your retirement speech
your retirement speech can be intimidating because of the emotions
involved. Even though you have
anticipated this time for years, you realize that this
your grand finale with the company. What you say will be the highlight
of the party. This is the time to let your guests know you
appreciate them and that you value your career
You can tell some jokes or make a few wise cracks to add levity to the
occasion. But you must mention some other points as you tell those in
your organization goodbye.
Be sure to watch the time. While people expect you to talk about five
minutes, they will become restless if you start rambling and go twice
Tip -- After you
have written your speech, read it over and time yourself. Then add
60-90 seconds because you never talk to others as quickly as you read
speak at your retirement party, you want to give those you've worked
with something to remember you by. The most memorable comments you can
make will be your thoughts about others.
As you draft your retirement speech, include some of the suggestions
below for a balanced, well-rounded farewell.
who have come and those who organized the event. Get that
out of the way first and you'll be sure everyone knows you appreciate
when you first joined the organization. Colorful details
help here, especially for those who are relative newcomers. Describe
the number of employees, the equipment used, the type of services
offered and what the organization was known for.
or two highlights during your career with the
organization. These might be:
- a major event
- the unveiling of a new product
- a turning point in the way business was
- the expansion of services or employees
- the toughest time you remember
- the most fun time you remember.
the organization and its challenges have changed from the
time you started.
or two people or groups you worked with but be careful not
carried away. You'll inevitably leave out someone so limit the people
you single out. A safe bet is to mention the person who hired
you and the team you work with now.
thank your family. Others may not remember that you did
this but members of your family certainly will.
confidence in the future of the organization and your
gratitude for having been a part of it.
If you want to
be funny, you might give
a history of the company from your vantage point. The history would
start the day you arrived and include special moments and funny events
that happened during your career there.
Your retirement speech should have a humble tone. Nobody likes a
braggart. Let others boast about
the great things you did. This may be your last good opportunity to
apply a fundamental principle of good leadership: where there is blame,
accept it; when praise is due, credit others for the job well
Encourage others to keep in touch but let them know that you will not
be hanging around. (That
will be especially reassuring to the person who is taking your
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