Free Sample Retirement Speech -
Take A Bow

Free sample retirement speech - say your goodbyes graciously as you take your final bow!


You've handed in your retirement letter and now it's time to plan for those retirement dinner speeches.

A free retirement party speech and you're well on your way to a final standing ovation - words of wisdom and retirement toasts that will leave a lasting impression.


Good evening Ladies, Gentlemen, Friends and Special Guests,

Retirement dinner speeches ... wow ... what an audience!

Someone once said that the best audience is one that is intelligent, well-educated and ... a little drunk! If that is the case - then I have definitely got an amazing audience here tonight.

Lord Reading offered the following advice on presenting a speech: "Always be shorter than anyone dared to hope!" and tonight Ladies and Gentlemen, you may be very hopeful.

Some people come into your life briefly and fleetingly and then they move on just as quickly.

But then there others, others like all my friends and colleagues at [insert name of company].

Not only have you come into my life, but you have stayed a while! Your professional expertise, your friendship, your mentorship and your advice and guidance have left indelible footprints in my life, my memories and my heart.

I suppose that for me, a lot of things will never be the same. The story of my life may not always have had a clear beginning, a definitive middle or even a perfect ending. I don't know all the answers, yet I know that change is inevitable.

I am looking forward to my retirement and the opportunities that are sure to follow, but at the same time, I will always reflect happily on the time I spent at [insert name of company] and the knowledge I gained and the friendships that were forged.

I hope that we will meet again, when we least expect it. May the good wishes so beautifully expressed in the Irish Blessing be ever present in your lives!

May you always have work for your hands to do.

May your pockets always hold a coin or two.

May the sun shine bright upon your window pane.

May a rainbow follow each rain.

And may the hand of a friend always be near you.

That's it everyone.

I hope that I was shorter than you all dared hope for? Franklin D. Roosevelt said: "Be sincere; be brief; be seated".

Thank you and enjoy the rest of evening.

Your free sample retirement speech could follow on after the welcome address speech by the Master of Ceremonies.

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