How to Give a Spectacular Thank You Speech

This skill will come in handy when you will go on a stage to get your Oscar award. But not only for this :) Thank you speech, even if it is very short and consisting of a couple of sentences, one day will happen in your life.

It can be a speech at a parent's meeting or a meeting of graduates, it can be your own graduation at the university or school, it can be your (and not only your) wedding, getting a promotion, getting an important reward at your work! And each time you need to say a beautiful, effective and properly arranged thank you speech. How to do it better?

Decide on the format of your speech

There are no universal speeches. Therefore, you must clearly understand the format to perform. If you are not a journalist, not a PR manager, and do not have the experience of public speaking, the word "format" may seem incomprehensible to you. This is normal. We'll explain what it means. In simple words, the format is the style of your presentation. Official or friendly, short or long, emotional or restrained, and so on. If you plan to speak in front of a large audience of officials or just completely unfamiliar people, of course, you will not come to the performance in beach shorts and a hat. The same is with the speech - it should look and sound appropriately. Speaking in a small circle of relatives or at an informal, entertaining, festive and family event, you can joke and make your speech more relaxed and friendly. With official speeches, you will have to match the required style.

Take time to prepare and rehearse

Giving a thank you speech is not that case when improvisation, the flowing of jokes and sudden ideas will be appropriate. Regardless of the format and your audience, you should prepare well and rehearse your speech several times. Write the speech on paper or in your computer (psychologists, by the way, advise to write by hand and even draw diagrams - so our brains remember information better). Read it from the sheet of paper emotionally and vividly, repeat it several times. When you remember the text, rehearse it without any hints. To make things easier for you, imagine the people you are going to thank. Trys this even while composing the speech - these images will remain in your mind and will arise during its reading before the public. This will greatly help you with your task.

How to write a speech correctly? Follow these recommendations!

1.How well do they know you?

If you are well acquainted with everyone in the audience, or you are a fairly well-known person and they all know who you are, you can exclude a part of self-presentation. Returning to the Oscar ceremony, it's hard to imagine that a well-known actor, whose merits are recognized by the Film Academy and the audience, will step on the stage and tell who he is. The same applies to any known audience of people, for example, if you are a teacher and speak to the class. But if everyone and even the majority don't know you, it is better to introduce yourself. Do this briefly. The presentation depends on the topic of the speech and your role. Say hello, name yourself and your role (job position, family relations, the faculty at the university, and so on). Next, go to the goal of your speech - say that you are here to appreciate...

2.Saying thanks to...

Decide on three important points in compiling the most important list of thanks. Write down: whom will you thank, what will you thank for and what this gratitude means to you. For example, you want to thank your wife Maria for supporting you in difficult times, always believing in you and being there, and thanks to her you are now standing on this stage and getting an important business award. Avoid common phrases and, especially, a simple list of names, say at least a couple of words about each of those whom you are going to thank. If you want to thank all the newcomers, then start with this - say: "Thank you for coming tonight to support me ("coming to my party","coming to listen to my music "and so on, depending on the topic), it is very important for meto see you here and to be with you."

3.It's OK to make a list

There is nothing bad about this, especially if you are going to thank several people. Write a sequence of names on a piece of paper and take it with you - so you just will not forget anyone. You can and need to specify what you are thankful to a particular person, simply speaking, to make yourself a cheat sheet. It is absolutely natural to worry during public presentations - and thank you speech can be even more exciting than a simple presentation, because it is always very emotional. There is nothing wrong with looking at your note occasionally (the key word is "rare") and making sure that everything is going according to the plan.

4.And if you can't list everyone?

Sometimes there are a lot of helpers. And if you are not a writer who has the opportunity to highlight three full pages for a roll-call of all appreciations, from the stage, most likely, it will be difficult to read the entire list (and hardly anyone is ready to listen to it in its entirety). At the end of the listing, in this case, say: "I do not have much time to name all the wonderful people who were with me. Friends (colleagues), I am grateful to each of you and each of you I remember. Thanks!" You can end the speech with an interesting and vivid quote, but sometimes a simple "Thank you", said with emotion and with all the heart, causes a flurry of standing applause.

Some important tips

Remember that your speech should be brief, simple and clear.

Home rehearsals are necessary in order to learn the material well - but they are also needed in order to perfectly match the time.

The more laconic you will be, the better your listeners will perceive the speech.

Do not make anything complicated, get rid of unnecessary text and verbal garbage. Be simpler and speak from the heart.

You will succeed!

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Posted in PodioMotivation, Tips by PodioBox on Jul 19, 2023.