A tribute speech belongs in a special category of speeches called commemorative. Its principal purpose is to inspire and celebrate; uniting listeners in sincere, heartfelt gratitude and admiration for its subject.
If you're been asked to prepare one and need to know more, read on.
You'll find what occasions are most likely to call for a tribute speech,
their characteristics, how to begin the process of writing one, how to
choose a topic and a section about eulogies or funeral
speeches, (a special type of tribute speech), with links to examples.
It may form part of any of the following celebrations:
Whether the focus is a person or a group of people, its characteristics are:
The first step in your process is finding out as much as you can about the occasion itself and then deciding on a topic, (if it hasn't already been decided for you).
You'll want to know:
Generally the occasion chooses it for you!
If you're asked to speak at the celebration marking your Mother's 70th birthday or a similar event, then you know what the topic is.
If it's not clear you'll find this page on how to select an inspiring tribute or commemorative speech topic extremely helpful. It walks you step by step through the process of finding a topic to suit your audience's needs in addition to having a great selection of carefully picked links to help you research topic possibilities.
There's a tribute speech template here that will be useful to help you plan the sections of your speech. Use it as a guide.
Or if you'd like more than an outline to help you, you'll find the entire process of writing a speech mapped out step by step in this how to write a speech guide.
These links below will guide you through the process:
Reading others can be really useful in helping you decide what you want to achieve with your own speech.
Here are three famous speeches, each illustrating the characteristics of a fine commemorative speech.
Additionally, here's a collection of not so famous tribute speeches. These are very special because they're by people probably similar to yourself who have been moved, or asked, to write about someone they've loved dearly.
And lastly, here is a commemorative speech for my mother.
Do you need help with preparing to deliver your speech?
You'll find everything you need to help you give your speech confidently by visiting the site map .
There's tips on making and using cue cards, how to overcome fear or anxiety of public speaking, how use your voice well, and more.