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Acceptance Speech

Acceptance Speech

This section provides some easy, effective techniques with helpful hints and tips on writing an Acceptance speech - a vehicle designed to deliver an expression of gratitude for an award. Read on to make this task as easy as possible...

What exactly is an Acceptance Speech? Definition
Let's start be considering exactly what is an Acceptance speech. Definition: An Acceptance speech is written to provide an expression of gratitude for some form of award. An award is a symbol signifying approval or distinction or an honor or reward which has been given on the basis of merit, for excellence in a specific field. Courtesy requires that sometimes an acceptance speech is necessary in response to such an honor. Easier said than done! You will need to sound grateful but not condescending, modest but not retiring and humble and not arrogant.

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The Main Elements to Writing a Acceptance Speech
The main elements to writing a successful and effective acceptance speech are to convey a sense of gratitude and respect for the award that has been given:

  • Brevity - Don't bore your audience and remember the quotes by Lord Reading "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!" and Franklin D. Roosevelt "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."

  • Gratitude - Thank the organisation who gave the award and speak highly of the competition, the people you out-performed

  • Share the Praise - Mention the people who supported you

The Structure and Outline of a Acceptance Speech
What is a good structure, outline or good guidelines to writing an Acceptance speech?

  • Your Opener - the opening, ice-breaker or attention grabber

  • The thank you - Thank the organisation who gave the award

  • The Competition - speak well of the competition, the people you out-performed

  • Share the Glory - Mention the people who supported you

  • Conclusion - Try to end with a memorable punch line

Famous Examples of Acceptance Speeches
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Acceptance Speech - Tips and Hints on Writing and Giving Speeches
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