The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - The Speech -

‘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

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