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Making a Retirement Talk

Most people have to give a retirement speech once they retire at a get together thrown by friends and coworkers who want to wish them farewell. Most speeches are usually about ten minutes extended and are a nice in order to way to say goodbye to those a person has worked with for a long period. Retirement parties are usually held in hotels, fire halls, and on the actual employers property. These are joyful occasions that are also sad events, specifically if the person was well-known within the company.

Preparing any retirement speech can take some time. There are individuals to thank, words regarding wisdom, and informing stories that are generally funny about organisations and coworkers. It is a good time to chuckle, relax, and enjoy some other peoples company. Giving the actual retirement speech can be extremely sad for some, and incredibly happy for others. Although leaving a job can be upsetting, retirement is a new phase inside a persons life that most individuals look forward to. Writing the retirement speech can come easily or it can be hard. Writing the speech in a quiet place will help a person concentrate. Building a list of everything that a person wants to say is one way to make sure the person claims everything they want to point out.

While retirement celebrations can be fun, the actual retirement speech could make some people feel unfortunate because they are saying good bye to a respected colliege. It is important to make the talk funny and jovial. Retirement speeches need to reflect on time gone by and should not level negative attributes that individuals have. Retirement celebrations are a way for people to assemble together and have fun. Whenever giving a pension speech, it is important to communicate clearly and allow some time for others to express their wishes for ones future. It can be a wonderful method to leave a company.

Comments: 47

  1. Phillis February 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm Reply

    I have a Speech at school, and i have to agree or disagree with the statement;; your ideas and opinions would be appreciated!

  2. Shanel April 11, 2013 at 1:21 am Reply

    Next week I retire after 30 years at the place I work for and this is my speech.
    I’d like to say that over the last 30 years I’ve come to regard you all as people I met. Thank you.
    So what do you think?

  3. Brent May 8, 2013 at 1:23 am Reply

    I’m writing a speech and I want to talk about the whole late night situation going on now in one paragraph. However, before I go into why I’m talking about it, I need to explain it so people who aren’t aware of it can understand. How can you sum it up in a few sentences?
    Thank you!

  4. Vergie June 8, 2013 at 6:39 am Reply

    I was a bigger fan back in the 80’s but I watched Ric Flair give his retirement speech Monday. Regardless of of era, size or titles held who is truely the best ever ? Who combined charisma, technical skill, box office appeal and longevity like no other ? Could Hulk Hogan overpower Georg Hackenschmidt ? How would Kurt Angle make Stanislaus Zbyszko tap out ? Would Stone Cold have been a bigger box office draw than Bruno Sammartino ?

  5. Sarita July 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Let me explain. Why are people upset at the packers for trading away favre. I mean the packers are obviously better with him, but its not fair for him to act like he’s going to retire 3 YEARS IN A ROW!!!!! Even cried after this season retirement speech. Packers have make off season plans thinking he’s going to be out of the picture for him to wait until training camp to say he wants to come back. Yes he is a legend/ top 20 QB ever, would be higher but he threw the most interception ever and only won 1 super bowl. But he’s ultra durability, arm strength, love for the game, and great under pressure. In other word he is overrated and if anyone saids he is top 3 or best QB ever is a joke. It mind boggling to me that just because he did great thing in the past and have a out of nowhere good season last year, people thinks he do it again at the same pace…like he’s in he prime(Chris Carter is BF ###kisser on NFL LIVE). But in reality he is getting older I think the packer let him go cause they were sick of him retiring then unretiring and plus u got to think the packer see something special in Aaron Rodger to say good bye to farve.The packers have to see want they have in the future. They are taking a slight gamble only because Favre had 2 average seasons at best b4 last season, so understandably they probably thinking farve is getting older and last year is not going to happen again we need to develop our FUTURE QB cause the only way QB can get better is by playing regular season games not pre-season. The packers have enough pieces around Rodgers so he doest have to carry the team, plus they are in the NFC and there conference is weak except for the viking maybe, so they may still when the division. The packers even with Brett is not enough to win it all so why not develop a young good qb ? The packers are in the right with not letting Brett back. Brett earn and deserves to be taking back the first 2 times but 3 time make u wanna say, “Come on Brett your past your prime , u retired 3 time already, we made plans thinking u weren’t going to be here(drafting 2 QB this year), we have nice young QB that we need to develop, we need to think about the future, stop saying I felt pressured to retire cause thats bs, we loved u here but here’s your trade to the jets. Play games with the jets gm cause frankly were sick of u not the way u play just U”. What do u think?

