Make Innovation Formal…

Like everything in business (and indeed life), if tasks, duties and projects whether they be a once-off or on-going, do not get formal treatment, they will not happen. What do I mean by formal treatment? By formal treatment I mean, we set a day, time and duration to discuss what is involved, what needs to happen and the resources, people and money needed to complete the specific item. Tasks and duties can be daily meetings, weekly meetings, monthly meetings and / or quarterly / annual meetings that are on-going ‘set-in-stone’ activities that have become part of our daily work life. Or they can be project-like, where the task / duty has a specific goal and has a specific start date and end date that could have a short or long time duration.

The tasks and duties are the things we must do to stay in business i.e. they are the Maintenance Tasks (for those of you who have studied Time Management Skills). The projects are what we call the Progress Tasks (in Time Management) and are nice to do, will help us and the business develop, enhance and grow. If they were not done, it might not cause the business to cease trading or go about of business.

When it comes to innovation and re-innovating how we do things in the business; how we can change customer mind-set; how we can increase customer foot-fall; how we can increase turnover and how we can make our business be a destination of choice by people, we have to think of innovation as a Maintenance Task. It has to be treated with formality and given a set time, set day at least once per month.

Staff are always innovating and changing how they and the business do business, but they do not see it as a key part of their job, it is informal. It probably is not part of their job description. You as a business leader in your organisation or as part of a team, have to treat innovation as a task, duty, and / or project. Give it formality, give it a life-form, give it a department name, give it a leader to run and manage it and tangible benefits will follow...guaranteed...

Need, Learn & Do…

We all know and realise that communication and the ability to speak to, persuade and influence people is paramount in a career, especially when you have career ambitions. If you are self-employed, communication is your number one business survival tool. If you are one of those people and feel that your competency(s) in communication is (are) lacking, that you have a passion, an interest, a task that needs people to make it happen or to know about it; then you have a NEED to develop communication skills that will deliver on your expectations and goals.

Realising a need to improve, enhance and develop your communication skills is a major realisation, as most of us feel our skills in this area are ‘fine’, that we never have to use them much in our job and if we had to, we’d manage and get by. If you have any doubt about this, then there is a need for you to upskill in your communication skills.

How do you go about upskilling in communication skills? You LEARN!

Research courses and find and identify the best based on recommendations, accreditations and cost. Research and read books aimed at communication skills improvement and development. Attend and join speaking clubs (e.g. Toastmasters). Through these methods, you will learn ways, techniques and skills on how to help you enhance and become a better communicator.

How do you become a great communicator? You DO! That is you speak in front of people. You have to practice the learning in the real world. That is you speak at work, to your team, to your work colleagues, to your bosses / managers. You offer to speak at seminars, events (business and social).

By doing, you are using the learning, getting feedback and developing / learning more from it.

You want to be a great speaker; you need to be a great speaker, you’d like to be a great speaker? Whether it is a want, need or like, become competent in public speaking, and confidence and results will follow…

Wedding Experts…

We are now well into the season of wedding fairs, events, showcases, in fact they are probably coming to an end as when the main wedding season begins now, the wedding fairs cease. Did you attend many of these fairs, events and showcases? Many of them that you attended were hosted at hotels who were seeking your custom i.e. choose us as your ideal, perfect wedding venue. Did you learn anything from the service providers who displayed their goods and wares to you? Will you use any of the tips and recommendations that were shared with you on your wedding day? Will they make your day more memorable and enjoyable for you and your wedding guests?

When taking on board advice, guidance and recommendations from people who say and believe themselves to be experts in their field, do give them some of your time and attention. If they are a long time doing what they do, give them that bit more respect and attention.

Ask open-ended questions, seek their guidance through their past experiences and make notes on their marketing / advertising materials. These people know that weddings are big business and they want a piece of it i.e. your hard-earned income.

