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Why the need for a speech?


Congratulations! You are receiving an award, or you're the subject of the party or event. As part of the event, your audience hopes to see your gratitude and acknowledgment in return for spotlighting you and your accolade. Your speech is an opportunity to thank hosts, special guests, absent friends, and others that deserve recognition.

How we write a Thank You Speech


We typically follow the below structure to create a Thank You Speech. A well-designed thank you speech does not need to be complicated, though it should cover two main points - background and gratitude. “Connecting the dots” by telling a story about the event, or how you came to be in a position to receive this acknowledgment, makes for an interesting speech and provides clarity on your story. Showing gratitude by thanking those deserving of recognition highlights deserving individuals. It ensures the audience feels acknowledged and happy that you are receiving this accolade.


Whether you speaking at a casual get-together or a formal event, consider what is appropriate for your audience. Before writing your speech, think about the formality of the event, who will be there, and what they might want to hear. Remember - a speech is for the listener, not the speaker. Make sure your speech length, style, and wording suit the tastes of your guests and the event.


What is the overall message you are trying to send with the speech? Before you put pen to paper, think about what you want to say. It’s too easy for most to simply write something “because they have to” without giving some thought as to what it is they are trying to achieve with this speech. Naturally, you’ll want to please your audience and thank guests, but consider getting more specific. Understanding this will ensure you send a clear message with your speech, and it helps you to come up with ideas. 


Open your speech with a welcome and an introduction to the topic of the event. This is also an opportunity to show your sincere interest in receiving the award through a quote, a story, or a simple statement of gratitude. This will ensure the audience will feel that the event or award is meaningful and worthwhile. Also - consider starting with a "hook" - a question, story, or curious comment. This could include a startling statistic, a quotation, or a story about the event, an interesting fact about the event. Whatever it takes to get the audience's attention.

Why We Are Here

Extend on the reason why this event is taking place. Perhaps your organization is receiving an important donation to help your business, or maybe you are receiving an award to acknowledge your success in an endeavor. Telling people about this and why it is important further helps to show gratitude as well as highlight the importance of the event and your speech. Keeping your audience in mind, this speech may be an opportunity to send a message about a topic. This could include a business direction, type of activism, highlighting a community sentiment, or a personal opinion that ties into the overall theme of your speech.

Who and What Made This Possible

An opportunity to show more gratitude and to capture your guests' attention by talking about what led to this event. This could be how hard you worked to receive the award, the big year you have had leading up to your birthday party, or how events that happened over your life led to the accolade.​ Don't forget to talk about who has helped you along the way.

Thank You

Acknowledge absent friends and family, hosts, special guests, and others that have contributed to the event. This is the focus of this speech, so ensuring you provide the appropriate amount of detail and attention to these messages will leave the relevant individuals feeling happy and appreciated.


End your speech on a highly positive note and round off with a final acknowledgment of your guests. You may wish to add a personal opinion or a quote that relates to your speech's overall message. 

Your Delivery

Consider how you are delivering your speech. There may be times in your speech that you should vary your tone and volume, and times you should use gestures. These tools will help to get maximum impact, so consider this when you write your speech. For more on how to deliver a Thank You Speech, check out our Resources page.

Final thoughts

At SpeechForm, we believe your efforts to write your Thank You Speech is not to just “get it done”, but to make the speech enjoyable, memorable, and one that has people approaching you to sing their praises for your speech. After all, you will have put in a lot of effort. There is something special about making an impact on your audience when you thought your sole job was just to “get through it”. Make sure to include the above points so that the audience gets what they expect from your speech. And always ask yourself - what am I trying to achieve with this speech? Keep that in mind as you develop your content.


Remember to rehearse. This is a performance. The more you develop your speech and rehearse, the greater the impression you will make. Confidence through a well-written speech is great, but using your voice and your body effectively only comes through practice. 


Get it right, and you will leave a lasting impression that your audience will remember long after the event.


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