Public Speaking: 12 (free) tips for Christmas!

Until the boss pipes-up to speak and throw a wet blanket over the entire office party.

Quarterly updates, business progress reports and corporate ‘to do’ lists all have their time and place in the public speaking calendar.  Just not at the annual office party.

This is the time of year when otherwise thoughtful, empathetic and inspiring business leaders inadvertently become irrelevant and dull.  Or, potentially, even worse, they attempt to be hilariously funny, demonstrating a worrying lack of self-awareness.  Which is such a waste.  Because the office party provides a wonderful opportunity to give a speech that really does make a difference.  It can do so by conforming to our twelve very simple public speaking tips.

For those who prefer watching to reading, here they are in technicolour:

For the readers, here’s how to be relevant, clear and really pretty special at your office party:


Put your audience first: Tonight of all nights is the one to be generous.  You might be writing the speech on a cold Monday morning in early December, but you’ll give it at an event where your team are feeling upbeat and sociable.  Put yourself in their shoes and write something equally positive, charming and brief.

Key message: It’s hard to retain an audience’s attention ta the best of times.  Tonight is not the time for complex strategic thinking or detailed insights.  In our experience, you will be lucky if your team remember more than one thing about your speech the next day.  So make sure you decide what you want it to be.

Balance:  Too serious and you’ll be forgotten before you’ve finished your first minute.  Trying to be too funny and you risk them laughing at yu rather than with you.  It’s a very fine balance.  You need to know where you sit on that scale before you start writing.

Seamless:  Don’t allow yourself to be end up giving a list (be of awards, achievements or thank yous).  A great office party speech will link them all into what appears to be a seamless stream of consciousness.


Punch: It’s a party, so you need to sound even more punchy and energetic than normal.  So don’t write your speech in paragraphs.  Write it in short-sharp sound bites that link to create a narrative.  Ensure that you don’t waste  a word.

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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