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December 19, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 1 comment

Sample letters to thank someone for a speech or presentation. Thank you for speaking to the Doe Alumni yesterday evening. We are grateful for the time and.


Part 1

Prioritizing Your Thank You List

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    Make sure you have a complete list. Give yourself twenty minutes to review your existing list and consider whether you are missing anyone. On a blank piece of paper, brainstorm a list of people you may need to thank who are not currently on your list. After adding any additional names, review the list and write down what you are grateful for under each name, such as contributions, advice or expertise. You may want to consider the following prompts:[1]
    • Who helped you become the person you are today?
    • Who offered you the most encouragement?
    • What specific contributions are you thanking people for?
    • Who gave you the time of day when you really needed help?
    • Who offered valuable expertise at crucial moments?
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    Start ordering your list. If your list is handwritten, start by copying your list into a spreadsheet or text editing program so that it can be easily rearranged. Then, arrange the names by what you are specifically grateful for, such as friendship, time or expertise. Once you have the list ordered by type of gratitude, you may want to rank the list from most to least important contributions under each category. When you start writing your speech, it will be helpful to have individual lists of people you want to thank for specific types of contributions.[2]
    • For instance, under the category expertise, you could rank individuals from most to least important contributions of expertise to the project or award you are giving the speech for.
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    Determine the top ranked people. Review your ordered list and identify the two or three most important people in each category, such as the two or three most important friends, family members or colleagues. It is important to highlight these people, so that you don’t skip them in the speech writing.

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    Organize your list to accommodate time constraints. ‘Thank you’ speeches should be short and succinct. Review your list and consider how you might organize your list for concision. You could try re-organizing the list according to function, such as all of the people who made me laugh or all of the people who pushed me to reach higher in life. When you write the speech, you can give thanks to people according to their function or role and then just list their names. This will give you more time to spend on particularly important individuals, as identified in your ranked list.[3]
    • For instance, a ‘thank you’ speech at a wedding should be no longer than three minutes long.[4]

Part 2

Composing Your Speech

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    Outline the structure of your speech. Your speech may include an introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion are optional, depending on your time limits. The body of the speech should begin by expressing gratitude to the most important people on your list. It may proceed with shorter expressions of gratitude to larger groups of people. On a blank piece of paper, compose a quick outline with section headings and the main points you want to make in each section.[5]

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    Picture one person you want to address. As you write your speech, bring to mind a particular individual that you want your speech to touch. Imagine you are in a conversation with this individual or that your speech is a letter to them personally. When people hear your speech, they will get the impression that you are talking to them on a personal level.[6]

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    Speak from the heart. A great thank you speech is written from a personal, genuine place of gratitude. You should think about what you are really grateful for, and try to express this gratitude in a genuine way in your speech. Some examples of genuine ‘thank you’ speeches include:[7]
    • In 1985, Sally Field spoke from the heart in her Oscar thank you speech. She said, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now you like me!”
    • In 1970, at the age of 61, John Wayne was genuine about how long it took him to win, upon accepting the award for best actor for the role of one-eyed Rooster Cogburn. He said, “Wow! If I’d known that, I would have put the patch on 35 years ago.”
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    Express humility. You don’t want to sound full of yourself or too self-centered. One of the reasons that you are giving a ‘thank you’ speech is that there are so many people who have helped you along the way. You could express genuine humility, use your self-depreciating humor and wit or show your humility directly with simple statements.
    • For instance, you could say: “I am so humbled by this honor.”
    • You could also use humor. For instance, when George Clooney won best supporting actor in 2006 but lost the best director award, he drew on his self-deprecating humor. He said, “Well, it looks like I’m not winning best director…”
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    Avoid verbosity. Write short and succinct sentences. If something sounds a little too verbose on paper, it will definitely be too long-winded in a speech. In particular, you want to avoid writing sentences with multiple and complex clauses.[8]