    Farve wont be as good as last season,u know it. Packer didnt even get to the super bowl w/ super farve. What makes u think he will keep up his performance when he is getting older ? Pack wouldnt WIN the superbowl this year even if they have him. So what is the point of keeping Favre and holding ARod back ?
    Favre is way more in the wrong than the packers. The packers left the door open for him the two season he didnt know if he was coming back. Favre is the one giving headache the past 3 years now.

  6. Ray July 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm Reply

    “It will save Social Security” Leave it alone, it is not a investment it is a safety net there when your risks fail. And how is a larger worker pool with the lower wages to match going to help the youth? Republicans we don`t want the bad loans you sold Greece and we don`t want the retirement age raised for company profit.

  7. Dominica August 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Over the last 20 years I spent with you I’ve come to reguard you as people I’ve met.
    So what do you think ?

  8. Elmira January 8, 2014 at 9:55 am Reply

    The song that was played before Scotty Bowman, Nick Lidstrom, and everybody else (except Yzerman) made their speech.

  9. Zane January 14, 2014 at 6:12 am Reply

    Did they hate Rick that much?

  10. Adolph February 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Sachin Tendulkar played his last day of international cricket at the Wankhede, and after India sealed the series against West Indies, he gave an emotional farewell speech. but i am not able to find that speech in online . anyone can provide me a link where i can read sachin’s retirement Speech??

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  11. Emanuel February 21, 2014 at 7:47 am Reply

    Definitely the pipebomb of this year

  12. Elmira February 22, 2014 at 5:53 am Reply

    i cry over shawn michaels all the time. </3

  13. Robert March 13, 2014 at 10:39 am Reply

    Welcome, everyone, to this very special occasion and a bittersweet occasion it is. It is finally time to retire. I have so much to say, so many people to thank, but not exactly to say, how to fit it all into one short retirement speech eloquence. In the last thirty years of my life, working as a Doctor, I have been able to save thousands of lives. Being able to make a difference, and to take pride on what I accomplished. What will stand out in my heart, and mind as I look back over the last 30 years of working, before becoming a doctor, are the times I spent cleaning toilets, working at restaurants as a kitchen helper, and being a cashier. I want to thank my colleagues: Ryan, Thomas, John and Mike for giving me the opportunity, to collaborate as a team. It is a privilege, and a great honor to be standing in front of everyone. Being a doctor for thirty years, made me understand the ideology in America; that the path of having an honorable and admired life, is to go to college and get a degree. In order to achieve your dreams, hard work is demanded from any major profession. I also want to thank my family and friends, who are a true blessing in my life. They encouraged me to get back up on my feet, and strive for my goals.

    it’s for writing class, what else can i add? it needs to be one page long. thanks. grammar usage and more ideas? please.

  14. Dorie March 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm Reply

    For me, it was when he said “Daddy’s coming home”. Aaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

    Service (not mine):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXUEed8ywa0

  15. Shelley March 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaJzlGzVvLc
    He has godlike mic skills..damn! I wish they return him as a top heel

  16. Norman March 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Mine was the “I know what it’s like to die” answer he gave after saying he was watching all of the coverage.

    I liked that he sincerely thanked the fans and Wisconsin.

    Also very cool that he was just wearing a shirt and jeans, no suit and unshaven.

    He will be missed…

  17. Valerie May 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm Reply

    bidding farewell to a colleague

  18. Loree May 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm Reply

    After Triple H came out and hugged Edge,smackdown went off the air. But after that,Edge was thanking Vince McMahon,the crew,Michael Hayes,the writers,Christian,Vickie Guerrero,and Lita. He was talking and it was his retirement so why didn’t WWE show it on t.v.?

    WQ- Will you be watching MITB next sunday?
    WQ2- Who do you think will win the RAW and SD MITB matches?
    So,they edited his speech because of the time?

  19. Lenard May 10, 2014 at 2:31 am Reply

    anyone know where i can go watch kurt warners retirement speech/press confrence? i cant find it on youtube. please link me. thank you.

  20. Gregg May 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Looking for a retirement speech given to a father from his son.

  21. Royce May 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm Reply

    I sure as hell don’t anymore.
    It’s nice he scheduled a press conference for 12 noon and it’s 12:35 and it hasnt started yet. How punctual of you Ms. Favre.

  22. Donita May 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm Reply

    As in, was it a bigger blow to see Shawn go or Edge? And why?

