Public Speaking and the Holidays

The paid public speaking business is a notoriously seasonal one, with peaks in the spring and fall, and valleys in the winter and summer.  That means that the holidays are a great time for public speakers to catch up with themselves, refresh their messages (and slides if you use them) and make resolutions for better public speaking next year. 

Depending on the circles you travel in, you may be called upon to give one of those curious relics from former times, the after-dinner toast or short speech on a festive occasion.  In the Victorian age, the after-dinner toast was a serious test of a public person.  At the great dinner parties of the well to do and the politically connected, the heroes of the age, whether literary, political, or military, were expected to expound on a subject at astonishing length without notes. 

Charles Dickens, the most popular author of the age, was a master of these after-dinner speeches, and his secret was the Ancient Greek method of dividing his talk up into sections, and then remembering each section by mentally attaching it to a room in his house.  Then, as he spoke, he would take an imaginary tour of his abode, and cover the “heads” of his talk by finding them in one room after another.  He often spoke in this way for two hours or more.  Recall that the mother of the ancient muses was the uber-muse of memory; lengthy speeches were considered a good thing.  Her name was Mnemnosyne, she was a Titan, and she slept with Zeus for nine consecutive nights to produce the nine (lesser) muses. 

The Holidays are a time to celebrate the many joys of the season and to enjoy the company of those you cherish. In addition to my wonderful family, relatives and friends, I am grateful for my colleagues and clients and the many new connections that I’ve made this year through my blog.

So I’d like to say thank you to YOU, our wonderful readers, and give you the gift of our first “blog carnival.”  Below you will find thirteen blog posts by an outstanding group of public speakers. They have shared their thoughts, tips and musings on the theme of Public Speaking and The Holidays.

I offer my sincere thanks to our contributors for their participation and I look forward to making this blog carnival a continuing feature for you all to enjoy.

Nowadays, mercifully, we like much shorter speeches.  If called upon to give a toast or after-dinner speech, remember President Reagan’s excellent advice — keep it to less than 12 minutes, and shorter still if alcohol has been consumed.  Be positive, speak ill of no one, and sit down before your audience stands up to leave.  Happy holidays.

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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