Special Occasion Speeches

1 – Mastering the Toast
Time: 2 – 3 minutes

Objectives:

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

2 – Speaking in Praise
Time: 5 – 7 minutes

Objectives:

  • 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.

3 – The Roast
Time: 3 – 5 minutes

Objectives:

  • 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
Time: 3 – 4 minutes

Objectives:

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

5 – Accepting an Award
Time: 5 – 7 minutes

Objectives:

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