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There have been many heartbroken eulogies in Nice and Dallas lately

There have been many heartbroken eulogies in Nice and Dallas lately. There is something particularly tragic about eulogies for innocent civilians murdered or police officers killed in the line of duty. Yet surely everyone who dies deserves a eulogy? Surely anyone who has lived and died deserves to be remembered if their lives meant anything at all?...
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Queen Elizabeth has celebrated her 90th birthday with innumerable events and speeches

Queen Elizabeth has celebrated her 90th birthday with innumerable events and speeches. Yet she herself doesn’t seem to have responded to the good wishes with a speech of her own. In fact, most birthday celebrants acknowledge such good wishes with a mumbled “Thank you.” How much nicer it would be if the birthday boy or girl had given a short speech...
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A graduation speech should motivate, inspire and leave a lasting impression

A graduation speech should motivate, inspire and leave a lasting impression. Whether you are a guest speaker, a valedictorian or an alumnus that is your challenge. A graduation day, is after all, the start of the rest of the graduate’s life. They may go on to more study. They may take a year off to travel the world or they may start work. Whatever...
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Wedding speeches should suit the particular wedding

Wedding speeches should suit the particular wedding. Not all weddings, after all, are first weddings for example. So you need to be careful if referring to a previous one. If the bride or groom were a widow or widower for instance they may be happy to have a reference to a previous wife or husband. If the marriage ended in divorce or separation, however,...
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A good eulogy should bring the deceased to life

A good eulogy should bring the deceased to life. It should evoke memories of times past and talk of the continuing influence the deceased has on loved ones. It should summarise the main points of that person’s life but also mention little incidents that might not be well known. A touch of humour really adds to eulogies because it is good to remember...
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Retirement speeches should encompass years of work

Retirement speeches should encompass years of work. After all, most retirees work for decades. Retirement speeches then should summarise their many achievements during those years. That is not to say that every retiree has won a Nobel prize for scientific discoveries or written a book that has won the Booker prize. Yet whether he or she has done clerical...
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We never know how many birthdays anyone will have

We never know how many birthdays anyone will have so birthday speeches should make the most of the moment. After all we may not have another chance to give a birthday toast to someone who is dear to us. Such birthday speeches or toasts are usually given at a party. So obviously they should be light-hearted but still sincere. It’s an opportunity to...
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Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton aren’t the only ones to give speeches

Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton aren’t the only ones to give speeches. Every day in a hundred different ways candidates have to give speeches saying how well they would do a particular job. They may be running for Mayor or for a school superintendent. It might be student running for the college council. Whatever the position it is up to the candidate...
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Tell your employees their service has not been in vain

Tell your employees their service has not been in vain. In other words thank them for their years of service to the company. Whatever sort of function you are running to mark the occasion a few words of appreciation will never go amiss. Mention their experience and how it benefits the company. Mention too their years of service and the events that...
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Charities always need funds

Charities always need funds. That means that what you say can make a huge difference. If you are giving a speech at a charity dinner or function you have to touch hearts and empty wallets. Giving an example of what money can achieve is critical. Someone may be prepared to spend 25 dollars but if you show them the difference an extra twenty five would...
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