How to raise a toast

Written by on April 14, 2019

Raising a toast is a very formal etiquette. But it is also an art that needs skill to raise a toast properly. Today is the last day of three days Spring Conference 2019 of District 86 Toastmasters International. The essence is profound in my mind.  ‘Raise a toast’ is one of the item in  my basket of takeaways from this unforgettable conference.

I have noticed some amazing people raising toast. I’m very pleased to share their way of raising toast in this post.

Toast (Honor)

toast is a ritual in which a drink is taken as an expression of honor or goodwill. The term may be applied to the person or thing so honored … (source wikipedia)


Shanta Adams-  Raising a toast to the USA

(stand and raise my glass to eye level)

I would like to propose a toast to the USA as they are our neighbours to the south. I choose to focus on the positive. The annual Friendship Festival is on July 18-21. This international festival takes place every year in Mather Park in Fort Erie. It is a celebration to specifically promote the good relations between Canada and the USA since the end of the War of 1812.

There are thrills for all ages, activities, amusements, rides, caricature drawings, concerts and vendors. I am excited to finally be outside in the sun with my friendly USA neighbours. In true Canadian style we need to support and spend time with our American friends.

(Raise my glass above my head).

Please stand to join me in a toast to the USA – (pause) – raise your glass and repeat after me… “See you at the Friendship Festival”.

Shanta Adams,
Club President and Coach,
Toastmasters International.


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