Before investing in their products or services, you really need to ask them the following questions:

  • Are they the expert in the field
  • How long are they in business
  • Have they success stories or displays to show their specialism
  • Do I really need their product or service
  • What will they add or bring to my / our wedding
  • Will it bring the ‘wow’ factor
  • Will our wedding guests notice the investment
  • Will they comment on it
  • Will they remember it
  • And most importantly, will you remember it…?

Do listen to the experts; they are in business, so they must be doing something right. Make sure whatever they do, that it is right from you…

Should I Use My Native Language in My Wedding Speech??

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Most Irish wedding speeches are delivered in the English language as most of the audience expect it to be and most of them anyway will probably speak or understand it.
For people who are fluent Irish speakers, it would be suggested that you do deliver part of your speech in Irish. This can be done at the start of the speech, at the end of the speech or throughout the speech. It is important that what you say is said in English too either word for word or in a different way, as your guests can feel left out if they do not understand what you are saying / have said.

For people not born in Ireland and who are getting married in Ireland where English is not their first language, it is expected that most of the speech could be delivered in their native tongue, though not all of it. One would have to make an attempt at delivering part of the speech or saying a few words in the English language.

If you are wondering what to say in the Irish language or in your native tongue, consider wedding blessings, wedding poems and opening and closing your speech in Irish.

Your wedding guests always appreciate people speaking in their native tongue, once they know what they are saying or that it is translated for them.

Finally, if some of your main wedding party and guests are from a particular part of the world, welcoming them in their native language or saying a few words during your speech would make them feel really at home.

Whatever language(s) you use during your wedding speech, cover everything that your specific speech is supposed to cover, prepare well, practice, look forward to it and don’t forget to smile!

Before, During or After…


When should we give the speeches at our wedding, before, during or after the meal? Let’s investigate the best option!

Before the meal


  • All speakers can enjoy the meal
  • The speeches will be over and done with
  • They maybe shorter than normal
  • The Bestman will be have their speech out of the way
  • The Bride and the Mother of the Bride worries will be over

  • The management of the hotel may have to pay staff, waitresses and waiters more money
  • The Chef and his kitchen staff will be under pressure to manage the food quality as they will not know the duration of the speeches
  • Wedding guests will be hungry and may not give the speeches the attention they deserve with empty stomachs
  • What will the guests do to allow their meal digest?
  • What ‘transitions’ from the meal to the post-reception celebrations?

During the meal


  • Can deliver one to two speeches between each meal course
  • Wedding guests will give more attention to the speeches as they will have been served food
  • Will add variety to the meal
  • As waitresses and waiters clear the table and guests are waiting for their next course to be served, a speech or two could be delivered
  • Some speakers will have their speech completed and can enjoy the rest of their meal

  • The management of the hotel may have to pay staff, waitresses and waiters more money
  • The Chef and his kitchen staff will be under pressure to manage the food quality as they will not know the duration of each speech between meal courses
  • Will make for a longer meal duration
  • Speakers may not enjoy the complete meal as they wait to be called to speak
  • Guests may not be able to hear the speeches clearly as waitresses and waiters clear tables after each course and serve the next course

After the meal


  • It is the norm that any speeches that need to be delivered are delivered after a meal at any celebratory event
  • Wedding guests will be fully attentive to the speeches as they will have had their full meal
  • The hotel can better management their staff as when the meal has been completely served, most of the waitresses waiters can finish
  • The Chef and their staff can better manage the food as they will have a more accurate time when to serve the food and can plan accordingly
  • Better quality could possibly be delivered

  • Speakers may not have enjoyed the meal as much as they should have in the knowledge that they have yet to deliver their speech
  • Nerves for the speakers have more time to develop
  • Wedding guests may want to leave immediately after the meal, but can’t as the speeches are an important part of the wedding occasion
  • Too many speeches at the one time if they are long speeches could become difficult to listen to
  • Wedding may be anxious to get to the bar...!

Best option, probably After!

Whenever you decide to deliver your wedding speeches, prepare and deliver them is a once-off, it will never happen again.