Speeches of Presentation
The second type of common ceremonial speech is the speech of presentation.
A speech of
presentation is a brief speech given to accompany a prize or honor.
Speeches of presentation can
be as simple as saying, “This year’s recipient of the Schuman Public Speaking prize is
Wilhelmina Jeffers,” or could last up to five minutes as the speaker explains why the honoree
was chosen for the award.
When preparing a speech of presentation, it’s always important to ask how long the speech
Once you know the time limit, then you can set out to create the speech itself.
you should explain what the award or honor is and why the presentation is important.
you can explain what the recipient has accomplished in order for the award to be bestowed.
the person win a race?
Did the person write an important piece of literature?
Did the person
Whatever the recipient has done, you need to clearly highlight his or her work.
Lastly, if the race or competition was conducted in a public forum and numerous people didn’t
win, you may want to recognize those people for their efforts as well.
While you don’t want to
steal the show away from winner (as Kanye West did to Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV
Music Video Awards, for example
), you may want to highlight the work of the other
competitors or nominees.
Speeches of Acceptance
The complement to a speech of presentation is the speech of acceptance.
The speech of
acceptance is a speech given by the recipient of a prize or honor.
For example, in the above
video clip from the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, Taylor Swift starts by expressing her
appreciation, gets interrupted by Kanye West, and ends by saying, “I would like to thank the fans