So the news has sunk in. You’re the best man, but all you can think about is the speech and how you’re going to get through it. You hate talking in public, you’re nervous and would gladly take a fall to get out of this awful duty.
Sounds bad, but probably true.
Apparently, 63% of best men say that the speech had a major impact on their enjoyment of the wedding. And they’d probably rather the ground swallow them up, than stand up and try to be funny. And that’s the thing, it’s not just the standing up and thanking people, it’s the fact that everyone at the wedding is expecting to be entertained by a professional comedian. Quick, where’s the toilet?
But… what if I could give you the ammunition to go out there and blow everyone away?
What if you had the confidence to actually enjoy this evil task?
Believe me, when you have the whole place laughing, and dying to hear more, you’ll wish you could stand up there all night long. It’s better than a drug, and you’ll be addicted.
So what do I do?
You’ll get a poem you can just read out from a piece of A4 — how easy would that be?
It’ll be funny, it’ll be heartfelt and, best of all, it won’t offend anyone that matters. And trust me, that matters.
Is it really that easy?
The hardest part for anyone will be the initial standing up. Just get up and give a brief introduction, thank the various bridesmaids, the mothers, the good folks who’ve travelled halfway round the world etc. and then just tell the audience you’re going to read out a poem. If you’re nervous during the initial introduction that’s great because the audience will warm to you. They want you to do well and, if you look scared, all they’ll want to do is help you. This is win-win.
You will have practised the poem a few times at home so you know just where to pause, and how to deliver it correctly (this is far easier than it sounds). Just speak clearly, and loud enough for everyone to hear, and knock ’em bandy!
I guarantee by the end of the first first verse they’ll be laughing, and you will love every minute of it.
So guys, get in touch. It’s one of those occasions you only get one shot at, so make it count!