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Baby Shower Speech or Toast for Your Sister or Sister-In-Law

 

If you are looking for help with any of the following ideas, then you are in the right place at the right time

 

  • How to write a sweet baby shower speech or toast for your sister or sister-in-law
  • Ideas and tips and advice to help you write a great baby shower toast for your sister or sister-in-law
  • Baby shower speech sister examples or templates you can easily model your speech after

 

If you have a sister who means the world to you, then you can be sure that a very good sister is a priceless gift.

If you have one who is always there for you, then you can count your lucky stars.

 

From when you were little sisters, you’ve pulled her hair, yanked her clothes, fought with her when she’s hogged the washroom, thwacked her on the head with pillows, stolen her clothes, made her cry to your parents on multiple occasions, argued with her till the break of dawn, robbed her of her secret chocolate stash, teased her with her high school crushes till she’s been red in the face...all of this is literally just the tip of your sibling rivalry.

 

How to write a baby shower speech for your sister or sister-in-law

 

Now, your “snotty older sister” or “bratty younger sister” is all grown up.

 

Both of you are probably married by now and she’s expecting a baby child.  I am sure you wish another sweet baby girl is added to the old so you can possibly outnumber the guys in the family!

 

I know you’re incredibly thrilled for her deep, deep down. As her sister, you may also have the distinct honor and privilege of organizing her baby shower. What an honor!

 

But have you really considered what you will say when it’s time to talk about who your sister is, the bonds of friendship you shared over the years, and what you look forward to when you imagine her holding her cute bundle of blessing in her fragile arms?

 

I hope you did love to!

By the way, do you really have it takes to write a baby shower speech for your sister or sister-in-law?

 

Whether you are great with words or not, please don’t worry because in the next few lines I am going to share with you everything you need to know about writing and delivering a sweet baby shower speech for your sister even if you have never spoken before a small crowd your whole life.

 

Are you ready to come along with me? Ok, let’s get started.  Just like every journey, you have to start by looking at what goes into making a baby shower speech and plan for it accordingly.

 

To do this, you have to watch a couple of views to get a fair idea of how such toasts are made because they put you in the mood for the proper expression of your thoughts and ideas in a very logical manner.

 

By the way, I found these video clips for you. I hope it not only inspires you but also fill your mind with rich ideas to help you put together your random thoughts and ideas.

 

Baby Shower Speech for a Sister (Video example #1)

 

 

Baby Shower Speech for a Sister-In-Law (Video example #2)

 

 

I hope you learned a thing or two from watching those clips? If you haven’t, you can go back and watch them one more time.

 

That’s not all.  You actually need written samples to complement those videos because they reinforce what you have heard or watched.

 

Now, let’s first look at this very touching baby shower speech sample for a sister.

 

After we have read through it together, we will break it down bit by bit so we can use the lessons learned to say something about your sister at her shower.

 

First and foremost, let’s look at the entire template. Go grab your pen and journal and see if there’s anything you can lift from this example. Let me say thank you to Caitlin's Happy Heart for letting us post this very beautiful, honest, funny, and sincere toast here.

 

Here you go:

 

Baby Shower Speech Sample For a Sister

 

Hi I’m Katrina Caitlin’s oldest sister!!!!

Well at least I always thought I should have been the oldest sister.

Let me tell you about my oldest sister Caitlin. She was always getting in the way, taking some of the attention. Bossing me around.

 

Yes, admittedly she taught me lots of useful life skills.

Like how to hold the guinea pigs

Like blowing bubbles in my drink

Writing on walls

Picking all Dad’s carrots out of the vegie patch!

And climbing the Cupboard that held the Christmas presents.

 

The Christmas Present Cupboard wasn’t all she snooped in.  She was always reading my diary and would even write a message back at me in my diary starting an argument – in my very own diary!

Things didn’t always go to plan.

I still remember the day that she was helping me escape from the cot and she tipped the whole thing over on top of us both.

 

The last I remember was waking up to an ambulance officer standing over me and then I had to get my chin stitched up.  Apparently she knocked herself out too!  Mum wasn’t too impressed.

 

Alas the years of fun and games began.

We were the best of friends and the best of foes all at the same time.

When it suited us we got on very well.  But truth is it just didn’t suit us all the time!

Dad used to say, you two need to learn to get on.  Your sister will be the best friend you will ever have!

 

I remember she used to get so jealous of me some days.  Why does Katrina get to go to bed at the same time as me or why does Katrina get this or that too….

It was always easy to get a bite out of her on these days!

The years seemed to fly by so quickly and soon we were teenagers.

 

How to write a toast for my sister at her shower

 

My sister used to hate me coming up to her in high-school and talking to her when she was with her friends.  So much so I used to seek her out – after all aren’t we meant to be best friends for life?  Well so Dad says anyway.

 

She used to pretend she didn’t know me on the school bus and I used to annoy her by talking to all her friends!

We attended youth group together and some days we got on really well and other days I used to annoy and embarrass her.  We seemed to be always competing with each other. 

 

In fact our whole life seemed to be competitive…

She learnt to ride her push bike – so I got Dad to take my training wheels off and took off.

 

She finally got her driver’s license after a delayed start, a couple of failed tests and being a very nervous driver.  And so it happened that the government changed the law and the day I turned 16 ½.

 

I went straight in and got my learners and license 6 months later.  Now we had to share the car!

