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.
Tips for developing an awesome farewell speech
Who is your audience?
Who will be listening to your speech? Are they your colleagues? friends? family members? Keep in mind your audience and you develop the tone of your speech. For one audience there will be more sentiment, for another more humor, and for yet another more solemnity. Choose the right tone for your listeners.
Time it right
Different venues and situations call for different lengths of goodbye speeches. Find out in advance how much time you have been allotted.
Personalize the presentation
Include quotes, anecdotes and interesting stories in your farewell speech. This is the time to illustrate why you are sad to go but happily looking forward, as well.
Create a central message or theme
A core message for your farewell speech will help tie everything together and make it easier to develop the content of your presentation. This message can be a summation of the impact the person leaving has made or a parting inspiration for those who are left behind.
Be sure to express appreciation for the time spent at the place being left. If you are the one leaving, be thankful for your time there. If someone else is leaving, be grateful for the time they spent with you. This person made an impact, or a farewell speech wouldn’t be in order.
It is especially important for a farewell speech to be given in a relaxed, humanly authentic manner. Don’t read the speech. Don’t be stuffy. Be genuine and natural.
Resources for developing an awesome farewell speech
- Farewell Speech: Checklists and 20 Farewell Speech Topics
- How to give a leaving speech
- How To Write A Farewell Speech by Jennie Amit Gandhi
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Here are the previous posts in this “Type of Speeches” series: