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Retirement Speech

The Retirement Speech

This section provides some easy, effective techniques with helpful hints and tips on writing a Retirement speech - a vehicle designed to deliver an expression of esteem, to show thanks or respect to a person who is leaving their full time, permanent business or occupation.

Read on to make this task as easy as possible...

What exactly is a Retirement Speech? Definition
Let's start be considering exactly what is a Retirement speech. Definition:

A Retirement speech is written to extend congratulations at reaching the special milestone at the end of a person's career.

To provide interesting and useful information an expression of esteem, to show thanks or respect to the person  who is retiring.

These occasions are generally informal but it is always helpful to plan what you are going to say in advance so that the content of your speech is not just left to chance, or just a couple of words like "Happy Retirement, Fred!".

This type of speech should also be short and fun - remember to try to inject some humor!

There are various techniques to help complete this type of task and we would also recommend that you check out our free, fast and concise PowerPoint-style presentations on:

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The Main Elements to Writing a Retirement Speech
The main elements to writing a successful and effective Retirement speech are to convey a sense of admiration and respect for the subject :

  • Conveying accomplishments, admiration and respect - Your objective is to ensure that the person has been appreciated and will be missed by everyone

  • Memories and Anecdotes - Funny personal stories to make everyone smile

  • Salutation - Encouraging everyone to wish the person well and say Happy Retirement

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

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

  • The thank you - Thank everyone for attending and mention those who made the arrangements

  • Accomplishments - Make it clear what the subject has accomplished and the difference that the subject has made to others

  • The Anecdotes - Amusing stories about the person

  • Conclusion - Try to end with a memorable punch line or amusing Retirement quote

  • Salutation - End with "Happy Retirement!"

Famous Quotes to include in a Retirement Speech
The following quotes are from a selection about Retirement - they might inspire you!

  • "The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off!" Quote by Abe Lemons

  • "When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch." Quote by R.C. Sherriff

  • "When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income." Quote by Chi Chi Rodriguez

  • "A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job." Quote by Ella Harris

  • "Retirement: World's longest coffee break." Quote by Author Unknown

  • "The challenge of retirement is how to spend time without spending money." ~Author Unknown

  • "When you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you." by Gene Perret

  • "Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money." ~Jonathan Clements

Retirement Speech - Tips and Hints on Writing and Giving Speeches
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