Weddings and Speeches

Wedding speech
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If there is one thing that I don’t enjoy doing in front of a bunch of people is speeches. I am not one of those types of people that loves to be the centre of attention.

I have blogged in the past about my anxiety of speaking in front of others, and how I overcame it(or so I think…). Many years ago, I stood in front of a group of 10 or so students in one of my criminology classes and tried to do a presentation about capital punishment. I had a panic attack within a couple of sentences, and had to restart. By the time I was done, I was sweating, shaking and completely humiliated.

This was a red flag for me that I needed to address my in-ability to speak in front of others.

I decided to sign up at the local radio station as a DJ. It worked.

One of the things that I realize is that I do a lot better speaking in groups where there is interaction. People asking me questions, or me asking questions, and people answering. A whole lot different that doing a one way spoken word ramble.

I don’t have a wedding speech prepared, and I am still a bit uncertain whether I should write one, or wing it? Or, do I like many famous actors at the Oscars, just pull out a small piece of paper with notes?

Have any of you had to do a wedding speech before? How did you do? Was it your first? Did you throw up? lol.

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4 Replies to “Weddings and Speeches”

    1. I had two shows. The Jolly Canuck Nooner, which was my 100% Canadian Content show. I hated that the government forced me to play 30% Canadian music on my other show, so I decided, fuck it, I’ll just play 100% Canadian. That’ll show ’em.
      The next one was the main show I had with my friend Dave. It was called Auditory Mayhem. We couldn’t decide on a theme of music to play all the time, so we would just play anything. Classical music, Punk, Country, Pop. Each show was different. It was fun!

    1. I think I have a tape of one episode we recorded when we had a one man play on the radio. I listened to it once, and probably said um 50 times…

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