Boys – she got a boyfriend and suddenly a very nice young man begins to take me out as well!

 

You guessed it.  The Weddings came.  She was married in January 1998 and I was married in September the same year.  

 

( I wasn’t allowed to marry a day sooner either because my parents made me wait to give Caitlin a chance – not to mention give their bank balance a chance.)

 

This is when Dad’s prophesy actually started to eventuate.  We enjoyed a friendship   once we were married.

 

After a few years of married bliss my sister began to desire to start a family. Then suddenly out of the blue the shock announcement happens!

I was expecting my first baby….

 

But it was now apparent the “Pain of infertility” was my sister and her husband allotment. That was  followed by the pain of a miscarriage.  My pregnancy only inflicted more hurt on my sister and only emphasized the pain she was feeling.  It didn’t help that she miscarried twice during my pregnancy with my first born.  

 

Suddenly all the years of competing and sibling rivalry were not important, suddenly I wished that my sister could experience the same joy as me.  I think this is the one area that we were never competing yet somehow, strangely it seemed like I was the winner and she was the loser.

 

At first my sister didn’t know how she could love my child but once my little girl Emily was born neither of us can imagine how she couldn’t love her little niece.

 

The years passed and I fell pregnant with my second but still no joy of babies for my sister.  I was so sure this baby would be another girl because my sister had always wanted a boy first and surely she would produce the first grandson/nephew.  

 

To my surprise our little boy was born and I beat my sister to producing the first grandson as well.  

 

Baby shower speech for sister or sister in law

Out of deference to my sister we did not use my Dad’s name, because we knew she wanted to use it as a 2nd name if she had a boy.

 

{Small side note from Caitlin: In the end, we didn’t use Dad’s first name, but rather his 2nd name for Toddler T’s middle name.

 

And we didn’t use it for J Boy because we realised there was a tradition in the Accountant’s family of naming first born son’s after their father. So in the end, Katrina was able to use Dad’s name for the middle name of her fifth child.}

 

I remember crying my own tears over this terrible road of infertility my sister was experiencing.  Suddenly people started to think I was the older sister as I had the kids and she was still childless.  It just didn’t seem like a victory having people think I was the oldest anymore.

 

Eventually my sister and her husband gave up on their desire to fall pregnant and moved over to England to pursue travel and career.  After 6 months over there I can still remember the phone call from my sister – she was pregnant at last!  We were all so excited.  

 

A few months later I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child and it was nice to experience pregnancy with my sister.  Especially considering my other two pregnancy’s I couldn’t really share with her because of the emotions of pain and hurt that my pregnancy’s evoked on her

 

She had a boy – I had a girl – A cousin for my kids at last!  Her little boy and my daughter are the best of friends (and foes) even now as two little 4 year olds going to kindy together.

 

 

The years continued to pass and soon I was in hospital having my 4th child and on the very same day my sister was a few doors up in the hospital going through the IVF procedure in the hope to have a sibling for J Boy.  9 months later my second nephew arrived!

 

When I fell pregnant with my 5th child

People started to marvel…

“I don’t know how you do it!” they would say.  I would always look them in the eye and tell them that being a mum was the best job in the world and I don’t have 5 babies.  I have all different ages and really it is quite manageable!  You see I have  9, 6, 4, 2 year olds and a baby,

 

They are all different ages and stages. My sister and her husband started to tease us…  They have never been keen on vans and they would giggle at us and say WE WILL NEVER BUY A VAN.

 

To tease them back I taught my nephews to love driving with us in the tarago and I even taught them to say Tarago amongst their first words dad, mum, bub, twargo!

We all seemed to settle in to life knowing that I would have the larger family full of kids and my sister would have the nice neat smaller family. 

 

After another round of IVF in hope for their final child – hopefully even a little girl and some disappointments along the way February this year my sister finally had success – she was pregnant again!  

 

The big surprise was that this time there was not one but two babies!  How exciting twins!

 

Another early scan brought the biggest surprise of all…Not one, not two but 3 little babies inside.  (2 identical and 1 fraternal!)   My sister was having triplets.

 

After all those years of teasing and vowing to never own a van, after all those years of me being the one with the most kids, after all those years of infertility and pain….

 

 

I can now say with a giggle and a grin…How do you do it with 5 children – 5 years and under?

 

I did 5 one at a time and had a chance to adapt with each new addition…I have one child for every age group….

 

After all those years of competing, teasing and bickering I can now most sincerely say….

You are a legend sister dear!  I say it with a giggle and a good luck too….

Sister you have won!

 

Ok, let’s start breaking down this lovely example bit by bit with an eye towards writing your own baby shower speech or toast that comes straight from your heart.

 

First, let’s start with the introduction or opening remarks. Let’s recap what we saw in the above example so that we can be guided to do this very well.

 

‘’Hi I’m Katrina Caitlin’s oldest sister!!!!

Well at least I always thought I should have been the oldest sister.

Let me tell you about my oldest sister Caitlin…’’

 

One common thing runs through this line and it’s a short self-introduction. Here, you state your relationship with the mom-to-be and her husband.

 

After you’ve said, you then proceed to thank the people present. Here, you can single out personalities who have been a tremendous blessing in the lives of the expectant mother and her family and mention why you are giving them a shout out.

 

If you go back to read the entire speech once more, you will realize that the writer dives into the story straightaway into what her relationship with her sister has been like over the years.

