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How We Write a Birthday Speech

Why the need for a speech?

 

The Birthday Speech as the host, family member, friend, or colleague is about recognising guests and shining the spotlight on the birthday boy or girl. The birthday boy or girl hopes to feel special on the day, and the audience loves to be told stories and feel involved. Your guests expect formalities, recognition, and entertainment, and your speech is an opportunity to fulfil these expectations.​​

How we write a Birthday Speech

 

A great Birthday Speech focuses on recognising guests, but primarily, making the birthday person feel celebrated.

 

As your guests already know the birthday person, we like to tell a combination of stories and information that guests know, and some they don't know. In doing so, your guests' perception of the birthday boy or girl will be both familiar and fresh, adding novelty, interest, and entertainment value to your speech. It will also ensure that the guests' focus is heavily on the birthday boy or girl, and will likely create icebreaker topics for later in the party. We also like to ensure that attendees, special guests, those unable to attend, and those who have contributed to the preparation of the party, are recognised. This will satisfy the audience’s expectations of acknowledgment. But, thanking guests is the focus of the birthday person's speech, so keep it brief so you don't steal their thunder. 

We typically follow the structure below when creating a Birthday Speech.

 

Audience

Chances are your party is fairly casual, so there is probably no need to get too formal. Add some jokes, and keep it light and fun. But, before writing your speech, consider what is appropriate for your audience. Think about who will be there and what they might want to hear. Remember - a speech is for the listener, not the speaker. Make sure your speech suits the tastes of your guests.

Theme

We recommend creating a theme if you are unsure about the direction you wish to take with your speech. Creating a theme makes it much easier to think of ideas for your speech, and it makes it easy to keep your speech on a specific path as you write your stories and content. You can always change your theme as you progress through writing the speech. Think about what do you want to say about the birthday boy or girl? If the audience only took away only one key message from your speech, what would you have it be?

Opening

The very first words in your speech. ​We like to grab the audience's attention immediately and have them wanting more. Open your speech by addressing the guests and introducing yourself if appropriate. Then, consider launching straight into a comment about birthdays, a startling statistic, a quotation, a story from the day, an interesting fact about the party location, an interesting connection of the date in history to the party, or a question. This will pique the interest of your audience and have them thinking, “Hmm, didn’t expect this. What’s going to happen next?”. Whatever it takes to get your guests' attention.

 

What Makes This Day Special?

What makes a birthday so special, and what makes THIS birthday particularly special? This is a great place to briefly talk about why everyone has been gathered and the reason behind the day's celebrations.

Looking Back

Background information on your history and that of the birthday boy or girl provides an opportunity to capture the audience's interest, add humour, and teach the audience a little about what the birthday person is like. 

The Present Day

You've talked about the past. Now, you can briefly mention one or two exciting things the birthday boy or girl is currently doing in life. Alternatively, you could simply compliment the birthday boy or girl on who they are or on recent achievements, or briefly outline the birthday person’s great qualities. This will balance out the humour and entertainment with heartfelt sincerity.

The Future

Providing insight on what's on the horizon for the birthday boy or girl will capture guests' attention and make the birthday boy or girl feel special. It will also help to generate conversation among guests. Alternatively, you could simply provide your best wishes for the future.

Family and Friends

Acknowledge those that need to be recognised, but keep it brief. Thank you messages are the focus of the speech from the birthday boy or girl.

Close

Close your speech by putting a highly positive spin on what your relationship with the birthday boy or girl means to you. Finish with a toast, and you will have successfully left the birthday boy or girl and the audience with feelings of happiness and celebration!

Your Delivery

Consider how you are delivering your speech. There may be times in your speech that you should vary your tone and volume, and times you should use gestures. These tools will help to get maximum impact, so consider this when you write your speech. For more on how to deliver a Birthday Speech, check out our Resources page.

Final thoughts

At SpeechForm, we believe your efforts to write your Birthday Speech is not to just “get it done”, but to make the speech enjoyable, memorable, and one that has people approaching you to sing their praises for your speech. After all, you will have put in a lot of effort. There is something special about making an impact on your audience, when you thought your sole job was just to “get through it”. Make sure to include the above points so that the audience gets what they expect from your speech. And always ask yourself - what am I trying to achieve with this speech? Keep that in mind as you develop your content.

 

Remember to rehearse. This is a performance. The more you develop your speech and rehearse, the greater the impression you will make. Confidence through a well-written speech is great, but using your voice and your body effectively only comes through practice. 

 

Get it right, and you will leave a lasting impression that your audience will remember long after the party.

 

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Find out how we write a Birthday Speech. Learn what you need to include to impress your audience. 

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Dive into our Birthday Speech blogs and learn more about creating and delivering your speech.

 

Birthday Speech

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No fuss. No delays. Make your speech writing journey easy. Get a ready-to-go Birthday Speech Template written by our team of speechwriters, complete with suggestions on adding your personal touch.

