Welcome Speeches: Do's & Not to Don'ts

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Example of a Welcome Speech....5

Welcome speeches should be brief and honest. Get tips on other do's and don'ts when giving a welcome speech from a communications expert in this free public speaking video.

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Hey, we are talking about welcoming speeches, and now that you've got an outline of what it is you want to say, let me just give you a few tips. There's really no set time limit on how long a welcome speech should be, but I can use this word: brief. Two to three minutes, same as an introduction speech. Don't go on and on five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten minutes. That's not what it's about. Keep it brief, hit those highlights that we talked about, and that's all you have to do. Something else that's real important--be honest. Now, I guess what I mean by be honest is know your information and tell the truth. Now, maybe you sincerely don't want this person to be in your town, but that's not what I mean by being honest. I mean know your facts. Honestly present the information about the company or the person and a sincerity should be there about how excited you are that they have come to your town or your organization. Okay, another thing, don't gush about them. No matter how fabulous they are, if you go on and on and on about their fabulousness, it will make them uncomfortable. And again, they'll never be able to meet that expectation that you have set out in your gushing, so don't gush. Basically what this is, is kind of like an informative, tiny little informative speech of introduction. Just compress the informative, hit the highlights, and you're good to go. That's what you want to do in a welcome speech.

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