 

I am sure she had a brainwave and had no trouble at all putting down her thoughts. But what about some of us who really struggle to put words together?

 

That’s where you need to work with a solid plan. Working with a solid plan depends on the objective of the speech.

 

Have you been asked to simple thank everyone for coming, asked to give a welcome speech or just do your own thing?

Ok, let’s look at each of the above toasts.

First on the bill is welcome baby shower speech. If you are asked by your sister or sister-in-law to give some brief remarks welcoming everyone to the event, then you can go with this kind.

 

Baby shower speech for sister samples

 

Here’s an example

Hello and welcome everyone. For those of you who don’t know this cute girl, my name is Kate a.k.a The Redhead.

 

Thank you so much for coming to this occasion and by your presence, you have shown how much you love the most beautiful mom-to-be. If you care to know, she is my best friend and sister.

 

Second, you can simply thank everyone for coming to the event after welcoming them to your sister’s very special event.

Third, you can simply thank and welcome the guests and say a prayer if you or most of the guests are Christians.

 

Now, let’s dive right into how you can put together your scattered thoughts into a very beautiful toast.

Again, it all comes down to planning.  Planning what to say, how to say it, and when to say what you wish to say.

To do that, you first have to decide where you want to take this from. Do you want to give an account of your relationship with your sister over the years or you simply want to dwell an aspect of her pregnancy or life.

 

Whatever angle you are aiming at, these easy-to-answer questions can fill your mind with rich ideas that can help you write a sweet baby shower toast for your sister or sister-in-law.

 

So, please grab your pen and let’s do a little brainstorming and then provide answers to the following questions.

 

  • What fond memories do you want to share?
  1. How did you feel when she came into your life? You can put in your views if you are an older sister.
  • What was life like growing up with your sister?
  1. What can you say about your teen years? This is how it’s captured in the above sample.

 

‘’The years seemed to fly by so quickly and soon we were teenagers.

My sister used to hate me coming up to her in high-school and talking to her when she was with her friends.  So much so I used to seek her out – after all aren’t we meant to be best friends for life?  Well so Dad says anyway…



  1. What makes her a very special person or sister?
  • In what ways has she been a blessing in your life?
  1. Can you talk about her marriage or day of the wedding event? Were you the maid or matron of honor? And how did you feel on her big day?

 

Now, let’s pause and carefully consider a few things about her fertility and pregnancy

 

  • Is this her first child? Or she has other children?
  • If she has other children, how did she prepare for their arrival?
  • If this is her first baby, then how has she been preparing to meet her cute bundle of blessings?

 

Action Tip: Using the answers you have written down, quickly put your thoughts and ideas together to form a very rough draft. Don’t worry about how it flows because you can always go back and take out what you don’t really need.

Baby shower speech for your sister-in-law


Baby Shower Speech or Toast from Mom to Be or Hostess

Are you an expectant mom and looking forward to delivering a sweet baby shower speech?

If so, then please bear with me for just a little while and you will find answers to one or more of the following:

  • How to write a unique baby shower speech or toast by mom to be
  • Ideas to help you put together your random thoughts into a beautiful baby shower speech
  • Baby shower speech thank you examples or samples you can model your speech after

 

First and foremost, let me say congratulations on your impending arrival! I am so happy for you.

 

Welcome speech examples baby shower from mom to be

 

Your family and friends and (even me) can’t wait to meet your very special one. I wish you the very best. May God decorate you and the wonderful little child’s life with the best gifts from heaven.

 

I once read this quote by writer Eda LeShan that says that a new baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”

 

I couldn’t agree more because babies bring along with them an usual aura. I don’t know if this is your first, second, third, etc. baby on the way. But if you already have children, then you know how wonderful children are to humanity and how sweet those cute those bundle of joys are too. I can’t leave out you because you are such a special person and mom!

 

I get it if you are a new one. The sleepless nights and anxieties would soon be over and you will soon be smiling and holding that precious little miracle in your hand! What a sweet relief!

 

Well, I  wish I could deliver a tangible gift your address but I don’t know where you are.

 

But I can still do something for you. I am overjoyed to shower you with this special gift I know you will love with every piece of your heart: a very easy way to write your baby shower speech without trying so hard.

 

Are you ready to come along with me? You better do because there’s so much to uncover here. Ok, let’s get started by looking at….

 

How to Put Your Ideas Together To Form a Great Speech

 

The mistake I see most people make is to put their thoughts together without really figuring out what goes into writing a good baby shower toast.

To do that, you should first watch a couple of videos to get an idea of what you are going to say and how best you can simply deliver your message.

 

Guess what, my friend? Video clips about how to make such speeches can fill your mind with positive thoughts and great ideas that you can easily incorporate into your own baby shower speech or toast.

 

By the way, I found these two videos you can watch and learn from.

 

Baby Shower Speech Sample For Hostess ( Video example #1)

 

 

Baby Shower Speech Example From Mom to Be ( Video #2)


 

I hope you enjoyed watching them and learned a thing or two from both video clips.

 

Now, let’s dive into the details itself. 

 

First, before you draft, you should first decide what kind of remarks you want to say. There are are several types you can pick from. But for the purposes of this study, I would like us to dwell on just eight of them.

