Special Occasion Speeches

1. Mastering the Toast
Time: 2-3 minutes
  • Recognize the characteristics of a toast.
  • Present a toast honoring an occasion or person.
2. Speaking in Praise
Time: 5-7 minutes
  • 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
Time: 3-5 minutes
  • 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

Time: 3-4 minutes
  • Present an award with dignity and grace.
  • Acknowledge the contributions of the recipient.

5. Accepting an Award

Time: 5-7 minutes
  • 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.