Special Occasion Speeches

SPECIAL OCCASION SPEECHES

1. MASTERING THE TOAST

Recognize the characteristics of a toast.
Present a toast honoring an occasion or a person.

Time: Two to three minutes.

2. SPEAKING IN PRAISE

Prepare a speech praising or honoring someone, either living or dead.
Address five areas concerning the individual and his/her accomplishments.
Include anecdotes illustrating points within the speech.

Time: Five to seven minutes.

3. THE ROAST

Poke fun at a particular individual in a good-natured way.
Adapt and personalize humorous material from other sources.
Deliver jokes and humorous stories effectively.

Time: Three to five minutes.

4. PRESENTING AN AWARD

Present an award with dignity and grace.
Acknowledge the contributions of the recipient.

Time: Three to four minutes.

5. ACCEPTING AN AWARD

Accept an award with dignity, grace and sincerity.
Acknowledge the presenting organization.

Time: Five to seven minutes.