 

They are as follows:

  • Welcome baby shower speech or toast
  • Thank you baby shower speech or toast
  • Religious/Christian shower speech or toast
  • Best wishes baby shower speech or toast for your baby
  • Personal reflections baby shower speech or toast
  • Storytelling baby shower speech or toast
  • Funny baby shower speech or toast
  • A Combo baby shower speech or toast

 

Baby shower speech from mom to be

 

Ok, enough said. Sounds confusing, right? Ok, I will take each kind and explain what they are so you can decide for yourself what you want to go with.

 

First and foremost, let’s start with the welcome remarks. If you and your husband are hosting this very special occasion, then you can be sure at some point that either you or the love of your life may be asked to give a few remarks to kick start the event. So, always have something in mind no matter how brief it is.

 

Second, you can decide to simply thank everyone for coming and give a shout out to certain personalities who have been a tremendous blessing to you, your husband and family.

 

You can also start out by thanking the guests for coming to support you and for their thoughtful gifts. You could also thank your hostess/hostesses for bringing friends and family together on this very special occasion. Here, you can thank people too for their gifts, card, and best wishes.

 

Here’s a simple example that vividly explains what I want to put across.

 

Example #1

 

Hello and welcome everyone. On behalf of Mark and out entire family, I want to thank you for being here this morning. You have always been a great source of encouragement and support to me all these years. Thank you for sharing our excitement, and also for your generous gifts.

 

Example #2

 

Now, let’s see this sample from AptParenting

Your presence made the day so much fun. I specially appreciate and thank you for the yummy cake that you baked for me. Thank you for the adorable (gift). A newborn needs so many things and your thoughtful gift will surely come in handy.

 

Example #3

 

What about this great example from the Baby Center

 

I just want to thank everyone for coming to celebrate me and my little boy today. Thank you so much Carrie for hosting the shower and thank you to my team old and new for making this day so special. I feel so loved.

 

As you know this baby has been wanted for some time and I am so blessed to finally be a mommy. I can't wait for him to arrive and to hold him and kiss him and smell his baby smell.

 

I have 11 weeks to go and these gifts you have given me will help me to relax and prepare for his arrival. It is crazy how much a new baby needs. So thank you so much.

 

Third, you can use a few best wishes for yourself and your child.

 

My baby boy has been kicking me in the groin and it’s a clear sign that he’s ready to take on his world. I think it is  sign that he will be as active as his dad. 

I can’t wait to see what sort of person he grows to become. Of course, I am praying for a safe and healthy delivery.

 

My hope is that once he joins us, he will sleep more so I can enjoy some sleep too because  I have gone through hell and back to reach this far!

 

Thank you so much for coming and thank you for everything .  You have been a wellspring of love and support and I can’t thank you enough for that. You all mean the world to me! Never, ever forget that.

 

Fourth, if you are a godly couple or a Christian, you can lace your toast with some verses from the bible or make it a faith based speech.

 

You can simply say a prayer for yourself, your baby, and the guests and thank everyone for coming.

 

I got this idea while writing for Grace when her daughter and son-in-law were having their shower at the height of the global pandemic last year. This is how I began her speech.

 

Let me start by saying that our lives are full of beautiful moments and seasons, and God, in his infinite wisdom, generously gives us countless wonderful blessings in each season, so we can experience his love and goodness.

 

Scripture tells us in Ecclesiastics 3:1 that there’s a season for everything under the heavens. Today,…

 

Did you see how I threw in a bible verse to make it sound biblical? Grace loved every bit of it.

 

How to write baby showe by mom to be

 

By the way, here are a few bible verses you can use to write a faith based message.

 

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows….James 1: 17

 

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”… Psalms 127:3

 

“Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”… Psalms 112:1

 

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”- Jeremiah 1:5

''For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future''…Jeremiah 29:11

 

F. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it….Proverbs 22:6

 

Now, let’s move to another type of baby shower speech: personal or storytelling.

 

This is by far the easiest and most entertaining way to tell your story. However, your story should be inspiring and memorable.

 

To do that, you can take your story from one or more of these story angles.

  • What really happened before you found out that you were carrying a baby? This is particularly useful if you have been expecting a baby for a long time.
  • Are there expectant mothers among the guests? Can you tell them what your own journey has been like and the lessons you have learned?
  • Did you read any book or poem or watched any movie that inspired you to keep going on? If so, can you share it with your family and friends and how they lifted you up every step of the way?
  • Were you blessed enough to have someone hold your back and constantly check up on you when you were experiencing difficulties? If the person will be around, why don’t you share the story and let everyone know how lucky you are to have him or her in your life? That person will really appreciate it and her wisdom will guide you forever.
  • I once read a story where a mother mentioned that the doctors said her daughter couldn’t have a child due to some abnormal growth in her uterus.

 

Instead, of being somber and sullen, this woman of faith totally ignored the medical prognosis and went on to have a healthy and beautiful baby girl because she believed that the baby was heaven-sent.

 

If you are a person of faith, you can imitate her and tell your friends and family that you are not moved by what the doctors have said about your pregnancy because you are expecting nothing short of a miracle! This kind of confession always inspires others to place their trust in God.

 

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that another way of lightening up the atmosphere is to tell a few jokes and probably share some funny comments someone made about you and your husband when you found out you have somewhat missed your monthly cycle.

 

Again, if you or your husband has a sense of humor, you could say something to the effect that you hope that, that quality rubs off on the new baby so he or she can bring joy and laughter into your lives.

