When giving a speech at an anniversary party you need to capture the attention of those in the audience. The most well-written speech in the world will not mean much if you cannot get the audience interested. One of the best ways to draw an audience into your speech is through the use of quotes and jokes in the introduction.
It sounds pretty simple, but if you can get a laugh or pique their interest with a fascinating quote then they will be more likely to listen to your entire speech. Of course, choosing the right quote or joke is important, so below is some advice.
Carefully Selected Jokes
It is always a good idea to infuse some humor into a wedding anniversary speech. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to include jokes, but that is one option. A mistake that some speech givers make when using jokes is that they choose a joke that is funny but that does not really have anything to do with the couple or the event be celebrated.
When writing a speech, you want each part of the speech to flow together seamlessly. That includes the joke. To find a joke that will work, look for one that is about love, marriage or commitment. The joke does not have to be about anniversaries in particular, but there should be a way to tie it into the rest of your speech.
Another common joke related mistake is that some choose jokes that are insulting or controversial. Never include a joke that could offend the audience. Never choose a joke that is insulting or too risqué for the audience.
By including carefully selected jokes you will be able to draw the audience in rather than alienating them at the beginning of your speech.
Where to Find Quotes
The use of quotes is another way to quickly grab the interest of the audience. For example, a speech could begin like this:
“Eva Gabor once said that love is a game that two can play and both win. Clearly John and Mary are both winners today as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.”
By using an interesting quote from a famous person, the audience becomes interested in the speaker. Of course, the rest of the speech must also be well-written and skillfully delivered, but it is the opening line that often makes or breaks a speech.
There are many places to find quotes that are appropriate for the introduction to a wedding anniversary speech. You can search the internet, scour books or even take the quote directly from the couple. One man was asked to give a speech at his grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. This is how he introduced the speech:
“A wise man once said that all the love in the world won’t keep a marriage together if there is not a sense of commitment. Grandpa, I’ll never forget when you said that to me, and I pray for the same deep commitment to my own family that you have always had for yours.”
Whether you choose to use jokes, quotes or both in the introduction to your wedding anniversary speech; be sure to choose carefully so that your words will have the desired effect.
See also Wedding Anniversary Quotes.