    BQ: Did you cry during their retirement speeches?

  23. Vern May 19, 2014 at 3:59 am Reply

    How do i form the first opening paragraph?

  24. Darwin May 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm Reply

    In your opinion:
    And why?Please explain your answer

    WQ- Rate WWE 2011 Over The Limit from 1-10. What was your favorite match?

  25. Shelton May 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm Reply
  26. Orval May 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Suppose that I am retiring as an embalmer in a funeral company and that I’m going elsewhere(it could be changing a career, transfer to another company ). Can you give a really funny speech for this subject. We will be performing this on class.

    Thanks y’all!

  27. Camelia May 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm Reply

    I have a retirement speech for my finals and I chose to talk about brett farve what should i talk about in my speech. What is he known for, his highs and lows

  28. Quiana May 23, 2014 at 12:17 am Reply

    For me Edge’s because it was unexpected and I wasn’t prepared for it, and I’m a bigger fan of Edge and have seen more of his career than I have seen of Shawn’s.

    I have pretty much seen Edge’s entire run as a main eventer in WWE. I started watching WWE in 2006 thats when he won his first WWE championship, so I’ve seen most of his main event run in the WWE.

    With HBK I saw nothing of the first part of his career and only half of the second part of his career. I connected with Edge alot more than I did with Shawn Michaels as a fan.

  29. Lance May 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Mark Henry during his retirement speech or Lebron begging the refs for a foul?

  30. Tiffanie May 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply

    a senior doctor is retiring from mission hospital. i want to deliver send off speech.

  31. Charline May 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Or will he just disappear never to be seen again?

  32. Morgan May 29, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

    True or false
    ____ 4. Speakers making dedication speeches reinforce collective needs and values of listeners.

    ____ 5. Speeches of presentation often include words such as “most,” “best,” or “first.”

    ____ 6. For a group to exist, there must be interaction and interdependence among
    individuals, a common goal, and shared rules of conduct.

    ____ 7. A group can never be too cohesive.

    _____ 8. The speech introduction often includes descriptions of a speaker’s personal qualities.

    _____ 9. In a toast given to honor a foreign dignitary or head of state, a toast should not identify
    areas of disagreement.

    ____ 10. It is egotistical and inappropriate for Academy Award nominees to have acceptance
    speeches prepared in case they win “Best Actor” or “Best Actress” awards.

    ____ 11. Speeches of tribute focus on achievements and virtues.

    ____ 12. Farewell speeches are presented on the occasion of a change in status or position.

    ____ 13. Farewell speeches are often emotional and moving.

    ____ 14. According to the author, commencement speakers try to be eloquent and intellectual
    will most likely be effective.

    ____ 15. When the use of humor stimulates audience feedback in an after-dinner speech, a
    speaker should continue talking through audience laughter.

    ____ 16. According to the author, an effective toast should be serious.

    ____ 17. A lengthy nominating speech can be damaging to the nominee.

    ____ 18. Entertaining speeches do not involve research on the part of the speaker.

    ____ 19. It is appropriate for speeches of tribute to include details which are not specifically
    relevant to the biography of the individual being honored.

    ____ 20. According to the text, a commencement speaker who is self-absorbed will not be taken
    seriously by the audience.

    ____ 21. After-dinner speeches are similar to comic routines containing unconnected stories or
    jokes.

    ____ 22. Effective speeches tribute connect past achievements to the present by encouraging
    listeners to continue similar struggles.

    ____ 23. A conclusion to a eulogy should place emphasis on the loss of a loved one.

    ____ 24. In presentation speeches, dropping framed certificates or handing out plaques upside
    down add humor, spontaneity, and informality of an occasion.

    ____ 25. A speech presented at a retirement or going away ceremony is called a eulogy.

    Multiple Choice
    Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question on your test..

    ____ 26. At the group’s fourth meeting, all of the members are on time and seat
    themselves in what has become “their places” around the table. Carl, who
    always tells a funny story, tells a joke. Mavis shoves him in a friendly way.
    Steve says, “Let’s get to work,” and organizes the materials to be passed out.
    Lisa smiles and reminds everyone where they left off at the last meeting. These
    behaviors are examples of which of the following?
    a.synergy
    b.rules
    c.norms
    d.social climbing
    e.conformity to pressure

    ____ 27. Which of the following is the ideal order of the phases of group development
    (beginning with the first stage groups must pass through).
    a.forming, norming, storming, performing
    b.forming, storming, norming, performing
    c.storming, forming, performing, norming
    d.storming, norming, forming, performing
    e.performing, norming, storming, forming

