The Joy of a Farewell Party Speech
Many believe in the appropriateness of the expression “first impression lasts” but many also agree on the equally important truth that anyone’s final presence can leave a lasting impression. People bidding farewell to family, friends, company or groups may stir varied emotions such as joy and gladness, pain or resentment. On occasions where a farewell party is thrown as sendoff for a leaving colleague or family, a farewell party speech is much anticipated and considered the highlight of the whole event. Thus, it is important that thoughts, words and content use in a farewell party speech is carefully chosen and should capture the speaker’s final thoughts.
The best farewell speech contains an organized and concise sequence of thoughts which may include experiences, insights, and valuable lessons gained while staying in the affiliated groups or company, organization or family. Giving a farewell party speech can also be an opportunity to give credit to people who were instrumental to one’s success, achievement or goal accomplishment. Giving credit to where it is due creates an impression of respect to both the speaker and to the acknowledged listener. What is unique in a farewell speech is its venue and timing; the speaker can impart what has not been said or what need to be stipulated during the speech. A speaker can pepper his or her farewell party speech with a lot of honest information about her/himself without being threatened of a pending audience evaluation. Audience level of tolerance is higher for those who just want to say goodbye.
A good farewell party speech should start with an intriguing introduction and end with a thought-inspiring conclusion. Introduction in a farewell party speech should provoke eagerness and sustain interest among the audience, holding their attention till the end of the speech. A dose of good humor is also appreciated, but the speaker should consider its appropriateness in relation to the tone of a farewell party speech and the sensitivity of the audience present.
The end message of a farewell party speech should reflect positive wishes you wanted to relay to your audience. Always leave a warm feeling of gratitude and appreciation among your audience. After all, it is an occasion for everyone to enjoy, and your adieu should not take the joy out of the party.