As Japan becomes more internationalized, more Japanese will be called on to
give toasts, or comments, or to speak at a dinner, celebration, ceremony,
seminar, or conference. People who are most effective in speaking on such
occasions are most likely to become group leaders.
public speaking and learning to give toasts, make suitable comments, or tell
appropriate short stories may be an essential part of leadership
You may be asked to speak or give a toast or comment “on
the spot” without a chance to prepare. An experienced speaker can do this
easily, but it's hard for a beginner. If you're suddenly called on to “say a few
words,” do just that - say only a few words. Stand up, speak up, and shut up!
Say something suitable for the occasion.
You may be humorous, you may tell
a suitable short story, you may relate a suitable experience, or you may just
make a simple, sincere statement. You might say, “It's a pleasure to be here and
to meet so many wonderful people. I hope you're enjoying yourselves as much as I
am. I wish you all the best of luck.”
Some people carry one or two
speeches they can use for almost any occasion, or perhaps one or two speeches
they can use for special occasions.
This website gives some toasts,
comments, and short stories Japanese English learners might use for various
speaking occasions. It also explains what is given and comments on when it mighｔ