Tips For Toasters: Practice and Preparation
Practice is always important. If you’ve practiced your speech a few times, you won’t stumble trying to remember what to say next.
If you have trouble remembering what you’ll say, write an outline. Just a few words written on an index card will suffice. That is a simple method to keep yourself on track, and you can still sound natural when you make the toast.
Writing out a speech can be helpful, but nobody writes the same way they speak. Read the speech out loud to see if it sounds correct. Avoid the temptation to read the speech. Public reading is not the same as public speaking, and the toast won’t sound natural.