    ____ 28. The first stage of problem-solving process is:
    a.generate solutionsd.develop criteria for solution
    b.define the issue or probleme.decide on a plan of action
    c.evaluate solutions

    ____ 29. The forming phase of group development is characterized by all of the
    following except:
    a.certainty about the purpose, motives, and needs of group members
    b.questions about whether we want to be a member
    c.questions about our own role in the group
    d.questions about norms of group members
    e.uncertainty about the purpose, motives, and needs of group members

    ____ 30. Generally, group work can be more productive than individual efforts because
    groups:
    a.have less information and knowledge available than an individual.
    b.stimulate creativity.
    c.have the potential for agreement with an individual.
    d.can stimulate groupthink.
    e.take more time.

    ____ 31. According to lecture, which type of roles should be avoided because they do
    not serve the group in a positive way?
    a.task rolesd.conflict roles
    b.group maintenance rolese.self-centered roles
    c.relationship roles

    ____ 32. Joey, Jenny, Eboni, Anil, and Izzy were working on a group project for class.
    As a group they are very cohesive. Jenny suggests a topic for their project.
    Everyone immediately agrees that the topic is a great idea and they stop
    brainstorming and get to work on the project. The group’s failure to critically
    evaluate the topic could lead to:
    a.synergyd.norming
    b.creativitye.performing
    c.groupthink

    ____ 33. The conclusion of a presentation speech should contain
    a.a challenge to the audience
    b.an appeal for specific action
    c.the bestowal of an upward or plaque
    d.all of the above
    e.a compliment to the person being presented

    ____ 34. After-dinner speeches differ from other types of presentations due to
    a.organization
    b.the lack of thesis
    c.the use of humor
    d.the use of metaphors
    e.all of the above

  33. Wilbert May 29, 2014 at 4:30 pm Reply

    My dad has been in the military for 28 years. He is retiring soon and he wants me to write a speech to present at his ceremony. I have been in the AF for a little over a year and a half now and I cant figure out how to do this. He was prior enlisted for 8 years. PLEASE HELP!
    Im writing this to present to him as a speech from son to father not writing his retirement speech for him….I one on the speakers speaking about him.
    Im writing this to present to him as a speech from son to father not writing his retirement speech for him….I one on the speakers speaking about him.

  34. Mohamed May 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Triple H has taken over the WWE and we didn’t even hear the retirement speech from the former CEO of the company. It just happened within a blink of an eye and 2 weeks from his retirement noone is talking about him? Could anyone explain it? Thank you

  35. Horace June 12, 2014 at 2:43 am Reply

    mine was shawn michaels by a long shot, i didnt care that flair retired but i was quite upset when shawn lost at wrestlemania as i didnt want him to retire and i really didnt want the streak to continue
    i dont think he did want it that way, also look at the way shawn went out he mocked the undertaker and then slapped him, thats how u go out in style and plus non of us knew whether he was gonna lose which made it alot more emotional where as flair we knew he was gonna lose

  36. Laci June 13, 2014 at 6:59 am Reply

    Mine is tomorrow night. Can anyone tell me when to open a gift. If it is given to me after a speech or whatever. Should I open it right away or wait. and any other hints you can give me.

  37. Shannan June 16, 2014 at 11:53 am Reply

    Been aat our school for 14 years!

  38. Tesha June 16, 2014 at 11:53 am Reply

    i want the words, dont give me a vid

  39. Tobias June 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm Reply

    BQ – Do you Edge and HBK

  40. Shena June 17, 2014 at 1:59 am Reply

    Each quarter, my English teacher has us write a speech. The speech for the quarter is a two minute retirement, set around 2058.
    How could I start my speech in a humorous (and appropriate) way, while still acknowledging who would have attended (sort of like the traditional “I would like to thank my sister…”, but a bit more fun)?

  41. Sumiko June 17, 2014 at 6:18 am Reply

    Hello everyone. I am currently in a communications class and we have a ceremonial speech of tribute to do tomorrow. It only has to be 3-4 minutes long but I don’t really know what to do. I was thinking of possibly pretending I was giving an award to someone but wanted to know other ideas that were out there. Can anyone help? Any topic will be worthwhile 🙂 Thanks a bunch!
    no offense, but i need actual topics not tips about effect speech making. its the last speech of the year and all i need is a good topic 🙁

  42. Agustin June 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    I want to be able to either download it or just record from my phone, either way I want to be able to hear it from my computer

  43. Thuy June 20, 2014 at 3:02 am Reply

    I have a friend who is retiring from work after 25 years.
    Do you know any retirement speeches she can use?
    she is 52 now
    thanks in advance

  44. Donte June 20, 2014 at 9:05 am Reply

    k so my teacher is retiring..the class wants me to say a speech or a couple words to her…what should i say?:S….other than being all
    “thank you for everything and we wish you all the best”
    any ideas for a speech maybe?

