holidays to you and your family.

  2. I especially like this blog, since it deals with getting in touch with our feelings, not just with the mechanics of making effective presentations. Theres’ nothing quite as wonderful as a speaker who is so in touch with his/her own feelings that s/he puts the audience in touch with theirs as well.

  3. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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