 

Finally, a combo speech is when you take bits and pieces of all the types we have mentioned above to form your own story.

 

If all of that won’t suffice, you can simply speak from the heart since that is always the best thing you can do when you don’t want to go with a script. But make sure you have an idea of what to say and practice it for a while in your mind before you deliver your baby shower toast or speech.

Baby shower speech thank you example

 

 


CEO Farewell Speech or Letter: Here’s A Very Simple And Pain Free Way To Write A Memorable Leaving Speech Even If You Are Not Great With Words Or You Are As Busy As A Bee

 

Are you the CEO, President, Manager, Boss or Director of your organization? 

 

If you nodded yes to any of that, then you are in the right place because I am going to share with you

  • How you can write a memorable CEO, President, Boss, Manager goodbye speech without trying so hard
  • How you can use farewell speech templates to help you say something before leaving the office

…plus a whole lot more ideas and tips you can use to make an outgoing speech that your staff and employees will forever remember.

 

Can This Be Really True?

 

They say life is very short and feeling. But when it comes to working in a place where everyone feels like family, then life can be very, very short at the workplace.

 

Well, it seems like only yesterday that you were picked to lead the firm. Back then, you were in high spirits and  eagerly looking  forward to serving with love, passion, integrity, humility, compassion, and hard work.

 

Goodbye speech by CEO

 

You worked in earnest to raise the bar high! All too soon you have to walk out the door after a long, tireless, and dedicated tenure. Your departure reminds me of the phrase that all life is a stage and when we have played our parts, we will exit.

 

So, it’s only natural for your bosses, co-workers, and employees to come together to  celebrate you for your dedication and hard work.

 

As they smile at you, sing your praises, hug you tight and probably shed some happy and sad tears before sending you off, you will be asked to say a few words before you leave the office.

 

Well, speech making has always been part of your communication repertoire and you shouldn’t just wing it. Wouldn’t it be so nice if your CEO, President, Boss, Manager, farewell sounds graceful, reconciliatory, inspiring, witty, and appreciative?

 

Well, if you can make it a little funny, then you will leave everyone with tears of joy. But, can you do it?

 

I am sure by now you might be wondering how you can easily come up with a great farewell message that totally encapsulates all those virtues.   It’s actually easy.  I know you are short on time, so I will make things a lot easier for you.

 

This Is How to Start Your Farewell Message

 

If you have never given such a speech before, then it’s best to get your feet wet by watching a few video clips about how outgoing speeches are made. I scoured the net and found these amazing examples at youtube.com.

 

Please take a few minutes to watch both clips to see how these brilliant speakers delivered their messages and see if you can in a way work in some of the contents into your own speech.

 

Here you go:

 

CEO, President, Boss, Manager, etc. farewell speech example (video#1)

 

 

CEO, President, Boss, Manager, etc. farewell message sample (video#2)

 

 

I hope you took home some ideas from watching those clips?

 

Now, let’s look at these written samples since they are like Siamese twins with videos.

 

The former gives you an idea of what to expect and the latter reinforces the ideas raised in the videos.

 

So, first and foremost, let’s look at these written examples. Then, we will break it down bit by bit so we can figure out what went into writing them so you can organize your thoughts into a great parting or leaving speech. 

 

Let’s start with a letter and the speech itself will follow it. 

 

Here you go:

For our study, here’s a simple but profound goodbye letter Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent to her employees when she was about to leave the firm. Please read through it carefully.  Here’s a full text of her goodbye letter she posted on Tumblr.

 

323 days ago, we announced that Verizon would be acquiring Yahoo's operating business. Today, I can announce that the transaction has officially closed. While reaching this moment has certainly been a long road traveled, it marks the end of an era for Yahoo, as well as the beginning of a new chapter – it's an emotional time for all of us.

 

Director farewell speech

 

Given the inherent changes to my role, I'll be leaving the company. However, I want all of you to know that I'm brimming with nostalgia, gratitude, and optimism.

 

It's been my great honor and privilege to be a part of this team for the last 5 years. Together, we have rebuilt, reinvented, strengthened, and modernized our products, our business, and our company.

 

Looking back on my time at Yahoo, we have confronted seemingly insurmountable business challenges, along with many surprise twists and turns. I've seen our teams navigate these hurdles and mountains in ways that have not only made Yahoo a better company, but also made all of us far stronger.

 

During these past 5 years, we've built products that delight our users, focused on our clients' businesses, driven substantial value for our shareholders, and endeavored to make Yahoo the absolute best place to work. I want to take a moment to remind you of some of our many achievements together. They are remarkable, and we should all be very proud.

 

To our users: We have enhanced our products to be far more modern and engaging, especially for mobile

To our advertisers: We completely rebuilt our advertising business, putting our clients first

To our shareholders: Our stock has hit a 17-year high, more than tripling since July 2012

To our shareholders: Our stock has hit a 17-year high, more than tripling since July 2012

 

As I look back on these achievements, I want to sincerely thank every single Yahoo employee, past and present, for your contributions both large and small. I'm tremendously grateful for all of the hard work and the many sacrifices you've made.

 

We always endeavored to do the right thing for our users, advertisers, shareholders, and fellow Yahoos. This has required the most impressive displays of teamwork, innovation, and resilience I've ever seen, and working with you has made my time as CEO nothing short of a privilege.

