Ten tips on how to give a retirement speech


Make sure your speech summarises the achievements of the retiree.

If you are retiring yourself your speech should make reference to those who helped your career  over the years.

A retirement speech should include mention of friendships made.

Family may be present at such a function. If so mention their part in the future of the retiree.

Make it positive. Retirement is not the end of the world.

Do your homework. Then you can speak of the future plans of the retiree.

Consult colleagues about what the retiree has meant to them and include positive feedback in your speech.

Drink to a happy retirement but not before you speak.

Make some light-hearted suggestions about his new way of life.

Express your good wishes for a happy and fulfilling future.


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