Whether you are retiring yourself or paying tribute to a retiring colleague, your speech should combine sincere sentiment with light-
If you yourself are leaving, a ruefully comic anecdote, recalling your first day, or early teething problems generally, should go down well, and you can then go on to mention briefly what has changed since then and what has stayed the same. Recognise the contributions and support of colleagues, and let them know (if you can do so sincerely) how you’re going to miss them. Don’t forget to say a little, on a personal note, about what’s still in store. After all that looking back, it’s only right to take a peek ahead, however hypothetical your plans for the future are as yet.
If you are giving the speech about someone else, then ask yourself: what is it about this colleague that you’ll miss the most? You may want to mention, with affection, their characteristic quirks in a spirit of fun. But remember you are there, primarily, not to tease them for their faults, but to mark their years of service and laud their achievements.
Speechesforyou can also draft Retirement speeches which include a rhyme.
Rhymes can make speeches more exciting and will bring stories about your colleague to life.
Please see an extract below:
We’re all here today to say good-
Not changed in 40 years but his hair’s gone thin,
Retiring to golf, well that’s what you think,
I’ve spoke to his wife, she’ll have him chained to the sink
Retirement speech with rhyme;
Hi Kevin, Just to let you know that the speech went very well and everyone loved it.
The rhyme was brilliant! I was so glad to have had your help.