"I didn't require any notes for my speech and received nothing but praise"
I must confess that when I got home after our session last week my family were less than supportive about adopting your approach, believing I would still require notes for my speech. On the day I obviously felt nervous, but once I got on stage everything went well. The room was totally silent (the guests were probably stunned), they seemed interested, I didn't require any notes and I received nothing but praise - even the Channel 5 presenter said I was a natural. Thanks again for your time last week, you really did save me from doing a dreadful written speech.