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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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)


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)


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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