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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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