Public speaking, for most people this invokes a feeling of terror like nothing ever could but it shouldn’t. Every day we interact with a lot of different people but somehow when presented with an opportunity to speak in public or address a group of people, it terrifies us.
If you look at most of the noted speakers and orators from the last few centuries you will realize that public speaking is an acquired talent. Those speakers had spent countless hours practicing and perfecting their skill to reach the pinnacle of their ability.
Public speaking is of a variety of different types but here we will discuss five different types of ceremonial speeches
- Introductory Speeches: Introduction or welcome speeches are a part of different types of ceremonial speeches. A welcome or introduction speech should be brief and concise and is mainly presented to greet the audience and set the tone for the entire event or to introduce the chief speaker by giving the audience a brief background about him or her and the main topic for the event.
- Promotion, Retirement and Graduation Speeches: For all these events, people getting promoted or people getting retired or students that are graduating are usually called to give a speech. Upon the fulfillment of an academic year or upon graduation and on being promoted, these ceremonial speeches have mostly to do with the future and the opportunities that are associated with the future. Retirement speeches, on the other hand, deal with the past. All these ceremonies might be poles apart but the emphasis of all of them is on celebration associated with retirement, promotion or graduation.
- Award Ceremony Speeches: During an award ceremony, a speaker either gives a presentation speech to give an award to someone or an acceptance speech upon receiving an award. An award presentation speech first highlights the purpose of the award and then the achievements and the accomplishments of the receiver for the audience. The award acceptance speech expresses gratitude for the award.
- Eulogies: Presenting a speech at a funeral is a sad affair. These speeches highlight the accomplishments and the benevolence of the deceased person. The introduction in eulogies usually begins with the speaker telling the audience about how the deceased person entered his life and how he got to know him.
- Tribute Speeches: These ceremonial speeches, though on the same line as eulogies, pay tribute or express gratitude to any person, idea or an event. The main address of these speeches speak about why the subject was worthy of this tribute and outline all of the accomplishments associated with the subject.