What to Say at a Retirement Party

Retirement speeches are the centerpieces of a retirement party. Colleagues and friends gather to offer their memories of and support for the retiree. Gratitude, respect and optimism celebrate retirement as a major life event.

Retirement party speech.
Retirement party speech. (Image: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

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Presentation

Describe the retiree's accomplishments and character. As you take the podium, regale celebrants with feats and funnies. A successful retirement speech finds a balance between humor and sincerity. A round of retirement speeches ends with a toast to the retiree.

Make a toast.
Make a toast. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Brevity

Stick to one subject, focus and your speech will hit the mark. Prepare to take center stage with confidence. Know what you plan to say to stay on-message and to prevent the enemy of a good speech--rambling. Close with strength. Express gratitude for knowing the retiree or certainty for her happy retirement. Keep your speech to several minutes.

Don't ramble.
Don't ramble. (Image: Liz Gregg/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Toasts

Make your toast memorable. The toast brings closure to all speeches. Wish the retiree happiness and health. Affirm what the speeches brought to light: that the guest of honor made a difference and will be missed.

Make the toast memorable.
Make the toast memorable. (Image: Jochen Sand/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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