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12 Days of Public Speaking Christmas


OrnamentEarlier this month, I was the master of ceremonies for a corporate holiday party. Rather than randomly selecting tables to take their turn at the buffet, I asked for twelve volunteers (maximum one per table). Each of them sang one of the Twelve Days (a version customized for the company), and thus earned their table an early visit to the buffet. It worked out even better than I had hoped.

Inspired by the success of that activity, I offer you the Twelve Days of Public Speaking Christmas.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the presentation gave to me:

  • Twelve figures of speech;
  • Eleven poignant phrases;
  • Ten timely gestures;
  • Nine meaningful quotes;
  • Eight laughs from humor;
  • Seven smooth transitions;
  • Six “um”-free minutes;
  • Five metaphors;
  • Four simple ideas;
  • Three major points;
  • Two stories told; and
  • A message in the speech!

This worked out very well at a Toastmaster event where we sang the “On the twelfth day of Christmas, Toastmasters gave to me…

Try out this song idea at your next Christmas event!

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Comments icon4 Comments

  1. Kia says:

    That’s interesting..
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2008!

  2. This is a FANTASTIC way to get the point across by changing ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’! I loved it – it’s this kind of thinking and originality that will make your company party memorable. My hat’s off to you for this one!

  3. Patricia Cotton says:

    You are so creative and I love the 12 days of public speaking Christmas! Thank you and I am sure to use it next year but I will find ways to use it before that long-in-the-gfture time!

    I hope your holidays were awesome and blessed and your 2011 will be your best year every!

    Warm regards,

    Patricia Cotton

  4. Ann Hill says:

    Thank you, Andrew. I’ll be borrowing this as a creative beginning to the new ear for our Table Topics. Our club, Broads & Beaus, are known for our fun, creative table topic sessions.

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