How to Do a Farewell Speech

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How to Do a Farewell Speech
Public speaking can get easier with practice. Be prepared before giving a farewell speech for increased confidence. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can give farewell speeches for different occasions, usually when someone is leaving a hometown or retiring from a job. Some farewell speeches honour the person who is leaving; other times, the departing person gives the farewell speech himself. In either situation, the speech should be an emotional tribute and appreciative in tone. A good speech often begins with an interesting opener like a memorable quote or a joke. Practice your speech before you deliver it.

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    Start your speech with an introduction. Explain who you are in case someone doesn't know you, and state that you are giving your farewell.

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    Move to the body of your speech and add more details. Since it is a farewell speech, include what you have learnt while working at the company or attending the school.

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    Express your appreciation for the experience. Mention specific names of mentors, former bosses or other people that have taught you lessons.

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    Discuss your next challenge, if appropriate. For instance, if you are leaving to start a family, talk about how your experience has prepared you for your next chapter.

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    Add a story or anecdote about your time at the organisation. You can tell the story at the beginning to capture the audience's attention or conclude with the memory.

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    Provide encouraging words. Your farewell speech should stay positive and be inspirational to your former co-workers.

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    Write key parts of your speech on note cards in case you forget what you are saying. Practice reading your entire speech out loud a few times before you have to deliver it.

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