“Commemorative Speech”: a speech that pays tribute to a person, a group of people, an institution, or an idea”I DONT CARE WHO THE SPEECH IS ABOUT, JUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES ATTACHED.SPEECH ONLY NEEDS TO LAST 2-3 MINUTES. ALL I NEED IS A TRANSCRIPT OR OUTLINE OF THE SPEECH AND A WORKS CITED PAGEPLEASE REVIEW ATTACHED PDF FILES FOR GUIDELINES
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Ceremonial Speeches Assignment Information
For this assignment:
 Consider how you could use stories, facts, testimony, quotes
 Required: Use a fitting quote and/or metaphor; also at least one story (cite your source for your
quote – who said it?)
 Length: 2 – 4 minutes (aim for at least 2 minutes – keep it under 5!!)
 You are not required to have a PowerPoint for this speech, but you can, if you think it would help your
message
 REMEMBER: Pitch, Pace, Pause, Power, Passion, Professionalism
PRESENTING AN AWARD
A speech that presents someone a gift, an award, or some other form of public recognition.
Main theme: to acknowledge the achievements of the recipient.
Guidelines:
1. Tell the audience why the recipient is receiving the award.
2. Point out their contributions, achievements, so forth.
3. Do not deal with everything the person has done; rather focus on achievements related to the
award.
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
A speech that gives thanks for a gift, an award, or some other form of public recognition.
Guidelines:
1. Thank the people who are bestowing the award.
2. Recognize the people who helped you gain it.
Major traits:
Brevity
Humility
Graciousness
TOAST – SPEECH OF TRIBUTE
A speech that offers a tribute to people and what they have done, a blessing for their future, or simply as
lighthearted enjoyment of the present moment.
Guidelines:
1. Will have to give audience information about your subject. The audience must know why
your subject is praiseworthy.
2. The message should always be eloquent.
2. Fundamental purpose is not just to inform, but to inspire.
EULOGY OR COMMEMORATIVE SPEECH
Here’s a good link with suggestions for a eulogy or commemorative speech
http://www.write-out-loud.com/eulogy-write.html (opens in new window)
Preparing Your Ceremonial Speech
Be certain to review the section called, “Resources for Writing a Ceremonial Speech”:




Look at the sample speeches in your eBook
Review the pdf of the “basic guidelines” for this assignment
o First, choose which type of ceremonial speech you want to do. Do you want to give
an award? Receive an award? Offer a toast? Commemorate someone?
o The pdf gives you the “recipe” for each of the different types
o Note the details at the bottom of the instructions:
 You’re aiming for 2 minutes – somewhere between 1-2 minutes; and
keeping it under 5 minutes
 You’ll include at least one story and one fitting quote or metaphor. Note
how all the examples do this. As with any speech, ask yourself: what stories,
what facts, and whose testimony or quote can I use to bring this person to life
for the audience?
I suggest you take a look at the samples listed in Blackboard:
o Especially look at Robert Duvall’s toast. Not only is it fun to hear him speak about
George Lucas, but it’s a good example of a 1 ½ minute toast. Note how he uses
stories, facts, testimony and a quote.
o You’ll see a commemorative speech I wrote about my aunt. That one does run
around 4 minutes.
o You’ll also find tips for creating wedding toasts.
This assignment not only gets you points in your gradebook, but also provides you an
opportunity to practice for any future special occasion speeches you might find yourself
giving.
Then, submit your speech in the next module:

By now, you know how to do that!
That’s it! Signed, sealed, and delivered! Yippee!

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