 

Finally, I want to thank our founders, Filo and Jerry. Every entrepreneur's wildest dream is to change the world with their ideas, and you've done just that. From day one, your tenacity and whimsy helped create one of the most special companies of all time – one that has employed more than 175,000 people, generated over $77B in revenue, and has informed, connected, and entertained a large portion of humanity.

 

You've inspired all of us with your brilliance, values, and passion, and I will forever be in awe of you and I will forever be your biggest fan :-)

Yaho-o-oo!

Marissa

 

 

 

Now, let’s look at this farewell sample speech delivered by the president of the Lake Head University.

 

Afterwards, we will break it down so you can figure out what went into it and how you can use the take home lessons to write your own farewell message.

 

The ideas you will discover from my review of this example can be applied to whatever kind of speech you are thinking of delivering.

 

So, please keep reading on for more tips and ideas to you help say what is really on your mind.

 

Bonjour.

Bouzhoo ahnin.

It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead this university for the past seven and a half years.

I still remember, vividly, walking into Senate chambers for the first time, nearly eight years ago, with my wife Judy and two little daughters: Cecilia and Isabel.

Full of hopes and full of dreams.

Walking into a new job.

Walking into a new adventure.

Walking into a new mission.

I remember the warmth and hospitality of all the people in the community.

 

I remember mentioning, in passing, during my announcement speech, curiosity over a special pastry that I had been told about called a "Persian";

A unique specialty only found in Thunder Bay I was told — a local delicacy.

Only to find myself, a few hours later, with dozens of these pastries, lovingly packed for air travel by my new benefactors and especially designed as treats for my daughters.

 

I remember the wide-eyed expression on my daughters' faces when they saw packages of these childhood delicacies.

And the face of panic on Judy when she mentally calculated the quantities sugar content of each pastry.

To my shock and dismay, they were all consumed.

 

Bedtime routines were more challenging for the next few days, as we had to manage the sugar rushes.

Well, the kindness and generosity did not end there, for the next few months an army of volunteers helped us to prepare for our final arrival and then they helped us to settle in in August 2010.

Many kind people welcomed us as if we had been active members of the community for years in both Thunder Bay and Orillia.

We were home!

And the adventure began.

 

What no one will tell you, and few will ever admit, is that being a University President is as much about leadership abilities and management skills as it is a vocation of the heart.

 

It is as much about being smart and working hard as it is about having love and being passionate, and compassionate.

 

It is as much about reading briefing notes, countless emails and attending many meetings and events, as it is about listening and having empathy. It is as much about thinking as it is about feeling. And if the thinking and the feeling work together, they are a very powerful force indeed.

 

An overwhelming powerful force, when combined with commitment and purpose. An overwhelming powerful force when others see what you see and feel what you feel. An overwhelming powerful force when you have a true cause.

 

That is leadership. When you are in that office, you see both human potential for success and the possibility for waste.

 

You see what could be good for people and communities if you only work hard enough on their behalf. You see what could change lives if you are only clever enough to find the right way to reach out and the resources to fund them.

 

You see what could make a difference in this world when people work together. We have changed the world. When you get to be president, you have countless challenges and surprises.

 

You solve problems every day.

You are challenged every day,

Part of you carries the burden of leadership, worrying about making the right decisions.

Part of you carries the potential of leadership, dreaming about the right possibilities.

 

Lakehead University is more than the sum of its parts.

During the seven and a half years as your President, this University has been transformed.

During the seven and a half years as your President, I have been transformed.

The University is more than the sum of its parts.

And Because of that I have become more than the sum of my parts.

Thanks to you.

Thanks to all of you.

 

A lifetime of experiences, education and hard work came into contact with an extraordinary institution, and the amazing people who inhabit it,

And the remarkable communities who support it.

And we made magic together.

We have changed the world.

When I walk through the campus and I see our students, I see in each and every face, the potential for a life to be transformed.

 

Professional transformation;

Personal transformation;

Community transformation;

Societal transformation.

 

When I walk throughout the campus and talk to our outstanding faculty, or visit their labs, or see them engaged in the classroom with students, I see their dedication, their hard work, their struggle, their passion, and their love...

For their work.

For their impact on society,

For their students,

For their personal commitment to produce knowledge, and for their passion to disseminate that knowledge.

 

It is not easy juggling publication deadlines, research challenges administrative duties, class notes to prepare, community service to deliver.

Yet they are unwavering about their commitment to their students.

That is what we are known for:

The dedication of our faculty and their outstanding research.

When I walk around campus, and I see our staff fixing and cleaning the buildings, making and serving the food, helping and guiding the students with their needs, talking to our students, gauging their mood and stress levels, listening to their problems, and showing care and compassion.

I see their love for this University.

I see their sense of duty.

I see their pride.

 

When I travel across the country and around the world, and meet with our remarkable alumni, I see in their eyes their passion for Lakehead, I see gratitude for their great education, I see nostalgia for their time here, And I see their commitment to their Alma Mater.

 

Whether they graduated last year, or fifty years ago, they have Lakehead in their eyes.

This is what makes Lakehead special.

This is what makes Lakehead great.

This is what makes Lakehead.

Lakehead is more than the sum of its parts.

A university education transformed my life.

 

It transformed me personally.

It transformed me professionally.

It transformed my family.

It transformed my community.

And, it transformed countless people around me.

 

Just think of the transformational force of this experience embodied in the over 60 thousand Lakehead Alumni around the world;

How it ripples though individuals, families and communities like a powerful and unstoppable force of nature.

