By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 04-14-2021
Birthdays are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the joy of living, family, and friends while focusing on that one special person whose happy "day" it is.
After singing "Happy Birthday", blowing the candles out, making a wish and eating the cake, it's time for the speeches to begin.
And that's what you're here for - to grab a few tips to write a birthday speech!
Before you write the speech get the background information you need.
This will determine what you'll put in, and the tone of the language you'll use.
It will also help you make sure that your speech is a success!
You'll want the answers to these questions.
If the birthday is a special one marking a significant milestone celebrate it by picking an appropriate quotation or two to use in your speech.
Click the link to find a large selection of birthday quotations.
Reading example speeches will help you get an overview of the end result - the goal of going through this process!
I've got three birthday speeches you can look at.
And the third is an 18th birthday speech of thanks. The speaker is thanking his/her family and friends for coming along to his/her 18th birthday celebration.
You are welcome to use them as a template for the speech you need to write.
What personal milestones (other than age) have been reached?
Has a special goal been attained?
What endearing characteristics or traits does the person have?
What does the future hold? What special (personal or career) goals are they aiming for?
If the birthday is for an older or elderly person, as the song says: "accentuate the positive". Life is for living regardless of age or circumstance.
For instance, when we celebrated my mother-in-law Winnie's eighty-fifth birthday the speeches remembered the past: her life-long vibrant energy and passion for teaching speech and drama but they also spoke of her ongoing work.
The grandchildren of her first pupils were coming to her for lessons!
One of her goals was to keep right on teaching. And she did until her eyesight failed. Those young people gave her so much joy.
What hobbies does the birthday girl/boy have?
Is there a specific song or saying that could be their signature theme?
What core values does the person have and how are they shown in their life?
What did the person say they wanted to be when they were young and how has it turned out?
What special relationships does the person have? How have they added to their life?
Try these suggestions. Use a search engine for the first two, and family members in the know for the others.
Use the standard 3 part "sandwich" speech writing format:
Your opening and ending hold the middle in place.
If you'd like more information about speech structure and the writing process, read my "how to write a speech" page.
You'll find detailed instructions as well as a quick "see-at-a-glance" overview of the process for those of you just needing a refresher.
Do read my page on how to rehearse.
Rehearsing makes a huge difference. Try it and see for yourself. You'll find out if your speech is too long, too short, not funny enough, phrased awkwardly ...
Rehearsing exposes any glitches and allows you to fix them, privately.
It may be difficult to prepare. However giving the birthday toast can be the ultimate enduring gift.
Words live on in the minds of those who hear them long after the bouquets of flowers drop their petals and the last of the chocolates has been eaten.
A birthday speech given from the heart with love, wit and wisdom can last a lifetime. That makes it well worth your effort!
If it's your birthday and you're delivering a speech to welcome and thank everyone for coming to celebrate it with you, apply these suggestions to yourself. And, yes, you can toast yourself!