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End of year celebrations – are you ready?

Will you be thanking your team for all of their hard work at your end-of-year celebrations? How does the thought of having to speak in front of your peers make you feel?

It's often a nerve-racking experience only made bearable with the consumption of alcohol. This can be entertaining for some … and embarrassing for others …

A speech, whether it's for a few minutes or 60 minutes, needs to have some time set aside to prepare and do the occasion justice.

Here are some points to consider for your end-of-year speech.

Preparing your speech

  • Review the highlights of the year – choose a few to mention (hopefully there are many)
  • Follow the KISS rule – keep it short and simple
  • Construct an opening, body and close
  • Be genuine in your praise
  • Include amusing anecdotes without causing any embarrassment to individuals
  • Practise the speech prior to the occasion

Delivering your speech

  • Consume alcohol after you've given your speech, not before. Consider it a celebratory drink after delivering your thoughtful end-of-year comments.
  • Connect with your audience through eye contact.
  • Give each person or group of people (depending on the size of the audience) a few seconds of eye contact and gradually move to the next person or group.
  • Breathe. Delivering a speech can be daunting for most people. When nervous, we tend to shallow breathe. Breathing deeply from the diaphragm will help to relax the body.
  • Let your pride in your team shine through in your facial expressions, body language and upbeat voice.
  • Enjoy the experience – after all, you're praising your team and celebrating your team's achievements!

Do you have any tips that you would like to share?


Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. Her programs help her clients to excel in their role and be recognised as leaders in their field.
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