Online Public Speaking

Training & Practice

Introduction to the Best Man speech

When it comes to giving a best man speech, lots of guys wing it. Trouble is, winging it doesn’t always work out so well. Saying “um” and “congrats” won’t get the job done, especially in a room full of well dressed people who expect more.  So don’t be THAT GUY.

Instead, be the guy who makes people laugh, makes people cry, and helps people recognize how important the moment really is. The guy who people come up to for the rest of the night – or for the rest of his life - and say “great speech, man”.

Since YOU are going to be the best man, you might as well know where the term comes from. It’s a little known fact that once upon a time it wasn’t uncommon to literally steal a bride from her family or from another man, run off and marry her. Of course, this was risky, and people were often displeased, to say the least. Therefore, the – quotation fingers - “best man” for the job was someone you could trust to help protect you in the mission, including being an armed guard on the altar.

Lucky for you you probably don’t need to help the groom grab the bride in the middle of the night or fight off angry father-in-laws with a sword or a pitchfork. These days it’s more about ceremony and celebration. To honor the occasion, and the friend who gave you this opportunity, you should prepare in a few key ways which we’ll explore.

We’ll be talking about things like choosing the right words and ideas for your speech, choosing a tone, connecting with your audience, and practicing until you’re comfortable and you’ve got it down. When you do all of that, your words will make the occasion that much more memorable in all the RIGHT ways.

To follow is a series of text and video modules that will cover each aspect of giving a great speech. They’re not long but they’re powerful and they’ll have you on the right track in no time.

By the way, if you’ve got any anxiety about giving a speech, don’t sweat it-- we’ve got you covered. We offer tons of information on dealing with public speaking anxiety, and the really good news is by the time you take all the other steps you might not need it anyway.

Ready? Let’s get to work.