Special Occasion Speeches: Speaking in Praise

For Mothers Day, in honor of my mother I will discuss my speech for the second project in the Special Occasion Speeches Advanced Communicators Manual: Speaking in Praise.

The goal of this project is to honor an individual with the speech.

My mother passed on soon after I joined Toastmasters and at the time, I wished I was comfortable enough to deliver a eulogy for her.  I took this project as an opportunity to do just that.

While I did choke up a bit from time to time during the speech, I am proud to say that I was able to hold it together enough to honor a woman worthy of honor.

I talked about how she was able to raise seven children to become genuinely good people while working full-time to support them. At the same time I stressed that she knew when to reach out for help when it was needed.

She treated each of her children as individuals which taught me the importance of family while still allowing me to become my own person.

One of her most important lessons to me was not to dwell on negative emotions and experiences but to work though them.  She taught me that the negative should be analyzed and overcome but the positive should just be enjoyed.

It was in her honor and memory I gave the speech and in her honor and memory I share the experience.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I miss you.


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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