  45. Danna June 20, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

    My mom’s retirement dinner is this evening. One of the teachers told me some of the teachers are writing poems and if I wanted to write one. I said okay.. Now its the day of and I feel awkward writing one or saying it in front of 40 people. I’m going to be terribly nervous and I feel that the things I want to say about my mom are sentimental things that would be better said in a card to her. I don’t want everyone to think badly of me though. Not all the teachers are writing poems, just a few. Should I brave up or is it fine for me to say that I’m not comfortable and I would probably be too emotional?

  46. Charles June 21, 2014 at 8:33 am Reply

    My first Wrestling Show I saw was at a friend’s house back in 2005. It was New Year’s Revolution. The rest of the card I forget, except the Elimination Chamber Match. Cena winning had my friend going nuts, as like every other 10 year old Cena fan.

    Then the music that became so familiar in the next few years to me hit, and the man known as Vincent Kennedy McMahon came out. He said the night was not over, and he said this man was going to use his Money in the Bank Contract tonight (At the time, I did not know what the MITB Was, so my friend explained it to me).

    “You Think You Know Me…” – Here comes a man in a long trenchcoat with the long blonde hair with a smoking hot girl. That man was Edge, with Lita. And from the moment he walked out on the stage, I was in love… with Lita. But when Edge came in, cashed in the MITB, and won the title, Edge became my instant favorite, even though at the time he was hated amongst the fans.

    6 Years later, it brought a tear to my eye seeing the man that got me into wrestling retire. Yet, I believe this tear was a tear of sadness, and also a tear of Joy.

    I was sad to see the 11 time World Champion retire from the ring. He had just an amazing career, almost as amazing as Shawn Michael’s. He put on amazing matches and worked great on the mic. He was not only an entertainer inside the ring, but outside the ring also. After buying “Edge, A Decade of Decadnece”, It took me back to Edge’s best matches, the one that stood out to me the most was that TLC Match at Wrestlemania X-7.

    Yet, this match was probrably one of the many causes of Edge’s retirement. Wrestling, as they say, is fake. Well, Edge retirering just goes to show you its not all that show. This is a legitamite sport with legitamite injuries.

    Back to the tear and how it brought Joy to me. It brought this joy to me because if Edge did not get tested and went on to compete in the ladder match at X-Treme Rules, we would probrably be talking about his premature death rather than his premature retirement.

    Seeing Edge go was sad, but thankfully he was able to walk out of the ring for the last time rather than be carried out on a stretcher.

    Edge had been talking about retirement in recent interviews, but I did not think it would be this soon. Edge is 37, and has a good 40 years left in him. Yet, it could have been to late to save him if he had gone through in that ladder match.

    So, yes ladies and gentlemen, Edge is seriously retirering from wrestling. But yet, I believe this is not the last time we will see him. Sure, he deserves a break after 19 years on the road. Let him enjoy his time at home with his dogs and girlfriend.

    But let me say this, he will be back. Maybe a special entrance in the Royal Rumble? Maybe a commentator on Smackdown or Raw? Or maybe, it was Edge all along who was the mystery General Manager of Raw… we may never know.

    Let me say this as a sendoff, Thank you, Edge, for the many memories over the years in the WWE.

    BQ: Share your thoughts on Edge’s retirement.

    BQ2: If Edge does come back, would you want him to be a commentator or the General Manager of Raw?

    BQ3: What year do you believe Edge will be inducted into the HOF?

  47. Rosendo June 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I always had the idea that The Undertaker’s retirement would be the biggest and grandest one ever. So I was wondering, how good of a speech can you guys come up with? I want you to take a shot at writing a retirement-themed speech by putting yourself in The Undertaker’s place. It doesn’t have to be a novel of a speech, but just creative and original and Undertaker-ish enough, like something he would possibly say. Best Answer will go to the most fun-to-read answer.

    So off you go.

    BQ: Is it true WWE fires their superstars if they fail the wellness policy three times?

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