18 Retirement Speech Topics
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Retirement speech topics pointers including ten for the retiree (e.g. on consumer desk workflow or a web-based supplier system) and eight ideas if someone else is retiring and you want to mix in non-verbal communication. There are two ways to organize your ceremonial public speaking efforts. 

The first method is the classical rule of three. Like Aristotle learned us: mention three subjects. Below are a series of topics. Just pick out three themes and develop them.

The second method that I can recommend is: compare and offer a simple funny analysis of the biggest developments in the past years. This easy technique works for both oral arrangments on this page. Well, now lets start to collect public speaking ideas. I want to empower your set up with two templates based on points that already have proved their worth for regular 'predecessors'.

Try to be light hearted, personal, sincere and thankful. This speech outline might help you developing retirement writing topics.

1. Immediately catch the attention with a oneliner or joke about the organization or company your have worked for. Say something like this:

E.g. This is what stands out as I look back at the past xx years ...

2. Reflect on what has been changed since you start working. Mention your thoughts and ideas about routines, rites and procedures then and now. Present these retirement speech topics with humor.

E.g. I have learned that voice recognition techniques have really changed the consumer desk workflow - in the beginning sometimes the transcriptions were humorous, due to utterance, enunciation, and stammering. I want to make a reservation to restaurant x, became I want to bake a reservation in the restroom...

3. Mention some funny, amusing incidents in your retirement speech, adventures during your working life. Think about the habits in office, the managers, the business, the world outside.

E.g. Once a job applicant gave as his major reference for the sales department his girlfriends' phone number!

4. Remember milestones in the history of the organization. Describe what happened. What you thought of it then, and what do we think of it now.

E.g. In 2005 we launched our first web-based supplier system. I am proud to manage that project with succces.

5. Pay attention to the colleagues in your talk. Tell what you liked about working with them. The practical jokes, the daily things you always talked and laughed about. The career promotion opportunities.

E.g. The Christmas night-shift of 2011 was a luxury dinner for two - and one behind bars. We put candelights in the station and shared some of the christmas turkey with an arrested person - we have to cut small slices otherwise it could not pass the bars...

6. Tell what you are going to do now. What are your plans for the future?

E.g. Visiting my grandchildren more often. And I want to pursue new interests by volunteering in programs for children in conflict regions overseas by sharing my knowledge after more than thirty years of expertise.

7. Tell - if appropriate - about the support of your partner, children or other family members.

E.g. My wife (look at her with a loving smile) has always been supportive, she really stands by her man.

8. Thank for the gifts. Thank for the best wishes.

E.g. I appreciate your gift very much. Wise men have said: enjoy the gift of today. Well, sure I will :-)

9. Thank the people who organized the party.

E.g. I want to thank you for the wonderful surprise party you have arranged for me. And: how did you get to know that I happen to be a bird watcher at Sunday mornings?

10. Promise not to forget them and wish them all the best in return.

E.g. I will not forget the great moments, it was an honor to work with you all!

Try to describe your best memories for the person who is leaving. Use heart felt words.

1. Refer to her or his contributions to the organization.

E.g. He is the mechanic in the right place at the right time the glue, the oil that joined us.

2. Reflect on the working life, jobs and tasks of the retiree.

E.g. Retroreflecting, I can say that in the early days you were a classic corporate warrior, but we nood those guys back then. In the past years you have become a mentor to too wild and zealous men in learning to find the best work-life balance.

3. Reflect on the skills, specialties and other talents. This genre of retirement speech topics demands concrete specimen.

E.g. The ability to stretch and expand your daily tasks to the intermittent needs and aspirations of the staff. And, his omnilingualistic talent to 'read' verbal and non-verbal communication at once.

4. Mention an amusing incident with the retiree playing a principal part. Ask the direct colleagues for detailed information.

E.g. You are a true illusionist in the perceptions of others. From time to time you performed awesome card tricks in your office cubicle.

5. Refer on the retiree's plans for the future.

E.g. Well, thatr is interesting, you want to return to worknext Monday, to intervene where aid is needed in busy seasons.

6. Don not forget to mention the partner or other family members, like children or even grandkids. Especially if they are present at the ceremony. Thank them for their support. Make sure you know their names...

E.g. (list a few names, and look at them) your husband / spouse / dad /mum / grandfather / grandmother is leaving us now. But he / she will never leave you.

7. Close your retirement speech address by presenting a gift to the retiree. Expound why you have chosen this special present. Link it to your previous written phrases. Close the 'telling circle' so to speak.

E.g. And because you are a family man, we would like to offer you a three night break in a sunny resort with your spouse / girlfriend / boyfriend. With compliments and courteous greeting of your co-workers!

8. A toast and best wishes to the person who is going to enjoy the fruit of hard labor, yes, her of his pension - is a perfect closing and memorable moment.