Don’t Drink and Dribble

The Office Christmas Party Speech – (Don’t Drink and Dribble)

It’s that time of year again when the office Christmas Parties are in every building and event space in town. And we all know that along with the fun, the glass (or 5) of bubbly and the inappropriate festive behaviour of some of our colleagues we have to listen to, or even worse, give the end of year motivational, thankyou speech.

Here are some tips to nail your Christmas speech and ensure you don’t bore your staff, embarrass yourself or end up in the staff newsletter for all the wrong reasons.


  1. Don’t drink and dribble. Leave the alcohol until after the speech. Drinking one glass too many can loosen your inhibitions and focus. What may have seemed completely inappropriate to discuss at work hours before may now seem amusing to share with the entire organisation after a drink or two.
  2. Prepare in advance, don’t wing it. Even if you are not quite sure you will be called upon, still plan in advance so it seems impromptu but you can deliver it confidently and with clarity.
  3. Have a clear message to share with your team or audience. If it’s to thank them for their year of commitment and hard work, have some specific examples to draw upon.
  4. Keep it light. Everyone is in the mood to celebrate. Not the right time to talk about all the recent redundancies. Add some light festive cheer.
  5. Share a story. A feel-good or funny workplace story with people, places and events that they will all relate to or remember works a treat to get everyone reminiscing.
  6. “My boss’s end of year speech was too short” said no-one ever!alcohol-1694953__340

So, in summary your ‘Christmas Chat’ should be short, sharp, light, funny with a dose of feel good emotion.


You hear the cheer and the round of applause. Now go and find that eggnog, you’ve earnt it


Paula Smith – Chief of Business and Learning at GITP  is an expert in Presentation Intelligence™

Speaker (CEP, CSP), Author, Master Trainer and Business consultant helps experts and organisations grow their business and their brands by harnessing the power if speaking and Presentation Intelligence


Our Brillustration event rocked

There was a buzz in the air on Wednesday night at our November professional development event.cathcing-up-with-friends

Attenees  were greeted with a glass of bubby on arrival as they made their way to a live cocktail BBQ in the courtyard at The George. The weather was perfect and chatter prior to the event said it all. “This is a welcoming community”.

Karen demonstrated an introduction to Brillustration (TM) and why vision is so important when learning. Our members then took their coloured pens and gave it a go.  Lots of laughs, creativity and learning.

Perth Lawyer Stirling Owen then shared many things we need to consider when creating Intellectual Property, designing our training programmes and working with clients to ensure we protect ourselves.

We could have gone on all night with the many questions being fired at Stirling. He did a brilliant job trying to answering all of them.

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Wow!!!! What a night. We are still buzzing.

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Last night we launched GITP with an amazing evening Powered by Pecha Kucha and attended by nearly 200 Trainers, Presenters, CEO’s HR Managers, Coaches, Professional Speakers, Business Owners friends and family.

They were inspired and impressed with our outstanding Speakers and the Pecha Kucha Journeys presented. A huge thank you to:

Troy Hendrickson, Tanya Finnie, Michael McLeod, Cindy Kennedy, Jason Paizes and Sherene Strahan for taking up the PechaKucha challenge and being truly amazing.

Along with our speaking stars, attendees were presented with the GITP Promise and Vision.

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Our signature programmes, upcoming professional development events and industry initiatrives were also shared and received with delight.

Day one on a brand new journey.

We look forward to working with you in the future.

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