Delivering a farewell speech for retirement is both a commitment and an honor. Giving a speech that bids your final moments with your colleagues at a retirement party are meant to be memorable. Read on these tips in delivering a retirement farewell speech.
- Set the time limit for your farewell speech. Note: the longer it is, the better.
- Always know the material to be highlighted in your farewell speech. Plan ahead in strategizing how you will deliver your speech at a retirement party. Think about what awaits your career in the future. Consider the people who are most likely to play a crucial role in developing your career (your family and friends). If possible, write the highlights of your farewell speech on a piece of paper.
- Rehearse your retirement farewell speech. Work on improvisations by rehearsing your speech in front of your family or a friend. Listen to their opinions, suggestions or comments regarding your content and delivery.
- Personalize your farewell speech. Make sure that your speech focuses on your personal career and get rid of “political” themes. Instead, focus on including stories of success throughout your career such as journeying up the ranks.
- Always familiarize yourself with the place where you’ll be delivering your farewell speech. Be familiar with the stages and steps regarding sound replacement and lighting. Spare yourself from glitches that might ruin your mood in delivering your retirement speech.
- Always know your audience. Focus on using ceremonial terms in giving your speech when the audience is “employee-based” or formal.
- Don’t be too emotional when delivering your speech. It’s alright to show some tears in between but you have to control your emotions so as not to appear like you’re “too dramatic” or even desperate.
- In putting your speech to a close, add some humor by cracking up a joke or sharing a funny quote in relation to your retirement. The use of good and sensible humor is an effective icebreaker for your speech.