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Types of Speeches: The Farewell Speech

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


Farewell speeches are given when someone retires, graduates or moves on to another phase of their career. These are ceremonial speeches given by people who had an impact on what they are leaving behind. They are often emotionally charged because leaving can be bittersweet.

Sometimes the person who is leaving gives the farewell speech … sometimes it is someone else, saying good bye. Regardless of which role you will be playing in giving a parting speech, these tips should help you develop something that honors the situation.
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Types of Speeches: The After Dinner Talk

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


The gathering has had a great time. They’ve celebrated some occasion together with a good meal. And now, they are expected to listen to you give a speech!

An after-dinner talk can be tough. Your audience is sated, which could also mean sleepy. They might want to get up from the table and network, flirt or just go home. So your audience is probably not as supportive of you as they might have been at another time. How do you engage them and make them feel the time spent listening to you was worth it?

Tips for developing an effective after dinner talk

Make your speech a dessert.
Your presentation should be story-based and humorous. You story should be relatable and entertaining. Keep things light and sweet like a parfait.

Keep to the overall theme.
Your presentation should align perfectly with the occasion. If the gathering celebrates a successful season of basketball, then your story should relate to basketball or sports in some way.
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Types of Speeches: Accepting an Award

accepting an awardIf you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


If you do a good job in anything and everything you do, chances are that at some point, someone is going to present you with an award. Did you know there is an effective way to accept that award with grace and professionalism? In today’s post, I’m going to share with you some tips on how to do just that!

Tips for effectively accepting an award

Practice your acceptance speech
If you are in the running to receive and award or know that you will be presented with one, write an acceptance speech in advance and practice it until you know it cold. This will help relieve any nervous feelings you have going up to receive it, as well as active the Law of Attraction to make it happen!
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Types of Speeches: Presenting an Award

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


At some point in your life, you’ll probably have the opportunity to formally reward someone for a job well done. When you do this in front of others it increases the perceived value of the honor. When presenting an honor or award, you need to accomplish two things:

1. Highlight the award
Make sure that the recipient, as well as the audience understand the importance of the award. What does it stand for? How does someone earn it? What are the traditions associated with this honor?

2. Highlight how the person earned the award
Now that you’ve built up the award, you need to build up the person receiving it. What did this person do to deserve the award? How did they meet the criteria better than anyone else who was up for the award?

There are ways to make this sort of presentation more effective.
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Types of Speeches: The Interpretive Reading

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


When I was competing in speech in high school and didn’t make it to final rounds (yes, it happened on occasion), I would always sit in on the finals of the dramatic reading. There was this one young man who competed with his interpretation of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. He was amazing. I saw him perform this several times and it was always entertaining.

When done well, an interpretive reading can be as entertaining as any skit, play or musical performance. In fact, you can often catch a version of the interpretive reading on PBS … they periodically air “concert” versions of musicals. No costumes, no acting … just the performers reading and singing their lines standing in front of a conductor stand and microphone.

If you are a fiction author or poet, mastering this type of speech can really help you sell more of your work. If, when you do live readings, you can dramatize your selection and make it entertaining beyond the words, you will engage the audience and inspire them to open their pocket books to buy a copy of their own.

Even if you are not an author, it is possible that you may be asked to do an interpretive reading of someone else’s work. In fact, most interpretive readings are just that … interpreting a story, essay, speech or other work written by someone else.
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Types of Speeches: The Eulogy

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is a eulogy?
A eulogy is a speech of praise for someone who has just died. It is often given at a funeral or memorial service for the deceased. More often than not, the person who gives the eulogy is a sibling or close friend.

Tips for a moving eulogy

Highlight important moments
A eulogy can include a condensed history of the deceased. Chose moments in that person’s history that show how they became the person they were and their personal moments of greatness.

Share your memories
Don’t be afraid to share your personal experiences with the deceased. It is through our actions with others that we illustrate who we are. How this person interacted with you shows the audience the kind of person he or she was.

Share favorites
People are often remembered by the things that they loved most. For example, at my father’s celebration of life, my cousin shared my Dad’s favorite joke. If the deceased had a favorite poem, song, quote or other thing you can read and share, do it. This helps the audience remember the good times with that person.
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