Think of the force that travels throughout our country,

Think of the force that travels across the world.

Think of that, and you are thinking of Lakehead University.

We have changed the world.

There is so much for us to be proud of...

Nearly 60% of Lakehead Graduates, are first generation graduates.

We were the first University in the country to implement an indigenous content requirement in our curriculum.

 

CEO farewell speech to employees

 

We were the first University in the country to appoint a Vice-Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives, and a chair on truth and reconciliation.

We appointed Canada's first Aboriginal woman as Dean of a Faculty of Law.

We have established an aboriginal mentorship program.

For three years in a row, we have been designated Canada's top research university in our category.

 

We have opened the doors to the world.

We have attracted over a thousand new international students.

We have built a new English Language program.

We have opened new opportunities for studying abroad for our students.

We established the first ever Office of Human Rights & Equity.

We have opened Alumni chapters across this country and around the world.

We opened a new Faculty of Law.

 

We renewed our partnership with Confederation College.

We have created a new partnership with Georgian College.

We have opened an office in Toronto.

Thanks to the support and generosity of our Federal and provincial governments, as well as the support of kind donors and alumni, we have built:

A new campus in Orillia.

A lovingly restored Port Arthur Collegiate Institute Building.

A new state of the art daycare.

A 25-million-dollar Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Science.

A new learning commons in the library.

A fully renovated Student Central

A new International Center.

 

New STATE OF THE ART immersive telepresence classrooms that connect our two campuses.

A new Alumni Commons on both campuses.

These are just a some of the exceptional things that we in this room have done together

We have changed the world.

So many of you made my journey at Lakehead one of the most enriching experiences of my life.

 

For that, I wish to thank you all.

First, our faculty:

Your dedication and commitment to Lakehead have been a constant source of strength and inspiration.

As I have so often said if our students are the lifeblood of Lakehead, it is our faculty who are the heart.

 

I would like to express my admiration of your commitment to teaching excellence and your devotion to providing our students a world class education in an environment which is nurturing and supportive of the learning experience.

The Lakehead student experience is second to none because of you.

 

To our Deans, Chairs, Directors and other senior administrators, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your leadership and guidance. I could always count on you for sound advice and tireless support.

 

To the Chairs and members of our Ogimaawin–Aboriginal Governance Council, my deepest gratitude for guiding our University's continuing efforts to support First Nation, Inuit, and Métis' higher education goals.

 

Thank you for teaching me.

Thank you for showing me how to dream.

Miigwetch.

To the Chancellors whom I have had the pleasure of working with during my time as president: Dr. Arthur Mauro, Dr. Derek Burney, and now Dr. Lyn McLeod...

 

Thank you for your mentorship, patience and guidance, as well as your tireless work on behalf of Lakehead, has helped to transform us in the past few years.

 

To the wonderful communities in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, and Orillia and Simcoe County...

 

From the moment of our arrival, you embraced my family and I and instantly made us part of your own lives with warmth, kindness and generosity. You have done so with unwavering support and countless acts of kindness. You will always be a part of us.

 

To our hard-working federal, provincial, county and municipal representatives of all political stripes, past and present, I want to extend my sincerest thanks, not only for helping us with the many challenges and opportunities that we have faced, but for your commitment to Lakehead's educational, social and economic goals.

 

I have seen up close how hard our representatives work for Lakehead and I want to express my thanks for their work on our behalf.

 

To the thousands of alumni and donors who give so generously and selflessly to the University to help with our many needs, thank you for your faith in us and thank you for not only making us a better university but a more caring and fair one.

 

You have transformed lives.

We are very fortunate to have strong and vibrant First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities who support us and guide us, who teach us and enlighten us, and who firmly root us in the culture and history of these beautiful traditional lands.

Thank you for supporting the University, thank you for reminding us of our social mission and thank you for giving us renewed purpose. You are our past and you are our future.

 

Finally, to my employer: David, and Lakehead University's Board of Governors. {Ad libbed text}


To everyone...

It has been one of my greatest privileges to work with you all.

 

For all that we have done, there is more to be done.

We can still change the world.

We have children in this city, children in Northwestern Ontario and children in Simcoe County.

 

Our children.

Our future.

Very smart children.

Very deserving children.

That need our help.

That need our support.

Their future is our future.

 

And so today, as we all celebrate what we have achieved together, let us make a commitment to our collective future, let us support the achievements of our youth.

Let us support the Achievement Program.

We can change the world.

Thank you.

 

Ok, Let’s Start With An Easy One

 

As with every speech, your introductory remarks come first. In case you have forgotten about it, here’s a reminder of the text for the example we are looking at.

 

Bonjour.

Bouzhoo ahnin.

It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead this university for the past seven and a half years.

I still remember, vividly, walking into Senate chambers for the first time, nearly eight years ago, with my wife Judy and two little daughters: Cecilia and Isabel.

Full of hopes and full of dreams.

Walking into a new job.

Walking into a new adventure.

Walking into a new mission.

I remember the warmth and hospitality of all the people in the community.

I remember mentioning, in passing, during my announcement speech, curiosity over a special pastry that I had been told about called a "Persian";

A unique specialty only found in Thunder Bay I was told — a local delicacy.

Only to find myself, a few hours later, with dozens of these pastries, lovingly packed for air travel by my new benefactors and especially designed as treats for my daughters.

