Tips & Guidelines for
speech: Accepting an award
| Public Speaking |
Impromptu Speech |
Ice Breaking ( first) Speech|
They like you, they really do.
The Oscars, the Grammys, the Emmys, your
company’s annual awards presentation…. What do they have in common? Chances
are, the recipients of these awards give less than thrilling acceptance
speeches. Accepting an award graciously requires some thought and
preparation. Saying "Thanks, but I really don’t deserve this" won’t cut it.
Every good acceptance speech has four ingredients: gratitude, recognition
and sincerity. Most importantly, it’s memorable.
So beyond being grateful, you need good content and good delivery. Here are
some tips for adding rhythm and pacing to your acceptance speech:
· Write your acceptance speech as a script – and memorize it!
· Practice, Practice, Practice! Rehearse with a timer and allow time for the
· Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. "One one-thousand,
two one-thousand, three one-thousand…. pause…. begin."
· Begin by addressing the audience – it buys you time and calms your nerves.
· Don’t apologize for anything: Remember, the audience won’t notice and is
rooting for you.
· Control filler words (uhms and ahs ) See above points: practice, pause and
· Concentrate on your message – not the medium. You have important thoughts
to convey, so focus on your speech, not on the television audience.
· Keep names to a minimum and get them right! Memorize the names of the
people you want to recognize (including correct pronunciation) or prepare a
card to read from.
· Make your last line expendable, in case you are cut off.
Even well-delivered speeches can be boring. To make your acceptance speech
memorable, use a brief but touching or humorous anecdote—from the project
you are nominated for, the people you worked with, or about some
little-known fact. Let your speech reflect your personality and your passion
for the project that brought you to this stage in the first place.
( Courtesy: Khalid AlQoud, DTM )