Short Speeches, Big Impact

Non-Fiction - Self Help
159 Pages
Reviewed on 05/18/2022
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact by Eddie Rice guides readers on what might be the biggest social minefield of all: the public toast. Naturally, Rice addresses the most widely known toast and how to do it well for the bride and groom who have entrusted you with this honor at their wedding, but the real gems are the guidance provided for the toasts that few consider. He also steps beyond meaningful toasts and walks us through actual speech territory. Broken down into two distinct and interconnected parts, we are first taught about the process of writing toasts, from the terror of being asked in the first place through to the week before the big day. Part two starts with advice on the toast's delivery and then moves into speeches, complete with examples and solid tips.

It has been at least 25 years since the last time I stood in front of a mirror with my hairbrush as a microphone and graciously accepted the Grammy award for a song I could never sing because I cannot and never have been able to sing. However, it's only been four months since I was a maid of honor and, I have to tell you, I would have been much better prepared and delivered a far more impressive toast had Eddie Rice's book Toast entered my world beforehand. The book is written in a straightforward manner that is both easy to understand and encouraging. For me, the most helpful for future toasts is definitely the list of prompts that come up during the brainstorming phase, and the templates Rice provides that follow. The information is also well directed for the modern reader and gives wonderfully helpful suggestions such as watching YouTube toasts and speeches, which I had never considered. Overall, this is an exceptional book that is insightful, helpful, and very highly recommended.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact by Eddie Rice is a creative yet formulaic hybrid of steps to choose from when creating a toast for any and all occasions. Events pop up in our lives, great and small and every other size in between, and Eddie Rice’s Toast has something in this book for everyone. Retirement to promotion, birthdays to bat mitzvahs, and celebrations to weddings. The examples that he uses are packed with emotion, humor, and life lessons. You will not be able to stop yourself from laughing or tearing up as you read the speeches and toasts in this book.

Eddie Rice’s Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact is a lifeline to be reached for in those moments when you know you are required to say something. And for most of us, public speaking is not the easiest thing in the world to manage. It instills fear, the sweats, and sometimes just the thought of it will cause us to trip over the words coming out of our mouths. Toast encourages us to take the time to get comfortable with what we want to say so that we can make an impact on that special day, we can show the people we love how much they mean to us and give them the respect that they are due. It is the extra help we need that wasn’t available to us until now. Reading Eddie Rice’s Toast will give any event the quality speeches that they truly deserve. It’s a must-read.

Anelynde Smit

Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact by Eddie Rice is an excellent book on the topic of public speaking. From brainstorming to editing and rehearsal, this guide takes you through all the steps to writing and delivering a perfect speech. This book covers all major events you might speak at like birthdays, retirements, and weddings. He uses a unique method. His seven-day guide to writing the perfect speech is both clever and comprehensive. He takes you step by step through the process of writing a speech, from facing your fears right through to the delivery. This book is for anyone who wants to know more about public speaking as well as people who want to hone their skills. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the fine art of public speaking.

Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact by Eddie Rice is an exceptional example of how to do public speaking right. This book will also come in handy for students who have to do speech contests. His guide to writing the perfect speech is a brilliant example of how to do it right. His examples are also handy to work with. He talks about the art of using storytelling and humor in a speech, and how to do a speech even if you don’t know the person or don’t like them. This is a wonderful book for people interested in learning how to deliver the best speeches. His examples of wedding speeches, retirement, and even maid of honor speeches are a well-designed tool to help anyone with writing the perfect speech. Highly recommended.

Pikasho Deka

Do you ever have difficulty speaking in front of your colleagues in the office or giving a toast at a wedding? Do you feel dread because of your fear of public speaking? If the answers are yes, grab a copy of Toast by Eddie Rice. With professional speechwriting as his forte, Rice has built a seven-day brainstorming system and, through this book, intends to negate the fear of public speaking amongst readers and help them deliver engaging, humorous, and meaningful speeches and toasts in their professional as well as personal lives. Divided into two parts, the first half introduces readers to the structure of speeches and delves deep into what makes an interesting speech. In the latter half, Rice cites examples of various kinds of speeches and toasts and showcases what makes them tick.

From giving a best man speech to commemorating a momentous event, author Eddie Rice tackles every possible form of public speaking, giving readers valuable input on how to improve upon their own toasts and speeches. Rice has a keen eye for detail as the contents of the book are meticulously crafted and laid out in a way that is accessible and easily understandable to readers. Whether you're preparing a toast to honor another person, honoring yourself, or honoring an event, Rice offers encouraging advice on how to open, use humor, and incorporate personal anecdotes to color your speech and make it entertaining and meaningful to your audience. If you're about to speak publicly, Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact is a must-read for you.

Astrid Iustulin

Do you have to toast your best friend's wedding but not know where to start? Or do you have to give the retirement speech for your boss but are afraid of not being up to the task? Or are you the lucky person who received an award but do not have a clue on how to speak in public? Whatever the occasion for which you have to propose a toast, Toast: Short Speeches, Big Impact by Eddie Rice is the book that advises and guides you through the drafting, memorization, and delivery of the perfect speech. In addition, it will also offer you many valuable examples from which to draw inspiration so that you can honor the person and honor the event in the best possible way.

Speaking in public is a concern for many people, myself included. However, from this moment on, I am sure that I will have an edge when I have to make a toast, thanks to Eddie Rice's wise guidance. I did not think a book dedicated to this topic existed, so I am grateful and happy to have found Toast. This book really helps anyone who wants to overcome the difficulty of proposing a toast because it gives you excellent ideas on how to get ready and advises you on which mistakes to avoid so as not to make a bad impression. Sooner or later, we will all have to make a toast, so I think this book is an indispensable item on everyone's desk. It will be on mine for sure.