Public Speaking Tips for the office Christmas party

The office Christmas party can be a dreaded time for employers for many reasons, one of them being that they may have to give a speech and are afraid they will do it wrong. But don’t worry, with our public speaking tips, you will be able to prepare a great speech for your Christmas office party.

Of course how you approach the speech will depend on the nature of your work and the culture of your particular business so feel free to take these tips on board and make sure you adapt to your particular case. Try not to overanalyse prior to public speaking, as this will most likely make you more nervous.

  1. Get your public speaking experience off to a good start

Your speech will most likely take place at the start of your party. It’s a great way to welcome everyone and set the tone for the rest of the evening. Try to include everyone and remember that although this is a work event, it is also supposed to be fun. Try to keep it short and let everyone know you will not be long, so you don’t lose your colleagues’ interest.

  1. Reflecting on the past year

If you have something you need or want to say, you may do so but try not to be controversial. It’s a good time to reflect on the past year without going too much into detail. While public speaking, keep everything light-hearted and simple and feel free to use humour if you feel comfortable doing so. Include everyone by using some shared history so no one feels left out and highlight the team effort.

  1. Wrap it up

If you have employees that have recently joined, the end of the speech can be a good time to formally welcome them. There’s no need to make a long and detailed speech. Everyone is probably looking forward to enjoying the rest of the night. Wrap up your speech by inviting them to do so and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our final advice would be to keep a clear head for your speech – make sure to wait after you’ve done your bit to officially join the party! Public speaking doesn’t have to be daunting, just take your time and enjoy it.

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