I remember the wide-eyed expression on my daughters' faces when they saw packages of these childhood delicacies…

 

Farewell speech by boss

 

If you have ever read many leaving speeches, you will realize that most of them contain one or more of the elements seen above :

First of all, he starts by greeting the audience.

 

Ceo farewell speech greetings

 

 

In some organizations, there’s so much love and acceptance that people see each other as family and have cool nicknames they call each other.

If you happen to find yourself working in such a firm, you can make the atmosphere very lighthearted by throwing in some jokes.

 

For example, you can begin your outgoing speech with this:

 

Director ceo farewell speech introduction

 

 

After a short self-introduction, you then go on to talk about how you felt when you started working at the firm or how you felt when you were tapped for the post.

Well, you can make your opening remarks funny by throwing in a good joke or a statement. Here’s an example that always works in every situation.

 

Welcome everybody,

I’m delighted to see you all here today. But to be honest, it feels a bit strange that we’re all here to mark my departure from GN. Because I haven’t gone yet! I’ll be here until 1 October, my birthday.

And anybody who has been closely following GN, knows that there’s still a lot to be done before you leave!!!

 

Can we do this together? More like your speechwriting homework assignment. Ok, let’s go.

 

Please grab your pen and journal or note pad and write down a few memories you can remember when you were first recruited and narrow it down to just one or two ideas you think would be very helpful.  

 

This is what I want us to look at next:

How to Organize Your Thoughts and Ideas into a Great Send Off Speech

After working on the introductory remarks, you have to merge your reflections, experiences, success stories, setback and rebounds into a story that captures the essence of your leadership and management skills.

 

Do you know how you can do that? It’s very simple.  Once again, please let’s go back and re-read the body of the sample speech above  to get an idea of how we can bring those pieces together nicely.

 

What no one will tell you, and few will ever admit, is that being a University President is as much about leadership abilities and management skills as it is a vocation of the heart.

It is as much about being smart and working hard as it is about having love and being passionate, and compassionate.

It is as much about reading briefing notes, countless emails and attending many meetings and events, as it is about listening and having empathy.

It is as much about thinking as it is about feeling.

And if the thinking and the feeling work together, they are a very powerful force indeed.

An overwhelming powerful force, when combined with commitment and purpose.

An overwhelming powerful force when others see what you see and feel what you feel.

An overwhelming powerful force when you have a true cause.

That is leadership.

When you are in that office, you see both human potential for success and
the possibility for waste.

You see what could be good for people and communities if you only work hard enough on their behalf.

You see what could change lives if you are only clever enough to find the right way to reach out and the resources to fund them.

You see what could make a difference in this world when people work together.

We have changed the world.

When you get to be president, you have countless challenges and surprises.

You solve problems every day.

You are challenged every day,

Part of you carries the burden of leadership, worrying about making the right decisions.

Part of you carries the potential of leadership, dreaming about the right possibilities.

Lakehead University is more than the sum of its parts.

During the seven and a half years as your President, this University has been transformed.

During the seven and a half years as your President, I have been transformed….

 

Did you learn a thing or two from that snippet? I hope so. I got several great ideas from it and I want to share them with you.

 

First, this farewell speech starts with a somber reflection on what the duties of the company’s president or CEO are

 

‘’What no one will tell you, and few will ever admit, is that being a a University President is as much about leadership abilities……………’’

 

 

Action Tip: Can you share with your staff and employees what it really feels like to be the CEO or president has been like over the years?  Please write down in your journal.

 

Here’s an example of based on that.

 

My daughter came over the other day and said, Dad, being a CEO must be a tough job. You are only a young man but you have greyed faster. What’s your secret? I remember mumbling to myself....do I have any secret to share with her? I breathed out loud and said…

 

I actually should have greyed earlier because I have a very demanding job. But I have got a fantastic staff who gives me less to think about.  One of them actually got me a hair dye on my last birthday and has been using it since then….That probably explains why I have a few white hairs!

 

That sounds funny, right? Ok, let’s go on!

 

Next, write down what you’ve been through on the job as you can see in the above extract.

 

 

That summary depicts the challenges or hurdles, lessons learned, what you see in their future, and send off gift. The content here is basically a summary of what your stewardship has been like.  

 

You see,  ideas are all swimming in your head but the problem lies in how to bring your scattered thoughts and ideas together into a very powerful message that will make your leaving speech one to remember.

 

I want to make things fairly easy for you. So, this is what I want you to do. Grab your pen and notepad or journal and kindly provide answers to the following questions.

 

Success and Achievements

  1. What memorable feats or successes have you gained at the helm?

a.

b.

c.

 

Setbacks and Challenges

  1. Do you remember your rough years? Just jot them down.

a.

b.

 

  1. How did you turn the tide around and how did it make you a better steward? Lessons learned?

a.

b.

  1. What do you see in the organization’s future as you leave for good?

a.

b.

 

  1. What is your parting message for your employees? Here you can inspire them, give them gifts, and wish them well.

 

  1. What are your words of gratitude? And whom do you want to say thank you to? Please put down their names and why you want to express appreciation to them. Here’s an example

 

CEO farewell thank you speech

a.

b.

 

Action Tip: Having provided answers to those questions,  just compose a rough draft of your speech. You can later go back to edit and refine it until you are completely happy with what you have written.

President farewell speech to staff