The welcome speech is the spine of any corporate event. It pulls or repels the audience to tune in or run away before any event starts.
Here, learn the best practices to make your welcome speech corporate event successful!
Below, you will see a sample speech written under headers. Those headers serve as a guide on the order of what to say and when to say it.
Sample Welcome Speech
Don’t know where to start on a welcome speech that impresses your listeners? Use the welcome speech guide below and tweak it to make it your own!
Start with a Salutation
A very pleasant Morning/Afternoon/Evening to one and all,
Welcome Speech Introduction
Thank you for being with us today. From our oldest members who’ve been diligently supporting us since the beginning as well as every new face to our 7th Annual Get-Together, we extend a warm welcome.
On behalf of my Team/Community/Group, I sincerely thank and acknowledge every one of you who extended help to us for making this event a grand success.
(Include names you want to thank).
Trust us, all of this would’ve been just a dream if not for your immense support.
The Theme of the Event
Today, I would like to point your attention to our fresh faces in the volunteer category who are part of our history since (include a date).
You are here today because we are asking for your support and contributions to our organization to realize (specify the vision/mission of the company/association/firm). We grow and scale successfully only with your dedication towards individual and group goals. You are an integral part of our success story and we need you as much as you need us.
In the coming months, you will learn and practice initiative programs via seminars and exclusive events designed to enhance your hands-on experience and professional skills.
Finally, the Conclusion
Lastly, without taking any more of your time, I call (insert name of the next speaker) to introduce himself/herself to you as well as elaborate on the core details of ongoing and upcoming projects and contracts.
If you’re on the veranda, don’t hesitate to hit me up with a ‘Hi’ if you have any doubts. You’re all most welcome here (insert company name).
This sample welcome speech is sure to be a hit at your next corporate event!
5 Speech Writing and Giving Tips
1. Outline the structure.
Obviously, this post is helpful in creating a structure, but I invite you to use what’s written above as an outline. Think of it as a helpful way to show what order to put things in. Then you can fill in the details.
2. Flesh out the main ideas in your outline.
This is going to be different for every event and audience. The example above is very formal. Feel free to crack a joke or tell a story. Storytelling is what keeps people interested and it’s what they remember most in a speech. So, while you’re brainstorming, think of story examples of 3-5 points that can be made in your speech.
3. Edit and polish what you’ve written until you have a cohesive first draft of your speech.
The draft should live in your head. Don’t think of editing and polishing as something on paper. The last thing you want to see is a speaker reading from a piece of paper. Edit and polish in your mind so it becomes so familiar to you that you can speak off the cuff.
For my TEDx Talk linked above, I used an outline for the points I wanted to make in my talk. Then, I filled in the details with stories and added images to make it a bit more entertaining.
I never wrote what I was going to say word for word. When you do that and try to memorize it, you will end up either sounding like a robot (not conversational at all) or you’ll get lost after tripping up one word. Remember, be conversational.
While this can get repetitive, it’s so important to practice with notes to start, then without notes. For TEDx, my practice was to accomplish two things:
- Stay in the 7-8 minute window of time
- Memorize the order of the points I wanted to make. To make this easier, I used slides to remind me what point to make next. I also shared a few numbered points, like first, second, third, etc.
5. Ask for Feedback.
If you want to give another speech, it’s important to know what people did and did not like about the one you just presented. Now, I’m one who does NOT like taking advice from the cheap seats. I’m not telling you to get professional speaking advice from someone who is not a professional speaker. Instead, learn what people liked best, what was most excited, where you lost them because things got boring, how they left feeling, etc.
If you want to learn more about giving great speeches and speaking in public, check out this blog post about Toastmasters. It’s a great way to network and become a seasoned public speaker.