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    Write an introduction. Your introduction should address the reason for the occasion, such as an award, career achievement, convention, wedding or other special event. If you have enough time, you may want to start with a little story about the lead-up to the event, a brief history of your career, an amusing anecdote, or a quote.[9]
    • If it is a short ‘thank you’ speech, it is often best to skip the intro entirely. The audience will know why you are giving the speech, so follow the example of Abraham Lincoln who always skipped the introduction.[10]
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    Write about the most important people on your list. Give yourself time to thank them profusely and include specific details or stories about their contributions. The most important people should get more 'air-time' than those further down your list. Not only do you have more to thank them for, but you also probably have to live or work with them on a regular basis, so you want to build as much goodwill as possible.
    • Once you have written about the most important individuals, you can always edit the speech later for concision.
    • Budget your time for each person. Remember that if you spend too much time on any one person, you may not be able to get to others who still really need to be thanked.
    • If your speech needs to be really short, you could say: "I would like to thank Charley, my wonderful husband for supporting me through the long nights. I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks to my beautiful daughters, Kiera and Emily. Mommy can play more now. To Jeff Goldstein of Caracas, for feeding my crew; to Jake, Mindy, Paul, and Gwen for staying up so late, so we could get it right..."
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    Finish composing the body of your speech. Once you have written about the people at the top of your ‘thank you’ list, write a few paragraphs devoted to people who have served particular roles or functions in your life. If this doesn’t work, you could also try organizing the list by keywords such as job categories.[11]
    • To recognize people by function, you could say, “I also want to thank everyone who brightened up this long journey with good humor, such as John, Johnny, Arjen, Peter, Ann, Zoe, etc.”
    • So, for example, you might say: "And for the catering, thanks to Joe, Mike, Mindy, and Jeanette."
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    Compose a conclusion. Although the conclusion is optional, it can be nice to wrap things up with a short summary or a provocative quote. If your time is very limited, you can skip the conclusion entirely. If you have enough time, consider using a memorable quote that relates to your occasion. For instance, you could use one of the following ‘thank you’ quotes:[12]
    • “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice (Meister Eckhart)
    • “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love” (Mother Teresa)
    • “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks” (William Shakespeare)

Part 3

Timing, Memorizing and Practicing Your Speech

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    Time your speech. Set the timer on your stopwatch or smartphone. Press start and begin reading your speech. If you finish with plenty of time left on the timer, you are ready to go. If it is far too short, however, you may consider adding a quote or a story at the beginning or end of the speech. If it is too long, you should revise it accordingly.
    • You could try using online script timers to get a rough sense of your speech time. However, you should still practice with a real timer because everyone speaks at a slightly different pace.[13]
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    Write keywords or phrases on note cards. Once you have practiced reading your speech a few times, you could copy keywords from the different sections or paragraphs onto note cards. Use the note cards as reference points for memorizing your speech and all of the people you need to thank.

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    Practice your speech alone and with friends. You will need to practice multiple times before the actual event. Start by practicing in front of a mirror. As you become comfortable with the speech, you could try using the note cards. After a few times, you could try reading it to friends or family members. If you're well prepared, you'll feel far more comfortable when you actually have to give the speech.[14]
    • You could dress up in the clothes you will be wearing at the event.
    • Try practicing the speech at the event location to get more comfortable.

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    How do I end a thank you speech for my staff?

    You could try: And last but not the least, I want to thank you all for coming. Without your continued support, we would never be able to put on events like these, so thank you. Cheers!

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    How can I thank my teacher and my school?

    Write in friendly-letter format, and include all the good things they have done.

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    How do I write a thank you speech?

    Just read and follow the steps in the article.

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    How can I thank parents and teachers for watching a show?

    Write personalized thank you notes/cards. Explain how much you appreciate them watching the show, and that you hope they enjoyed it.

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  • Have fun. Yes, you will be standing up in front of a crowd of people thanking them, but the important thing is that you do it.
  • Don't worry about the length too much.
  • If you forget somebody, especially somebody important, send them a thoughtful note right away explaining that you were nervous during the speech, and that what they have done for you or your organization is important and valuable. Let them know that they are appreciated and that you feel bad for leaving them out.
  • Remember to try to get those last people in there at the end! Just a quick shout-out as the music starts or as you leave the stage is better than nothing.
  • Don't worry about not getting to everyone, but do try to get the more significant ones.
  • Don't overdo the humour or it will get boring.


