How to Format a Birthday Speech

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How to Format a Birthday Speech
Prepare a birthday speech that's short and sweet. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

It's your birthday, and a big affair is being thrown in your honour. You'll have family, friends and colleagues all in attendance to salute you to another year of good cheer and merriment. You've got your birthday outfit, you're excited about the party and now you have to come up with a speech. You need something short and sweet to address your guests at your party as a way to thank them for coming out. Prepare a birthday speech so you remember all the high points you want to mention but don't ramble on.

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  1. 1

    Say thank you. Thank all of your guests for attending and those who put together your birthday soirée. Compliment something about the event such as the delicious food, amazing location or the great entertainment.

  2. 2

    Acknowledge guests who are in attendance. Point out a special guest or two who have surprised you by attending such as a friend from overseas or an old business colleague you haven't seen in years. Insert a phrase or two about who they are and why you're happy they are in attendance.

  3. 3

    Make mention of something else. Talk about something else unique that you've observed. Make a funny joke if you have a quick wit and will be able to point out something on the spot like how your favourite food was prepared or how you almost didn't show up because you were going to the movies instead.

  4. 4

    Express how you feel. Give your heartfelt emotions about celebrating your birthday and how you feel from the bottom of your heart. Perhaps you experienced something tragic that everyone knows about and you're lucky to be alive, or you feel so special to be surrounded by so many people at one time.

  5. 5

    Mention your goals for the future. Tell your guests what you'll be doing as a snapshot of the year to come. Perhaps you're going on a trip, adopting a pet or working on a new project. Let your guests know what they can expect from you.

  6. 6

    Leave a lasting comment. Thank your guests one last time and ask them to enjoy themselves and have a good time. Tell them you look forward to sharing many more.

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