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Birthday Speech

Birthday Speech

This section provides some easy, effective techniques with helpful hints and tips on writing a Birthday speech - a vehicle designed to deliver congratulations on reaching a special birthday such as 21st or 60th etc.

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

What exactly is a Birthday Speech? Definition

Let's start be considering exactly what is a Birthday speech. Definition:

A Birthday speech is written to extend congratulations at reaching a special milestone.

 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 Birthday, Fred!".

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

Writing a Speech

Giving a Speech

The Main Elements to Writing a Birthday Speech
The main elements to writing a successful and effective Birthday speech are to convey a sense of humor to the occasion and contribute some personal anecdotes about the person:

  • Brevity - Less than 3 minutes. 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."

  • The Family - Mention those closest to the person convey thanks for arranging the celebration

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

  • Salutation - Encouraging everyone to join in and say Happy Birthday

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

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

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

  • The Anecdotes - Amusing stories about the person

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

  • Salutation - End with "Happy Birthday!"

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

  • "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age!" Birthday Quote by Lucille Ball

  • "Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle!" Quote by Bob Hope

  • "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!" Quote by George Bernard Shaw

  • "The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything!" Quote by Jack Benny

  • "A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age!" Quote by Robert Frost

Birthday Speech - Tips and Hints on Writing and Giving Speeches
There are more tips and hints on Writing and Giving Speeches in our Free PowerPoint style presentations.

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