  • Don't mumble and keep looking down at your page, or it may seem too rehearsed.
  • Don't say anything that is likely to upset people in the audience, such as inside jokes.

But not only for this:) Thank you speech, even if it is very short and The same applies to any known audience of people, for example, if you.

Thank Someone For a Speech or Presentation

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Sample Letter #1


It seems everyone I talk to wants me to express appreciation for your inspiring presentation last week. Your years of research, your depth of understanding of user interfaces, and your ability to present the subject in such an interesting way produced one of the most memorable evenings in our group's history. I personally appreciated your approach to anticipating users' intents. The subject intrigues me, and I plan to learn more. Please consider adding our group to your annual speaking tour. You are always welcome at our conference.

Sample Letter #2


Thank you for speaking to the Doe Alumni yesterday evening. We are grateful for the time and effort you took to share your thoughts and experiences with the Doe Development office.

Since we are entering a new growth phase on our campus, your comments were very timely. I believe we can benefit immediately from the methods you suggested for recruiting more members. Your enthusiasm is contagious, and we hope to use your suggestions in our next campaign. Thank you again for your contribution.

Sample Letter #3


Thank you for your stimulating speech at last month's meeting of the Springfield Genealogical Society. Your comments were especially helpful to those doing research in the British Isles. Many members were at a standstill in their progress, and your talk seemed to provide much needed help. Thanks again for a truly memorable evening. We hope you can join us again.

Sample Letter #4


Please accept our sincere appreciation for the outstanding presentation you made to the Springfield Women's Club about your experiences in China. It was very interesting to hear about your experience teaching in the university there. Your stories about your Chinese colleagues were fascinating. The slides you showed gave us a close look at the land, culture, and people that we couldn't have gained in any other way. Thank you so much for sharing your time and experiences with us. We all agreed that your lecture was the most interesting we have had this year.

Sample Letter #5


I would like to personally thank you for your presentation to the Kansas Education Association Conference in October. Judging from the comments of those who attended, the conference was very successful. Most of the credit goes to you and the others who gave such interesting presentations.

We hope that you will want to be involved in our conference next year. We will send you a call-for-presenters form as we get closer to next year's convention. We were pleased to have your participation in this outstanding conference, and we thank you for your valuable contribution.

Sample Letter #6


Thank you for taking the time to speak to our student body on the dangers of drug abuse. I felt that your remarks on prescription drug use and abuse were especially timely.

We truly appreciate parents like you who are willing to give their time and talents to enrich the lives of our young people.

Sample Letter #7


I appreciated the remarks you made at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. You had clearly researched the subject, and many of us felt that yours was a voice of sanity in the midst of an emotional and divisive discussion. I wish that more people would try to see all sides of the issues that come up.

No matter how the final vote goes, I want you to know that what you said had a significant impact on many of us. Thank you.

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Bride’s Speech Examples

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Thank you speech is an example of a presentation given at a public place. A person awarded with a prestigious prize is always called upon to pronounce a few words to commemorate all people who helped him or her to achieve the set goal and become the best in some field of the professional activity. When one wins a prize in a contest, a thank you speech is the act of expressing gratitude to those who have contributed to the work done. This is also the opportunity to be recognized by the others or a great marketing play. Thank you speech has to be concise and laconic, however, it is important not to neglect anyone who has to be thanked. The following thank you speech example is delivered by a founder of a startup in the innovation technology sphere.
Good evening, friends and colleagues! It is a great pleasure to be here tonight.

It is a great joy that our foundation has received your prize for a “technology innovation”. I would like to begin expressing our gratitude with a “thank you” to the general jury that decided to grant this innovation award in the category of a young web company to us. It is a great honor for us and for me personally to receive this bonus rewarding our long-term effort. This prestigious award motivates us to continue our endeavor and our enterprise will broaden its scope of action. On behalf of all our working team, please accept this expression of our cordial thanks.

