- Never use the word housekeeping in your speech. There are other, better ways of telling people where the loos are or what they can do with their wine.
- Coordinate speeches. Three different overviews of the show is fine. Having them even remotely consistent is better.
- Coordinate speakers. Don't have three overviews of the show.
- Never make a joke about how long you've been talking. This is the only thing people will remember.
- Rehearse. Then rehearse again. Getting the name of the exhibition correct shouldn't be too much to ask.
- List all the messages you want to get across, then eleminate all but the top three.
- If it's your first speech at an institution, show that you have a vision for that institution. This is the only chance you'll get.
- Thank your staff - they're not doing this for the money - and your sponsors, who are.
- Be brief. Over half your guests are really only there for the wine.
- Think takeaways. Your audience will take away one thing from your 4 minutes of fame - if you're lucky. Be brave and make that one thing matter.
- Make love to the mike. It's just like Karaoke...
26 November 2007
Tips for speakers at gallery openings
at 4:00 pm