Special Occasion Speeches
1. Mastering the Toast
Recognize the characteristics of a toast.
Present a toast honoring an occasion or person.
2. Speaking in Praise
Prepare a speech praising or honoring someone, either living or dead.
Address five areas concerning the individual and his/her accomplishments.
Include anecdotes illustrating points within the speech.
3. The Roast
Poke fun at a particular indivdual in a good-natured way.
Adapt and personalize humorous material from other sources.
Deliver jokes and humorous stories effectively.
4. Presenting an Award
Present an award with dignity and grace.
Acknowledge the contributions of the recipient.
5. Accepting an Award
Accept an award with dignity, grace and sincerity.
Acknowledge the presenting organization.
Note: For some speech projects, the presentation time may also include additional segments for such activities as question-and-answer periods, depending on the project.