Toasting Special Occasions
Toasting a colleague's promotion not only recognizes her achievements; it also shows you aren't threatened by her success. Steve Deyo, a motivational speaker and the author of The Art of the Toast: Milestones and Memories, suggests organizing your thoughts around a theme, such as this quote from historian David McCullough: "Real success is finding your life's work in the work that you love." Deyo says that, ideally, "every toast should contain humor―it keeps the audience from falling asleep and helps relieve your jitters." But don't strain for humor if that's not your style.