The word "dear" in public speech?
I am a member of a Toastmaster club in the Czech republic where people work on their public speaking skills. It is a usual to open a speech by > Dear fellow Toastmasters, dear guests,... It is a direct, word-by-word translation of a typical opening in Czech. A friend who is a native English speaker noticed that word *Dear* should be used only in letters, in written form. It should not be used for the opening of a speech, but one should rather use: > Ladies and gentlemen,... What are the rules for an opening of a speech? Is "dear guests" in a speech English or Czenglish?