Friday, 17 September 2010

How to deliver an award-winning speech in 10 easy steps

Sorry, did I say award 'winning'?

My mistake.

I meant award 'giving'.

Just a subtle difference.



I am speaking, of course, of presenting the award for the Funniest Blog at the MADs, the extravaganza that everyone is talking about, which took place last Monday at Butlins in Bognor Regis. I'll try not to delay this post with all the details of just how amazing and wonderful Butlins is because I already did that last year at the launch of the Ocean Hotel. And if you're still sniggering at the thought of me singing Butlins' praises, then click HERE and read my post. I guarantee you'll be sniggering no more.

Anyhooo, this post is not about Butlins, as great as it is, or about Sally Whittle, organiser of the MADs, as great as she is, but about me, as great as I am.


So without further ado, I hereby present you with my guide to preparing, writing and delivering THE presentation speech.

  1. Agree three months in advance to present the award.
  2. Think nothing more of it.
  3. Be told, one month in advance that you will need to deliver a speech as well as the award.
  4. Mildly panic, laugh nervously and then think nothing more of it.
  5. With two days to go decide that you're going to ad-lib, free-flow, wing it and of course, be a resounding success.
  6. With one day to go decide that it might be a better idea to at least jot down some notes.
  7. With 12 hours to go, majorly panic, write a speech long enough for ten award ceremonies and go and make a cup of tea while you work out which bits to edit out.
  8. With six hours to go, contact professional speech-writing friend who asks you to e-mail speech over.
  9. With five-and-a-half hours to go, have said speech completely ripped to pieces with comments such as 'it's dull, flat and completely un-funny'.
  10. With four hours to go, google a few parenting jokes, pack your Mum's red dress and hope for the best.

So there you go. And it all seemed so effortless at the time didn't it? Who knew?

Thank you to everyone who laughed at my jokes. Your cheques are in the post.

And of course, a huge congratulations to Slightly South of Sanity who actually won the award, rather than just presented it, meaning that she is much funnier than me and you ought to check out her blog rather than mine.

Until next time x


  1. A quite remarkable return to form!
    Welcome back - hope you're staying!

  2. I admire you for doing it! Having spoken on live radio recently I know how sick you feel in case you make a complete fool of yourself!

  3. Your speach was fab, one of the best of the evening. Well done on doing a great job.

  4. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    For the record (what record?) I'm a number 5 kind of person. That's worked pretty well for me. But, perhaps, having worked for a decade in radio, I have a slightly different skill set.

  5. Your speech was great and it was lovely to meet you again x

  6. Your speach was nothing less than I have come to expect from you, it was a joy to meet you in the flesh and I can not wait to do it all again!

  7. Sounds fun!

    Just read your last post re laughter...needed to read something like that today. I don't know what's been getting you down but whatever it is I am glad you are feeling brigther. x

  8. Hi hon - bet it was wonderful, you're reliably one of the funniest bloggers around. I'm trying to improve my dreadful record of visiting and blogging so v pleased to see a backlog to catch up on!

  9. I'm sorry I missed it!

    It sounds like my preparations for almost everything. Apart from having a professional speech-writer as a friend I can call upon. Still, the panic and 'winging it' is very familiar!

  10. The last and only time I had to deliver a speech (in high school) I called in sick. So there you go. You're a way better at speeches than I am. Glad to see you back here. I've kind of given up on my blog (tales from da motherhood) and have started a photoblog. Posting photos seems more doable for me but I still love visiting my favourite bloggers.