Retirement closes one aspect of life but offers a new adventure for the next phase. Consider the retirement speech as closure, but not an ending. The occasion brings mixed emotions from friends and loved ones, but remains a celebration of passing.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Think how you want the speech to flow and the kind of mood. Include a few jokes in good taste, but mostly offer sincerity in your words for the years and friendships that developed.
Make a list comparing differences between the time of hiring and retirement. Focus on the big picture noting changes you witnessed: growth, products and people.
Write personal accomplishments gained from your service including promotions, awards and charitable or civic events sponsored by the workplace.
Consider people who made a positive impact on your working years and single them out for kind remarks. Perhaps it was a co-worker, staff member, someone in supervision, outside family and friends and especially those in attendance.
Note retirement goals, trips, new living location, charitable or faith participation involving you and include family or others involved with the plans.
Prepare a short closing, thanking those who came and anyone who helped prepare the occasion for celebrating your retirement party.
Tips and warnings
- Allow five to seven minutes for delivery.
- Keep the contents positive.
- Avoid bringing up embarrassing situations or issues involving the workplace or workers.