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Most Common Speeches Given in a Lifetime

Updated on March 22, 2018
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Seven Most Common Speeches

Speaking is a part of daily living and survival. Think about how many different kinds of speeches you have heard and or that you delivered. Who were you speaking to and what was their response?

I want to share with you the seven (there could be more) most common speeches you will ever do in a lifetime. This is a jumpstart crash course for some, and a refresher for others. Whatever your reason here to learn about speeches, you’re in the right place. – Thanks for stopping by!

Note: The speeches listed do not include presentations done in a work environment.

1. Appreciation Speech – Gratitude

The appreciation speech is a speech where an individual expresses thankfulness for something or someone. The appreciation speech is definitely on the list as the most often communicated.

When given: Appreciation speeches are usually given at celebrations: birthday parties, retirement celebrations, and staff appreciation events.

How to deliver: Deliver with an upbeat, zestful attitude. Show how happy you are to do this speech. Get the audience excited about being at the special occasion. Sometimes you have to ask the audience to give applause. You should show appreciation too!

2. Announcement Speech

Announcements can be either good news or bad news. We are always glad to hear the good news announcements. Announcements usually come as a surprise. Realize that you are taking a risk in making this announcement. The reaction of the audience will vary. You will get some ooohh’s and awww’s.

When given: The announcement of an engagement, a newborn baby, the announcement of a new President or CEO of an organization, and the announcement of a new product.

How to deliver: Deliver when you have the attention of the audience, you may have to ask for their attention. Once everyone is as quiet as a mouse, and you can hear a pen drop – make the announcement. Start out by telling the audience how important your announcement is, and then make it.

3. Toast Speech - Blessing

Giving a toast is the same as giving good wishes, well wishes and blessings to the honoree(s).

When given: A toast is usually given at a wedding reception, birthday celebration or retirement party.

How to deliver: You want to be extremely eloquent when giving a toast – now’s the time to show off your intellect. Start out with, “Here ye, Here ye”. Now give a little history of you and the honoree, and then give the toast (blessing).

4. Motivational Speech - Inspirational

Sometimes people do the motivational speech without knowing that is what they are doing. This is also a very popular speech. Your purpose is to get the listener to change or move in a different direction in life.

When given: Motivational speeches are done everywhere – everywhere you can think of where people gather. Especially in: Colleges, Universities, Churches, Schools, Coliseums, Television and Radio.

How to deliver: This is a speech to convince and persuade, so you have to come strong. Have your facts, research, and documentation topnotch – first class. You must muster everything within you to deliver sound material that the audience can relate too! Bounce this one off someone before delivering.

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5. Greeting Speech – Welcome

A greeting speech is an enjoyable speech. You are one of the first official speakers to say something on the program. You welcome the guest and let them know what to expect throughout the remainder of the program or event.

When given: The greeting speech is given during an event where there is a program and an agenda to follow.

How to deliver: Start off this speech by getting the audience involved. Get them to stand up, clap, or greet each other. An icebreaker would fit in nicely as part of your greeting. Basically, you want to warm the audience up.

6. Introduction of Speaker Speech

An introduction speech is one of my favorites. I thoroughly enjoy building people up. I enjoy giving people accolades and talking about how important they are. You may need a resume or biography of the main speaker before you attempt this one.

When given: Introductions are usually given at large gatherings; sometimes small ones too, depending on how well known the speaker is. Events such as: Corporate affairs, seminars, church and inspirational events, normally call for an introduction of a speaker.

How to deliver: Deliver with poise and dignity. Practice reading the bio of the speaker before you do the introduction, and ask for it a few days before the event. And please, please, ask for the pronunciation of the speaker’s name so that you will not embarrass them (it’s okay to embarrass yourself, not the speaker).

7. Public Forum Speech

A public forum speech is a critical one for the communities we live in. Getting involved in the community takes time and thoughtfulness. There is a number of issues communities face: school closings, crime, and property devalued. There are also good reasons for a rally – a celebration of history, etc.

When given: These type speeches are usually done in community centers, at schools, in auditoriums, at town hall rallies, outdoors and pavilions.

How to deliver: You need to be well prepared for this speech. Do your research so that you will be accurate when stating facts. Get ready to be booed or cheered. Be thankful for the opportunity; be clear, loud, brief and convincing.

I want to thank you for hearing me out. Speaking is a fundamental part of communication. Research, practice and prepare to give your audience the best you can!


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  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Hey Mike, you are flowing today. We as believers do indeed have the Holy Spirit to rely on - because he will give us the words to say and bring us into all truth. Looks like I've been missing out on your hubs. I will have make my way around to you.

    Thanks, and Have a great Weekend!

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    8 years ago

    When I was with Youth with a mission in London England ...I did a lot of street preaching or more to the point witnessing...I never really looked at it as preaching to people...actually more like serving ...anyway what I loved and it still has not changed over the years is..I never knew what i was going to say...It was always words of knowledge from the holy spirit.

    .After all if people noticed me then that was all they got...e.g. One time I felt led to introduce myself as an Irish scots I went with it...and standing right in front of me was an Irish scots man...he gave his heart to Jesus that night...I have never prepared a thing in one time I was asked to speak at a boys refoemerty north of grand rapids Michigan...all week I kepy asking God what should I say...he gave me "TRUST ME" so I did and it was great...time after time I`m told by the spirit I have nothing to do with it, I’m just the conduit..

    .but the best part is I feel alive and so present and its such fun....Even when I was in A BNI group for a while I did the same thing. When I tried it their way it was boring...but when i prayed it was wonderful...bottom line for me is as a believer...its listening to the Holy spirit and nothing else maters...ok That`s my ten cents worth..

    Actually in all the situations in your hub..We have the advantage of the holy spirit who has the inside scoop on everyone and the write word of knowledge to go with it... to create the relationship he is trying to bond at the present moment...right I,m done now LOL

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Thank you penneyofheaven, I am glad you found it informative!

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    8 years ago from New Zealand

    Excellent Informative Hub! Thank you.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    mandyf, our teens teach us a lot. Keep preaching to your teens, it's good practice. Mandyf, you probably do a lot of motivational speaking to your teens and introduction speeches without realizing it.

    Much success in school, and keep me posted.

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    8 years ago

    Haven't done any of these yet but I am sure my time is coming starting school soon. Right now the only speeches I give are to my 3 teens about actions and reactions to their actions and how they should respond and not react lol

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks onegoodwoman, you know your stuff! I'm watching you.

  • onegoodwoman profile image


    8 years ago from A small southern town

    Voted up. This is well written, informative, authoritive, yet not overdone. This hub will stand the test of time.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Lady E, I'm not surprised you do Motivational/Inspirational Speaking, because you sure inspire me! And thanks for the info. about Matthew Ashimolowo introducing T D Jakes - If I had to introduce Ashimo.... I'd certainly have to place a call and ask the back....

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    8 years ago from London, UK

    Interesting read. For now, I only do 2, 4 and 5. I better start preparing for the others.

    I'd love to see you do no 6 and learn from it. Its nice how people introduce others so well and they nearly bring the house down. The one that's touched me the most was when Matthew Ashimolowo introduced T D Jakes to the stage in a Xtian Seminar - I felt like the roof was going to come down, going by people's reaction. lol.

    Great Hub. :)


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