I also thank all members of our team who have always provided assistance and supported our initiatives introduced to the management staff, who have always been empathetic and ready to test our brand new ideas. My dream team, thank you!

It is never easy to create the new concepts and invent something in such an abundant and developed area. That is why I also would like to thank all the members of our enterprise. I can promise you to give the free rein to design and innovations as it helps us to be more successful in our production and allows us to evolve rapidly under the condition of the daily challenges we have to face. Besides, we always try to bridle up your creativity.

I made up my mind to realize my idea by launching this startup because I have always loved creating something that does not exist and, thus, is hard to imagine. Likewise, I have always favored the idea to start a business which will be, as it is widely said today, young and innovative. I suppose this award allows me to say that WE got it.

Overall, I wish to end this speech with you in my mind, not to mention all those who are watching me while thinking of canapes and champagne that are waiting on the table behind you. I think it is time to enjoy and celebrate the era of innovation.

Thank you for making our company producing dreams every day!

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Thank you Speech for an Event

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Common Words of Appreciation

You don't have to give a big speech or write a long thank you letter to let someone know you appreciate them. Sometimes short is sweet.

  • Thanks.
  • Thank you.
  • I am indebted to you.
  • Dinner was delicious.
  • I appreciate you.
  • You are an inspiration.
  • I am grateful.
  • You are a blessing.
  • You are a true friend.
  • You're so great.
  • This is great.
  • You light up my life.
  • My sincere thanks.
  • You're the best.
  • You make me happy.
  • You've been very helpful.

Words of Appreciation for Gifts

People always appreciate it when you take the time to thank them for a gift, especially if they didn't get to see you open it, as with wedding gifts.

  • I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  • You are one of the most generous people I know.
  • Are there no limits to your generosity?
  • You are so thoughtful and generous in your gift giving.
  • Thank you for the delightful gift.
  • You must have read my mind because your gift is exactly what I wanted.
  • You picked the perfect gift for me.
  • Thanks for being so thoughtful.
  • Your gift means a lot to me.
  • If you could see my face right now, you'd see a look of gratitude.
  • Thank you for showering me with gifts for the baby.
  • You made my birthday a special day.
  • I am grateful for you and your generosity.
  • Thanks for thinking of me; you made my day.

Words of Appreciation for Help & Support

For someone who has been there for you or encouraged you a message of gratitude is very much appreciated.

  • How can we ever thank you enough for all you've done? We're forever grateful.
  • You helped me right when I needed help most.
  • If anyone deserves thanks, it's you.
  • I really appreciate your support in this endeavor.
  • You have been extremely supportive through this difficult time. I could not have gotten through it without you.
  • We must thank you for your support at this time.
  • I want to thank you for all the support and concern.
  • That was very kind of you. How can I ever repay you?
  • Your support has made me a stronger person and I will forever be grateful.
  • You're my best friend.
  • Thank you for always being there for me.
  • Taking the time to help me was a very nice thing for you to do. Thanks so much.
  • Thank you for thinking of me and taking the time to be kind.
  • You are the most beautiful and wonderful thing that has ever happened to me. I'm so lucky!

Appreciation in the Workplace

To help keep things positive in the workplace a few words of thanks or support can go a long way to making employees feel appreciated.

  • You are a great employee and a positive force around the office.
  • I want to acknowledge everyone's extra effort.
  • You did an excellent job on that report.
  • I want to thank you publicly for your hard work and dedication.
  • Your attitude and work level suits us here, so keep up the good work!
  • Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with me.
  • You have been a valuable member of our team.
  • Thank you for giving me the chance to fulfill my potential here.
  • Your commitment to this project is second to none.
  • I appreciate you supporting me at the meeting.
  • You have a winner's attitude.
  • Thank you for sharing your vision.
  • Your commitment to excellence has inspired others.
  • We appreciate your innovative thinking.
  • Your attention to detail puts you at the top.
  • Thank you for taking the initiative and getting it done.

If you want to add to these examples of words of appreciation to craft a longer thank you, you can read more Words of Appreciation offering quotes and thoughtful messages.

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