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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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