Special Occasion Speeches

Special events present special speaking opportunities. This manual provides instruction in giving toasts, speaking in praise/giving a eulogy, “roasting” someone and presenting and accepting awards.

Part of the Advanced Communication Series.

Project Time Objectives
1. Mastering the Toast
2-3 minutes
  • Recognize the characteristics of a toast.
  • Present a toast honoring an occasion or a person.
2. Speaking in the Praise
5-7 minutes
  • Prepare a speech praising or honoring someone, either living or dead.
  • Address 5 areas concerning the individual and his/her accomplishments.
  • Include anecdotes illustrating points within the speech.
3. The Roast
3-5 minutes
  • 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.
4. Presenting an Award
3-4 minutes
  • Present an award with dignity and grace.
  • Acknowledge the contributions of the recipient.
5. Accepting an Award
5-7 minutes
  • Accept an award with dignity, grace and sincerity.
  • Acknowledge the presenting organization.

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