It's the most important part of any event, but it's the one thing everyone procrastinates getting ready.
I have a great appreciation for public speaking and applaud those who master it. It's a skill I devoted time to learning because it didn't come naturally to me. Nerves, stage fright, even a hammering heart, are some of the hurdles I faced whenever presenting before a small crowd of ten, or a large auditorium of over 200 people. Even though I'm a classically-trained ballet dancer, and comfortable on stage, I wasn't used to speaking, let alone being heard. That petrified me.
After working with speechwriters, voice coaches and even singers, I see public speaking as an art. It's not something you do on a wing-and-a-prayer. It's tempting to think, I'll make a cool speech like the hosts did at last year's New Year's Eve party. Wrong. It's always better to be thoughtful than cool. The way I see it, a holiday toast requires the same tenacity and energy as cooking, decorating and gift wrapping. Because of that, I give myself loads of time to write and organize. It’s been a year. I have a lot to say.
I'm sharing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that's become commonplace. We hear his words, do the lip service, but miss the meaning because we're not listening. I ask you meditate on this passage before committing pen to paper (or thought-to-iPhone). It may change the intention and tenor of your toast, giving everyone a burst of positive energy as you ring in 2018.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Carole's 2018 Parisian Champagne Cocktail
- Champagne (I like Veuve Clicquot)
Pour a small amount of Chambord in an empty champagne glass. Add Veuve Clicquot.
Chambord is a sweet liquor. A little goes a long way and leaves behind a gorgeous shade of blush.
A toast to you—Wishing you a year full of joy, laughter and dance!
Jewels for a Bon Vivant Life