‘T HE FIRST thing you need to do is admit you need help,” says Steven Bailey — and he should know. Though his unsettling advice could be that of a psychiatrist, doctor or even a caterer, Steven is in fact a speechwriter and performance coach who has guided hundreds of lost and deluded souls to victory at their own simchahs.
“The common mistake is that everyone thinks they can write and deliver a speech that is a) entertaining; b) inclusive and c) audible, but they simply can’t,” advises Steven, who has seen confident orators fall at the final hurdle and walk away from the mic a crumpled mess.
And you have probably seen them too — or worse still, heard them as they’ve fumbled their way through interminable speeches that failed to include mentions of important people, suitable anecdotes or any repeatable jokes.
“It’s a minefield,” says Steven. “Relatives can be so unforgiving — and though the idea of being centre stage is thrilling, without a little coaching a host is