Feeling nervous about giving one of your first farewell speeches? No need to worry! In a study conducted by the Texas Christian University, delivering
farewell speeches creates a strong connection with your feelings – and that’s normal. Either you’re at a retirement, school or office event, giving farewell speeches are advantageous in winning over the people who knows the real you.
Here are few important tips in writing farewell speeches.
- Always write your introduction that contains your acknowledgement for the person who introduced you. Include message of greetings to people as well.
- Limit the body of your farewell speech to 3–6 minutes. You can use a more relaxed tone for your speeches but including too many jargons are a big no
- Include in your speeches body the people who became supportive throughout your career. You can also include some friends who contributed to your work’s success. If there are many people whom you wish to include in your farewell speeches, it’s better if you’ll give a statement like, “I wish I could thank each of you but there are too many to mention so…”
- Provide a catchy conclusion in your speech.
When delivering farewell speeches meanwhile, here are four tips to read on.
- Always practice your farewell speech. If for instances that you have trouble in pronouncing some words, replace them with something that you can pronounce properly. Note: use your thesaurus.
- Check your farewell speeches. Make sure that it’s not boring and mediocre to your audience.
- Get rid of mannerisms. Avoid any unnecessary gestures or facial expressions. If for instances that you accidentally coughed while giving your speech, say “Excuse me” or “I’m sorry” to your audience and continue speaking.
- Make sure that your delivery will not go beyond its standard time limit (approximately 3– 5 minutes).