With families gathering for the holidays, you just might have to give a toast.Â And if you want to do it well, think FSP: Focus, Story, Passion.
Those are the three steps to a great toast.
FocusÂ :Â No one likes long rambling toasts. MakeÂ one pointÂ about the person that youâ€™re toasting.Â â€œI want to make a toast to our host, Jeffrey.Â Jeffrey is one of the most generous people I know.â€Â In this case the one point is that the person is generous.Â Thatâ€™s better than sayingÂ â€œJeffrey is generous, funny, and friendly.â€ Uh, that would be three points.
Story:Â Great toasts give a feel for the person being toasted with a simple story.Â â€œAbout a year ago, I went with Jeffrey to a Braves game and he had two extra tickets.Â He saw two teenagers who didnâ€™t look like they had any money.Â So Jeffrey just gave them the tickets.Â Not only that, he bought them hotdogs, sodas and popcorn.Â Thatâ€™s the kind of generous person he is.â€Â From there you simply raise your glass and say â€œSo hereâ€™s a toast to Jeffrey and his generosity.â€
Passion:Â The key to speaking well in any situation is speaking with intensity and passion.Â So many people get up in front of people and speak in a dull monotone.Â They sound like theyâ€™re reading the telephone book. Set yourself apart by practicing your toast several times and speaking with the same animation that you use when youâ€™re relaxed and speaking excitedly with a close friend.
So when the holiday spirit strikes and itâ€™s your turn to give a toast, think Focus, Stories, and Passion.Â Youâ€™ll knock â€˜em dead.