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Public Speaking: Special Occasion Speeches

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Pamela Gerber

on 16 June 2015

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Transcript of Public Speaking: Special Occasion Speeches

match demeanor and words to the mood of the occasion

ensure what you say and how you say it are appropriate









your audience may be primed with a specific emotional reaction (happiness, sadness, etc.)

your job as a speaker is to signal when that emotion should surface











Special Occasion Speeches
Particulars
Purpose

Style

Organization

Audience

Types
Introduction

These speeches praise, celebrate,
memorialize, or otherwise
commemorate special, joyous, or
sad events









At some point, most people will be asked to deliver a speech about a happy or sorrowful event
- ritual (ceremonial act) with set or procedures
- ornamental language (highly stylized)
- narratives, metaphors, similes, analogies
- shorter
- flow (less obvious transitions)
- expectations, appropriateness
Guidelines
Appeal to
Audience's Emotion
Match
Delivery to Mood
Adapt
to Audience
listener's backgrounds, values, age, and beliefs affect what they expect and how they will perceive the speech

know your audience and their expectations
Time
Constraints
find out:



adhere to logistics as more special occasions are carefully planned events
- when you are supposed to speak
- amount of time you have
Tips
be aware of type of speech audience will expect

practice so you are comfortable and can deliver extemporaneously
ex: wedding toasts, eulogies, introductions, after-dinner speeches, keynotes
Introduction
brief "speech" before the "speech"


shift audience focus to upcoming event
use attention getters
build anticipation
introduce speaker, performance, event
speak loudly
be brief
Strategies:
Presentation
explains background/significance of
award before its given


adopt persona of a presenter and speak respectfully and knowledgeable
explain significance and background of award or honor
connect recipient's background to award's criteria
Strategies:


highlight accomplishments, relationships, & unique qualities
use humor judiciously to relieve sorrow
it's okay to show emotion
Acceptance
speech of thanks and gratitude


use appropriate volume and articulation (intense emotion can cause issues so take a moment to gather yourself)
show genuine humility (don't act surprised if you are not; thank people who help achieve award
aim for brief acceptance speech
Strategies:
Memorialize
or Eulogize
honors sacrifice/heroism of a group on a specific day; celebrates the life of a deceased person
Strategies:
Celebrate
a toast or observance to make an important event


explain significance of occasion
acknowledge the joy everyone is feeling
inspire audience to participate in celebration
be brief
use humor appropriately
(ex: weddings, graduation, birthday, retirement)
Strategies:
Examples
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