 

Premium Speeches include built-in notes from our speechwriters, providing in-depth guidance on how to deliver your speech like a pro.

Birthday Speech

Generator

Get the choice and freedom to choose from a range of template content written by our speechwriters. Build your speech section by section and create a speech you're proud to deliver.

Build

Move through each section of the Birthday Speech, using your own words or selecting preferred template content that is aligned to your audience type.

Features

Your speech is downloadable in a Word document, and highlighted areas throughout suggest areas for you to add your personal touch. 

Upgrade

Access 600 pieces of template content that include notes from our speechwriters, providing in-depth guidance on how to deliver your speech like a pro.

 
 
 

How We Write a Birthday Speech

Why the need for a speech?

 

Firstly - happy birthday! You've hit a milestone, and your guests call for a speech. Your speech is, first and foremost, about recognising guests. They are here to celebrate you, so your job is to acknowledge their efforts. Though, your guests also hope to be entertained - a story, a joke, some insight into the future. Your speech is an opportunity to fulfil these expectations and take the party to another level!

How we write a Birthday Speech

 

As the guests are probably familiar with you and others at the party, there is no need for introductions. We like to launch straight into thanking guests and talking about life. The milestone, what you've been doing with yourself, what's happening in your work life, what's down the road... all interesting topics that your guests are waiting to hear about. These areas give you the scope to add jokes, tell funny stories about family and friends, and create icebreaker topics for your guests to talk about.

 

You can add as much or as little content you like, depending on the formality of your party or your interest in adding all of the below speech sections. To give a complete speech, we like to touch upon all of these areas. But, this is your creation, so do what feels right for you!

 

Audience

If your party is like most, it is a laid-back affair, so there is probably no need to be overly formal. Add some jokes, and keep it light and fun. But - think about your guests and what they might hope to hear. Consider what speech is appropriate for their ears, and make sure your speech suits their tastes.

Theme

If you are seriously scratching your head about where to start with your Birthday Speech, consider making a theme. A theme is one or two sentences that summarise what your speech is about. Ask yourself - if your guests only took away one or two key messages from your speech, what would they be? A theme will help you to think of ideas and keep your efforts on the right path as you write your speech. You can always change your theme as you build your speech.

Opening

Open your speech by thanking your guests for coming, hosts, those who helped to put the event together, and anyone else who needs to be recognised. Before thanking guests, you may wish to start with a comment to grab guests' attention immediately. One way of getting your guest's attention instantly is to launch straight into a comment about birthdays, a statistic, a quote, a story from the day, an interesting fact about the party location, an interesting connection of the date in history to the party, or a question. This will have them ready and excited to hear more of what you have to say!

 

What Makes This Day Special?

What makes a birthday so special, and what makes THIS birthday particularly special? This is a great place to briefly talk about why everyone has been gathered and the reason behind the day's celebrations.

Looking Back

Talking about the milestone, what has led to this occasion, and some of the exciting things you have been doing provides insight into your life. It is the beginning of your summarised life story for the evening, helping your guests to "connect the dots" and better understand who you are and what you do. After all - they are here to celebrate you

The Present Day

You've talked about the past. Now, briefly mention one or two exciting things you are currently doing in life. Hitting this milestone gives you an opportunity to reflect upon your career, the upcoming holiday, efforts to start a new hobby, moving houses, grandparent duties, or any other event that is keeping your hands full!

The Future

What's the plan for your future? Providing insight on what's on your horizon, whether it be a career change, retirement, or plans to travel, will close the summarised story about "you" and will help to generate conversation among guests later in the party.

Family and Friends

Concentrate specifically on family or friends in this section. This could be as simple as a general thanks to close family. Or, you could expand this section by telling a funny story or two about family or friends, or thanking family and friends in far more detail. Whatever you think is appropriate for the event and what you think your guests want to hear.

Close

Close your Birthday Speech with a toast to hitting your birthday milestone and to your guests! To add some colour to this section, you have the option of adding a quote and a final reflection on what it means to have hit this birthday milestone. 

Your Delivery

Consider how you are delivering your speech. There may be times in your speech that you should vary your tone and volume, and times you should use gestures. These tools will help to get maximum impact, so consider this when you write your speech. For more on how to deliver a Birthday Speech, check out our Resources page.

Final thoughts

At SpeechForm, we believe your efforts to write your Birthday Speech is not to just “get it done”, but to make the speech enjoyable, memorable, and one that has people approaching you to sing their praises for your speech. After all, you will have put in a lot of effort. There is something special about making an impact on your audience, when you thought your sole job was just to “get through it”. Make sure to include the above points so that the audience gets what they expect from your speech. And always ask yourself - what am I trying to achieve with this speech? Keep that in mind as you develop your content.

 

Remember to rehearse. This is a performance. The more you develop your speech and rehearse, the greater the impression you will make. Confidence through a well-written speech is great, but using your voice and your body effectively only comes through practice. 

 

Get it right, and you will leave a lasting impression that your audience will remember long after the party.

 

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