Maybe you’re the Don Juan of public speaking. More likely you’re not. Few are. Either way, you’re giving that speech. Use this.
Step 1: Introduce yourself and explain your relationship to the party.
Step 2: Thank the parents (or whoever’s hosting).
Step 3: Break out some schtick to lighten up the room (“If you don’t know me … count your blessings”; “Out of all my friends, Mike is the only one … who’s getting married today”).
Step 4: Compliment the bride. It’s her day. Let her know you know that.
Step 5: Bust the groom’s chops a bit. Don’t bust his chops with a story about a lady who’s not the bride.
Step 6: Tell a story about how this day came to be. The phrase “That’s when I knew …” is cliché but effective.
Step 7: Thank the happy couple for the honor of attending and being the best man.
Step 8: Wish ‘em well.
Step 9: Raise a glass and ask everyone to join you.